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Trump’s First Year

Trump's First Year

President Donald J. Trump has been in office a full year and will be giving his first State of the Union speech tomorrow night. I encourage you to listen carefully to what he says, and to what he doesn’t say. Silence can be very telling.

So, what have been his accomplishments?

Getting Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court was a big deal, and that he appointed, and had confirmed, eight other Federal Justices, who appear to be conservative, or true Originalists, is also good.

Withdrawing from the TTP trade negotiations was a plus, and starting re-negotiations on NAFTA is another, provided any deal reached is much better than the present one.

The Tax Reform was perhaps his biggest accomplishment, in my opinion, as it gives Americans more cash in their pockets and keeps it out of the hands of politicians. As a side spin-off benefit that was not expected, many companies are giving bonuses of $1,000 to $4,000 to their employees. This should help folks stay afloat better, as the economy is seeing large numbers of store closings and the auto industry is stalling.

The “progressives” decried the lowering of the business taxes, but Apple and other Tech firms announced they will be repatriating up to $400 billion dollars they have held offshore, as foreign business taxes were far less than American taxes. Apple has announced it “plans capital expenditures of $30 billion in the U.S. over five years and will create 20,000 new jobs at existing sites and a new campus it intends to open“. That repatriated cash will be taxed at the new 15.5% rate, which means  $62 billion in taxes that were not available as long as that money was held offshore.

Other companies have announced they will increase capital spending since the tax cut passed. Capital expenses are the engine of economic growth. Some companies are bringing manufacturing jobs to the US, also.

Trump will most likely claim the Stock Markets sharp increase in valuations was the result of his policies, which may, or may not, be true, Regardless, the health of the Stock Market has little to do with the health of the economy. If the money invested in the Stock Market were, instead, invested in new plants and equipment, thus creating new jobs and productivity, the US economy would be in much better shape. Paper wealth in the Stock Market is meaningless to the average American.

What else? Trump has seriously gone after ISIS, which Obama refused to do. It is about time! ISIS has been decimated and virtually defeated in Syria and Iraq.

On the negative side.

Trump has failed to repeal Obamacare, though the repeal of the individual mandate was a success.

He has failed in his efforts on illegal immigration, for the most part, though much of his failure can be laid at the hands of Congress and the courts. Funding for “The Wall” has not been forthcoming. Illegal immigrants still flood into this nation, and cities and States are proclaiming themselves to be “Sanctuaries”. The globalist opposition continues to block him.

Draining the Swamp.

While Jeff Sessions basically sits on his hands, there has been some movement to Drain the Swamp. Several FBI and DOJ investigations into Uranium One, the Trump Dossier, the Clinton Foundation and the hoped for release of the infamous FISA memo are all grounds for some optimism, but where are the indictments? Only one man has been indicted, thus far, in the Uranium One scandal. When will more indictments be forthcoming in all the various scandals? When?

Finally, it should be pointed out that Donald Trump has been a master at changing the narrative. He plays the opposition as a chess master would. He attacks, waits for a counter-attack and mounts a more furious attack in response. The opposition is fixated on him, and becomes more laughable as they desperately seek to destroy him, but lack the wherewithal. They don’t understand populism/nationalism, since they reject both. They, after all, are globalist/collectivists. Trump was elected because he represents the growing anti-globalist upsurge in America. Some people, (like the globalist opposition), think it is about Trump. It is not. It is about the pride he voiced in America. It is about the awakening of Americans to the desired destruction of America and its values and heritage. It is about the Constitution and the Rule of Law. Trump is merely the figurehead. It is we, the people, who are revolting against corruption and the globalists.

 

 

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Shorty Dawkins

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  1. “Trump has failed to repeal Obamacare, though the repeal of the individual mandate was a success.” No, congress failed to repeal Obama Care. They voted numerous times to repeal it during the prior regime, and now fail to do as the people wish. Not Trump.

    “He has failed in his efforts on illegal immigration..” Why say such nonsense, when you then qualify your remark with “The globalist opposition continues to block him” ?

