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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, May 16, 2013

Obama's position increasingly weak

US President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday the resignation of the director of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Steven Miller, after the tax agency came under fire for having subjected groups that are critical of the government to tougher scrutiny than others. After several scandals in the White House, Obama's reputation has nonetheless suffered considerably, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung observes: "Weak leadership in the Syria crisis, outmanoeuvred in domestic policy and humiliated in the campaign for tougher gun laws, Obama is cutting a pretty poor figure right now. So the affairs mentioned above come at the worst possible time for him. They have the potential to cast him as a president at the head of an ungovernable administration. But they will also ensure that Congress pushes for all manner of inquiries - and takes even less notice of the president's initiatives than before."

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