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It’s come to this….Palin visits White House with Kid Rock and Ted Nugent…

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) visited President Trump at the White House late Wednesday, bringing along musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate has been an outspoken supporter of Trump since his campaign and was invited to be one of his guests during an October debate last year.

On Wednesday night, Palin, Kid Rock and Nugent were pictured in the Oval Office with the president. Nugent’s wife, Shemane Deziel, and Audrey Berry, Kid Rock’s fiancee, were also at the White House and are in one of the photos.

Further details of the visit were not immediately made known though it appeared that the group also visited other parts of the White House outside the Oval Office.

The three posed mockingly in front of a portrait of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton….

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American Farmers in a race with the rest of the world…

Donald Trump’s ‘Buy American’ isn’t gonna help them….

They HAVE to stay in the world markets or lose their shirts…..

Rural communities likely will bear the brunt of the continued pressure on farmers, as job losses and lower farmland values cut the tax base for schools and other public services.

Anxiety over the U.S. role in agricultural trade has grown in recent months amid moves by President Donald Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was backed by many farm groups, and potential changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which they say helped develop exports to Canada and Mexico.

Russia over the past decade boosted its wheat harvests by 61%, the USDA forecasts. Corn acreage has nearly tripled in Russia, and more than doubled in Ukraine. Brazil and Argentina have also ramped up output of the grain.

Foreign farm powers in South America and Eastern Europe owe some of their grain-market victories to favorable exchange rates—a strong dollar, the currency used for global trade, means foreign grain priced in local currencies can reap bigger profits.

Other countries have structured trade policy to benefit their farm sectors and have invested in infrastructure such as barge terminals and railroad networks to cut transport costs.

In the U.S., about one-third of the corn crop is used for fuel production, and conservation programs have removed land from farming.

The shift has benefited global food security. Having multiple, strong exporters of grain around the world can help prevent supply disruptions due to weather or trade, farm economists say.

Also part of the silver lining: booming international revenue for U.S. companies such as Monsanto Co. , Deere & Co. and Mosaic Co. , who sell genetically engineered seeds, satellite-guided tractors and fertilizer to farms outside America. In some cases, U.S. companies design products and seeds specifically for foreign markets….

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DNC Deputy Chair Ellison puts some of Clinton’s loss on Obama’s shoulders….

He’s Right….

And he gets props for saying so ouy loud….

Obama did eight year’s …. the Democratic Party  lost BIG  at HIS expense….

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said former President Obama is partially to blame for the Democrats’ poor showing at the polls in 2016.

Ellison, now the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, blamed Obama for ignoring party politics while he was in office, which he said had put the president’s legacy at risk.

“Look I’m a great fan of President Obama. I totally voted for many of the things he supported — Dodd Frank, Affordable Care Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — I could keep going,” Ellison said at an event Wednesday at the University of Minnesota.

“Wonderful achievements. But Barack Obama could have been a better party leader and I think the fact that he wasn’t put his legacy in jeopardy,” he said.

Ellison added that Obama was “great at getting himself elected,” but said he should have worked closer with party leaders to ensure the Democrats were in power to protect his accomplishments.

“Your legacy is not a building that he’s going to construct in Chicago housing his presidential papers,” Ellison continued. “His legacy is the work he’s done which I believe is tremendous. But given we lost a lot of statehouse seats, governorships, secretary of states, his true legacy is in danger and I think he can’t say that he wasn’t part of those losses. Who else, right?”…

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South Korean’s (And others) are NOT happy about Trump’s Carrier bluff…

Turns out that all that talk about sending an American Carrier group to buttress any action the North Koreans might take if the US did a premptive strike against a nuclear bomb test last week was just that…

Bluffing….

Carrier Strike Group  One was actuall more like 5,000 miles away going AWAY from the Korean pensulia….

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I for one, do NOT belive for one momnet, that the American Sec of Def didn’t know where one of his  aircraft carrier’s and it’s accompanying ships where at anytime….

The South Korea’s (And probabaly a whole American military people IN Korea) are NOT happy with a gamble involvoing their butts….

Just 10 days ago, when news broke that the Trump administration was sending the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson to the Korean Peninsula, many South Koreans feared a possible war with North Korea. Others cheered for Washington, calling the deployment a powerful symbol of its commitment to deterring the North.

On Wednesday, after it was revealed that the carrier strike group was actually thousands of miles away and had been sailing in the opposite direction, toward the Indian Ocean, it left South Koreans feeling bewildered, cheated and even manipulated by the United States, their country’s most important ally.

“Trump’s lie over the Carl Vinson,” read a headline on the website of the newspaper JoongAng Ilbo on Wednesday. “Xi Jinping and Putin must have had a good jeer over this one.”

“Like North Korea, which is often accused of displaying fake missiles during military parades, is the United States, too, now employing ‘bluffing’ as its North Korea policy?” the article asked.

The episode raised questions about whether major allies of the United States, like South Korea and Japan, had been informed of the carrier’s whereabouts, and whether the misinformation undercut America’s strategy to contain North Korea’s nuclear ambitions by using empty threats.

American aircraft carriers regularly visit waters near the Korean Peninsula as part of annual military exercises with South Korea and Japan. But when the United States Pacific Command said on April 9 that the Carl Vinson had been ordered to leave Singapore and return to the Western Pacific, the decision was considered highly unusual, as it had been in exercises off the Korean Peninsula just last month.

“We’re sending an armada,” President Trump said 10 days ago….

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Chaffetz is out for reelection in 2018

The strident Utah Republican House memebers won’t run for re-election…

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House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will not run for reelection in 2018, he announced on Facebook Wednesday.

“After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” he wrote. “I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector.”

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GOP Sen.Ted Cruz TRAILS Democrat Rep. Castro in Texas US Senate early polling for next year…

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The Republican hard right US Senator  comes up BEHIND Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) 31% to 35% in polling for the 2018 Texas US Senate seat election….

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Now this IS Texas folks….

Except for some Democratic strong holds?

Texas votes Republican…

But  Ted Cruz has some issues….

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Lesser know Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) runs in tie with Cruz at 31% in the Texas Lyceum poll……

Hmmmm?

A Democrat hasn’t won a Senate race in Texas in 29 years. Cruz, who came in second in last year’s GOP presidential primary, has long been considered a big favorite.

The poll also found President Trump underwater in job approval, with 54 percent disapproving while 42 percent approve.

Fifty-two percent of respondents said the country is on the wrong track — down from 63 percent in a 2016 edition of the poll.

Texans are divided on the question on partisan lines, with 84 percent of Democrats saying the country is on the wrong track while 73 percent of Republicans say it’s on the right track….

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Democrat Jon Ossoff ‘s win was beter than expected in GA-06 but there will be a run-off…

In Red State Georgia  Jon Ossoff was expected to get around 45 to 46% of the vote in the special election to replace Tom Price who went to Trump’s Admin….

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Ossoff did  better….

But didn’t get the 50% of the vote he needed to win the Congressional House seat outright…

So there will be a run-off second election on June 20th….

Here’s the FiveThirty Eight look at this…

The result is consistent with a pro-Democratic national environment

There’s some chatter out there that Ossoff’s showing is a bad sign for Democrats. He didn’t clear 50 percent, they say, and he barely improved on Clinton’s performance in Georgia 6.

I think that’s a flawed argument.

For one, Clinton had already greatly improved on previous Democrats’ performance in Georgia 6. She lost to Trump there by only 1.5 percentage points. Former President Barack Obama lost the district by 23 points in 2012, as did Democratic congressional candidate Rodney Stooksbury in 2016.

So if you’re just looking at the 2016 presidential result as your benchmark you’re probably missing something. Instead, our best estimate of the partisan lean of a district is to take a weighted average2 of its past two presidential election results. By that measure, a Democrat would be expected to lose Georgia 6 by 9.5 percentage points in a neutral national environment (one in which the two parties fought to a tie nationally). Democrats did far better than that on Tuesday, losing by 2 points. The Democratic candidates combined took 49 percent to the Republicans’ 51 percent….

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Bill O’Reilly on his way out at Fox…

Late breaking bad news for the Fox anchor who is the subject of a LOT of sexual harassment settlements by the Right leaning Cable News Network…..

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Fox News is preparing to cut ties with its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, according to people close to the situation.

A final decision on Mr. O’Reilly’s fate could come as early as the next several days, the people said. Mr. O’Reilly, host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” has been ensnared in a sexual-harassment scandal related to previously undisclosed settlements he and Fox News paid to women who worked on or appeared on his program.