    “While Jeff Sessions basically sits on his hands…” Excuse me? Over 10,000 sealed indictments pending? Trump campaigned on keeping the enemy in the dark. Trump and Sessions spent two years together prior to election day to plan the demise of the very criminals you reference. Trump emphasized secrecy, not tipping off “any” enemy. The previous regime played news every night, Trump et al is not.

    “… the health of the Stock Market has little to do with the health of the economy.” Really? The GDP is higher than it has been in 50 years! Reinvestment and confidence are breaking the sound barrier.

    Trump has failed at no turn. The swamp rats are hanging themselves out to dry. I seriously doubt Ted Cruise would have won, let alone set the globalist on their heals.

    1. “He has failed in his efforts on illegal immigration..” Why say such nonsense, when you then qualify your remark with “The globalist opposition continues to block him” ?

      While it is certainly true that activist leftist judges have been illegitimately blocking Trump on his curtailment of Muslim immigration from nations that are hot beds of terrorism, and they also blocked him on repealing DACA (despite it being a fundamentally unconstitutional executive “program” with no law passed by Congress behind it), how do you explain what Trump is doing right now on DACA?

      Trump caving in on DACA is his own doing (that and his advisors in the White House). You can’t blame that on the opposition. That’s on his Admin. It’s their plan. Explain how that is helping to secure the border. It’s not. It’s the first giant step toward amnesty. And explain how that is somehow also the left blocking him. Again, it’s his plan – his proposal. He is giving in.

      If anything, he should have said no deal until the damn wall is built. THEN we can talk. And his first action as Commander in Chief should have been to use the U.S. military in a wall of troops on the border with Mexico, to at least secure it while the funding for the wall was secured (or hell, have the U.S. military build it with the resources already at their disposal). He could still do that, right now. Why hasn’t he?

      No, instead, right now, while the entire state government of California is in insurrection by declaring itself a “sanctuary state” and harboring, aiding, and abetting illegal aliens, and all for the purpose of stealing elections with illegal voters, Trump is not facing that head on and instead is caving in on DACA.

      And not even with a requirement of military service or some other form of national service, which should be part of any “path to citizenship” for these people brought here as children illegally. I want them to prove their loyalty to this nation by serving in the military, Peace Corp, or some other form of service to this nation. I served, and so did many of us here in Oath Keepers, immediately upon graduating high school. If we could take a few years out of our lives to serve our nation, then these “Dreamers” can too. Let them prove their loyalty to this nation by their actions.

      And that process should also include careful background checks and vetting for any gang affiliations or associations with radical groups that want to overthrow the U.S. government (such as Anti-fa, M.E.Ch.A., Brown Berets, or other communist groups). If any such associations are found, then they should be rejected, not allowed to serve, and put on the next bus across the border. But I see no such requirements of service in the Trump Admin proposal.

      Blunt reality is that the elected government of California, including its Governor, just “crossed the Rubicon” by declaring California to be a Sanctuary State, and are now in full insurrection against the laws of the Union. And this is for all the marbles. They know it, and we should recognize that reality as well. Their goal, obviously, is to run out the clock on Trump, to continue to bring in more and more illegals, despite Trump being President, and to shelter them and keep as many as possible inside the United States. You can expect Oregon, WA State, and other leftist states to follow their example and likewise declare themselves sanctuary states. Their goal is to have the same outcome as if Hillary had won – no effective enforcement of our immigration laws, minimal deportations, maximum retention of illegals within the U.S., and increasing numbers crossing the border with the assurance that once they make it to a “sanctuary” they will be aided and abetted by the formal government of the city or state (in CA it is both, as they get public assistance and housing at every level).

      And they will also continue to maximize the number of illegal alien “voters” with California about to institute a system whereby anytime anyone registers a vehicle or gets a license, they are automatically registered to vote, with, of course, no screening on whether they are a U.S. citizen, and with anyone, including illegal aliens, being able to register a vehicle or get a license.

      This is the Reconquista. It is a reality and it is happening right now, under Trump’s nose.

      And what is he doing about it? Not what he could, that is for sure.

      What do I think he should do?

