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Obama says Press Secretary Carney to step down, names deputy Earnest as replacement

White House press secretary Jay Carney answers questions about health insurance during a briefing at the White House in Washington November 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama interrupted the White House daily press briefing on Friday to announce that his spokesman Jay Carney is stepping down, and named as a replacement Josh Earnest, Carney's deputy.

Obama said he would miss Carney and his advice, but called Earnest "a straight shooter and a great guy" who had been part of his team since he first ran for president.

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