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The White House has said Obama will seek to press lawmakers to pass legislation to aid the middle class and continue the nation’s economic recovery.

White House press secretary Jay Carney engaged in a heated discussion with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who said the administration was trying to downplay legitimate probes into the IRS targeting scandal.

“What we’ve seen is inappropriate activity that the president came out and forcefully said he would not tolerate,” said Carney, insisting that the president had dealt with the issue appropriately.

“I accept that we need to get to the bottom of what happened at the IRS, and we need to make sure our government is performing in a way we can be proud of, but we also need to focus on the economy. And what’s frustrating, I think, for so many Americans is that we are not.”

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