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  2. Breitbart Following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, a number of other nations have quietly begun ignoring the Paris energy goals, according to a new report out of Canada. According to Lawrence Solomon of Energy Probe, a Toronto-based environmental organization, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of the only signers of the Paris agreement who is actually abiding by the exacting demands of the accord. Meanwhile, Solomon notes in an essay in Friday’s Financial Post, “most signatories are ignoring, if not altogether abandoning Paris commitments, undoubtedly because voters in large part put no stock in scary global warming scenarios.” “Trudeau now stands almost alone in sincere support of Paris,” Solomon writes. “The populist backlash — a revulsion at top-down governments laden with jet-setting politicians landing in posh places to preach restraint to the masses — has swept America with Trump’s election, Great Britain with Brexit, much of Europe, and Australia.” “In the process, global warming enthusiasts are being swept out,” he writes. ________ The treaty that isn't.
  3. Breitbart Senate Republican candidates remain increasingly reluctant to back Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for Senate Majority Leader. The Hill asked nearly two dozen Senate GOP candidates if they would support McConnell as the Senate’s leader if elected, but not one candidate said that they would openly back McConnell. The Hill’s revelation details the ongoing war between the Republican establishment and the conservative and populist grassroots, led by former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon. One top aide to a GOP Senate campaign said that Senate candidates have to walk a tightrope between the establishment and the conservative grassroots. “Ten years ago when you ran campaigns, especially after 9/11, it was all about leadership. You could talk about your role in Congress in making things better,” the aide told the Hill. “Now Republican voters want to burn the place down, so you have more of a tightrope.” ________ Mitch on the edge?
  4. USA Today Today is the anniversary of former president Ronald Reagan signing into law the Tax Reform Act of 1986. The act was the second major law he signed to reform the tax code for the American people. Republicans and Democrats came together to cut taxes for hardworking families in 1981, and again in 1986 to simplify the tax code, so that everyone could get a fair shake. The rest, as they say, is history. The economy boomed, launching into one of the largest peacetime economic expansions in history. Dormant small businesses and factories sprung back to life. The famed American Worker produced at unprecedented levels. The median family income rose. And more American products than ever before reached foreign shores, stamped with those four beautiful words: “Made in the USA.” The 1980s also saw extraordinary ideas transformed into reality by American inventors and entrepreneurs. Many of those creations dramatically improved our quality of life. Others connected us like never before and put an entire universe of information at our fingertips. Still others, like the space shuttle after its first launch in 1981, stretched the bounds of what we thought was possible for humankind. It was a time of extraordinary optimism — it was truly “Morning in America,” an economic miracle for the middle-class. A lot has changed since then, especially when it comes to taxes. While our economic competitors slashed their taxes in hopes of replicating America’s success, our leaders remained complacent or, in some cases, reversed course. We are now among the highest taxed nations in the developed world. Our tax code and laws have nearly tripled in length since the 1986 reforms. They now span 2,650 pages, with another 70,000 pages of forms, instructions, court decisions, and other guidance. We have watched our leaders allow other countries to erode our competitive edge, take our jobs, and drain our wealth. And, for the first time in our history, Americans have feared that their children will not grow up to be better off financially than they are. That era of economic surrender is now over. In the nine months since I took office as president, we have removed intrusive, job-killing regulations at a record pace. We are leaving lopsided international deals that hurt America like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Paris Climate Accord. We have unleashed American energy by ending the war on coal and approving major projects like the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. And earlier this month, I signed an executive order to take important steps to free our people from the grip of Obamacare. And now, unemployment is at a 16-year low. Wages are rising. Manufacturing confidence is higher than it has ever been. The stock market is soaring to record levels. And GDP growth climbed to more than 3% in the second quarter. The optimism has returned — the sun is once again rising over America. But our economy cannot take off like it should unless we transform our outdated, complex and burdensome tax code, and that is exactly what we are proposing to do. Revising our tax code is not just a policy discussion — it is a moral one, because we are not talking about the government's money – we are talking about your money, your hard work. According to the Tax Foundation, taxes cost Americans more out-of-pocket than housing, clothing, and food — combined. Somehow, this has become “normal” in the Land of the Free, but it should not be. American families should not have to send more money to the government than they spend on building a better life for themselves and their children. You are the ones who carry this nation on your back, and it is time for you to get the relief that you deserve. That is why we are taking action to dramatically reduce the burden that the sprawling federal tax code has become on our citizens. ________ The Trump plan.
