HOT BLAST: Scandals and longevity
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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney during his daily news briefing at the White House on Friday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney during his daily news briefing at the White House on Friday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Just past the 100-day mark of its second term, the Obama administration is feeling the rushing wind of scandal.

The Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. diplomats in Libya has been around since the 2012 presidential election. Fresh congressional testimony last week brought it back to the forefront. Regardless of whether it's an Obama White House "cover-up" (Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.) or the silly debate over "one memo" (Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.), this subject isn't likely to fade in the near-term.

Then there's the targeting of Tea Party groups by the IRS. Reuters has the latest: "When tax agents started singling out non-profit groups for extra scrutiny in 2010, they looked at first only for key words such as 'Tea Party,' but later they focused on criticisms by groups of "how the country is being run," according to investigative findings reviewed by Reuters on Sunday."

The Wall Street Journal finds bipartisan agreement that Congress should get to the bottom of this, quoting 
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., as saying this matter demands a deep examination.

So, the news cycle will likely be dominated by both this issues for the next few weeks. Any minute now the "-gate" suffix may come into play.

Here's our question and an opportunity to toss in your two cents in the comments below: Which of these scandals has legs? Which one (if either or both) will still be deviling the White House a year from now?

Which of these will be causing trouble for the Obama administration a year from now?


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