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Political Roundup for March 4, 2016…At CPAC…Trump?… RRH Elections

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Debate:  One result from last night’s debate… all of Donald Trump’s (Himself) rivals plan on backing Trump if he is the nominee after the convention.  This is the most significant event of the night behind the general level of potty mouth on display.

Trump-Triangulation:  During last night’s debate, Trump made the case for being flexible on issues.  Trump made a pretty good defense in my opinion on why he has changed some of his stances over the years if you are looking at this from a business perspective.

Trump-Supporters:  The Washington Post does a deep dive to determine who is actually supporting Trump and why.  There is not a lot of new information here, but it wraps the existing data into a nice package.

CPAC:  Donald Trump and CPAC are an odd mix apparently.  Despite being the frontrunner, Trump has been mentioned rarely at the conservative gathering.  Trump’s campaign was not the only one not mentioned.  There seemed to be a general avoidance of the presidential race period.  Not surprising seeing the conservative movement has entered a state of paralysis as it cannot unify behind anyone and some faux-conservative is running away with the race.  More signs that conservatism is not very healthy at the moment….

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President Obama’s Healthcare program has insured 20 Million Americans….

Yes…. Thank You….

To ALL the doubters and haters….

Live with it……

It’s NOT goning away….

It WORKS….

While the nation is transfixed with the spectacle of whether the Republican Party will nominate a racist demagogue who wants to repeal Obamacare and cut taxes for the rich, or a traditional conservative who wants to repeal Obamacare and cut taxes for the rich, it’s worth pausing to take note that Obamacare continues to make things much better. In particular, in addition to surprisingly and historically low rates of health-care cost inflation, today the Department of Health & Human Services announces that a net 20 million people have now gained access to health insurance. The uninsured rate among non-elderly Americans has fallen nearly in half just two years into the Affordable Care Act….

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February 2016 Jobless Report…People getting Jobs….

There maybe people that do NOT feel that the US economy is good….

But the numbers ARE getting better….

Better than things have been for years…..

(Who’s YOUR President?)

The government reported on Friday that employers added 242,000 workers in February, a hefty increase that highlighted the labor market’s steady gains at a time when anxiety about the economy was registering on Wall Street and at campaign rallies around the country.

“We’ve got a real strong job market going,” said Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at Northern Trust. “It does suggest that fears about a U.S. recession have been greatly overdone.”

Four years ago, at this point in the last presidential election cycle, the jobless rate was at 8.3 percent and the economic recovery was in a relatively early stage. Then, worries centered on rising gas prices, deep consumer debt and government layoffs.

Now, the recovery is in its seventh year, the unemployment rate has dropped sharply to 4.9 percent and the private sector has chalked up 72 months of uninterrupted job gains, the longest streak on record. Oil prices may still be causing ulcers, but this time it is producers who are feeling the pain, because the prices have plunged.

Wages fell by 0.1 percent in February, a disappointing showing after the 0.5 percent increase in January, resulting in a 2.2 percent bump in the yearly rise….

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Trump and the Media…My Way or the Highway….

Donald Trump has been VERY successful in making sure that gets GOOD media coverage…

One way is his constant phone calls to SELECT media types…

The other way is in punishing media reporters who aren’t ‘nice’ to him….

Failure to write good press on him could and does lead to reporters getting banned from access to the candidate, which puts THAT reporter in trouble with his/her editiors who want a story at ALL costs….So THEIR boss can make more ad dollars….

Trump has benefited this election cycle from the most media attention by far, with every outrageous comment or bigoted proposal — like temporarily banning Muslims from entering the country — obsessively covered. Trump has been more accessible to prominent TV journalists than a typical front-runner and his ability to drive ratings has led networks to accommodate him for interviews.

In more than 35 years covering presidential politics, journalist Walter Shapiro wrote Thursday, he “can think of nothing as unfair as the disproportionate media attention that has been lavished on Trump from the beginning.”

Still, the Trump campaign has been particularly heavy-handed in dealing with reporters this campaign cycle, including refusing entry to journalists from BuzzFeed, Fusion, The Des Moines Register and The Huffington Post, which had earlier relegated much of the candidate’s coverage to the entertainment section.

On Friday, Trump staffers and local Iowa police ejected a New York Times reporter from a Pizza Ranch restaurant, claiming the campaign stop was private despite roughly 20 other journalists also covering it. In an article on the ejection, Times reporter Trip Gabriel noted that he had written a piece two days earlier questioning Trump’s field operation in the state…..

