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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Resigns

Will Federman |
May 30, 2014 | 11:33 a.m. PDT


It's been a busy day of exit interviews for President Obama, now with the surprise announcement that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will be stepping down. Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will be replacing Carney as the administration's new media piñata. Carney will be departing some time in June.

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Carney replaced long-time Obama supporter Robert Gibbs in 2011 and was the administration's public face as it weathered contentious media debates on Syria, Benghazi and the recent VA scandal.

A political journalist for over two decades, Carney mastered the art of dodging tough questions — a prerequisite for a job that exists primarily as damage control. Carney has not decided where he will land next, but it's probably safe to assume it won't be Morning Joe.

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