The bankrupt solar-panel maker Solyndra was today's political football on Capitol Hill as Energy Secretary Steven Chu got rough treatment from Republicans, including some who've taken advantage of guaranteed government loans. Was Solyndra an Obama boondoggle or the kind of risk government has to take to encourage "clean energy?" Also, protesters mark Occupy Wall Street's two-month anniversary with a "Day of Action," and the Obama Administration approves big money to develop a drug for smallpox — a disease eradicated 40 years ago.
Banner image: Energy Secretary Steven Chu testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee about the government support for the failed solar panel company Solyndra on Capitol Hill November 17, 2011 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images