President Trump and the Republican Congressional leadership have suffered a stunning defeat.

An era has ended. The last of the “Watergate Babies” has left the Congress. The nickname was applied to the class of House Democratic freshmen elected in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandal. There were 75 elected. (17 Republican freshmen also entered the House that year).

Powerful House committee chairmen George Miller and Henry Waxman, both of California, th...

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Richard A. Arenberg

Brown University