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Obama Eyes Quick Close to Guantanamo

Guantanamo Bay was barely discussed during the election (perhaps because the candidates agreed on it), but it looks as though President-elect Obama intends to make good on his promise to close it. The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration will launch a review of the classified files of the 250 detainees at Guantanamo Bay as the first step in an effort to close the controversial prison. The larger question of how the administration will prosecute suspected terrorists remains open, but during the campaign Obama seemed to favor trying them in federal courts.