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The site caught a cold this morning….

Brandon over at Hostgator helped me make the site better….

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NYC is getting Another Area code…332….

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Manhattan is getting a new area code — 332 is joining 917, 646 and the original 212 as the borough’s fourth area code Saturday.

The addition was first announced in 2015. Meanwhile, folks on Twitter have already been ragging on the newcomer and those with the coveted 212 area code just got one more reason to boast….

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Donald Trump and the rebirth of Moderate Republicans…

While reading in this morning I found piece from the NY Times and Washington Post about groups of Republicans a lot of people though no longer exist….

Moderate Republicans…

Both pieces advocate that the rise of Donald Trump and the majority Republicans have moved more centrist Republicans and even some Evangelicals to begin asserting themselves within their own party….

The movement is based on Immigration and the needs of the less fortunate who Trump and Republican lawmakers seem to have no regard for….

Kansas was at the heart of the tea party revolution, a red state where, six years ago, a deeply conservative group of Republicans took the state for a hard right turn. Now, after their policies failed to produce the results GOP politicians promised, the state has become host to another revolution: a resurgence of moderate Republicans.

Moderate Republicans joined with Democrats this week to raise state taxes, overriding GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto and repudiating the conservative governor’s platform of ongoing tax cuts. The vote was a demonstration of the moderates’ newfound clout in the state Republican Party. Brownback was unable to successfully block the bill because many of the die-hard tax cut proponents had either retired or been voted out of office, losing to more centrist candidates in GOP primaries.

“The citizens of Kansas have said ‘It’s not working. We don’t like it.’ And they’ve elected new people.” said Sheila Frahm, a centrist Republican who served as lieutenant governor of Kansas and briefly as a U.S. senator…..

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The NY Times piece points to Religious leaders of the Left and even Right cautiously breaking from their fellow Christian Conservatives ….

Across the country, religious leaders whose politics fall to the left of center, and who used to shun the political arena, are getting involved — and even recruiting political candidates — to fight back against President Trump’s policies on immigration, health care, poverty and the environment.

Some are calling the holy ruckus a “religious resistance.” Others, mindful that periodic attempts at a resurgence on the religious left have all failed, point to an even loftier ambition than taking on the current White House: After 40 years in which the Christian right has dominated the influence of organized religion on American politics — souring some people on religion altogether, studies show — left-leaning faith leaders are hungry to break the right’s grip on setting the nation’s moral agenda.

Frustrated by Christian conservatives’ focus on reversing liberal successes in legalizing abortion and same-sex marriage, those on the religious left want to turn instead to what they see as truly fundamental biblical imperatives — caring for the poor, welcoming strangers and protecting the earth — and maybe even change some minds about what it means to be a believer…

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Comey Trust his boss Sessions?

It appears that then FBI Director Comey knew something about his boss  before he got fired that his boss didn’t know HE knew….

Comey DID figure out early on that incoming FBI Director Jeff Sessions would have to recluse himself from the Trump Russian Connections case for several reasons…

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Former FBI Director James Comey told senators in a closed hearing this afternoon that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have had a third interaction with Russia’s ambassador to the US, according to people familiar with the briefing.

The information is based in part on Russian-to-Russian intercepts where the meeting was discussed, three sources familiar with the information tell CNN.
But the sources said it is possible the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, was exaggerating the extent of the encounter.
 CNN previously reported exclusively that congressional investigators are examining whether Sessions had an additional private meeting with Russia’s ambassador during the presidential campaign, according to Republican and Democratic Hill sources and intelligence officials briefed on the investigation…..
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There’s no GOP budget, no funding levels, no appropriations process….

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 16:  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pauses as he speaks to members of the media after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon December 16, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans held the weekly luncheon to discuss Republican agenda.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spins away on his health care hamster wheel with visions of tax reform dancing through his head, other Republican lawmakers are a tad frustrated the GOP-controlled Congress isn’t getting much of anything done. They’re also uniquely worried about the budget deal that’s coming due in September with zero preparation being done in advance.

