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  • Obama Squeezes Republicans' Throats On Defense Spending

    10/07/2015 2:20:30 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 50 replies ^ | October 7, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, the Obama administration announced that President Obama would veto a defense authorization bill if it did not close down Guantanamo Bay. White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained that the House funding bill would be vetoed “principally because…of the irresponsible way that it funds our national defense priorities, but also because of the efforts to prevent the closure [of] the prison at Guantanamo Bay.” He added that Democrats would sustain Obama’s veto, and defense authorization would die.
  • Josh Earnest: Obama may do executive action (again) on guns

    10/06/2015 5:34:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 6, 2015 | Taylor Millard
    Fresh off Hillary Clinton announcing she was going to do gun control without Congressional authority, President Barack Obama appears to be leaning the same way again. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday it was time to get serious about keeping guns from certain people. “The president has frequently pushed his team to consider a range of executive actions that could more effectively keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who shouldn’t have access to them. That’s something that is ongoing here.” How this is different from the 2013 executive orders, no one is saying....
  • Josh Earnest Excuses Putin's Obama Snub: 'Chaos' Inside UN Building

    09/29/2015 6:59:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Vladimir Putin probably had to wait 20 minutes for an elevator. Yeah, that's the ticket . . . Josh Earnest, Barack Obama's spokesman, has excused Vladimir Putin's snub of the President of the United States, in which the Russian strongman turned up 20 minutes late for their lunch at the UN yesterday. On today's Morning Joe, Earnest lamely defended Vlad's tardiness: "anybody that's been around the UN during the General Assembly knows it's total chaos inside that building, so people ae running late quite frequently. " Right. And if you believe that, we've got an oceanfront condo in Moscow to...

    09/18/2015 1:31:51 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 46 replies ^ | September 18, 2015 | Pam Key
    Friday at the White House press briefing, when press secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the controversy over Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump ignoring a town hall audience member suggesting President Barack Obama is Muslim, he used the opportunity to say he was not surprised, because “offensive views” are the “priorities of today’s Republican party.”
  • White House: 'Pro-war' Cheney, Trump, Cruz are face of Iran deal opposition

    08/28/2015 2:35:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 28, 2015 | Susan Crabtree
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that those who oppose the Iran nuclear agreement, like former Vice President Dick Cheney and presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, are "pro-war" and are some of the same people who got the U.S. into a war with Iraq in 2003. "There's no doubt that we've seen forceful advocacy to kill this deal," Earnest said. "It's the same forceful advocacy we've seen in the run up to the Iraq war in 2003. In fact it's many of the same people making the same arguments." Cheney is scheduled to appear Sept. 8 at...
  • Trump's teleprompter challenge trips up White House

    08/28/2015 10:02:32 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 46 replies ^ | 8/26/15 3:53 PM | Susan Crabtree
    Trump's teleprompter challenge trips up White House By Susan Crabtree • 8/26/15 3:53 PM White House press secretary Josh Earnest got a little tongue-tied Wednesday after being asked what he thought of Donald Trump's suggestion that teleprompters ought to be outlawed. Veteran CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller asked him if such a uniform ban would affect the president "adversely." Since the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama has been known for his reliance on tele-prompters to deliver speeches and often rambles without one. "I don't have any … well … that's a tough one to respond to," Earnest admitted amid some...
  • Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer: Obama Wrong That It's Iran Deal or War

    08/06/2015 12:53:36 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 6, 2015
    Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the second-ranking Democrat in the House, said the tone was counterproductive. ‘Not Comfortable’ “Characterizing people who may be in opposition to the agreement as wanting to go to war as an alternative, I’m not comfortable with that, and I wish the White House wouldn’t do that,” Hoyer, who is leading a visit of 22 Democratic House members to Israel this week, said in an interview in Jerusalem on Thursday. “I don’t think the alternatives are going to war, and I’ve indicated that” to the White House. White House press secretary Josh Earnest dismissed complaints about...
  • White House spokesparrot Josh Earnest admits to ‘merely repeating’ spin Planned Parenthood gave

