The Shot Heard ‘Round The World- 240 Years Ago Today, The American Revolution Began….

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“Let it begin here”.

Via History:

At about 5 a.m., 700 British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, march into Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town’s common green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment’s hesitation the Americans began to drift off the green. Suddenly, the “shot heard around the world” was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded. Only one British soldier was injured, but the American Revolution had begun.

By 1775, tensions between the American colonies and the British government approached the breaking point, especially in Massachusetts, where Patriot leaders formed a shadow revolutionary government and trained militias to prepare for armed conflict with the British troops occupying Boston. In the spring of 1775, General Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, received instructions from England to seize all stores of weapons and gunpowder accessible to the American insurgents. On April 18, he ordered British troops to march against the Patriot arsenal at Concord and capture Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock, known to be hiding at Lexington.

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Reagan Shooter Living In A Gated Community As Part Of Staged Release From Prison

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Unfortunately, he wasn’t there when Obama visited in 2012.

Via WIS

The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community.

He takes long walks along tree-lined paths, plays guitar and paints, grabs fast food at Wendy’s. He drives around town in a silver Toyota Avalon, a car that wouldn’t attract a second glance. Often, as if to avoid detection, he puts on a hat or visor before going out.

These days, John Hinckley Jr. lives much of the year like any average Joe: shopping, eating out, watching movies at a local Regal Cinemas.

Hinckley was just 25 when he shot President Ronald Reagan and three others in 1981, and when jurors found him not guilty by reason of insanity they said he needed treatment, not a lifetime in confinement. The verdict left open the possibility that he would one day live outside a mental hospital.

For the past year, under a judge’s order, Hinckley has spent 17 days a month at his mother’s home in Williamsburg, a small southeastern Virginia city known for its colonial roots. Freedom has come in stages and with strict requirements: meeting regularly while in town with both a psychiatrist and a therapist, getting a volunteer job. It has all been part of a lengthy process meant to reintegrate Hinckley, now nearing 60, back into society.

On Wednesday, court hearings are set to begin on whether to expand Hinckley’s time in Williamsburg further. His doctors’ recommendation isn’t yet public, but the latest plan could see him living here permanently.[…]

Inside, Hinckley’s room has a king-size bed and TV and is decorated with paintings he has done of houses and cats, according to a hospital report. Nearby homes are listed at around $400,000. Residents can play tennis or swim at three recreation centers.

The adjoining Kingsmill Resort has a spa, a marina and three golf courses. President Bill Clinton played golf at Kingsmill in the 1990s. President Barack Obama has also been to the resort, staying in 2012 while preparing for a debate. Secret Service records suggest Hinckley wasn’t in town when Obama stayed there.

One of the many restrictions placed on Hinckley while in Williamsburg is to avoid traveling to Richmond or “areas where the President or members of Congress may be visiting.”

NY Times Frank Bruni: Huma “Clings” To Hillary “So Tightly, Their Relationship Could Be Called Marsupial”

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Rejects Inspection Of Any Military Sites Under Any Nuclear Agreement…

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Kerry would doubtless have no problem agreeing to self-inspections by the Iranians.

Via AP

A senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Sunday that inspectors would be barred from military sites under any nuclear agreement with world powers.

Gen. Hossein Salami, the Guard’s deputy leader, said on state TV that allowing the foreign inspection of military sites is tantamount to “selling out.”

“We will respond with hot lead (bullets) to those who speak of it,” Salami said. “Iran will not become a paradise for spies. We will not roll out the red carpet for the enemy.”

Iran and six world powers — the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia — have reached a framework agreement to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions, and hope to strike a final deal by June 30.

A fact sheet on the framework accord issued by the State Department said Iran would be required to grant the U.N. nuclear agency access to any “suspicious sites.” Iran has questioned that and other language in the fact sheet, notably that sanctions would only be lifted after the International Atomic Energy Agency has verified Tehran’s compliance. Iran’s leaders have said the sanctions should be lifted on the first day of the implementation of the accord.

The fact sheet said Iran has agreed to implement the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which would grant the IAEA expanded access to both declared and undeclared nuclear facilities.

But Salami said allowing foreign inspectors to visit a military base would amount to “occupation,” and expose “military and defense secrets.”

