Candidates Attempt To Be Paul; Media Try To Make Him Disappear

If there was any question that candidates in the 2012 GOP Presidential primary field are attempting to co-opt the message of Ron Paul — the man who has been largely ignored by mainstream media despite growing support — Rick Perry answered it during  the Wednesday CNBC “Your Money, Your Vote” debate.

Perry’s notion that he wanted to cut three Federal agencies sounded like it was cut from the pages of Paul’s “Plan To Restore America” in which the Congressman from Texas calls for the elimination of not three, but five Federal bureaucracies. There was only one problem with Perry’s attempt: he couldn’t remember which three agencies he disliked.

“And I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone,” Perry said. “Commerce, education and the — what’s the third one there? Let’s see. OK. Commerce, education and the…”

The baffled candidate looked toward Paul, the man whose ideas he was trying to emulate, for help.

“The EPA,” Mitt Romney chimed in.

But it wasn’t the Environmental Protection Agency, as Perry revealed nearly 15 minutes later after searching his notes, “By the way, it was the Department of Energy I was talking about.”

Another novel attempt to be Paul came from former Federal Reserve board member Herman Cain, who called for sound currency.

“A dollar must be a dollar when we wake up in the morning, just like 60 minutes is in an hour, a dollar must be a dollar,” he said.

Unfortunately, Cain offered viewers little information about how he, as President, would ensure that the dollar was sound beyond his repetitive mentions of the 9-9-9 tax plan.

The CNBC moderators attempted to bait Paul into appearing to be anti-education by playing a series of video clips showing college students decrying the massive increase in college expense and student loan debt in recent years. They then asked him how eliminating government involvement in education could possibly help the situation.

“I think you proved [with the video] that the policy of student loans is a total failure, I mean a trillion dollars of debt, and it’s going to be dumped on the taxpayer,” he said.

When asked how students could possibly pay for college if student loans were eliminated, Paul gave an answer that received heavy applause.

“The way you pay for cell phones and computers,” he said. “You have the marketplace there, there’s competition — quality goes up, price goes down. Can you imagine what it’d been like if the Department of Homeland Security were in charge of finding one person, or one company to make cell phones? It’d been a total disaster. So, when the government gets involved in the delivery of any service, whether it’s education, medical care or housing, they cause higher prices, lower quality, create bubbles and they give us this mess that we’re in.”

Paul led by a heavy margin in the post-debate poll on CNBC.com, but the poll was removed. The news organization said it removed the poll because it didn’t reflect the views of its audience, according to HuntingtonNews.net. This is the second time that CNBC has removed a poll from its website because Paul was leading. The first time occurred in October, when the candidate took a 75 percent lead in a post-debate poll.

Cars, Mobile Phones Fair Game For Fed Spies

Warrantless tracking of Americans by law enforcement officials has been a widely discussed topic this week.

On Tuesday, a Federal government lawyer pled the case of warrantless GPS tracking of Americans’ vehicles to the Supreme Court in the case of Antoine Jones, whose movements were electronically tracked for a month after police attached a GPS device to his vehicle. A drug conviction against the Washington, D.C., nightclub owner was later overturned by an appeal because the appeals court deemed a warrant necessary for such intrusive tracking.

According to SCOTUSblog, most of the Supreme Court justices appeared to view the idea as a considerable threat to Americans’ Constitutional right to privacy.

While the Supreme Court was discussing the issue, WIRED broke a story about a man in San Jose, Calif., who discovered a GPS tracking device tucked under his wheel well by police.

A Wall Street Journal report published on Wednesday also detailed instances of warrantless GPS tracking of cellular phones. The article said that State and Federal authorities use the technology to track thousands of unwitting Americans each year.

 

FBI Too Big For Current Facilities

According to the FBI, its exponential growth since 2001 has rendered its headquarters too small for the agency. The agency is housed in the J. Edgar Hoover Building, which occupies an entire city block on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Tuesday that the FBI will have to soon begin considering plans to grow its space through relocation or renovation of the current building. Both options will take years and probably reach into the billions of dollars, according to The Washington Post.

FBI Assistant Deputy Director T.J. Harrington said that a new consolidated FBI headquarters facility is urgently needed and viewed as one of FBI officials’ highest priorities for the foreseeable future.

