'Miranda' Dealt One-Two Punch By High Court: The NLJ's Tony Mauro reports that in decisions issued on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that confessions should be admitted at trial even when police interviewed suspects in circumstances that lower courts viewed as Miranda violations. Read the full report here.
Toyota Hearings: The NLJ's David Ingram, who has been on the Hill all week, has more from the congressional hearings on safety problems with some of Toyota's top-selling cars. Ingram reports here that lawmakers fired questions Wednesday at two Toyota executives about whether the company's lobbyists are too cozy with government regulators and whether those relationships slowed down the response to complaints about the automaker's safety record.
Health Care Summit Not Enough for Dems: The Washington Post reprots that congressional Democrats are looking past the White House's health care summit, which many lawmakers view as little more than political theater. Instead, they are focusing on a final round of intraparty negotiations that are likely to determine the fate of President Obama's top domestic priority.
Killer Whale Killing: The Orlando Sentinel reports that Sea World Orlando knew that the 12,000-pound orca that killed trainer Dawn Brancheau on Wednesday was a particularly dangerous killer whale. The whale, Tilikum, had previously been involved in two other deaths.