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  • Obama, testing the climate

President Obama is getting hammered. He’s been called out for the sins of the IRS in looking too hard and too exclusively at organizations whose applications for tax-exempt status contained red-flag language such as “tea party” or “patriots.” He’s accused of fogging the facts of last year’s fatal assault on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. And then there’s the reaction against the Justice Department’s seizure of two months of AP phone records as it searched for whoever leaked details of a supersensitive CIA operation in Yemen.

The Tribune‘s lead editorial Wednesday touched all these bases and was headlined “Obama and overreach: Americans see evidence of truth-shading, arrogance and intrusion.” Scott Stantis labeled his accompanying cartoon “Richard Milhous Obama.” On Thursday, a New York Times story on Obama’s troubles observed that “the latest furors could harden an impression of an Obama presidency that has expanded the reach of government further than many Americans would like.”