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Remember when Mitch McConnell covered up Putin's interference to elect Trump?

Campaign Action With Individual 1 sinking deeper and deeper into impeachment territory, it's worth remembering that he didn't get there without a lot of help from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who's currently carrying his water by refusing to vot
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Remember when Mitch McConnell covered up Putin's interference to elect Trump?

Campaign Action With Individual 1 sinking deeper and deeper into impeachment territory, it's worth remembering that he didn't get there without a lot of help from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who's currently carrying his water by refusing to vote on reopening government. McConnell's willingness to jeopardize the nation by going along with this manufactured crisis is one thing. But his efforts to keep the nation in the dark about what the government knew—before the election—about Russia's interference on behalf of Trump is quite another. For if there's a whiff of illegality around Trump for his Russia dealings and coverup efforts, then it has to surround McConnell, too. Remember that in 2016, when it became clear after Trump had secured the nomination that Russia was interfering, and the nation's intelligence agencies had that information and presented it to congressional leadership, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell covered it up. He and then Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid were told that Putin was overseeing an operation to disrupt the election and to help Trump. McConnell's reaction, in the words of Washington Post reporter Greg Miller, who initially broke this story: «'McConnell is basically telling [the CIA], 'you're telling us that Russia is trying to help elect Trump. If you try to come forward with this, I'm not going to sign onto any sort of public statement that would condemn Russian interference. But I will condemn you and the Obama administration for trying to mess up this election.'» The briefing from the CIA had Reid so alarmed that he wrote, and made public, a letter to then-FBI chief James Comey, saying «The evidence of a direct connection between the Russian government and presidential campaign continues to mount and has led Michael Morrell, the former Acting Central Intelligence Director, to call Trump an ‘unwitting agent’ of Russia and the Kremlin. The prospect of a hostile government actively seeking to undermine our free and fair elections represents one of the greatest threats toward democracy since the Cold War ...» The evidence presented to Reid that so alarmed him was also presented to McConnell. He knew full well that the CIA was deeply concerned before the election, and made the decision to cover it up. McConnell also knew full well that Russia wanted to get involved in our elections, because his own leadership PAC received a cool $2.5 million filtered through Len Blavatnik, a dual U.S.-U.K. citizen, from a web of Putin's oligarchs. He started getting that money in 2015, and kept on getting it through at least 2017. Among those business associates of Blavatnik is none other than Oleg Deripaska, Paul Manafort's boss both in Ukraine and while he was nominally working on the Trump campaign. McConnell is deep into this, at least up to his third chin. He is by no means an innocent bystander. Every action he takes—including his refusal to do his constitutional job and stand up to Trump on the government shutdown—has to be viewed through the filter of his complicity with Trump's lawlessness.

Democrats shouldn't wait for Robert Mueller, because America can't afford to leave Trump in charge

Until recently, suggestions that Donald Trump be impeached were primarily met with what seemed a reasonable suggestion: Wait for Robert Mueller to finish his report. After all, conducting an impeachment process at the same time that the special counsel is i
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Democrats shouldn't wait for Robert Mueller, because America can't afford to leave Trump in charge

