• Visitors gather around President Barack Obama, center, during his visit to Arlington on Memorial Day 2013. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)The war in Iraq is over, everybody knows that. “I promised to end the war in Iraq—and I did” was one of President Barack Obama’s best-received stump speech applause lines last year.

    Except it’s not. First, most obviously, because bombings and other acts of violence have killed more than 2,000 people there this year, as detailed in this amazing Agence France-Presse analysis. Pressed on that point last year by Yahoo News, White House press secretary Jay Carney said: "The president promised to responsibly end our war in Iraq, the United States military operation in Iraq. He did that and our troops came home."

    Except that "our war" isn't technically over either: The "Authorization for Use of Military Force" in Iraq, signed into law on Oct. 16, 2002, is still the law of the land. (H/t to independent national-security writer Marcy Wheeler, who follows this issue—and many others—closely.)

    Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is expected to offer legislation this year to repeal the Iraq AUMF.

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  • White House doesn’t have ‘figure on costs’ of Africa trip

    Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the president's birthplace.

    President Barack Obama makes the first extended trip to Africa of his presidency next week—but he won't be stopping in his ancestral homeland.

    Obama's weeklong trip—June 26-July 3—which he's taking with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia, as well as with members of his economic and trade team, is to signal America's interest in trade, democracy and economic development in Africa. He will visit Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

    "We see Africa as one of the most important emerging regions in the world," deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes told reporters on a conference call Friday. He added that the administration sees "growing economic opportunities [in the continent] for increased trade and investment" by U.S. businesses.

    The trip will also focus on "democracy and democratic institution-building," Rhodes said.

    Rhodes acknowledged the

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  • The top 9,486 ways Jay Carney won’t answer your questions (interactive)

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Jay Carney doesn’t have an answer for that. He hasn’t discussed that subject with the president. He will refer you to the Department of [insert agency here]. He refuses to speculate on that. He’ll have to get back to you.

    But he appreciates the question.

    A Yahoo News analysis of the 444 briefings through June 18 that Carney has held since becoming White House press secretary has identified 13 distinct strains in the way he dodges reporters' question. Since Carney held his first daily briefing with reporters in the White House Brady Press Briefing Room on Feb. 16, 2011, for example, he’s used some variation of "I don’t have the answer" more than 1,900 times. In 1,383 cases he referred a question to someone else. But will he at least speculate on hypotheticals? No. In fact, he has refused to do so 525 times.

    In the following interactive, you can browse all 9,486 of Carney’s most-used responses and verbal crutches.

    The main function of a White House press secretary is to shape messaging

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