Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff railed against congressional leaders in closed-door remarks to wealthy donors and called for a "purge" if GOP lawmakers don't quickly rally behind President Donald Trump's agenda. ... "Just imagine the possibilities of what can happen if our entire party unifies behind him? If -- and this sounds crass -- we can purge the handful of people who continue to work to defeat him," Ayers said, according to an audio recording of the remarks obtained by Politico. read more
"General Motors believes in an all-electric future," said Mark Reuss, General Motors' head of product development. For now, though, GM isn't saying exactly when that purely electric future will be. ... Not all of GM's electric vehicles will use batteries -- some will use hydrogen gas for power instead, GM said. These hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will use compressed hydrogen gas which is combined with oxygen on board the vehicle to produce electricity.
Showing its seriousness about an electric future, Mercedes-Benz plans to invest $1 billion in Alabama to produce electric vehicles. The investment will go both to an expansion of the German luxury brand's existing plant near Tuscaloosa and to build a new 1 million-square-foot battery factory. "We are significantly growing our manufacturing footprint here in Alabama, while sending a clear message to our customers across the U.S. and around the world: Mercedes-Benz will continue to be on the cutting-edge of electric vehicle development and production," said Markus Schäfer, a Mercedes brand executive, in a statement. read more