Until recently, suggestions that Donald Trump be impeached were primarily met with what seemed a reasonable suggestion: Wait for Robert Mueller to finish his report. After all, conducting an impeachment process at the same time that the special counsel is in the process of investigation seems like overkill. Even if it is exactly what happened with Nixon. And Clinton. However, given that recent information has revealed that Trump is under investigation as an agent of the Russian government working against the interests of the United States, compounded by the overnight news that Trump is alleged to have ordered his attorney to lie to Congress about his connections to Russia, Democrats seem much more willing to proceed straight to the kicking-Donald-Trump-out-of-Washington part of the agenda. Which seems reasonable. After all, even if the charges that Trump suborned perjury in an attempt to obstruct justice turn out not to be true, there’s still more than enough to create a laundry list of impeachment articles.  Impeachment now seems to be in the wind. In fact, it seems safe to say that it would at this point take a compelling argument from Democratic leadership—or an equally compelling statement that Mueller was going to wrap up Real Soon Now—to halt at least the opening rounds of impeachment proceedings. Because … damn. At this very moment, the American government is being purposely shut down, at a cost of 0.2 percent of economic growth per week, by a man who is suspected of acting to harm the United States. It’s exactly the kind of position that makes all those “you can’t indict the president, because it would be distracting” arguments so ludicrous. As an alternative to an indictment that could be brought by a prosecutor and determined by a grand jury that is not under a high-powered microscope, the government is in the position of following partisan procedures that will take, at best, months and which, when they finally leave the House, are 99.95 percent certain to run into a brick wall of Trump-is-the-hill-on-which-we-die supporters in the Senate. And in the meantime, the economy keeps shrinking by 0.2 percent. Per week. And 800,000 people don’t get paid. And national security, which is supposed to be the big concern here, goes to absolute … whatever. We’re at a point where Republicans are left arguing that it’s not Donald Trump’s intention to murder the nation, even though he does have his hands around the nation’s throat. And he is squeezing. And she is starting to look a little pale. So, even if Republicans are still committed to fall on their swords rather than face the facts about the man at the head of their party, Democrats are preparing to move. And that’s a good thing.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham complains about the «minority privilege» of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ingraham claims Ocasio-Cortez has «the privilege of being a protected member of a class you can never criticize»
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Fox News host Laura Ingraham complains about the «minority privilege» of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ingraham claims Ocasio-Cortez has «the privilege of being a protected member of a class you can never criticize»

Midday open thread: More Russian hacking, counterfeit money, and serial killers

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is Unbelievable vehicles invading America: What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … When Joshua Tree National Park was my home, by Susan Grigsby Have you removed all Cult45 Trumpsters from your life, by Frank Vyan
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Midday open thread: More Russian hacking, counterfeit money, and serial killers

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is Unbelievable vehicles invading America: What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … When Joshua Tree National Park was my home, by Susan Grigsby Have you removed all Cult45 Trumpsters from your life, by Frank Vyan Walton Six rules for the media on how to cover the 2020 election, by Sher Watts Spooner 11 ways costs are shifted onto you (after taxes are cut for the wealthy), by David Akadjian Vile racism is alive and well in every region of the United States. What are you doing to end it, by Denise Oliver Velez Our willful gullibility to the corporate induced indoctrination is destroying our schools, by Egberto Willies Steve King broke the first rule of White Club, by Jon Perr We do not need a wall to solve our immigration issues, by Mark E Andersen Oscar host controversy provides lessons about accountability in today’s call-out culture, by Kelly Macias If Trump suborned Cohen perjury, then Rashida Tlaib was right. They must ‘impeach the motherf%cker,’ by Ian Reifowitz International Elections Digest: There's lots of blame and no clear way out of the UK's Brexit mess, by Daily Kos Elections This would not be surprising: The Democratic National Committee claims that in the days after the 2018 midterm elections it was likely targeted by a group of Russian intelligence hackers, according to court documents filed overnight. Good God: A Georgia middle school is moving forward with its suspension of a black honor roll student who unintentionally used a counterfeit $20 to pay for his lunch last week. Christian Philon, a 12-year-old Austin Road Middle School student, received the fake bill from his parents, who in turn received it as change from a fast-food restaurant. Even though both Christian and his parents maintain they had no idea the $20 was counterfeit, the school is sticking by its 10-day in-school suspension. Whoa: Dozens of college-age men dead from ‘accidental’ drownings—but a team of retired detectives say the boys were drugged and killed by a shadowy gang with a sinister symbol On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: More than just the Trump-told-Cohen-to-lie story. Russia found more wingnut dupes in the homeschooling movement. Senate Gop wants to nuke still more filibuster rules. Trump orders military to punish his enemies. DoJ loots Treasury for Teabaggers. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)

Giuliani finally denies BuzzFeed bombshell while rest of White House shelters in place

Over twelve hours after explosive reporting that Donald Trump instructed Michael Cohen to give false testimony to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower deal, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani finally crawled out of a bunker to issue a denial. «Any suggestio
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Giuliani finally denies BuzzFeed bombshell while rest of White House shelters in place

