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  • Jon Karl ‘Astounded’ White House Still Believes Yemen a ‘Model for Counter-Terrorism’

    03/25/2015 11:39:29 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 03/25/2015 | van McMurry
    ABC News White House Correspondent Jon Karl was “astounded” at today’s White House briefing, when White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the Obama administration still considered Yemen a model of counterterrorism strategy, even as the country imploded against warring rebel factions.“The White House does continue to believe that a successful counterterrorism strategy is one that will build up the capacity of the central government to have local fighters on the ground to have local fighters take the fight to extremists in their own country,” Earnest said. “That is a template that has succeeded in mitigating the threat in...
  • (Hillary) Clinton, Obama huddle at White House

    03/23/2015 3:55:56 PM PDT · by maggief · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 23, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama met with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for about an hour at the White House on Monday as Clinton moves closer to launching her long-awaited presidential campaign. “President Obama and Secretary Clinton enjoy catching-up in person when their schedules permit," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. "This afternoon they met privately for about an hour at the White House and discussed a range of topics."
  • Earnest to Cruz: Remember What Happened the Last Time GOP Ran Against Obamacare (Video)

    03/23/2015 1:01:15 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 30 replies
    mediaite ^ | 3-23-2015 | Josh Feldman
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest responded today to Ted Cruz‘s strong pledge in his presidential announcement this morning to repeal Obamacare once he gets into office. In his list of things he asked the audience to imagine, Cruz said, “Imagine a new president signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare.” When asked about this today, Earnest said, “There was a presidential candidate who ran in 2012 promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and that campaign pledge didn’t work out very well for him.”
  • Netanyhau Rejects Call to Replace Ambassador Dermer (tells Zero to pound sand)

    03/22/2015 3:32:08 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 71 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 03/21/2015 11:15 PM | Jacob Kornbluh
    Israel’s ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer received Saturday the full backing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, amid chatter in Washington that replacing Dermer may be necessary to restore the working relationship with the Obama administration. In a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu reiterated what he had said at the AIPAC conference earlier this month that he “couldn’t be prouder to have Ron Dermer representing Israel in Washington.” “That is as true today as it was then,” the statement read. “The prime minister has full confidence in Ambassador Dermer, whose service to the people and State of Israel...
  • White House tells GOP not to ‘lose sleep’ over executive tax hikes

    03/19/2015 2:11:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 19, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama’s spokesman urged the top tax chairmen in Congress Thursday not to “lose any sleep” about the possibility of the president raising taxes through unilateral executive action. “To the extent that there is a lot of fretting and hand-wringing on Capitol Hill, I would urge them to not lose any sleep over this,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who added that the president doesn’t have any “imminent decision” to announce on taxes. ~snip~ If Republican lawmakers are worried, he said, “maybe it’s worth burning a little midnight oil to try to get to work in bipartisan fashion...
  • Spite toward Bibi ‘hardened’ Obama’s resolve to do Iran nuke deal (9pm Bibi interview on FOX)

    03/19/2015 11:03:41 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 19, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    SPITE TOWARD BIBI “HARDENED” OBAMA’S RESOLVE TO DO IRAN NUKE DEAL NYT: “[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s] objections to a nuclear deal with Iran, and his decision to firmly ally himself with Mr. Obama’s Republican opponents in expressing his ire over the Iran talks, may well have hardened the president’s decision to push for an agreement, one Obama adviser said Wednesday.” [Watch Fox: Netanyahu will be interviewed by Megyn Kelly, airing on “The Kelly File” tonight at 9 p.m. ET] White House steps up attacks - Fox News: “ In its first public response to Netanyahu's election triumph, White House...
  • Josh Earnest: Rejecting Medicaid expansion is basically condemning Americans to death

    03/17/2015 6:45:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/17/2015 | Noah Rothman
    The Party of Science has struck again. Conservatives who are either programmatically or philosophically allergic to the notion that expanding access to Medicaid is tantamount to providing the poor access to health care will be surprised to learn that they are heartless ghouls who may also be complicit in an untold number of negligent homicides. During MondayÂ’s White House press briefing, Press Sec. Josh Earnest reportedly equated the decision made by some governors to decline to expand access to Medicaid in their state under the Affordable Care Act with a lack of concern for the health of their constituents:...
  • URGENT: White House Confirms Obama Planning Huge New Executive Order

