And finally the peace sign turns 50 years old today. Over the past five decades the peace sign has become one of the world’s enduring icons. The original peace sign was developed in1958 by a British textile designer and conscientious objector named Gerald Holtom. He created the symbol by combining the semaphore letters N and D, for nuclear disarmament. On Feb. 21, 1958 the symbol was accepted by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear war. The symbol soon began to be used in anti-nuclear protests across Britain and then spread across the globe.
Californian Judge Criticized for Shutting Down WikiLeaks.org
Reporters Without Borders is criticizing a California judge for closing the website WikiLeaks dot org. The U.S. based website was built to give whistleblowers a site to post leaked documents. Last week Californian judge Jeffrey White ordered the website’s site’s domain name registrar to disable the Wikileaks dot org domain name White issued the ruling after a Cayman Islands bank sued the site following the publication of leaked bank documents. According to Reporters Without Borders, this appears to be the first time a US court has decided to close an entire website because of certain documents posted on it. David Ardia, of the Citizen Media Law Project said: “There is no justification under the First Amendment for shutting down an entire Web site.”
McCain’s Relationship With D.C. Lobbyist Questioned
The New York Times has published a front-page expose detailing questionable ties between John McCain and a female Washington lobbyist. The Times reveals that during his 2000 run for the White House, McCain repeatedly wrote letters to government regulators on behalf of clients of the telecommunications lobbyist, Vicki Iseman. At the time McCain served as chair of the Senate Commerce Committee. The Times also reports that aides to McCain were concerned the Senator was having a romantic affair with the lobbyist.
McCain and Iseman have denied having a romantic relationship. But former McCain aides said the Senator acknowledged behaving inappropriately and pledged to keep his distance from Iseman. Last night the McCain campaign accused the New York Times of engaging in a “hit-and-run smear campaign”
Obama Raises Record $36 Billion In January
Newly released campaign records show Senator Barack Obama raised a record $36 million in January – nearly three times what Hillary Clinton pulled in. Both candidates spent an average of one million dollars per day last month on what is projected to the most expensive presidential race ever. Republican frontrunner Senator John McCain raised nearly $12 million in January.
527 Group Formed To Fund Pro-Clinton Ads
The Washington Post reports wealthy supporters of Hillary Clinton have formed a new independent 527 group to begin buying television ads to help the New York Senator. Under campaign finance rules, 527s can accept unlimited donations from supporters.
The newly formed American Leadership Project plans to spend $10 million to purchase ad time in Texas and Ohio.
Clinton Says Obama is All Talk And Little Substance
On the campaign trail on Wednesday, Senator Clinton dismissed Barack Obama of being all talk and little substance. Clinton’s charges came on the eve of tonight’s debate in Austin Texas. At a fundraising event in New York, Clinton belittled Obama as an inexperienced choice for commander-in-chief in a dangerous world.
Sen. Clinton: “So there are big differences in this election between me and Senator Obama and between me and Senator Mccain, whether we favor speeches or solutions to move our country forward or more of the same Republican policies. This is a debate the voters deserve to have.”
Senator Barack Obama rejected the criticisms.
Sen. Obama: “Contrary to what she’s been saying, it’s not a choice between speeches and solutions. It’s a choice between a politics that offers more of the same divisions, and distractions that didn’t work in South Carolina. And didn’t work in Wisconsin. And will not work in Texas.”
Teamsters Union Backs Obama
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters endorsed Senator Obama on Wednesday. Teamsters president James Hoffa said “Obama] is the candidate in the best position to lead our movement to restore the American dream for working people in this country.” Hoffa is expected to begin campaigning for Obama in Ohio ahead of the state’s March 4 primary. The Teamsters represent 1.2 million truck drivers, warehouse employees and other workers.