Out to rewrite the rules for lame ducks, a combative President Barack Obama is barreling into the final two years of his presidency determined to hold his own and set the terms for dealing with resurgent Republicans.
President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that the "shadow of crisis" has passed America and urged Congress to build on economic gains by raising taxes on the nation's wealthiest to pay for reductions for the middle class — an agenda more likely to antagonize the new Republican majority than win its approval.
Gov. Rick Snyder announced plans Tuesday to "dramatically" restructure state government to help the poor and others enter society's mainstream, and called for passage of a sales tax hike to improve deteriorating roads.
Gov. Rick Snyder said he will announce plans in his State of the State speech tonight to reorganize two state agencies as part of a long-term plan to "dramatically" restructure government to better help poor people by focusing less on programs and more on the recipients of public assistance.