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Add one more to the list. Yesterday, former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona testified before congress that he was subjected to extensive and systematic political interference in his work by the Bush Administration. From Gardiner Harris of The New York Times: Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush…

Last week I mentioned an upcoming hearing by the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to “Examine Allegations of Political Interference with Government Climate Change Science.” The hearing happened on Monday (19 March), and it even got a bit of media coverage in the process. The testimony of the witnesses can be downloaded here.…

First, the good news, though. Phil Plait (of the Bad Astronomy Blog) reports today at The Huffington Post that the House just passed HR 985, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. As he notes, scientists have plenty of reasons to be happy about this: Scientists in government agencies (NASA, NOAA, FDA, etc), laboring for years under…

(See update here.) The Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform–chaired by Henry Waxman–will hold part two of its “Hearing to Examine Allegations of Political Interference with Government Climate Change Science” on Monday, 19 March, at 10:00 am EST. The full witness list is supposed to be made available later today (Update: It looks like…

Although the Bush Administration has already proven itself pretty effective at interfering with science and regulation through existing channels, yesterday’s New York Times reports that this wasn’t quite enough: President Bush has signed a directive that gives the White House much greater control over the rules and policy statements that the government develops to protect…

One of the most significant anticipated results for many–particularly within the scientific community–of a Democratic victory on Election Day was going to be a new-found ability to hold in check the Bush Administration and its penchant for political interference in science. It appears that the Democrats are looking to make good on their promise, and…

Yesterday’s Washington Post reported that several environmental groups have obtained strong evidence that Bush Administration political appointee and deputy assistant secretary of the interior for fish and wildlife and parks Julie MacDonald has actively censored scientific information and given elevated and inappropriate consideration to non-environmental concerns in order to prevent the adding of new species…

Last month, a group of prominent scientists launched the new organization Scientists and Engineers for America (SEA). The organization has already received quite a bit of press (including a nice article in The New York Times, but I would be remiss if I didn’t give them a shout out and let readers know how they…

…since Bush announced his restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, according to SexDrugsandDNA.com. Well, not exactly, but close enough. I think it’s actually been five years and seventeen days, but who’s counting? … Ummm… anyways…. From the site that brought us the Bill Frist Stem Cell Clock, now comes (you guessed it) the George Bush…

…Or at least that’s the impression that college freshmen with US Department of Education Smart Grants are getting, the The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Tuesday: Like a gap in the fossil record, evolutionary biology is missing from a list of majors that the U.S. Department of Education has deemed eligible for a new federal…