FROM Peter Boyer
Endeavour's Last Ride, Giffords' Struggling Recovery Once it's retired, the shuttle Endeavour will go on display at the California Science Center in downtown Los Angeles. But first, its last space flight is scheduled for launch tomorrow with President Obama, his family and recovering Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on hand. Gifford's husband, Mark Kelly, will be the commander. We hear about more about the end of the shuttle program and the struggle of recovering Congresswoman Giffords.
Gabby Giffords' Struggling Recovery Since she was shot in the head at a town meeting in Tucson, Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is said to have made dramatic progress, enough that she's been able to travel to Florida, where she'll watch the launch of Endeavour, piloted by her husband, Mark Kelly . Peter Boyer wrote an extensive story in last week's Newsweek magazine about what's really going on with Giffords.
Stem Cells and the Politics of Science and Religion President Obama's director of the National Institutes of Health was approved by the Senate without objection, but is now cancelling stem cell research projects he approved, because a federal judge has ruled that they violate the intent of Congress. This week's New Yorker contains an extensive profile of Francis Collins , who brought the Human Genome Project to a successful conclusion, early and millions under budget, but now finds himself in an odd position, partly because he's a believing Christian. Peter Boyer wrote the story.
With Two weeks Left, a Look at Four Wildcard Senate Races President Bush is not promising to "stay the course" any more, but changing the message won't make bad news sound any better. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham said today that Iraq is "on the verge of chaos," and that's the main reason his party may lose its majority in the Senate. Exactly two weeks from election day, Democrats have their eyes on a prize that was thought to be out of their reach just a few weeks ago. Political handicappers are focused on Missouri and Virginia, where Republican incumbents are in trouble; and Tennessee, where Republican Bill Frist is stepping down. Democrats have to win at least two, but it won't be easy. We get reports from all three states, and from New Jersey, where an incumbent Democrat just might lose.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.