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Obama Second-Term Curse? A Look Into Presidential Scandals After Reelection

US President Barack Obama listens during a meeting with President Thein Sein of Myanmar in the Oval Office of the White House
US President Barack Obama listens during a meeting with President Thein Sein of Myanmar in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, May 20, 2013. Thein Sein becomes the first leader of Myanmar to visit the White House in nearly half a century, as Washington offers a strong symbolic gesture to back his reforms. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama's second-term agenda hit a road block this month when a series of scandals within the administration stacked up, one after another.

From the IRS' targeting of tea party groups, the Department of Justice's probe into Associated Press journalists' phone records and the never-ending criticism of how the Obama administration handled the Benghazi attacks, eyes have shifted away from the broader policy debates that the president spoke of in his second inaugural address in January.

But is the 44th president's recent slew of scandals related to a "second-term curse?"

Throughout history, several presidential administrations suffered a series of scandals that disrupted second-term agendas.

Below, a look back into presidential administrations affected by second-term curses.

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The Second-Term Curse