Add this to the good news pile.

Via Washington Post:

President Obama is planning to sign an executive order on Monday rolling back restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, according to sources close to the issue.

Although the exact wording of the order has not been revealed, the White House plans an 11 a.m. ceremony to sign the order repealing one of the most controversial steps taken by his predecessor, fulfilling one of Obama’s eagerly anticipated campaign promises.

Let’s hear it for the role of science! I know it was a long time ago, but it’s worth remember the actions G. W. Bush took within his first months as president. Back in November, we got strong hints that Obama was prepared to put America back on more reasonable footing.

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

And so far, he’s keeping many of these promises. I know the economic situation is chaotic, confusing and depressing, but at least we believe in science again. In addition to the stem cell move, the expansion of healthcare to children as well as those who’ve lost their jobs in the recession are very good things. In the health care column, I’m giving President O. an A.

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