What appears to be the fiery finale to
Nevertheless, the cable news organizations did their duty and switched from the sensational to the substantial. They were rewarded with an unusually news-making speech from Obama. As police officials appeared close to confirming that the deadly Dorner saga had ended, the president was confirming that he is just getting started on an aggressive agenda for the coming year. He said he intends to take action on climate change, gun control, immigration, infrastructure repair, the minimum wage, early childhood education and ending the war in Afghanistan.
The most dramatic moment in the address came near the end when Obama, pushing his firearms safety legislation, cited the multiple victims of gun violence in the audience and to rising applause -- significantly, not from Republicans -- repeated, over and over, "They deserve a vote!"
If that rhetorical flourish had the feel of a political convention, the Republican response from Florida Sen.