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Morning Update: Closing Guantanamo

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President-elect Barack Obama says it “is more difficult than I think a lot of people realize” to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He told ABC News in an interview Sunday he was committed to closing the center but it would take time and must be done “in a way that doesn’t result in releasing people who are intent on blowing us up.”

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Carrying the Latino Vote

by Joanna Klonsky

A large majority of Latinos turned out to vote for Barack Obama on Tuesday, exit polls showed. 67 percent of Latino voters picked Obama overall, while 31 percent voted for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the national election. Hispanic voters helped deliver several crucial states to the Obama campaign, including Florida, Nevada and Colorado.

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Morning Update: Last U.S. Presidential Debate

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U.S. presidential candidates Sens. Barack Obama (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ) held their final pre-election debate last night. The debate was dominated by the economy and domestic issues with the candidates again highlighting differences on trade and energy policy (WashPost).

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Morning Update: Latin American Relations

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Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) said the U.S. focus on Iraq has meant diminished attention to Latin America (WashPost). He spoke with Miami’s Radio Caracol on Monday. “We spend the same amount in Latin America in an entire year that we spend in Iraq in one week. That has created, I think, a void which people like [Venezuelan President Hugo] Chavez have been able to fill,” Obama said.

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Morning Update: U.S. Policy toward China

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Both Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) outline their views on U.S. policy toward China in a new edition of the American Chamber of Commerce in China’s China Brief magazine. Both candidates call for increased trade cooperation with China and say the United States should work more closely with China to fight climate change and nuclear proliferation.

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Morning Update: Praise for Colombia

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Both presidential candidates congratulated Colombian President Alvaro Uribe on the rescue of hostages held by the FARC. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) pledged to do everything he can “to assure the success of future efforts to free the FARC’s hostages and to defeat this terrorist organization.” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who was visiting Colombia at the time, called for a renewed effort “to free all of the other innocent people held hostage.” McCain also said Uribe and the defense minister briefed him Tuesday night on the planned rescue operation.

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