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NEWS BRIEFS
WASHINGTON
Aide to Cheney
found guilty in CIA
leak investigation
once the closest adviser to Vice
President Dick Cheney, L Lewis
"Scooter" Libby was convicted
yesterday of lying and obstructing
a leak investigation that shook the
top levels of the Bush administra-
tion.
Four guilty verdicts ended a
seven-week CIA leak trial that
focused new attention on the Bush
administration's much-criticized
handling of intelligence reports
about weapons of mass destruction
in the run-up to the Iraq war.
In the end, jurors said they did
not believe Libby's main defense:
that he hadn't lied but merely had
a bad memory.
Their decisions made Libby
the highest-ranking White House
official convicted in a government
scandal since National Security
Adviser John Poindexter in the
Iran-Contra affair two decades
ago.
DETROIT
Comerica Bank to
move headquarters
out of Michigan
Comerica Inc. said yesterday
it plans to relocate its corporate
headquarters to Dallas, affecting
200 Michigan employees and deal-
ing another blow to the state's trou-
bled economy.
The Detroit company said the
move will allow it to be closer to
the bank's high-growth markets
in Texas, Arizona, California and
Florida.
The relocation, expected to
occur by Oct. 1, will not affect
most of the bank's more than 7,500
employees in Michigan, spokesman
Wayne Mielke said.
The state has lost at least
260,000 manufacturing jobs since
2000, one reason the state's unem-
ployment rate has hovered around
7 percent for the past four years
while the national unemployment
rate for January was 4.6 percent.
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpat-
rick said the announcement was
unexpected, given the bank's long
relationship with the city.
JAKARTA, Indonesia
Twenty die while jet
burns on runway in
Indonesia
A jetliner carrying more than
140 passengers and crew caught
fire this morning as it landed on
Indonesia's Java island, trapping a
number of people inside the burn-
ing plane, the airline and witness-
es said. Officials reported at least
20 dead and scores injured.
The Garuda airlines jet started
shaking violently before landing
and then overshot the runway, hit-
ting fences and slamming into a
rice field before 7 a.m. Some sur-
vivors said the fire began at the
front the plane before engulfing
the aircraft.
After firefighters battled for two
hours to put out the blaze at Yog-
yakarta airport in central Java,
airport general manager Bambang
Sugito told the el-Shinta radio sta-
tion that 20 charred bodies had
been pulled from the wreckage.
WASHINGTON

Senate votes to give
airport screeners
organizing rights
The Senate voted yesterday to
give 45,000 airport screeners the
same union rights as other public
safety officers, despite vigorous
opposition by Republicans and a
veto threat from the White House.
A broad anti-terrorism bill that
would put in place unfinished
recommendations of the Sept. 11
commission also would give air-
port screeners the right to bar-
gain collectively. An amendment
by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., that
would have removed that right was
defeated by a vote of 51-46.
- Compiled from
Daily wiry reports
NOTA BLE NM E R.
100
Millions of condoms that
Britons improperly dispose
of every year according
to a "Green Sex Guide" on
treehugger.com. The guide
also suggests that vegans
might prefer to use Glyde
condoms, which don't con-
tain milk enzymes and that
lambskin condoms are bet-
ter for the planet because
they are biodegradeable.