Over twelve hours after explosive reporting that Donald Trump instructed Michael Cohen to give false testimony to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower deal, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani finally crawled out of a bunker to issue a denial. «Any suggestion from any source that the president counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false,» Giuliani said in statement, before going on to malign Cohen as «a liar» who couldn't be trusted. «Today's claims are just more made-up lies born of Michael Cohen's malice and desperation, in an effort to reduce his sentence.»  Notably, Cohen was not a source for the BuzzFeed story. But Giuliani has a history of flapping his gums on a lot of things, including his recent lie that he «never said there was no collusion.» (He has said that many, many times, and now wants a takebacksy.)  So it's notable that Giuliani sat on his statement for a while, even after the White House was given a chance to deny the story by BuzzFeed reporters before they published. In the meantime, other White House aides have made a concerted effort to avoid giving actual denials of the allegation. “This is absolutely ludicrous that we are giving any type of credence or credibility to a news outlet like BuzzFeed,” White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley told Fox News Friday. “There is nothing in that piece that can be corroborated." That sounds more like a White House aide running scared than a denial.  Kellyanne Conway also declined to give a yes or a no answer when asked directly whether Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress, reportedly brushing by reporters in the White House driveway on her way to the anti-abortion March for Life. In fact, the annual march served as a blind for many of Trump's usual defenders. GOP Rep. Jim Jordan and Vice President Mike Pence, for instance, filled their feeds with March for Life tweets. Conspicuously absent was much of anyone vehemently and categorically denying Trump's involvement besides Trump's lawyer—and as we know, Uncle Rudy will say pretty much anything, and then sometimes deny he said it the next day. 

If impeachment is the only option, then impeachment has to ALWAYS be on the table

Campaign Action From the beginning of the investigation into Trump’s contacts with the Russian government, Trump apologists have been quick to point out Justice Department decisions indicating that a sitting executive cannot be indicted. There has been, an
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If impeachment is the only option, then impeachment has to ALWAYS be on the table

Campaign Action From the beginning of the investigation into Trump’s contacts with the Russian government, Trump apologists have been quick to point out Justice Department decisions indicating that a sitting executive cannot be indicted. There has been, and continues to be, vigorous debate over whether there genuinely is some carve-out in law that would permit mass murder on Fifth Avenue without legal consequences, but most reports continue to behave as if Trump’s freedom from indictment is a given. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani was explicit in his statement to CNN concerning the ability of the special counsel’s office to file indictments against Trump as they have against so many of his associates: “All they get to do is write a report. They can't indict.”  The evidence for that is questionable. The only reason to believe Trump is exempt from indictment is the rather convoluted logic that indicting the executive would be so distracting as to create problems for the nation. But even if that were true, there are already multiple solutions in place to address an executive incapacitated by anything from an operation to insanity. There’s no reason to believe that an indictment, even if it required full-time attention, should be treated any differently than a particularly debilitating kidney stone. Presidents are human beings. They get sick. And they can get indicted. Trying to rule out one is about as reasonable as trying to outlaw the other. However, whether or not indictment is arbitrarily removed from the table, there’s a very, very good argument that we should rehabilitate the whole idea of impeachment. Just because impeachment has failed in the past, just because its use, or misuse, has generated at least the perception of political pushback, doesn’t mean that impeachment isn’t an important—even a vital—tool. The Constitution doesn’t say the president is always exempt from indictment. It says he is also subject to impeachment. And the threat that impeachment may be used, damn the political torpedoes, full speed ahead, has to remain on the table, at all times, if there is to be any constraint on the executive.

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RBI governor Shaktikanta Das favours flexible policy objectives

The RBI Act was amended in November 2016 to make the goal as «maintaining price stability keeping in mind the objective of growth.» Before that, growth was a clear objective of the RBI
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RBI governor Shaktikanta Das favours flexible policy objectives

The RBI Act was amended in November 2016 to make the goal as «maintaining price stability keeping in mind the objective of growth.» Before that, growth was a clear objective of the RBI

Glut in Karnataka iron ore mines as imports surge; miners approach NITI

FIMI estimates that the mining industry, including government entities NMDC and MML, will not be able to produce or sell up to the permissible capacity given the pile-up in stock
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Glut in Karnataka iron ore mines as imports surge; miners approach NITI

