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June 12, 2014
Updated 10:00 p.m. | President Barack Obama has the authority to wage war in Iraq without going to Congress, because the original use of force authorization remains in effect.
Obama said Thursday he’s “not ruling anything out” in Iraq, as rebels have swept through some of that country’s largest cities and are bearing down on Baghdad.
But White House Press Secretary Jay Carney appeared to walk back Obama’s comment at his briefing.
“We are not contemplating ground troops. I want to be clear about that. The president … was answering a question about airstrikes,” Carney said.
When asked about getting Congress’s permission to take action, Carney was noncommittal.
“We are in active consultation with members of Congress,” he said.
He demurred when asked directly about the 2002 authorization to use military force (AUMF). An administration spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden, told Yahoo’s Olivier Knox in January “the administration supports the repeal of the Iraq AUMF.”
Hayden emailed CQ Roll Call late Thursday and to reiterate that what she said then remains in effect.
She declined to comment on what authority Obama would have to act if he decided to launch a strike.
“We support it’s repeal for all the same reasons as before, without commenting on decisions the President hasn’t made yet,” she said in an email.
Some Capitol Hill sources believe Obama could still act using other authorities, including the broad war on terror AUMF passed by Congress after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, even if the Iraq AUMF is repealed. Obama has used that authority for drone strikes in a number of countries.
A recent Congressional Research Service report says the AUMF in Iraq had no expiration date and has not been repealed. Therefore it remains current law, “although its continued effectiveness is questionable.
“Arguably, the president could rely on [it] to reintroduce forces into Iraq if he determined that Iraq once again posed a threat to U.S. national security.”
May 30, 2014
Outgoing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended President Barack Obama’s right to meet secretly with people of his choosing, blaming the lack of transparency about a lunch with Hillary Rodham Clinton Thursday in part on timing.
Just after the president announced Carney is stepping down from his post, Carney told reporters he understood the interest in the lunch, but declined to detail the internal deliberations on why it was kept off of the public schedule. His only admission was the lunch was put together late.
As I noted in Thursday’s post on Obama’s secret lunch with Hillary Clinton, the White House included a similar lunch with Clinton on the public schedule in 2013.
Josh Earnest is about to have a big new job as the next White House press secretary. Since it’s Flashback Friday, we dug up another story about one of Earnest’s career moves — 12 years ago.
Roll Call’s Hill Climbers (still in existence today) profiles upwardly mobile young staffers working in the Capitol. That’s Earnest above in March 2002, with Rebecca Constantine. The two of them had just won jobs in a House Democrat’s office.
The original article is below.
May 29, 2014
I was about to leave the White House after a ho-hum day as pool reporter Thursday when Yahoo’s Olivier Knox noticed a tweet from People Magazine indicating Hillary Rodham Clinton had met with President Barack Obama at the White House.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) May 29, 2014
Knox — a member of the group of White House scribes who toil mostly without sunlight in the press quarters in the basement — suggested I look at his Twitter feed.
A secret meeting between the president and the woman currently favored in the polls to succeed him?
Would the White House that brags about its transparency really try to keep such a lunch secret?
Yup. Full story
President Barack Obama “hasn’t given up” on an unemployment extension, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday, even though a five-month bill is about to expire without action in the House.
Asked what the unemployed should think, Carney said they don’t have many friends in House Republican leadership. He said it’s a “shame” that the GOP hasn’t acted to extend the benefits. He also noted that Republicans supported an unemployment benefits extension under President George W. Bush when conditions were better than they are today.
Carney said the president is still calling on Congress to pass an extension and “hopes they do.” Full story
May 21, 2014
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday it’s “a shame” that House Republicans haven’t passed an unemployment extension — and suggested they should act without requiring something in return.
“It is our view that these are benefits that ought to be extended to Americans — to millions of Americans who need them,” Carney said. “We do not view it as a cynical horse-trading exercise to achieve some ideological objective.”
Carney was asked by CQ Roll Call at Wednesday’s briefing about Speaker John A. Boehner’s unrequited demand — repeated often — that the White House and the president make a new offer on jobs legislation before the speaker will consider an unemployment extension.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel responded to Carney’s comment Wednesday in an email.
“Measures to create more private-sector jobs — like the dozens of House-passed jobs bills awaiting action in the Democrat-controlled Senate — are not ‘cynical,’” Steel said. “They are a serious effort to address the American people’s number-one concern.” Full story
Updated 10:09 a.m. | President Barack Obama will make a statement at 10:45 a.m. after meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors at the White House as the VA crisis continued to mushroom overnight. Full story
May 20, 2014
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended the president’s efforts to help his party in the midterms Tuesday after recent reports of grumbling among Democrats and party donors.
“The president is focused on what he can do to help Democrats in this midterm cycle,” Carney said, emphasizing President Barack Obama’s fundraising, his grass-roots network and the technology behind it and work to boost turnout among the party’s most loyal voters.
“Midterms, as all you expert political reporters know, are about turnout, getting the base out. And no one is better at doing that than President Obama, at least in the Democratic Party,” Carney asserted. Full story