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Then there is THIS….

Les Moonves: Trump’s run is ‘damn good for CBS’

Donald Trump’s candidacy might not be making America great, CBS Chairman Les Moonves said Monday, but it’s great for his company.
“It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,” Moonves said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco, according to The Hollywood Reporter — perfectly distilling what media critics have long suspected was motivating the round-the-clock coverage of Trump’s presidential bid…..

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“Man, who would have expected the ride we’re all having right now? … The money’s rolling in and this is fun,” Moonves went on. “I’ve never seen anything like this, and this going to be a very good year for us. Sorry. It’s a terrible thing to say. But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going.”

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Super Tuesday March 1, 2016 Presidential Primary Open Thread….

It’s POST TIME!

Voters from both US Political parties go to the polls in 13 states to select who they think should be their parties choice to run for the job of President of this country for four years this November…

The Democrat ‘s will be just about settled in who is amassing the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination….Bernie Sanders looks like he could only walk away with Vermont as his only win this time …..

For the Republicans it could be the same…But  COULD be still up in the air for the rest of March, if not a bit longer…

Donald Trump looks like he will walk away with all of the contested states except for Texas, which looks like it will give Ted Cruz a second win…Marco Rubio is behind in Florida and is STILL searching for his first win…John Kasich and Ben Carson are also winless and despite promises to stay in the race, could be out by Wednesday morning March 2nd…

The object of the vote is to accumulate party delegate votes…

For the Democrats   4,763 inTotal….2,382 to win the nomination

For the Republicans  2,472 in Total….1, 237 to win the nomination

Here’s the state’s that are up for the voters and their number of delegates up for grabs….

Alaska — Republican Party Caucus : Number of Delegates: 28 GOP Delegates March 1, 2016

Alabama — Presidential Preference Primary and Statewide Primary Election March 1, 2016: 53 Dem  and 50 GOP Delegates

Arkansas — Preferential Primary Election and Nonpartisan Election March 1, 2016: 32 Dem and 42 GOP Delegates

Colorado — Republican Party and Democratic Party Precinct Caucus Day. 66 Dem and 34 GOP Delegates
Notes: (In each even-numbered year, political parties hold their precinct caucus on the 1st Tuesday in March) March 1, 2016

Georgia — Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election March 1, 2016. Dem 102 and 76 GOP Delegates

Massachusetts — Presidential Primary March 1, 2016: 91 Dem and 42 GOP Delegates

Minnesota — Republican/Democratic caucus March 1, 2016: 77 Dem and 38 GOP Delegates

Oklahoma — Presidential Preferential Primary March 1, 2016: 38 Dem and 43 GOP Delegates

Tennessee — ELECTION DAY (Presidential Preference Primary and County Primary) March 1, 2016: 67 Dem and 58 GOP Delegates

Texas — March 1 Presidential Primary and State Primary Elections March 1, 2016: 222 Dem and 155 GOP Delegates

Virginia — Presidential Primary Election Day March 1, 2016: 96 Dem and 49 GOP Delegates

Vermont — PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY March 1, 2016: 16 Dem and 16 GOP Delegates

Wyoming — March 1, 2016 – Republican Presidential caucus March 1, 2016: 25 GOP Delegates

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Update….

State’s Voting closing times….

7:00 pm ET: Georgia, Vermont, Virginia

8:00 pm ET: Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota (caucus), Oklahoma, Tennessee,

8:30 pm ET: Arkansas

9:00 pm ET: Texas, Colorado (Democrats caucus)

12:00 a.m. ET: Alaska

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Political Roundup for February 29, 2016…Happy Leap Day…RRH Elections…

Happy Leap Day (and as a personal aside, today is also my seventh half-birthday). We will have our massive preview of all the downballot primary action taking place tomorrow across Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas coming Today at 2p ET, so be sure to check back!

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South Carolina: Hillary notched a crushing win in SC Saturday, strongly suggesting this is just about the end of the line for Sanders. Four states to watch tomorrow for Dems are CO, MA, MN, and OK. If Sanders can’t win at least one of them (he is more-or-less guaranteed a win in VT) it’s hard to see his rationale for sticking it out even a few more weeks.

Christie: He endorsed Trump on Friday, becoming the most prominent mainstream GOP figure yet to back Trump. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) also became Trump’s first sitting Senate endorsement this weekend.

Kasich: He says he will drop out if he loses Ohio in two weeks.