      1. Declare an insurrection against the laws of the Union to be in effect by the government of the state of California, and by the governments of the various “sanctuary cities” with the clear intent to bring in illegal alien voters to unlawfully steal elections for the Democratic party (and this is not just about keeping power in California, or in various cities, it is also about electoral college votes and national power).
      2. Declare an invasion by illegal aliens to be in effect, with the direct cooperation of the government of the state of California and with the cooperation of the government of the sanctuary cities. Since the left has politicized those illegal aliens and are using them as weaponized illegal voters, that makes this an invasion that is meant to subvert our republican form of government, which is guaranteed to each state.

      3. Deploy the U.S. military on the border with Mexico and secure the border with a wall of troops to actually secure the border, now, to stop that invasion.
      4. Call the various state national guards into federal service, and deploy them to California and into each and every “sanctuary city” to assist federal law enforcement in locating and rounding up all illegal aliens and assist in their deportation, including transport. If that is not enough manpower, then President Trump should call up the “unorganized militia” as well (that would be us, by the way). There are millions of military veterans and retired police officers in this nation with applicable training that is at least on par with a national gaurdsman, who could be used to likewise assist federal law enforcement in enforcing this nation’s immigration laws.

      That is what President Trump can, and should do, right now.

      This is a fight for all the marbles. If the left in this nation is able to keep over 11 million illegals in the U.S. (some estimate the total to be far higher) and continues to register them to vote, and do all they can to help them vote, then the Democratic Party will attain a permanent lock on power.

      Trump needs to take the gloves off and play hardball, now. The left, by declaring all of California to be a sanctuary for illegals, has just taking the gloves and the mask off, to reveal their naked grasp for power, and all in the service of “transforming” this nation through millions of illegal aliens who are NOT being encouraged to assimilate, but are instead being encouraged to see themselves as part of a Marxist revolution to overthrow this nation, or even as part of a very overt reconquesta to “take back” the Southwest for Mexico. That is why they are encouraged to fly both the Mexican flag and the communist flag.

      And I say all of this as someone who’s Great Grandparents came from Mexico (on my Mother’s side). My Great Grandfather rode with Pancho Villa, but when that revolution failed, and was replaced with yet another brutal junta, he and my Great Grandmother came to the U.S. But they came here legally, and with the intent of assimilating, and their sons fought as Marine riflemen in the Pacific during WWII. And every generation of my family since served, and identified as Americans, as in USA, and not with Mexico. Every generation of my family on my Mother’s side worked hard, worked their way out of the fields, and raised their children to be Americans only – no hyphenated American bullshit. Like many others in California and Arizona, they intermarried with Filipinos and with whites, and raised all of their children to identify with this nation only and not with any other. Politically, most of them would self-identify as Christian conservatives or libertarians. As such, though my mother grew up bilingual, she refused to teach Spanish to me and my sisters. We spoke only English and we were raised as Americans, period.

      But that is not the ethos now, on the left. To the contrary, they never miss an opportunity to encourage even fifth generation Hispanics to identify on racial grounds first and foremost, and to also identify with Mexico – a nation many of them have never even seen. The far left encourgages them to hate and despise the nation of their birth, and to seek its destruction by means of communist revolution. And likewise with recent immigrants, both legal and illegal. The left also encourages them to NOT assimilate and to instead hate this nation. And they are all encouraged to identify along racial lines, and to see themselves as part of a racial/political block that must take power in the Southwest U.S. That is the very opposite of the desire to assimilate that was the ethos of past generations. And that will lead to civil war and disunion.

      We need to take a hard stand against those Marxist plans. If not now, then when?

      And if Trump won’t do it, then who will?

      Stewart

  2. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, announced days after the U.N. General Assembly condemned the U.S. for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital that Washington negotiated a $285 million cut in the global body’s “bloated” budget for next year. Prior to the Dec. 21 U.N. vote, Haley warned that the U.S. “will remember this day” when “once again, we are called up to make the world’s largest contribution to the U.N., and we will remember it when many countries come calling on us to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”

  3. The passage of the biggest tax overhaul in 30 years, with some $3.2 trillion in tax cuts along with significant simplification of the tax code.

  4. The Trump administration has far exceeded its promise to eliminate regulations at a 2:1 ratio and impose no lifetime net regulatory costs. In total, agencies issued 67 deregulatory actions while imposing only three new regulatory actions, a ratio of 22:1. Federal agencies also achieved $8.1 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings, the equivalent of $570 million per year.

