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Politics

Obama tries to control damage on three fronts

Furors over Benghazi, IRS, phone records point to administration emphases gone awry

WASHINGTON — With a trio of political controversies enveloping President Obama’s administration early in his second term, the White House sought to insulate itself Tuesday from fallout even as it rebuffed repeated questions about the president’s response to the growing problems.

The upshot was an image of a president and his top advisers retreating to the bunker, seeking to distance themselves by deflecting blame to functionaries deeper in the bureaucracy.

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