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Susan Crabtree was a reporter for The Washington Times.

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**FILE** President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius leave the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Feb. 10, 2012, after the president announced the revamp of his contraception policy requiring religious institutions to fully pay for birth control. (Associated Press)

GOP senators want IG probe of Sebelius' 'Obamacare' fundraising

Senior Republican senators on Thursday asked the Health and Human Services' inspector general to investigate Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' fundraising drive to promote the new health care law — a practice ethics specialists have said is anything from a legal stretch to a shakedown for cash. Published May 30, 2013

President Obama holds up a stuffed bear that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (not shown) had won tossing a football after playing the "Touchdown Fever" game on the boardwalk during their visit to Point Pleasant, N.J.,  on May 28, 2013. Obama traveled to New Jersey to join Christie to inspect and tour the Jersey Shore's recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. (Associated Press)

Teaming up with Christie, Obama says Jersey shore 'back in business'

President Obama took advantage of a lull in the uproar over the Internal Revenue Service, Justice Department and Benghazi scandals Tuesday to team up again with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a high-profile tour of storm-recovery efforts on the Jersey shore. Published May 28, 2013

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin greets President Obama as he arrives on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Okla., en route to Moore, Okla., to see the response efforts to the severe tornadoes and weather that devastated the area. He also will visit with the families affected as well as first responders. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama to Okla. tornado victims: 'We have got your back'

President Obama spent Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma surveying the damage of last week's devastating tornadoes, thanking first responders and visiting with victims whose lives were upended by the storms. Published May 26, 2013

** FILE ** Victoria Nuland (Associated Press)

Aide involved in Benghazi talking points scrubbing promoted by Obama

In a bold move that demonstrates his commitment to an inner circle of close advisers — even those caught up in controversies, President Obama plans to nominate Victoria Nuland to assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, the White House said Thursday. Published May 24, 2013

Groups say IRS targeting has left a bitter taste

While some White House officials, including press secretary Jay Carney, have tried to minimize the impact of the IRS political-targeting scandal, saying the abuses ended in May 2012 and the practice is a thing of the past, victims say they are still feeling the impact. Published May 22, 2013

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney smiles after being wished a happy birthday by a reporter during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. At the briefing Carney announced that President Obama will travel to Oklahoma to visit tornado affected communities. (Associated Press)

Carney tries on new charm offensive

After enduring two weeks of withering criticism for his shifting narrative about the IRS targeting conservative groups and the White House's involvement in changing Benghazi talking points, White House spokesman Jay Carney made an obvious effort to try to curry a little favor with the White House press corps Wednesday. Published May 22, 2013

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

White House plotted with Treasury on how to reveal IRS misdeeds

The White House revealed that it had even deeper knowledge of the IRS scandal than it first let on when press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that a top aide to President Obama talked with a Treasury Department official about how to break the news of the agency's improper targeting of conservative groups. Published May 21, 2013

White House scandals turn enthusiastic supporters into critics

President Obama's election was a hopeful moment for civil rights advocates who thought he would usher in a golden era of government openness and respect for civil liberties, but some of the president's most enthusiastic supporters have expressed the harshest condemnation this week as revelations of multiple controversies involving intrusive government overreach have exploded onto the national stage. Published May 16, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama speaks on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Mr. Obama announced the resignation of Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama signals more firings to come over IRS scandal

A second senior official is leaving the Internal Revenue Service, as President Obama named a new acting agency chief while struggling to contain the fallout over the wrongful targeting of conservative groups. Published May 16, 2013

White House spokesman Jay Carney listens to a question during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on May 15, 2013. (Associated Press)

White House supports media shield law amid AP records scandal

Trying to take a positive step in the face of two controversies over untoward government intrusion, the White House has called on Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, to reintroduce a bill that would give more protections to the press when it comes to keeping their sources confidential, a White House spokesman said Wednesday. Published May 15, 2013

White House in full damage-control mode

In damage control on multiple fronts, the White House on Tuesday struggled to contain a series of escalating scandals that likely will test President Obama's willingness to hold administration officials accountable. Published May 14, 2013

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a joint news conference with President Obama on May 13, 2013, in the East Room of the White House. (Associated Press)

Britain's Cameron pushes urgent response to Syria

British Prime Minister David Cameron took a more aggressive stance on Syria's civil war than President Obama Monday, signaling heightened international concerns about the Syrian opposition's fate. Published May 13, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama (Associated Press)

Obama waits for probe before condemning IRS; Congress pounces

While President Obama said Monday that he is withholding judgment on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, angry congressional leaders from both parties aren't waiting — they plan to begin hearings on the matter this week. Published May 13, 2013