Energy Secretary Steven Chu is testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about his department’s loan guarantee for failed solar company Solyndra.

The Washington Post’s Steven Mufson reported Chu will “vigorously defend his department’s loan guarantee and grant programs against charges of poor judgment and political favoritism.”

View live tweets from staff reporter Carol Leonnig and Wonkblog’s Brad Plumer after the jump.

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Wonkblog’s Brad Plumer live-blog of the Solyndra hearing

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