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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Read this: Steven Chu’s icebreaker; Condi Rice’s shoutout; Charlie Sheen’s return; Chris Cooley’s knee

(Herwig Prammer/Reuters)
“Energy Secretary Steven Chu was preparing to speak at a black-tie gala this month, and the hundreds of people milling about there were gabbing. Seeking to quiet the din, Chu called out, “Solyndra, Solyndra, Solyndra,” and people stopped to listen. He didn’t mention the company again.”

— The amazing opener to our colleague Steven Mufson’s profile of Energy Secretary Chu, the Nobelist whose Beltway career is now at a crossroads. We are clearly going to the wrong black-tie galas.

In other news: Condi Rice’s curious shout-out to her academic benefactors. . . Charlie Sheen will return to TV — on basic cable. . . Chris Cooley, “casualty of the lockout,” can’t run 10 yards.

By  |  09:18 AM ET, 10/28/2011

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