  5. Trump is filling up lower courts with lifetime appointees. In the estimation of Democratic official Ron Klain, a “massive transformation is underway in how our fundamental rights are defined by the federal judiciary.” Klain, lamenting Trump’s moves, said the president “is proving wildly successful in one respect: naming youthful conservative nominees to the federal bench in record-setting numbers.” On Sept. 28, Trump announced an eighth wave of judicial candidates, with nine more names.

  6. Trump kept his campaign promise to coal miners and rolled back the previous administration’s “Stream Protection Rule,” which targeted the industry with estimated costs of at least $81 million a year. Obama promised to end coal, increasing the cost of energy to millions, Trump promised to rejuvenate the industry in an effort to keep energy costs low.

  7. While sitting on his has, of the many accomplishments of Sessions, Sessions described as the “largest health-care fraud take-down operation in American history,” the DOJ in July charged more than 400 people, including doctors and medical facilities, who it said were prescribing unnecessary opioids to addicts and fueling the current drug crisis.

  8. Sessions, while sitting on his hands, initiated “Operation Raging Bull,” conducted Oct. 8-Nov. 11 across the United States, resulted in 267 MS13 arrests. Meanwhile, the previous regime built Black Lives Matter, Imported MS13 and promoted cop killings. Funny how that suddenly all ended.

