FILE - This May 9, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama walking from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington to board Marine One. President Barack Obama seemed to lose control of his second-term agenda even before he was sworn in, when a school massacre led him to catapult gun control to the fore. Now, as he tries to pivot from a stinging defeat on that issue and push forward on others, the president finds himself rocked by multiple controversies that are demoralizing his allies, emboldening his political foes -- and posing huge distractions. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
WASHINGTON Under mounting pressure, President Barack Obama has released a trove of documents related to the Benghazi attack and forced out the top official at the Internal Revenue Service following revelations that the agency targeted conservative political groups.
The moves are aimed at halting a growing perception among both White House opponents and allies that the president has been passive and disengaged as controversies consume his second term.
The White House also asked Congress to revive a media shield law that would protect journalists from having to reveal information. The step is seen as a response to the Justice Department subpoenas of phone records from reporters and editors at The Associated Press.
The flurry of activity signaled a White House anxious to regain control amid the trio of deepening controversies.