Let Me Start: Taking back the White House?

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama
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Is President Obama starting to regain control of his presidency? The trifecta of controversy that has plagued his administration over the past week is still swirling, but with the resignation yesterday of the acting IRS commissioner, the president may be starting to take back control of his own destiny. But even with that move, critics say he’s too passive, too much of a bystander to what’s going on around him. And the lead story in today’s New York Times illustrates that point, under the headline An Onset of Woes Raises Questions on Obama Vision.

The IRS Scandal: The New York Times points out the real problem in the IRS – the lack of clear rules about how much political activity a 501(c)(4) organization can engage in.

Meanwhile, the White House’s release of emails about the talking points to be used in the aftermath of the Sept. 11th attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, demonstrate a tug-of-war between the CIA and the State Department, with White House aides mostly refereeing. But Republicans say the emails confirm that the administration was trying to airbrush details of the attack ahead of the presidential election.