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Dems Wear ‘Small Donor’ Numbers Like a Badge of Pride, But Ignore the Big Business Behind Them

ActBlue is big-money politics in disguise, and not unlike the “healthy” option at a drive-thru burger joint:  A charade.

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Politics is a game of perception.  It’s the popularity contest that we aren’t supposed to refer to as a “popularity contest”.  We hold elections in such high regard that we refuse, as Americans, to believe that they are little more than weathervanes of our nation’s whims.

In 2016, We The People told the world that we have had enough of the political establishment’s tireless corruption and conniving.  We were, instead, willing to roll the dice with a non-politician in the Oval Office, effectively putting the rest of The Beltway on notice:  Slight us again, and you too could be replaced by anyone.

In an effort to remain in power while somehow appealing to the anti-establishment trends of the populace, Democratic candidates of all shape and size have been hanging their hat on the idea of “small donor” statistics.  In the eyes of their public relations teams, taking less money individually from more donors is better than having more money from less donors.

This feeds into the left’s wealth-guilt, and their narrative that paints success as having some sort of terminal usefulness.  The Democrats, particularly in the socialist wing of the party, tend to see wealth as a sin, with Bernie Sanders even declaring that there is no reason for billionaires to exist.  This, despite Bernie’s status as a three-home-owning millionaire.

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The Democrats lining up for 2020 having been wearing their small donor statistics like a Scouts’ merit badge as of late, equating this to some sort of antidote to the “corporate cash” they see infecting the national political discourse.

But the machine behind this pursestrings-centric virtue-signaling is anything but small, and belies yet another hypocrisy of the liberal left.

Meet ActBlue.

“Folks have used our platform to donate over $3.8 billion, with an average contribution size of $35,” said Erin Hill, ActBlue’s executive director.

What’s more, Hill notes proudly, every Democrat seeking the presidency is a client — along with a dizzying array of individuals and groups operating at the federal, state and local levels. ActBlue’s Massachusetts directory alone runs 45 pages.

The core premise that governs everything ActBlue does is straightforward: giving money to a political candidate should be simple and nearly instantaneous.

“If you get to a point where a donor says, ‘Yes, I want to be part of what you’re building; yes, I believe in what you’re doing,’ we see it as our role to make it as frictionless as possible,” Hill said.

Hence, fundraising pages that load extremely quickly, before would-be donors can get cold feet, and “Express Accounts” that let die-hards save their information with the tap of a finger.

Not only is ActBlue a money-funnel operating under the auspices of their non-profit status, but they also dabble in one of the modern age’s most sinful practices:  Data harvesting.

Since ActBlue is a nonprofit, its services come cheap; clients just pay a small processing fee on each transaction — Hill says administrative costs are largely covered by tips that donors can leave if they so desire. That, in turn, means lots of clients, who provide massive amounts of data, which ActBlue can analyze to make the entire process even more seamless.

And you can forget about candidates opting out of using ActBlue anytime soon…

In addition, Hill notes, the Democratic National Committee is requiring that candidates receive a certain number of direct contributions before they’re allowed on the presidential debate stage — giving an establishment stamp of approval to ActBlue’s approach.

The Democratic Party is essentially telling candidates that, without using ActBlue, they will find themselves running uphill every step of the way.

Worse still, the entire perception of ActBlue as a tool for Joe and Jane Everyman to have their voices heard above the corporate class is simply not accurate.

A report from BigLeaguePolitics.com claims that since 2015, over 1,000 executives and employees from tech giants such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Apple have all donated to ActBlue, a pro-Democrat super PAC that has raised $1.5 billion since 2015. Details of the super PAC’s fundraising activities were gathered by the Federal Elections Commissionand compiled by watchdog website Campaign Money. The data shows that executives, vice presidents, managers, and regular employees at major tech firms were behind a large number of donations to the PAC.

According to Big League Politics reporter Tom Pappert, some of the donors to the PAC include:

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg
  • Twitter co-Founder Evan Williams
  • Google senior executives Urs Holzle, Vinton Cerf, and Jennifer Fitzpatrick
  •           Apple senior executives Angela Ahrendts and Lisa Jackson

ActBlue isn’t special.  It isn’t the end-all, be-all of campaign contribution transparency, and no amount of well-placed soundbites on Democratic debate stages is going to change that.