  9. Resignations and firings Progress:

    Albert Grace, Jr., Co-Founder, Loop Capital and CFO fired (can’t confirm) => can’t find confirmation
    Gene Green, D, Texas Dist 29 => added, but data in google doc is incomplete, please help
    Timothy E. Hall, CFO, Flexsteel Industries, Inc. [DUBUQUE, Iowa] (NASDAQ: FLXS) => added
    Peter Hancock, CEO, AIG => March 2017 – http:// fortune.com/2017/03/09/aig-peter-hancock-carl-icahn/
    Stephen Hare, Executive VP and CFO Office Depot => added
    Gregg Harper, R, MS Dist. 3 => added, but data in google doc is incomplete, please help
    Michael Helmsley, CEO United Healthcare => August 2017 – http:// fortune.com/2017/08/17/stephen-hemsley-unitedhealth-retires/
    Kevin Hershberger, CFO, ReWalk Robotics Ltd. => added
    David Hess, CEO, Arconic’s => April 2017 – https:// http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arconic-ceo-elliott/arconic-ceo-quits-over-letter-sent-in-poor-judgment-to-elliott-idUSKBN17J11L
    Mary Beth Higgins, CFO VICI Properties, Inc. => added
    Kerry Hill, Secr & CFO, nLIGHT, Inc. => can’t find confirmation
    Eric Hirshberg, CEO Activision => added
    Johan Hjertonsson, President and CEO Fagerhult => added
    David Honeyfield, CFO PDC Energy, Inc. [DENVER] (NASDAQ: PDCE) => added
    James Hooke, CEO MIC => added
    Idar Horstad, CEO Magseis => added
    Kirk Humphreys, Director Oklahoma Board of Regents => added
    Bob Iger, CEO Disney => June 2017 – http:// fortune.com/2017/06/01/disney-bob-iger-resigns-donald-trump-advisory-council-paris-agreement/
    Blake Irving, CEO GoDaddy => August 2017 – https:// http://www.geekwire.com/2017/godaddy-ceo-blake-irving-retire-five-year-run-domain-name-giant/
    Ken Jacobson, CFO Avnet [PHOENIX] (NYSE: AVT) => not sure, looks like he was only interim CFO: https:// finance.yahoo.com/news/avnet-names-chief-financial-officer-212000615.html
    Dr. Tae Heum “Ted” Jeong, Sr., VP Finance, CFO & Secr. Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. [ROCKVILLE, Md.] (NYSE MKT: RNN) => added
    Brian Joyce, Democrat, Massachusetts => can’t find confirmation
    Liang Jun, CEO, Le.com => added
    Travis Kalanick, CEO Uber (FIRED) => June 2016 – https:// http://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/technology/uber-ceo-travis-kalanick.html
    Geoffrey Kapusa, Presenter, Malawi Broadcasting Corp. => added
    Dr. Charles Kimei, CEO CRDB Bank => not added, he will step down in 2019 – seems to be absolutely normal – http:// allafrica.com/stories/201712290260.html
    Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO Arconic => April 2017 – https:// http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/17/klaus-kleinfeld-steps-down-as-chair-and-ceo-of-arconic.html
    Marco Kobal, CEO NiceHash => added
    Thomas Liguori, CFO Advanced Energy Industries (NASDAQ:AEIS) => added
    Pham Linh, Member Board of Directors, Xanh Real Estate Service & Constructions Corporation => can’t find confirmation
    Kenneth Loberg, Deputy CEO Kopenhagen Fur => October 2015 – https:// http://www.kopenhagenfur.com/en/news/2015/october/deputy-ceo-resigns/
    Ian McLeod, CEO Southeastern Grocers (Winn-Dixie) => June 2017 – http:// jacksonville.com/business/2017-06-19/head-winn-dixie-southeastern-grocers-leaving
    Dave McClure, CEO 500 Startups => July 2017 – http:// http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-dave-mccluer-resign-sexual-harassment-20170703-story.html
    Bill McNabb, III, CEO Vanguard => July 2017 – https:// http://www.wsj.com/articles/vanguard-ceo-mcnabb-to-step-down-1499976819
    Sergio Marchionne, CEO Fiat Chrysler Automobiles => October 2014 – https:// blog.caranddriver.com/126-million-seconds-to-marchionne-sergio-to-leave-fiat-chrysler-ceo-role-after-2018/
    James Marcotuli,CEO & Chairman of Board, Remington => August 2017 – http:// http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2017/08/daniel-zimmerman/breaking-remington-ceo-james-marcotuli-steps-search-way-successor/
    Brad Marshall, CFO DNC => August 2016 – https:// http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/2/amy-dacey-brad-marshall-luis-miranda-leave-dnc-lea/
    Gary Masse, CEO, Coveris => January 2017 – http:// http://www.plasticsnewseurope.com/article/20180110/PNE/180119995/coveris-taps-schur-flexibles-for-ceo
    Robert Matschullat, Board Disney => added
    Marissa Mayer, CEO Verizon => June 2017 – Marissa Mayer resigned as Yahoo CEO as Verizon takes over – http:// http://www.smh.com.au/business/world-business/marissa-mayer-resigns-as-verizon-takes-over-yahoo-in-us45-billion-deal-20170613-gwqkyr.html
    Luis Miranda, Director DNC => August 2016 – https:// http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/us/politics/dnc-email-hack-hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders.html?mtrref=www.google.de&gwh=81F920DDEE2FB5E4C92B7A57E55510B8&gwt=pay
    Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, CEO, Pos Malaysia => added
    Johan Molin, President & CEO, ASSA ABLOY => added
    Ann Murray, CEO YMCA=Selma Dallas County => added
    Phan Ngoc Son, Deputy CEO, Bentre Aquaproduct => added
    Doan Ngoc Quang CEO Legal Rep. Foreign Trade Development and Investment => added
    Van Lam Nguyen, Deputy CEO, Lam Son Sugar Joint Stock Corporation => can’t find confirmation
    Van Toan Nguyen, Deputy CEO, Hoang Quan Consulting => added
    the others are already on the list
    Jan, 24 2018 Alberto E Martinez Chief of Staff –– Marco Rubio

      1. What’s odd here is this list of raw research posted above is being posted here, which I agree is meaningless, but the long list of Trump accomplishments which are verifiable are not posted here? What gives? Is there an anti Trump agenda going on here? We should be proud that Trump is repairing our Veterans Administration and Military, diminishing bureaucratic powers, stands for Christian values, stands for our second amendment rights, stands for free speech evidenced by his FCC chair installation, along with the constitution in whole, and restoring some civility in our daily lives as well. Nothing but positives I say. Cheers!

    1. What do the resignations/firings of CEOs of corporations have to do with Trump? A list of Obama hired quislings who Trump has now cleaned out of the executive branch would be useful. You got a list of those?

