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By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Jay Carney will leave the administration this summer, to be replaced by longtime press aide Josh Earnest, President Barack Obama announced Friday.

Obama, speaking to the White House press corps, called Carney “one of my closest friends.”

Carney, a former Moscow bureau chief for Time magazine, did not say what he plans to do next. He said only that he will not be moving to Russia to serve as U.S. ambassador, an appointment that has been speculated upon in the past.

Obama called Earnest a man whose “name describes his demeanor.” He will take over in the coming weeks.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, center, speaks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi behind him.

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

With the Delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus surging in the United States — especially in red states with large numbers of unvaccinated Americans — Capitol physician Brian Monahan is reinstituting a mask mandate for the U.S. House of Representatives. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is honoring that mandate, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, pandering to the GOP's MAGA base, is opposed. And when Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about McCarthy's opposition, she had some scathing words for the California congressman.

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