Carson: He looks likely to drop out tomorrow, as he is going home after Super Tuesday. Though of course this could just be to do his laundry again.

Rubio: He gave Trump a bit of a taste of his own medicine on Friday, turning around and delivering the kind of juvenile mocking that is the former’s core schtick….

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Rouhani And Reformers Win Iran’s Post-Nuclear Deal Election…

In a plus for Iran’s President’s efforts to gain over the countries anti-Westerners and bring Iran back into world’s economic sphere….

Voters in that country have voted gains for moderates and reformists….

This IS ALSO a victory for President Obama, Sec of State Kerry and the West….

Their efforts to stop Iran from getting a nuclear bomb seems to have earned EVERYONE a leg up on Iran’s hardliners….

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won a strong vote of confidence and reformist partners secured surprise gains in parliament in early results from elections that could speed up the Islamic Republic’s emergence from years of isolation.

While gains by moderates and reformists in Friday’s polls were most evident in the capital, where they won all Tehran’s 30 seats according to early results, the sheer scale of the advances there suggests a legislature more friendly to the pragmatist Rouhani has emerged as a distinct possibility.

A loosening of control by the anti-Western hardliners who currently dominate the 290-seat parliament could strengthen his hand to open Iran further to foreign trade and investment following last year’s breakthrough nuclear deal.

A reformist-backed list of candidates aligned with Rouhani was on course to win all 30 parliamentary seats in Tehran, initial results released on Sunday showed. Top conservative candidate Gholamali Haddad Adel was set to lose his seat.

“The people showed their power once again and gave more credibility and strength to their elected government,” Rouhani said, adding he would work with anyone who won election to build a future for the industrialised, oil-exporting country.

“The competition is over and the phase of unity and cooperation has arrived,” state news agency IRNA quoted his key ally, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, as saying. “The time after elections is the time for hard work to build the country”.

There was silence from the conservative camp.

The polls were seen by analysts as a potential turning point for Iran, where nearly 60 percent of its 80 million population is under 30 and eager to engage with the world following the lifting of most sanctions….

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US Dollar rises on Good US Economy News…

People may NOT FEEL the increase in wages and some Republicans are gonna knock it,….

But the Price of Gas/Oil is down low….

The jobless rate is down low….

And interest rates are below 5% for a LOT things….

The dollar strengthened after a report showed the U.S. economy grew faster than forecast in the fourth quarter.

The greenback rose for a third day versus the yen, it’s longest winning streak in almost a month, as a second reading of gross domestic product for the three months through December showed the economy grew at a 1 percent annualized rate, compared with an initial estimate of 0.7 percent.

The report helped offset a rising clamor of concern that U.S. growth risks being dragged down by China’s slowdown and stagnant inflation in the euro area and Japan. Traders have pushed out expectations for interest-rate increases from the Federal Reserve as a result, and a Bloomberg gauge of the dollar remains poised for its biggest monthly loss since April 2015. Better-than-forecast economic data may change the tide.

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Marco Rubio jumps ALL OVER Donald Trump in Texas GOP Debate…

Rubio had a Good Debate…

Don’t know if it matters…

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And Mitt Romney’s go at Trump on releasing his taxes isn’t go0nna go away….

It was good to have a Latina asking questions….

Foreign Policy, Immigration and Obamacare lead the topics discussed…

The audiance was loud and unruly and Wolf Blitzer of CNN lost control of the debate several times…

Sen. Marco Rubio finally went after Donald Trump hard in a debate. He attacked relentlessly and landed some solid punches — particularly by exposing the fact that Trump really doesn’t have a plan to replace Obamacare. (Of course, Rubio doesn’t have a health care plan either.) Rubio also slammed Trump for comparing Middle East peace to a real estate deal. Rubio had Trump against the ropes for most of the night and clearly got under his skin.

As soon as Ted Cruz smelled blood, he also turned his attacks on Trump. He was especially effective raising questions about the audit of Trump’s tax returns and the fraud charges surrounding Trump University. If Trump wins the GOP nomination, expect Democrats to use both issues quite effectively against him in the general election.

The interesting thing about Rubio and Cruz attacking Trump is that it wasn’t as much about convincing Trump voters to switch allegiance as it was about being seen the Trump alternative. Rubio clearly won that argument. He was much more effective than Cruz.

