Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Slate-Today's Papers: Embryoglio - May 25


The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today all lead with the House voting to relax restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research, a bill President Bush has promised to veto. Though the measure passed with 50 Republican votes, it didn't get enough support to be veto-proof. The Senate is expected to pass a similar version soon. The Wall Street Journal says that rather than risk a veto of a popular bill, the White House is considering pushing for some sort of backroom "compromise" in the House-Senate conference. According to one poll, 57 percent of Republicans support embryonic stem-cell research.

The WSJ world-wide newsbox and Washington Post lead with the fruits of the (mushy) filibuster compromise: The Senate voted 81-to-18 to clear the way for a full floor vote on judicial nominee Priscilla Owen. Meanwhile, the compromise itself wasn't looking so robust. "This is a truce, not a treaty," said Senator Orrin Hatch.

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Eric Umansky writes "Today's Papers" for Slate. He can be reached at todayspapers@slate.com.

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