Politics & Government

February 21, 2010 12:20 AM

More controversy looms as Air Force re-bids tanker contract

When the Air Force formally requests bids as early as this week for a $35 billion contract for new aerial refueling tankers, it may be the beginning of the end of the nearly decade-long effort to replace its fleet of Cold War-era planes. Or maybe not. In the latest twist, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., has blocked confirmation of three nominees to top Pentagon posts in a last-ditch effort to pressure the White House into restarting the competition.

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