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Morning Again in America
Not to spoil a good moment with Reaganesque age spots, but it really does feel like a new day: First, Obama's rejection of the Bush ban on stem cell research (a rejection of Medievalism if there ever was one). Then his order "to develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision making," because in this administration "we base our public policies on the soundest evidence," not ideological conceits. And finally, his eloquent fuck you to George W. Bush's presidential signing statements. According to the Times, "Calling into question the legitimacy of all the signing statements that former President George W. Bush used to challenge new laws, President Obama on Monday ordered executive officials to consult with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. before relying on any of them to bypass a statute. " Obama will still draft the occasional statement, as those things have been drafted since the days of Thomas Jefferson. But, one guesses, he'll draft them more in the spirit of Jefferson than that of Il Duce from Crawford. New day. New deal.

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