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Clinton's Science Legacy: Ending on a High Note

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Science  22 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5500, pp. 2234-2236
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5500.2234

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Once perceived to be at best ambivalent about science policy, President Bill Clinton is now credited with steering the U.S. government's $80-billion-plus R&D enterprise through one of its most perilous and productive decades. Along the way, supporters say, Clinton and his science-savvy vice president, Al Gore, have won respect from researchers. Although the reviews are not uniformly good, even critics agree that Clinton's term is ending on a much higher note for science than what many initially expected from the former Arkansas governor.