Obama has faced little congressional oversight so far, but with House GOP probing into policies ranging from illegal immigration to health care, the president's oversight holiday may be over.
Stung by Toyota recalls, Toyoda had to convey sincerity – and bridge the gulf in communication styles between Japan and America.
High executive pay and bonuses are unseemly after taxpayer bailouts, many Democrats charge. But GOP lawmakers worry about federal 'pay czar' meddling in the workings of capitalism.
The sole witness at a House hearing Thursday, the former Treasury Secretary will also defend his role in pushing the merger of Bank of America and Wall Street giant Merrill Lynch.
In Thursday's hearing, they pointed to the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch merger as evidence of a system that had spun out of control.
Or did the bank's CEO engage in an 'old-fashioned shake down' in seeking a government bailout?
As more independent mechanics say manufacturers deny them access to data, states debate 'right to repair' laws.