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Survival of congresswoman's baby a celebrated case study

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is a half-hour late for her meeting with a news photographer. She strides into her cramped lobby in the Longworth House Office Building, clad in leopard heels and cradling her year-old daughter, Abigail. Her husband, Daniel Beutler, follows, slinging a diaper bag. The photographer, however, will have to wait still a bit longer. The family ducks into Herrera Beutler's private office, so she can adjust the baby's flower hair band and get her shutter-ready. "I have to tell you, she does not smile," Herrera Beutler warns as the photographer finally moves in for a shot. Such are the prosaic fussings of a first-time mother -- except Abigail is ...

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