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Obama has small lead in Texas, close in Ohio

Friday, February 29, 2008

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent
Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:25am EST

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama holds a slight lead on Hillary Clinton in Texas and has almost pulled even in Ohio before contests that could decide their Democratic presidential battle, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Houston Chronicle poll released on Friday.

The contests on Tuesday are crucial for Clinton, a New York senator and former first lady fighting to halt Obama's streak of 11 consecutive victories in their battle for the Democratic nomination for the November 4 presidential election.

Obama, an Illinois senator, has a 6-point edge on Clinton in Texas, 48 percent to 42 percent. He trails Clinton 44 percent to 42 percent in Ohio -- well within the poll's margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

In the Republican race, front-runner John McCain holds commanding leads over his last major rival, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. McCain, an Arizona senator, has built an unassailable advantage in delegates who will pick the nominee at the Republican Party convention in September.

The poll, conducted by Zogby International, found McCain with big double-digit margins over Huckabee in Texas and Ohio.

Among Democrats, Obama has a big edge with voters in both states who made their decision within the last month. Clinton led comfortably in both states among voters who decided more than a month ago....(Click here for remainder of article).


Clinton Goes Nuclear in Final Ad -- And Plays for Sympathy

Feb. 29, 2008

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton hears the phone ringing, and it's the sound of her last best shot at capturing the Democratic nomination.

"It's 3 am, and your children are safe and asleep," says her closing ad for Ohio and Texas. "Who do you want answering the phone?"

Yowsers. It's about as subtle as a blunt-instrument-of-a-message can be. And it worked for Walter Mondale and Lyndon Johnson, as George Stephanopoulos pointed out on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday: "This is the nuclear option. It's either going to work or it's going to blow back," he said. (It's Roy Spence, trying to recreate his Mondale magic.)

The $35 million raised by Clinton this month just might buy her another four or five days of loyalty from her supporters, and it surely will get her latest message (among many others) in the necessary circulation in Ohio and Texas....(Click here for remainder of article).


Hillary down but not out

$35 MILLION RAISED | Campaign says she has the money to keep going

February 29, 2008

HOUSTON, Texas -- White House hopeful Hillary Clinton announced Thursday that she raised $35 million in February for what her campaign chiefs say is still a vibrant campaign for president.

Sen. Barack Obama, her rival for the Democratic nomination, is expected to announce an even higher monthly total.

"We raised considerably more than the $35 million they announced today," said Bill Burton, Obama's campaign spokesman.

Clinton's team said she may be down, but she's definitely not out -- particularly when it comes to money for television commercials.

Her February take is more than double her previous highest monthly fund-raising total, aides said.

"We have the resources to play in the big states coming up," National Campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe said in a conference call with reporters....(Click here for remainder of article).


Dems Jump Ship from "Bi-Partisan" Group Targeting Dems

By Paul Kiel - February 27, 2008, 11:52AM

As we reported Monday, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies launched a national ad campaign lambasting House Democrats for not passing the Senate surveillance bill, which comes complete with retroactive immunity for the telecoms.

As of Friday, the group, which claims to be non-partisan, boasted a number of Democrats on their board of advisors. Those were: Donna Brazile, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Elliot Engel (D-NY), Rep. Jim Marshall, and former Georgia governor Zell Miller. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), listed as a Democrat on the site, is one of five "distinguished advisors."

Since the group launched the ads, Brazile, Schumer, Engel and Marshall have all resigned from the group. Zell Miller, well, he spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Our call and email to Sen. Lieberman's spokesman were unreturned.

In her statement, Brazile said that no one from the group had consulted her about its activities "in years." And that the once "bi-partisan organization" had, "due to the influence of their funders... morphed into a radical right wing organization that is doing the dirty work for the Bush Administration and Congressional Republicans."...(Click here for remainder of post).


Kingston Slams Obama for Flag Pin w/o Wearing One Himself


Interview with Bill Donohue: Catholic League denounces McCain

"McCain's not going to get away with this with the Catholic community.. . . We're going to get this out to the Catholic community and Catholic press around the country."

Glenn Greenwald
Feb. 28, 2008

As I wrote about earlier today [see my previous post below for Greenwald's posting], John McCain yesterday happily received an endorsement from, and then expressed lavish gratitude towards, one of the most hateful and radical evangelical ministers in the country, Pastor John Hagee. As documented in that post, Hagee has a history of making some of the most extreme and twisted statements of any religious figure in the country towards multiple groups of Americans.

Among the many groups which McCain's new associate has targeted for hateful bigotry are Catholics. As a result, The Catholic League today issued a statement -- entitled "McCain Embraces Bigot" -- which pointed out that Hagee:
has waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church. For example, he likes calling it "The Great Whore," an "apostate church," the "anti-Christ," and a "false cult system."
The Catholic League demanded that McCain repudiate Hagee and his endorsement, just as Barack Obama did earlier this week with Louis Farrakhan (despite the fact that Obama, unlike McCain with Hagee, never sought out or accepted Farrakhan's endorsement)....(Click here for remainder of post).


Some hateful, radical ministers -- white evangelicals -- are acceptable

John McCain happily accepts the support of one of the most warped and hateful ministers in America. Where is Tim Russert?

Glenn Greenwald
Feb. 28, 2008

One of this week's hysterical press scandals was that Minister Louis Farrakhan praised Barack Obama's candidacy even though Obama had previously denounced numerous Farrakhan remarks and the Obama campaign did nothing to seek out the Farrakhan praise. Nonetheless, Tim Russert demanded that Obama jump through multiple hoops to prove that he has no connection to -- and, in fact, "rejects" -- the ideas espoused by Farrakhan deemed to be radical and hateful.

