The Surgeon General and the Role of Science in National Policy
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From global warming to stem-cell research and sex education,
opponents charge that the Bush Administration has twisted science to
suit its political agenda. Supporters argue that elected leaders have
the right to put their own ideas first. The battle over President
Bush's nominee for Surgeon General has raised the issue again. We learn
how science is used in Washington and whether ideology and policy can
always be reconciled. Also, President Bush on US progress in Iraq. On
Reporter's Notebook, is the federal government really protecting
Americans from nuclear attacks? Jim Sterngold guest hosts.
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President Pushes Back against Iraq Progress Report ()
President Bush delivered to Congress today his latest assessment of US progress in Iraq. At a combative press conference, the President said he would stick with the military surge in spite of polls showing that Americans have lost faith in the war effort. Bush insisted that, while improvements have been slow, leaving Iraq would make the US more vulnerable. David Wood is national security correspondent for the Baltimore Sun.
- David Wood: National Security Correspondent for the Baltimore Sun
Is Ideology Trumping Science in the Bush White House? ()
More than a decade ago, Dr. James Holsinger wrote a paper for the Methodist Church claiming that gay-male sex was inherently unsafe. Now President Bush has nominated him to become the country's leading doctor. Facing tough questions at a Senate confirmation hearing this morning, Holsinger insisted his views had changed and that he held no biases against gay men or lesbians. However, his testimony came only a few days after statements by his predecessor that White House officials had fought his attempts to discuss issues like secondhand smoke and had tried to force him to repeatedly mention the president by name in his speeches. Richard Carmona's is just the latest in a string of charges that the Bush White House has been hostile to science and has put political biases ahead of sound health policy. Guest host Jim Sterngold explores the proper role the of science in making national policy.
- Gardiner Harris: Public health reporter for the New York Times
- Joel Ginsberg: Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
- Joycelyn Elders: Former Surgeon General
- Francesca Grifo: Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Scientific Integrity Program
- Brian Darling: Director of Senate Relations at the Heritage Foundation
Bogus Firm Gets Nuclear License in Sting Operation ()
The General Accounting Office launched an uncover operation to see if some agents could buy radioactive materials using forged documents. They succeeded, exposing a major hole in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's security system. If this is all that stands between Americans and a dirty bomb attack, how safe are we? We hear what went wrong from Kathleen Day of the Washington Post and what the government must do from former NRC physicist Joel Lubenau.
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