CommentPlus: pick of the papers

The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers.

1. Obama's robot wars endanger us all (Independent)

The evidence suggests drones create far more jihadis than they kill, says Johann Hari -- and each one makes an attack on the west more likely.

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2. Cutting from the rich and clobbering the middle, Cameron looks like a lefty (Guardian)

Pension relief, graduate loans and child benefit all hurt the better-off, says Simon Jenkins. Now the axe will hit the public sector's well-paid classes.

3. Does not owning a linen shirt make you poor? (Times) (£)

The dry, arithmetical definition of poverty is useless, says Philip Collins. It only leads to bad policy that makes no one richer.

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4. Why higher student fees are right (Financial Times) (£)

Martin Wolf concedes that the changes to student finance will bring pain. But the upside is also huge.

5. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon sends a menacing message (Daily Telegraph)

Con Coughlin warns that Iran's president wants the charges dropped against Hizbollah -- or else.

6. Israel comes face to face with the man who would wipe it off the map (Independent)

Robert Fisk gives his take on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the battleground of Lebanon's southern border yesterday.

7. The quango quandary (Guardian)

The government said it would save cash by axing these bodies, but, Ian Magee points out, that's one test yet to be proved.

8. Europe should be wary of dancing on Obama's grave (Financial Times) (£)

Europe's leaders failed to recognise how comfortable life was jeering from the sidelines, says Philip Stephens.

9. There is no defence for this scandalous waste (Times) (£)

The Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, lays the way for forthcoming cuts, lambasting the "incompetence and extravagance" of the MoD under the previous Government.

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10. Shed no tears for Liverpool: our football needs deflating (Guardian)

Bill Shankly was wrong, says Martin Kettle. This unimportant game is an insatiable monster. Financial collapse would get it back in perspective.

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Hillary Clinton can take down the Donald Trump bogeyman - but she's up against the real thing

Donald Trump still has time to transform. 

Eight years later than hoped, Hillary Clinton finally ascended to the stage at the Democratic National Convention and accepted the nomination for President. 

Like her cheerleaders, the Obamas, she was strongest when addressing the invisible bogeyman - her rival for President, Donald Trump. 

Clinton looked the commander in chief when she dissed The Donald's claims to expertise on terrorism. 

Now Donald Trump says, and this is a quote, "I know more about ISIS than the generals do"

No, Donald, you don't.

He thinks that he knows more than our military because he claimed our armed forces are "a disaster."

Well, I've had the privilege to work closely with our troops and our veterans for many years.

Trump boasted that he alone could fix America. "Isn't he forgetting?" she asked:

Troops on the front lines. Police officers and fire fighters who run toward danger. Doctors and nurses who care for us. Teachers who change lives. Entrepreneurs who see possibilities in every problem.

Clinton's message was clear: I'm a team player. She praised supporters of her former rival for the nomination, Bernie Sanders, and concluded her takedown of Trump's ability as a fixer by declaring: "Americans don't say: 'I alone can fix it.' We say: 'We'll fix it together.'"

Being the opposite of Trump suits Clinton. As she acknowledged in her speech, she is not a natural public performer. But her cool, policy-packed speech served as a rebuke to Trump. She is most convincing when serious, and luckily that sets her apart from her rival. 

The Trump in the room with her at the convention was a boorish caricature, a man who describes women as pigs. "There is no other Donald Trump," she said. "This is it."

Clinton and her supporters are right to focus on personality. When it comes to the nuclear button, most fair-minded people on both left and right would prefer to give the decision to a rational, experienced character over one who enjoys a good explosion. 

But the fact is, outside of the convention arena, Trump still controls the narrative on Trump.

Trump has previously stated clearly his aim to "pivot" to the centre. He has declared that he can change "to anything I want to change to".  In his own speech, Trump forewent his usual diatribe for statistics about African-American children in poverty. He talked about embracing "crying mothers", "laid-off factory workers" and making sure "all of our kids are treated equally". His wife Melania opted for a speech so mainstream it was said to be borrowed from Michelle Obama. 

His personal attacks have also narrowed. Where once his Twitter feed was spattered with references to "lying Ted Cruz" and "little Marco Rubio", now the bile is focused on one person: "crooked Hillary Clinton". Just as Clinton defines herself against a caricature of him, so Trump is defining himself against one of her. 

Trump may not be able to maintain a more moderate image - at a press conference after his speech, he lashed out at his former rival, Ted Cruz. But if he can tone down his rhetoric until November, he will no longer be the bogeyman Clinton can shine so brilliantly against.