Yesterday, though, the equally fringe, radical and hateful (at least) Rev. John Hagee -- a white evangelical who is the pastor of a sprawling "mega-church" in Texas -- enthusiastically endorsed John McCain. Did McCain have to jump through the same hoops which Russert and others set up for Obama and "denounce" Hagee's extremism and "reject" his support? No; quite the opposite. McCain said he was "very honored" to receive this endorsement and, when asked about some of Hagee's more twisted views, responded: "all I can tell you is that I am very proud to have Pastor John Hagee's support."

McCain's sainted supporter, Joe Lieberman, last year spoke to Hagee's group and lavished him with such obsequious praise that Lieberman actually compared Hagee, favorably, to Moses. Why is Louis Farrakhan deemed by our political establishment to be so radioactive as to not be fit for good company -- black candidates are required to repudiate his support even when they haven't sought it and denounce his views even when they've never advocated anything close to those views -- but John Hagee is a perfectly acceptable figure whom mainstream GOP politicians are free to court without any consequences or media objections?

Here is just a small sampling of the belief system of this welcomed McCain supporter:

* All Muslims are programmed to kill and we can thus never negotiate with any of them....(Click here for remainder of post).


Michelle Obama says GOP using 'fear bomb'


Worst person in the world!


Mayor Bloomberg hedges on veep run

Friday, February 29th 2008, 2:37 AM

Mayor Bloomberg put the kibosh on two years of speculation Thursday that he’ll run for President — but did his typical shuffle when asked if he’d want to be vice president.

"Nobody is going to ask me to run for vice president," said the rarely modest mayor when asked what he would do if Sen. Barack Obama asks him. The two centrist politicians chatted over a breakfast meeting in Manhattan in November — the last time Bloomberg said he had met with any of the four presidential candidates.

Bloomberg silenced his presidential buzz by declaring in a New York Times Op-Ed piece Thursday: "I listened carefully to those who encouraged me to run, but I am not — and will not be — a candidate for president."

A source close to the mayor said he made the final decision on Tuesday but had been leaning in that direction for weeks.

He did not alert the White House hopefuls about his plans before the article appeared in the newspaper, the source said....(Click here for remainder of article).


FBI documents contradict 9/11 Commission report

Filed by Larisa Alexandrovna
02/28/2008 @ 8:01 am

Hijacker had post-9/11 flights scheduled, files say

Newly-released records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request contradict the 9/11 Commission’s report on the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and raise fresh questions about the role of Saudi government officials in connection to the hijackers.

The nearly 300 pages of a Federal Bureau of Investigation timeline used by the 9/11 Commission as the basis for many of its findings were acquired through a FOIA request filed by Kevin Fenton, a 26 year old translator from the Czech Republic. The FBI released the 298-page “hijacker timeline” Feb. 4.

The FBI timeline reveals that alleged hijacker Hamza Al-Ghamdi, who was aboard the United Airlines flight which crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, had booked a future flight to San Francisco. He also had a ticket for a trip from Casablanca to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia....(Click here for remainder of article).


Why I'm Backing Obama

Susan Eisenhower is the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

By Susan Eisenhower
Saturday, February 2, 2008; A15

Forty-seven years ago, my grandfather Dwight D. Eisenhower bid farewell to a nation he had served for more than five decades. In his televised address, Ike famously coined the term "military-industrial complex," and he offered advice that is still relevant today. "As we peer into society's future," he said, we "must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow."

Today we are engaged in a debate about these very issues. Deep in America's heart, I believe, is the nagging fear that our best years as a nation may be over. We are disliked overseas and feel insecure at home. We watch as our federal budget hemorrhages red ink and our civil liberties are eroded. Crises in energy, health care and education threaten our way of life and our ability to compete internationally. There are also the issues of a costly, unpopular war; a long-neglected infrastructure; and an aging and increasingly needy population.

I am not alone in worrying that my generation will fail to do what my grandfather's did so well: Leave America a better, stronger place than the one it found.

Given the magnitude of these issues and the cost of addressing them, our next president must be able to bring about a sense of national unity and change. As we no longer have the financial resources to address all these problems comprehensively and simultaneously, setting priorities will be essential. With hard work, much can be done.

The biggest barrier to rolling up our sleeves and preparing for a better future is our own apathy, fear or immobility. We have been living in a zero-sum political environment where all heads have been lowered to avert being lopped off by angry, noisy extremists. I am convinced that Barack Obama is the one presidential candidate today who can encourage ordinary Americans to stand straight again; he is a man who can salve our national wounds and both inspire and pursue genuine bipartisan cooperation. Just as important, Obama can assure the world and Americans that this great nation's impulses are still free, open, fair and broad-minded....(Click here for remainder of Op-Ed).


Texas Republicans cross over to vote for Obama

True support combines with stop-Clinton sentiment in next week’s primary
By Alex Johnson
Reporter MSNBC
updated 7:01 p.m. ET Feb. 28, 2008

One of Sen. Barack Obama’s surest applause lines comes about halfway into his standard stump speech. It goes like this:

“They whisper to me. They say, ‘Barack, I’m a Republican, but I support you.’ And I say, ‘Thank you. Why are we whispering?’”

If the latest polling data are to be believed, those Republicans aren’t whispering in Texas, where 195 of the 228 delegates the state will send to the Democratic National Convention will be chosen in a primary and caucuses Tuesday.

As many as a tenth of the Texans voting in the Democratic contests could be Republicans, and overwhelmingly they favor Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, the polls show.

“I ran for Republican precinct chair. I went to the Republican state convention,” said one of them, Donald Rau of Austin, who has already voted in early balloting. “In this election, I voted for Barack Obama.”

GOP support ‘no longer surprising’
A poll released this week by SurveyUSA of Verona, N.J., indicated that registered Republicans would make up 9 percent of Democratic primary voters next week. Michael Baselice, head of Baselice and Associates, a Texas polling firm, said that was in line with what his company was finding....(Click here for remainder of article).


