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Jon Stewart: Robert Gibbs a human shield against what’s actually going on

On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart mocked former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs for accepting a job at MSNBC. Stewart ripped Gibbs for acting as a “human shield against what we on Earth call what’s actually going on,” pointing out the former White House…

Facebook hires former Clinton spokesman

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Facebook announced on Tuesday that it had hired former US president Bill Clinton’s spokesman Joe Lockhart to serve as vice president of global communications at the social network. “Joe’s arrival brings new skills and greater depth to our incredibly busy team,” Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president of…

Former Obama spox Gibbs in talks with Facebook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook, the social networking giant, is seeking to hire former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs for a senior post, The New York Times reported. The newspaper reported on its website late on Sunday that Facebook is looking at Gibbs, once one of President Barack Obama’s closest aides, to help manage communications in advance of…

New White House spokesman makes smooth debut

WASHINGTON — New White House spokesman Jay Carney emerged unscathed from his first tangle with the press Wednesday, at times resorting to the artful dodging of the man he replaced, Robert Gibbs. Carney, a former Time magazine reporter, once lobbed questions at the lectern in the press briefing room himself.…

Obama: ‘The people of Egypt have spoken’

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama said Friday the people of Egypt had spoken after history moved at a “blinding pace,” and called on the now-ruling military to ensure a transition towards “genuine democracy.” “The people of Egypt have spoken — their voices have been heard and Egypt will never…

DeMint willing to ‘compromise’ on extending all Bush tax cuts

Tea party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has said that he is willing to work with President Barack Obama to pass an extension for the Bush-era tax cuts. DeMint suggested that he would only be winning to accept a deal where richest Americans are included. “I hope we can get…

GOP, Obama embrace Bush tax cuts compromise

White House signals new flexibility on extending Bush tax cuts for all A possible compromise on extending Bush-era tax cuts for rich and poor alike – at least for a while – is in the works after the Republican triumph in midterm elections. A day after President Barack Obama signaled…

Obama open to discussing ‘broad’ tax cut extension for rich

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is open to the idea of discussing an extension of Bush-era tax cuts for all income levels, the White House said on Thursday. Two days after congressional elections, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs signaled that Obama might consider a compromise with Republicans that would…

Cost of US bank bailout less than 50 billion: White House

The White House said Thursday the cost of the 700-billion-dollar bank bailout launched at the height of the financial crisis was much lower than expected, at under 50 billion dollars. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner informed President Barack Obama of the revised figure during his daily economic briefing, White House spokesman…

AP sources: Emanuel leaving White House on Friday

AP sources: Emanuel to resign as White House chief of staff Friday, to begin Chicago mayor bid. White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is set to give up his influential national post Friday to begin a run for Chicago mayor, a job he has long coveted but won’t win…

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