Eager to deflect the lame duck label, President Barack Obama touted his unexpectedly productive swing through the Asia Pacific as a "strong week for American leadership" that resulted in deals with China and other regional powers on issues like climate change, trade and economic growth.
But even before Air Force One departed Australia, Obama was already eyeing confrontations in Washington with congressional Republicans on immigration and the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Also read: Rocky rollout for Senate healthcare bill
09:05 Yes, Mitch McConnell’s secretive lawmaking is really unusual — in these 4 ways17
13:07 The Health 202: Here's what's in the Senate health-care bill17
01:30 G.O.P. Rift Over Medicaid and Opioids Imperils Senate Health Bill24
01:39 Senate Democrats Try to Gum Up Works Over Affordable Care Act Repeal19