Obama aims to halt perception of passive president

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By JULIE PACE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to halt a perception spreading among both White House opponents and allies that he has been passive and disengaged as unexpected developments consume his second term.

The new strategy has been underscored with a flurry of new White House actions. The moves signal an Obama team anxious to regain control amid the controversies.

On Wednesday, Obama released a trove of documents related to the Benghazi attacks amid revived pressure from Republicans. He asked Congress to revive a media shield law that would protect journalists from having to reveal information. And he forced the resignation of the top official at the Internal Revenue Service after the agency targeted conservative political groups.

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