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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on Aug. 1. (AP). August 10 at 7:00 AM Email the author. During President Barack Obama’s last full year in office, former White House press secretary Josh Earnest stayed busy. From Jan. 1, 2016, until Dec. 31 of that year, Earnest and his deputies held 143 press briefings and 45 less-formal press gaggles, running 11,826 minutes in total. That’s more than 197 hours — more than eight continuous days — in which Earnest or another administration official spoke to and answered questions from the press. Over the last four months of the Obama administration alone, Earnest and his team spent ... Full story

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