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DOJ, FBI Admit FBI Forensic Hair Matching Was Flawed In Cases For More Than 20 Years

‘Everyday American’ And Clinton Confidante Donna Shalala Closes On $862,500 D.C. Condo In Preparation For 2016 Win…

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Just a little room for when she visits DC from NYC.

Via Politico

Is someone optimistic that Hillary Clinton is going to be spending a lot more time in Washington, D.C., in the years ahead? Donna Shalala, the longtime Clinton family confidante who was announced as the head of the New York-based Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation in March, closed that same month on a Georgetown condo in an upscale building with waterfront views. According to real estate records, Shalala purchased for $862,500 the one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit on Water Street NW under a trust account in her name; at just 924 square feet, that’s quite the pricey pied a terre.

Sources say Shalala will likely spend most of her time in New York for her foundation job, which would make the Georgetown property a secondary home—the type of place you’d use frequently if your boss, for instance, was the First Husband and your other boss was the President. Shalala has gotten used to cushy digs. As president of the University of Miami, where she has been since leaving the Clinton administration as secretary of health and human services in 2001, she lived at the school’s massive Coral Gables presidential house until it was sold for $9 million in 2012. Since then she’s been bunking at a new, 9,000-square-foot, two-story home, complete with an elevator, dubbed “Ibis House,” in Pinecrest, an expensive gated community. Shalala is slated to depart University of Miami in early May, at the end of the academic year.

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MSNBC: Hillary Clinton Campaign “Most Contrived-Appearing Campaign Ever”

Not just contrived “appearing”…

Via Mediaite:

A panel on Up with Steve Kornacki Sunday was roundly unimpressed by the rollout of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which began in earnest one week ago with a road trip to Iowa, calling it contrived even for a political campaign.

“All political campaigns are contrived,” said Forbes contributor Rick Ungar. “But the whole point of a good one is to contrive the campaign to not appear contrived. And I don’t think I’ve seen a more contrived-appearing campaign ever. It’s just been horrible.”

“I’m not sure it’s been that disastrous,” Kornacki conceded. “It does look contrived. But I don’t know that she’s in a worse place than she was a week ago.”

“The message has gotten lost party because of the media’s coverage of it,” said National Journal’s Lauren Fox. (Ahem.) “But also partly because none of the messages she’s come out with so far have been very surprising. These are things that are very standard, that the Democrats have been saying for a long time.”

Air Force Vet, Playboy Model Who Rescued Flag From Moonbats After They Walk On It, Now Plans Demonstration In Support Of Vets, Flag

The special snowflakes were protesting to protest.

Via Stars and Stripes

An Air Force veteran and former Playboy model who was banned from Valdosta State University last week after taking an American flag from a group of demonstrators is now organizing her own demonstration that she said is to show support for the military and the flag.

Michelle Manhart was detained but not arrested by VSU police after she took the flag from a group of protesters. She said she was not planning to take the flag from the protestors, but she had heard about the group’s recent campus demonstrations and wanted to take action.

“I did not want anything like this, but I got a call from a student who told me that the flag was on the ground, and they were walking on it,” said Manhart. “I was just going over there to pick up the flag off the ground. I don’t know what their cause is, but I went to pick it up because it doesn’t deserve to be on the ground.”

The group reportedly elected not to press charges against Manhart, and campus police issued her a criminal trespass warning, effectively banning her from the school. She told The Valdosta Daily Times that she resisted arrest after seeing the flag being returned to the group.[…]

The group gathered in front of Odum Library declined to identify themselves to the The Valdosta Daily Times or speak with a reporter about their cause.

Protesters did engage with VSU students about using the flag as “a symbol of our protest. When a slave understands his situation and understands he doesn’t want to be in slavery, he does not respect or revere anything his slavemaster has put in front of him.”

Manhart said she would like a letter of apology from the group and to take possession of the flag so she could dispose of it properly.

Manhart also said she understands that the 1989 Supreme Court decision Texas v. Johnson trumps federal and state statutes concerning flag desecration and protects demonstrators’ free speech rights to do what they want with the flag, but she still feels that it should be illegal.

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McAuliffe Defends Hillary’s Claim She Was Broke After The WH, “It Was Tough Financial Times”

Banks refusing to give them a mortgage? After Bill had been President? Are you kidding me? And whose fault would that be, bad credit?

So imagine this, even after they were in the White House, making over 200,000/year just factoring Bill’s salary alone, they were broke?

And Hillary is supposed to be the person to right the economic ship of the United States?

