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Levin: Detroit & Wall Street Held to Different Standards -- But We Can't Dwell On It

The president said he'd decided to do that -- he wasn't asking for advice ... [Obama said Wagoner's ouster] was necessary to signal to the public that there was going to be a real effort here to make a fresh start. There wasn't much of a point in arguing whether it was fair or unfair, wise or unwise.

Levin said the president informed him of today's plans for the U.S. automakers during a "long conversation" that began at around 7:30pm last night, with three other lawmakers participating. It's unclear whether this call is the same one that Politico reported earlier today as including at least three congressional Republicans: Sen. Bob Corker (TN) and Michigan Reps. Fred Upton and Vernon Ehlers.