  5. The Foundation for Defense of Democracies 19th October 2017 FDD's National Security Summit featured conversations with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. (Snip) Transcript Transcript (Snip)
  6. The Daily Wire Joseph Curl October 22, 2017 At 93, Jimmy Carter is cutting loose. The former president sat down with The New York Times recently and chatted about all kinds of subjects. The Times decided to play up the fact that Carter — one of the worst presidents in U.S. history — would love to go over to North Korea as an envoy. But the Times is steadily proving how out of touch it is, and how it no longer seems to actually "get" what real news is. Here are some major highlights from the interview: (Snip) ____________________________________________________________________________ This May Be A Sign Of The End Times!
  7. PJ Media Andrew Klavan Oct.21 2017 As Trump-loving readers of this blog have frequently complained, I am not always a fan of Donald Trump's personal style. I don't like bullies and I prefer a president who thinks before he opens his mouth. I do, on the other hand, very much like many of the things Trump has accomplished: the great judicial nominations, the taming of the regulatory state, the restoration of the rule of law at the border, leaving the silly Paris accord, the annihilation of ISIS, the attempts to hurry the implosion of Obamacare by suspending utterly illegal payments to insurance companies, calling out the NFL on its lack of patriotism, and calling out the media on a leftward bias that now amounts to simple malfeasance and corruption. That's an awful lot of good stuff, and it surely makes up for the big mouthery. Aside from a few stupid remarks that seemed to show a lack of respect for the First Amendment — remarks that have so far not been followed up by any bad actions — I can't think of one instance in which Trump has behaved in a way that endangers the norms of American governance. He hasn’t misused the IRS like Barack Obama did, or corrupted the Justice Department like Obama did, or made illegal payouts to insurance companies like Obama did, or extended the power of regulatory agencies until they became a threat to constitutional democracy like Obama did, or lied to the people about health care or Benghazi like Obama did, or behaved so autocratically and unconstitutionally that he lost more cases before the Supreme Court than any other modern president like Obama did. In fact, Trump has been incredibly transparent with the public and has generally thrown legislative decisions to Congress -- where they belong. The press, on the other hand, in their seething hatred of Trump and the people he represents, and in their likewise seething bitterness at the loss of the election, have transformed themselves into the mustache-twirling villains of American society. If they could see themselves as they are, they would be ashamed, but because they all agree with one another, they are invisible to themselves. (Snip) Has the press at long last no decency? The short answer: No decency at all. Trump is a big mouth but the press is despicable. Democrat operatives masquerading as journalists, they are the prime engine of division in this country. Skewing every story in one direction, they keep us from discussing issues in a reasonable way so as to reach compromise. And squealing like scorched cats at every Trump remark, they manufacture a sense of crisis that has nothing to do with the true state of America. They are villains. Within the parameters of the First Amendment, the entire industry needs to be reformed.
