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Some Juggernaut

Democrats look awfully frantic for a party with history on its side.
May 26, 2014

Democrats think they are the party of the future. After a last hurrah for Republicans in this year’s midterm elections, Democrats will have a commanding majority at the polls as far as the eye can see. A rising tide of minority, young, female, and affluent liberal voters assures them of this. And perhaps it will.

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Another Solar Company with $1.2 Billion Taxpayer Loan in Trouble?

11:00 AM, Oct 12, 2011

Will it turn out worse than Solyndra?:

As failed solar panel manufacturer Solyndra rides through the investigative ringer in Congress, revelations of another politically-connected company that received what appears to be a less-than-virtuous $1.2 billion loan guarantee are surfacing.

The company, SunPower, received its $1.2 billion loan guarantee in September, immediately before the program’s deadline.

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Report: Concerns About Solyndra Loan Program Were Raised Directly to Obama

7:38 AM, Sep 27, 2011

Despite the repeated attempts to wish away the Solyndra scandal, it appears to be getting bigger. Today, the Los Angeles Times informs us key White House personnel raised concerns the Department of Energy loan program that gave Solyndra $535 million was poorly conceived and managed long before the solar panel manufacturer's bankruptcy:

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Solyndra Nation

Sep 26, 2011

To find a metaphor for the failed Obama presidency, look no further than Solyndra. Before it went bankrupt, the solar panel manufacturer was more than the recipient of a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government. It was the model for the White House effort to put the American economy on a “new foundation.”

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Solar Decathlon's Rainy Start

2:08 PM, Sep 23, 2011

The Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon kicked off today in Washington on the National Mall, under inauspiciously dark rainy skies.

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Solyndra Execs Take the Fifth

3:54 PM, Sep 20, 2011

Sometimes in politics appearing guilty can have more consequences that actually being guilty (though the two frequently are related). And this latest development in the Solyndra scandal certainly looks bad:

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WaPo: Obama's Green Energy Loan Program a Bust

Five percent of jobs promised have been created.
11:58 AM, Sep 15, 2011

The Washington Post reports that the stimulus-backed Department of Energy loan guarantee program, which financed green energy companies like the failed solar energy start-up Solyndra and three projects for the Abengoa corporation, has created far fewer jobs than the Obama administration projected:

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New White House Strategy for Solyndra Debacle — Blame Bush

8:11 PM, Sep 14, 2011

The Obama administration is now pushing a rather dubious defense for handing out $535 million in stimulus funds to the now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. They're blaming Bush:

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White House Pressured OMB, Ignored Energy Dept. Concerns to Approve Solyndra Loan

8:37 PM, Sep 13, 2011

Two big stories are out tonight on the blossoming scandal involving failed solar panel company and stimulus funds recipient Solyndra. First, the Washington Post reports that the White House pressured the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to speed up the approval process for Solyndra's $535 million loan:

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White House Video Touted Solyndra as a Stimulus Success Story

8:43 AM, Sep 10, 2011

Well, this is awkward. Despite $535 million in government loans and the White House touting Solyndra as an example of how the $800 billion stimulus bill was helping create jobs, everyone in the following video is now unemployed:

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Uh Oh: House Investigating Bankrupt Green Jobs Company With Obama Admin Ties

2:15 PM, Sep 02, 2011

And the hits just keep on coming. This is not the kind of news that is going to help the Obama administration in the midst of a jobs crisis:

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Solyndra, Obama Administration Had Mutually Beneficial Relationship

2:38 PM, Sep 01, 2011

Solyndra, the stimulus-backed green energy firm filing for bankruptcy, had a fairly cozy relationship with the Obama administration. The company's Fremont, California plant was the setting for a May 2010 speech by President Obama, where he touted the stimulus and its development of green manufacturing. Here's part of what the president had to say then (emphasis added):

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Stimulus-Backed Green Company Going Bankrupt

8:16 AM, Sep 01, 2011

At his jobs address to a joint session of Congress next Thursday, President Barack Obama might want to skip any mention of his green jobs initiative. The Bay Area's NBC affiliate reports that a high-profile green start-up called Solyndra, which benefited from federal loans from the stimulus package, announced it would be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy:

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Surprise! Green Jobs Not Actually Helping Employment Figures

1:45 PM, Aug 19, 2011

When even the New York Times is forced to confront reality, you know things are bad:

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Green Power, Red Lights

Environmental activists have yet to meet an energy project they won’t try to stop.
Feb 28, 2011

 “Sputnik” was not the only nostalgic moment in the State of the Union address. When President Obama called on Congress to “invest” in “clean energy breakthroughs” that would “translate into clean energy jobs,” he echoed every president since Nixon. In fact, President Obama himself made the same arguments two years ago, when he signed the stimulus bill.

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