Daily Recap — May 23

“Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.”

— Dwight D. Eisenhower


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BUSTED!

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The anti-Trump, serial-texting FBI lovebirds are the gift that keeps on giving.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Deputy AG Fraud Rosenstein today asking for the remaining redactions of text messages between cooter hat-wearing FBI Agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page to be removed. Yep, the same Strzok and Page who were stupid enough to talk about their dirty deeds on FBI-issued phones.

According to the letter, the redactions appear to be improper and cover information, including lavish spending and FBI investigations, the American people deserve to see. But that’s not the truly juicy stuff. Oh no, my friends. That comes in the form of a redacted reference to an investigation being led by…wait for it… the Barry Soetoro White House.


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“On May 1, 2018, and May 18, 2018, Committee staff reviewed in camera less redacted versions of the Strzok and Page text message productions provided to the Committee.  On several occasions, my staff have requested that the Department of Justice provide the Committee with a redaction key, to no avail.  Thus, the Committee is still in the dark about the justification the Department is relying upon to withhold that information from Congress,” the letter states. “As one example of redacted material, in a text message produced to the Committee, the price of Andrew McCabe’s $70,000 conference table was redacted. In another, ***an official’s name was redacted in reference to a text about the Obama White House ‘running’ an investigation***, although it is unclear to which investigation they were referring.”

“In order to see under the redactions, Committee staff had to travel to main Justice to review a lesser redacted version.  When viewing the still redacted portions in context with the unredacted material, it appeared that the redacted portions may contain relevant information relating to the Committee’s ongoing investigation into the manner in which the Department of Justice and FBI handled the Clinton and Russia investigations,” the letter continues. “Congress, and the public, have a right to know how the Department spends taxpayer money.  ***I am unaware of any legitimate basis on which the cost of a conference table should be redacted.  Embarrassment is not a good enough reason.  The manner in which some redactions have been used casts doubt on whether the remaining redactions are necessary and defensible.“***


 

People, this thing is spiraling out of control fast….or very much in control if you share the same theory as myself.

Now we have the Senate Judiciary head announcing that we have evidence that Peter Strzok, the very man who conducted the Hillzdawg probe, #PutinGate and Mike Flynn railroading said outright that Barry was running the show from the White House.

And that same Senate Judicial head has yet to see a legitimate basis from which the investigation could have been conducted, and this after a year and a half of intense investigation involving illegal tactics

Whew, another productive day, lads.

Grassley has asked for the message to be turned over in unredacted form by June 6. 

Man, this is all so exciting!

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PLEASE, PRESIDENT TRUMP, WE CAN’T TAKE ALL THIS WINNING

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Pffffffftttttttttt, you know that’s a lie. Keep you foot on the gas, big fella!

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Seeking to end a controversy that has thoroughly embarrassed the NFL, team owners on today voted that players could no longer kneel during the national anthem without leaving themselves open to punishment or their teams facing possible financial penalties.

But the league also said the new policy would not force athletes to stand on the sideline during the anthem; rather it would give them the option of staying in the locker room during the pregame ceremony. If they can’t respect the flag of the country that made them millionaires, they can stay the hell inside. If I were a team owner they’d be saying inside indefinitely, #ThatICanTellYou.

The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel. Those teams also will have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction.

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Essentially, the new policy is an attempt to find a middle ground on a divisive issue and reverse the steady decline in both attendance and revenue for a sport that is otherwise the most popular in America.

It all began when spoiled former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to protest supposed police violence against minorities and economic inequality, a subject for which he virtually zero knowledge and proves it every time he speaks. PDT escalated the issue a year later during a rally, as he announced that if he were a team owner he would immediately tell his ground level staff to “get that son of a bitch off the field.” 


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Roger Goodell, the spineless commissioner of the NFL, said the protests created a “false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic.” He added, “The new policy will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it — and on our fans who enjoy it.”

“We want people to be respectful of the national anthem,” Goodell added. “We want people to stand — that’s all personnel — and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices.”


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Of course, the retribution came swiftly.