    08/06/2015 5:04:28 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | July 30, 2015 | Doug Powers
    --snip-- Maybe the most pathetic thing about that clip was that a couple dozen reporters didn’t jump up with follow-ups when Earnest admitted to being a mouthpiece for PP. It was as if the room was collectively thinking, “Hey, they’ve got to get to the bottom of the horrible lion story!” As you watch the latest video, remember that Obama said “God bless you” to the people who condone those barbaric practices.
  • Earnest on Iran: "We Don't Need Congress To Approve This Deal"

    08/06/2015 1:26:45 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 24 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 6, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    JOSH EARNEST, THE WHITE HOUSE: Not at all. And let me tell you why. The fact is we don't need Congress to approve this deal. We just need Congress not to screw it up. So, Congress has an opportunity to play spoiler right now and if they fail in that effort this deal will move forward. It will be implemented. And we will have taken the most important step we can -- the best step we can -- to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
  • Tapper grills Earnest: Seriously? No one at the WH has seen the Planned Parenthood vids?

    08/05/2015 9:02:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/05/15 | Robert Laurie
    'Heard about it from the news reports' If you’re even a casual observer of current events, you’ve probably seen the gruesome Planned Parenthood videos. If you’re a reporter, blogger, commentator, or just a regular person who follows politics, you’ve definitely seen them. Given that fact, its a safe bet that someone whose day-to-day life is 100% tied to the 24 hour news cycle has seen them. Let’s face it, if everything you do is about handling various sectors of the news media, you have to know what you’re talking about, right? Apparently, no, that’s not right. When CNN’s Jake Tapper...
  • Josh Earnest Talks Like Obama Hearts Biden Over Hillary

    08/03/2015 10:16:30 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On today's Morning Joe, Josh Earnest said that President Obama believes that picking Biden as his VP was the "smartest decision he ever made in politics." Joe Scarborough drew the mischievous-but-logical inference that Obama must thus believe it was smarter than picking Hillary as his Secretary of State. Though Mika interrupted to say that's not what he meant, Earnest never said boo to counter Joe's interpretation. Earnest later said that if Biden chooses to run, he could make a "strong" case for his candidacy. He added that other Dem candidates could make "quite" a strong case. Note the qualifier. And...
  • WH Totally Supports What Planned Parenthood Is Doing, Notes Its 'High Ethical Standard'

    08/01/2015 7:00:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies ^ | August 1, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    While the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practice of selling and negotiating the price of aborted babies’ body parts—and the organs of those born alive—has convinced some Democrats that enough is enough when it comes to taxpayer funding for the abortion giant, others are remaining steadfast in their support for the group. Unfortunately, the White House is among the loyal, it seems. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, White House Press Secretary maintained that the undercover videos were highly edited and distorted. And when asked by a reporter where he is receiving his information, Earnest’s replied Planned Parenthood. “Based on the...
  • White House Says Planned Parenthood Videos Are Fake [Isaiah 5 - God's American Vineyard]

    07/31/2015 1:51:24 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/30/2015 | Blake Neff
    The White House expressed its firm belief Thursday that recently-released videos attacking Planned Parenthood are “fraudulent.” Their source: Planned Parenthood. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, was speaking with reporters when they raised the matter of the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress which appear to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal organs for profit, a violation of federal law. He claimed the videos were released in a “fraudulent way” with “not a lot of evidence” behind them. “There is ample reason to think that this is merely the tried and true tactic that...
  • Obama Spokesman: “No Evidence” Planned Parenthood Acted Unethically by Selling Aborted Babies

    07/30/2015 1:11:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 58 replies ^ | Steven Ertelt Jul 30, 2015
    The top spokesman for President Barack Obama today said there’s essentially no evidence that Planned Parenthood acted unethically by selling the body parts of aborted babies. Ergo, there’s no reason for Congress to de-fund Planned Parenthood. The comments from White House spokesman Josh Earnest come despite a fourth video showing the abortion giant potentially breaking state and federal laws to sell the body parts of aborted babies. The Hill has more about Obama’s spokesman’s comments: White House press secretary Josh Earnest stopped short of issuing a formal veto threat against the legislation, but he said “on balance, the president would...
  • You'll Be Outraged When You Hear What Outrages Obama About the Planned Parenthood Videos

    07/22/2015 4:24:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Rush ^ | July 22, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number 29. Folks, you have to hear this. This is the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, at the White House daily briefing today. And as far as I know, this is the first White House comment on the videos taken of Planned Parenthood people describing the harvesting of body parts and how to do it without damaging the body parts and then selling them. This is what Josh Earnest said. EARNEST: I haven't spoken to the president about the actual videos. I have read the reports and I'm confident that he has, too, raising...
  • White House blasts Cruz for defending Trump, who’s in full-blown feud with Perry

