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From Yes We Can to Probably Not

President Barack Obama faces a final two years in office during which small-bore bargains will replace hope-and-change.
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Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Confronting unified Republican control of both houses of Congress for the first time during his administration, President Barack Obama faces a delicate dance as he moves forward: how to fight his Republican adversaries when there's political value while at the same time trying to rebuild long-since burned bridges to lawmakers in the party.

White House officials said the administration is determined to avoid fading into lame-duck irrelevance and won't pull back from using executive action to overcome congressional roadblocks. The president, in fact, will proceed with plans to announce a new directive on immigration before the end of the year, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Tuesday.