Let’s take a turn with Politico through the halls of Congress, shall we? Oh, there’s Lindsey Graham. Wonder what he thinks.

“I’m very frustrated … we’re going to do all these things by Sept. 30? Give me a break. We’re going to cut taxes, pass health care, set aside sequestration?” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “We should have an agenda. We know we’re not going to pass a budget with sequestration caps. I’m not.”

Darn those sequestration spending caps House Republicans demanded back in 2011 as a condition of voting to raise the debt ceiling. Now it’s gonna take actual leadership and forethought and negotiation—otherwise known as legislating—to change them.

Oh wait, there’s Georgia Sen. David Perdue. Wonder how he feels about all that advance work on the budget.

“When are we going to do the appropriations? We’re not talking about that,” moaned Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.). “It’s gonna go to a [continuing resolution] or an omnibus. We get an up-or-down vote on the whole thing, which is what I’m yelling about.”

Ok, so there’s no GOP budget, no funding levels, no appropriations process—what could go wrong? The always upbeat GOP Sen. John McCain saw this whole budget disaster coming from a mile off.

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Trump also asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats to get Comey to back off Russian probe….

…drip….Drip….DRIP…..

It appears that Donald Trump has gone thru just about everybody  in his National Security team in efforts to get then FBI Director James Comey to  back off his investigation of Russian Connection with his campaign last year….

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It appears that those contacted have leaked out that they did NOT agree to help their boss, The President of the United States , stop the FBI Director’s actions….

How does these people face Trump in the future with these reports out in public?

The nation’s top intelligence official told associates in March that President Trump asked him if he could intervene with then-FBI Director James B. Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe, according to officials.

On March 22, less than a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats attended a briefing at the White House together with officials from several government agencies. As the briefing was wrapping up, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

The president then started complaining about the FBI investigation and Comey’s handling of it, said officials familiar with the account Coats gave to associates. Two days earlier, Comey had confirmed in a congressional hearing that the bureau was probing whether Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 race.

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Russian Attacks on Election Were far Wider….

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) told USA Today that Russian attacks on election systems were broader and targeted more states than those detailed in an explosive intelligence report leaked to the website The Intercept.

Said Warner: “I don’t believe they got into changing actual voting outcomes. But the extent of the attacks is much broader than has been reported so far.”

He added that he was pushing intelligence agencies to declassify the names of those states hit to help put electoral systems on notice before the midterm voting in 2018….

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller Update….

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He’s staffing up…..

Special counsel Robert Mueller is assembling a prosecution team with decades of experience going after everything from Watergate to the Mafia to Enron as he digs in for a lengthy probe into possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

His first appointments — tapping longtime law-firm partner James Quarles and Andrew Weissmann, the head of the Justice Department’s criminal fraud unit — were the opening moves in a politically red-hot criminal case that has upended the opening months of the Trump White House.

Mueller is expected to take an expansive view of his role. He inherited a spate of existing federal probes covering figures including the president’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, and former campaign hands Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Carter Page.

Mueller brings a wealth of national security experience from his time leading the FBI in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Veteran prosecutors say he has assembled a potent team whose members have backgrounds handling cases involving politicians, mobsters and others — and who know how to work potential witnesses if it helps them land bigger fish.

“The more familiar you are with the important, hard cases that have come before you, the better you are at assessing the one in front of you,” said Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor who worked with Weissmann on the Enron case in the early 2000s.

“In a matter of this importance — it’s going to have an almost unprecedented level of outside scrutiny for anything they do — it’s critical that Mueller would be prizing that kind of gray-beard energy,” Buell said.

Mueller and his new staff have spent their first weeks holding briefings on everything that’s been done over the past year by the FBI, Justice Department and the U.S. attorney’s office in Alexandria, Virginia, on the probes into the 2016 election — work that now falls under their umbrella…

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Rick Perry settles in quietly over at the Energy Dept…..

The former Texas Governor and aspiring Presidential nominee actually likes his job and has stayed out of the limelight….