Clinton shapes tough and
tender in'08 race

Senator's new style:
nurturing warrior
By MARK LEIBOVICH
The New York Times
BERLIN, N.H. - Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton signs autographs
meticulously, drawing out eachline
and curve of "H-i-l--a-r-y," "R-o-
d-h-a-m" and "C-l-i-n-t-o-n." She
leaves no stray lines or wayward
marks.
"Hillary, over here, over here,"
called out a young woman from
the mob that formed outside the
Berlin Town Hall when Clinton,
D-N.Y., arrived for a "conver-
sation," in the parlance of the
made-to-order intimacy of her
presidential campaign. "Can you
sign my Hillary sign, please?" the
woman asked.
Clinton autographed the poster,
carefully. It took a full seven or
eight seconds, none of the two-sec-
ond scribbles of other politicians.
She is the diligent student who gets
an A in penmanship, the woman in
a hurry who still takes care to dot
her i's.
To watch Clinton up close during
these "rollout" weeks of her presi-
dential campaign is to see a famil-
iar political figure try to reclaim
her name.
"I'm Hillary Clinton, and I'm
running for president," she says at
campaign appearances. Lamenting
that her public image has been dis-
tortedby caricature, she often says,
"I may e the most famous person
you don't really know." In the cli-
che of contemporary politics, Clin-
ton is "reintroducing herself to the
American people."
She is, in this latest unveiling,
the Nurturing Warrior. She dis-
plays a cozy acquaintance ("Let's
chat") and leaderly confidence
("I'm in it to win it").
She is a tea-sipping girlfriend
who vows to "deck" anyone who
attacks her; a giggly mom who
invokes old Girl Scout songs and
refuses to apologize for voting for
the Iraq war resolution in 2002.
Her aim, of course, is to show that
she is tough enough to lead Ameri-
cans in wartime but tender enough
to understand their burdens.
Over the years, Clinton has
evolved through a series of female
personas. Her outspoken femi-
nism and perceived putdown
of stay-at-home-cookie-baking
mothers provoked fierce criti-
cism. She became the classic
"woman wronged" after the Mon-
ica Lewinsky scandal.
As a Senate candidate in 2000,
Clinton embraced the role of an
attentive "listener" as opposed to
the power-hungry climber many
had suspected:In the Senate, Clin-
ton has applied herself to winning
over colleagues and becoming one
of the boys.
In Clinton's campaign now, her
operative conceit is "the conversa-
tion."
It is impossible to attend a Hill-
ary-for-president event and forget
you are joining a "conversation,"
instead of hearing a conventional
political speech. Clinton relentless-
Two firms eye
possible bid for
Chrysler
DETROIT (AP) - As two private
equity firms examine Chrysler's
books and consider making offers
to buy the company this week,
they'll try to answer a question that
doesn'thave a certain answer: How
much is the automaker worth?
Although Daimler-Benz AG paid

$36 billion for the company in 1998,
industry analysts .now place its
value at anywhere from nothing to
$13.7 billion. Estimates vary with
the value placed on assets such as
brand names, factories and materi-
als, all weighed against Chrysler's
estimated $19 billion long-term
liability to pay health care benefits
for unionized retirees.
Some analysts say the liabil-
ity exceeds the value of the assets,
meaning that German parent
DaimlerChrysler AG would have to
pay someone to take Chrysler. Oth-
ers say the company is worth more
to the rightbuyer.
"It's ahard thing to really figure
out, and the uncertainty is what the
health care liability really means,"
said David Cole, chairman of the
Center for Automotive Research in
Ann Arbor. "If that were removed,
then it's a wholly different game."
Experts from one of the equity
firms, Cerberus Capital Manage-
ment LP, were at Chrysler's Auburn
Hills headquarters on Monday, said
a company official who requested
anonymity because the talks are
confidential. Representatives of
the Blackstone Group, are to arrive
later in the week, the official said
Tuesday.
In regular trading. yesterday,
DaimlerChrysler's U.S. shares rose
$2.87, or 4.4 percent, to $68.67 on
the New York Stock Exchange.
The visits are the latest develop-
mentssinceDaimlerChrysler Chair-
man Dieter Zetsche said Feb.14 that
all options are on the table for the
Chrysler business and that he would
not rule out a possible sale.

ly repeats the catchword - and for
those who missed it, there are huge
"Let the Conversation Begin" signs
on the wall.
After each presentation, Clinton
engages in a frenzy of 20-second
conversations with the rhythmic
efficiency of an assembly line.
"What kind of solar panels do
you use?" she asked a woman in
Berlin, a small city in the moun-
tains of northern New Hamp-
shire. "And do you sell to the
grid?" Then she moved to the next
person.
She contrasts the give-and-take
of her chitchats - even though she
does most of the talking - with
what she suggests are the pig-
headed pronouncements of a male
bogeyman, George W. Bush.
She rails against what she calls
the "one-sided conversation"
of Washington during the Bush
years, bemoans Bush's "stubborn-
ness," speaks of her frustration
at getting him to hear opposing
views.
She essentially portrays him as
an exasperating husband who is
beyond marriage counseling.
It is not easy, though, to human-
ize a juggernaut, which Clinton's
well-financed andhyperdisciplined
campaign most certainly is.
And it is difficult to appear
authentic in tightly controlled set-
tings, or conduct intimate conver-
sations amid mobs of people, many
wearing press credentials.
But the senator is trying hard.
In appearances in Washington
and around the country, Clinton
- Version 08, Nurturing War-
rior, Presidential Candidate Model
- is speaking more freely of her
gender than she has in years. Her
campaign knows that Democratic
women are her most loyal support-
ers. Ann Lewis, a senior campaign
aide, points out that women made
up 54 percent of the electorate in
2004; Clinton garnered 73 percent
of women voters in her re-election
campaign last year, compared with
61 percent of men voters, according
to exit polls.
At a Capitol Hill ceremony
in February to honor Sojourner
Truth, the 19th-century slave
turned abolitionist, Clinton envel-
oped a series of women in hugs.
She bestowed the "best-dressed
and most-stylish" status on one
guest and commented that an old,
departed friend "has got one of
those turbans on, showing that
style all over Heaven."
Clinton then looked to the ceil-
ing and spread her hand wide over
heart, performing a little side-to-
side jig with her head.
She invoked Sojourner Truth's
iconicquotation, "Ain'tIawoman?"
and added, "Well, I've been saying
that a few times lately, too."
There were whoops, applause
and shouts of "you go, girl" for
Clinton.
As she spoke, a press aide,
Philippe Reines, held her purse.
THE LISTENER
Clinton is a prodigious nodder.
She is always nodding, in an array
of distinctive flavors: the stern,
deferential nod (at a Senate news
conference, when her colleague,

