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      Obama announces press secretary Jay Carney resigning

      <font color="#000000">White House press secretary <font size="2"><font size="2">Jay</font></font><font size="2"> <font size="2">Carney</font></font></font><font size="2"> <font color="#000000"> is leaving his post and his No. 2 is taking over.</font> </font>

      White House press secretary Jay Carney is leaving his post and his No. 2 is taking over.

      President Barack Obama announced Carney's departure in a surprise appearance at in the White House press briefing room Friday. He said principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will take over the job.

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      Obama called Carney one of his closest friends and a great press secretary whom he said will continue to rely on as an outside adviser.

      The president said Carney plans to take the summer off before getting a new job.