HT: Free Beacon

Three Shot At HBCU Delaware State University Fraternity Cookout…

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Rolling Stone can send their fraternity reporter to DSU.

Via USA Today

Three people were shot at a Delaware State University student cookout Saturday, resulting in a police search across the campus and nearby areas.

The shooting was reported at about 8 p.m. at a school-sanctioned sorority and fraternity cookout event, university President Harry L. Williams said in a statement.

Early Sunday morning, shots rang out a second time on campus, this time in the parking lot at the University Courtyard, a student housing complex. No one was injured in the second incident.

At about 1:30 a.m. school officials sent out an alert notifying students that shots were fired at 1:15 a.m. and also released a description of a suspect.

Police were looking for a black man with short dreadlocks, 5-feet-9 to 5-feet-11 and wearing a tan and blue long sleeve T-shirt and white sneakers, according to the alert. The suspect was driving a dark colored 4-door vehicle.

Students were encouraged to remain inside.

The victims from the earlier shooting were taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover and were reported to be in a stable condition late Saturday, Williams said.

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Pope Francis Has Denounced The Genocide Of Armenian Christians, Barack Obama Not So Much…

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Why would Obama call last century Islamist attacks “genocide” when he can’t even bring himself today to call Islamist attacks “Islamist”?

Via NY Post:

Does President Obama stand with Pope Francis — or with Turkey’s Islamist president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan?

One hundred years ago this month, Turkish soldiers began slaughtering Armenian Christians amid the chaos of World War I. Four months later, 800,000 were dead.

The final toll was at least 1.5 million — perhaps 90 percent of the local population.

Historians cite that barbaric campaign as the first genocide in a century that would see far too many episodes of targeted ethnic annihilation.

But Turkey has never acknowledged the true nature of this crime against humanity, pretending instead that the Armenians died in a civil war. And neither have many world leaders, for fear of alienating the government of a strategically important power.

That, sadly, includes President Obama — who, like all of his predecessors, won’t use the word “genocide” when commemorating the Armenian holocaust.
But back in 2008, candidate Barack Obama loudly declared that America “deserves a president who speaks truthfully about the Armenian genocide” and vowed, “I will be that president.”

Seven years later, he still has yet to “be that president.”

Meanwhile, Francis last Sunday became the first pope to publicly acknowledge the Armenian genocide during a Mass to mark the centennial. (John Paul II did so in a written statement.)

The pontiff also not only equated the Armenian genocide with the Nazi and Stalinist eras, but drew a parallel to today’s attacks by radical Islamists on Christians in the Middle East and Africa.

And Wednesday, the European Parliament called on Turkey to finally acknowledge the genocide.

The silence from Washington remains deafening — and profoundly disappointing.

Shakedown Sharpton’s Corporate Sponsors…

Families Of Michael Brown, Eric Garner And Akai Gurley Rally With Al Sharpton

Al shouldn’t have a problem paying his taxes.

Via NRO

Despite questions of the Rev’s financial irregularities and allegations of shakedowns, they support him.

Several big corporations sponsored the annual convention last week for National Action Network, Al Sharpton’s in-the-red nonprofit, according to a list obtained by National Review.

Sponsors included AT&T, Viacom, Walmart, Perennial Strategy Group, Combs Enterprises, Comcast Corporation, McDonald’s, Ronald Perelman, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Forest City Ratner, Time Warner Cable, Barney’s, Coca-Cola, Essence Communications, Ford Division, Home Depot, Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the NBA, Verizon, Colgate Palmolive, Macy’s, NASCAR, OraSure Technologies Inc., Best Buy, Greentrack Inc., the IM Foundation, Con Edison, and Entergy.

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Hillary’s Big Benefactor Has Ties To Iran, May Have Violated Sanctions While Hillary Was Sec Of State

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Who makes the determination as to whether there has been a violation? Why, the State Department, of course….

Via Hot Air:

Is another shoe about to drop on the Clinton Foundation, and on Hillary Clinton’s problematic rollout? Newsweek’s Rory Ross reported this morning that the largest individual donor to the Clinton family business has conducted trade with Iran, perhaps in breach of US sanctions. Ukrainian energy mogul Victor Pinchuk has connections to the Clintons that go back almost a decade, and financial connections to the regime in Tehran that go much farther:

The fourth richest man in Ukraine, Pinchuk owns Interpipe Group, a Cyprus-incorporated manufacturer of seamless pipes used in oil and gas sectors.

