The unexpected departure of GM CEO Fritz Henderson signals the board's impatience with the pace of change – especially compared with Ford.
The Obama team is helping to push the automaker's debt holders, unions, and executives toward tough choices, but the risks of intervention are many.
GM is asking the US Treasury for an extra $16.6 billion. Chrysler wants another $5 billion.
The industry itself bears some, but not all, of the responsibility, as GM and Chrysler seek more US aid.
With biggest job losses since 1974, Obama plans massive public works.
Long dependent on auto manufacturing, the state and its cities are bracing for even deeper budget cuts.
Workers and residents worry that one of the Big Three might not make it.