Since an April 1 article in the New York Times detailing $13 million in settlements paid to five women, pressure has been growing on Fox News, both internally and from activists, to remove Mr. O’Reilly.

Initially, Fox News and parent company 21st Century FoxFOX -0.36% stood by their highly-rated host. Mr. O’Reilly has denied any wrongdoing, saying he paid settlements to “put to rest any controversies to spare my children.”

However, as advertisers fled his show, debate inside company ensued over the pros and cons of keeping Mr. O’Reilly on the air. His show draws about 4 million viewers a night, and the controversy didn’t dent his ratings.

21st Century Fox and Wall Street Journal parent company News Corp share common ownership.

Mr. O’Reilly hasn’t been on the air since April 11, when he ended his show by announcing plans for a vacation. While Mr. O’Reilly had planned to take this week off, the early start to his vacation wasn’t part of the original plan, people familiar with the matter said. The plan was for him to return to his show next Monday…..

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Bernie Sanders…”No, I’m an Independent,”

Please read Sanders view of Democrats….

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Tuesday night that he still does not consider himself a Democrat, despite taking part in a Democratic National Committee unity tour with the party’s new chair Tom Perez.

“No, I’m an Independent,” Sanders said when asked by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes whether he now identifies as a Democrat.

“If the Democratic Party is going to succeed – and I want to see it succeed – it’s gonna have to open its door to Independents,” he continued. “There are probably more Independents in this country than Democrats or Republicans….

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Sen. Warren says again…She will NOT run for President…

She didn’t run in 2016….

She won’t run in 2020…

Count her out….

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Tuesday she has no plans to run for president in 2020.

“No,” Warren answered when asked on NBC’s “Today” show if she was plans a White House bid. “I am running in 2018 for senator from Massachusetts.”

Host Matt Lauer appeared to question her response, saying “a lot of people are already printing up those bumper stickers for 2020 that say ‘she was warned, she was given an explanation, nevertheless she persisted.'”

Warren did not respond to his comments.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) created a rallying cry for Warren’s supporters in February. McConnell rebuked Warren after the Senate voted to prevent her from speaking during a protest of then-Sen. Jeff Sessions‘s (R-Ala.) nomination as attorney general….

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‘Shattered’…The story of how Hillary Clinton LOST AGAIN….

I have REPEATEDLY emphasized here at the PDog the fact that Hillary Clinton NEVER liked campaigning….

Hillary Clinton put it off for as long as she could each time she ran …

And that Hillary Clinton lacks the basic political sense of feel that her husband, George Bush, Barack Obama and Yes…Even Donald Trump has….

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Despite her negative’s though?

She WAS able to beat Trump by almost THREE MILLION votes last November….

Everyone agreed that Clinton WAS qualified to BE President….

But that is only part of the deal….

Ya gotta win the job, and on her second try?

Hillary Clinton lost AGAIN….

(No ONE could say with a passion that they wanted to vote her)

This time by less than a 100,000 votes out of roughly 130,000, 000 votes…..

The underlying problem ‘Shattered ‘ points out is….. Her misteps from her 2008 try…. Were still there in her 2016 run,  8 years later….The authors lay the blame mostly on Clinton….

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In their compelling new book, “Shattered,” the journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes write that Clinton’s loss suddenly made sense of all the reporting they had been doing for a year and a half — reporting that had turned up all sorts of “foreboding signs” that often seemed at odds, in real time, with indications that Clinton was the favorite to win. Although the Clinton campaign was widely covered, and many autopsies have been conducted in the last several months, the blow-by-blow details in “Shattered” — and the observations made here by campaign and Democratic Party insiders — are nothing less than devastating, sure to dismay not just her supporters but also everyone who cares about the outcome and momentous consequences of the election.

In fact, the portrait of the Clinton campaign that emerges from these pages is that of a Titanic-like disaster: an epic fail made up of a series of perverse and often avoidable missteps by an out-of-touch candidate and her strife-ridden staff that turned “a winnable race” into “another iceberg-seeking campaign ship.”

It’s the story of a wildly dysfunctional and “spirit-crushing” campaign that embraced a flawed strategy (based on flawed data) and that failed, repeatedly, to correct course. A passive-aggressive campaign that neglected to act on warning flares sent up by Democratic operatives on the ground in crucial swing states, and that ignored the advice of the candidate’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, and other Democratic Party elders, who argued that the campaign needed to work harder to persuade undecided and ambivalent voters (like working-class whites and millennials), instead of focusing so insistently on turning out core supporters.