    03/14/2015 12:03:25 PM PDT · by lbryce · 123 replies
    Here we go again. White House press secretary Josh Earnest has officially confirmed that President Barack Obama plans to implement yet another executive order. This one is slated to send tax rates skyrocketing through the roof! The hoopla started last Friday, when Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders submitted a letter to the White House that asked the president to nullify six currently active corporate tax breaks. Closing these tax breaks would raise $100 billion in a decade, but also cost us innumerable jobs. When questioned about this letter by Ed Henry, senior White House correspondent with Fox News, Earnest first tried...
  • Historic levels of denial: Josh Earnest’s transparency brag is hilariously insane [video]

    03/11/2015 4:39:31 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 03/11/2015 | Twitchy Staff
    While serving as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s email system was set up to foil FOIA requests, and the Associated Press is suing State to force them to turn over emails in their possession. Americans weren’t allowed to see Obama’s Internet plan that the FCC recently passed, the White House has booted reporters from meetings and the Correspondents Association has complained that the Obama administration offers the least access of any president.Given those examples and more, does the White House still consider itself an historic beacon of transparency?
  • White House not ‘particularly interested’ in thousands of deleted Clinton emails

    03/11/2015 11:01:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday would not comment on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's decision to delete tens of thousands of emails she deemed personal. Clinton's actions are "not something I'm going to comment on and not something I'm particularly interested in,” Earnest said. He said he is "not aware" of any conversations between President Obama and Clinton in the last few weeks. Earnest also would not comment on the president's email address, citing security concerns. All of Obama’s emails are handled in compliance with the presidential records act, he added. Clinton revealed in a news...
  • Obama emailed Clinton at private address, didn’t know ‘details’ of account

    03/09/2015 6:07:45 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 54 replies
    Washington TImes ^ | March 9, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang -
    President Obama communicated with Hillary Rodham Clinton via email but didn’t know the “details” of how his secretary of state was using a private, off-the-books email address, the White House said Monday.
  • WH Press Sec. Admits Obama and Hillary Corresponded on Her Personal Email

    03/09/2015 4:04:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    While President Barack Obama claimed that he found out about Hillary Clinton's private email from news reports (Presidents: they're just like us!), White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said today that the president and Clinton had indeed exchanged emails using Clinton's private address. “The president, as I think many people expected, did over the course of his first several years in office trade emails with his secretary of state,” Earnest said. “I would not describe the number of emails as large, but they did have the occasion to email each other.” Earnest then attempted to explain away Obama's earlier comments,...
  • Gawker’s Cook: I Alerted Earnest About Hillary’s Private Email in 2013 (Video)

    03/08/2015 1:51:33 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/08/2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” John Cook, the executive editor for investigations at Gawker Media, said in 2013, after emails from Clinton to Sidney Blumenthal, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, leaked, he “alerted” White House press secretary Josh Earnest that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was using a private email account.
  • ‘Imagine that!’ Josh Earnest: Obama could use ‘executive action’ to raise corporate taxes

    03/02/2015 12:19:38 PM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 2, 2015 | Staff
    As with so many other things, when it comes to finding ways to pad the government’s pockets, President Obama prefers to skip over that whole Congress thing. Just ask Josh Earnest! According to him, forcing corporations to pay more in taxes through executive action is an option the president would like to keep on his table:
  • Obama "Very Interested" In Raising Taxes Through Executive Action

    03/02/2015 12:21:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is "very interested" in the idea of raising taxes through unitlateral executive action. "The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans," Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action. "Now I don't want to leave you with the impression that there is some imminent announcement, there is not, at least that I know...
  • White House Traps Itself In Terrorism Word Games

    02/24/2015 4:41:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | Byron York
    Why has the Obama administration tied itself in knots over what to call Islamic terrorism? We know the president has rejected the term in favor of "violent extremism," ordering his administration not to refer to Islamic terrorists like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as Islamic. "No religion is responsible for terrorism," Obama declared at the recent White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. And yet in the same speech, Obama uttered the word "Christianity" once, "Judaism" once, "Buddhism" once -- and "Islam" or "Muslim" 52 times. If a listener did not know better, he might think there was...
  • White House: Israel 'cherry-picking' intel that distorts Iran talks

    02/18/2015 12:26:29 PM PST · by Dave346 · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/18/15 02:34 PM EST | Martin Matishak
    The White House is accusing Israel of "cherry-picking" information that distorts the U.S. position in nuclear talks with Iran. “There's no question that some of the things that the Israelis have said in characterizing our negotiating position have not been accurate. There's no question about that,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Wednesday. "We've also been very clear about the fact that the United States is not going to be in a position of negotiating this agreement in public, particularly when we see that there is a continued practice of cherry-picking specific pieces of...
  • White House struggles with Obama comment on Paris attack

