STEM CELL UPDATE: THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, (free link) reports:
For all the bluster over Iraq, taxes and budgets, the first direct confrontation between the Republican president and the new Democratic Congress may come on an entirely different subject that has gotten relatively little attention recently: stem-cell research.
That reality will become more clear this coming week, when the House has pledged to take up a bill expanding federal support for embryonic stem-cell research. The issue — sensitive because many social conservatives and religious leaders believe it is morally wrong to destroy human embryos to extract stem cells — has prompted the one and only veto President Bush has issued in his term. House leaders now propose to pass the same measure the president killed with that veto last year.
I think the Democrats have Bush in a difficult position here.