  8. Eggs Poached in Chile Tomato Broth Serves 6 • 3 poblano chiles (plus another for garnish, if desired) • 1/3 cup cooking oil • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 7 red, ripe tomatoes, roasted, peeled, and chopped • 2 cups chicken broth • Salt • 12 whole eggs • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco, for garnish • Corn tortillas 1. Toast the chiles directly over an open flame, on the broiler, or on a griddle to char the skins. When well-blistered and charred, put the chiles in a plastic bag for about 10 minutes. Then remove the loosened skin with paper towels. Split the chiles open, remove seeds and veins, and cut into 1/4-inch wide strips. 2. In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and fry the onion, garlic, and tomatoes, stirring constantly until the mixture forms a thick paste. Add the chicken broth, 3 of the chiles, and salt to taste. Cook over low heat until the mixture comes to a simmer. 3. Drop raw eggs into the hot sauce, one by one, poaching them about 4 minutes (or to your desired degree of doneness). To serve, place two poached eggs per serving in a bowl, then top with tomato sauce and chile strips. Garnish with the crumbled queso fresco and serve with hot corn tortillas. Excerpted from Fonda San Miguel: Forty Years of Food and Art by Tom Gilliland and Miguel Ravago
  9. Legal Insurrection Pardon? Sheriff Joe Arpaio request to vacate criminal contempt finding denied Posted by William A. Jacobson Friday, October 20, 2017 at 4:02pm Judge finds that while Trump’s pardon is legally effective preventing sentencing, prior orders in the case will remain in place. A federal judge in Arizona previously ruled that Donald Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was legally effective, despite claims from several left-wing public interest groups and law professors that the pardon was unlawful. We covered that ruling in Pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio upheld by court. In that post, we noted that there was an open issue as to whether the pardon required the court to vacate all prior orders in the case, including the finding of criminal contempt, or merely hold off on sentencing: That the court took “under advisement” the request to vacate all prior Orders in the case (as opposed to just the conviction) is not surprising. While the validity of the pardon was crystal clear, whether it requires vacating everything that has happened in the case so far is less clear (though I think it does). Yesterday, the court resolved that open issue,
  10. The Sacramento Bee In California’s war on Trump, everyone loses BY BEN BOYCHUK Special to The Bee OCTOBER 19, 2017 1:00 PM For a state so enamored with passing laws, California can seem awfully lawless sometimes. Our progressive Legislature and elected leaders have decided to make political and litigious war on the duly elected president of the United States. The Resistance is here! OPINION Truth is, Donald Trump has driven them all a bit batty. Our legislators have become so unmoored that even Gov. Jerry Brown -- who just the other week signed the self-destructive “sanctuary state” law -- had to step in and veto legislation requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns. Brown said that as politically appealing as such a law might be, he was uncomfortable with California setting election policy for the country. It’s nice to see the light of reality break through the progressive miasma once in a while. If only some of that light could break through the state attorney general’s office. Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Wednesday announced he’s seeking a restraining order to stop the Trump administration from ending Obamacare’s reimbursements to insurance companies. California is one of 17 states challenging the decision, which would cut off $10 billion in subsidies.
  11. American Greatness Better Than Football By Christopher Gage| October 21, 2017 For the politically demented, 2016 was a vintage year. Well, at least for those whose blood warms when seeing their foes splay and spasm like wounded squid. Watching pious progressives meltdown in real-time has become something of a spectator sport. Now, this sounds a little abrasive, perhaps. But after eight years of slumberous yawping from President Obama and his global claque of clapping seals, to even stem the tide of liberalism feels like victory. Only time’s sorest losers can’t quite understand why they lost. After all, everyone they know agrees with them. Every member of the clan can thumb to the latest piety; recite the current number of genders (72, at time of writing), the manifest reasons why Donald J. Trump “is not my president,” and why Great Britain just cannot survive leaving the European Union, despite once dominating a third of the planet.
  12. American Greatness How the State Department is Undermining Trump’s Agenda By The Editors| October 21, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has isolated himself from his own department and allowed subordinates to fill a handful of top positions with people who actively opposed Donald Trump’s election, according to current and former State Department officials and national security experts with specific knowledge of the situation. News reports often depict a White House “in chaos.” But the real chaos, according to three State Department employees who spoke with American Greatness on the condition of anonymity, is at Foggy Bottom. Rumors have circulated for months that Tillerson either plans to resign or is waiting for the president to fire him. The staffers describe an amateur secretary of state who has “checked out” and effectively removed himself from major decision making. Hundreds of Empty Desks About 200 State Department jobs require Senate confirmation. But the Senate cannot confirm nominees it does not have. More than nine months into the new administration, most of the senior State Department positions—assistant and deputy assistant secretary posts—remain unfilled.
