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White House press secretary Jay Carney, left, and White House senior counselor John Podesta, right, laugh during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington Monday, May 5, 2014. Podesta, who served as Chief of Staff under President Clinton, was answering a question about his returning to work for the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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White House press secretary Jay Carney, left, and White House senior counselor John Podesta, right, laugh during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington Monday, May 5, 2014. Podesta, who served as Chief of Staff under President Clinton, was answering a question about his returning to work for the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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