John McCain's chart-topping single "Bomb Iran"


Iraq back in focus for campaigns

By Bill Schneider
CNN Chief Political Analyst

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- As the intense bloodshed in Iraq began to let up in recent months, so did the political spotlight on the issue in the presidential primaries -- with Iraq overshadowed by the deteriorating U.S. economy.

But Iraq is back in the spotlight, and the issue has helped Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama become front-runners -- a point illustrated in Super Tuesday exit polls.

Most Republicans support the war, and on Super Tuesday, Republican primary voters whose top issue was Iraq voted for McCain -- 49 percent over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 21 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's 19 percent.

Democrats strongly oppose the war, and Democrats whose top issue was Iraq favored Obama, who has opposed the war from the beginning -- 54 percent to Sen. Hillary Clinton's 42 percent.

If it turns out to be a race between McCain and Obama, Iraq will offer a stark choice between a staunch supporter of President Bush's troop buildup and a consistent opponent of the war.

This week, McCain acknowledged he is tied to the war issue....(Click here for remainder of article).


Bloomberg's "bully pulpit" in presidential race

A day after he ended speculation about a White House bid, Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued to stoke buzz about his role in the election Thursday, saying he will "use the bully pulpit of New York" and his billion-dollar bankroll to back the candidate who adopts a bi-partisan method of governing.

"If the candidate adopts this independent approach, somebody has got to stand up and give them some credit for it, and I will not be reticent," the mayor said at a news conference, adding, "they're all in contention" for his support.

The billionaire mayor also suggested that he might pay for ads supporting a candidate, similar to the way he has financed an ad campaign for the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition he founded. There are no federal spending limits as long as Bloomberg doesn't coordinate with a campaign....(Click here for remainder of article).


Bloomberg Says His Endorsement Is up for Grabs

Associated Press
February 28, 2008 posted 5:43 pm EST

Mayor Bloomberg, no longer a potential presidential contender, said today that the candidates are starting to reflect his brand of bipartisanship and that his endorsement — which could come with a hefty financial boost — is up for grabs.

The billionaire mayor, who is friendly with Senator McCain as well as Senators Clinton and Obama, finally put to rest more than two years of speculation that he would launch his own independent bid for the White House. He said he had thought "long and hard" about whether to run.

"The candidates that are emerging, I think in all fairness, are showing some hopeful signs of understanding the need for independent leadership," Mr. Bloomberg told reporters. "And I believe that the most productive role I can play is to continue pushing them in that direction."...(Click here for remainder of article).


Democrats Blaze Trails In February Fundraising

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 29, 2008; Page A01

Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama continued to rewrite fundraising records this month, with Clinton announcing yesterday that she had rebounded from a disappointing showing in January to raise $35 million in February, by far her biggest one-month total of the campaign.

Obama (Ill.), who raised $36 million in January, has not yet announced a total for February, but aides said it will be "considerably more" than that raised by his rival for the Democratic nomination. Their combined total appeared poised to surpass the $71 million raised by President Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) in March 2004, the previous record for fundraising by two candidates for the presidency in a single month....(Click here for remainder of posting).


Nader’s No. 2

Published: February 29, 2008

The 2008 campaign has its first official vice-presidential candidate, and it is not Mike Huckabee.

The candidate, in a selection that will please fans of both his politics and his art, is Matt Gonzalez, aspiring collage artist and former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Ralph Nader, who on Sunday announced his fourth formal campaign for the presidency, as an independent, introduced Mr. Gonzalez as his running mate at a Washington news conference Thursday.

Mr. Gonzalez, a lawyer, was nearly elected mayor of San Francisco in 2003 as a member of the Green Party and remains a force in Northern California, where the party has some of its deepest support.

Mr. Nader’s most famous presidential run was in 2000, of course, when his third-party bid was blamed by many Democrats for Al Gore’s loss in Florida, an outcome that cost Mr. Gore the election. But Mr. Gonzalez said Thursday that he was running in part to rebut the notion that independent candidates could only be no-good spoilers....(Click here for remainder of article).


Obama: Looking Ahead, but Wary

BEAUMONT, Tex. — While Senator Barack Obama said he was keeping his focus on his Democratic rival, he said he would not “leave unanswered” the criticisms from Senator John McCain, the Republican front-runner.

“John McCain seems to be talking about me a lot,” Mr. Obama told reporters as he flew through Texas on Thursday. “Obviously, I want to make very clear to voters in the Democratic primary that I am very confident about being able to make the case for why John McCain is looking backwards and we need to take this country forwards.”

“To the extent that he’s initiating this debate a little bit early – and maybe a little bit prematurely – that’s something that we don’t want to leave unanswered,” he said.

In recent days, Mr. Obama has spent less time dwelling on his Democratic foe, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Asked if he was counting her out, he declared: “I am not. I am not. Remember New Hampshire?”...(Click here for remainder of post).


Bush takes verbal shots at Obama, Clinton



Clinton misrepresents Obama's health care views

Posted by Scott Helman, Political Reporter February 28, 2008 03:09 PM

HANGING ROCK, Ohio -- Senator Hillary Clinton, who has blasted rival Barack Obama for allegedly misleading people about her health care position to voters, presented his health care views inaccurately before an audience today in rural Ohio.

Clinton, speaking on poverty and family wellness at a community center here, told a couple hundred people that she was committed to universal health care because families can't be fully healthy unless everyone in the family is. It was part of a broader point about the interconnectedness of health care costs, gas prices, and the challenges of raising a family today.

"If you don't have health insurance for everyone, we're never going to get out of this," she said. "We're just going to keep running around in circles."

This, she said, was one of the big differences between her and Obama.

"I want ... each and every member of the family to have health insurance. My opponent only wants your children to have health insurance," she said. "I don't think that's smart."