Newsweek has seen declarations and documents from Ukraine that show a series of shipments from Interpipe to Iran in 2011 and 2012, including railway parts and products commonly used in the oil and gas sectors.

Among a number of high-value invoices for products related to rail or oil and gas, one shipment for $1.8m (1.7m) in May 2012 was for “seamless hot-worked steel pipes for pipelines” and destined for a city near the Caspian Sea.

Both the rail and oil and gas sectors are sanctioned by the US, which specifically prohibits any single invoice to the Iranian petrochemical industry worth more than $1m.
In other words, Interpipe should have been slapped with penalties and sanctions for its operations with Iran. Pinchuk’s company has a US subsidiary, which means that US sanctions apply across the entire organization. The agency for imposing penalties for sanctions violations in these cases, Ross notes, is the State Department. Who was in charge at the State Department during this period? None other than Hillary Clinton.

Pinchuk was among an elite few dumping tons of money into the Clinton Foundation, some of whom have interesting connections for a former Secretary of State:

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University Campuses No Longer For Free Speech Or Open Exchange Of Ideas From Conservatives…

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Universities are no place for dialogue, dissent and discussion.

Via WFB

University campuses are supposed to be a place for an open exchange of ideas, but liberals on many college campuses are no longer willing to hear both sides of the conversation.

Student groups across the country have decided that a free exchange of ideas is no longer a welcome quality on college campuses—unless they agree with all the ideas being exchanged. Brandeis University, to name one, chose last year to revoke an invitation to its campus to the human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali after students labeled her a “notorious Islamophobe.”

Born out of decisions such as Brandeis’ was the first annual Disinvitation Dinner, an event held in New York City on Wednesday by the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale that celebrated those who have been silenced on liberal campuses.

Speaking at the event was George Will, the Washington Post columnist whose invitation to speak to California’s Scripps College was rescinded last year. Will said that the First Amendment has never been in more danger.

“Free speech has never been, in the history of our Republic, more comprehensively, aggressively, and dangerously threatened than it is now,” said Will in the event’s keynote address.

Will said that the current assault on free speech is more dangerous than incidents in the past such as the Alien and Sedition Acts that were rooted in local conditions that were bound to disappear.

“Today’s attack is different, Its an attack on the theory of freedom of speech,” said Will. “[There is a] belief that the First Amendment is a mistake and that the real right people have regarding speech is the right to avoid speech…It is an attack on the desirability of free speech.”

Will also warned that there has never been more “intellectual ingenuity devoted towards rationalizing the disappearance of the First Amendment.”

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Rubio Supports DACA And Executive Amnesty…Update: Rubio Interview Reportedly Mistranslated, Affirms He Will End Obama Amnesty

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Might as well hold a voter registration drive for the Democrats.

Via The Daily Caller

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio offered a measure of support for President Obama’s first executive amnesty program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, during a recent interview he conducted in Spanish this week with Univision’s Jorge Ramos.

Rubio’s comments mark a reversal of sorts from criticism he offered of DACA last year, and they also put him at odds with the conservative Republican base, which he will need in his corner if he hopes to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

“I believe DACA is important,” Rubio told Ramos in the interview, which was posted online and translated by Grabien. “It can’t be terminated from one moment to the next, because there are already people benefiting from it.”

“Well, at some point it is going to have to end, that is to say, it can’t continue being the permanent policy of the United States,” said Rubio, who conducted two interviews with Ramos: one in Spanish and the other in English. Ramos did not ask Rubio about DACA or immigration for the English-language discussion.

“I believe, if I become President, it is going to be possible to achieve immigration reform,” Rubio told Ramos in Spanish.

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Update:

AUSTIN, Texas — In a Spanish language interview with Jorge Ramos on Univision’s Al Punto show, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) discussed immigration policy, affirming his longstanding objection to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs.

An article on Breitbart News earlier Saturday said that Rubio called DACA “important” and one that he would not reverse, but a closer look at the official transcript shows some misinterpretations in the translation, and Rubio’s campaign pushed back strongly against any suggestion that the Senator would allow President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty to continue.

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Hundreds Feared Dead After Fishing Boat Smuggling Migrants To Europe Sinks In Mediterranean

Many trying to escape the chaos of Libya and the rise of the Islamists, others the Islamists one would never want on the shores of Italy.

