Latest News: More Marches, Bernie Sanders, Navy SEALs

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Latest News: More Marches, Bernie Sanders, Navy SEALs.

More marches are planned today after 60 protesters were arrested overnight in New York in one of many demonstrations. What he’s got: Disciplined delivery of a principled populist economic message; ability to garner ample media coverage; built-in support in Iowa and New Hampshire among progressives; no fear whatsoever of taking on the Clinton machine.So daunting is her lead that potential big-name adversaries – most notably vice-president Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren – have signalled they will remain on the sidelines. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, says he will do more than simply raise progressive issues or nudge Hillary Rodham Clinton to the left. “People should not underestimate me,” Sanders told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday confirming his presidential bid. “I’ve run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates and, you know, I think the message that has resonated in Vermont is a message that can resonate all over this country.” Sanders is the first major challenger to enter the race against Clinton, who launched her bid for president earlier this month and is considered the front-runner in the Democratic race. What he lacks: Ease in talking about himself or his agenda in a warm or accessible way; a clear and compelling explanation as to why an avowed socialist is the right man to lead America in the 21st Century; national security credentials; a vision of the future as optimistic as the trenchancy of his critique of the status quo.

Baltimore, which is under curfew, maintained an uneasy peace overnight over the unexplained death of Freddie Gray, 25, a black man who died of injuries suffered while in police custody. Fundraising mojo: Could catch fire as an online raiser if he takes on Clinton effectively; has to decide what to do about super-PACs and the progressive millionaires who might want to back him. Photo: the Boston Globe/Getty images No word on whether Ben and Jerry would go so far as to name an ice cream flavour after Mr Sanders, as they have done for satirist Stephen Colbert and the band Phish among others. “I stood up, said a few words. A self-described “Democratic socialist” and grumpy-grandfather type, Senator Sanders is considered a long shot who will bring attention to left-wing issues. I can’t remember what,” Mr Sanders told New York Magazine. “Two hours later, I was a candidate for the United States Senate.” Mr Sanders had three unsuccessful runs for Congress, and three more for governor of Vermont, before becoming a Congressman in 1991 and a Senator 16 years later.

He’s the longest-serving Independent in Congressional history, and has accused both major parties of being the pawns of Wall St and not offering real change. As he has for months in prospective campaign stops in the early voting states, and throughout his political career, the former mayor of Burlington, Vermont, assailed an economic system that he said has devolved over the past 40 years and eradicated the nation’s middle class. “What we have seen is that while the average person is working longer hours for lower wages, we have seen a huge increase in income and wealth inequality, which is now reaching obscene levels,” Sanders said. “This is a rigged economy, which works for the rich and the powerful, and is not working for ordinary Americans. … You know, this country just does not belong to a handful of billionaires.” The son of an immigrant from Poland who sold paint for a living in Brooklyn, Sanders, 73, has for decades championed working-class Americans.

Perceived electability as Democratic nominee: Must overcome pervasive view among party elites that he would end up being buried in a McGovernesque landslide. Mr Sanders has said that Hillary Clinton is “not one of the more active members” in the longed-for progressive revolution, a revolution he believes America sorely needs. Sanders will need to expand his reach beyond a heavily white, college-town demographic to other elements of the Democratic coalition, notably African-Americans.

National security credentials: Knowledgeable about foreign affairs, with strong views about the proper balance between national security and civil liberties. But officials said the chance of finding more survivors was bleak as the death toll neared 5,500, and pouring rain hampered their efforts. according to one economist forecast, the cost of reconstruction could exceed $5 billion.

Another group of women and children kidnapped by Boko Haram militants were freed during an Nigerian Army operation in a remote region, a spokesman said today. An independent, he caucuses with Senate Democrats and is likely to attract some interest from voters who have unsuccessfully sought to draft Massachusetts Sen. Social media/online chops: Twitter following of around 290,000, not at Hillary Clinton’s level, but more robust than Martin O’Malley’s or Jim Webb’s (7.4K). Communicates primarily about budget priorities, income inequality and how the “greed” of the billionaire class “is destroying the middle class.” Test will be if he can leverage the platform for voter mobilization and fundraising. But he rejected the idea that his appeal is limited to voters on the left, boldly predicting that his message would appeal to independents and Republicans.

The Big Mo: An early announcement should keep months of forward motion going; the question is what (if anything) he can do for a second act that might sustain it. Sanders could find similar support in New Hampshire, particularly along the western spine of the state, home to many of the state’s most liberal voters. In the latest lethal flash point in Yemen’s civil war, a Saudi-led coalition bombed the positions of Iran-allied Houthi rebels overnight in the southern port city of Aden.

Sanders said he would release “very specific proposals” to raise taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations, as well as offer tuition-free education at all public colleges and universities. Best moment of the 2016 cycle so far: Ascension to ranking Democratic member status on the Senate Budget Committee, giving him a bigger megaphone than ever on spending and domestic policy. After documenting the presence of ice and discovering that Mercury shrank slightly as it cooled over billions of years, the spacecraft has run out of fuel. Sanders fails to win much more than 10 percent of support from the caucusgoers and voters in those first two states, whose electorates are overwhelmingly white, he will have a hard time remaining viable when the race turns to South Carolina, where blacks can make up more than half of the primary electorate. The quarterbacks Jameis Winston of Florida State and Marcus Mariota of the University of Oregon, the last two Heisman Trophy winners, are expected to be the top picks.

He said he has known the former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state for more than two decades. “I respect her and like her,” he said. It’s the day 20 years ago that they say was the final step in privatizing the Internet, when the government decommissioned a government backbone network. He noted he has “never run a negative ad in my life,” but still drew a distinction with Clinton, promising to talk “very strongly about the need not to get involved in perpetual warfare in the Middle East.” Clinton is hosting a series of fundraisers this week, starting what could be an effort that raises more than $1 billion. She was 91. (Today is also the 40th anniversary of the last U.S. soldiers and P.O.W.s officially leaving Vietnam as the government in Saigon announced its surrender.) Currently, there are about 2,500 active-duty members in SEAL units. Sanders’s fiery populism, that old-time religion, will appeal to many liberals at a moment when the left is demanding action on issues of economic fairness, and class mobility has become a defining issue in both parties.

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