ActBlue is big-money politics in disguise, and not unlike the “healthy” option at a drive-thru burger joint:  You may feel better about your choice, but that’s only because someone told you that you should.

 

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Sekulow Destroys Schiff As Impeachment Trial Starts

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Jay Sekulow demolishes Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi on executive privilege: Remember Eric Holder?

“Mr. Schiff did say the courts don’t really have a role in this. Executive privilege? Why would that matter? It matters because it’s based in the Constitution of the United States,” Sekulow said. “The president’s opponents in their rush to impeach have refused to wait for judicial review.”

PJM:

During his opening remarks in the Senate impeachment trial, President Donald Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow quoted Democrats’ own words against them. He condemned the House Democrats’ rush to impeach Trump, adding an article of impeachment for “Obstruction of Congress” rather than litigating a matter of executive privilege in court. He quoted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), each of whom defended Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder when he was held in contempt of Congress in 2012.

“Mr. Schiff did say the courts don’t really have a role in this. Executive privilege? Why would that matter? It matters because it’s based in the Constitution of the United States,” Sekulow said. “The president’s opponents in their rush to impeach have refused to wait for judicial review.”

He quoted law professor Jonathan Turley, who warned, “I can’t emphasize this enough…if you impeach a president — if you make a high crime and misdemeanor of going to the courts, it is an abuse of power. It’s your abuse of power. You’re doing precisely what you’re criticizing the president for doing.” More

Jay Sekulow just tore Adam Schiff’s arm off and started beating him over the head with it. And this is just day one. The absolute pounding the Democrats are going to take in this charade is going to be magnificent. A solid, well deserved legal thrashing awaits them. Let’s get on with it!

Why there are no consequences for outright lying and filing of false charges against President Trump is almost unbelievable!

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Dems Block A Vote To Support Iran Protesters

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House Democrats block McCarthy measure supporting Iranian protesters.

House Democrats blocked a vote on a resolution introduced by House Minority Leader California Republican Kevin McCarthy that expressed support of anti-government protesters in Iran and condemned Iran’s role in the downing of a Ukrainian civilian aircraft last week.

Daily Caller:

Democrats in the House of Representatives blocked a vote Tuesday to support the protesters in Iran who are demonstrating against the regime.

Consideration and a vote on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s resolution was blocked because Democrats advanced the previous question, by a vote of 226-191. The resolution would have condemned the Government of Iran for killing 1,500 Iranian citizens who were protesting their government, as well as condemned the Government of Iran for shooting down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, killing 176 people.

In addition, the resolution; “(3) condemns the Government of Iran for repeatedly lying to its people and to the world about its responsibility for the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752; (4) calls on the Government of Iran to— (A) refrain from the use of violence; and (B) protect the rights of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly; and (5) supports the protestors in Iran, their demands for accountability, and their desire for the Government of Iran to respect freedom and human rights.” More

Trump derangement syndrome has the Democrats and their MSM defending Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism.

Just like Obama ignored the people of Iran to side with the Mullahs and to protect his nuke deal, the Democrats are once again on the wrong side of history protecting their own interests. Do you remember how decently the Iranian gov’t treated those protesters after they knew the Obama Administration wasn’t going to care?

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UNCONSTITUTIONAL!:  United States Supreme Court Dismisses Impeachment Articles

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By Ivan E. Raiklin

This week, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, will submit her two Articles of Impeachment to the United States Senate.  Impeachment is an authority granted to the U.S. House in Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution.  “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  (emphasis added)

Article I, Section 2, Clause 5 vests the power to impeach with the House of Representatives.  “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”  The House Judiciary Committee began its impeachment inquiry by interrogating Cory Lewandowski (I was sitting behind him), when that failed, Speaker Nancy Pelosi then moved the inquiry to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence where no due process was afforded the President in this closed door session, then back to the Judiciary Committee where the President was denied his 5th Amendment Due Process rights by not allowing any witnesses to respond to the allegations.  Upon completion of these hearings, the House of Representatives voted on the following two impeachment articles, titled:

Article 1:  Abuse of Power (December 10, 2019)

Article 2: Obstruction of Congress (December 10, 2019)

For the U.S. House to transmit articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate, the articles must meet the minimal Constitutional threshold of being a charge of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”.  Based on the Supreme Court’s analysis below, neither article of impeachment charges the president with either treason, bribery, or a high crime and misdemeanor and thus cannot be transmitted to the U.S. Senate for a trial under Article I, Section 3, Clause 6 of the U.S. Constitution.

