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Energy Secretary Steven Chu said an economic-stimulus program that expired Friday will help develop the world’s largest wind farm in Oregon, several large solar-power farms in California and Nevada, and the installation of solar panels on 750 rooftops in 28 states, among other projects.
The loan program has become a rallying cry for critics of the Obama administration’s green-energy program after a California solar-panel maker declared bankruptcy despite receiving a $528 million federal loan. The company, Solyndra LLC, has laid off its 1,100 workers.
Mr. Chu did not mention Solyndra in a speech at a Solar Decathlon sponsored by the Energy Department. Students competed to build model solar homes in the event, which was won by the University of Maryland.
In a sharp rebuke of his Republican rivals, President Obama said anyone who wants to be commander in chief must support the entire U.S. military, including gay service members.
A combative Mr. Obama criticized the Republican presidential candidates for, he said, staying silent when the crowd at a recent debate booed a gay soldier who asked a question of the contenders via videotape.
“You want to be commander in chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient,” Mr. Obama said during remarks at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights organization.
Mr. Obama touted his administration’s efforts to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay service members, as well as his orders to the Justice Department to stop enforcing the law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
But, as expected, Mr. Obama stopped short of endorsing gay marriage, saying only that “every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law.” Mr. Obama has said his views on gay marriage are “evolving,” but for now he only supports civil unions.
St. Elizabeth’s asks for Hinckley to be freed
A U.S. government mental hospital is seeking to eventually set free John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, CNN reported on its website.
Hinckley, now 56, was committed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington in 1982 after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting of Reagan and three others.
Prosecutors asked a closed court Friday not to release him, CNN said. In their filing, they called Hinckley “a man capable of great violence” and said his mental condition left some concerns “that this violence may be repeated,” the report said.
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