That is hardly Obama's position.

The difference in their health care proposals is this: Clinton would require that everyone purchase insurance, a mandate that she says she would impose in tandem with bringing costs down through subsidies and other measures. Obama would only impose such a mandate on parents, requiring them to cover their children....(Click here for remainder of post).


Jailed governor's daughter accuses judge of delaying appeal

David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Thursday February 28, 2008

At the heart of the case of imprisoned former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman are charges that he was railroaded by Karl Rove and the Republican Party. MSNBC host Dan Abrams has become a passionate advocate for Siegelman's cause, and in an extended segment on Wednesday's program, he examined various aspects of this allegation.

Dana Siegelman, the former governor's daughter, joined Abrams Wednesday to discuss attempts to get her father's sentence reviewed. She said her father was "excited" and "reencouraged" by the CBS and MSNBC coverage of his case and that she believes Judge Mark Fuller is deliberately "sitting on" the transcript of Siegelman's 2006 trial that has to be available before any appeal can go forward.

She confirmed that her father "absolutely" believes Rove is responsible for his incarceration. "He knows Karl Rove is behind this. ... My dad was the first governor to endorse Al Gore. ... He spoke at the Democratic national meeting in Boston and said some things that were very controversial and things that scared the Republican Party into thinking that my dad was also looking to run on a national scale."...(Click here for remainder of post).


Obama says 'We can't wait' in return to Texas

Thursday, February 28, 2008

By ELIZABETH WHITE Associated Press Writer
© 2008 The Associated Press

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Barack Obama appealed on Wednesday to thousands of supporters to make use of the final two days of early voting in Texas, whose upcoming primary could add momentum to his campaign or keep that of his rival alive.

"Now we have been seeing unbelievable turnout everywhere," Obama told a crowd of about 8,000 cheering supporters. "We have early voting here and I want everybody who is here to vote tomorrow or the next day."

Obama spoke at a park at Texas State University, 30 miles southwest of Austin. The crowd lined the banks of a river running through the college town and waited hours in increasingly chilly temperatures to see the Illinois senator.

Obama is making another multi-day swing through Texas, a state that, along with Ohio, could further vault his surging campaign and perhaps sink that of Hillary Rodham Clinton. The high-stakes states, along with Vermont and Rhode Island, hold primary contests on Tuesday.

Clinton has lost 11 straight contests to Obama....(Click here for remainder of article).


Bloomberg Not Running for President

By SARA KUGLER – 3 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — After two years of playing coy about his presidential ambitions, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared in a newspaper editorial Wednesday that he will not run for president but might support the candidate who "takes an independent, nonpartisan approach."

The 66-year-old billionaire businessman, who aides had said was prepared to spend $1 billion to run as an independent, wrote in an editorial on The New York Times' Web site that he will work to "steer the national conversation away from partisanship and toward unity; away from ideology and toward common sense; away from sound bites and toward substance."

Bloomberg, who has almost two years left in his second term at City Hall, had publicly denied any interest in running for president since one of his political advisers first planted the seed more than two years ago.

But his denials grew weaker in recent months as aides and supporters quietly began laying the groundwork for a third-party campaign.

"I listened carefully to those who encouraged me to run, but I am not — and will not be — a candidate for president," he wrote.

Among his biggest obstacles was getting on the ballot. The process varies wildly from state to state and would have required Bloomberg to collect hundreds of thousands of signatures according to a strict timetable on which the first key date is March 5....(Click here for remainder of article).


Clinton’s Efforts on Ethanol Overlap Her Husband’s Interests

Published: February 28, 2008

To big rounds of applause, three of the world’s richest men — Richard Branson, Ronald W. Burkle and Vinod Khosla — trooped onto a New York ballroom stage with former President Bill Clinton to pledge support for renewable energy projects to combat global warming and create jobs.

It was September 2006, and the Clinton Global Initiative, the annual star-studded networking event for philanthropists and investors, had generated commitments to spend billions on ethanol and other alternative fuels. Cast as good works, many were also investments by businessmen hoping for a profit.

And sitting in the audience was an influential public official who had also taken an active interest in renewable sources of fuel: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Several months earlier, Mrs. Clinton had sponsored legislation to provide billions in new federal incentives for ethanol, and, especially in her home state of New York, she has worked to foster a business climate that favors the sort of ethanol investments pursued by her husband’s friends and her political supporters....(Click here for remainder of article).


Despite Nafta Attacks, Clinton and Obama Haven’t Been Free Trade Foes

As they have tussled for votes in economically beleaguered Ohio, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton have both excoriated the North American Free Trade Agreement while lobbing accusations against their opponent on the issue.

Lost amid the posturing, however, is that both have staked out nuanced positions in the past on Nafta and have supported similar trade deals. Although their language has become much more hostile to free trade as they have exchanged charges and countercharges, neither of them would have been mistaken in the past for an ardent protectionist or a die-hard free trader.

Instead, both appear to have been part of the conflicted middle ground within the Democratic Party that is groping for a proper balance between being friendly to free trade agreements, believing they are beneficial to the economy, but also seeking to level the playing field for the United States when it comes to labor and environmental standards and addressing job losses that come with globalization.

“The bottom line,” said Lori Wallach, director of the Global Trade Watch division of Public Citizen and a fierce free trade foe, “is neither of the current Democratic candidates were in the category of leaders fighting for improving U.S. trade policy to try to come up with different terms for globalization, but in the course of their campaign they have come to see both the political necessity and the substantive problems, pushing them to some interesting new thinking.”

There is clearly a large dose of politics behind the vigor with which the Democratic contenders are attacking each other on Nafta, full of parsed quotations and misrepresentations. Mr. Obama has accused Mrs. Clinton of full-throated support for Nafta in the past, while Mrs. Clinton has leveled the same charge against Mr. Obama....(Click here for remainder of article).


