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Gen. Amos is the service’s assistant commandant. He would replace Marine Gen. James Conway, whose four-year term as Marine commandant ends this fall. Mr. Gates proposed replacing Gen. Amos as No. 2 with Lt. Gen. Joseph Dunford.

JUSTICE

Plan to convert prison on track

The Justice Department is telling Illinois lawmakers that plans to convert a state prison into a federal supermax facility are on track, even though the site’s potential as a site to house Guantanamo Bay detainees may be foundering.

In a letter sent on Monday to Democratic Sen. Richard J. Durbin and Republican Rep. Donald Manzullo, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich says the administration is committed to acquiring the facility in Thomson, Ill., this year.

Once the property has been acquired, the entire space will be made available to the Bureau of Prisons.

President Obama has eyed Thomson as a potential site for detainees held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but he is facing strong resistance in Congress.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama’s fun time during crisis defended

A White House spokesman says the whole country benefits when President Obama takes time to go golfing and “clear his mind.”

Obama spokesman Bill Burton on Monday defended Mr. Obama’s leisure activities amid some Republican criticism that Mr. Obama should not be scheduling fun time during the Gulf oil spill crisis. The president went golfing on Saturday afternoon after attending a baseball game Friday night.

Mr. Burton said the people of the country stand by the notion that “their president ought to have a little time to clear his mind.” He said Mr. Obama relaxed after a week in which he got help for victims of the oil spill and traveled to Ohio to speak on the economy, among other work. Mr. Burton said that having time to himself “probably does us all good.”

TREASURY

More borrowers exit mortgage-help plan

A growing number of homeowners who sought help from the Obama administration’s main mortgage-aid program are in danger of losing their homes.

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