Boeing is challenging the Air Force over a $40 billion contract to a team led by European manufacturers. How many jobs will go overseas? Is it a threat to national security? What was the role of John McCain and lobbyists in his campaign? Also, ethics crusader Eliot Spitzer is driven from office by long-time association with expensive prostitutes, and the head of the Pentagon's Central Command is out. Was it because of differences over Iran or Iraq?
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Ethics crusader Eliot Spitzer has been driven from office by a long-time association with expensive prostitutes. Today, the Governor publicly apologized to his family and the people of New York, but made no mention of reports that he was caught moving money into shell companies allegedly to disguise his patronage of a prostitution ring. Unclear is whether he'll be prosecuted by federal authorities. On Monday, Lt. Gov. David Paterson will become the first African American to govern the state of New York. The Acting Lt. Gov. will be Republican Senate leader Joe Bruno.
Boeing has formally challenged the $40 billion Air Force contract awarded to a team that includes including Boeing's rival in Europe, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, maker of Airbus. That's created an uproar in Washington and around the country over jobs and national security. Boeing was expected to get the deal, and it has taken the highly unusual step of challenging the award. What does it mean for American jobs and national security? Did Boeing just blow it? What was the role of John McCain?
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In the current Esquire magazine, Admiral William Fallon is described as "brazenly challenging his commander in chief," especially over the prospect of war with Iran. An article by a former teacher at the Naval War College says Fallon's removal of the head of Central Command would mean that "the President and Vice President intend to take military action against Iran." As the head of Centcom, Fallon is in charge of military strategy in the most troubled parts of the world. Both he and Defense Secretary Gates say Fallon has not been at odds with White House policies. But his abrupt resignation yesterday, after barely a year, suggests otherwise. Peter Spiegel is Pentagon correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.
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