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President Barack Obama sought to reclaim the initiative on Wednesday, releasing 100 pages of e-mails relating to the Benghazi, Libya, attack and sacking acting IRS chief Steven Miller. The administration also sought to dampen concerns over a probe of Associated Press sources by asking Congress to pass a new press shield law that would offer new protections for journalists' confidential sources. "Everyone says be fast, but fast is deadly if you are wrong. Always better to suffer through some news cycles to do it right, which is what the president did," a White House aide said.

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