“Our failure to reach out to white voters, like literally from the New Hampshire primary on, it never changed,” one campaign official is quoted as saying….

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Race WAS a Large factor in 2016 Trump Presidential vote…Poll

After EIGHT years of the firts American  Black (mixed) race President?

Donald Trump WAS able to run on a thinly vailed campaign of rasism….

From The Birther issue, to seemingly embracing white nationalists, to a Wall on the border against Mexico to a Muslin Ban……

Polling from the widely respected 2016 American National Election Study points Trump and the Republicans scaring white lower class voters into voting for him….Even knowing that he was a Rich guy, who had little to ANYTHING in common to them except the same skin color ….

How ironic?

Just months after getting their votes he has turned his back on promises he made almost everyday…

Many observers debated how important Trump’s racial appeals were to his voters. During the campaign, Trump made overt racial comments, with seemingly little electoral penalty. Could the unusual 2016 race have further affected Americans’ racial attitudes?

To test this, I use what is called the “symbolic racism scale” to compare whites who voted for the Democratic presidential candidate with those who voted for the Republican. This scale measures racial attitudes among respondents who know that it’s socially unacceptable to say things perceived as racially prejudiced. Rather than asking overtly prejudiced questions — “do you believe blacks are lazy” — we ask whether racial inequalities today are a result of social bias or personal lack of effort and irresponsibility.

In the chart below, you can see the scores for white voters who supported the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates between 1988 and 2016. For clarity, the second and fourth items have been reversed so that the larger values always indicate higher animosity.

Since 1988, we’ve never seen such a clear correspondence between vote choice and racial perceptions. The biggest movement was among those who voted for the Democrat, who were far less likely to agree with attitudes coded as more racially biased.

So which of these had the biggest influence?

Finally, the statistical tool of regression can tease apart which had more influence on the 2016 vote: authoritarianism or symbolic racism, after controlling for education, race, ideology, and age. Moving from the 50th to the 75th percentile in the authoritarian scale made someone about 3 percent more likely to vote for Trump. The same jump on the SRS scale made someone 20 percent more likely to vote for Trump.

Racial attitudes made a bigger difference in electing Trump than authoritarianism….

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Trump sign’s kid’s hat…Then throws it away into a crowd…

It’s just  the kinda guy he is, eh?

President Donald Trump signed autographs for a crowd at the Easter Egg Roll at the White House on Monday, but at least two people left sans one hat.

In a video posted by Politico, Trump signed two “Make America Great Again” hats handed to him in a crowd. After he signed them, he proceeded to toss them up in the air and into the gathered crowd instead of handing them back.

One person who thanked Trump initially for signing his hat simply said “no!” after Trump tossed his hat in the air….

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With North Korea..A rerun of the Cuban Missle Crisis?

Our kids where not around to worry  thru President Kennedy vs The Soviet Union’s Nikta Kruschev  on misslies that could reach the US going to Cuba….

It was ascary gambit by a young American President that worked…

Fast forward to this past time period….

We are ALL waiting to see if North Korea leader Kin Jong-un will back down, or will get into a pissing match that will spiral out of control….

What is playing out, said Robert Litwak of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, who tracks this potentially deadly interplay, is “the Cuban missile crisis in slow motion.” But the slow-motion part appears to be speeding up, as President Trump and his aides have made it clear that the United States will no longer tolerate the incremental advances that have moved Mr. Kim so close to his goals.

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has said repeatedly that “our policy of strategic patience has ended,” hardening the American position as Mr. Kim makes steady progress toward two primary goals: shrinking a nuclear weapon to a size that can fit atop a long-range missile, and developing a hydrogen bomb, with up to a thousand times the power of the Hiroshima-style weapons he has built so far.

While all historical analogies are necessarily imprecise — for starters, President John F. Kennedy dealt with the Soviets and Fidel Castro in a perilous 13 days in 1962, while the roots of the Korean crisis go back a quarter-century — one parallel shines through. When national ambitions, personal ego and deadly weapons are all in the mix, the opportunities for miscalculation are many.