But for someone who was attacked literally from both sides for more than two hours, Trump actually did fairly well. After months of practice, Trump is much better at these debates. I’m not sure he would have held up to these attacks a few months ago. But neither Rubio or Cruz came close to landing a knockout punch. They drew blood, but Trump was still standing.

Trump is not good when talking about actual issues but he’s great when talking about winning. He repeatedly referred to his huge lead in the polls and his big victories in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. It’s effective for two reasons: 1. It suggests the attacks by Rubio and Cruz are from desperate candidates and 2. the media loves to cover the horserace.

John Kasich was a non-factor in the debate. But after Rubio established himself as the leading Trump-alternative, expect the calls for him to leave the race to get louder. The longer he stays in the race, the more he helps Trump. He’s now playing the role of spoiler.

Ben Carson talked about fruit salad.

The runaway winner of this debate was the Democratic party. If there are many more nights like this one, the Democratic nominee will have a much easier time in November. It was a truly pathetic mess…..

Taegan Goddard @ Politicalwire….

Update…

People want to know HOW hardup the media  is to give Trump airtime to the exclusion of the other GOPer’s running???

Trump gets extra airtime right after the debate

Something odd happened right after CNN’s Republican presidential debate on Thursday: Donald Trump got an almost immediate post-game interview with CNN’s Andrew Cuomo.
The interview went for about 10 minutes and Trump ticked off most of the points he tried to get across during the debate. He dinged Sen. Marco Rubio as a “meltdown guy,” attacked Mitt Romney for pushing Trump to release his tax returns (“Mitt is just trying to remain relevant.”), and said Dr. Ben Carson and Ohio Gov. John Kasich should have gotten more time during the debate.

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Nevada Gov. Sandoval doesn’t want to be the Sacrificial lamb….

His name was being floated as the President Obama’s sucker to be pitched to the Senate Republicans for the Scalia replacmenet on the US Supreme Court…

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said Thursday he has told the White House he would no longer like to be considered for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a statement released by his office, the Silver State Republican said he spoke with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), a close friend, to inform them of his decision.

“The notion of being considered for a seat on the highest court in the land is beyond humbling and I am incredibly grateful to have been mentioned,” Sandoval said.

In the days following the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Sandoval, a former federal district court judge, told Morning Consult he had spoken with Reid and Heller about Scalia’s seat. The White House was said to be considering the Nevada Republican, who favors abortion rights.

But some liberal groups, sensing the opportunity to change the political makeup of the Supreme Court for years to come, made clear they would oppose President Obama if he chose Sandoval….

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Why won’t Trump release his Tax returns?

We ALL understand why Mitt Romney is pissed about the issue of releasing tax returns to the public…

But Donald Trumps ‘NO’ answer on releasing HIS IS troubling…

The man is running to become the President of the United States…

In that effort he, as others is being asked to show the American people his financial information…

It comes with the job…

In the last 24 hours Donald Trump has danced around answering if he WILL reveal his tax returns, like EVERY OTHER serious candidate for the White House HAS done….

He may not want to please Mitt Romney…

But before America gets a chance to vote for him?

He’ll HAVE to show them…

Trump left the door open to not releasing his tax returns Wednesday

The GOP front-runner told CNN that he will “make a determination over the next couple of months” as to whether he will release his tax returns….

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Open Thread for Feb, 25, 2016…Super Tuesday….

In less than two weeks the 2016 Presidential Nominatiuon race should be much clearer…

For the Democrats by the end of the night on March 1st , Hillary Clinton could just about have a lock on the nomniantion on her second try to achieve it….

For the Republicans?

It could the beginning of the end for the Grand Ole Party …

Maybe….

Donald Trump is now the odds on favorite to get the nomination from  aprty he’s not even a memeber of…

And THAT is gonna be trouble for the Republicans…

Ted Cruz and marco Rubio along with John  Kasich are STILL in the race….Ben Carson isn’t really…

So we’ll all be watching the drame unfold….

But first we get to  see how bad Bernie Sanders loses to Hillary Clinton in South Carolina…

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Trump’s wife…’I followed the law’ as immigrant

Donald Trump’s wife immigrated from Slovenia …

She IS an American citizen…

She will be asked about this due to her husbands postion on immigration…

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Melania Trump is defending her husband’s campaign, particularly his outspoken rhetoric on immigration and what critics have perceived as a harsh tone directed toward women.