In a strongly worded statement issued just minutes after the NFL’s announcement, the NFL Players Association (the players union) said the league had not consulted the players’ union in creating the new protocol and accused league officials of hypocrisy. Because you know, your boss always has to check with you before setting policy. That’s how it works at your job, right? 

Let’s examine this gobbledygook:

The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new “policy.” NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.

The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principles, values and patriotism of our League.

Our union will review the new “policy” and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.


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The White House has declined to officially comment, though I have a feeling PDT is warming up his tweeting hand as we speak. VP Pence, however, made the White House reaction clear with a one-word tweet, “#Winning,” and linked to a Fake News CNN article about the news just to throw some salt in the wound.

God I love this administration. Even the straight-laced guys are awesome. 

Malcolm Jenkins, a leader of the Players Coalition, which is basically the #Woke faction of the NFL, said the league had acted to silence the players.

“What N.F.L. owners did today was thwart the players’ constitutional rights to express themselves and use our platform to draw attention to social injustices like racial inequality in our country,” Jenkins said in a statement. “Everyone loses when voices get stifled.”

Mr. Jenkins would do well to actually look up the First Amendment. It protects citizens from intervention by the government when espousing views. It has nothing to do with the workplace. If the government steps in to arrest you for saying something, that’s a violation of the First Amendment. If your boss says stop embarrassing the company or we’ll fine/fire you, that’s called business. 

Civics course just ain’t what they used to be. 

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BIG PICTURE:

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There’s no way for the #FakeNewsCrew to spin it….PDT has another victory under his belt.

If there’s any downside, it’s that the power to fine has been delegated to individual teams, and we’ve seen just how much they’re willing to enforce these types of regulations. 

All the same, we’re much less likely to see a bunch of ignorant ingrates pretending to care about victims of police violence while knowing next to nothing about the actual data of the issue. A black Harvard professor conducted a study of his own into this issue. He began with the presupposition that police violence was disproportionately doled out to the black community, but after a year of extensive study found that to just not be the case.

Like “Hands Up/Don’t Shoot” and so many other Black Lives Matter narrative, the anthem kneeling movement was based on lies, and no one had the guts to stand up and say so.

Perhaps that will change soon. I doubt it, but at least in the meantime we don’t have to see a bunch of ingrates kneeling before the flag for which so many brave men and women have given their lives.

Thank you for sticking up for us, Mr. President.

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TROLLS HAVE RIGHTS TOO

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Surprise surprise surprise, a federal judge has issued a ruling against PDT.  This time, a district court judge ruled that the POTUS can’t block people from viewing his Twitter feed over their political views.

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The ruling is no doubt a major win for the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which brought the lawsuit on behalf of seven people who were blocked from the @realDonaldTrump account supposedly because of opinions they expressed in reply tweets, when in reality it was for blanketing every comment thread with coochie-capper spam.

Judge Buchwald, who was appointed by Slick Willy Clinton, rejected Trump’s argument that the First Amendment does not apply in this case and that the president’s personal First Amendment interests supersede those of the plaintiffs. 

She suggested in her 75-page opinion that Trump could have ignored his opponents’ reply tweets. 

“No First Amendment harm arises when a government’s ‘challenged conduct’ is simply to ignore the [speaker], as the Supreme Court has affirmed ‘that it is free to do,’ ” she wrote. “Stated otherwise, ‘a person’s right to speak is not infringed when government simply ignores that person while listening to others,’ or when the government ‘amplifies’ the voice of one speaker over those of others.”

Buchwald explained that blocking someone on Twitter goes further than just muting them. 

“Muting preserves the muted account’s ability to reply to a tweet sent by the muting account, blocking precludes the blocked user from ‘seeing or replying to the blocking user’s tweets’ entirely,” she said.

In addition to PDT, the lawsuit named White House social media director and assistant to the president Daniel Scavino.

But Buchwald did not order Trump or Scavino to unblock the individual plaintiffs in the case or prohibit them from blocking others from the account based on their views as the plaintiffs’ had asked.

She said a declaratory judgment should be sufficient.

“Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the President and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional,” Buchwald wrote.

Jameel Jaffer, director of the Knight First Amendment Institute, which the Knight Foundation helped found, tweeted a screen shot of that line from Buchwald’s opinion. 

