Trump flips science the bird with new budget

From Ars Technica

Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 13: US President Donald J. Trump (C) delivers brief remarks before signing an executive order entitled, ‘Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch’, beside members of his Cabinet in the Oval Office of the White House on March 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Yesterday, the Trump administration released its first proposed budget outline. While this is just the first step in what will inevitably be extensive negotiations with Congress, it gives a clear indication of what Trump’s priorities are. First and foremost, he is focused on the military, which will see a $54 billion increase in spending, offset by cuts or wholesale elimination of programs elsewhere. Science is clearly not a priority, as it is repeatedly targeted for cuts in every agency that funds it.

But those cuts aren’t evenly distributed. NASA’s budget is almost entirely unscathed, although Earth sciences research funded by…

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