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When the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) last week released a report detailing widespread political interference in science at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), I almost didn’t blog about it, since the fact that political interference runs rampant in the Bush Administration shouldn’t be news to anyone. And, since this interference is occasionally motivated by…

That could easily have been the shared title of a pair of articles in today’s New York Times discussing the science and political implications of two very significant stem cell papers published online yesterday. The biggest offender was Sheryl Stolberg: It has been more than six years since President Bush, in the first major televised…

As promised, Bush vetoed the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) earlier today. As the AP notes (in an article with a glaring typo in its title), “The White House sought as little attention as possible, with the president wielding his veto behind closed doors without any fanfare or news coverage.” Yeah.…

Congress appears to be on track for another major standoff with President Bush. The Washington Post reports today that the House and Senate have reconciled their differing versions of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP or CHIP) expansion and will be voting on it this coming week (Tuesday in the House, Thursday in the…

The Bush Legacy: Lowered Expectations

Is this what we’ve come to after six and a half years of a Bush White House? From a Wired Science blog post about Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns’ resignation: But what the heck — by all appearances, Johanns wasn’t grossly corrupt, didn’t hand out more corporate freebies than you’d expect from someone of his background…

From the Archives: My 9/11 Story

Last year, I recounted my personal experience on September 11, 2001, and I offered some commentary about what that day–and the events of the ensuing year–meant to me and to American politics in general. I’ve reposted my 9/11 story again this year, below. (11 September 2006) When I was a freshman in college, at Texas…

They’re dropping like flies now. In another blow to the Bush Administration, The New York Times reports that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will announce his resignation later has announced his resignation (update) today… and it’s about damn time. Senator Charles Schumer puts it lightly: Senator Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat who sits on the…

Although the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP or CHIP) passed in both the House and the Senate earlier this month, the Bush Administration has once again decided that it prefers to preempt the Democratic process. President Bush had already promised to veto the legislation before it had even come up for…

This just in: even the devil incarnate has had enough. From Reuters: WASHINGTON – Karl Rove, a political adviser to U.S. President George W. Bush and a lightning rod for anger among Democrats, will leave the White House at the end of this month, Rove told the Wall Street Journal. “I just think it’s time,”…

Another example of Bush Administration political interference in science came out in October 2006, when it was discovered that Julie MacDonald, the deputy assistant secretary of the interior for fish and wildlife and parks (a political appointee), had actively censored scientific information and inappropriately elevated industry concerns to prevent new additions to the Endangered Species…