“Clock’s ticking @realDonaldTrump & @DanScavino,” he wrote.

God, these people have no life outside of hating Trump.

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The DOJ said it respectfully disagrees with the court’s decision and is considering its next steps, but in all likelihood they’ll just comply with the judge’s guidance to get the issue behind them. There are much bigger fish to fry than butthurt leftists crying about not being able to throw out their hate under everything Trump says online.

But since the judge is so keen to find demand that no voices be silenced on the presidential twitter feed, perhaps she would like to give an opinion on the banning of conservative voices on every major platform.

Do we have a right not to be silenced, ma’am?

I won’t hold my breath waiting for the answer to that one. 

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KUSHNER CLEARED FOR TAKE-OFF

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I must admit, this one caught me by surprise.

PDT’s son-in-law Jared Kushner had his White House security clearance restored today after months of uncertainty.

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Kushner met with King Bob Mueller’s investigators a second time in April and answered questions for seven friggin hours, according to his attorney, Abbe Lowell. He had previously sat for an interview last November that was largely focused on Mike Flynn, who soon after pleaded guilty to charges of making false statements to the FBI.
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That issue, of course, is yet to be resolved. #BelieveMe.
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These developments come as the King Bob’s team appears to be trying to complete parts of their inquiry. Team Kushner believes he is now finished with all ongoing inquiries, which also include the investigations by congressional committees.
A spokesman for the fledgling King Bob probe declined to comment.
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“A year ago, Jared was one of the first to voluntarily cooperate with any investigation into the 2016 campaign and related topics,” Lowell said in a statement.
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“Since then, he has continued this complete cooperation, providing a large number of documents and sitting for hours of interviews with congressional committees and providing numerous documents and sitting for two interviews with the Office of Special Counsel. On each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did everything he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigations.”
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Kushner was stripped of his interim clearance in February amid an overhaul of procedures governing access to highly classified information following the resignation of PDT’ staff secretary Rob Porter, who had been allowed to remain in his post for months despite allegations of spouse abuse. 
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King Bob has also hung over Kushner’s status in the White House, in part because some of the matters under investigation relate to his role during the campaign and the transition, including contacts with OMG RUSSIANS as well as the firing of Leakin’ James Comey, which was supposed to the end of America as we knew it when it happened.
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White House officials have blamed the delay in Kushner receiving his security clearance on administrative backlogs normal to a new administration, as well as the complicated nature of his application. Frankly, that’s a load of crap. As a presidential adviser, his background investigation is expedited. These things can take time, to be sure, but no normal investigation of a presidential adviser takes this much time.
There were two main issues with Kushner’s clearance. First, he didn’t list dozens of foreign contacts on his initial security clearance application (what we call an SF-86). He did, however update his paperwork with the requisite information. 
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The other issue, which was the big one in my view, was his debt, which totals in the hundreds of millions. As someone who has been through two background investigations for a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) clearance, I can tell you that debt is the biggest red flag one can have. It makes you vulnerable to those who seek to buy the nation’s secrets. I’m not saying Kushner would do that, mind you. He may be the most patriotic little nerd God ever made. But I can tell you that it’s next to impossible to get a high level clearance with debt like his. If his father-in-law were anyone but PDT, it doesn’t happen.

Sorry folks, just tellin’ it like it is.


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I’ve been a critic of Jared in the past and may well be into the future, but I’m glad that he’s able to access the information needed to do his job effectively. Whatever was going on with the debt, I hope it’s resolved.
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I really don’t like seeing double standards as they relate to security protocols. It’s one of the main reasons I absolutely detest Hillary Clinton. But I know far more about the Clinton situation than I do Kushner’s, so I’ll withhold judgment on whether the clearance is warranted.
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The fact is, he has it, and PDT seems to trust him. Thus, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt until I have reason not to.
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Good luck, Jared!
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TIME FOR THE GOOD GUYS

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The Daily Caller News Foundation has been doing some great work since PDT took office. They’ve been out ahead of the Awan brothers story along with many other leads that the swamp puppets won’t go near. Today, though, may be their most welcome report yet.

