For Obama, a new sense of purpose in acting alone

President Barack Obama meets with members of the Democratic Governors Association, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. The National Governors Association 2014 Winter Meeting starts Friday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — This week, President Barack Obama promoted tougher fuel efficiency standards for trucks. He touted progress on initiatives to strengthen the U.S. patent system. And he signed an executive order intended to speed up the process for approving import or export cargo.

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