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Bush speechwriter: Reform is ‘Waterloo all right: ours’

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Republicans promised political tragedy for Democrats if they passed health care reform, but one conservative commentator and former high-ranking GOP operative asserted that the “disaster” will be faced by his own party.

Invoking Republican Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) infamous remarks last July that killing the legislation would be President Obama’s “Waterloo,” David Frum offered a dire assessment of the GOP’s fate. “[I]t’s Waterloo all right: ours,” he wrote on his blog Frum Forum.

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“Conservatives and Republicans today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s,” said Frum, a former speechwriter and adviser to President George W. Bush. “It’s hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the disaster.”

“We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat,” he explained, on the day the House of Representatives cleared the historic legislation for the president to sign into law.

Frum sternly rebuffed the predominant right-wing memes about the allegedly partisan process, alleging the “blame” for their forthcoming political woes lies with conservatives and Republicans for adamantly refusing to compromise on any level with President Obama and Democrats.

“Barack Obama badly wanted Republican votes for his plan,” he retorted, adding that it was “too late” for the GOP to negotiate some of their wishes or alter the components of the package. “They are all the law.”

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“No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed,” he cautioned his party’s lawmakers, who have pledged to campaign on rescinding the Democratic effort. “How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition?” he asked, promising that the legislation will be popular once it takes effect.

Since leaving the Bush administration, Frum has staked out his own territory as a moderate Republican who isn’t shy about rebuking the purported extremities of the party. In this respect he is unique; most conservative commentators have largely remained loyal to the GOP and focused their criticisms on Democrats and liberals.

“Conservative talkers on Fox and talk radio had whipped the Republican voting base into such a frenzy that deal-making was rendered impossible,” said the former Bush operative. He warned that the problematic spiral is likely to continue as Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives will capitalize off the anger they helped create, fueling the extremism.

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Black carbon from air pollution found in placentas: study

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Black carbon particles typically emitted by vehicle exhaust and coal-fired power plants have been detected on the foetus-facing side of placentas, researchers said Tuesday.

The concentration of particles was highest in the placentas of women most exposed to airborn pollutants in their daily life, according to a study in Nature Communications.

"Our study provides compelling evidence for the presence of black carbon particles originating from air pollution in human placenta," the authors said.

The findings, they added, offer a "plausible explanation for the detrimental health effects of pollution from early life onwards."

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‘You’re a witness — act like it’: Congresswoman owns Lewandowski when he tries to filibuster

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Corey Lewandowski had a difficult time debating Democrats who treated him like a hostile witness in a Congressional hearing Tuesday. When he tried to go off on a tangent and complaint, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) wasn't having it.

"We’re seeing a pattern of the president doing anything and everything to hide his misconduct from Congress and from the American people," she said. "The president tried to get you to deliver a secret message to the attorney general, all in an attempt to prevent the special counsel from exposing the president’s own misconduct. As soon as the special counsel published his report and the president’s misconduct was exposed, the president tried to cover that up, too. Isn’t it true that the president has repeatedly tried to discredit your and other witnesses’ testimony to the special counsel in the published report?"

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Edward Snowden responds after Trump DOJ sues whistleblower over new memoir the US government ‘does not want you to read’

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The Justice Department filed suit the day Snowden's memoir Permanent Record was published.

Citing what First Amendment advocates have called an "unconstitutional" system of controlling what federal employees can and cannot say about their work, President Donald Trump's Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden over the publication of his new memoir.

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