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Science on the Campaign Trail

A really great Issues in Science and Technology article by Sheril and our ScienceDebate2008 colleague (and CEO) Shawn Otto is now available online here. It is a look back at the unprecedented ScienceDebate initiative and the not inconsiderable impact it had on the campaign–despite numerous hurdles, including an uninterested media and candidates who were not…

Amid the big stem cell news, the second half of what the president did yesterday–in essence, order his science adviser to conduct a government-wide scientific housecleaning–has gotten less attention. But it’s remarkably important if we want to get over the science problems of the Bush years. In my latest Science Progress column, I explore the…

In the looking glass world of some conservatives and contrarians, the Democratic war on science continues today….just see here for proof. Not only has our new president reversed Bush’s stem cell policy, and directed his science adviser–who really, really needs to be Senate confirmed–to “develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision making”…

So, I have to say I find this funny. On the one hand we have the current, perverse attempt to forecast all the ways in which Democrats and scientists are going to fall into big conflicts soon, now that the Dems have so much power. The idea here is to construct a false equivalence between…

A lot of people right now are striving desperately to establish this notion. Neil Munro’s big story in the latest National Journal (here, subscription) is the latest example. In essence, it postulates a bunch of new rifts that are going to open between scientists and Democrats now that the latter are in power. I’m quoted…

Mike Dunford has the details, based on Congressional Quarterly‘s reporting. There are apparently multiple senators blocking two of Obama’s key science appointees from taking their posts. This is outrageous–a totally new kind of “war on science”–and we need a full court press. Details here.

The Washington Post (the news part) reports that the man who is now one of my senators, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, has placed a hold on the nominations of John Holdren and Jane Lubchencho, and won’t allow them to be voted on. Reportedly, “Menendez is using the holds as leverage to get Senate leaders’…

This is big stuff–and thank goodness the Washington Post still handles global warming well in the news pages, if not on the editorial/op-ed page. The Obama administration has made an ingenious move: Its soon to be revealed budget relies, for revenue, upon the idea that Congress will pass cap and trade legislation, and this will…

The United States faces enormous challenges in a troubled climate, but I think we just witnessed President Barack Obama officially usher in a new golden age for American politics.

All The President Men

Yesterday, C-SPAN released the Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership. Below are the results based on ten attributes of leadership. [Click here to compare this list with scores from 2000]. I’m interested to find out whether readers agree with these rankings, and if not, who would you move and why? 1. Abraham Lincoln 2. George Washington…