Besides the J. Edgar Hoover Building, the FBI’s staff of about 17,300 employees and contractors work at 40 other sites throughout the country. Twenty-two of the sites are in the Washington, D.C., area, according to the report.

A recent GAO report indicated that in addition to the FBI running out of space, security of FBI facilities is lacking. Many FBI offices are in busy areas or share space with other lessees in multi-tenant buildings.

According to the article, the cheapest option the FBI has to complete a renovation of facilities will cost more than $850 million.

IAEA: Iran Arming Up

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report released on Tuesday said that Iran has begun activities focused solely on the creation of nuclear weapons.

According to The Telegraph, the 25-page report evidences extensive research done by the Iranian government into the use of enriched uranium in the creation of an explosive core for ballistic-tipped missiles.

The report also indicates that the country has researched the process involved in creating a sophisticated detonation device that would likely be used in a bomb similar to the Fat Man and Little Boy bombs used by the United States against the Japanese in 1945.

The report also detailed the existence of a nuclear research facility near Tehran.

Prior to the release of the report, atomic inspectors had voiced concerns publicly only about the “possible existence” of weapons work in Iran. The new analysis will most likely heighten international pressure on the country.

Reports from the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) indicate that Iran is denying any allegations of nuclear malfeasance, saying that its nuclear program is focused on energy development.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the IAEA report is simply another effort by the Western world to inhibit growth and development in Iran. He said that it is hard to justify the report coming from “certain countries” that like to “wage wars, occupy territories, massacre people, commit crimes and plunder resources of nations for the sake of the Zionist criminals.”

No Doubt, Teamsters Love 99 Percent

Many people have suspected heavy involvement from the beginning, but recent reports indicate no doubt that organized labor unions have fully embraced the Occupy movement.

According to The New York Times, the union embrace of Occupy represents the beginning of a change in the approach that teamsters will use in collective bargaining in the future. A memo from the AFL-CIO last week suggests that unions will usurp the message of the 99 percent in future communications with members, employers and voters to further grow the Occupy movement, according to the article.

“We think the Occupy movement has given voice to something very basic about what’s going on in our country right now,” Damon Silvers, the AFL-CIO’s policy director told The New York Times. “The fact that they’ve figured out certain concepts and language for doing that, we think is really important and positive.”

The article says that union leaders have donated massive amounts of food and winter weather supplies to camping protesters throughout the nation.

Further evidence of the labor organization’s desire to be aligned with the movement is found on its website, which proudly states “We are the 99 percent” and displays pictures of individuals holding up 99 percent messages, which have now become synonymous with the protesters.

The website also displays several articles that disavow conservatives in government as job killers and call for more government intervention in the market.

Gallup Examines Democrats

A report by Gallup published on Tuesday notes two changes that have occurred in the Democratic Party since it nominated Barack Obama as its 2008 Presidential candidate: It is more liberal and less white now.

The study examined a segment of the population who identified themselves as Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents and found that since 2008 this segment of the population has fallen from 50 to 43 percent. The number of Republicans grew by 3 percent — to 40 percent — as did independents who preferred neither party — to 15 percent — during the same time frame.

Among Democrats, the number of those who described themselves as liberal grew from 35 to 37 percent, a fact researchers attribute to moderates and conservatives who once identified with some Democratic values feeling largely disenfranchised in recent years.

Over the past three years, the Democratic Party also noticed a small ethnic shift, according to the findings, with the number of party members who identified themselves as black growing from 16 to 19 percent and non-Hispanic white Democrats decreasing from 66 to 63 percent.

Other Gallup findings indicate no significant shift in the fact that Democrats are less likely than the U.S. population as a whole to marry or attend regular church services and more likely to be college educated.

The age of the Party has decreased slightly as more 18- to 29-year-olds identify themselves as Democrats. It also has become more female; women represent 55 percent of the Party’s base.

Fed To Take Over National TV, Radio Today

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is set today for the first nationwide test of its mass media-takeover emergency alert system.

For years, State and local governments have used the Emergency Alert System [EAS] to notify the public of weather and other emergencies on a local scale, but today’s test will represent for the first time the Federal government’s ability to jam all State, local and national airwaves.

In previous tests, broadcasters were able to manually opt out of broadcasting the government message. But with regulations in recent years that require FEMA airwave takeover equipment, the Federal government is able to seize control.

Liberty-minded radio hosts Alex Jones and Glenn Beck have both spoken out against the totalitarian media takeover.

“[T]he EAS [Emergency Alert System] is something new and exciting and something brought to you by Homeland Security, under the George Bush Administration,” Beck said in a recent broadcast on GBTV. “[I] have a problem with the EAS system, one of the reasons I have a problem with it is it seizes control of the broadcast frequency. If I don’t trip the EAS system, the station is tripped for me, it’s automatic. In the middle of my sentence, if the State wants to take control, they just take it.”

Jones has been speaking out against Executive Order 10995 which allows for total government takeover of all major media for over a decade.

“There are going to be more and more government break-ins over radio and TV… This is authoritarian censorship by way of government break-ins with announcements, no country has ever done this, this is beyond 1984, and it’s really happening.” Jones said last February speaking about a government plan to use the EAS system as a State media device.

The test will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today, and is expected to black out television and radio nationally for 30 seconds.

Clinton Praises Obama, Perry In USA Today

Even with a Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index rating of negative 18; President Barack Obama appears to have at least one high-profile cheerleader.

Former President Bill Clinton, back in the news after the release of his book Back to Work, has more than once in recent weeks come to Obama’s defense.

Clinton offers some criticisms of Obama’s work, mostly focusing on the summer debt ceiling crises which he says made the United States look “weak and confused” to foreigners. But a large part of the Clinton message appears to be that when the economy is lagging, government action is better than no action at all; and he says Obama has done a better job in that respect than people have given him credit for.

Clinton told USA Today, in an interview published Monday, that he believes Republicans are banking on history as the 2012 elections draw near: putting a large part of their electoral focus on the fact that no modern President has been elected to a second term with jobless rates as high as they are now.

“But the American people have a funny way of figuring. If they decide that the unemployment rate is that high because the Congress refused to work with the President and their numbers remain markedly lower than his, he might win anyway. I still think he’s in pretty good shape.” Clinton said in the interview.

Obama is not the only person receiving Clinton’s praise. The former President also came to the defense of GOP Presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry regarding in-State tuition assistance for illegal aliens.

“It makes my skin crawl when they attack Rick Perry for one of the best things he did,” Clinton said, before suggesting that without the program the illegals would become dope-peddlers.

Police May Be Taping You

A growing trend in law enforcement has police officers wearing on-uniform video cameras to capture encounters with the public from the officer’s point of view.

The cameras have already been fully implemented in departments in Cincinnati and Oakland, Calif., as well as Bainbridge Island, Wash., where they were initially tested, according to NPR. The idea is catching on with most law enforcement agencies, according to reports.

Police have for the most part warmly accepted the new addition to their uniforms — especially those in areas where controversies have arisen due to allegations of misconduct. Some officers, however, have expressed concerns about policies that require the cameras be on at all times, even if the citizen being spoken to does not wish to be on camera.

Other questions of privacy have also arisen concerning the cameras, including some about the kinds of calls to which officers often respond. Sgt. Rich O’Neill, president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, told NPR that citizens may want to consider what it may mean to have a police officer show up at the door while filming.

“Maybe I’m there for something as small as a noise complaint,” O’Neill said. “Maybe I’m at your home for something much more serious, maybe it’s a terribly traumatic event, domestic violence victim, child abuse victim, and I’m going to be walking into that home, videotaping.”

Some critics also wonder if the tapes will be easily accessible to the public, since past incidents have demonstrated that departments are often unwilling to release dash cam recordings.

Court Upholds Obamacare, Supreme Court To Begin Discussion

A District of Columbia Federal Court of Appeals upheld President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Tuesday as Constitutional, setting the stage for a probable Supreme Court fight regarding the law.

The court, according to The Associated Press, agreed to dismiss a Christian legal group’s lawsuit that said the healthcare law was unConstitutional and in violation of religious freedom.

The lawsuit was one of many challenging Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and appellate courts throughout the Nation have ruled both in favor of and against the act, further ensuring that the issue will eventually reach the Supreme Court.

On Oct. 26, SCOTUSblog reported that the Supreme Court will most likely take its first look at Obamacare challenges at its conference this Thursday.

The court is scheduled to discuss six petitions against Obamacare, including:

The initial conversations will give Supreme Court Justices a chance to decide which cases and whose arguments they will hear before ruling on healthcare reform. An actual ruling on the law, most experts say, will not take place until next year. Because of the numerous contradictory rulings from lower courts regarding the individual insurance mandate, the Court is expected to focus heavily on that particular issue in discussions about the law in its entirety.

Another Cain Accuser Speaks Up

A fourth Herman Cain sexual harassment accuser came forth on Monday, detailing an instance during which the GOP candidate tried to grope her in exchange for employment.

Sharon Bialek, who worked for Cain at the National Restaurant Association in the mid-1990s, according to The Washington Post, gave a press conference detailing the Presidential candidate’s actions during a 1997 evening meeting between the two.

The woman said that after losing her position she sought advice from Cain, whom she had met on several occasions during professional events while working for the National Restaurant Association.

The controversial meeting occurred when she traveled from out of town to have dinner with Cain. She alleges that he upgraded her hotel room without her knowledge; and, when they were in the car, he attempted to put his hand up her skirt and force her face toward his genitals.

After telling Cain that she wanted no part of his advances, he allegedly said, “You want a job, right?”

At least one of Cain’s other three accusers have said that Bialek’s story sounds very similar to her own.

The Cain campaign denied Bialek’s allegations.

Parents Drug Infants For Spitting Up

Parents are increasingly likely to put their newborn children on drugs that keep them from spitting up when they cry.

According to NPR, research indicates that between 2002 and 2009, parents of infants became 16 times more likely to ask their pediatrician for drugs, like the acid-reflux drug Prevacid®, to keep their babies from spitting up as often.

According to the article, the drugs have not been approved for infant use, but doctors are increasingly providing prescriptions off-label for them.

“The great majority of infants spit up and cry,” pediatrician Eric Hassall told NPR. “But very, very few of them actually have reflux disease and deserve medication.”

The consensus among medical professionals is that fussy babies who spit up often can be treated in the same ways that they have for hundreds of years: by changing the child’s diet.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has limited data about the long-term effects of medicating infants with these drugs, though some reports show increased intestinal problems and risk of pneumonia.

Environmentalists Push Obama To Kill Job Creator

Heading into an election season, President Barack Obama is looking at some tough choices regarding the Keystone pipeline that TransCanada Corp. wants to construct from Alberta to Texas.

The $13 billion Keystone pipeline system will link a secure and growing supply of Canadian crude oil with the largest refining markets in the United States, and experts say it will significantly improve North American security supply. The 1,661-mile, 36-inch diameter proposed pipeline has angered environmentalists, a key portion of the Obama electorate.

The Obama Administration is facing criticism from two sections of its base as the decision looms. Union supporters say that the pipeline project will be a definite job creator during a time at which increasing the number of jobs is a key issue for all elected officials. Environmentalists, however, say that the practices involved in building the pipeline and extracting the oil will impact global warming.

A protest against the pipeline took place at the White House on Sunday, with environmental activists forming a human chain around the Presidential home, according to the Los Angeles Times. The activists have promised to cut Obama campaign contributions if he allows the project to begin.

The most recent reports indicate that the President’s State Department may try to postpone the decision until after elections, an idea that TransCanada dislikes.

Drug Company To Pay $3 Billion Settlement For Bogus Marketing

A U.K. drug company has agreed to pay $3 billion to end U.S. criminal and civil investigations into whether it marketed drugs for unapproved uses and other matters.

The company, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, was being probed  for its sales and marketing practices for drugs including the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin, according to The Associated Press. The company was also facing questions about its development and marketing of a diabetes drug called Avandia, which has been withdrawn from the European market and limited in the United States because of increased heart attack risks.

An investigation was begun by the U.S. Attorney’s office of Colorado in 2004 and later taken over by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts into whether the company was promoting drugs for unapproved uses, and influencing doctors to prescribe them.

The Justice Department also launched investigations into possible inappropriate use of the nominal price exception under the Medicaid Rebate Program, according to The Washington Post.

The $3 billion settlement, which Glaxo says will be paid with its “cash resources,” will be the largest pharmaceutical marketing settlement in U.S. history.

