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To: i-node who wrote (653149)4/29/2012 5:38:06 AM
From: puborectalis
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Mitt Romney’s FlipFlopsFlip 1: “Roe v. Wade has gone too far.”
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Flop 1: “I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.”
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Flip 2: “I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.”
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Flop 2: “I never really called myself pro-choice.”
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Flip 3: “I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.”
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Flop 3: “Any description of my being a hunter is an overstatement of capability.”
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Flip 4: “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.”
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Flop 4: “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there.”
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Flip 5: “I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.”
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Flop 5: “Ronald Reagan is… my hero.”
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Flip 6: “I will work and fight for stem cell research.”
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Flop 6: “In the end, I became persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise.”
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Flip 7: “I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.”
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Flop 7: “There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.”
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Flip 8: “I like mandates. The mandates work.”
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Flop 8: “I think it’s unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front.”
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Flip 9: “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.”
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Flop 9: “I did not see it with my own eyes.”
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Flip 10: “This is a completely airtight kennel mounted on the top of our car.”
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Flop 10: “They’re not happy that my dog loves fresh air.”
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Flip 11: “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”
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Flop 11: “He’s going to pay, and he will die.”
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Flip 12: “Those… paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process toward application for citizenship.”
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Flop 12: “Amnesty only led to more people coming into the country.”
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Flip 13: “I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts.”
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Flop 13: “Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a personal account.”
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Flip 14: “Based on the numbers of American Muslims… I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified.”
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Flop 14: “A person should not be elected because of his faith nor should he be rejected because of his faith.”
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Flip 15: “I’m a strong believer in stating your position and not wavering.”
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Flop 15: “I changed my position.”
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Flip 16: “I would like to have campaign spending limits.”
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Flop 16: “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations.”
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Flip 17: “I supported the assault weapon ban.”
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Flop 17: “I don’t support any gun control legislation.”
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Flip 18: “The TARP program… was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures.”
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Flop 18: “When government is… bailing out banks… we have every good reason to be alarmed.”
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Flip 19: “I’m going to take burdens off the back of the auto industry.”
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Flop 19: “Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.”
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Flip 20: “When I first heard of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, I thought it sounded awfully silly.”
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Flop 20: “‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has worked well.”
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Flip 21: “I believe the tax on capital gains should be zero.”
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Flop 21: “It’s a tax cut for fat cats.”
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Flip 22: “These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress.”
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Flop 22: “Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore.”
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Flip 23: “Relative to the leading candidates, some people see me as being more conservative.”
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Flop 23: “I’m not the most conservative candidate.”
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Flip 24: “It does take a village.”
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Flop 24: “It takes a family.”
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Flip 25: “I don’t line up with the NRA.”
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Flop 25: “I’m a member of the [NRA].”
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Flip 26: “The all-Democrat stimulus that was passed in early 2009 will accelerate the timing of the start of the recovery…”
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Flop 26: “The all-Democrat stimulus passed in early 2009 has been a failure.”
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Flip 27: “…the costs of health care will be reduced.”
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Flop 27: “We were unable to deal with… health care costs in Massachusetts.”
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Flip 28: “If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation.”
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Flop 28: “What works in one state may not be the answer for another.”
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To: i-node who wrote (653148)4/29/2012 5:40:07 AM
From: puborectalis
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Biden: Romney 'out of touch' on foreign policy




By NBC's Carrie Dann



NEW YORK -- Vice President Joe Biden charged Thursday that a flip-flopping Mitt Romney remains "mired in a Cold War mindset" and has "a profound misunderstanding of the responsibilities of a president and a commander in chief."

In one of the Obama campaign's harshest critiques of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to date, Biden accused the GOP's presumptive nominee of cravenly criticizing the president on policies he's previously backed, unwisely planning to "outsource" foreign policy decision-making to the State Department, and being "completely out of touch" with the realities of the global stage today.

And he implied that his boss's chief rival would not have taken the same action as the president in greenlighting a risky operation to kill 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

"You can't say for certain what Gov. Romney would have done," Biden said of Obama's decision in remarks to a crowd of about 500 students and foreign policy buffs at New York University's School of Law.

