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9.8.01

Bush to Announce Decision on Stem Cell Research
Finally. At 9 tonight we'll know. I'm betting on "no." Bush has a tendency to make snap decisions on issues, without seeming to put a great deal of thought into them (maybe he does in private, but his public appearance is not one of careful deliberation). So his uncharacteristically long, agonizing struggle over the issue seems like a ploy to divert criticism from an unpopular stance (even many prominent conservatives, such as Nancy Reagan, as well as a majority of Catholic voters [though not the Church leadership] support the research). This way, if people try to argue against it, he can just point to his long period of official indecision and say "see, I've already considered all the arguments, and I've decided against it."

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