 

Article 1:  Abuse of Power:[i]

TreasonNowhere is the term treason used or alleged in this article of impeachment.

Bribery-Nowhere is the term treason or bribery used or alleged in this article of impeachment.

or other high Crimes- The article lists no mention of a crime being committed as taken from either Title 18 U.S. Code or any other Title of the U.S. Code for that matter.  Additionally, reviewing Title 18 U.S. Code, nowhere is there a reference to the term “abuse of power”.  Without a crime of “abuse of power” there can be no basis for there to be a “high crime”.

and Misdemeanors[ii] As mentioned above under high crime, without a crime, there can be no misdemeanor crime to charge the president with in order to impeach him.

 

Article 2:  Obstruction of Congress:

TreasonNowhere is the term “treason” used or alleged in this article.

Bribery-Nowhere is the term treason or bribery used or alleged in this article.

or other high Crimes- The article lists no mention of a crime being committed as taken from either Title 18 U.S. Code or any other Title of the U.S. Code for that matter.  Additionally, reviewing Title 18 U.S. Code, nowhere is there a reference to the term “obstruction of Congress”.  Without a crime of “obstruction of Congress” there can be no basis for there to be a “high crime”.

The only felony in the US Code that references the term “obstruction” is found at: Title 18 USC § 1505. “Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees”. [iii]  Even if the US House of Representatives is referencing this statute as the basis for its impeachment, this statute clashes with the president’s power of executive privilege.  The House will need to await the adjudication of the Federal Courts if Presidential executive privilege will outweigh the demand

and Misdemeanors-The only federal misdemeanors that reference the term obstruction do not reference obstruction of Congress.  Rather, they are:

  1. 18 USC §1509 obstruction of court orders
  2. 18 USC §1701 obstruction of mails generally
  3. 40 USC §5109(b) obstruction of roads

 

Recommendation:  White House Counsel file a motion outlining Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s/the U.S. Congress’ violation of Article II Section 4 in the following manner:

  1. To the U.S. Supreme court, under its original jurisdiction authority as this is a case “affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a state shall be party, the Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction.” Article III, Section 2.
  2. To the US Supreme Court requesting a writ of certiorari on the matter
  3. To the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, followed by appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and concluding with the U.S. Supreme Court. This is the preferred method as this process will take several weeks, if not months to adjudicate, while the U.S. Senate continues to confirm President Trump’s federal judge appointments without any breaks.

 

Possible Outcomes:

  1. The U.S. Supreme Court dismisses the Articles of Impeachment and thus no Senate trial.
  2. If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the articles of impeachment do meet the constitutional threshold of a high Crime or misdemeanor, then the Speaker of the House can send them to the U.S. Senate and act on them as outlined in Article I, Section 3, Clause 6 wherein “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.”
    1. The Senate dismisses the articles of impeachment upon receiving them for lack of an offense/sufficient evidence.
    2. The Senate calls witnesses[iv] to determine President Trump’s state of mind when he asked Ukraine President Zelinsky to investigate corruption. President Trump through the calling of these witnesses exposes the illegal coup by the previous administration, exposes all deep state actors, exposes corruption by the Bidens that he was interested in investigating and brings justice to all those negatively impacted by the illegal Crossfire Hurricane operation and FISA abuses to include LTG (R) Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, George Papadopolous and Carter Page.

 

About the Author:  Ivan E. Raiklin is a Constitutional and National Security attorney and Green Beret who has served for over 22 years in various sensitive roles in the Department of Defense and U.S. Intelligence Community under the previous four administrations.

[i] https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/10/articles-of-impeachment-trump-abuse-obstruction-full-text-pdf-080185

[ii] https://www.vox.com/2019/12/10/21004695/articles-of-impeachment-full-text-read

[iii] https://www.vox.com/2019/12/10/21004695/articles-of-impeachment-full-text-read

[iv] The following witnesses will need to be called to address legitimate concerns of corruption

