Thomson ReutersJanuary 17, 2013 17:30
* Deparle, one of top women in Obama White House, leaving
* Says more executive actions likely
* Architect of healthcare plan says it is working
By Steve Holland
WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Americans should expect a more assertive President Barack Obama in his second term as he faces tough battles with Republicans, one of his top aides said on Thursday.