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In shouting fit on CBS, Stephen Miller blames death of 7-year-old Guatemalan girl on ‘left wing’ judges

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Trump adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday raised his voice at CBS host Margaret Brennan after she pressed him on the Affordable Care Act and border security.

During an interview on Face the Nation, Brennan noted that a federal court had recently struck down part of the Affordable Care Act, and she observed that the case was likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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“To be clear you’re predicting that goes to the Supreme Court that the Supreme Court ultimately strikes it down,” Brennan told Miller.

“I believe that’s it,” Miller insisted. “Because it’s always been unconstitutional.”

“Technically this decision wasn’t possible until the tax wall was put into place,” Brennan reminded the Trump adviser. “Will the president instruct Republican governors to implement the law until there is replacement?”

“Obamacare was a disaster!” Miller exclaimed. “Fortunately, again, the president has taken particular action to bring down the price of insurance on the exchanges. But Obamacare never worked. For example, even on issue of preexisting conditions, American families earning $80,000 a year have to pay exorbitant out of pocket costs if they have preexisting conditions.”

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“Then those preexisting conditions protections are also gone,” Brennan said.

“A flawed law would be off the books!” Miller shot back.

Brennan also pressed Miller on immigration.

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“One very particular case here, the 7-year-old migrant girl who passed away, she is migrant from Guatemala named Jakelin Caal, died hours after passing into U.S. Territory,” Brennan explained. “While she was under the protection of customs and border control. Who bears responsibility for her death?”

“Our hearts break for the tragic death of the 7-year-old girl,” Miller replied, avoiding the question. “The loss of that precious life is horrifying. It is a painful reminder of the ongoing humanitarian tragedy that is illegal immigration. The misery that it spreads.”

Miller eventually suggested that the girl’s death was the result of “left wing” court rulings “that incentivize the most vulnerable populations to come to our country.”

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‘I’ve heard enough’: Representative refuses to ask Lewandowski questions because it’s giving him ‘a platform’

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In a brief moment of the Corey Lewandowski hearing Tuesday, Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) refused to allow the top Trump advisor any more time to promote himself or his political campaign.

She probed whether President Donald Trump had ever promised to pardon Lewandowski, which he refused to answer.

"The president did indicate that he’s going to support your Senate campaign. Didn’t he?" Scanlon asked. But Lewandowski said he wasn't sure.

"Okay. Well, I just want to know for the record when Mr. Lewandowski asked for the committee to give him a little break an hour and a half, two hours ago, he took the time during that recess to launch his Senate campaign website with a tweet," she continued. "And I think that fact says an awful lot about the witness’ motivation to appear here today and I’ve heard enough. I yield back."

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Putin aims a weaponized barb at Trump over Saudi attack – and hits the mark

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Russian President Vladimir Putin joked this week about selling defense systems to Riyadh following weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities. The gag was aimed at US President Donald Trump and it hit the mark with the precision of a guided weapon.

It was a masterful piece of trolling by the czar of trolls – a snide, disparaging jibe with an element of truth twisted into absurdity for maximum effect and laughs. At a joint press conference with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Ankara on Monday, Putin cast his bait into the volatile Persian Gulf region just days after devastating attacks on Saudi oil facilities exposed the limits of the Gulf kingdom’s expensive defense systems.

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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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