A Pleasant Surprise

US legislators have given President Barack Obama a pleasant dilemma to deal with, says ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis. Some preliminary 2013 budget plans are calling for more money to some science programs than the president had requested, leaving the White House to decide whether the proposals are fiscally feasible.

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