"In extensive interviews," former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's (D) "strategists acknowledged missteps … and promised that this fall the public would see the sides of … Clinton that are often obscured by the noise and distractions of modern campaigning. They want to show her humor. … They want to show her heart. … And, to soothe Democrats uneasy about her shaky poll numbers, they want her to relentlessly contrast herself with Republicans." Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, "will begin to travel the country to help with fundraising this fall, with his first event planned for Chicago on Sept. 17." Clinton "is also booked as a guest on 'The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon, and plans to talk extensively with several nontraditional outlets." (New York Times)
NO APOLOGIES. Clinton said "she does not need to apologize for using a private email account and server while at the State Department because 'what I did was allowed.' In an interview," Clinton "also said the lingering questions about her email practices … have not damaged her campaign. 'Not at all. It's a distraction, certainly,' Clinton said." (AP)
In her third nationally televised interview,Clinton said she's "sorry" about the confusion the situation created.
At the end of the day, I am sorry that this has been confusing to people and has raised a lot of questions, but there are answers to all these questions," Clinton told NBC News/MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. (NBC News)
"A special intelligence review of two emails that … Clinton received as secretary of state on her personal account … has endorsed a finding by the inspector general for the intelligence agencies that the emails contained highly classified information when … Clinton received them." (New York Times)
MORE EMAIL NEWS. "Clinton and her family personally paid a State Department staffer to maintain the private e-mail server she used while heading the agency, according to an official from Clinton’s presidential campaign. The unusual arrangement helped Clinton retain personal control over the system that she used for her public and private duties and that has emerged as an issue for her campaign. But, according to the campaign official, it also ensured that taxpayer dollars were not spent" on the server. (Washington Post)
The staffer, Bryan Pagliano, "has declined to talk to the FBI and the State Department inspector general’s office, as well as a congressional committee, invoking his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself." That "confronts the Justice Department with a decision about whether to grant him immunity in exchange for his testimony — a move that could be taken only were the department to escalate the probe into a full-scale criminal investigation," according to sources. (Yahoo)
NEW PROPOSAL. "Clinton is calling on companies to be required to disclose their political donations and for the creation of a donation-matching program intended to boost the influence of small donors’ giving. In campaign finance proposals released Tuesday, … her campaign says that she would push for federal legislation demanding more 'effective' disclosure of political spending and urge the Securities and Exchange Commission to require publicly traded companies to disclose all political spending to their shareholders." (Bloomberg)
TV TIME. "Clinton’s campaign has reserved $4.1 million in combined television airtime in New Hampshire and Iowa to extend its current buy through September and October, and close a gap to ensure the campaign will be on the air with advertising through the primary and caucus. The campaign’s new reservations are for $2.6 million in the Manchester, Boston and Burlington, Vermont, markets, covering New Hampshire; and for $1.5 million in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids markets in Iowa." (WMUR)
COURTING THE LABOR VOTE. Speaking in Iowa on Monday, Clinton said "she would 'go back' to enforcing the nation's labor laws, pledging to send employers to jail who are guilty of wage theft." (Quad-City Times)
TRUMP TALK. Clinton slammed real estate mogul Donald Trump's (R) plan to "deport all undocumented immigrants and then allow provisional returns as unrealistic 'political rhetoric.'"
"Eleven or 12 million people? Really?" Clinton said, adding, "I'm going to be pressing very hard to get specifics, because there are no specifics." (Washington Post)
DEBATE SCHEDULE. Clinton said Saturday that she's open to more primary debates. Currently, the DNC has six Democratic Party debates scheduled. (Wall Street Journal)
KEY CONSTITUENCY. Clinton sought to court women voters Saturday in New Hampshire as she was flanked by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Shaheen called Clinton a "voice for the voiceless." (New Hampshire Union Leader)
SOUTHERN STRATEGY. "Clinton's presidential campaign is methodically building a political firewall across the South in hopes of effectively locking up the Democratic nomination in March regardless of any early setbacks in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. ... Clinton’s advisers ... have been assuring worried supporters that victories and superdelegate support in Southern states will help make her the inevitable nominee faster than many Democrats expect. ... [A]dvisers said the campaign was increasingly devoting staff members and money to win the South Carolina primary on Feb. 27 while laying the groundwork to sweep Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia on March 1." (New York Times)
MONEY MATTERS. While visiting Puerto Rico, Clinton raised "between $200,000 and $500,000 for her campaign." (CNN)
PROXY ATTACKS. Although Clinton isn't focusing on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on the campaign trail, "Brooklyn is paying the travel costs for proxies who are using their appearances in the early-voting states to criticize the surging senator."
One example: In Iowa, Rep. Joaquin Castro (R-TX 20) "raised questions about Sanders’ relationship with an important voting bloc, the Latino community."
“Sen. Sanders has not reached out to the Hispanic caucus in Congress, has not reached out to me,” he said. “He has not visited Texas or the Rio Grande Valley. ... That’s a bit of a concern.” (Politico)
BENGHAZI UPDATE. Clinton's closest foreign policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, "testified for seven hours on Friday before the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, about the State Department’s response to the events and ... Clinton’s personal email account. The meeting was held in a special classified room with protections to prevent eavesdropping." (New York Times)
DOUBLING DOWN. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Thursday that he'd continue to back Clinton even if Vice President Joe Biden (D) launches a campaign. The day before, Cuomo said that a Biden bid would place Democrats, including himself, in a "bind." (New York Daily News)
YOU'VE GOT MAIL. Connecticut-based firm Mission Control will lead Clinton's multi-million dollar direct mail program. "A campaign spokesman said it was too early to say how much money Clinton will spend this election on direct mail, or when the targeted campaign literature will begin showing up in voters’ mailboxes." (Politico)