Evan Bayh described conditions in
Afghanistan); the empathetic, lips-
pursed nod (when a manin Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, tells her about his
son's epilepsy); the squinty, disbe-
lievingnod (whenageneraltestifies
on Iraq before the Senate Armed
Services Committee); the dutiful
acknowledgment nod (when being
applauded); and the blushing nod
(when a veteran in Des Moines,
Iowa, tells her "I think you look
very nice").
When bored, Clinton will occa-
sionally fall into a far-off gaze
before catching herself, defaulting
to a nod.
The nodding appears uncon-
scious, but not always. She nodded
through a news conference with
New York lawmakers discuss-
ing medical care for Sept. 11 relief
workers.
"Nine-eleven was an act of war,"
Rep. Jerrold Nadler MD-N.Y.) said
as Clinton stood by, headobbing.
"The villains aren't the terror-
ists," Nadler continued. "The vil-
lains live in the White House."
At which point Clinton, perhaps
sensing that the rhetoric had got- En
ten toohot, stopped nodding. ca:
Bill Clinton was also a great ye:
nodder, known for his "I-feel- be
your-pain" empathy and seeming tio
ability to summon a misty-eyed W
visage on demand. He will pretty
much hug anyone. His wife, who
regularly invokes him on the cam-
paign trial - "When Bill had his
heart surgery," "Bill used to love
Dunkin' Donuts," "Bill always
reached out to other people who
would be patient and listen"-
- often suffers by comparison on
schmoozing skills. She keeps a
more cautious distance, although
when she does hug, she also tends
to air-kiss (with a loud "mwww-
wwahh").
The former president has a gift
for the quick connection, making
people feel special.
Hillary Clinton appears more
interested in exchanging informa-
tion. She is quick with questions
("When did you graduate?") and
rejoinders ("You're the second
person I've met from Park Ridge
today!").
Numerous attendees seem to
know people who went to college
or law school with Clinton, or used
to live in Arkansas, or the Chicago
suburbs, or who have a daughter
named Chelsea.
She impresses them and others
with her listening prowess.
"She connected with me much
better than I expected she would,"
said Rachel Stuart, in Berlin. "She
was right there. There was a real
sense of hertas a great listener."
Clinton clearly likes that por-
trayal. In face-to-face campaign
settings, she brings her head
close in, appearing engaged. After
the Berlin conversation, Clinton
stopped in for one of those "spon-
taneous" campaign drop-bys at a
local cafe (thoroughly scoped out
by advance-people and Secret Ser-
vice agents). She sat at a corner
table and chatted with a group of
local reporters.
Whencamerasapproached,Clin-
ton nodded intently and squinted
hard, the look of a listener.

PETER SCHOTTENFELS/Daily
gineering Sophomore Donny McKinnon tests how many coins his makeshift raft
n hold until it sinks to the bottom of a bucket of water in the Duderstadt Center
sterday. According to the rules of the raft-building competition, the raft can only
made of seven straws, 12 inches of tape, a cup anda rubber band. Thp competi-
n, hosted by the Society of Women Engineers, is part of National Engineering
eek which is sponsored by engineering fraternity Theta Tau.
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