Invoking his unofficial slogan for the 2012 re-election campaign -- "Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive" -- Biden warned, "You have to ask yourself, if Gov. Romney were president, could he have used the same slogan in reverse?"

Much of Biden's over-45 minute address centered on President Barack Obama's leadership in officially ending the Iraq War, drawing down troop levels in Afghanistan, and pulling the trigger on a bin Laden mission that the vice president said would have ended Obama's political career if it failed.

In each case, Biden argued that Romney at some past point in his political career had voiced support for those objectives but had criticized them for political expediency during the GOP primary.

"In the face of the challenges that we now understand are ahead of us, what would Gov. Romney do?" he asked. "The truth is we don't know for certain but we know where the governor starts. He starts with a profound misunderstanding of the responsibilities of a president and a commander in chief."

Biden, a longtime Democratic leader of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, said that Romney hopes to "outsource" international policy issues to the State Department, citing a 2007 quote in which the former Massachusetts governor said "a president is not a foreign policy expert."

"That kind of thinking may work for a CEO but I assure you it will not and cannot work for a president," Biden said.

In a conference call with reporters held before the vice president's speech, Romney's foreign policy advisers pushed back on the idea that the GOP leader would return the United States to unpopular Bush-era policies, dubbing the current commander-in-chief's worldview a "Carter/Obama doctrine" that deviates from America's traditional exercise of "peace through strength."

The vice president's address was the fifth "framing speech" in a series intended to draw stark contrasts between Obama and Romney, although today's was the first since Romney's GOP rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum announced their withdrawals from the primary contest.

Biden's tone was somber for much of the speech, although he won laughter from the mostly student-aged crowd when describing the president's decisiveness.

"This guy's got a backbone like a ramrod. For real. For real," he insisted as the audience giggled.

And, quoting the old foreign policy adage to "speak softly and carry a big stick," Biden responded with his own, well, schtick.

"I promise you, the president has a big stick," he said.

NBC's Garrett Haake contributed

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To: puborectalis who wrote (653138)4/29/2012 9:19:29 AM
From: jlallen
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Compared to you Dave is Einstein.....lol

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To: Tenchusatsu who wrote (652660)4/29/2012 10:18:16 AM
From: jlallen
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You are wasting your time with Crazy Joe. He keeps repeating the same nonsense even though he's been educated on this thread repeatedly with the facts.

He isn't even a good troll, let alone a worthy opponent in a debate.




Its the booze.....makes Shetfaced ornery and combative.....some drunks are like that..

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To: puborectalis who wrote (653155)4/29/2012 10:55:07 AM
From: joseffy
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Pubic is FIXATED on Mitt Romney.

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To: puborectalis who wrote (653155)4/29/2012 11:06:11 AM
From: longnshort
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ssassination President Obama is trying to use the hit on Osama Bin Laden as a campaign point, but the fact is - as the CIA memo above shows - that he had very little to do with it (Hat Tip: MFS - The Other News).
The narrative that we have been told since May 1, 2011 is that President Obama made the call to kill bin Laden, with one aide even going so far as to say President Obama's action was " one of the ... gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory."

The White House has run with this, milking bin Laden's death for everything its worth. It's even to the point where if go to " gutsycall.com," your browser will automatically direct you to barackobama.com.

Honestly, if the final decisions were up to President Obama, and no other President would have even considered carrying out the raid that killed bin Laden, the President should have the right to use bin Laden's death any way he sees fit. The problem is that the so-called "gutsy call" never existed. Putting aside the fact that any President with Mr. Obama's intelligence information would have made the same call, a new memo released yesterday that Mr. Obama did not make the "final" call, nor was it terribly gutsy. Instead, it shows that the President merely authorized the possibility for going to Abbottabad... and left everything else up to Admiral William McRaven.

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To: puborectalis who wrote (653155)4/29/2012 11:15:18 AM
From: longnshort
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Biden said romney is out of touch.

the guy who voted against the first Iraq war, that guy

the guy who advise Obama not to kill OBL, that guy

Joe Biden prides himself on his foreign policy experience, but one can't help but look at the scoreboard of foreign policy decisions Biden has gotten utterly wrong over the last 20 years.