    02/10/2015 4:03:00 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 38 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 02/10/2015 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and State Department struggled Tuesday to clarify President Barack Obama's suggestion that last month's deadly shooting at a kosher deli in Paris was random, despite the administration's earlier assertions that the attack was anti-Semitic. Obama, in describing terror threats during a lengthy interview with the online news site Vox, said the American people were right to be concerned "when you've got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris." Administration officials at first defended Obama's comments, with White House spokesman Josh...
  • WH Doubles Down On Obama's Christians "Terrible Deeds" Comments

    02/10/2015 5:14:47 PM PST · by Biggirl · 49 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | Pam Key
    Tuesday at the White House press briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest doubled down on President Barack Obama’s comments last week at the National Prayer Breakfast, when he said, “Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember during Crusades and Inquisition people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country slavery and Jim Crow was all to often justified in the name of Christ.”
  • White House Says Shooting at Kosher Market in Paris Was 'Random'

    02/10/2015 3:29:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 10, 2015 | By JONATHAN KARL
    President Obama has raised some eyebrows by suggesting that the shooting at a Kosher supermarket in Paris last month was “random.” It was a comment the president made in making the case that the media overstates the terrorist threat and that his job fighting terrorism is akin to a big-city mayor fighting crime. Asked about the president's suggestion that the market was not targeted by the group because it was Kosher, White House spokesman Josh Earnest doubled down on Obama's characterization that the selection of target was "random." Here's my exchange with Earnest at today's White House press briefing:
  • Earnest: "Not Sure" Biden Will Attend Netanyahu; Obama "Looking Forward" Meeting Muslim Leaders @WH

    02/04/2015 1:04:46 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 8 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 4, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest said there is no decision yet as to whether Vice President Joe Biden will attend a joint session of Congress next month where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give an address... The question immediately following the Netanyahu discussion pertained to President Obama's meeting with Muslim leaders Wednesday afternoon, which Earnest said that "the president is looking forward" to it.
  • White House Tells 529 Savers To Go To Community College

    01/23/2015 1:54:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    town hall ^ | 1/23/15 | Conn Carroll
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday that middle-class families concerned about President Obama's plan to raise taxes on their college savings should just send their children to community college. Obama's plan raises taxes on families saving for college by eliminating the tax-free status of money withdrawn from a 529 savings accounts. "I was very surprised by the Obama 529 proposal because in many ways it is anti-middle class for families trying to afford college," SavingforCollege.com founder Joe Hurley told The New York Times. Asked to "square" Obama's State of the Union claim that he wanted to make college...
  • White House: Netanyahu Visit a ‘Departure from Protocol’ (well done, Mr. Speaker!!)

    01/21/2015 11:15:01 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 82 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/21/15 | Charlie Spiering
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest reacted to the news that House Speaker John Boehner had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress, calling it a “departure from protocol.” “The typical protocol would suggest that the leader of a country would contact the leader of another country when he is traveling there and that’s certainly is how President Obama’s trips are planned when we travel overseas,” he said. “This particular event seems to be a departure from that protocol.” Netanyahu’s visit was announced earlier this morning after Obama’s State of the Union address....
  • White House: Boehner Invite to Netanyahu Breach of Protocol

    01/21/2015 9:21:52 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 21, 2015
    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House says House Speaker John Boehner's invitation for Israel's prime minister to come to Washington is a breach of normal diplomatic protocol. President Barack Obama's press secretary, Josh Earnest, says the White House has not heard from Israelis about whether Benjamin Netanyahu plans to speak to Congress Feb. 11. Earnest says they are reserving judgment about the invitation until they've had a chance to speak to the Israelis about what Netanyahu might say.
  • NETANYAHU INVITED TO ADDRESS JOINT SESSION OF U.S. CONGRESS

    01/21/2015 9:39:30 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 32 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | 21 Jan 2015 | CAROLINE MAY
    A day after President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress with the State of the Union address, House Speaker John Boehner is inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before the same group of lawmakers next month. In a letter to Netanyahu dated Wednesday, Boehner invited the Israeli leader to address the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on February 11. It would be the prime minister’s third appearance before Congress. “Prime Minister Netanyahu is a great friend of our country, and this invitation carries with it our unwavering commitment to the security and well-being of...
  • Ducking Reality: Administration Goes to Rhetorical Extremes on Terror Attacks

