Bush's No-Win Choice

WHY THE PRESIDENT'S STEM-CELL DECISION COULD DEFINE HIS TERM

For the longest time, we have been told that George W. Bush is a different kind of leader. He runs the White House like a sleek business. The nerdy all-night debates in the Clinton West Wing Dormitory have ended. The adults are in charge now, we are told, and they are guided by simple, moderate principles that blend compassion with conservatism.

Last week Revenge of the Nerds arrived by way of tiny bundles of cells that could usher in a new era of medicine. Stem cells derived from human embryos could lead to cures for some of humanity's most devastating illnesses--but...

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