Social Justice Warriors Go After Science Fiction Literature…

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Special snowflakes are still waiting on the flying unicorns Obama promised in 2008.

Via The College Fix

The College Fix and sites like it are chock full of anecdotes about how radical progressivism is actually the very antithesis of what it purports to be about: tolerance, understanding and diversity.

Today’s “snowflake” college students need “safe spaces” in which to take refuge from things like “microaggressions,” and while screaming about how delightfully “tolerant” they are, the slightest bit of intellectual, academic, and even comedic discomfort will suddenly send them into a paroxysm of self-righteous indignation and hurt.

The Weekly Standard notes how social justice warriors — SJWs — have attempted to “cleanse” … science fiction literature:

For more than 50 years, the Hugo Awards have been handed out at the annual World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) to honor the best science fiction and fantasy writing of the previous year. But when the nominees for this year’s Hugos were announced, it touched off a firestorm unlike any in the awards’ history.

That’s because so many of this year’s nominees are perceived (not always correctly) to be conservative or libertarian. A group of right-leaning science fiction authors organized a campaign to stuff this year’s Hugo Awards ballot with writers they felt had been overlooked.

There are other science fiction awards, but the Hugos hold a special place among fans. Anyone who pays the $40 to attend Worldcon can nominate an author. The awards thus have a special legitimacy because they are seen as being selected by the most dedicated readers.[…]

Sci-fi author Brad Torgersen says the Hugos have become “an affirmative action award: giving Hugos because a writer or artist is (insert underrepresented minority or victim group here) or because a given work features (insert underrepresented minority or victim group here) characters.”

Torgersen has assumed command of the “Sad Puppies” campaign in which conservative-leaning sci-fi writers and fans began openly clamoring for their own slate of Hugo nominees. This year the effort was quite successful; however, with such success inevitably comes the progressive backlash — the usual litany of “-isms” thrown about, in particular racism and sexism.

Torgersen, who’s married to a black woman, wasn’t even immune; a Salon and Daily Beast columnist accused his wife and (biracial) child of being a “shield” for his “latent racism.”

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Breaking: New ISIS Video Shows Mass Execution In Libya Of 30 Ethiopian Christians

Pure evil.

CAIRO (TheBlaze/AP) — A video released by the Islamic State group appears to show the killing of two different groups of captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

The 29-minute video released online Sunday purportedly shows two groups of captives. It says one group is held by an IS affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south.

A masked fighter delivers a long statement before the video switches between footage that purportedly shows the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach.

See images below via the Bahraini Al-Wasat newspaper, the SITE Intelligence Group and Algerian blogger Baki 7our Mansour.

It was not immediately clear who the captives in the video were.

The video bore the official logo of the IS media arm Al-Furqan and resembled previous videos released by the extremist group

How Are Those Talks Going? Iran Marks Army Day With ‘Death To Israel, U.S.” Chants

Via Times of Israel:

Iran on Saturday marked Army Day with a military parade featuring new weapons systems, as well as a truck carrying a massive banner reading “Death to Israel.”

A televised broadcast of the parade was punctuated by repeated cries of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

“If Israel makes a mistake,” the announcer on Iran television said during the broadcast, as heavy trucks carrying armored personnel carriers rolled past, “those in Tel Aviv and Haifa will not sleep at night, not one person.”

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School Faces Backlash After Planning “Covered Girl Challenge”, Having Girls Spend Day In Hijab To ‘Celebrate Diversity’

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This crossed the line from student-led to school approved.

Via Biz Pac Review:

In yet another event aimed to “celebrate diversity,” an Ohio high school planned what it called “A Covered Girl Challenge” where female students were to have spent the day wearing a hijab.

Mason High School in southwest Ohio scheduled the event for April 23, but in response to a storm of protest, it fizzled out and died before it got off the ground, according to Cincinnati.com.

The idea was to give female students the option of wearing a hijab for the day, then set aside some time for discussion and reflection.

Cincinnati.com reported:
The event was sponsored by MHS’ Muslim Student Association, but an email promoting it came from MHS’ Student Activities Department. In her letter, McCarty-Stewart said that should not have happened.

The event was student-led rather than school-sponsored, she said, adding that MHS will put policies in place to ensure further communication from the school email account is limited to school-sponsored events.

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