Takata executive warns about ability to fix deadly air bag flaw

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - An executive from Japan's Takata Corp told U.S. senators on Thursday the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles fitted with potentially deadly air bags, but said it may not be able to move quickly enough.






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Obama Acts to Pull 5 Million From “Shadows”

Alexis Simendinger, RCP
President Obama on Thursday muscled Washington’s decades-old immigration debate to new terrain, arguing that he wants to achieve legislative solutions during his presidency but will make strides without Congress where he can.“I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common-sense law,” he said. “But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as president -- the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me.” Disregarding objections from Republicans and some Democrats,... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Obama Acts to Pull 5 Million From Immigration “Shadows”

Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics
President Obama on Thursday muscled Washington’s decades-old immigration debate to new terrain, arguing that he wants to achieve legislative solutions during his presidency but will make strides without Congress where he can. “I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common-sense law,” he said. “But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as president -- the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me.” Disregarding objections from... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

As U.S. hearings loom, Takata faces long slog in air bag crisis

WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Takata Corp faces a long battle to gauge the fallout from a fast-moving air bag crisis as recalls mount up, adding to the costs for the loss-making Japanese auto parts maker.
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Are Democrats Out of New Ideas?

Ezra Klein, Vox
The last few years has been a period of policy ferment on the right in a way it hasn't been on the left. The Republican Party is thick with ambitious young politicians arguing over big ideas. Rep. Paul Ryan's budgets have taken over the GOP. Sen. Rand Paul has begun a war with the neoconservatives. Sen. Mike Lee has been fighting to move Republicans beyond supply-side tax reforms. Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

A Slippery Slope on Immigration

Ruth Marcus, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON -- Every Democrat should be nervous about President Obama's plan for unilateral action on immigration reform. Not because of the impact on an already gridlocked Congress, or because it risks inflaming an increasingly hostile public. Democrats should be nervous about the implications for presidential power, and the ability of a future Republican president to act on his or her own. Note that I said nervous, not opposed. In this situation, the executive power devil is in the details of what the executive actually does, both the scope of his actions and the legal justifications for... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)