Over the weekend, the lovably salty vice president confessed to advising President Obama not to order the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound because there wasn't absolute proof that the Al Qaeda leader was in the Abbottabad residence. "Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go." Biden reenacted for an audience at a congressional retreat.

Surely, no one should fault a leader for hesitating over a commando raid that posed such significant risks to everyone involved. And it certainly took guts to admit the flawed decision in public (even if he was just trying to make his boss look good). But it was also a reminder that he may want to downplay the foreign policy aspect of his political biography.

The Persian Gulf War In 1991, Biden voted against the successful Gulf War though most historians now believe it was a well-executed, agile use of American power. According to a report in The New York Times back then, Biden "scorned the other members of the anti-Iraq coalition" because they saddled the U.S. with most of the hard sacrifices.

Weapons of mass destruction Biden's biography on the White House website touts his credentials as a former chairman or ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who's been "at the forefront of issues and legislation related to ... weapons of mass destruction." Scott Ritter, the chief United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq prior to the invasion, probably wouldn't agree. In 2002, Ritter said "Sen. Joe Biden is running a sham hearing. It is clear that Biden and most of the Congressional leadership have pre-ordained a conclusion that seeks to remove Saddam Hussein from power regardless of the facts, and are using these hearings to provide political cover for a massive military attack on Iraq."

The Iraq War Biden voted for the Iraq invasion of 2003. He has since said it was a mistake to invade the country.

Carving up IraqIn 2006. he made a full-on push to carve Iraq into three semi-autonomous regions, saying the idea that the Iraqi people would unite behind a strong central government was "fundamentally and fatally flawed." The jury is still out on whether Iraqis can rally behind a central government but it's safe to say that he's no longer pressing for a soft partition while inside the Obama White House. The last time Biden spoke with a reporter about the 2006 plan was last year when he said he approved of how the Iraqis were distributing power. "They're in negotiations right now to figure out how to allocate the power within that government. In other words, share power," he told Jake Tapper.

The bin Laden raidYou can see his remarks in the clip below, courtesy CNN:



In 2010, these foreign policy "shortcomings," shall we say, did not go unnoticed by The New York Times, which quoted Foreign Policywriter Thomas Ricks posing a rather blunt question. “When was the last time Biden was right about anything?” We wouldn't go quite that far (he was right about the Balkans!) but it's certainly not a record to hang your hat on.

Want to add to this story? Let us know in comments or send an email to the author at jhudson@theatlantic.com. You can share ideas for stories on the Open Wire.

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To: puborectalis who wrote (653151)4/29/2012 11:24:57 AM
From: longnshort
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Majority Says GM Ownership Should Have Been Left to Private Sector



Friday, April 27, 2012

A majority of Americans nationwide believe General Motors should have gone through the regular bankruptcy process instead of allowing the federal government to take over in exchange for bailout money. However, they aren’t entirely convinced that the auto company would have been that much better off if it took that route.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 56% of American Adults believe it would have been better if GM had used the regular bankruptcy procedures and left ownership in the private sector. Thirty-two percent (32%) believe it was appropriate for the government to use the special bankruptcy process in exchange for bailout money. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 23-24, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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To: puborectalis who wrote (653155)4/29/2012 11:33:00 AM
From: longnshort
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Micheal Cormier – Coroner investigating Andrew Breitbart’s death dies of ‘Suspicious Circumstances’ possible arsenic poisoning As usual the pink slime media doesn’t mention that Coroner Micheal Cormier was investigating the death of Andrew Breitbart. At least CBS LA mentions that Michael Cormier has died himself of ‘Suspicious Circumstances’ which includes possible arsenic poisoning Rather fishy to say the least.

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From: bentway4/29/2012 12:02:58 PM
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We Are All Nuns

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF


CATHOLIC nuns are not the prissy traditionalists of caricature. No, nuns rock!

