Magazine January 25, 2010, Issue

The Week

Former President Barack Obama makes statements to outline steps the government is taking to shore up airline security at the White House in Washington, D.C., January 7, 2010. (Jason Reed/Reuters )

• It looks like 2010 will see the advent of Obamacare and the return of the death tax. Coincidence?

• Just before the Senate passed his health-care legislation, President Obama said, “We are on the precipice” of a new era in health care. Precipice. The man does have a way with words.

• Ben Nelson is the Democratic senator from Nebraska who is pro-life except when he’s not — as when he signed off on the Senate health-care bill even though it gives tax credits for insurance plans that cover abortions. Nelson, who won reelection in 2006 with 64 percent of the

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I am reminded of one of the supervisors of my Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, Roger Tsien, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008.

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