Merger Power: President Barack Obama today is expected to ask Congress for more power to reduce the size of the federal government through combining six trade and commerce agencies, the Associated Press reports.
Blamed: Lawyers for Toyota Motor Corp. are citing driver error in a suit that seeks to hold the automotive company liable for alleged sudden acceleration, The National Law Journal reports. Blaming the driver provides a glimpse of Toyota's defense in what the NLJ calls the first bellwether case scheduled for trial in federal litigation over sudden acceleration.
Warning: The Obama administration says Iran "will cross a red line" if the country's leaders shut down the Strait of Hormuz, an important waterway that connects the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman. The New York Times said the United States is using a secret channel of communication to warn Iran's leaders.
Uneasy: The New York Times reports on a case in South Carolina in which a black pastor will soon control "The Redneck Shop," one of the most famous White Supremacist retail outlets in the country. A state circuit judge has ruled that the pastor's church held valid title to the building. Church leaders, however, cannot immediately shut down the store.
Black Out: The Federal Communications Commission may move to end National Football League blackouts. The league's policy says a city's home game will be shown in the team's market if the match is sold out 72 hours before kickoff. The FCC is seeking comment on its rules that prohibit cable and satellite operators from airing a game that local broadcast stations have blacked out.
Delegating: The Washington Post examines the initiation and closure, without charges, of a federal bribery investigation of a California company called Sempra Energy. A presentation by Sempra's attorneys led federal investigators to conclude that no additional investigation was needed.