Immigrants' rights activists and their supporters, more organized and united than ever, vow not to be intimidated and to fight on.
Of progressive bills, the one that appears to be moving forward most quickly is the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015.
Following arm-twisting from Obama, 10 Senate Democrats who had voted against debate on fast-track changed their positions.
Obama's attempt to hammer through a multination "trade" agreement with Pacific Ocean rim nations is hard to understand.
On Tuesday, Obama recommended that Cuba be removed from The U.S. State Department's "State Sponsors of Terrorism List."
"The Cold War has been over for a long time," said Obama; "I'm not interested in having battles that started before I was born."
"Republicans celebrate while the immigrant community feels utter disillusionment."
"The president's executive action on immigration is a step forward for America. We need to support his efforts to address our broken immigration system."
An upbeat and forceful President Obama signaled he intends to use the rest of his second term to push for a progressive agenda on behalf of the nation's working people.
Yesterday, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill that would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.