THE ROLLING STONE

Roger Stone is definitely not playing the game. He refuses to plead guilty and his legal counsel is questioning whether Russia even hacked the DNC servers in the first place. I should point out that some of the filings by his legal team have been less than impressive, but in this case he may have a point. We already know that neither the FBI nor the NSA had the opportunity to do a forensic evaluation of the DNC server(s). They both relied on an analysis by CrowdStrike, which had been hired by the DNC. CrowdStrike does not have a lot of credibility here. Suppose you hired a guard to protect the hen house against an attack by a fox. You wake up to discover that a fox got in and all your hens are dead. You then rely solely on the guard who failed to protect the hen house to advise you regarding what went wrong. Brilliant!

But another question is” “if there was a hack, wouldn’t the NSA has evidence of that? There are even unconfirmed reports that the NSA has copies of those e-mail deleted by Hillary Clinton. But, there is no report of the NSA having evidence of a hack of the DNC servers by Russia. Hmmm.

That begs the question, how else would someone get access to the data. The answer is actually quite obvious. Any employee could have brought a thumb drive to work and just downloaded the data. That would have taken about a minute. In addition, there are reports that DNC employees were allowed to bring their laptops home and to access the database from home. That makes sense, because a lot of employees work remotely these days. All one of those employees would have needed to do is log in and download the data to a thumb/flash drive.

In addition, it has been reported that John Podesta’s password was allegedly “password.” Almost anyone with his user ID could have logged into the system downloaded everything and logged out. There might not be even a record of that. It certainly wouldn’t have looked anything like a hack.

If Mueller can’t prove that Russia hacked the DNC servers, he had no probable cause to investigate Roger Stone for anything. Frankly, without Russia hacking the DNC servers, it is hard to justify Mueller investigating anything or anyone.

I previously wrote that Mueller was either secretly working for Trump, or he is hopelessly incompetent. It was hard for me to believe that a former Director of the FBI could be this sloppy, but with each new development that looks increasingly possible. The Mueller report has already been exposed making some very obvious mistakes. One example was including a “parsed” version of a recorded phone conversation. That was a silly mistake. There are other reports of major errors. For example the Mueller report failed to disclose that Konstantin Kilimnik was a U.S. State Department informant. If Mueller did not know that, he is hopelessly incompetent. Yet, if he included this, knowing about Kilimnik that has the potential to discredit his entire report. Either way, this is beyond bad.

For months Democrats were desperately waiting for the Mueller report to take down Trump. When the report was released and that didn’t happen they just kept on pretending. The result is that both liberals and conservatives are united on only one subject. They both agree that Mueller botched this big time. No one is impressed.

At some point even the Adam Schiff’s of this world will realize the obvious. Mueller’s report is nothing more than a major disappointment. Eventually, they will turn on him. The only alternative would be for them to admit they were wrong and they are totally incapable of doing that.

In the meantime, while liberals have convinced themselves that Joe Biden would trounce Donald Trump in a general election, they are ignoring the obvious. Trump is scheduled to speak in Orlando later this week and people are already lined up more than 40 hours before the doors open. When both Biden and Trump spoke in Pennsylvania on the same day Biden drew a much smaller crowd than Trump. This was so obvious that even Politico couldn’t pretend any more.  Instead they said: “Focusing on crowd size is Trump’s game, it says, an emphasis on style over substance that attempts to turn audience engagement into an argument about the 76-year-old Biden’s energy level.

This is exactly the way they evaluated those Trump crowds in 2016. My response is “don’t stop believing.” It is so fun to watch.

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GIVING THE FINGER

Donald Trump told George Stephanopoulos that if a foreign government offered dirt on a political opponent, he would probably listen. In addition, he wouldn’t necessarily notify the FBI. The liberal left went ape, as they always do. Anderson Cooper described this as treason, which is par for the course. But, by this time, they should know better. This was hardly a case where Trump went off script. He knew exactly what he was saying and this was deliberate. Part of the reason is probably to protect his son for agreeing to attend a meeting where dirt was promised on Hillary Clinton. But perhaps a bigger reason is that Hillary Clinton actually did ALL OF THE ABOVE. When that was mentioned, the MSM said: there’s no proof of that. Of course there isn’t, because you can’t see anything if you don’t bother to look. The MSM has never even considered looking at Hillary Clinton.

