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After Solyndra Loss, U.S. Energy Loan Program Turning A Profit

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May 26, 2010: President Obama tours the Solyndra solar panel company with Executive VP of Engineering Ben Bierman. Correspondence shows how concerned some officials and others were about Solyndra's financial shape. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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May 26, 2010: President Obama tours the Solyndra solar panel company with Executive VP of Engineering Ben Bierman. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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May 26, 2010: President Obama tours the Solyndra solar panel company with Executive VP of Engineering Ben Bierman. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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