Unions help steer Dems' Ohio race

By Jill Lawrence, USA TODAY

CLEVELAND — Snow fell steadily this week as nursing-home employees knocked on doors in working-class neighborhoods for Barack Obama. Across town, in a room furnished with tables and a coffee maker, hospital and school workers clutching cellphones made calls for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Unions and their concerns — topped by jobs, trade and health care — are highly visible in Ohio in advance of Tuesday's pivotal Democratic primary. The state's political leaders say whoever has the best economic message will win — the primary, the nomination and the general election.

"What is the issue that matters most in the states that matter most electorally?" asks Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern. He says those states are Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, and answers his own question: "Building a robust economy. You don't have to walk away from trade to do it."

Ohio was a heartbreaker for Democrats in 2004, when John Kerry lost the state — and the presidency — by 118,601 votes. But the party made a big comeback in 2006 with wins for governor, U.S. senator and other offices....(Click here for remainder of article).


Young America May Lift Democrats, Shape Agendas

Under-30 Voters Help Bolster Issues Like Student Loans

February 28, 2008; Page A10

Behind the surge in voter turnout this year has been a particularly sharp rise among people younger than age 30. In 18 states that have voted in the past two months, younger voters made up 13% of the Democratic electorate, up from 9% in the nominating contests four years ago, an analysis of primary and caucus exit polls shows.

Beyond helping Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in the presidential nominating contest, the trend could lift Democrats across the board in November, as the rise has been much bigger in Democratic primaries than for Republicans. In 16 of the early Republican contests, the younger-than-30 vote for Republicans made up 11% of the primary and caucus voters, up from 10% in 2000, the last time the party had a competitive nominating contest.

The rising prominence of the youth vote also could shape the terms of the campaign debate, as candidates increasingly focus on issues of concern to the younger demographic.

College tuition has taken center stage among the Democrats. Mr. Obama has pledged to institute a tax credit that would make the first $4,000 of college free for most students. In Hillary Clinton's opening remarks at the debate in Austin last week, the New York senator promised to reverse current special interest subsidies and use that money to "make college affordable."...(Click here for remainder of article).


Houston superdelegate switches support to Obama

© 2008 The Associated Press

AUSTIN — Democratic superdelegate and state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, of Houston, defected from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign Wednesday and joined a growing list of superdelegates to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president, according to his campaign.

"I'm honored to have earned the support of Representative Thompson and am pleased that she'll play an important role in advancing our grassroots movement for change in Houston and across Texas," Obama said in a statement. "Throughout her three decades in the Legislature, she's been a tireless advocate for working families and when I'm president we'll work together to put the American dream within reach of every child in Texas and across our country."

Thompson, one of the longest serving Democrats in the state House, is one of the party insiders who, as a superdelegate, help choose the Democratic nominee at the national convention this summer in Denver....(Click here for remainder of article).


Military fears 'unknown quantity'

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Washington Times, the Moonie owned right-wing "newspaper", had as its headline story the other day that the military was scared at what a Barack Obama presidency would mean for the military. However, what is conveniently left out of the article is that Barack Obama, along with Ron Paul, has raised the most money from members of the military. This is a inconvenient truth that just happens to get in the way of their claims. This is nothing more than another right-wing attempt to slander a Democratic candidate for president. You can read the totally biased article below, and below that is an article from the USA Today about Obama's (and Paul's) fund raising from members of the military.

February 26, 2008

By Rowan Scarborough - Members of Washington's military and defense establishment are expressing trepidation about Sen. Barack Obama, as the Illinois senator comes closer to winning the Democratic presidential nomination and leads in national polls to become commander in chief.

But his backers, including a former Air Force chief of staff, say the rookie senator believes in a strong military, and with it, a larger Army and Marine Corps.

"Any military person who concludes he's a left-wing, hair-on-fire, Kumbaya child of the '60s has sadly misunderestimated him, to use George Bush's term," said retired Gen. Merrill McPeak.

Still, the mostly conservative retired officers, industry executives and current defense officials interviewed by The Washington Times cite Mr. Obama's lack of experience in national security. They also point to his determination to pull American combat units from Iraq at a time when a troop surge has reduced violence, damaged al Qaeda and allowed the Iraqi government to progress toward Sunni-Shia-Kurd reconciliation.

"We're very concerned about his apparent lack of understanding on the threat of radical Islam to the United States," said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, who is pro-Iraq war and a Fox News analyst. "A lot of retired senior officers feel the same way."

Mr. Obama also has stirred concern in national security circles by pledging to talk to the leaders of rogue nations, such as Iran and North Korea, without preconditions.

His urging of the Bush administration to conduct air strikes against terrorist targets in Pakistan without its approval is privately derided inside the Pentagon as the way to ruin relations with a good ally. Pakistan will not allow U.S. combat troops to operate on its soil....(Click here for remainder of article).

Obama, Paul net most military workers' donations

By Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Ron Paul have little in common politically, except their opposition to the Iraq war.

Both top a new list of presidential candidates receiving campaign contributions from people who work for the four branches of the military and National Guard, according to a study released Thursday by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Obama, an Illinois senator, brought in more donations from this group than any White House contender from either party. The Democrat announced Wednesday his plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2008.

Paul, a Texas congressman and the only GOP presidential hopeful who supports an immediate troop withdrawal, comes in second.

"Paul and Obama are talking straight to soldiers, and what they are saying is resonating," said Larnell Exum, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, who gave $500 to Obama. Exum, who works for the Army as a congressional liaison, is a Democrat but voted for George Bush in 1992.

The center tallied money from donors who list the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and National Guard as an employer. Overall, these donations are miniscule: Obama got 44 contributions worth about $27,000 and Paul 23 for about $19,300. Republican John McCain, an Iraq war supporter and Vietnam prisoner of war, was third with about $18,500 from 32 donors.

