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Did Obama Deceive the Country About Iran’s Breakout Time?

President Obama said as late as October 2013 that Iran was a year or more away from “breaking out” to a nuclear weapon, an assertion that contrasted with actual administration assessments that Iran was in fact just two to three months away from the bomb, according to Bloomberg. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Tuesday declined to offer a definitive response to the story, saying

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Video || WH Won’t Say Clinton Donations Didn’t Affect Policy

Nor, it seems, does the White House care, otherwise they’d be vowing to get to the bottom of it. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today pointedly dodged, using unrelated verbiage, questions about whether those who gave to the Clintons during Hillary’s time as Secretary of State received favorable treatment for their agendas. Have a look. From today’s briefing

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White House Smears Grassley

The White House Thursday turned its vicious invective on one of Washington’s longest serving, most respected and most honorable senators, Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa, branding him as dishonest. Here’s what supposedly failed the White House honesty test. In September, Grassley said, “Rather than rush a nominee through the Senate in a lame duck session, I hope the President will take his time to nominate a qualified

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White House Agrees to Extend Talks Until Wednesday

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today said the United States would agree to continue talks with Iran past the Tuesday deadline, at least until Wednesday. “If necessary, if the talks continue to be productive, it’s possible the talks could continue until tomorrow,” Earnest said. “If we are making progress toward the finish line, then we should keep going.” Earnest did not say when the

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Video || Henry Reminds Earnest that Obama Called Bush “Unpatriotic”

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday he felt “sorry” for Rudy Giuliani, who called President Obama “unpatriotic.” That is, Giuliani is merely pathetic, in the White House view. I can tell you that it’s sad to see when somebody who has attained a certain level of public stature and even admiration tarnishes that legacy so thoroughly. And the truth is I don’t take

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White House: Global Warming a Greater Threat than Terrorism

Even as America’s Islamist enemies multiply in the Middle East, the White House today left little doubt that President Obama views global warming as a greater threat than terrorism, refusing to say this wasn’t the case and asserting that more people are affected by changes in the weather than by terror. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest would not deny that Obama’s comment to Vox that the media

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White House Concealing Names of Muslims Who Met with Obama

A day after the event, the White House is still refusing to release the names of Muslim leaders who met with President Obama at the White to discuss a variety of topics, including the response to Muslim extremism. The White House may be hiding the names because meetings with Muslim leaders are often followed by articles describing ties some might have to Muslim extremists. It’s

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Joshing in Earnest

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest came to the briefing room today equipped with a bit of wit. Not bad. Notice he kind of jumped the shark by taking it too far. But that’s okay. It was a good play. Penalty declined.

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White House Stands By Earlier Criticism of Charlie Hebdo

The White House Monday refused to back away from its pre-Paris-attack criticism of the magazine Charlie Hebdo’s exercise of free speech, claiming it was meant as some kind of defense of our troops. The criticism came from former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who on September 19, 2014, accused Charlie Hebdo of lacking “judgment.” That puts the White House among the many in the

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White House Effort to Insulate Obama from Criticism Falls Apart

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Monday insisted that President Obama could not have attended Sunday’s march in Paris because security arrangements would have had an adverse impact on the event, but he admitted that the White House had not even consulted the Secret Service on the matter. Earnest acknowledged that some high ranking U.S. official other than the president or the vice president should have

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White House Admits “Higher Profile” Official Should Have Been in Paris

The White House today acknowledged that it should have sent a senior official to Sunday’s march honoring the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. “We should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest during today’s briefing. The United States was represented by its ambassador to France, and has come under criticism for not sending the

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Obama Calls Paris Attack “Terrorism,” But Won’t Say “Islamist”

In order to win the war on terror, we have to be clear first that we’re in a war, and second about who we’re fighting. The Obama administration doesn’t appear to have much of a notion about either. President Obama today condemned the terrorist attack in Paris but failed to mention the obvious perpetrators, Islamist terrorists. I mean, even if he wants to be cautious,

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