FIMI estimates that the mining industry, including government entities NMDC and MML, will not be able to produce or sell up to the permissible capacity given the pile-up in stock

Volatility in crude oil prices pinches synthetic textile manufacturers

Raw material buyers in the synthetic textile industry disappeared from the market amid expectations of a further fall in prices
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Volatility in crude oil prices pinches synthetic textile manufacturers

Raw material buyers in the synthetic textile industry disappeared from the market amid expectations of a further fall in prices

Sun Pharma moves Sebi as stock dips on fresh whistle-blower allegations

Sun Pharma on Friday urged the markets regulator to examine the role of some media houses with regard to the allegations raised by the whistle-blower
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Sun Pharma moves Sebi as stock dips on fresh whistle-blower allegations

Sun Pharma on Friday urged the markets regulator to examine the role of some media houses with regard to the allegations raised by the whistle-blower

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FanDuel cofounder Tom Griffiths just closed a seed round for his decidedly noncontroversial new startup, Hone

Tom Griffiths has founded four companies, two of which “weren’t much to write home about,” he jokes. The third captured the world’s attention: FanDuel, the fantasy sports company that was routinely in the press — not always for 
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FanDuel cofounder Tom Griffiths just closed a seed round for his decidedly noncontroversial new startup, Hone

Tom Griffiths has founded four companies, two of which “weren’t much to write home about,” he jokes. The third captured the world’s attention: FanDuel, the fantasy sports company that was routinely in the press — not always for desirable reasons— from nearly the day it launched, to its near merger with rival DraftKings, to its ultimate […]

Sony venture arm invests in geocoding startup what3words

Sony’s venture capital arm has invested in what3words, the startup that has divided the entire world into 57 trillion 3-by-3 meter squares and assigned a three-word address to each one. Financial details were not disclosed. The startup’s novel add
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Sony venture arm invests in geocoding startup what3words

Sony’s venture capital arm has invested in what3words, the startup that has divided the entire world into 57 trillion 3-by-3 meter squares and assigned a three-word address to each one. Financial details were not disclosed. The startup’s novel addressing system isn’t the whole story. The ability to integrate what3words into voice assistants is what has […]

Salesforce is building new tower in Dublin and adding hundreds of jobs

Salesforce put the finishing touches on a tower in San Francisco last year. In October, it announced Salesforce Tower in Atlanta and today it was Dublin’s turn. Everyone gets a tower. Salesforce first opened an office in Dublin back in 2001, and has e
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Salesforce is building new tower in Dublin and adding hundreds of jobs

Salesforce put the finishing touches on a tower in San Francisco last year. In October, it announced Salesforce Tower in Atlanta and today it was Dublin’s turn. Everyone gets a tower. Salesforce first opened an office in Dublin back in 2001, and has expanded to 1400 employees today. Today’s announcement represents a significant commitment to expand even […]

Wine-by-the-glass subscription service Vinebox raises $5.9 million

One SF startup wants you to get home from a day at work and polish off a bottle of wine by yourself. Vinebox isn’t really trying to get you wasted though, these bottles are cute and tiny. The small startup is hoping that they can get consumers into the
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Wine-by-the-glass subscription service Vinebox raises $5.9 million

One SF startup wants you to get home from a day at work and polish off a bottle of wine by yourself. Vinebox isn’t really trying to get you wasted though, these bottles are cute and tiny. The small startup is hoping that they can get consumers into the idea of buying premium quality wine-by-the-glass […]

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Russians plunge into icy waters to mark feast of Epiphany

MOSCOW (AP) - Across Russia, the devout and the daring are observing the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water through holes cut through the ice of lakes and rivers. Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus Chris
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Russians plunge into icy waters to mark feast of Epiphany

MOSCOW (AP) - Across Russia, the devout and the daring are observing the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water through holes cut through the ice of lakes and rivers. Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ as the incarnation of God through his baptism ...

‘Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid’ Is A Real Ranger Fighting Game

90s nostalgia has never been stronger so we shouldn’t be shocked that Power Rangers as a #brand is arguably more powerful than it has ever been, at least since it first debuted. Not […] The post ‘Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid’ Is A Real Range
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‘Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid’ Is A Real Ranger Fighting Game

90s nostalgia has never been stronger so we shouldn’t be shocked that Power Rangers as a #brand is arguably more powerful than it has ever been, at least since it first debuted. Not […] The post ‘Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid’ Is A Real Ranger Fighting Game appeared first on Geek.com.

