- - Wednesday, December 28, 2011

PENTAGON

Sources: U.S. to sell F-15s to Saudi Arabia

U.S. officials say the Obama administration is poised to announce the sale of nearly $30 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia.

Officials say the deal will send 84 new fighter jets and upgrades for 70 more, for a total of $29.4 billion.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the sale has not been made public.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich will run against Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a fellow Democrat, in the Ohio primary for the district she has represented for 14 terms. (Associated Press)
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About a year ago, the administration got the go-ahead from Congress for a 10-year, $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia that included F-15s, helicopters and a broad array of missiles, bombs and delivery systems, as well as radar warning systems and night-vision goggles.

The plan raised concerns particularly from pro-Israeli lawmakers, but U.S. officials reassured Congress that Israel’s military edge would not be undercut by the sale.

IOWA

Bachmann loses state campaign chairman to Paul

INDIANOLARep. Michele Bachmann’s struggling presidential campaign has been dealt another setback: One of her Iowa co-chairmen has defected to rival Rep. Ron Paul’s side.

Hours after appearing with Mrs. Bachmann at a Wednesday event, state Sen. Kent Sorenson gave his endorsement to the Texas congressman at a Des Moines rally. Mr. Sorenson said he resigned from Mrs. Bachmann’s campaign to join the most conservative of the top-tier candidates.

The Minnesota congresswoman has been unable to recover from a fall slide that followed her Iowa straw poll victory in August. Mr. Paul was a close second.

Mr. Sorenson has strong ties to Iowa’s tea party, and he joined her for an afternoon stop on her 99-county tour. He didn’t speak at that gathering, citing recent dental work.

Mrs. Bachmann criticizes Mr. Paul as “dangerous” for his hands-off foreign policy.

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