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This trend has continued until the present. Despite the NIH’s budget remaining stagnant for years, not even compensating for inflation, Bush has decided to wield the presidential veto against an increase in just $1 billion for the next fiscal year. The bill also contained new open-access legislation– a mandate for any government-funded manuscript to be…

Much Ado About Footbaths

I came across a story on Digg.com that describes an interesting dilemma for universities: how to reconcile the needs of their students while maintaining delineations of church and state. Specifically, the University of Michigan-Dearborn (I go to the main campus in Ann Arbor) has come under criticism for plans to install two footbaths, at a…

Scooter Libby Guilty as Sin

Ladies and gentlemen, the fat lady has sung. A federal jury today found Lewis “Scooter” Libby guilty on four counts. Libby was convicted of: 1. obstruction of justice when he intentionally deceived a grand jury investigating the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame; 2. making a false statement by intentionally lying to FBI agents about…

Just ask 1st Lt. Ehren Watada who’s second court martial is coming up. He’s refused to be deployed to Iraq and made (GASP!) critical statements of Bush and the war. Watada has acknowledged making public statements criticizing the war and Bush. He has said deploying to Baghdad last year with the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry…

Pelosi Does Q&A With Bloggers

Nancy Pelosi apparently had a Q&A session with a few dozen bloggers after being sworn in as House Speaker, and has hired a full-time staff member who’s job is blogger outreach!! This is big–the Speaker of the House is conferring a sense of legitimacy to bloggers as a news source and important voice to woo…