Body Painting Might Protect You From Insect Bites, Study Finds

Repellents might keep blood-sucking bugs away, but research just revealed an innovative insect bite protection strategy: body painting. A study led by Hungarian and Swedish researchers found that white, painted stripes on bodies […] The post Body Painti
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Body Painting Might Protect You From Insect Bites, Study Finds

Repellents might keep blood-sucking bugs away, but research just revealed an innovative insect bite protection strategy: body painting. A study led by Hungarian and Swedish researchers found that white, painted stripes on bodies […] The post Body Painting Might Protect You From Insect Bites, Study Finds appeared first on Geek.com.

Bill aims to revamp North Dakota's brand with new state logo

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota lawmaker is introducing legislation to pursue a new state logo as part of efforts to revamp state tourism. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Democratic Rep. Marvin Nelson's sponsored bill would direct the North Dakota Depa
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Bill aims to revamp North Dakota's brand with new state logo

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota lawmaker is introducing legislation to pursue a new state logo as part of efforts to revamp state tourism. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Democratic Rep. Marvin Nelson's sponsored bill would direct the North Dakota Department of Commerce to oversee a competition for entrants ...

Trump administration grounds all federal flights for congressional delegations

The Trump administration has barred all federally authorized aircrafts from transporting congressional delegations, or CODELs, during the shutdown, unless given a special exemption by the White House. The Office of Management and Budget announced Friday that
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Trump administration grounds all federal flights for congressional delegations

The Trump administration has barred all federally authorized aircrafts from transporting congressional delegations, or CODELs, during the shutdown, unless given a special exemption by the White House. The Office of Management and Budget announced Friday that any Congressional outings on military flights must go through the chief of staff, a ...

Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdown

ATLANTA (AP) - America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown
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Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdown

ATLANTA (AP) - America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown - the longest ever - has thinned the ranks of ...

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Miami coach Jim Larranaga says Dewan Hernandez should be ruled eligible by NCAA

Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga says junior forward Dewan Hernandez deserves to be declared eligible by the NCAA.
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Miami coach Jim Larranaga says Dewan Hernandez should be ruled eligible by NCAA

Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga says junior forward Dewan Hernandez deserves to be declared eligible by the NCAA.

UNC's Williams: Manley to miss 6th straight game at Miami

North Carolina coach Roy Williams says sophomore big man Sterling Manley will miss his sixth straight game at Miami on Saturday due to lingering knee soreness
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UNC's Williams: Manley to miss 6th straight game at Miami

North Carolina coach Roy Williams says sophomore big man Sterling Manley will miss his sixth straight game at Miami on Saturday due to lingering knee soreness

Chiefs' Berry thinks he'll play vs. Pats: 'I feel pretty good'

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry sounded confident Friday that he'll play against the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday.
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Chiefs' Berry thinks he'll play vs. Pats: 'I feel pretty good'

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry sounded confident Friday that he'll play against the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday.

NBA players who are making the leap this season

The halfway point of the 2018-19 NBA regular season has come and gone, and contenders for playoff spots and individual honors are separating from pretenders. While the NBA Playoffs are roughly three months away, as of the typing of this sentence, it already a
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NBA players who are making the leap this season

The halfway point of the 2018-19 NBA regular season has come and gone, and contenders for playoff spots and individual honors are separating from pretenders. While the NBA Playoffs are roughly three months away, as of the typing of this sentence, it already appears the Most Valuable Player Award race will be a two-man affair, at best. Meanwhile, conversations about who should win Most Improved Player versus who observers believe will actually win that award should make for fascinating debates on social media platforms and national sports talk programs.  All should remember that players making leaps during the 2018-19 campaign may not necessarily be performing all that better than advertised or ahead of schedule. After all, fans and analysts alike expected the two front-runners to win MVP as of the middle of January would enjoy successful seasons all the way back in October, but their efforts shouldn’t be discounted just because they’re playing as well as hoped by fans of their clubs.  Not all next steps are

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