A string of events over the course of an hour laid bare the challenges ahead.

Yet even before he departed the White House, it was evident the economic agenda wouldn’t be the only matter at hand. He was briefed before he left Friday morning on the Pentagon investigation into the drone strike that killed 10 civilians. After he’d arrived on the Delaware coast, officials updated him on the FDA decision and the irate announcement from Paris that the French envoy was returning home.

Biden did not weigh in on any of the developments himself, leaving the response to aides.

He still hopes the coming weeks will provide an opportunity to move on. Acutely aware of the stakes, Biden has begun more directly involving himself in the strategy to see his priorities passed this autumn. He plans to put himself more at the center of the legislative process, a place the longtime Delaware senator feels very comfortable.

A White House adviser said Monday…

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