It is important to remember that Trump knows things you do not know. He knows what Barr and Durham have already found. He knows what the IG has found. He also knows what Christopher Wray and Rod Rosenstein have found. He also has the full, unredacted version of the Mueller report. There is an old saying that one should be careful when pointing the finger at someone else, because three other fingers are pointing back at you. I suspect Trump did this for exactly that reason. He knows the louder the DNC and the MSM screams about this, the more embarrassing it will be when they are confronted solid proof that Hillary Clinton did the same thing, only on steroids. They will be left with nothing other than to say it doesn’t matter because she isn’t President of the United States. At which point all Donald Trump needs to do is smile and say: “Thank God!

I suspect the real reason Trump gave them the finger is that he knows they will only end up pointing it at themselves. This was easy to predict. Liberals give a knee jerk response to anything Trump says or does. They seldom bother to even consider the possibility that they are getting this wrong. That makes them extremely vulnerable.

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QUE SURRATT SURRATT

On July 7, 1865 Lewis Powell, David Harold, George Atzerodt and Mary Surratt were hanged at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. John Wilkes Booth had already been killed by government troops. But the person who probably set the whole conspiracy up, John Surratt, Jr. was never punished at all.

If John Surratt had been captured shortly after the assassination he would almost certainly had been hung along with the rest. He certainly looked more responsible than his mother. He allegedly flew to Montreal. He was spotted in Europe in April 1866. He escaped again and was finally captured on a boat to Egypt.

But Surratt was tried by a civilian court, not a military tribunal. He hired highly skilled attorneys who argued that he only wanted to kidnap Lincoln, not kill him. The jury couldn’t reach a verdict. In the meantime, the statute of limitations had passed and Surratt was set free. He spent seven months in South American and then returned to the U.S. and went on the lecture tour. He openly admitted that he knew John Wilkes Booth and he knew of the plot to kidnap Lincoln, but claimed he didn’t know about the assassination. He lived to a ripe old age and died on April 21, 1916.

The point being that people who can delay being tried can often be successful at beating the rap, even when they are obviously guilty. Think of O.J. Simpson as an example of this. That brings us to Michael Flynn. He quickly plead guilty and was apparently close to being sentenced. But that was delayed, and delayed and delayed again. There are reports that he plead guilty to spare his son. Since Mueller investigation has been shut down, there is unlikely to be any continued threat to his family. Mueller is no longer in a position to indict anyone.

Flynn has fired his attorney and hired Sidney Powell. She is one tough cookie and is almost certain to take on the validity of the entire Mueller investigation. Based on some of the recent revelations, including the suppression of exculpatory evidence, it is possible that none of the indictments by the Mueller investigation will survive. If a judge rules that the investigation was tainted, all of the evidence is inadmissible. If documents recently disclosed in the media are accurate, it could be very hard to convict anyone of anything. That, by the way, is exactly what Sidney Powell predicted.

Almost anything could happen. It will probably take Ms. Powell about three months to just read the file. But, anyone remotely familiar with Sidney Powell would not bet against her. One thing is already certain; she absolutely believes that Flynn should withdraw his guilty plea. She even wrote a book called “Licensed to Lie” about corruption at the DOJ. At a minimum; this should be fun to watch.

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THE LETTER OF THE LAW

Good attorneys quickly learn to never ask a question to which they do not know the answer. Few would accuse Jerrold Nadler of being a good attorney. As far as I can tell, he never actually practiced law at all. The attached letter to Nadler from Attorney General William Barr is devastating for Democrats and it demolishes the so-called impeachment hearings before they begin. Nadler ASKED Barr for information which he probably now regrets receiving:

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6145811/2019-6-10-DOJ-Review-of-Intelligence-Activities.pdf

The only real question is whether Nadler is bright enough to realize he is in serious trouble.