    07/09/2015 1:54:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers ^ | July 9, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Amidst the GOP infighting over Donald Trump and an uproar in Congress over the Confederate flag, the White House jabbed at Sen. Ted Cruz today. Opening his daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called out Cruz as one who – rather than condemning Trump for depicting Mexican immigrants as rapists and killers — “saluted” the real estate magnate-turned-candidate. The comments came in prepared opening remarks, suggesting the poke was anything but inadvertent. Cruz appeared earlier today on Fox Business Network and again declined to repudiate Trump’s comments. “No, I am proud to stand with Donald Trump. I...
  • But Did Obamacare REALLY Save A Kid With A Tumor

    06/27/2015 7:35:26 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Connor D. Wolf
    When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Obamacare Thursday, President Barack Obama spoke of the time he met a mom whose son was saved thanks to the law. But when asked to explain the story, the White House went silent. “And they’ve told me that it has changed their lives for the better,” the president declared. “I’ve had moms come up and say, my son was able to see a doctor and get diagnosed, and catch a tumor early, and he’s alive today because of this law. This law is working. And it’s going to keep doing just that.” After the...
  • BOOM: Obama Takes Credit for Kurds’ Victory Over ISIS… But Kurds Fired Back With BRUTAL Response

    06/21/2015 4:35:29 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    Recently, the Kurdish Peshmerga won a major victory against the Islamic State group in northern Syria, taking back a town known as Tal Abyad. Amazingly, the Obama administration took credit for this hard-fought victory, even though it had next to nothing to do with it. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Kurdish victory was “actually a direct consequence of an earlier military operation that President Obama ordered” to break the siege of the Syrian city of Kobani last fall. This laughable claim was quickly shot down by the Kurds themselves, who stated that they could have taken the town back much more...
  • White House Defends ‘Private’ Prince Concert With 500 People: ‘They Did It On Their Own Dime’

    06/15/2015 3:52:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/15/15 | Charlie Spiering
    At the White House today, Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended Saturday night’s “private” concert with Prince. Although rumors had surfaced about the concert, the White House was silent about the event that brought up to 500 people to the event and did not inform the press about it. News of the event quickly leaked on social media – including posts from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Rev. Al Sharpton. Earnest indicated that the Obama family paid for the event at the White House, telling reporters that the first couple “did it on their own dime.” When repeatedly questioned about
  • The Obamas had a secret party at the White House with Prince, Stevie Wonder

    06/15/2015 2:42:06 PM PDT · by McGruff · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | June 15, 2015 | Kristen Holmes
    Administration officials are remaining tight-lipped on a private party featuring Prince and Stevie Wonder at the White House over the weekend. During Monday's daily briefing, reporters drilled White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest for details on the star-studded event, which was not included in the President's public schedule, but was documented by guests on social media. "The President and First Lady did hold a private party at the White House over the weekend, but given the private nature of that event I don't have a lot of details to discuss from here," Earnest said.
  • Earnest: Remember, We Can See Iran Increase Its Nuclear Stockpile Thanks to Our Monitoring Measures

    06/02/2015 7:45:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/2/15 | David Rutz
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest looks on the bright side. Pressed Tuesday by ABC’s Jonathan Karl about a New York Times report that Iran had increased its nuclear fuel stockpile 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, Earnest reminded reporters the monitoring measures put in place were what allowed the U.S. to see Iran’s brazen behavior in broad daylight. “But you don’t dispute their finding that they have a 20 percent increase in uranium fuel over what they had at the start of these negotiations?” Karl asked. “Uh, no,” Earnest said. “You’re not concerned about that, you don’t...
  • Rice to Iraq War vets: Hey, we “ended two wars responsibly,” y’know

    05/20/2015 2:40:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Hot ^ | May 20, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    This claim from national security adviser Susan Rice stands in such contrast to reality that Foreign Policy’s Paul McCleary gave it the subheadline, “Really? Really?” Speaking to a group of Iraq War veterans who began the day wondering how the US and Iraq could possibly have lost Ramadi, a city for which Americans bled to pacify, Rice tried a novel approach to the question — complete and utter denial of reality. McCleary notes, “Susan Rice whiffs” in the main headline: Even before National Security Advisor Susan Rice started speaking Tuesday night, at a poignant German Embassy photography exhibit of soldiers...
  • Josh Earnest: Sherrod Brown Should 'Apologize' to Obama

