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Hundreds rally in U.S. against Guantanamo

WASHINGTON — Ten years after the first “war on terror” inmates arrived at the US-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, hundreds of protesters rallied in Washington on Wednesday, demanding the facility be closed for good. “Ten years too long, ten years too late,” chanted the activists, some in orange prison jumpsuits,…

Romney’s cash conspicuous for a White House hopeful

WASHINGTON — Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney “is probably one of the richest people ever to run for President of the United States” according to his party rival Rick Perry. With an estimated net worth of $250 million, Romney is certainly very wealthy compared with most Americans. And after the biggest…

Obama meets Saudi Foreign Minister at White House

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Tuesday met Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal for talks, as the allies face a nuclear showdown with Iran, a political crisis in Yemen and other key issues. “The President and Prince Saud affirmed the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia…

White House protesters call for Guantanamo closure

Human rights activists, some dressed in orange prison jumpsuits, protested in front of the White House Monday to demand that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed, 10 years after it opened. Members of the group Witness Against Torture, who launched their protest on Sunday, plan to maintain an around-the-clock…

New book describes tension between Michelle Obama and White House staff

A new book detailing life in the White House describes high tension under the tenure of Barack Obama as First Lady Michelle Obama struggled with his top aides over the direction of his presidency. She “cherished the idea of her husband as a transformational figure” but battled with White House…

Huntsman trains White House sights on New Hampshire

As his Republican rivals blitz Iowa, underdog White House hopeful Jon Huntsman is pinning his hopes on New Hampshire, touting his foreign policy experience, especially in China. “There are two nations on the world stage and they will be as far as the eye can see into the 21st century…

Obama delays request for debt limit increase

President Barack Obama will delay asking Congress for $1.2 trillion to raise the US government’s debt ceiling to allow vacationing lawmakers time to weigh the request, officials said Friday. But a senior White House official stressed that the decision was purely a procedural maneuver that should not spook markets and…

Gary Johnson launches third-party White House bid

SANTA FE, New Mexico — Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson launched a long-shot, third-party bid for the White House Wednesday that could hurt Republican efforts to oust President Barack Obama in 2012. Johnson announced his intention to become the nominee of the Libertarian Party, seeking to capitalize on massive…

House Republicans agree to two-month payroll tax extension

House Republicans have agreed to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday for 160 million U.S. workers, congressional sources told Talking Points Memo and the National Journal. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate struck a short-term compromise on the payroll tax cut and employment insurance. But House Speaker…

White House accuses GOP of playing politics with tax cut

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House accused House of Representatives Republicans on Sunday of playing politics with the fate of the payroll tax cut and warned that Americans could face a “devastating” tax hike if Republicans do not act. Republican House Speaker John Boehner has distanced himself from a two-month…

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