  13. AXIOS Shane Savitsky, Shannon Vavra Oct 22 2017 Catalonia's push for independence from Spain seized headlines this month, capturing international attention as a potentially successful separatist push within the relatively stable confines of Western Europe. Catalonia's secession would raise a whole host of questions for a range of international bodies — most notably, the European Union — that they'd prefer to ignore. Why it matters: There are separatist movements all around the globe — even in most U.S. states — but the world tends to focus on those that have the potential to upend our understanding of the world and reshape geopolitics as we know it. (Snip)
  14. NY Post Ken Stern Oct. 21 2017 Most reporters and editors are liberal — a now dated Pew Research Center poll found that liberals outnumber conservatives in the media by some 5 to 1, and that comports with my own anecdotal experience at National Public Radio. When you are liberal, and everyone else around you is as well, it is easy to fall into groupthink on what stories are important, what sources are legitimate and what the narrative of the day will be. This may seem like an unusual admission from someone who once ran NPR, but it is borne of recent experience. Spurred by a fear that red and blue America were drifting irrevocably apart, I decided to venture out from my overwhelmingly Democratic neighborhood and engage Republicans where they live, work and pray. For an entire year, I embedded myself with the other side, standing in pit row at a NASCAR race, hanging out at Tea Party meetings and sitting in on Steve Bannon’s radio show. I found an America far different from the one depicted in the press and imagined by presidents (“cling to guns or religion”) and presidential candidates (“basket of deplorables”) alike. I spent many Sundays in evangelical churches and hung out with 15,000 evangelical youth at the Urbana conference. I wasn’t sure what to expect among thousands of college-age evangelicals, but I certainly didn’t expect the intense discussion of racial equity and refugee issues — how to help them, not how to keep them out — but that is what I got. (Snip) None of this justifies the attacks from President Trump, which are terribly inappropriate coming from the head of government. At the same time, the media should acknowledge its own failings in reflecting only their part of America. You can’t cover America from the Acela corridor, and the media need to get out and be part of the conversations that take place in churches and community centers and town halls. I did that, and loved it, though I regret waiting until well after I left NPR to do so. I am skeptical that many will do so, since the current situation in an odd way works for Trump, who gets to rile his base, and for the media, which has grown an audience on the back of Washington dysfunction. In the end, they are both short-term winners. It is the public that is the long-term loser.
  15. CNN John McWhorter Oct. 21 2017 (CNN)No one can fail to be amazed by the courage of the people who protested segregation and bigotry in the 1950s and 1960s. Those who endured physical injury justifiably stick in our minds the most. Today's educated liberals lack the courage they admire in their forebears, at a time when it is needed more than ever. Namely, too many liberals in power lack the guts to sanction those dedicated to shouting down speakers from the right. Instead, they let pass a state of dialogue as choked as the one that Berkeley's Free Speech movement resisted. To hurl the N-word at someone is an attempt to shut down discussion. Today, the word "racist" serves the same function. Or, today's fashionable new version is the now grievously overused "white supremacist." Such that, for example, liberal man of letters and Columbia professor Mark Lilla is accused of making white supremacy "respectable" -- for suggesting that Democrats emphasize identity politics less with the goal of winning the White House from Donald Trump. (Snip) Not so long ago there were people who put themselves on the line by allowing themselves to be called all kinds of dirty names, in the name of Civil Rights. Life went on and got better. That's exactly what would happen if today's reverse fascists were shut down for good on campus after campus until the fashion passed. As always, fostering a genuine culture of inquiry often requires not just politeness, but bravery.
