This is an excellent article about the dire straits of the current U.S. science, and David Brin has started a draft of his review of Mooney's Republican War On Science with some interesting commenters pitching in.
Update: David Brin has posted the second part of his review here. He totally misses the point. He is describing some pre-1960s liberalism that does not exist any more. For a really good review by a guy who really 'gets it', read this.