Climbing to the top of a skyscraper is undeniably a challenging endeavor. But for Zac Vawter, it was even more difficult. The 31-year-old amputee made history when he became the first person with a prosthetic leg to climb all 103 flights of stairs at Chicago's Willis Tower, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers. With the help of his mind-controlled bionic leg, Vawter finished the ascent in roughly 45 minutes.
Hillary Clinton tackles Iraq War vote again, saying 'vote in 2002' isn't 'plan to defeat ISIS in 2016'
When Thursday night's Democratic debate in Milwaukee turned to foreign policy, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) did not waste much time bringing up Hillary Clinton's 2002 vote to authorize the use of military force in Iraq. As he had brought this up before, Clinton was ready. "I do not believe a vote in 2002 is a plan to defeat ISIS in 2016," she said. "It's very important we focus on the threats we face today, and that we understand the dangerous and complicated world we're in."
Then she repeated her Obama-trusted-me line: "As we all remember, Sen. Obama, when he ran against me, was against the war in Iraq. And yet, when he won, he turned to me, trusting my judgment, my experience, to become secretary of state."
Sanders said that Clinton clearly has a wealth of experience in foreign policy, but repeated his line that experience isn't the only thing that matters and voters should look at judgment, too, and his judgment on the Iraq War vote was better than Clinton's. Peter Weber
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pounced on Hillary Clinton and her ties to Henry Kissinger during Thursday's Democratic debate, but Clinton was prepared with a jab at her 2016 competitor's foreign policy ideas.
Sanders said that Clinton mentioned during the last debate and in her book that she received "the approval or support of Henry Kissinger. I find it rather amazing. I happen to believe that Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country. I am proud to say Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger."
At that point, Clinton responded by asking Sanders who he actually does take advice from. "Journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy, and we have yet to know who it is," she said. Sanders jumped in: "Well it ain't Henry Kissinger, that's for sure."
Clinton explained that she listens to "a wide variety of voices" that "have experience in various areas." There are people she may disagree with on "a number of things," but if they have insight that can "best support the United States," then it's important to pay attention. "We have to be fair and look at the entire world," she said. "It's a big, complicated world out there." Catherine Garcia
Judy Woodruff asked Hillary Clinton at Thursday's Democratic debate whether, given that two big financier donors have contributed millions to her super PAC, she can really complain about the Koch brothers and other mega-donors to the Republican candidates? Clinton said you'd have to ask the Republicans about their donations but that the super PAC aiding her is "not my PAC," saying that it was set up to support President Obama then decided to back her presidential campaign. Then she challenged Bernie Sanders' premise that a candidate can't buck Wall Street if his or her super PAC takes Wall Street donations.
In 2008, Obama "was the recipient of the largest number of Wall Street donations of anybody running on the Democratic side ever," Clinton said, but "when it mattered, he stood up and took on Wall Street," pushing through the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. "So let's not imply in any way here that President Obama or myself would in any way not take on any vested interest," including Wall Street, drug companies, "or frankly, the gun lobby."
Sanders scoffed that Wall Street doesn't give huge sums to candidates out of civic duty. "Let's not insult the intelligence of the American people," he said. "They're not dumb." Big Business gives money to politicians because they want things in return. He again touted his million-plus donors who have given him 3.5 million donations averaging $27, versus Clinton's million-dollar super PAC contributions.
Clinton said that she has 750,000 individual donors, most of whom have given small donations, though she didn't give a number. Peter Weber
Bernie Sanders just reminded America that his election would be a big 'historical accomplishment as well'
At Thursday night's Democratic debate, PBS moderator Gwen Ifill asked Hillary Clinton about her frequent reminders that she would be the first female president. Clinton said her gender wasn't her electoral argument, and that she wants to help all Americans. When it was his turn to speak, Sanders had a reminder for PBS and for Clinton. He would be the oldest president ever sworn in and the first Jewish president, but he only alluded to that indirectly. For "a person of my background" and political views, he said, "a Sanders victory would be of some historical accomplishment as well." Peter Weber
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When asked about Madeleine Albright suggesting over the weekend that women are obligated to support Hillary Clinton — saying "there's a special place in hell for women who don't help women" — Hillary Clinton told the audience at the Democratic debate Thursday night that it was a quote Albright has long been fond of using.
"She's been saying that for as long as I've known her, about 25 years," Clinton said of her husband's former secretary of state. Clinton added that she has always found it important to "unleash the full potential of women and girls in our society," and said she has "no argument with anyone making up her mind about who to support. I just hope by the end of this campaign a lot more are supporting me." Clinton made it clear she is "not asking people to support me because I'm a woman," but to back her "because I think I'm the most qualified, experienced, and ready person to be the president and commander-in-chief."
Clinton also said that she was told out of about 200 presidential primary debates, this debate — with Clinton onstage and moderators Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill asking the questions — was the first time a majority of participants were women. Indeed, of the four people on stage, Bernie Sanders was the only man.
"We'll take our progress wherever we can find it," Clinton said. Catherine Garcia
At Thursday's Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Hillary Clinton started out arguing over how much each candidate's various plans would cost, with Clinton repeating that candidates shouldn't make "promises we can't keep." In one exchange, Clinton said that she has detailed how much each of her proposals would cost and how she would get it enacted, saying that once she is in the White House, she will have enough political capital to get stuff done. Sanders had a line ready: "Well, Secretary Clinton, you're not in the White House yet."
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The audience murmured at the one-liner. Sanders said that his programs would be paid for, too, though he didn't elaborate how. Peter Weber