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Obama seizes initiative amid scandals

DECISIVE:In a multipronged attack against Republicans, the US president released White House e-mails, sacked the head of the IRS and backed a ‘reporter shield’ bill

AFP, WASHINGTON

The White House also backed legislation to strengthen journalists’ rights to protect sources, after government agents secretly collected AP phone records in an apparent search for national security leakers.

“The president has long supported media shield legislation in the Senate, during the 2008 campaign, and as president,” spokesman Jay Carney said.

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who reintroduced his shield proposal, said the bill would require prosecutors to prove to a judge that information sought would “prevent or mitigate an act of terrorism or harm to national security.”

Obama’s actions may improve his political position as he seeks to build traction for top second term initiatives like immigration reform and implementing his health care law, but Republicans are unlikely to be placated.

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