“I followed the law,” Trump said in an interview with Mika Brzezinski aired Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” in discussing the hoops she had to jump through in order to become a citizen of the United States. “I never thought to stay here without papers. I had a visa, I traveled every few months back to the country to Slovenia to stamp the visa. I came back, I applied for the green card, I applied for the citizenship later on after many years of green card. So I went by system, I went by the law. And you should do that, you should not just say let me stay here and whatever happens, happens.”

Trump, who immigrated to the United States from Slovenia in 1996, said that she and her husband are “prepared” for people to call him names for expressing his viewpoints. “I’m a full-time mom, and I love it. So, I decided not to be in the campaign so much, but I support my husband 100 percent,” she said of her role in the campaign itself.

“We have thick skin, and we know that people will judge him and people will call names. They don’t give him enough credit. From June that he announced, they don’t give him enough credit,”

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She is Trump’s third wife….

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House GOPer’s will hold MORE Benghazi interviews…

They will be moving into the 79Th Q & A of a witness…..

According to the committee, Curley’s interview next Friday will be the 79th it has conducted. Of those, 62 had never appeared before one of the other congressional panels reviewing the attack in Benghazi, which killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Democrats have repeatedly bemoaned the pace of the panel, which was created nearly two years ago.

Critics have pointed to comments from Republicans that appeared to discredit the Benghazi committee and claim that it was created as a thinly veiled attack on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is running for president….

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Speaker Ryan…Meet Candidate Trump…

Houston….

We Have a Problem……

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image… breitbart.com

Paul Ryan, who just got the Speaker job by dancing with the rightwingnuts after then helped shove John Boehner out of a job….Is trying to keep the narrative going that Republicans can get things done ….THAT may NOT work in the future….

Donald Trump does NOT work well with others….

He’s the BOSS….

So Ryan’s efforts to run his House is gonna go out the window….

Cause Donald Trump doesn’t follow his borrowed party’s script…

“You’re hitting on a very big problem, which is that Trump is not a Republican,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who dropped out of the race for the White House in December “I have no idea how we reconcile a Donald Trump agenda with a Republican agenda. How do we write a platform?”

Mr. Ryan’s positions embody the modern institutional Republican Party. He has been a crucial promoter of free trade on Capitol Hill, which Mr. Trump opposes. Mr. Ryan supports taking away money from Planned Parenthood — a central target of Republicans for years — while Mr. Trump has said the group provides needed care to women. Eminent domain, the right of the government to seize private property for public use? The concept is despised by Republicans. Mr. Trump, who has used eminent domain to try to demolish an older woman’s home in Atlantic City to build a parking lot, calls it “wonderful.”

There is more: Mr. Ryan is the architect of his party’s plan to rein in spending on entitlement programs, which Mr. Trump has said is the reason the party lost the White House in 2012, name-checking Mr. Ryan in his swipe. Mr. Ryan supports all forms of domestic energy development, but Mr. Trump has called for colonizing Iraq’s oil reserves through military intervention…..

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Trump comments on the Democrats running for President…

He’ll have to dial it down on going after Hillary…

But with the media talking about him being the nomnee already?

He’s gonna start in on Hillary Clinton early….

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He’s gonna work on defining her as a WEAK and FLAWED WOMAN…

And he will try to tap into his bases anger at minorities and particularly President Obama , who Hillary Clinton has tied her campaign to so far…

Donald Trump on Wednesday roasted Hillary Clinton for aligning so closely to President Barack Obama, mocking the former secretary of state and likening her to a marshmallow.

In his first campaign event since his dominant victory in the Nevada caucuses Tuesday night, Trump said Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders is done and derided Clinton.

“Boy, did you ever see anybody so nice to the president, though?” Trump asked. “‘Oh, the president is wonderful,’ she says. ‘Oh, the president, he’s great.’ Whatever he wants to do she says, ‘Oh, that’s wonderful.’ Whatever he wants.”

Clinton in recent weeks has increasingly compared herself to Obama — so much so that Sanders has accused her of embracing the president to pander to African-Americans, a key voting bloc in South Carolina’s upcoming primary and a demographic she crushed Sanders in during the Nevada caucuses.

“Boy, oh boy. She’s become like a marshmallow. Everything he does, ‘Oh it’s wonderful.’ Whatever he wants to do, ‘It’s wonderful,’” Trump continued, echoing Sanders’ critical comments on Clinton….

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What a choice for the media ….

A White Rich guy (Who has NEVER been elected to ANYTHING) that uses the pushback against the countries first Black (Mixed race) President and Republicans in general….

OR….

The first possible highly qualified Woman to lead the country?

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