PAGE 2 SEtrriON 1 DAILY UF.RAI..D Today in history Picture SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 Barbie made her public debut on this date in 1959 at the American Toy Fair in New York City. At 11 inches tall, the blond-haired doll has been a giant force in the toy industry—selling more than 800 million dolls worldwide since being introduced by Ruth Handler. Barbie's boyfriend, Ken, didn't come along until 1961. Source: Hlstory.com Rome I «Blrmi MISS,' AlA ; Montgomei Mobile . S.C. AP Wherein the world? Lawyers for Georgia, Alabama and Florida are battling for the water resources of two major river basins. Boeing backers blame McCain Corruption in earlier air tanker deal put senator in opposition Associated Pirss WASHINGTON — Angry Boeing supporters are vowing revenge against Republican presidential candidate John McCain over Chicago-based Boeing's loss of a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract to the parent company of European plane maker Airbus. There are other targets for their ire — the Air Force, the defense secretary and even the entire Bush administration. But Boeing supporters in Congress are directing their wrath at McCain, the Arizona senator and nominee in waiting, for scuttling an earlier deal that would have let Boeing build the next generation of Air Force refueling tankers. Boeing now will miss out on a deal that it says would have supported 44,000 new and existing jobs at the company and suppliers in 40 states. "I hope the voters of this state remember what John McCain has done to them and their jobs," said Democratic Rep. Norm Dicks of Washington, whose state would have been home to the tanker program and gained about 9,000 jobs. "Having made sure that Iraq gets new schools, roads, bridges and dams that we deny America, now we are making sure that France gets the jobs that Americans used ASSOCIATED PRESS Alabama Gov Bob Rlley displays a graph showing the differences between KC-X Tanker of Northrop Grumman /EADS and the Boeing proposal during a March 7 news conference. Riley said the Air Force was justified in going with the Northrop Grumman/EADS proposal. "By every category this was the best plane," he said. "(The Boeing contract) would have cost the taxpayers more than $6 billion and ended up with people in federal prison." John McCain, explaining why he opposed giving the lucrative contract to Boeing to have," said Illinois Democratic Rep. Rahm Fjnanuel. "We are sending the jobs overseas, all because John McCain demanded it." The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. and its U.S. partner, Los Angeles- based Northrop Grumman, won a competition with Boeing Feb. 29 to build the refueling planes in one of the REAL ESTATE AUCTION DEVELOPER CLOSEOUT MARCH 18, 2OO8 15 BRAND NEW "'CONDOMINIUMS PALATINE, ILLINOIS 50 N. PLUM GROVE Ro (1 block north of intersection of Plum Grove & Palatine Rds) PLEASE ENTER ON WILSON biggest Pentagon contracts in decades. The unexpected decision has sparked outrage from union halls to the halls of Congress over the impact on U.S. jobs, prestige and national security. EADS and Northrop say about 60 percent of their tanker will be built in the U.S. McCain said he is keeping an open mind on the contract, ABSOLUTE AUCTION The Providence Luxury Condos Providence Lofts Both luxury & loft style condos with up to 1 ,700 SF, 1 BR/BA and 2BR/2BA units. 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McCain has run ads touting his role in fighting "pork" such as the tanker project and cited the deal in a recent GOP debate. "I saved the taxpayers $6 billion in a bogus tanker deal," he said. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, echoing the thoughts of many congressional Democrats, sees McCain's role in a less positive light. She said the earlier tanker deal was "on course for Boeing" before McCain started railing against it. "I mean, the thought was that it would be a domestic supplier for it," Pelosi, of California, told reporters. "Senator McCain intervened, and now we have a situation where the contract may be — this work maybe outsourced." Even Boeing's Republican supporters are critical of McCain. "John McCain will be the nominee and I will support him, but if John McCain believes that Airbus or EADS is the company for our Air Force tanker program he's flat- out wrong — and I'll tell him that to his face," said Republican Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, a Kansas Republican whose district includes a Boeing plant that could have gained hundreds of new jobs from the tanker program, said McCain's role in killing the earlier deal is likely to become an election issue. Both of the leading Democratic candidates for president, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, have criticized the Air Force decision. "I think we absolutely will hear more about it," Tiahrt said. "We'll hear it mostly from the Democrats and they have every right to be concerned." McCain called such criticism off base. "In all due respect to the Washington delegation, they vigorously defended the process before — which turned out to be corrupt — which would