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Iraq / Halliburton Overcharges / Baker / Attacks #743890

CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 12, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) Evidence of price gouging & war profiteering in Iraq by Halliburton examined; Pentagon audit figures cited. [President BUSH – says we expect that money to be repaid.] [Presidential candidate Howard DEAN†- comments on the president’s connections to Halliburton.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(White House: Bill Plante) Criticism of Bush’s selection of former Secretary of State James Baker to negotiate with other countries for a reduction in Iraq’s debt featured; details given about conflict of interest questions. [BUSH – says Baker is a man of high integrity.] [Kennedy School of Government Robert BEHN†- comments on Baker’s position.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) The death of another American soldier in an attack on a US convoy near Baghdad reported.

(Baghdad: Kimberly Dozier) Ongoing militant attacks on American troops in Iraq featured; scenes shown of a bust of Saddam being removed from a former palace that is now the US headquarters in Baghdad and of American soldiers at a Christmas concert; details given about a mortar attack on the US headquarters.

Rather, Dan;
Martin, David;
Plante, Bill;
Dozier, Kimberly

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