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Special Report: Pentagon thwarts Obama's effort to close Guantanamo

WASHINGTON In September, U.S. State Department officials invited a foreign delegation to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to persuade the group to take detainee Tariq Ba Odah to their country. If they succeeded, the transfer would mark a small step toward realizing President Barack Obama's goal of closing the prison before he leaves office.

Special Report: Pentagon thwarts Obama's effort to close Guantanamo

WASHINGTON In September, U.S. State Department officials invited a foreign delegation to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to persuade the group to take detainee Tariq Ba Odah to their country. If they succeeded, the transfer would mark a small step toward realizing President Barack Obama's goal of closing the prison before he leaves office.

Obama opens White House doors to forge CEO alliances

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama, who made few friends in corporate board rooms early in his first term as he pressed for tighter regulations on banks and remarked on the "fat cats" who helped precipitate the financial crisis, heads into his final year in the White House having built – or rebuilt – alliances with chief executives of the nation's biggest companies.

Biden offers new account of his advice to Obama on bin Laden raid

WASHINGTON Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he advised President Barack Obama in May 2011 to go ahead with the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, contradicting his past comments about the discussions leading up to the operation.

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Democratic senator opposes spending bill over coal miner benefits as Senate vote looms

WASHINGTON Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Friday urged senators to oppose a temporary spending bill because it fails to offer a long-term solution to secure retired coal miners' benefits.