  16. Hot Air Allahpundit October 21, 2017 I have 2 words for Bannon the Blowhard....care to guess what they are?
  17. Fierce firefight as Philippines’ toughest urban war down to last building Oct.22 2017 MARAWI CITY: Philippine troops were locked in an intense urban firefight on Sunday with the last remnants of a pro-Daesh alliance, as the army sought to declare an end to the country’s biggest internal security crisis in years. An estimated 30 people, including militants and some of their family members, were battling to hold a fortified, two-story building next to Marawi City’s vast Lake Lanao, and appeared ready to fight to the death, according to the deputy commander of the operation. “There’s just one building and they’re inside,” Col. Romeo Brawner told a news conference. “We believe these are ones who decided to fight it out, because they believe that if they die there they will go to Heaven.” Brawner said soldiers were using loudspeakers to urge them to surrender, and anticipated the gunfight could go on until midnight. They did not know how many people in the building were alive or dead, he said. The siege of Marawi has stunned the Philippines and stoked wider concerns that Daesh loyalists have learned how to thrive in impoverished Muslim areas of the island of Mindanao and use its jungles and mountains as staging posts to launch attacks. Those fears are compounded by the Marawi rebels’ ability to recruit young fighters, stockpile huge amounts of arms and endure five months of ground offensive and government air strikes that have devastated the city. The military made a significant gain with last week’s killing of Isnilon Hapilon, Daesh’s “emir” in Southeast Asia and Omarkhayam Maute, a leader of the Maute militant group. Another leader and possible bankroller of the operation, Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad, was likely killed also, the military said. (Snip)
  18. Power Line John Hinderaker October 21, 2017 The Czech Republic’s parliamentary election represented yet another rebellion against Europe’s political elites. The winning party, ANO, is considered centrist and won nearly 30% of the vote. Its leader, Andrej Babis, is a billionaire and has been described as a Czech Donald Trump. The Associated Press reports: "The centrist ANO movement led by populist Andrej Babis decisively won the Czech Republic’s parliamentary election Saturday in a vote that shifted the country to the right and paved the way for the euroskeptic billionaire to become its next prime minister. With virtually all votes counted, the Czech Statistics Office said Saturday that ANO won in a landslide with 29.7 percent of the vote. *** In a blow to the country’s traditional political elite, four of the top five vote-getting parties Saturday were ones that have challenged the traditional political mainstream.[/i] The Pirate Party finished third in the voting, which should tell us something. Expressing the condescending attitude that voters across Europe are rejecting, the AP tells us that “Some [parties] have exploited fears of immigration and Islam….” Of course immigration can never be a legitimate issue, rather it is simply a matter of “exploiting fears.” But immigration skepticism is a majority view: “Like most Czech parties, ANO also rejects accepting refugees under the EU’s quota system.” A second story, this one from Germany, illustrates what so many Europeans are rebelling against: Germany: Full Censorship Now Official. (Snip)
  19. Daily Caller The World Health Organization (WHO) is having second thoughts about appointing perennial dictator and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as its new “goodwill ambassador.” Standing next to his 93-year-old appointee, WHO’s director general Tedros Ghebreyesus made the announcement in Uruguay this week while the two were at a conference in the South American country and confirmed his decision on Friday, The New York Times reports. But world critism may have induced a change of heart: In a tweet Saturday, Ghebreyesus said that “I’m listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible.” The appointment has provoked shock and outrage around the world because Mugabe is more known for human rights abuses and presiding over an ossified economy than any personal dedication to world health. In 2008 the charitable group Physicians for Human Rights issued a damning indictment of Mugabe’s dictatorial and repressive regime, saying the mounting health care crisis in the country was entirely manufactured by an inept and inefficient government. “The government of Robert Mugabe presided over the dramatic reversal of its population’s access to food, clean water, basic sanitation and health care,” the physicians said, adding that the result was “the shuttering of hospitals and clinics, the closing of its medical school and the beatings of health workers.” ________ Just the man they were looking for...
  20. The Blaze Former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail this week and set his sights on President Donald Trump. What did he say? Speaking at a campaign rally for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam, Obama decried politicians who divide people to win campaigns. “If you have to win a campaign by dividing people, you’re not going to be able to govern them. You won’t be able to unite them later if that’s how you start,” Obama said. The 44th president didn’t refer to Trump by name, but he was clearly implying that his comments were about Trump and other Republicans. Obama made similar comments earlier in the day during a campaign event for Phil Murphy, a New Jersey Democrat who is campaigning to succeed Chris Christie. A bit of irony: How did people react? The comment was surprising coming from Obama because for the majority of his presidency he was known as the “divider-in-chief.” The nickname was given to him because he liked to divide Americans into groups by race, political party, socioeconomic status and other demographics. Surveys taken at the very end of Obama’s presidency also found that America was much more divided after his eight years than they were before. ________ A divider, not a uniter...
