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Earnest Works Himself Out of Genocide Jam

I gotta give Josh credit for this one. He was wobbling on a high wire as Ed Henry of Fox News shot spitballs at him, but he managed to find his footing and make it across. Ed had a question for White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. A question no press secretary would wish for: HENRY: Is preventing a genocide in America’s core interests? EARNEST: Uh,

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Video || Josh Earnest has Good News!

Okay, I know this is syrupy propaganda. And staging dinners between the president and his adoring letter writers while the world is in a state of crisis is a sure sign of gravely misplaced priorities. But I have to admit, I’m kind of a sap. I like a certain amount of sentimental nonsense in my day. A video of the press secretary calling up average Americans and

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Stop Them Before They Impeach! Send Five Dollars Today.

As you may be aware, the White House has been talking up the possibility that President Obama is going to be impeached – IMPEACHED, I TELL YA – by Republicans. Well, Democratic fundraisers, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, have been talking it up too and raising tons of cash on the possibility. Nothing like a little fear and loathing to get the money

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WH: Obama Will Eat all the Cheeseburgers He Wants!

ABC White House reporter Jonathan Karl wanted to know today if maybe it was a “mistake” for  President Obama to continue on his merry way Thursday amid the downing of the Malaysian Airlines jet over Ukraine. You know, like heading to the Charcoal Pit in Delaware to wolf down a cheeseburger and then flying off to fundraisers in New York. Well, suggested White House Press Secretary

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White House: Obama Aiding World “Tranquility”

Tranquility? In this world? Planet earth? White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today spun himself right into outer space with the unworldly claim that President Obama is somehow improving the “tranquility” of the planet. Applying the term “tranquil” to the world as it exists today is about like mixing “cuddly” and “pit bull with rabies.” Said Earnest at today’s White House briefing: I think that

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Video || Meet Josh Earnest

Here’s a little get-to-know you interview with President Obama’s new press secretary by Politico’s Mike Allen. From this, we learn about Josh: He wants Obama to take more questions. He seems human. He loves his wife. He’s going to be a father soon, though if he stays on through the end of the Obama administration, he won’t meet the child until he or she is

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Video || Earnest Gets Roughed Up at His First Briefing

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest got taken to task today by the White House press corps for failing to reveal, until asked about it, a call between President Obama and Russian President Putin. Earnest was asked at the end of the briefing about a report that the two presidents had spoken about Ukraine. That would be correct, Earnest confirmed. And then the problems began.

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As Syria Heats Up, White House Nixes Briefings

Even as President Obama prepares to commit an act of war in Syria, the White House has scaled back the public questioning it will tolerate about what the president is doing, holding only one televised briefing in the past seven days to justify the president’s position to the American people. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has all but disappeared, briefing reporters in any forum –

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White House: No Budget for Weeks

The White House today said it will not release a budget for weeks, delaying well beyond the legal due date the publication of the president’s annual tax and spending blueprint. White House Press Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who led the daily briefing today, said the release date was “weeks ahead.” The Hill is reporting that the White House has informed Congress to expect it

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Furloughs to Hit the White House

Like the rest of the federal government, the White House will be subject to furloughs and pay cuts – including employees in the West Wing, White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said today. Earnest, who gave the daily briefing in place of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, said the White House would also be forced to curtail unnamed programs and reduce purchases of

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