The letter says that: “It is now well established that, in 2016, the U.S. government and others undertook certain intelligence-gathering and investigative steps directed at persons associated with the Trump campaign.”

What is not established is whether or not these activities were justified. We already know that the Mueller investigation found zero evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. If there is no evidence now, there was no evidence then.

Barr said his investigation includes a “collaborative, ongoing effort between the Departments’s Review Team and the intelligence community as well as certain foreign actors.

He has assigned this to John Durham:

“The Review is being conducted primarily in the Washington, D.C. area by Mr. Durham and a number of U.S. Attorney’s office personal and other Department employees. The Department has made existing office space in Washington available for this work. Mr. Durham’s Review will be funded out of the U.S. Attorney’s Salaries and Expenses appropriation.”

In the meantime, Nadler is embarrassing himself by calling John Dean who was publicly humiliated by the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee. These hearings are a joke. They have zero evidence, since everything is already published in the Mueller report. They can neither add to nor detract from that. They have less than nothing and they don’t have enough resources to investigate anything.

In the meantime, John Durham has a staff of U.S. Attorney’s office personal at his beck and call. The U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) is there to prosecute criminal cases on behalf of the United States government. It is not there to make political points.  It is not investigating Donald Trump. It is not investigating any of his associates. It is investigating the people who ordered the investigation of Donald Trump and his campaign.

The only question is whether there is some justification for doing this. Since there is zero evidence that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, or anyone else, there is unlikely to be such justification. Think about this. A lot of people are still harping about the totally discredited Russia Dossier. There is a reason for that. They apparently have nothing else.

When you combine this with the bone chilling comment that this is a collaborative effort between our intelligence community and “foreign actors” this is a very serious investigation. Add in the fact that he is including activities by civilians (Hillary Clinton was a civilian in 2016) and this becomes even more significant.

We are very close on this. It sure looks like Barr is setting the stage for indictments. Barr would never has disclosed this information unless he already had almost everything he needed. Think about any TV show you have watched about law enforcement. When they show up with a search warrant, the end is near.

The DOJ almost never comments on an ongoing investigation. Perhaps Barr did so this time because he wanted to send a message. Part of that message is to let people know that the window to “let’s make a deal” is closing rapidly. Those people not already singing like canaries are probably seeking legal counsel with voice coach training.

There is always the potential that this will all end with nothing. That has certainly happened many times before. But, there is increasing evidence that this is headed in a different direction. Here are some clues with regard to what is really happening. Watch for people who start screaming loud accusations about anyone and everyone other than themselves. That may signal a desperate attempt to change the subject. Then watch for these same people to suddenly go strangely silent. That often results after competent legal counsel has warned them to shut up. They say it is often darkest just before dawn. When people are in serious legal jeopardy, it is often most silent when they are sitting at home, terrified, waiting for a very big legal hammer to drop.

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A SOBERING MOMENT

Wow! The liberal media is ripping Nancy Pelosi a new one for saying that she wants to see Trump in prison. Even someone as far out there as Chris Matthews has a limit. While Trump said he would like to see Hillary investigated and the crowd responded by “lock her up” that is very different than Pelosi wanting to imprison Trump based on zero evidence. For one thing, the need to investigate Hillary Clinton is beyond obvious and there actually is evidence of crimes. For another, Trump never said lock her up, nor did he mention imprisoning her.  Continue reading

THE STEELE CURTAIN

Up until now, Christopher Steele has refused to cooperate with the DOJ regarding the origins of the Russian Collusion investigation. He was the former British spy who allegedly came up with the Russia Dossier. But, while Trump was in England, it was suddenly reported that Steele would cooperate. That may be far more than a coincidence.

