The president appears to be trying to use his own popularity to push through a tough agenda.
G.O.P. leaders acknowledge they have a lot of rebuilding to do in order to confront a Democratic Party which won 95 percent of the black vote in the presidential election.
On Wednesday, the Labor Department reported that trade union membership rose 420,000 in 2008. New legislation could speed such growth.
Final chapter on war yet to be written; known costs include sagging world standing for US, rise of Iran in the region.
Terrorists have not succeeded in striking on US soil since 9/11. But some say the US focus was too much on a military response, regime change, and a 'with us or against us' mentality.
He aims to expand access to the remaining $350 billion in TARP funding.