Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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One-term wonder?

Politics | Joseph Cao's stay in Congress may be as short as his path there was remarkable
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/23/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Saigon-born Ahn "Joseph" Cao (pronounced "Gow") has managed to surprise the political establishment in his own 100 days in office. He became a Republican congressman in a Democratic district-and as a freshman lawmaker has already shown his independence, voting against President Obama's stimulus package though it had funds for his own district of New Orleans, and breaking ranks with Republicans on interrogation policies and a hate-crimes bill.

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Associated Press/Photo by J. Scott Applewhite

Obama takes on Gitmo

National Security | The president asserts the prison will be closed and some detainees will be transferred to the United States
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/21/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Flanked at the National Archives by portraits of America's Founding Fathers as well as copies of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, President Obama Thursday laid out his argument for closing Guantanamo Bay.

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Gitmo detainees pray (AP/Photo by Brennan Linsley)

No, for now

Congress | The Senate joins the House in stripping out the $80 million requested by President Obama to close down Guantanamo Bay
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/20/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Senate Democrats Wednesday refused to help President Obama fulfill one of his top promises of his early presidency-to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

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