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Trump has repeatedly threatened to drastically slash NIH funding, but its new $37 billion budget is a historic high.

President Trump had earlier in the day said on Twitter that he was considering vetoing the bill over an immigration issue and a lack of funding for a proposed Mexican border wall.

An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

Still Available

The Huffington Post writes that the science advisor position in the US is still not filled.

US President Donald Trump has announced his budget plan for fiscal year 2019 that first calls for research funding cuts, but then erases them.

While the President's budget proposal would slash the NIH's budget by 27 percent, the White House is seeking additional funding to bring the agency's budget to its 2017 level.

Shutdown in the US

Lacking funding, the US federal government has shut down, leading science agencies to cease much of their work.

Science Panel Decline

A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says US science advisory panels met less often and have lost members this past year, Science reports.

Little Bit Longer Now

A continuing resolution keeps the US government funded, but gives uncertainty to science agencies's budgets, ScienceInsider says.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Russia's announcement of a coronavirus vaccine approval was met with concern as safety testing has not yet been completed.

New Scientist writes there aren't much data available on the accuracy of the two rapid COVID-19 tests the UK plans to roll out.

In PNAS this week: downstream effect of oncoprotein fusion, epigenetic changes influence tRNAs in colon cancer, and more.

Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.