Donald Trump said something remarkable this week. He said that if Jeremy Coryn became Prime Minister of Great Britain, the U.S. would have to evaluate whether it would continue to share intelligence with Great Britain. That would be devastating to Great Britain. While all the intelligence agencies have their resources, no one comes close to the resources available to the United States. For example, there are stories that Britain was developing the Avro 730, before the development of the U.S. SR-71 Blackbird. But the United States did develop the Blackbird, and it used extremely expensive titanium. Great Britain could never have have produced the SR-71. The point being that while other countries would like to have resources like this, the United States actually has them. Great Britain knows it needs the United States to share intelligence. We, on the other hand, do not necessarily need Great Britain. Trump just reminded everyone who really holds the keys to the kingdom.

We will probably never know what actually happened. But it is quite possible that Christopher Steele was provided a strong incentive to start cooperating with the DOJ. Actually, he may have been given an offer he couldn’t afford to turn down. If that is true, then a lot of people involved in the international deep state who thought they were immune from scrutiny should be terrified. History teaches us that one person in the right spot who turns states evidence changes everything. Christopher Steele is exactly that kind of person. It does not even need to be something Steele did. He would just need to provide some hints about where to look.

Up until now Trump’s opponents were at war with him, but he was not at war with them. This is a sign that things may have changed. This reminds me of some hardened combat veterans I have met. They would run from a fight, not because they are afraid of being injured but rather because they fear the harm they could do to someone else. Trump has been confronted with the evidence of systematic abuse of power by the Obama administration. We are all fortunate that he did not choose to confront that by abusing power himself. What is remarkable about the obstruction of justice allegations against Trump is that, if anything, the Mueller report shows that Trump exercised remarkable restraint.

That is not to confuse Trump with being weak. This is the opposite of weak. It is someone with the patience to endure, knowing that in the end he is the one with the stronger hand. A determined man ready, willing and able to do whatever it takes to fix this. He will not be distracted by weak political assaults. It has taken him time to assemble his own team of people he can really trust to do the job. But that team is now in place and he has given them the green light to deal with this. They have almost unlimited resources. Unlike Obama, Trump has directed them to actually play by the book. The people he has chosen are not clowns like James Comey, desperately in search of the spot light. These are people who do not care if you even know they exist. The evidence of their ability will be more than obvious by the results they deliver.

Other people have noticed. Even Jim Acosta and Joe Scarborough recently said nice things about Donald Trump. There is a reason for that. They suddenly looked up and realized, with shock, that Donald Trump actually is the President of the United States. They are just now beginning to grasp how seriously they underestimated this man.

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D DAY

During the period from July 3 to July 5, 1938, the last great reunion of Civil War veterans from both the North and the South took place in Gettysburg. It was obvious that many of these men were nearing the end of their lives. This was the last time there was an opportunity to see them and hear their stories. The last Civil War veteran was apparently Albert Woolson, who died in 1956 at the age of 109.

Tomorrow we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the D Day landings at Normandy. Sadly, we are reaching the point where there soon will be no more living WWII veterans. Many of the veterans who attended the celebration this week were in their high nineties. It is unlikely many of them will still be around for the 85th anniversary.

It is hard to even imagine the courage it must have taken to land on those beaches 75 years ago. Most wars are fought by very young men. I was 20 years old when I enlisted in the Air Force and by the time I was 23 I have flown on over 200 combat missions. The men who flew on those missions with me were the same age. We often said that the class of 1965 was the class that went to war.

Now reflect on the current generation of people between 18 and 25 years old. We call them Millennials. The following article contains the results of research on this generation:

https://www.livescience.com/38061-millennials-generation-y.html

It describes the debate as between whether Millennials are primarily self-entitled narcissists or rather open-minded do-gooders. Either way it is hard to imagine them participating in something like the Normandy invasion or even the Vietnam War. They would be more focused on protesting the use of guns by the enemy.

D Day is a reminder that the world is a very dangerous place and if anything more dangerous today than it was in 1944. We have about the same percentage of good and evil people; they just have far more destructive weapons.

It is important to pick leaders, not by the way they comb their hair or spout politically correct statements but rather by whether they have the character to stand up to threats like Iran or North Korea. The invasion of Normandy was a truly catastrophic event, but it pales in comparison to the cost of allowing an adversary to attack us with a nuclear weapon.