have cost the taxpayers more than $6 billion and ended up with people in federal prison," he said. "I'm the one that fought against that... for years and brought down a corrupt contract." Keith Ashdown, with the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense, said Boeing executives who broke the law were to blame for the demise of the tanker contract — not McCain. "This was theirs from day one," he said. "This idea that any lawmaker is to blame is a joke." -PRIMARY 2008 Senators want an audit of Iraq's oil Associated Pmss WASHINGTON — The Democratic chairman and Republican former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee have asked government auditors to determine what Iraq is doing with the billions of dollars in oil revenue it generates. "We believe that it has been overwhelmingly U.S. taxpayer money that has funded Iraq reconstruction over the last five years, despite Iraq earnings billions of dollars in oil revenue over that time period that have ended up in non- Iraqi banks," Sens. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, and John Warner, a Virginia Republican said Friday in a letter to the head of the Government Accountability Office. "At the same time, our conversations with both Iraqis and Americans during our frequent visits to Iraq, as well as official government and unofficial media reports, have convinced us that the Iraqi government is not doing nearly enough to provide essential services and improve the quality of life of its citizens," they said. The senators estimated that Iraq will realize "at least $100 billion in oil revenues in 2007 and 2008." They are asking for estimated oil revenues from 2003-2007 and how much the U.S. and Iraq each have spent annually during that period. Wyoming likes Obama Candidates slowly treading to Pennsylvania showdown Associated Press CASPER, Wyo. — Sen. Barack Obama captured the Wyoming Democratic caucuses Saturday, seizing a bit of momentum in the close, hard-fought race with rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party's presidential nomination. Obama generally has outperformed Clinton in caucuses, which reward organization and voter passion more than do primaries. The Illinois senator has now won 13 caucuses to Clinton's three. Obama has also shown strength in the Mountain West, winning Idaho, Utah, Colorado and now Wyoming. The two split Nevada, with Clinton winning the popular vote and Obama more delegates. But Clinton threw some effort into Wyoming, perhaps hoping for an upset that would yield few delegates but considerable buzz and momentum. The New York senator campaigned Friday in Cheyenne and Casper. Former President Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, also campaigned this week in the sprawling and lightly populated state. Obama campaigned in Casper and Laramie on Friday, but spent part of his time dealing with the fallout from an aide's harsh words about Clinton and suggestions that Obama wouldn't move as quickly to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq if elected. In Casper, Obama said Clinton had no standing to challenge his position on the war because she had voted to authorize it in 2002. Clinton, buoyed by big wins in Ohio and Texas last Tuesday, said she faced an uphill fight in Wyoming. Her ASSOC: IATKD Covered with badges, Richard Dunlap heads into the Wyoming Democratic caucuses early Saturday in Casper, Wyo. campaign also holds out little hope for Tuesday's primary in Mississippi, which has a large black population. Obama had 61 percent, or 5,378 votes, to Clinton's 38 percent, or 3,312 votes, with all 23 Wyoming counties reporting. Obama won seven delegates and Clinton won five. In the overall race for the nomination, Obama led 1,578-1,468, according to the latest tally by The Associated Press. It will take 2,025 delegates to win the Democratic nomination. Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said the Wyoming victory speaks to the candidate's strength in the West, and that Obama is better suited to help down- ticket Democrats even in states that traditionally vote Republican in the general election. "I think it's evidence that Senator Obama is going to be able to put more states in play because of his strength with independent voters," I Plouffe said. Clinton's campaign took heart in their ability to pick up more delegates. "We are thrilled with this near-split in delegates and are grateful to the people of Wyoming for their support," said campaign manager Maggie Williams. "Although the Obama campaign predicted victory in Wyoming weeks ago, we worked hard to present Sen. Clinton's vision to the caucus-goers and we thank them for turning out today." Both candidates were looking ahead to the bigger prize — delegate-rich Pennsylvania on April 22. From the first caucuses of the day, it became clear the state's Democrats were showing up in large numbers. In 2004, a mere 675 people statewide took part in the caucuses. In Sweetwater County, more than 500 people crowded into a high school auditorium and another 500 were lined up to get inside.
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