    01/16/2015 7:17:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Could this argument be any dumber? The Obama administration has forced America and much of the world into a debate no one wanted or needed. Namely, does Islamic terrorism have anything to do with Islam. This debate is different than the much-coveted "national conversation on race" that politicians so often call for (usually as a way to duck having it), because that is a conversation at least some people want. The White House doesn't want a conversation about Islam and terrorism. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says, "We have chosen not to use that label [of radical Islam] because it...
  • Obama to Business: I Know How To Run Your Company Better Than You Do

    01/15/2015 2:00:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 77 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said today that President Obama knows how to run small businesses better than small business owners. Asked what the White House message to small business owners who are concerned Obama's proposed new mandatory paid sick leave policy could hurt their bottom line, Earnest replied, "I think the president would have a different view which is to say that this is good business and I think there are any number of examples I can site for you where businesses have chosen to put in place these policies and it's served to reduce the turnover...
  • Obama Administration Udermines Muslim Reformers With Excues For Radical Islam

    01/15/2015 3:46:14 AM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    On Tuesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained that the Obama administration would not be using the phrase “radical Islam” to describe the ideology motivating the Charlie Hebdo terrorists.
  • Josh Earnest on Why the White House Won’t Use France’s Terminology of ‘War Against Radical Islam’

    01/14/2015 7:46:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/14/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained today why the U.S. won’t join France in declaring war on radical Islamists. He also elaborated a bit on what the February summit on violent extremism will cover other than Islamic extremism. “James von Brunn is somebody who in 2009, June of 2009, less than a mile from where we stand right now, went to the Holocaust Museum and shot a security guard in pursuit of some radical violent ideology,” Earnest told reporters at the daily briefing. “Back in 2012, an individual, Wade Michael Page, carried out an assault against a Sikh temple...
  • Josh Earnest: Yeah, we should have sent someone with a higher profile to that Paris march

    01/13/2015 7:21:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/13/2015 | AllahPundit
    When was the last time Obama’s official spokesman met press criticism by saying, “Yup, you’re right”? Has Earnest ever done it before? Did Carney? Did Gibbs? I can’t think of a single instance offhand.My own theory on why O skipped it is that a man who’s already semi-retired can’t be bothered to fly halfway around the world at a moment’s notice for a cause, especially when there’s football on. If you wanted Obama to pretend to care about something like the Charlie Hebdo slaughter, the time to catch him was in 2012, when he still gave a wet fart...
  • Obama administration responds to Hebdo attack by vowing to fight Islamophobia

    01/11/2015 5:01:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 8, 2015 | Joe Newby
    The civilized world is still reeling from Wednesday's brutal attack against the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo by gunmen seeking revenge for cartoons attacking Islam. Nevertheless, Breitbart.com reported Thursday, the White House announced it would make fighting Islamophobia a priority. "Never mind that most Westerners aren’t Islamophobic, but rather GettingShotInTheFaceForExpressingMyOpinion-Phobic," Ben Shapiro wrote. Speaking with reporters, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the real problem is lack of leadership in defending Islam. "There are some individuals that are using a peaceful religion and grossly distorting it, and trying to use its tenets to inspire people around the globe to...
  • Attkisson: Earnest Personally Hiding Obama Benghazi Night Photos

    12/23/2014 9:16:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Breitbart TV, ^ | 12/23/14 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on CSPAN’s “Washington Journal,” investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson said while trying to obtain the official White House photographs of President Barack Obama on the night of the Benghazi terror attacks, after first being told by the photo office that she would get the photos by the end of the day, she was later referred to then-White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, who refused to return her and her producers’ calls and emails. “If you know how the White House works, a photographer is omnipresent,” Attkisson said. “He would have been there taking photographs in the Situation Room. He
  • Earnest: "I Wouldn't Rule Out A Visit From President Castro" (vid)

    12/18/2014 11:04:50 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 18, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    From today's White House briefing... CNN's JIM ACOSTA: You're not ruling it out? EARNEST: I guess the point is that the president has had the leaders of both Burma and China to the United States and for that reason I wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro.
  • JFK would back Obama, says White House

    12/17/2014 3:08:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2014 | Justine Sink
    Former President Kennedy would approve of President Obama's decision to roll back trade and travel restrictions on Cuba, the White House argued Wednesday. "I do think that even President Kennedy would acknowledge that after more than 50 years of a policy of isolation [which] didn't bring about the desired result … change was needed," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. President Obama announced earlier in the day that the administration would ease travel restrictions to the country, as well as restrictions on exports to Cuba. The government is also allowing U.S. financial and telecommunications firms to establish more of...
  • Earnest: Even if Enhanced Interrogations Did Help Find bin Laden, It Wasn't Worth Damage Done to US