Citing the statements of active FBI field agents with whom they’re in direct contact, Daily Caller reports that many agents inside the bureau want Congress to subpoena them so they can reveal problems caused by Leakin’ James Comey and his #2, Deep State McCabe. 

“There are agents all over this country who love the bureau and are sickened by [Leakin’ James] Comey’s behavior, [Deep State] McCabe, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch-Whitefolks and the thugs like [John] Brennan–who despise the fact that the bureau was used as a tool of political intelligence by the Obama administration thugs,” former federal prosecutor Joe DiGenova said. “They are just waiting for a chance to come forward and testify.”


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In case you’re wondering –as every healthy, skeptical mind should be– Joe DiGenova is not talking out of his rear end, nor is he some beltway hack trying to make himself seem more important than he actually is. He’s a former federal prosecutor with many contacts within the FBI and DOJ. Not only has JD maintained contact with rank and file FBI agents, but he has a very special tool in his pocket — a counter-intelligence consultant who conducted an interview with an active special agent of the FBI’s Washington Field Office


 

Daily Caller says they have independently confirmed the veracity of the consultant’s position and access, and reviewed detailed transcripts of his Q&A with the special agent, who requested the arrangement due to internal dragnets and fear of vicious retribution.

As I’ve been saying for a while now, folks, there is a war happening unbeknownst to everyone besides those fighting it. 

The agents preparing to speak out want to get whistleblower status before doing so, for several reasons. For one, it protects them from any sort of professional backlash. People who rock the government boat can deal with some hefty consequences, mostly in the way of becoming a pariah to those whose day they’re ruining with paperwork and, more than anything, accountability. Secondly, they’ll get free legal representation throughout the whole process rather than having to hire a lawyer to see them through. 

Without whistleblower status, they’re sitting ducks for the deep state.

This is a great subject for DiGenova, who has represented myriad government whistleblowers in the past. He’s providing plenty of free legal advice to those white hats within our government who are trying to set things straight, #ThatICanTellYou.

“It’s an intelligent approach to the situation given the vindictive nature of the bureau under Comey and McCabe. I have no idea how to read Chris Wray, who is not a leader and who has disappeared from the public eye during this entire crisis. You know, he may be cleaning house but if he’s doing so, he’s doing it very quietly.”

  

JD added, “I don’t blame them. I don’t blame the agents one bit. I think that the FBI is in a free fall. James Comey has destroyed the institution he claims to love. And it is beyond a doubt that it is going to take a decade to restore public confidence because of Comey and Clapper and Brennan and Obama and Lynch.”

According to the special agent out of the DC field office, the rank and file guys in the FBI are fed up and desperately want action from the DOJ to the clean up this #BigFatMess. 

“Every special agent I have spoken to in the Washington Field Office wants to see McCabe prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. They feel the same way about Comey,“ the special agent said, according to transcripts of the discussion.

“The administrations are so politicized that any time a Special Agent comes forward as a whistleblower, they can expect to be thrown under the bus by leadership. Go against the Muslim Brotherhood, you’re crushed. Go against the Clintons, you’re crushed. The FBI has long been politicized to the detriment of national security and law enforcement.”

Muslim Brotherhood………yes, he went there. YES, HE FRIGGIN WENT THERE. WHAT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. TELL IT ALL, BROTHER. 

The special agent added, “Activity that Congress is investigating is being stonewalled by leadership and rank-and-file FBI employees in the periphery are just doing their jobs. All Congress needs to do is subpoena involved personnel and they will tell you what they know. These are honest people. Leadership cannot stop anyone from responding to a subpoena. Those subpoenaed also get legal counsel provided by the government to represent them.”

That’s what we in the business call a wink-wink-nod-nod. They’re communicating via the press. Active FBI agents can’t hold press conferences asking to be subpoenaed. They can, however, put out the message through anonymous leaks that they know will make the news. 

Remember when the Failing New York Times ran that story saying that Hillzdawg was “considering” keeping Loretta Lynch on as attorney general once she became president (lol), and it just happened to run the very next day after Lynch met with Slick Willy on that tarmac? It’s the same thing, but in reverse. 

