THE BLOG
02/16/2013 11:46 pm ET Updated Apr 18, 2013

Sunday Roundup

This week, we found out that the State of the Union -- or at least the rhetoric about it -- is strong. To no one's surprise, President Obama delivered another good speech. Highlights included his call for an increase in the minimum wage, the announcement of steps towards fixing our broken voting system, and a promise to step up on climate change. The president also vowed that "by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over" -- though he didn't explain why we need to wait until then. The speech's most powerful moment was Obama's passionate call for gun control. His overarching message was: I welcome bipartisanship, but if I don't get it, I'll do it myself. As the shameful GOP filibuster of Chuck Hagel showed, the odds are the president will be spending his second term in DIY mode.