    12/08/2014 1:30:50 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 27 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 8, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    EARNEST: The president's view is wherever you come down on this equation of yes, it yielded information that was helpful, yes it yielded information that was crucial, or no it didn't yield any helpful information. The president believes regardless of what the answer to that question is, that the use of these techniques was not worth it because of the harm that was done to our national values and the sense of what we believe in as Americans.
  • WH Can't Explain Why Soap Opera Producer Just Became Ambassador to Hungary

    12/02/2014 4:47:13 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 41 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12-2-14 | Daniel Halper
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest was unable to provide a cogent explanation for why Colleen Bell, a former soap opera producer, just became the U.S. ambassador to Hungary: "Josh, I wanted to ask you about something else that happened today in the Senate," said ABC's Jon Karl in today's White House press briefing. "You had some of your ambassadors confirmed after a long, long process. One of those is Colleen Bell, confirmed as ambassador to Hungary. If you can remind me, what are Colleen Bell's qualifications for ambassador? Was it that she was a soap opera producer, is it that...
  • WHITE HOUSE: Don't Freak Out If Democrats Get Crushed Tomorrow

    11/03/2014 2:11:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/3/2014 | Colin Campbell
    The White House is trying to downplay the results of Tuesday's midterm elections ahead of the Democratic Party's forecasted heavy losses across the country. Polls show the GOP is on the verge of taking the Senate majority from the Democrats and expanding its majority in the House. However, speaking with reporters Monday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest stressed the differences between a national presidential election and these more local races. "It is important to understand, as important as this election is ... a midterm election is different than a presidential election — particularly this year," Earnest said. Earnest...
  • White House tries to ease flare-up over Netanyahu insults

    10/29/2014 10:57:35 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/29/14
    The White House on Wednesday sought to tamp down the controversy over a magazine piece that detailed deep tensions between the U.S. and Israel – and quoted an unnamed senior Obama administration official calling the Israeli leader a “chickenshit.” Administration officials, including White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, did not deny the quote. They also did not signal there would be any robust effort to find out who said it. But Alistair Baskey, spokesman for the National Security Council, said the criticism does not reflect how the rest of the administration views Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Certainly that's not the...
  • Ed Henry to Earnest: You've Gone After Reporters, But You Won't Find "Chicken(bleep)" Source?

    10/29/2014 11:18:32 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 11 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 29, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    ED HENRY, FOX NEWS: On that question, Ron raised a good point about the leaks in a grand jury. The administration has spoken out on them. The administration also has a long track record over the many months about complaining about leaks involving national security. We've seen threats to reporters like James Risen, who could potentially be thrown into jail over leaks to him. James Rosen's phone records gone through because of leaks to him. My question going back to the Israel story is, why then are you kind of sloughing off this idea that you kind don't care who...
  • Obama Deploys New Anti-Ebola Adverb: ‘Tenacious’

    10/18/2014 8:05:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 17, 2014 | by NEIL MUNRO
    The nation is facing a deadly threat from the Ebola virus, so President Barack Obama has deployed a new, poll-tested strategic defense adverb. Before Wednesday, “tenacious” had not been said in the White House press room since at least March 2011. But since Wednesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest has been bombarding reporters with the adverb. He used it five times on Wednesday. ”So what you are seeing from the federal government, however, is the kind of tenacious response that reflects evolving circumstances,” he said. He threw it out six times Thursday. He used it at least four times Friday....
  • The Obama administration’s unprecedented outburst against Israel

    10/09/2014 7:36:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-9-14 | ISI LEIBLER
    The exceptionally vicious condemnation of Israel with regard to housing construction in the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem is not merely misguided, but also reflects irrational bias. Incidentally, this behavior also has many ominous parallels to the inhumane incarceration of Jonathan Pollard, despite pleas for the commutation of his sentence from all sectors of American society. The harsh outburst relates to a 2,600-unit housing project planned as an extension of an exclusively Jewish neighborhood adjacent to the suburb of Talpiot and Kibbutz Ramat Rahel, both within the Green Line. It incorporates primarily barren land on which Ethiopian and Russian immigrants had...
  • White House Punts Concern For Sgt. Tahmooressi to State Department (More like Fake Concern)