The real demonstration that mattered in 1944 was put on by the men who landed on that beach. When you see all those silly protests today remember they are only possible because of those who fought and died to preserve that freedom.

If Millennials really want to protest something important, why not buy a one way ticket to North Korea or Iran and protest there. Be sure it is a one-way ticket, because the odds of returning home alive are slim.

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THE TOWER OF LONDON

The pictures of Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth are stunning. She is not very large, so he looks huge. More important he looks very Presidential and she is literally beaming at him. The liberal media tried to pretend that the Queen loved Obama because he had such class and she hated Trump because, well, they hate Trump. But there are no pictures of the Queen beaming like this at Obama.

Judge for yourself.

First, Obama and the Queen

Now Trump and the Queen

The contrast is stunning. While the Queen was gracious and smiling with Obama, as expected, she was literally beaming at Trump. This is one case where a picture says far more than  1,000 words. The Queen, contrary to all liberal expectations, clearly likes Trump.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/trump-baby-blimp-takes-sky-mass-protests-us/story?id=63470637

The media has been too busy reporting about the “mass” protests against Trump in London to notice. They were expecting 250,000 people. Only 9,000 people bothered to register and another 33,000 said they might be interested.  If you look at the pictures, you don’t see large crowds at all, instead you see carefully framed pictures trying to exaggerate the size. This, of course, is typical for the liberal media.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was “un-British to roll out the red carpet for Donald Trump.” The Queen was too busy rolling out the only red carpet that matters to notice. Who do you think is more popular in Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth or Sadiq Khan. Then there is Jeremy Corbyn who boycotted the state dinner. That will show the Queen who’s who. How dumb is that?

Right now, the real Tower of London is named Donald Trump. I suspect most people in Great Britain realize that.

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TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE

We are now at the stage where far too many people only see what they want to see. All of us are probably guilty of this to some extent. I must admit that I take any report remotely favorable of Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton or Bill Clinton with a large grain of salt. It is easy to fall into the habit of thinking these people are incapable of doing anything good. The reality is that even the worst of us occasionally does something good and even the best of us occasionally does something bad.

The best way to handle this is to always look for the actual facts. They are usually there and surprisingly easy to find. The most recent case of this involves John Huber. He has been ignored by the left and the right. Both are convinced he has done nothing. Odds are both are making a grave mistake. The Attorney General does not give a special assignment to a U.S. Attorney without cause. In this case the appointment was in response to a request from Chairman Goodlatte of the Senate Judiciary Committee. That letter specifically asked for investigation into the sale of Uranium One and alleged unlawful dealing related to the Clinton foundation and other matters.

This morning, on CBS News, William Barr said that Huber had been originally asked to look the FISA applications and electronic surveillance, but he stood down when he learned the IG was already doing that. He was described as on standby in case Horowitz referred a matter to him to be handled criminally. Then Barr said that Durham is taking over that role.

The assumption was that Huber has done nothing, but that is not exactly what Barr said. Instead he said that the other issues he’s been working on relate to Hillary Clinton. Those are winding down and hopefully we’ll be in a position to bring those to fruition. Fruition is an interesting word. It doesn’t mean shutting it down with no action, in fact it means the exact opposite. Fruition implies accomplishment.”

While the interviewer on CBS missed this, Barr may have been hinting that Huber is getting ready with indictments. When you combine that with the statement that Huber wasn’t working on the FISA abuse case, because it was not at the stage of criminal referral this should give everyone pause. John Durham was assigned to that case, precisely because it is now at the stage of preparing criminal indictments.

At a minimum, the interviewer missed the opportunity to ask some interesting questions. Like what was Huber doing and did Barr expect any results from that. Huber wasn’t exactly demoted or criticized; Barr merely commented on the focus of his mission.

Keep this in mind. When the DOJ and the FBI is really closing in on criminal prosecution, they don’t exactly hold press conferences saying they are getting close. In fact, they avoid the press and they avoid saying anything at all. The first notice is often a knock on the door and an arrest by heavily armed agents. At a minimum there is a deal for a person to quietly turn themselves in for arrest. We rarely learn about these things until the last moment, unless the suspect themselves sends out an alert. Both Manafort and Stone did exactly that. They announced that they expected to be indicted. However, neither the FBI nor the Mueller investigation even gave a hint about what was about to happen.