And he seems to be bonding with his troops….

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…..since becoming President Donald Trump’s energy secretary, Perry has kept a low profile and rarely has been seen publicly around Washington. Comedian Hasan Minhaj joked at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner that Perry must be “sitting in a room full of plutonium waiting to become Spider-Man. That’s just my hunch.”

In truth, Perry has been busy — but far away from the capital.

He has toured Energy Department sites around the country, represented the Trump administration at a meeting in Italy and pledged to investigate a tunnel collapse at a radioactive waste storage site in Washington state.

Perry has visited a shuttered nuclear waste dump at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain and cautiously began a yearslong process to revive it.

On Thursday, Perry embarked on a nine-day trip to Asia, where he planned to check on the progress made since a 2011 nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, Japan, and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to help decontaminate and decommission damaged nuclear reactors. Perry also was to represent the United States at a clean energy meeting in Beijing.

The former Texas governor says he’s having the time of his life running an agency he once pledged to eliminate. Perry has emerged as a strong defender of the department’s work, especially the 17 national labs that conduct cutting-edge research on everything from national security to renewable energy.

“I’m telling you officially the coolest job I’ve ever had is being secretary of energy … and it’s because of these labs,” the 67-year-old Perry told an audience last month at Idaho National Laboratory, one of several he has visited since taking office in March.

“If you work at a national lab … you are making a difference,” Perry said….

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The White House HAS to be worried about Comey…

The fired FBI Director is gonna be a giant headache that will steal the spotlight from Trump, which is something he HATES….

Of course there is the issue of their Oval Office meeting ….

How come there hasn’t been anymore about possible Oval Office ‘tapes’…If in fact there are any?

White House officials convey a sense of gloomy doom when they talk about fired FBI Director Jim Comey’s public testimony on Thursday. They know his aw-shucks rectitude, combined with real-time written recollections, guarantee riveting testimony. Their hope is that it’ll be more atmospherics than substance — how he felt, as opposed to any new facts about what President Trump said or did.

Here’s the problem with that hope: Even if Comey didn’t have a single new thing to say (unlikely, given his habit of writing memos about his conversations with the president and perhaps his aides), the rat-tat-tat of already-reported, tough-to-explain facts is astounding:

  • During a Valentine’s Day briefing in the Oval Office, Trump asks other national-security officials — including Vice President Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions — to leave the room before saying of the investigation into Michael Flynn, the national security adviser Trump had let go the day before: “I hope you can let this go.”
  • That meeting, by itself, could be fodder for years of investigations. But then, three months later — after talking for weeks about firing Comey, with several aides warning of the dire dominoes that the move could touch off — Trump does it anyway, taking many top aides by surprise….

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Wash Post…Most Trump voters were NOT Working Class…They were affluent…

The Washington Post has gone  back and looked at the Presidential  election numbers (and GOP Primaries) more in-depth …..

Their look reveals something that seems to be a surprise….

Trump lost the over vote…

But his so called ‘base’?

Isn’t what has been reported….

That base isn’t working class voters that where looking for jobs…

Most are people who HAVE jobs and make between $50,000 to $100,000….

SURPRISE!

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Oh, an the college thing?

Most Republicans do NOT have college degree anyways….

So THAT isn’t part of the conversation at all….

For one, most 2016 polls didn’t include information about how the people surveyed earned a living, that is, their occupations — the preferred measure of social class among scholars. When journalists wrote that Trump was appealing to working-class voters, they didn’t really know whether Trump voters were construction workers or CEOs.

Moreover, according to what is arguably the next-best measure of class, household income, Trump supporters didn’t look overwhelmingly “working class” during the primaries. To the contrary, many polls showed that Trump supporters were mostly affluent Republicans. For example, a March 2016 NBC survey that we analyzed showed that only a third of Trump supporters had household incomes at or below the national median of about $50,000. Another third made $50,000 to $100,000, and another third made $100,000 or more and that was true even when we limited the analysis to only non-Hispanic whites. If being working class means being in the bottom half of the income distribution, the vast majority of Trump supporters during the primaries were not working class.