Anti-Abortion Movement Changes, Strengthens

The face of the anti-abortion movement has changed in recent years, shifting from the evangelical preachers of the past to today’s increasingly common young, female anti-abortion activist.

Groups like Americans United for Life, Concerned Women for America, Students for Life and Susan B. Anthony List have grown increasingly popular in recent years and put a more feminine face on the abortion debate, says a recent article published by The Washington Post.

The significance of the shift, the article says, is a major change in the way abortion is discussed. The traditional anti-abortion mantra was often rooted in religious value and rights of the fetus — but that made it difficult for those against the practice to defend themselves in arguments from the other side that poor, single mothers-to-be should have the “choice” to terminate their pregnancies for the sake of the child’s and the mother’s quality of life.

Now, with women at the forefront of the abortion debate, the word “choice” may effectively be taken from the left as many of these women demonstrate their choice by example, choosing to have the children and accept difficulties, according to the report.

The article reports that in recent years, the changing anti-abortion movement has made great strides in getting tough abortion rules passed in cities and States throughout the country. The ultimate goal remains overturning Roe v. Wade.

Conservative Protesters: Restore The Constitutional Republic

A group touting the motto “the time for change has passed” has planned a peaceful protest on Veteran’s Day to demand the resignation of President Barack Obama and various members of his Administration.

The group, citing various assaults on the United States Constitution by Obama’s Administration, is calling for government officials, veterans and all citizens who desire freedom and liberty to join in their nationwide call to action. Among the key issues planned to be brought up in the protest is whether the President is even legally eligible to hold his position because of questions about his birthplace and his father’s.

A portion of the group’s 15 page Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic reads: “During the last three years, the current administration has committed the most egregious offenses against the people, the states and the Constitution, since the founding of our country and today, they operate as a virtual dictatorship, against the governed, beyond the scope and authority the people granted them in the Constitution and at odds with the will of the vast majority of American citizens.”

The organizing groups of the protest include the Veteran Defenders of America and its parent organization, The United States Patriots Union.

Canada Free Press reported that this protest will be one vastly comprised of everyday Americans fed up with government’s repeated abuse of power.

Oakland Property Owner ‘Racks’ Shotgun, Deters Occupy Vandals

An Oakland, Calif., developer, fed up with the antics of Occupy protesters trying to break into the building where his office is located during riotous moments late last Wednesday, walked outside with a loaded shotgun to discourage the vandals.

Phil Tagami, who recently oversaw a $50 million renovation project on the office building, said he is tired of watching the so-called peaceful protesters destroy property and the town’s image and was unwilling to allow them to break into his building, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I was standing there and they saw me there, and I lifted it — I didn’t point it — I just held it in my hands,” Tagami said. “And I just racked it, and they ran.”

The protesters did several thousand dollars in damage throughout the city when things turned violent last week, according to officials. The Occupy movement contends that the violent protesters are “on the fringe” of the 99 percent, and do not represent the group. Tagami disagrees.

“We’re very concerned that a group of people can be allowed to do this type of destruction to our town and to our image without any repercussions,” he said. “They need to be held accountable.”

Armed citizens willing to protect their property may be what keeps violent, destructive riots like what transpired in England earlier this year from occurring in the United States. When social unrest erupted in England, panicked citizens purchased baseball bats and clubs by the thousands because strict gun laws make it difficult for them to own firearms.

Paul: Fed On The Defensive

GOP Presidential hopeful Ron Paul, speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday, said that his message against the Federal Reserve’s constant manipulation of the United States’ monetary system is beginning to resonate with the American public.

“Just think of the success with the Federal Reserve. Bernanke has to go before the people at press conferences. I mean, they’re on the defensive now,” he said. “Sixty-five percent of the American people say ‘we need to know how they’re passing out this credit.’ Fifteen trillion dollars worth of credit, they’re bigger than the Congress — $5 trillion went to foreigners.”

Paul said that voters are coming his way because times have changed. He cited dramatic differences in the way the country operates now and how it did four years ago.

When asked why Herman Cain was leading in the polls, Paul said that media coverage has everything to do with a candidate’s popularity.  Paul called the media’s ignorance of his own campaign a product of his revolutionary ideas.