  1. Ukraine Related
    1. Hunter Biden-Questions related to waivers to join US Naval reserve and Board seat on Burisma
    2. Hunter Biden’s baby mamas
    3. Joe Biden-Discussions of placing son on Board of Burisma and other dealings involving firing of prosecutor general in Ukraine (Quid Pro Quo)
  2. Impeachment related
    1. Nancy Pelosi-all discussions and deliberations regarding the first time impeachment of president up until the actual impeachment
    2. Adam Schiff-all conversations with the whistleblower and his staff related to the whistleblower
    3. Eric Ciaramella-all communications between him and the rest of the witnesses and staffs listed
    4. Mark Zaid-Lawyer for Eric Ciaramella
    5. Andrew Bakaj-Lawyer for Eric Ciaramella
    6. John Brennan & Staff
    7. Sean Misko
    8. Al Green
    9. Rashida Tlaib
    10. Jerry Nadler
    11. Maxine Waters
    12. Michael Atkinson
    13. Debbie Mucarsey Powell (Drafted Articles of Impeachment?)
    14. Robert Paul (Husband of Powell, received $700 K from the Ukrainian Oligarch
    15. Every member of Congress who made public statements professing to impeach President Trump before the first impeachment hearing September, 2019.
  • Origins of Coup Attempt
    1. White House
      1. Barrack Obama
      2. Susan Rice
    2. Intelligence Community
      1. James Clapper
      2. John Brennan
    3. DOJ
      1. Loretta Lynch
      2. Andrew Weissman
      3. Eric Holder
    4. FBI
      1. James Comey
      2. Rod Rosenstein
      3. Andrew McCabe
      4. Peter Strzok
      5. Lisa Page
      6. Joe Pientka
      7. Bruce Ohr
      8. Nellie Ohr (Wife of Bruce, at Fusion GPS)
    5. State Department
      1. Hillary Clinton
      2. John Kerry
      3. Victoria Nuland
      4. Alexandra Chalupa
    6. Fake Dossier Origins:
      1. Joseph Mifsud
      2. Glen Simpson
      3. Fusion GPS team
      4. Perkins Coie team
    7. Kathryn Rumler
    8. Devon Archer
    9. Christopher Steele
    10. DNC members working on Steele Dossier
    11. Crowd Strike
    12. Andriy Telizchenko
    13. Cody Shearer
    14. Bret Kimberlain
    15. Sid Blumenthal
    16. Derek Shearer
    17. Ian McKinnon
  1. Press
    1. CNN
    2. MSNBC
    3. ABC
    4. CBS
    5. NBC
    6. NY Times
    7. Washington Times
    8. Facebook
    9. Twitter
    10. Alphabet (Youtube, Google)
  2. Support Witnesses
    1. Rudy Giuliani
    2. Jim Jordan
    3. Matt Gaetz
    4. Devin Nunes
    5. IG Horowitz
    6. John Durham
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Watch Iran Protesters Refuse To Trample American And Israeli Flags

Obama allied with the brutal Mullah oppressors. Trump allies with the enslaved Iranian people who yearn for freedom.

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The Iranian protesters refused to walk on the US and Israeli flags. The few people who did walk over the flags were booed by protesters in the area with chants of ‘shame on you.’ Some reports said that the protesters chanted ‘our enemy is in Iran, not America.’

Breitbart:

A video clip highlighted on Sunday by U.N. Watch, a non-governmental organization based in Switzerland, showed students at Iran’s Tehran University refusing to trample on American and Israeli flags as directed by agents of the Basij, a paramilitary force controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

In the video, only a handful of Iranian regime agents were willing to walk on the flags. The students responded by heckling them as “dishonorable” and “shameless.”

Other video clips of the incident illustrated how much care the students took to avoid stepping on the flags.

President Donald Trump approvingly commented on the trend Monday morning, hailing it as a sign of “big progress” in Iran. More

This whole Iran incident has turned out to be a disaster for the Democrats. Nothing they hoped for materialized most of all war. This has the potential to have the significance of Reagan’s “tear down this wall” moment. Can you imagine an Iran freed from the rule of the Mullahs‽

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Iran: Video Shows Protester Shot & Bleeding On Street

Showing restraint to the Iranian police is not shooting more than a few people in public.

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A video of weekend protests in Iran shows a woman being carried away after being shot in the leg, while other protestors flee from tear gas.

Videos purportedly show blood on the ground after claims that protesters were hit with live rounds in Tehran just two days after President Donald Trump warned the Islamic Republic’s leaders not to “kill your protesters.”