The question then, is to see or not to see. A lot of people would love to see Hillary Clinton indicted and finally held accountable. Most are convinced this will never happen. But regardless of what one wants or believes, there are at least interesting questions with very few answers.

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TORNADO WARNING

There have been a lot of very destructive tornados lately. This has happened before. I grew up in the Midwest and personally experienced storms like this. I remember one time when the Palm Sunday tornados hit Lower Michigan. This happened in April 1965, while I was a senior in high school. My brother was pastor of a church and I was assigned to stay outside and watch the sky, because there were a lot of warnings. We were right to do that, because a major tornado hit another church about a mile away. An usher outside saw the funnel cloud and gave warning. The people attending church did not have time to evacuate; they just lay down between the pews. The church was leveled, but miraculously none of them were seriously injured. I still remember seeing that church, with the roof and exterior walls gone and realizing there had been people inside. It was even more stunning to realize they had escaped with only minor injuries.

I also remember something else. The spring of 1965 was a mess. Three feet of snow fell during March in Grand Rapids Michigan and on March 27th it was zero degrees. Then on April 3rd, it skyrocketed to 10 degrees. However, by April 11th, Palm Sunday, the temperature in Grand Rapids was 72 degrees. That, folks is the kind of weather that results in a lot of big tornadoes. Extremely cold weather, followed by extremely hot weather results in very powerful and destructive storms. If you think about it, that is very similar to the weather pattern this year. We saw record levels of snow and cold weather followed by heat waves. Sound familiar? This has nothing to do with global warming, regardless of what is being reported on CNN.

The same pattern is occurring politically this year. For over two years the storm clouds have all been about Donald Trump. The world waited breathlessly for the Mueller report, only to have it land with a soft thud. Some still believed and when Mueller actually spoke, and repeated what was in the report, they could not hold back on the celebration. Happy days are here again, impeachment is on the way. But, in reality the opposite is true. Mueller time is over and it is not coming back anytime soon.

Politics, like the weather, can change rapidly. The more strongly things move in one direction, the more energy being built up in resistance. Science teaches us for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That is just as true in politics as it is in weather. The establishment in Europe learned that the hard way just this week. So did the political establishment in Australia. They all missed the warning signs of a really huge political storm just over the horizon.

The next political storm is now approaching and this will be far more destructive than the storm that just passed. Those who fail to heed warning will pay a terrible price. The previous storm lasted far too long, but it was fueled primarily by belief in a mythical monster created out of thin air by liberal democrats and their public relations partners in the MSM. This fictional creation did not even resemble the real Donald Trump but they were too excited to notice. They waited breathlessly, for over two years, for the great dragon slayer, Robert Mueller, to destroy the evil Trump. But Mueller came and left and Trump is not only still here, he is actually stronger than before.

The political storm about to break will be destructive far beyond what anyone can imagine. This storm, fueled by actual facts, is far more powerful, energized by pent up anger. When you combine this with well-documented facts and professional prosecutors focused on real crimes it is a recipe for the perfect political storm. A lot of people are going to be swept away by this.

We are reminded that, as John Adams said while defending the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” Keep in mind that this is still called the Boston massacre and few people were less admired than British troops stationed in Boston in 1770. People wanted the British troops to be guilty and they wanted them to be punished. It is hard to imagine a lawyer faced with a more hostile jury. The prosecutors only had to prove that one of the soldiers fired with malice and the intent to kill. If they made that case, all of the soldiers would have been sentenced to hang. Incredibly, the jurors found all of the soldiers innocent of murder and two were guilty of manslaughter. Their punishment was to be branded on the thumb. Facts, are indeed stubborn and ultimately very powerful.

http://www.crf-usa.org/images/pdf/JohnAdamsandtheBostonMassacreTrials.pdf

Now ask yourself a question. Who has documented evidence of crimes and who does not? That will help you estimate the size of the coming storm.

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