In 2004, military personnel contributed $1.2 million to presidential and congressional candidates, the center said. This year, those donations are about $200,000....(Click here for remainder of article).


Dodd Gives Clinton a Gentle Nudge

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

By Alec MacGillis

CLEVELAND -- In issuing his endorsement of Barack Obama here this morning, Chris Dodd made abundantly clear -- in the most decorous and senatorial of terms, to be sure -- that he believes it is getting near time for the Democrats to call it a race.

"This is a moment of unity in our country, a time when we need to come together as the Democratic Party and get behind a candidacy that expresses the hopes, aspirations and ambitions of million and millions of Americans," he said, standing beside Obama in a hotel function room. Dodd added: "I don't want a campaign that's only divisive. But there is a danger of it becoming that, not because the candidates want it to, but too often the advisers and consultants others are seeking that divisiveness....It is devastating in the longer term."...(Click here for remainder of article).


McCain apologizes for radio host's Obama attack

by Frank James

I think we can safely say Bill "Willie" Cunningham, a conservative radio talk show host in Cincinnati, won't be showing up at any more rallies for Sen. John McCain.

It's never a good idea for someone who's sole job is to fire up the crowd before the candidate arrives to utter thoughts that later require the candidate to apologize. And that's what happened today.

Cunningham called Sen. Barack Obama a Chicago "hack" from the "Chicago-Daley Mob." He also said he couldn't wait until the media ripped the "bark" off Obama and accused the senator from Illinois of dubious financial dealings.

What's more, he kept dropping the H-bomb, as in Hussein which is, of course, Obama's middle name.

"Hussein" is often used by many of the senator's fiercest critics to insinuate something sinister about Obama since the name obviously has plenty of negative associations for many Americans, thanks to the late U.S. and Bush family nemesis....(Click here for remainder of post).


Obama support grows amid Clinton offensive

Ed Pilkington in New York, Tuesday February 26 2008

Barack Obama has extended his electoral grip among groups of voters until recently seen as core supporters of Hillary Clinton, including low-income families and moderates, and has even drawn level among Democratic women, a slew of new opinion polls suggest.

The surveys underline the critical few days facing Clinton, who must perform well in next Tuesday's primaries in Ohio and Texas if she is to stand any chance of regaining some of the momentum currently enjoyed by Obama, who has won 11 straight contests in the past two weeks.

In the face of such setbacks the Clinton campaign has decided to go on the offensive against Obama, unleashing what one adviser told the New York Times was a "kitchen sink" fusillade against him.

The paper said that she would focus on five points of perceived weakness in his experience and preparedness for government....(Click here for remainder of article).


Cleveland debate is final chance for Clinton to woo March 4 voters

Ewen MacAskill and Daniel Nasaw in Washington, Tuesday February 26 2008

Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama go head to head tonight in their final showdown before the crucial Texas and Ohio primaries on March 4.

The Democratic debate in Cleveland could be Clinton's last chance to impress voters and attempt to halt some of the momentum Obama has gained after 11 straight victories.

The mood in previous debates has run from acrimonious to conciliatory, and how the two senators treat each other tonight is anyone's guess - although a bitter row that erupted yesterday between the two camps could set the tone.

The two campaign teams squared off over a photograph of Obama in native African garb resembling traditional Muslim dress. Obama's campaign accused Clinton's staff of mounting a desperate dirty tricks operation, feeding into false claims on US websites that he is a Muslim.

His campaign manager, David Plouffe, described it as "the most shameful, offensive fearmongering we've seen from either party in this election". Obama has had to spend much of the campaign stressing he is a Christian, not a Muslim, and did not study at a madrasah....(Click here for remainder of article).


Priorities - John McCain Ad

Senator McCain has to give America straight talk. What won't we be able to do, both at home and in the war against al Qaeda, because we're stuck in endless war in Iraq. Support here.


Hypocrite Or Unpatriotic? - You Decide

How interesting. That looks like Rep. Jack Kingston talking about Obama not wearing his lapel pin. What’s missing? Jack Kingston’s lapel pin.

So does this make Kingston unpatriotic, a hypocrite or just plain stupid.

Of course this isn’t the first time Kingston played a game of “open mouth, insert foot”. A little over a year ago, Kingston said if families couldn’t survive on the old minimum wage then they needed to work longer hours. Just a month before that he was crying that working a 5 day work week in Congress would “take away from families“. I guess his family is more important than yours or mine.

(cross posted at IntoxiNation)


Rigged Trials at Gitmo


Secret evidence. Denial of habeas corpus. Evidence obtained by waterboarding. Indefinite detention. The litany of complaints about the treatment of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay is long, disturbing and by now familiar. Nonetheless, a new wave of shock and criticism greeted the Pentagon's announcement on February 11 that it was charging six Guantánamo detainees, including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, with war crimes--and seeking the death penalty for all of them.

Now, as the murky, quasi-legal staging of the Bush Administration's military commissions unfolds, a key official has told The Nation that the trials have been rigged from the start. According to Col. Morris Davis, former chief prosecutor for Guantánamo's military commissions, the process has been manipulated by Administration appointees to foreclose the possibility of acquittal.

Colonel Davis's criticism of the commissions has been escalating since he resigned in October, telling the Washington Post that he had been pressured by politically appointed senior Defense officials to pursue cases deemed "sexy" and of "high interest" (such as the 9/11 cases now being pursued) in the run-up to the 2008 elections. Davis, once a staunch defender of the commissions process, elaborated on his reasons in a December 10, 2007, Los Angeles Times op-ed. "I concluded that full, fair and open trials were not possible under the current system," he wrote. "I felt that the system had become deeply politicized and that I could no longer do my job effectively."