So far, Mr. Trump has played his hand — militarily, at least — as cautiously as his predecessors: A series of Situation Room meetings has come to the predictable conclusion that while the United States can be more aggressive, it should stop just short of confronting the North so frontally that it risks rekindling the Korean War, nearly 64 years after it came to an uneasy armistice.

Still, the current standoff has grown only more volatile. It pits a new president’s vow never to allow North Korea to put American cities at risk — “It won’t happen!” he said on Twitter on Jan. 2 — against a young, insecure North Korean leader who sees that capability as his only guarantee of survival….

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Boston Marathon 2017…


The field of elite women’s runners is off in Hopkinton, Mass. (Paul Rutherford/USA Today)

The 121st running of the Boston Marathon — and the fourth since the bombings — takes place Monday, beginning at 8:50 a.m. when the mobility-impaired competitors set out from Hopkinton, Mass.

The elite women’s runners will set out at 9:32 a.m., with the elite men’s field at 10 a.m. After that, the rest of the field of 32,000 competitors will be off and running.

Among the notables in this year’s field is Kathrine Switzer, who will have a much easier time of it than she did 50 years ago when she was the first woman to officially compete in the race. Bobbi Gibb, who competed unofficially the year before Switzer, will be the grand marshal for the Patriots’ Day race.

Fifty years ago, Switzer’s boyfriend had to fend off a race official who sought to physically stop her from running. “I wasn’t there to prove anything,” she said (via the Boston Globe). “It wasn’t until Jock Semple attacked me did everything change.”

Switzer won the 1974 New York City Marathon and has done TV commentary of the Boston race for 37 years. In 2015, she created 261 Fearless, a nonprofit that wants to use running to empower women. (The 261 comes from her bib number in 1974; the BAA has since retired the number, but Switzer is wearing it Monday.)

“What happened to me was a radicalizing experience. And it was one that made me bound and determined to change things for women,” she said. “Running had given me everything, and I wanted other women to feel that as well.

“Women who are empowered can change the whole society around them for the better and running — I know it sounds crazy — but one foot in front of the other, it’s a transformational experience.”…

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Bernie Sanders may not be a Democrat but the party welcomes his help….

I have often repeated here the fact that Senator Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat…

Sure he hangs with Democrats in the Senate and Senate Minority Leader Schumer has appointed him something within the Democratic Senate Caucus…But ….The guy still isn’t registered with the party…He still hasn’t turned over his mailing list to the party….And he’s still talking about stuff that isn’t even gonna happen even with a Democratic President and Congress…

But ole Bernie has his followers IN the Democratic party…

As that party move past a painful lost last November it IS not shutting Sanders out of it’s efforts to regroup…

Sanders for his part is moving to work with the party regulars …

Of course, he will always make sure he gets some media attention by pushing  his socialist agenda…

As long as the party needs his followers they’ll feature him….

Why NOT?

It’s about rebuilding the Democratic Party…NOT Bernie Sanders….

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While misgivings remain about giving too much leadership to a politician who technically isn’t a Democrat, a clear warming trend is on the rise.

“It continues to drive me a bit nuts that he continues to register as an independent but the bottom line is that he is a good Democrat,” said Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist who supported Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary and openly worried then about Sander’s allegiances to the party.

During the primary, some Democrats worried that Sanders, a self-described “Democratic socialist,” was pushing the party too far to the left.

Others mocked him for being a one-issue candidate who championed what they called “unrealistic” proposals like free college tuition.

And he angered some Hillary Clinton allies for staying in the race too long and cutting into her message and campaign coffers.

At least some Clinton supporters think Sanders deserves a part of the blame for Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump.

And in recent weeks, former President Bill Clinton told new Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez that he didn’t want the Democratic Party “to be simply the party of Bernie,” according to a source familiar with that conversation.

An aide to Clinton refuted the characterization, saying the former president has always said the strength of Democratic Party is its inclusiveness. An aide for the DNC didn’t respond to a request for comment.

What ever bitter feelings exist, many other Democrats say Sanders is key to rebuilding the party.

“If you are concerned with labels, you might bristle at the notion of a registered Independent jockeying for control over the direction of the Democratic Party – and there were certainly some in the party apparatus that expressed precisely this sentiment during the 2016 campaign cycle,” said Lynda Tran, a Democratic strategist.

“But if you’re focused on policy ideas over party labels you might welcome the inclusion of his voice, and frankly other voices too, at a time when the Democratic Party is under intense attack and working on the path forward….

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