They were the first feminists, earning Ph.D.’s or working as surgeons long before it was fashionable for women to hold jobs. As managers of hospitals, schools and complex bureaucracies, they were the first female C.E.O.’s.

They are also among the bravest, toughest and most admirable people in the world. In my travels, I’ve seen heroic nuns defy warlords, pimps and bandits. Even as bishops have disgraced the church by covering up the rape of children, nuns have redeemed it with their humble work on behalf of the neediest.

So, Pope Benedict, all I can say is: You are crazy to mess with nuns.

The Vatican issued a stinging reprimand of American nuns this month and ordered a bishop to oversee a makeover of the organization that represents 80 percent of them. In effect, the Vatican accused the nuns of worrying too much about the poor and not enough about abortion and gay marriage.

What Bible did that come from? Jesus in the Gospels repeatedly talks about poverty and social justice, yet never explicitly mentions either abortion or homosexuality. If you look at who has more closely emulated Jesus’s life, Pope Benedict or your average nun, it’s the nun hands down.

Since the papal crackdown on nuns, they have received an outpouring of support. “Nuns were approached by Catholics at Sunday liturgies across the country with a simple question: ‘What can we do to help?’ ” The National Catholic Reporter recounted. It cited one parish where a declaration of support for nuns from the pulpit drew loud applause, and another that was filled with shouts like, “You go, girl!”

At least four petition drives are under way to support the nuns. One on Change.org has gathered 15,000 signatures. The headline for this column comes from an essay by Mary E. Hunt, a Catholic theologian who is developing a proposal for Catholics to redirect some contributions from local parishes to nuns.

“How dare they go after 57,000 dedicated women whose median age is well over 70 and who work tirelessly for a more just world?” Hunt wrote. “How dare the very men who preside over a church in utter disgrace due to sexual misconduct and cover-ups by bishops try to distract from their own problems by creating new ones for women religious?”

Sister Joan Chittister, a prominent Benedictine nun, said she had worried at first that nuns spend so much time with the poor that they would have no allies. She added that the flood of support had left her breathless.

“It’s stunningly wonderful,” she said. “You see generations of laypeople who know where the sisters are — in the streets, in the soup kitchens, anywhere where there’s pain. They’re with the dying, with the sick, and people know it.”

Sister Joan spoke to me from a ghetto in Erie, Pa., where her order of 120 nuns runs a soup kitchen, a huge food pantry, an afterschool program, and one of the largest education programs for the unemployed in the state.

I have a soft spot for nuns because I’ve seen firsthand that they sacrifice ego, safety and comfort to serve some of the neediest people on earth. Remember the “Kony 2012” video that was an Internet hit earlier this year, about an African warlord named Joseph Kony? One of the few heroes in the long Kony debacle was a Comboni nun, Sister Rachele Fassera.

In 1996, Kony’s army attacked a Ugandan girls’ school and kidnapped 139 students. Sister Rachele hiked through the jungle in pursuit of the kidnappers — some of the most menacing men imaginable, notorious for raping and torturing their victims to death. Eventually, she caught up with the 200 gunmen and demanded that they release the girls. Somehow, she browbeat the warlord in charge into releasing the great majority of the girls.

I’m betting on the nuns to win this one as well. After all, the sisters may be saintly, but they’re also crafty. Elias Chacour, a prominent Palestinian archbishop in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, recounts in a memoir that he once asked a convent if it could supply two nuns for a community literacy project. The mother superior said she would have to check with her bishop.

“The bishop was very clear in his refusal to allow two nuns,” the mother superior told him later. “I cannot disobey him in that.” She added: “I will send you three nuns!”

Nuns have triumphed over an errant hierarchy before. In the 19th century, the Catholic Church excommunicated an Australian nun named Mary MacKillop after her order exposed a pedophile priest. Sister Mary was eventually invited back to the church and became renowned for her work with the poor. In 2010, Pope Benedict canonized her as Australia’s first saint.

“Let us be guided” by Sister Mary’s teachings, the pope declared then.

Amen to that.

I invite you to comment on this column on my blog, On the Ground. Please also join me on Facebook and Google+, watch my YouTube videos and follow me on Twitter.

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