Warning: Graphic videos:

Breitbart:

Iran rejected the authenticity of a video circulating on Monday, and confirmed to be real by the Associated Press, of anti-regime protesters helping a woman bleeding profusely after reportedly being shot by Iranian police.

The woman was one of thousands to take the streets again after protesters erupted on Saturday in response to the Iranian regime admitting it had shot down a Ukrainian commercial airliner last week, killing 176 mostly Iranian, Ukrainian, and Canadian passengers. The Islamic regime had concluded in its preliminary report that the Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) flight out of Tehran had crashed after its engine spontaneously caught fire, but ultimately admitted its military had shot the plane down with a Russian Tor missile after mounting international pressure.

Tehran has yet to admit that it lied about the fate of the airliner, instead insisting it had honestly reported its initial findings. Ample video and photographic evidence of Iranian officials bulldozing the crash site before international inspectors arrived contradict this claim.

The incident triggered protests attracting at least a thousand people, according to the state-run Fars News Agency, on Saturday. While Fars insisted the outcry was limited to Tehran and only numbered in the hundreds, independent reports said thousands, many of them students, took the streets in at least five other cities. The Kurdish outlet Rudaw described the crowds nationwide as numbering in the “tens of thousands.” More

Showing restraint to the Iranian police is not shooting more than a few people in public. Iran rejected the authenticity of the video even though it was confirmed to be authentic by the AP. Just like they rejected the idea that they shot down that Ukrainian airliner.

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Trump Tweets Support To Iranian Protesters, Warns Government Not To Kill Them

He’s standing up for human rights.

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President Donald Trump issued a stern warning to Iran: ‘Do not kill your protesters… the USA is watching.’

“To the leaders of Iran – DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS,” The president tweeted. “Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching.”

Fox News:

President Trump issued a stark warning Sunday to Iran as leaders in Tehran gear up to deal with protesters who took to the streets after the government admitted to accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet.

“To the leaders of Iran – DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS,” Trump tweeted. “Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching.”

He added: “Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free! Stop the killing of your great Iranian people!”

Numerous anti-government protests erupted at universities across Iran on Saturday with students calling for the resignation of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The protests come as Iran-U.S. tensions remain high, with Trump accusing Iran of planning attacks on four U.S. embassies, necesitating the drone strike last weekend that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

One protester at Amir Kabir University in Tehran held up a banner that read, “[Expletive] you & your mistake,” the New York Post reported. The banner also showed the names and photos of 16 students who died in the crash. More

The Iranian people want freedom from the bloodthirsty Theocracy that brutally oppresses them. Everyone deserves to live their lives free of oppression.
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Iran Refuses To Hand Over Doomed Ukrainian Airliner’s Black Box

Does anyone think they will turn over the black box to anyone?

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Iran Refuses To Hand Over Doomed Ukrainian Airliner's Black Box

A Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 passengers and crew crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s airport this morning, killing everyone on board and turning farmland on the outskirts of the capital into fields of flaming debris.

Iran is refusing to hand over the black box of the doomed Ukrainian airliner to Boeing amid an investigation into what caused the crash that killed all 176 people aboard the flight out of Tehran early Wednesday.

Fox News:

Ali Abedzadeh, the head of Tehran’s civil aviation organization, told Mehr news agency in Tehran that Iran has not made a decision on which country or international authority it would send the black box to for its data to be analyzed, Reuters reported.

Boeing is an American aerospace company headquartered out of Chicago. It is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jet transports. Boeing also designs, manufactures and sells military aircraft, helicopters, space vehicles, missiles and communication equipment worldwide.

The crash of the Ukraine International Airlines flight came hours after Iran fired as many as 15 ballistic missiles on Iraqi bases housing U.S. soldiers in a major retaliation by the rogue regime after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.

No Americans were aboard the flight. Three Britons, three Germans, 63 Canadians, 10 Swedes, 11 Ukrainians, 82 Iranians and four Afghans died in the crash, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Vadym Prystaiko said. More

It looks like the perfect recipe for a mistake. Iran launches missiles, defense forces on alert, low flying airplane, nervous Iranian, heat-seeking missile, hot engine exhaust, the engine catches fire, pilot losses control, plane crashes, Iran not going to return black box, nothing to see here folks.

Of course, the Iranians do not want to hand over the black box, it would be the concrete evidence that Iran was behind the downing of the airliner.

Does anyone believe they will turn over the black box to anyone?

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