    10/01/2014 4:03:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked by Fox News' Ed Henry about the level of concern the White House had for Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi , who is being held in a Mexican prison under inhumane conditions and living with a severe case of untreated PTSD. "There was another report and hearing today on Capitol Hill about Sgt. Tahmooressi, the U.S. Marine who's been in a Mexican jail. The reason why it's important among other reasons is that various lawmakers as well as various veterans have come forward and said he has PTSD which this president...
  • White House: No Ebola travel restrictions

    10/01/2014 2:12:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 96 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 1, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The White House said Wednesday it will not impose travel restrictions or introduce new airport screenings to prevent additional cases of Ebola from entering the United States. Spokesman Josh Earnest said that current anti-Ebola measures, which include screenings in West African airports and observation of passengers in the United States, will be sufficient to prevent the “wide spread” of the virus. The chances of a U.S. epidemic are “incredibly low,” he said. “The reason for that is that it is not possible to transmit Ebola through the air. ... The only way that an individual can contract Ebola is by...
  • President Obama Rejected From Top NY Golf Courses Over Labor Day Weekend: Sources

    09/10/2014 4:00:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    NBC ^ | 9/9/14 | Jonathan Dienst
    ....Obama was turned down at several top golf courses in Westchester while he was visiting the area over Labor Day weekend, sources tell NBC 4 New York. The Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge were among some of the elite courses that rebuffed the president's request to tee off there, according to several sources who were told about the president's advance team's calls to the club managers.
  • White House: Yes, this is a war against ISIS

    09/12/2014 4:11:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    cbs ^ | 9/12/14 | Stephanie Condon
    A day after Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned against "war fever," administration officials on Friday said the U.S. is indeed waging a war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, otherwise known as ISIL). However, the administration is still trying to draw a distinction between this new "war" and the previous war the U.S. waged in Iraq, which included putting American troops on the ground in Iraq for combat operations. "The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al Qaeda and its al Qaeda affiliates all around...
  • Obama Administration Says U.S. Is 'At War' With ISIS (until tomorrow)

    09/12/2014 3:52:30 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    nbc ^ | 9/12/2014 | staff
    The Obama administration said for the first time Friday that the United States is “at war” with ISIS militants. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, used the language at least three times during his daily briefing with reporters. “The U.S. is at war with ISIL in the same way the U.S. is at war with al Qaeda,” he said, using an alternate acronym for the group. Minutes earlier, a Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, used similar terminology. “This is not the Iraq war of 2002,” he told reporters. “But, make no mistake, we know we are at war...
  • President Obama's Politically-Driven, Hastily Taped-Together, Counterterrorism Strategy

    09/12/2014 3:12:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    (P) resident Obama came into office in 2009, telling the American people he would end the wars against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Six years later, facing a broader and more lethal terrorist threat, he is now telling us why we need to go to war again. To say Obama can't seem to make up his mind in the war on terrorism (a designation his administration stopped using the day he entered the Oval Office), is putting it mildly. If anything, his naive plan of withdrawal and retreat and the way it was carried out in the face of a...
  • Somebody Tell Kerry: White House Says We're at War with ISIS

    09/12/2014 2:37:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | September 12, 2014
    The United States is at war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the White House and Pentagon said Friday, a day after Secretary of State John Kerry repeatedly declined to use that phrase. “In the same way that we are at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates around the globe, we are at war with ISIL,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby echoed that sentiment, telling reporters that while the effort was "not the Iraq war," they should "make no mistake, we know we...
  • Top Obama Officials Disagree Over Whether U.S. At War With ISIS

    09/12/2014 2:32:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    TIME ^ | September 12, 2014 | by Zeke J Miller
    The use of the W-word could have both legal and political implications. Top Obama Administration officials have publicly given conflicting accounts in recent days over a fundamental question of the new U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria: Is the nation at war? With 158 airstrikes carried out on ISIS targets and more than 1,600 troops deployed to Iraq in various capacities, Secretary of State John Kerry told ABC News Thursday that the nation was not in fact at war with the militant group. But by Friday afternoon, the White House and the Pentagon were...
  • WH's Earnest: No Position On Stripping Americans Fighting With ISIL Of Citizenship (video)

    09/08/2014 11:19:04 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 30 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 8, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    REPORTER: There's potential legislation on Capitol Hill in terms of either stripping citizenship or taking action on passports of Americans who are serving -- who are fighting alongside ISIL. Is that a measure we expect to hear more from the president on Wednesday? JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: I've read about some of those proposals. I haven't looked at them specifically. I don't think we've taken a position on them at this point. But as I mentioned to Jeff, the administration certainly is interested in working in a partnership with members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, as we confront this threat.