Puerto Rico Refuses to House GITMO Detainees
By Mariela Rosario | 01/28/2009 - 18:20

President Obama made it abundantly clear that one of the top priorities of his administration would be closing Guantanamo Bay and ending torture on the part of the United States. But in order for the controversial detention center to be closed in a year, as per the President's orders, other countries will have to step up and help in absorbing some of the 245 prisoners still being held at Guantanamo. The US has asked other countries to take detainees whom it does not intend to put on trial, and who cannot be sent home for fear they might be mistreated.

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Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: "I Did the Very Best I Could"
By Ivana Cepeda | 01/27/2009 - 17:12

Should we feel sympathy for Alberto Gonzales? On Monday, the former U.S. Attorney General told National Public Radio host Michel Martin that even though he has become a leading target of Bush Administration critics, he will ultimately be vindicated.
“I don't see a criminal prosecution for me, nor for anyone that I'm aware of, because again...people acted in good faith,” said Gonzales.

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VIDEO: Obama Speechwriter's New Girlfriend Is a Lingerie-Modeling, Mariachi-Singing Latina
By Monica Herrera | 01/26/2009 - 15:42

Ladies, it looks like we'll have to find a new gringo nerd to crush on. President Barack Obama's lead speechwriter, Jon Favreau, who is 27 years old and pushes our buttons in a Junot Diaz kind of way, is officially off the market.

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Exclusive: Hilda Solis Facing Tough Confirmation, Considering Run for Presidency
By Mariela Rosario | 01/23/2009 - 17:07

Representative Hilda Solis is facing a tough battle when it comes to her Senate Confirmation for the Secretary of Labor position.

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Video: Baker Sells Racist Cookies in Honor of Obama
By Mariela Rosario | 01/23/2009 - 12:53

The owner of a Greenwich Village Bakery that sells "Drunken Negro Face" cookies, was shocked to find out that the name and the appearance of the treats offended many patrons.

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Fidel Castro Finally Speaks, Praises President Obama
By Yuliana Gomez | 01/22/2009 - 12:55

After several months of silence, ailing former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Wednesday finally resurfaced. Castro, 82, posted to his column on Cuban-run website cubadebate.cu. According to Reuters UK, at one point in 2008, he was averaging 8 columns a month; the most recent message from Castro comes after more than a month of absence, leading to speculation over his ill health.

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Obama Orders Guantanamo Prosecutions to Halt
By Mariela Rosario | 01/21/2009 - 17:45

In one of his first official acts on day one of his presidency, Barack Obama has halted prosecutions at the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison. Issuing a 120 suspension of military tribunals, the move was the first of many that President Obama will use to distance himself from the legacy of former President George Bush, who created the detention center in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.

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President Obama's Inauguration Inspires Hope and Unity
By Mariela Rosario | 01/21/2009 - 13:15

Walking through the streets of DC this past weekend, you couldn't help but feel a rarefied sense of excitement in the air. For a city that has witnessed so many historical moments, none seem to have galvanized the population as much as President Barack Obama's inauguration to the highest office in the United States.

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Isabel Toledo on The Dress: I Wanted Michelle "To Feel Charmed"
By Monica Herrera | 01/21/2009 - 09:45

We weren't the only ones pleasantly surprised to see Michelle Obama wearing a dress by Isabel Toledo at yesterday's inauguration. So was the designer herself!

“We’re all up here watching the T.V.,” Toledo told the New York Times, just as the ceremony was underway. “It’s great. We’re so happy.” The Cuban American designer says she was not absolutely sure that the First Lady would be wearing her look until it was there for all the world to see.

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Hugo Chavez Says Obama has the "Stench" of Bush
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 01/20/2009 - 17:45

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez doesn’t expect his country’s strained relationship with the U.S. to improve now that Barack Obama has taken office. According to Reuters, Chavez said Obama has the “stench” of George Bush and could be killed if he tries to change the American “empire.”

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