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White House press secretary: The most nonessential job in government

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Back in January 2011, the Obama administration looked to its new press secretary to “smooth over relations” with reporters. “With Jay Carney at the podium, Obama hopes to reset press relationship,” the Hill reported. Over three years and 10,000 dodged questions later, it's clear that scheme worked out about as well as the "reset" with Vladimir Putin's Russia. Slate's Dave Weigel asks an...

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