“I’m attacking the status quo like never before,” he said. “I mean the whole entitlement system, and I think there’s a whole lot of support out there for what I’m talking about and they realize that and they’re not going to give me a boost because I’m challenging the whole banking system, the military industrial complex, the welfare state, our foreign policy. I want to go back to following strictly the Constitution.”

Paul also said that if the United States doesn’t change its foreign policy, the country is “doomed” because the United States is following the same path that the Soviet Union did.

Defense Department To Justify Spending By ‘Mapping’ Military-Industrial Complex

The Department of Defense, wary of a possible $600 billion cut that could take place under the Budget Control Act, is working to map spending trends throughout the United States’ vast military-industrial complex.

The default cut will kick in if the Congressional supercommittee is unable to pinpoint $1.5 trillion in Federal spending cuts by Nov. 23.

“Cuts of this magnitude would be catastrophic to the military,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno has told House members. “In the case of the Army, it would significantly reduce our capability and capacity to assure our partners abroad, respond to crisis and deter our adversaries while threatening the readiness and potentially the all-volunteer force.”

The Defense Department is working in various ways to validate its massive expenditures and stave off cuts to its budget. Focusing on the massive amounts of money that the department pays out to its industrial base, Defense officials are attempting to map just how and where dollars are spent.

Brett Lambert, deputy assistant secretary of defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy, testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, saying the military’s industrial base includes companies of all shapes and sizes, from garage start-ups to some of the world’s largest public companies. He added that most of the companies patronized by the military have little or no direct involvement with defense, but act instead as suppliers.

Lambert said that the Defense Department is doing everything it can to ensure that it is only paying reasonable prices and receiving optimal service from industrial base companies. As cuts loom, he says the department will work to find out exactly where each dollar goes and eliminate some “soda-straw visibility” in defense spending.

“In the high-budget environments of the past, many companies have grown to expect high [profit] margins, independent of quality,” he said. “As budgets shrink, this practice must end. As the budget environment changes, we do expect some niche firms to face difficulty due to decreased demand.”

The Defense Department also says that it is doing everything it can to include more small businesses in its industrial base.

The Defense Department has spent nearly $8 trillion on national security since 2001.

Khamenei: U.S. Is a Terrorist Nation

The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said this week that Iran has 100 documents that prove the United States is behind a “curtain of terror” in his country.

Iranian Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili is due to release a number of the documents detailing alleged U.S. involvement in acts of terror against the Islamic Republic today, according to Iranian state news agency Press TV.

Iranian officials reportedly claim that once Tehran publicizes the evidence in its possession, the United States’ government will be toppled from within by Americans united against the acts of terror.

“America tried to exert pressure on Iran and rescue itself from the Wall Street movement and its problems by the absurd terrorist scenario,” Khamenei said, referring to an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador on American soil. “The course of events have changed in the world and by the grace of God the fight of virtue, with the pioneering of Iran, has started against the pharaoh of hegemony and will continue to its final collapse.”

The comments come as President Barack Obama continues to call for tighter sanctions on Iran and not ruling out military action against the country, according to Reuters.

Republicans Subpoena White House On Solyndra

Despite an evasive White House and strong Democratic opposition, Republicans on a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel issued subpoenas Thursday for internal White House communications related to a half-billion dollar taxpayer loan guarantee for the failed solar company Solyndra.

According to The Washington Post, the move came after White House officials attempted to avoid subpoenas by voluntarily offering several boxes of emails and other documents related to Solyndra earlier this week.

Many Republicans, skeptical that President Barack Obama may have issued loans to the company to benefit political supporters, say the subpoena is necessary because the long-running investigation has yielded little information as to why the company was provided the loans despite poor performance.

Democrats complained that the broad language of the subpoena might allow Republicans access to the contents of messages from the President’s personal BlackBerry, according to the article.

Department of Energy officials denied any political motive, saying the loan was approved on its merits and that it made sense at the time it was made.

“We’d like to see as much passion in House Republicans for creating jobs as we see in this investigation. The White House has been clear with the committee that we are willing to cooperate with legitimate oversight requests that are tailored to balance the important institutional interests of both branches. We are disappointed that the committee has refused to discuss their requests with us in good faith, and has instead chosen a partisan route, proceeding with subpoenas that are unprecedented and unwarranted,” said a White House spokesman.