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  • White House backtracks on Obama ISIS comments

    The White House is downplaying comments President Obama recently made about the intelligence community’s failure to warn of the full threat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria posed to the region and the United States.

  • WH insists al Qaeda core is 'decimated'

    In an aggressive round of questions, White House press secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly claimed that many of al Qaeda's leaders have been killed during President Obama's time in office.

  • Obama has 'full confidence' in Secret Service

    President Obama met Thursday night with Secret Service Director Julia Pierson about her initial assessment of why and how the incident occurred.

  • White House will now lock the front door

    "After Friday night's incident, when the door is not in use, it will be secured," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, clarifying that officials would, in fact, lock the door.

  • WH: U.S. 'vigilant' against threat to airliners

    The White House declined to comment directly on reports of a terrorist threat to U.S. airlines from another band of extremists in Syria called Khorasan, saying that the intelligence community remains "vigilant" about all threats from Syria.

  • White House: French joining U.S. in airstrikes in Iraq is 'significant'

    "This is a significant contribution to the efforts of the growing international coalition, and we look forward to coordinating with our French partners in the days to come," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

  • Unlike Kerry, White House says U.S. and the Islamic State are 'at war'

    The White House on Friday said the U.S. is engaged in war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a day after Secretary of State John Kerry refused to use that terminology.

  • Earnest: Carney did well with McCain

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest praised predecessor Jay Carney's first-night performance as a CNN contributor Wednesday night after he and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., got into an intense verbal exchange over the President Obama's policies in Iraq.

  • White House to Congress: Pass bill arming Syrian rebels ASAP

    Time is of the essence, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, because Saudi Arabia has agreed to host a training operation for vetted members of the Syrian opposition, and U.S. officials want to take them up on the offer as quickly as possible.

  • White House disputes Sotloff family's claims

    "That information does not match the information that I'm currently aware of," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday during his daily briefing.

  • White House 'heartened' by likely extension for Export-Import Bank

    "This is not a controversial position," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, noting that President Ronald Reagan signed an extension for the Export-Import Bank. "This is a position that is espoused by the Chamber of Commerce."

  • VIDEO: Press secretary looks ahead to Obama's Islamic State plan

    During his daily press briefing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest gave a preview of what to expect from President Obama's press conference on Wednesday.

  • Key Democrat pushes Obama to act on immigration

    Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., urged Democrats to stop pressuring President Obama to postpone executive action on immigration.

  • VIDEO: Josh Earnest skirts questions about immigration

    White House press secretary Josh Earnest skirted questions about announcing immigration executive actions on Tuesday, telling the reporters repeatedly that he has no update on the timing of such actions.

  • White House: 'Our thoughts, prayers' are with Sotloff family

    The White House could not immediately confirm reports that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has released a video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.



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