      Stewart

      1. “What do the resignations/firings of CEOs of corporations have to do with Trump?” Reply: Not a damn thing…Nothing. But I did post all of Trumps accomplishments which were not posted here, but instead and remarkably chose to post a list of worthless resignations. Yes, I provided the list of greatness and gave it to you in my original post yet to be seen here. Rather than wrangle with me, man up and post it for the benefit of others to rifle through and make their own choice on what is greatness and what isn’t. It costs you not a cent in digital space.

        You ask “What do I think he should do?” I say he should forge ahead with he same determination and resolve he spent getting the job, and proving to the world We the People of these United States of America are greater than any other before us.

        I, as many here, a wartime vet, from a family of oath keepers, many who perished, stand with all those who salute our Commander In Chief for his courage to take a monumental stand against anti American globalism and the deep state condition we endure. Who risks his wealth and life as we have.

        Salute

        1. Hey your post is visible for all to read. And if shorty wants to amend his list of Trump’s accomplishments to add some of what you said that’s fine with me. Up to him as it was his article. And I didn’t ask what you think he should do about CA being in insurrection. I stated what I think he should do. Here, I will repeat it:

          This is the Reconquista. It is a reality and it is happening right now, under Trump’s nose.

          And what is he doing about it? Not what he could, that is for sure.

          What do I think he should do?

          1. Declare an insurrection against the laws of the Union to be in effect by the government of the state of California, and by the governments of the various “sanctuary cities” with the clear intent to bring in illegal alien voters to unlawfully steal elections for the Democratic party (and this is not just about keeping power in California, or in various cities, it is also about electoral college votes and national power).
          2. Declare an invasion by illegal aliens to be in effect, with the direct cooperation of the government of the state of California and with the cooperation of the government of the sanctuary cities. Since the left has politicized those illegal aliens and are using them as weaponized illegal voters, that makes this an invasion that is meant to subvert our republican form of government, which is guaranteed to each state.

          3. Deploy the U.S. military on the border with Mexico and secure the border with a wall of troops to actually secure the border, now, to stop that invasion.
          4. Call the various state national guards into federal service, and deploy them to California and into each and every “sanctuary city” to assist federal law enforcement in locating and rounding up all illegal aliens and assist in their deportation, including transport. If that is not enough manpower, then President Trump should call up the “unorganized militia” as well (that would be us, by the way). There are millions of military veterans and retired police officers in this nation with applicable training that is at least on par with a national gaurdsman, who could be used to likewise assist federal law enforcement in enforcing this nation’s immigration laws.

          That is what President Trump can, and should do, right now.

          This is a fight for all the marbles. If the left in this nation is able to keep over 11 million illegals in the U.S. (some estimate the total to be far higher) and continues to register them to vote, and do all they can to help them vote, then the Democratic Party will attain a permanent lock on power.

          Trump needs to take the gloves off and play hardball, now. The left, by declaring all of California to be a sanctuary for illegals, has just taking the gloves and the mask off, to reveal their naked grasp for power, and all in the service of “transforming” this nation through millions of illegal aliens who are NOT being encouraged to assimilate, but are instead being encouraged to see themselves as part of a Marxist revolution to overthrow this nation, or even as part of a very overt reconquesta to “take back” the Southwest for Mexico. That is why they are encouraged to fly both the Mexican flag and the communist flag.

          1. Suggest you ask Shorty what happened to my original post. The one with month by month Trump accomplishments. I asked him…that too was deleted.

            Not arguing your sentiments about the continuing Reconquista. When Bush II was president, we patriotic land owners were “discouraged” with threat of jail for those who dared protect our great nation and their own sovereign lands from this invasion. There are plenty like myself who’d volunteer to take command of the southern border….with our own fire power and air cover.

            By the way, the Mexican friends (not sure how legal they all are) I have are not to eager to return from where they left, why would they then roll over to hand CA or the SW territory over to the corruption they left? They’d be nothing but useful idiots enslaved by southern corruption, somewhat worse than our own ills.

  10. I’m rather content with the first year of D. Trump holding office. Some might say it was rather controversial, but sometimes a controversy is required to accomplish the goal.

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