The Fall of an Industrial Titan: GM Goes Bankrupt
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The Fall of an Industrial Titan: GM Goes Bankrupt

President Obama said today he expects a new General Motors to emerge from the ashes of its historic filing for bankruptcy. He also warned that there are more hard times ahead. Guest host Sara Terry considers what a restructured GM will look like, how hands-off the government will be as the company’s major stakeholder, and what the failure means for auto workers, parts suppliers and dealers? Also, the battle for Minnesota’s still-contested US Senate seat. On Reporter's Notebook, anti-abortionists called him “Tiller the killer." Now, Doctor George Tiller, who performed late-term abortions, has been killed.

Banner image: General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson speaks with reporters following an announcement that GM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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The Fall of an Industrial Titan: GM Goes Bankrupt ()

It used to be said that “what's good for General Motors is good for the country.” Not any more. The car company that muscled its way to becoming one of the largest manufacturers in the world filed for bankruptcy today. It's the fourth largest bankruptcy in American history. After pouring billions of dollars into the failed company, how will the US government restructure GM, as it becomes the major stakeholder? Will the United Auto Workers Union survive or be forced to merge with another union? What kind of cars will roll off the assembly line of a new, streamlined GM?


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