  21. Fox News Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team running the Russia collusion probe are being accused by fellow attorneys of employing aggressive and questionable tactics in past cases, potentially putting a dent in his straight-shooter image. As the investigation heats up and key players like former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer are interviewed by investigators, several attorneys with experience in federal cases spoke out with their concerns this week. Harvey Silverglate, a criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts, wrote an opinion piece accusing Mueller of once trying to entrap him when Mueller was acting U.S. attorney in Boston. “I have known Mueller during key moments of his career as a federal prosecutor,” Silverglate wrote for WGBH News. “My experience has taught me to approach whatever he does in the Trump investigation with a requisite degree of skepticism or, at the very least, extreme caution.” According to Silverglate, Mueller once sent someone into Silverglate's office offering to give false testimony for a client. Silverglate said he turned the offer down and noticed the man was wearing a wire. “Years later I ran into Mueller, and I told him of my disappointment in being the target of a sting where there was no reason to think that I would knowingly present perjured evidence to a court,” Silverglate wrote. “Mueller, half-apologetically, told me that he never really thought that I would suborn perjury, but that he had a duty to pursue the lead given to him.” A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment. ________ Mueller's law versus actual law.
  22. NY Times WASHINGTON — President Trump has decided to release a final batch of thousands of classified government documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Mr. Trump announced in a tweet on Saturday morning. “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter. Twitter Ads info and privacy The release of the information being held in secret at the National Archives — including several thousand never-before-seen documents — was mandated to occur by Oct. 26 under a 1992 law that sought to quell conspiracy theories about the assassination. Mr. Trump has the power to block the release of the documents, and intelligence agencies have pressured him to do so for at least some of them. The agencies are concerned that information contained in some of the documents could damage national security interests. In a statement to reporters, the White House left open the possibility that Mr. Trump might halt the release of some documents. Continue reading the main story “The president believes that these documents should be made available in the interests of full transparency unless agencies provide a compelling and clear national security or law enforcement justification otherwise,” the statement said. It is not known what revelations might be contained in the unreleased documents, though researchers and authors of books about Kennedy say they do not expect any bombshells that significantly alter the official narrative of the assassination — that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in Dallas — delivered in 1964 by the Warren Commission. But the documents are likely to “help fuel a new generation of conspiracy theories,” according to Philip Shenon, a former New York Times reporter and the author of a book about the commission, and Larry J. Sabato, a University of Virginia professor and author of a book about Kennedy, who wrote a recent article about the documents in Politico. ________ The Cigarette Smoking Man was unavailable for comment...
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  24. October 21, 2017 Obamacare hits an iceberg called 'the rule of law' By Silvio Canto, Jr. The latest nonsense from the left is that President Trump forced the collapse of Obamacare. In fact, the iceberg hit this ship called the Affordable Health Care Act years ago, as Avik Roy reminded us: [T]he reason ObamaCare weighed in at 2,000 pages is because the law passed by Democrats detailed, in highly specific language, how Washington would run the health care system from here on out. While the HHS Secretary – in those days, Kathleen Sebelius – would have the authority to determine exactly how to implement Obamacare's rules, the Obama administration was (in theory) bound by the statutory law passed by Congress. Now, in reality, the Obama administration was highly selective in enforcing the ACA as written. Here are just some examples of ways in which Obama simply ignored the ACA and decided to do what he thought was best, regardless of the law: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/10/obamacare_hits_an_iceberg_called_the_rule_of_law.html
  25. What You're In For: That New Vietnam Documentary Alexander RileyKen Burns and Lynn Novick have a new Vietnam series making the rounds. Is it the same old America-hatred or something new? More
  26. Ah, you have exposed my secret! If you don't hear from me, I have had a visit from one of Vlad's henchman
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