Rather than communicating via the press to push corruption, they’re communicating via the press to help end it.

Thank you, God, for not allowing that wretched woman to become POTUS. This country truly would have been done.

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An unnamed member of Trump’s administrative staff jumped in to explain that the problems within the FBI go well beyond Leakin’ James and Deep State McCabe:

“They know that it wasn’t just Comey and McCabe in this case. That’s too narrow a net to cast over these guys. There’s a much broader corruption that seeped into the seventh floor at the bureau.” 

“They ruined the credibility of the bureau and the technical ability of the bureau, so systemically, over the past several years, they’re worried about their organizational reputation and their professional careers,” this former Trump administration staffer said, noting the trouble the bureau has prosecuting cases these days.

“They go to court and they’re just laughed at.”

There is truth to that, too.

As Daily Caller points out:

According to an analysis in Time Magazine earlier this month, the FBI has struggled with conviction rates for several years now after they send cases to the DOJ for prosecution. In less than half the cases the FBI sent to the Justice Department, the conviction rate was only 47 percent in 2017. This number is far below the mean of the 72 percent average for all other government agencies, according to Time.

Welp, FBI, here is your chance to get started back in the right direction. And as JD continually points out, the rank and file guys are ready to make it happen:

“I can assure you (#BelieveMe), I’ve been approached by agents who want to be subpoenaed for the same reason as the guys in the field,” JD said, adding: “All over this country there are agents but the big ones the ones that matter New York–Washington I can assure you I’ve spoken with agents who want to come forward.”


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Ok, Congress. It’s as simply as a (secure) call to Daily Caller or (preferably) a visit to their newsroom to get the info on these gentlemen. DC has the names. Or they could just contact DoGenova himself, as he’s well plugged into the DOJ and very easy to find.

I’m not going to write a thousand words of “I told you so,” but I am definitely gonna throw a few out there because, damnit, I earned this one.

I’ll always be proud of my work in the intelligence community as well as those with whom I served. Not everyone in the IC is an Obama lackey. Most of us love our country and work tedious jobs with long hours and no gratitude because we feel like we’re helping our country. And often we are, #BigLeague. 

Often, when in Trump circles, as soon as someone finds out I worked for NSA I’m immediately put into some “shady” category, as if I’m some deep state plant who’s not to be trusted under any circumstances. No one wants this to be set straight more than those of us who have seen a once proud profession disgraced by a tyrannical POTUS and his enablers in the media.

The Obama administration corrupted every facet of government, virtually every agency. He put his henchmen in charge everywhere he could and showed little to no regard for the laws and norms that make our country special. Now, people like myself get the treat of shady looks and glares at the very mention of our profession, all because Barry Soetoro took Chicago-style politics with him to DC. 

Obama political appointees are the problem and always were. Please understand that a community can’t bounce back from that overnight. It takes courageous men and women stepping forward to set the record straight. It requires a lot of paper trails and persistence. It’s not easy and it takes time. But it is happening. 

You know how I’ve asserted for going on 2 years now that PDT has inside information on corruption and has for a good while? I don’t say that simply because it’s the most logical explanation for how he’s gone about using his informational powers as POTUS, although it absolutely is.

I’ve always made that assertion because I know who is working on our behalf. We all see the negative headlines and react with righteous anger, but there is another part of the story that is never told. It will be, though.

The patriots within our government have had a long row to hoe in the last few years, but the tide is turning. The truth will win out.


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My brothers and sisters will NOT be defined by the Obama administration. We don’t deserve it.

And we’re doing something about it. 

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There it is, homeskillet. You know the drill: questions, comments, concerns, memes, insults, compliments, stickers, jokes, emojis and, if we have time, complaints.


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3 thoughts on “Daily Recap — May 23

  1. Excellent recap—I am especially pleased with the manner you used in addressing Jared Kushner. I am on the fence about the NFL — you rate with the best investments I have experienced in educating myself.

  2. Big cheer for the white hats and their bravery. Let’s do it folks!!

  3. Diane Mckenzie May 24, 2018 — 6:35 am

    Great work as always

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