Russian Stock Market Up Despite Jay Carney 'Short' Talk

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It's been more than five months since CQ Roll Call asked Jay Carney about the stock market in Russia — and he talked about shorting it. You'd have lost a bundle if you followed that advice.  

"I wouldn’t, if I were you, invest in Russian equities right now — unless you’re going short," Carney responded to the question posed at his March 18 daily press briefing.  

Obama Could Bomb Iraq Without Congress Because War Authorization Never Expired

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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.  

Secret Hillary Clinton Lunch Update: Jay Carney Doesn't Tell All

Journalists argue they should be informed when Obama has private meetings. Here was Obama's huddle with Clinton in 2009. (Photo via WhiteHouse.gov Flickr account)

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.  

Josh Earnest's Flashback Friday

Earnest appeared in Roll Call in March 2002. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.  

Obama's Secret Lunch With Hillary Clinton

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.

Obama 'Hasn't Given Up' on Unemployment Extension

Rep. David Cicilline has posted his “Faces of the Unemployed” project on the wall outside of his office, part of the Democrats' push for a renewal of unemployment benefits. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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: 'A Shame' Unemployment Extension Is Going Nowhere (Video)

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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."  

Obama to Make Statement on VA Crisis After Meeting With Shinseki, Nabors

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. The 10 a.m. meeting was added to the president's public schedule Wednesday, and comes amid repeated questions about whether Obama — who campaigned on the issue of improving VA health care as a candidate — had done enough to personally stay on top of the issue as president.  

That's a narrative Press Secretary Jay Carney set out to undermine at Tuesday's briefing, and we can expect Carney to point to this morning's meeting as further evidence that getting to the bottom of the issue is at the top of the president's agenda.  

Carney Touts Obama's Fundraising, Turnout Efforts

Obama's focus during the upcoming elections likely will be on fundraising. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.