Then, in an interview with The Nation in February after the six Guantánamo detainees were charged, Davis offered the most damning evidence of the military commissions' bias--a revelation that speaks to fundamental flaws in the Bush Administration's conduct of statecraft: its contempt for the rule of law and its pursuit of political objectives above all else.

When asked if he thought the men at Guantánamo could receive a fair trial, Davis provided the following account of an August 2005 meeting he had with Pentagon general counsel William Haynes--the man who now oversees the tribunal process for the Defense Department....(Click here for remainder of article).

Here is the Op-Ed written by Col. Morris Davis for the Los Angeles Times:
AWOL military justice

By Morris D. Davis
December 10, 2007

I was the chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until Oct. 4, the day I concluded that full, fair and open trials were not possible under the current system. I resigned on that day because I felt that the system had become deeply politicized and that I could no longer do my job effectively or responsibly.

In my view -- and I think most lawyers would agree -- it is absolutely critical to the legitimacy of the military commissions that they be conducted in an atmosphere of honesty and impartiality. Yet the political appointee known as the "convening authority" -- a title with no counterpart in civilian courts -- was not living up to that obligation.

In a nutshell, the convening authority is supposed to be objective -- not predisposed for the prosecution or defense -- and gets to make important decisions at various stages in the process. The convening authority decides which charges filed by the prosecution go to trial and which are dismissed, chooses who serves on the jury, decides whether to approve requests for experts and reassesses findings of guilt and sentences, among other things.

Earlier this year, Susan Crawford was appointed by the secretary of Defense to replace Maj. Gen. John Altenburg as the convening authority. Altenburg's staff had kept its distance from the prosecution to preserve its impartiality. Crawford, on the other hand, had her staff assessing evidence before the filing of charges, directing the prosecution's pretrial preparation of cases (which began while I was on medical leave), drafting charges against those who were accused and assigning prosecutors to cases, among other things....(Click here for remainder of article).


Are Clinton's Racists and Divisive? It Appears So

Hillary Clinton and her campaign are either racist or they sure are acting like it.

Since the campaign began, Barack Obama has had to contend with lies being told about his religion through emails, telling folks he was a Muslim and reminding folks that his middle name is Hussein.

During the campaign, talk shows and news stations have supposedly ‘mistakenly’ reported Barack name as being Osama instead of Obama. Most recently Chris Matthews was discussing the Obama campaign while a picture of Osama Bin Laden was being shown to the right of Chris. They later apologized.

The Clinton campaign has also attacked him personally, alluding to his race and beliefs. Her surrogates went after the idea of whether he was “black enough”. Later, her husband Bill Clinton called the Obama campaign a “fairy tale”...(Click here for remainder of post).


Big brouhaha over "60 Minutes" blackout in Alabama

TUSCALOOSA | The airing of a nearly 15 minute segment on the incarceration of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman on "60 Minutes" last night has been overshadowed down here in Alabama by the fact that the CBS station in Huntsville, which serves most of the Tennessee Valley, went mysteriously blank just as the segment began.

Needless to say, this has touched off a brush fire of criticism and conspiracy theories, even though the station in question, WHNT, channel 19, did manage to get the last couple of minutes on the air.

The official explanation from station manager Stan Pylant is that "the CBS receiver that allows us to receive programming from the CBS Network's New York feed failed," and that his "engineers responded as quickly as possible to diagnose the problem and we were able to restore the feed at 6:12 p.m."

In the email Pylant promised to run the segment in its entirety during tonight's 10 p.m. news. (Dan Abrams also plans to run his own story on the Siegelman case on his MSNBC show at 8 p.m. tonight.)

I'm sure the controversy over the blackout will continue to rage for a few more days (you should have seen my inbox this morning), but it should not obscure what was a fairly damaging report on Siegelman's federal trial and conviction on bribery charges after he allegedly accepted $250,000 from former and now disgraced HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to help pay the bills for his failed lottery initiative. In what the prosecution claimed was an illegal quid pro quo, Scrushy was appointed to a hospital governing board on which he had already served under other governors of both parties. Both Siegelman and Scrushy were sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison in part because of that transaction....(Click here for remainder of article).


Ex-Ala. Governor Seeks Special Prosecutor

Tuesday, February 26, 2008; Page A02

Attorneys for imprisoned former Alabama governor Don Siegelman called Monday for the Justice Department to bring in a special prosecutor after a key government witness was quoted as saying he was told to write out his testimony to "get his story straight."

Vince Kilborn, a lawyer for the former Democratic governor, said the defense was never told of written testimony by Nick Bailey, a former Siegelman aide whose testimony was crucial to the government.

In its "60 Minutes" program Sunday, CBS News quoted Bailey as saying prosecutors met with him about 70 times. He said they had him regularly write out his testimony because they were frustrated with his recollection of events.

The written notes, if they existed, could have damaged the credibility of Bailey's story, but no such notes were turned over to the defense, as would have been required by law, Kilborn said....(Click here for remainder of article).


Flag Code Violations

Photo: Jim Lynam

Utah, Jan. 27, 2008. Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman ordered US and state flags flown at half mast for Gordon Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Section 7m authorizes a governor to half-staff the US flag upon the death of a present or former official of the government of the state, or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from that state who dies while serving on active duty. Governors may not half-staff the US flag for religious leaders, according to the Flag Code.

