Democrats expect the invigorated economy to give the president much-needed clout.
Sally Quillian Yates could take over as the No. 2 official at Justice.
The sanctions would be in response to the hack on Sony.
National Security Council official says the country can "compensate Sony for damages."
American move echoes earlier action from European Union.
The president called on mostly female print reporters and none of the major TV networks.
The president says Sony shouldn't have pulled "The Interview."
"I think LeBron did the right thing," Obama said, endorsing the protest.
The past month has provided a glimpse into how Obama plans to maintain his relevance.
The task force will analyze practices following deaths at the hands of police.
Sony cyberattack was by "sophisticated actor," but White House doesn't implicate Pyongyang.
Obama will face reporters Friday before he departs for a 17-day Hawaiian vacation.
If Obama had the chance, "I'm sure he wouldn't turn it down," said Josh Earnest.
Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez joins Republicans in chorus of criticism.
Rajiv Shah has also been at the forefront of the overseas response to Ebola.
"People are concerned about ... how these cases are reviewed," said the panel chief.
"It shows a depth to them beyond just being great ballplayers," he said.
Rep. Hank Johnson wants additional oversight to investigations on police-involved deaths.
President said the league was "winging it" handling domestic violence cases.