News bites: How far will Obama go on his own?

As President Obama prepares for tonight’s State of the Union address, speculation is mounting about what executive actions he might pursue to counter the effects of climate change, The Hill's Energy and Environment blog reports. Pro-regulation groups are urging him on.

In his second term, Obama appears more confident and relaxed, according to The New York Times.

Global regulators say that governments need to better coordinate banking rules, according to The Associated Press.

Martha Coakley calls for the ouster of the Federal Housing Finance Agency's chief over mortgage flap, The Boston Globe reports.