But what about education? Many pundits noticed early on that Trump’s supporters were mostly people without college degrees. There were two problems with this line of reasoning, however. First, not having a college degree isn’t a guarantee that someone belongs in the working class (think Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg). And, second, although more than 70 percent of Trump supporters didn’t have college degrees, when we looked at the NBC polling data, we noticed something the pundits left out: during the primaries, about 70 percent of allRepublicans didn’t have college degrees, close to the national average (71 percent according to the 2013 Census). Far from being a magnet for the less educated, Trump seemed to have about as many people without college degrees in his camp as we would expect any successful Republican candidate to have.

Trump voters weren’t majority working class in the general election, either.

What about the general election? A few weeks ago, the American National Election Study — the longest-running election survey in the United States — released its 2016 survey data. And it showed that in November 2016, the Trump coalition looked a lot like it did during the primaries…

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The results of this , if proven to be true ?

Would mean that Democratic efforts going forward will have to be adjusted to go after a different voter….

This does go along with the recent piece I did here on the Romeny voter being a possible target for Democrats going ahead…

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Trump has filed for an extension of his 2016 tax return…

President Donald Trump has filed for an extension of his 2016 taxes, a White House official confirmed to CNN Saturday.

The official did not say when the extension was filed or the reason cited.
The President has refused to release his previous returns because he has said he is under audit.
NBC first reported the extension request.
The returns are the subject of much speculation, as they would provide insight into Trump’s financial ties and potential conflicts of interest. Trump is the first president in decades to not release his tax returns….
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CNN host calls President Trump ‘a piece of s—‘

…from the Hill….

CNN host Reza Aslan called President Trump “a piece of s—” and “an embarrassment to humankind” on Saturday night after Trump renewed his call for U.S. courts to approve his executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries in the wake of a deadly terror attack in London….

This piece of shit is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind. https://t.co/Dl5tMQMhMO

— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) June 3, 2017

The Iranian-born Aslan is the host of CNN’s “Believer,” which airs weekly on Sunday nights. The 45-year-old author and religious scholar also called the president a “man baby” in a subsequent tweet in response to a decision by NBC News to not report on Trump’s retweet of a Drudge Report tweet because it contained “unconfirmed information” at the time. The network instead referred to the situation as a “security incident” instead….

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We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!

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Asian’s twitter feed has been bombarded by pro-Trump responses to his comment….

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London hit with 3 Terror incident’s at once…Update…

Courtesy  of DSD…

BBC News Live:

http://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-40147014

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Police confirm more than one fatality after incident in London Bridge area
Pedestrians hit by a white van, reports of men attacking members of public
Police responding to incidents in London Bridge, Borough Market and Vauxhall
Officers understood to be looking for three suspects who may be armed
Downing Street says Prime Minister Theresa May is being regularly updated
London Bridge railway station is closed while transport police deal with the incident
Transport for London says the bridge is closed to all traffic
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Prime minister on her way to Downing Street
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Prime Minister Theresa May is now on her way to Downing Street to receive further briefings from security officials.

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The US state department says it is closely monitoring London’s incidents, Reuters reports. The department advises US nationals in the UK to heed local authorities.
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Stay clear of Monument station
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Foreign correspondent for MSNBC tweets…

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Police now asking us to move away from Monument Station once again. #London #LondonBridge
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Attacker stabbing people with long knife – eyewitness
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A security guard who oversees a number of pubs in the area has told the BBC he saw four people stabbed by three attackers.

The man, who was deeply shocked and asked not to be named, said he was at the Market Porter pub when a colleague at another bar said there was a stabbing at the Borough Bistro pub nearby.

He said he went towards this pub and saw that “everybody started running” and there was screaming.

The eyewitness added that he saw three attackers, one of whom had a long knife and stabbing people, including a girl in her early 20s.

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Tube stations reopen
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Bank and Vauxhall stations have now reopened, Transport for London confirms.

