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Can Obama Strike a Deal With House Republicans?

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Science  04 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6017, pp. 520-521
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6017.520

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Much has been made of the pending titanic battles between the White House and congressional Republicans over the fate of health care reform and how to stimulate the economy while rolling back spending. President Barack Obama made his position clear on both topics in his first State of the Union address to a divided Congress. Science talked with three Republican House members with seats on committees that oversee science about possible areas of agreement. Their answers, while reflecting their deeply conservative views, suggest there may be some room for compromise on how best to foster innovation.