TODAY   |  May 13, 2013

GOP demands more Benghazi hearings

Just a few months into his second term, President Obama is facing two growing controversies, as the GOP accuses the administration of manipulating facts about Benghazi and the IRS is under fire for targeting conservative Tea Party groups. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>>> issues facing the obama administration now. peter alexander is nbc's white house correspondent. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning to you. these days the white house would like to focus on immigration reform and improving the economy but driving the issue the benghazi tragedy and the misconduct by the irs with the top republican on the house oversight committee saying that today he will request sworn depositions from the two men who oversaw that report on u.s. security failures in libya. pair of growing controversies, now dominating the discussion in washington. first the administration's handling of the deadly tragedy in benghazi , with republicans complaining of a coverup, demanding more hearings and accusing the obama administration of manipulating the facts.

>> the american people were effectively lied to for a period of about a month.

>> reporter: the white house says it's been forthcoming and says republicans are trying to politicize the issue, also news that the irs targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny with a report expected to say irs officials were aware of the targeting as early as 2011 , contradicting former denials by the irs commissioner . the white house called the irs 's actions inappropriate and supports the investigation. fewer than four months since his ambitious public address he's facing obstacles.

>> mark twain rumors of my demise may be somewhat at this point.

>> reporter: from watergate to iran-contra, even bill clinton 's impeachment, second terms have been notoriously difficult.

>> the presidents who weathered the crises best are those that do not let themselves get distracted.

>> reporter: this morning the white house is hosting british prime minister david cameron and a press conference in the rose garden , the president will almost certain be asked about benghazi and misconduct within the irs .

>> peter alexander at the white