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Be calm, alert and vigilant
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Facebook ‘safety check’
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The social media site has activated its safety check to let people know they are safe.

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‘I saw someone being stabbed’

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Natalie and Ben were coming up to the entrance of the underground on Borough High Street when they saw lots of people running.

The married couple witnessed someone being stabbed.

Ben said: “I saw a man in red with quite a large blade, I don’t know the measurement I guess maybe 10 inches. He was stabbing a man…he stabbed him about three times fairly calmly.

“It looked the man had maybe been trying to intervene but there wasn’t much that he could do he was being stabbed quite coldly and he slumped to the ground.

The attacker and another man walked off quite “boldly”.

“A table was thrown, a bottle was thrown at the individual with the knife and then we heard three gunshots and we ran,” he added.

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GOP Senator’s want Governor’s involved in Healthcare plan…

Smart move…

The House Bill would hurt states by cutting the amount of money going to the states after they would become responsible  for the Medicaid coverage in their state….

Senate Republicans are offering their party Governor;’s seats at the table while they draft up their bill which will NOT resemble the House bill by much…

Republican senators from states that expanded Medicaid enrollment under ObamaCare are pressing for their home-state governors to be involved in the Senate talks over a new healthcare bill.

The senators are skeptical of language in the bill approved by the House that cuts Medicaid by nearly $900 billion and ends the expansion of federal funding to states in 2020.

Republican senators want governors from their home states, who would have to deal directly with a cap on federal spending, to give their conference an analysis of the potential impact.

“There are obviously concerns because we’re impacted big time,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R), of Arizona, where Medicaid enrollment under ObamaCare has expanded by more than 400,000 people.

“Twenty-eight, 29 percent of the population is on Medicaid, it’s a big number,” said Flake, who is considered to be a Democratic target in next year’s midterm elections.

ObamaCare gave states the option of expanding Medicaid with federal help.

Thirty-one states and Washington, D.C., decided to accept the federal help and expand Medicaid. Sixteen of those states have Republican governors, and would now see federal support for the expansion drop in 2020……

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More knocks on Trump from a RedState Conservative…

….by Jay Caruso @ Red State…

……’Now that he is President, I am not all that concerned he’s a Republican as the party is simply not reason enough for me to give him a pass whenever he does something stupid. I am going to judge him on the merits. What’s interesting is the criticism I (along with many others in the conservative movement) get for doing so. As if holding Trump to higher standards than Democrats hold their office-holders is something for which I should be ashamed. I always thought we should be better than them. To be fair, some Republicans and conservatives reflexively harp on Donald Trump simply because they don’t like him. Streiff wrote about Jennifer Rubin, a Paris agreement critic until Donald Trump withdrew from the same agreement. She hasn’t stop railing about it since it happened and refuses to acknowledge her flip-flop on the issue and so that sort of criticism isn’t helpful because it’s rooted in a knee-jerk mentality that leaves reason at the door.

That said, much of the criticism Trump receives from me and other like-minded conservatives is fair. The pushback I often receive strikes me as odd because it doesn’t counter the criticism but instead deflects from the criticism.

For example, I receive emails, Facebook messages, and tweets telling me, “You just want to harm Donald Trump!” or “You just want to see him go down!” The accusation is rubbish. President Trump hurts himself and does so, often. The firing of James Comey is a perfect example of how Trump creates problems for himself and creates an environment where he spends days rationalizing his behavior instead of working with Congressional leaders on legislation. Trump defenders say he had every right to fire Comey as he serves at the pleasure of the president. That’s true. But he handled the situation with the gravitas of Bill O’Reilly, yelling, “We’ll do it live!” at production staff on the set of ‘Inside Edition.’ Trump’s timing was unfortunate, he concocted a bogus reason for doing so, and after his team repeated the bogus reason for nearly two days, he threw them all under the bus by telling Lester Holt he was going to fire Comey regardless of what Rod Rosenstein had to say.

That some conservatives were defending Trump for the Comey mess because it made Democrats angry is ridiculous.’….

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