Mexican-US flags

Reno, Nevada, October 2, 2007, the flagpole at a local bar displayed the Mexican flag above the US flag on the same flagpole. Section 7g reads, "When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace." Photo source: KRNV News 4

Albanian pro-Americans

Albania, June 10, 2007, the woman's flag is union out; the man is wearing flag shorts; his flag is touching the ground. Section 7h reads, "the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff." Section 8d reads, "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel." Section 8b reads, "The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground." Of course, the Flag Code doesn't apply in Albania. Photo credit: Damir Sagolj/Reuters


September 11, 2006, President Bush and first lady Laura Bush stand on a carpet of the American flag at Ground Zero in Manhattan, the site of the September 11, 2001 attack. Section 8b of the Flag Code reads, " The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground..." Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed


April 2006, protesters hold a US flag union down to protest pending federal legislation, in Costa Mesa, California. Section 8a. "The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property." Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images/David McNew

Kid Rock, Super Bowl 2004

Super Bowl 2004, Janet Jackson's "costume malfunction" made international news; that same half-time show featured the wearing of an American flag by performer Kid Rock. He later removed the flag poncho and hurled it over his head. Section 8d. reads, "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel." Photo credit: Reuters

President Bush and flag

In July 2003 President Bush autographed a small flag. This picture was circulated across the Internet noting its violation of the Flag Code: "The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature." Photo credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak


Obama and the Flag

The right wing cabal has been attacking Barack Obama over his supposed lack of patriotism. They say things like "he doesn't wear a flag lapel pin." Well actually wearing a flag lapel pin is in actuality a violation of Federal Law, and Flag etiquette. Here is United States code that governs the uses displaying of the United States Flag.

United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 — The Flag
§1. Flag; stripes and stars on

The flag of the United States shall be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white; and the union of the flag shall be forty-eight stars [Note that sec. 2 which follows provides for additional stars. Today the flag has fifty stars representing the fifty states — Webmaster], white in a blue field

§2. Same; additional stars

On the admission of a new State into the Union one star shall be added to the union of the flag; and such addition shall take effect on the fourth day of July then next succeeding such admission

§3. Use of flag for advertising purposes; mutilation of flag

Any person who, within the District of Columbia, in any manner, for exhibition or display, shall place or cause to be placed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing, or any advertisement of any nature upon any flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America; or shall expose or cause to be exposed to public view any such flag, standard, colors, or ensign upon which shall have been printed, painted, or otherwise placed, or to which shall be attached, appended, affixed, or annexed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, or drawing, or any advertisement of any nature; or who, within the District of Columbia, shall manufacture, sell, expose for sale, or to public view, or give away or have in possession for sale, or to be given away or for use for any purpose, any article or substance being an article of merchandise, or a receptacle for merchandise or article or thing for carrying or transporting merchandise, upon which shall have been printed, painted, attached, or otherwise placed a representation of any such flag, standard, colors, or ensign, to advertise, call attention to, decorate, mark, or distinguish the article or substance on which so placed shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $100 or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or both, in the discretion of the court. The words "flag, standard, colors, or ensign", as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.

§4. Pledge of allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.", should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute. [See Congressional Notes re use of "under God."]

§5. Display and use of flag by civilians; codification of rules and customs; definition

The following codification of existing rules and customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag of the United States of America be, and it is hereby, established for the use of such civilians or civilian groups or organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations promulgated by one or more executive departments of the Government of the United States. The flag of the United States for the purpose of this chapter shall be defined according to title 4, United States Code, Chapter 1, Section 1 and Section 2 and Executive Order 10834 issued pursuant thereto.

§6. Time and occasions for display
  1. It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
  2. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  3. The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.
  4. The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on
    • New Year's Day, January 1
    • Inauguration Day, January 20
    • Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, third Monday in January
    • Lincoln's Birthday, February 12
    • Washington's Birthday, third Monday in February
    • Easter Sunday (variable)
    • Mother's Day, second Sunday in May
    • Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
    • Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May
    • Flag Day, June 14
    • Independence Day, July 4
    • Labor Day, first Monday in September
    • Constitution Day, September 17
    • Columbus Day, second Monday in October
    • Navy Day, October 27
    • Veterans Day, November 11
    • Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
    • Christmas Day, December 25
    • and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
    • the birthdays of States (date of admission)
    • and on State holidays.
  5. The flag should be displayed daily on or near the main administration building of every public institution.
  6. The flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days.
  7. The flag should be displayed during school days in or near every schoolhouse.
§7. Position and manner of display

The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag's own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

  1. The flag should not be displayed on a float in a parade except from a staff, or as provided in subsection (i) of this section.
  2. The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.
  3. No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations.
  4. The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag's own right, and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.
  5. The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
  6. When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag's right.
  7. When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.
  8. When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
  9. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.
  10. When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.
  11. When used on a speaker's platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should be displayed above and behind the speaker. When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or to the right of the audience.
  12. The flag should form a distinctive feature of the ceremony of unveiling a statue or monument, but it should never be used as the covering for the statue or monument.
  13. The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from any State, territory, or possession who dies while serving on active duty, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff, and the same authority is provided to the Mayor of the District of Columbia with respect to present or former officials of the District of Columbia and members of the Armed Forces from the District of Columbia. The flag shall be flown at half-staff 30 days from the death of the President or a former President; 10 days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day. As used in this subsection —
    1. the term "half-staff" means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;
    2. the term "executive or military department" means any agency listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5, United States Code; and
    3. the term "Member of Congress" means a Senator, a Representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.
  14. When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.
  15. When the flag is suspended across a corridor or lobby in a building with only one main entrance, it should be suspended vertically with the union of the flag to the observer's left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north, when entrances are to the east and west or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.
§8. Respect for flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

  1. The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
  2. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
  3. The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
  4. The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
  5. The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
  6. The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
  7. The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
  8. The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
  9. The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
  10. No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
  11. The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning
§9. Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag

During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present except those in uniform should face the flag and stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should render the military salute. When not in uniform, men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Aliens should stand at attention. The salute to the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes

§10. Modification of rules and customs by President

Any rule or custom pertaining to the display of the flag of the United States of America, set forth herein, may be altered, modified, or repealed, or additional rules with respect thereto may be prescribed, by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, whenever he deems it to be appropriate or desirable; and any such alteration or additional rule shall be set forth in a proclamation.



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