    05/13/2015 5:53:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Fire up the popcorn popper: this is getting fun. The MSM is reluctant to report it, but you might say that a trade war is breaking out among liberal Dems, and it's getting personal. A few days ago, criticizing Elizabeth Warren for opposing his TPP trade bill, President Obama said that “the truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else.” Yesterday, Sen. Sherrod Brown, also a TPP opponent, said that Obama had thereby been "direspectful" to Warren, suggesting he had been sexist. Appearing on today's Morning Joe, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said that...
  • Senate deals stinging defeat to Obama trade agenda (fails 52-45)

    05/12/2015 12:04:31 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 115 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/12/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday delivered a stinging blow to President Obama’s trade agenda by voting to prevent the chamber from picking up fast-track legislation. A motion to cut off a filibuster and proceed to the trade bill fell short of a 60-vote hurdle in the 52-45 vote. Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) was the only Democrat to back it. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from yes to no to reserve his ability to return to the measure at a later date. Fast-track is a top legislative priority for the White House, but it has run into significant...
  • Josh Earnest Dodges 10 Consecutive Questions About Clinton Foundation [VIDEO]

    04/23/2015 7:41:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/23/15 | Alex Griswold
    This has to be a new record: White House press secretary Josh Earnest dodged no less than ten consecutive questions in a span of five minutes, all about the damning allegations that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traded political favors in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation. (VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Dodges Question From Fox’s Ed Henry On Potential Perjury)Let’s break it down, shall we?DODGE ONE: ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT JONATHAN KARL: Revelations regarding donations to the Clinton Foundation and actions taken by the United States government, I want to take the second part first. In hindsight, given what’s happened with Russia...
  • White House defends Hillary: ‘Conservative authors’ can’t be trusted

    04/24/2015 1:34:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/24/2015 | Noah Rothman
    You might think that the White House would have something of substance to say about the repeated violations of a memorandum of understanding between the administration and the Clinton Foundation that prohibited it from accepting donations from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state. Wrong! When pressed by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl on Friday about whether the White House was concerned by the Clinton FoundationÂ’s various indiscretions, or even its failure to disclose foreign donations including those from Uranium One, White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest seemed to suggest that they were not (h/t Washington...
  • Reporter To Earnest: Why Does Ayatollah Get ‘Benefit Of The Doubt,’ But Not Netanyahu? [VIDEO]

    04/16/2015 9:44:26 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4:37 PM 04/16/2015 | Al Weaver
    During Thursday’s White House briefing, the Associated Press’ Jim Kuhnhenn interrogated press secretary Josh Earnest over the Obama administration’s unequal treatment of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kuhnhenn asked the White House flack why the Ayatollah is getting “the benefit of the doubt” from the administration over comments about the Iran deal last week, but Netanyahu does not after his comments that there would be no Palestinian state. JIM KUHNHENN: On Iran, with talks, I believe, scheduled to restart next week, I want to go back to something the president said on Saturday at a press...
  • White House says North Charleston shooting video 'awfully hard to watch'

    04/08/2015 12:44:54 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 53 replies
    nbc news 2 ^ | 4-8-2015 | AP
    <p>At the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest said the video was "awfully hard to watch."</p> <p>Earnest said he hadn't discussed the shooting with President Barack Obama but wouldn't be surprised if Obama had seen the video.</p> <p>Earnest also discussed the impact the video evidence appears to have had on the investigation.</p>
  • White House: Hillary Clinton Acting As ‘Private Citizen’ In Benghazi Investigation

    03/31/2015 1:26:34 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/31/15 | c spiering
    The White House reacted to the news today that Chairman Trey Gowdy of the House Select Committee On Benghazi requested an interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the use of her private email address and her home server. During the White House press briefing today, Earnest said that the issue was now in the hands of Clinton and her lawyers as well as the leaders of the congressional committee. “I don’t have an opinion on it,” Earnest said, when asked about the request by reporters, reminding them that the former Secretary of State was acting as a “private...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.