March 9th, 2009
06:58 PM ET
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Podcast: ‘Taking the politics out of science’

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(CNN) – Another Bush policy has been reversed. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, President Obama says he’s “taking the politics out of science.” CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian has the story.

Plus: The pet projects that won’t go away. Senate Democratic leaders are trying again to push through a controversial spending bill that’s pitting Republicans and Democrats against their own. CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider is following the debate.

Also: As the Obama administration scrambles to keep big banks and automakers afloat, Republicans are suggesting an alternative – let them fail. Watch the dialogue in CNN’s Strategy Session.

Finally: Cut out the waste. President Obama’s plan for health care reform takes some cues from his plan to repair the economy. CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin has the details.

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  1. Ray Fisher

    Politics is in science because of money with everyone wanting a piece of the money pie. Science can never stand upon itself since it relies upon politics for funding. To separate the two is folly because one exists only because of the other. The global warming issue has politicized science to the max while all other issues are contributing factors. The only way politics can be taken out of science is to ensure no profits can be made at which time no one will remain to accomplish the science!!!

    March 9, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Honorable Kansas Vet

    Perhaps a more correct statement would be to remove politics and religious interferance in science.

    March 9, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Really? Hasn't a scientist always run the census but now it's run by BHO's chief of staff? That doesn't sound like separating politics and science to me. Also, the Bush admin didn't ban stem cell research. They just banned federal funding. If it was so important to all of these people how much did they donate to stem cell research out of their own pocket? It's like people who say they think they should be paying more in taxes but on April 15th don't write a check to the fed gov above and beyond what they already owe in taxes. Practice what you preach.

    March 9, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. Ben in Dallas

    As with many things the Shrub, as some of us Texans call GW Bush, forgot that science is not politics, it's reality. Since the radical right had control of the Bush for 8 years it's not surprising the Obama has to bring the government back to reality.

    Here's a thought. We go from the fascist Cheney to Nobel Prize winners in the president cabinet. How's that for a reality check?

    March 9, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. Allene Bailey

    Republicans are the ones that are pushing the pet projects and Democrates have to take it so they can get the real budget through.
    I noticed that on CNBC they are constantly talking aginst President Obama, and putting their own agenda forward, keeping the Markets down. They are using fear to scare main street away . They should keep politics out if the market.

    March 9, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. objective analysis

    As for research on policy and economics corporate funded think tanks spew out false and misleading conclusions all in the interest of pleasing their corporate donors. Its time to take the corporate funding out of economic research.

    March 9, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. Brian

    Lets use this as a spring board for climate change discussion. Take the politically tied "research" out of the discussion and the results are not compelling.

    March 9, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. Joe Fattal

    On the contrary, if they have taken science out of politics, we wouldn't have been so confused about the stimulus bill.

    March 9, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. Uncle Sam

    Thank goodness that sanity is starting to return w/Pres. Obama cause w/Bush & the repugs all we had was crazy

    March 9, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. pointofview

    science over politics!?!?!?!?! Hello, it is my money you are spending prez obama so I say you put politics over science by spending my money for your pet projects. Stem cell research has been ongoing for the last 8 years but the president just chose not to spend government money when the private sector has been doing it for years. You ARE PUTTING POLITICS over science but you are putting poltics over just about everything else so far..

    March 9, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. Paul H

    "Taking politics out of Science" Good will that mean that Politicians are going to stop pushing this Global Warming agenda? And that the Scientist that have evidence against Global warming will be listened to as well as the fear mongers?

    March 9, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. Paul H

    "Taking politics out of Science" And will this mean that Politicians will not have be buy carbon credits to use my BBQ grill, or to have camp fires after mid night?
    Can I still buy cool cars?
    Look I just want the Government out of my living room?

    March 9, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  13. Texas Teacher

    Thank God we have Obama now! The voice of reason!

    March 9, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. Franz

    Obama mixes science and politics quite well probably better than his predecessor. Control of stem cell research by the government one way or the other is politics. The very fact that he tries to push universal health care through Congress is a political act.

    March 9, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. Carmine Abbattiello

    President Obama is doing exactly what we elected him to do: Remove all traces of the failed Bush administration. Its just hard to believe the Bush folks (Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc.) got so many things wrong. No wonder the nation is in crisis. But I'm optimistic that President Obama will right the ship of state!

    March 9, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. W

    They're taking the policits OF ABORTION out of science (and I agree they should). But they're not taking ALL of the politics out of science and vice-versa. If they did that, they'd have to halt their plans to waste half a trillion dollars to fight the "global warming" hoax.

    March 9, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. Pepito the Cool

    I love how Barack Obama has taken the honesty out of politics.

    March 9, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  18. Andy J, Upstate NY

    take the politics out of science???

    how about when the PROGRESSIVES tried to take the politics out of science

    that was called eugenics, and the progressives are the founders of the modern day democratic party.

    look it up.

    you can't take the politics out of science.

    stem cell research is a moral issue. there are other breakthroughs that can do what stem cells can do, without destroying embryos. problem solved.

    taking the politics out of stem cell research to focus on the science of genetic manipulation and embryo destruction is akin to trying to take the politics out of dropping an atom bomb and just focusing on the science of the physics that make the bomb possible.


    Not only that!!!!!


    It just wasn't funded with tax dollars. It was left up to the people to make the CHOICE whether or not to fund the killing of would-be babies for research.

    tisk tisk. this whole line the media is feeding people is rank with hypocrisy and misinformation.

    March 9, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. Ben (Eugene, OR)

    Reversing the Bush policy is taking the politics out of science? I think not. I would venture to guess that 80% of U.S. citizens (including politicians) have no clue about the genetics of stem cell research. I'm a senior Biochemist at the University of Oregon, and I can tell you that reversing Bush's policy is maintaining politics in science. From a scientific standpoint, using EMBRYONIC stem cells for research is far more difficult and less promising than ADULT or PLACENTAL stem cells. This is analogous to deriving a large chemical compound with multiple stereocenters from purely carbon dioxide. It could be done, but only with untold amounts of money and time.The better approach would be to derive the compound from a very similar and readily available compound in a couple of steps. The politicians in Washington are mismanaging scientific research.

    March 9, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. grumpy old man

    How about taking the politics out of "global warming" too. There's a "science" that has gotten completely locked into politics.

    March 9, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |