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NYT: The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party (Cue spooky music)
The New York Times ^ | August 28, 2010 | Frank Rich

Posted on 08/29/2010 2:22:18 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

ANOTHER weekend, another grass-roots demonstration starring Real Americans who are mad as hell and want to take back their country from you-know-who. Last Sunday the site was Lower Manhattan, where they jeered the “ground zero mosque.” This weekend, the scene shifted to Washington, where the avatars of oppressed white Tea Party America, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, were slated to “reclaim the civil rights movement” (Beck’s words) on the same spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had his dream exactly 47 years earlier.

Vive la révolution!

There’s just one element missing from these snapshots of America’s ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising: the sugar daddies who are bankrolling it, and have been doing so since well before the “death panel” warm-up acts of last summer. Three heavy hitters rule. You’ve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans. But even those carrying the Kochs’ banner may not know who these brothers are.

Their self-interested and at times radical agendas, like Murdoch’s, go well beyond, and sometimes counter to, the interests of those who serve as spear carriers in the political pageants hawked on Fox News. The country will be in for quite a ride should these potentates gain power, and given the recession-battered electorate’s unchecked anger and the Obama White House’s unfocused political strategy, they might.

All three tycoons are the latest incarnation of what the historian Kim Phillips-Fein labeled “Invisible Hands” in her prescient 2009 book of that title: those corporate players who have financed the far right ever since the du Pont brothers spawned the American Liberty League in 1934 to bring down F.D.R.

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KEYWORDS: charleskoch; davidkoch; dickarmey; freedomworks; glennbeck; koch; nyt4alqaeda; nyt4soros; nytimes4alqaeda; nytimes4soros; obama; palin; rupertmurdoch; sarahpalin; teaparty; teapartyexpress
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I wish they'd make up their minds: Are conservatives (especially Gov. Palin) morons or evil Übermensch with a decades-long agenda?
1 posted on 08/29/2010 2:22:24 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ain’t anyone bankrolled me yet! I had to buy a new used shirt at Goodwill so I’d look better at the last rally!


2 posted on 08/29/2010 2:27:27 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's a shame Tea Party folks aren't in the same boat as the left is where 90% of their money traces back to Soros. Everything coming from a single multibillionare Nazi makes it so much easier if you want to do investigative reporting and "follow the money". I guess that disproves the theory that leftists always take the path of least resistance, huh?

Regards

3 posted on 08/29/2010 2:32:58 AM PDT by Rashputin (Obama is already insane and sequestered on golf courses or vacations so you won't know it)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Frank would like us to believe the New York Times is one of those self-published anti-capitalist rags that has no money behind it and makes no money—oh, wait, it is!

A political movement with money supporting it? That all you got, Frank?


4 posted on 08/29/2010 2:36:39 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown. -- written by Robert Towne)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Their self-interested and at times radical agendas, like Murdoch’s, go well beyond, and sometimes counter to, the interests of those who serve as spear carriers in the political pageants hawked on Fox News. "

Frank: nobody outside of the NYT breakroom takes you seriously. At all.

Your commie-lib agenda is dying on the vine. Deal.

5 posted on 08/29/2010 2:38:17 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown. -- written by Robert Towne)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hey New York Times,

You don't get it and you never will! The writer just couldn't bring himself to recognize what a class event Beck put on and congratulate him on raising millions of dollars for kids of servicemen. He cannot comprehend that anyone would use their own money to stand for a cause they believe in. He's convinced there must be bigger, hidden motivations.

Sad, just really sad!

6 posted on 08/29/2010 2:39:52 AM PDT by REPANDPROUDOFIT (General, sir, it's ok to call me "ma'am"!)
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To: Darkwolf377
Your commie-lib agenda is dying on the vine. Deal.

I fully expect the newspapers to be the next big bailout. When that happens, maybe Beck can stage an event right at the front door of the NYT. I bet millions of people would show up to declare their outrage at using tax dollars to prop up this liberal icon!

7 posted on 08/29/2010 2:43:49 AM PDT by REPANDPROUDOFIT (General, sir, it's ok to call me "ma'am"!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"When David Koch ran to the right of Reagan as vice president on the 1980 Libertarian ticket (it polled 1 percent), his campaign called for the abolition not just of Social Security, federal regulatory agencies and welfare but also of the F.B.I., the C.I.A., and public schools — in other words, any government enterprise that would either inhibit his business profits or increase his taxes. He hasn’t changed. As Mayer details, Koch-supported lobbyists, foundations and political operatives are at the center of climate-science denial"

Well, thank goodness there are some rich people on the Tea Party side! I have been wondering where they were! It seems like all the rich people are backing the socialists.

Rich puts such a sneer into his tone (describing the Koch's businesses, he says they also "spew various industrial products" such as Dixie cups. Oh, goodness, bad things. Industrial products! Dixie cups! How disgusting! I have been saying for 15 or more years that the government schools should be phased out. But for starters at least close the federal Dept of Education. I don't know about the FBI and CIA, haven't looked into that, but the rest of his platform sounds great! And that was way back in 1980! I am concerned about the Saudi part-ownership of Fox, which he mentions. Couldn't be a good thing.

8 posted on 08/29/2010 2:52:47 AM PDT by Old_Grouch (63 and AARP-free. Monthly FR contributor.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
pfffttt....

As "The Blogger Behind The Obama Hit Job"

I didn't get jack.

Someone owes me

9 posted on 08/29/2010 2:54:05 AM PDT by expatguy (Support "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - DONATE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

At the last TEA Party I went to, several of us were asking each other if the pay master was around and were did we get our checks? (GRIN)


10 posted on 08/29/2010 2:57:22 AM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Their self-interested and at times radical agendas…

Billionaires bankrolling political causes? Perish the thought, eh NY Slimes?


11 posted on 08/29/2010 2:59:48 AM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rich is really a moron. I don’t remember him ever doing a smear job like this on who was bankrolling his commie ‘RATS prior to them taking total control of the IRS, the government and the country. In other words, all of EVERYBODY ELSE’S MONEY!


12 posted on 08/29/2010 3:15:40 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Help fight government obesity! Throw the bums out in November!)
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To: expatguy

We should get a gubmint subsidy!


13 posted on 08/29/2010 3:18:40 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Frank Rich. All I have to do is see his name and know not to read what follows.


14 posted on 08/29/2010 3:19:16 AM PDT by AdaGray
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ordinarilly I don't click a link to read an article if I determine the title is pure crap.

But I was offended by the implications and decided to do just that.

Nowhere in the article is the tea party bankrolled by anyone, nor also Beck and Palin.

After reading the article, I think the author is correct in his facts about who's doing what and when, and it boils down to an article written to the left.

As if to say, "See here ... he spells his name B E C K !! .. Can you believe it? ... BECK !!!"

And I shake my head and click tut tut, considering there really are people in this nation that do not apparently like nor desire personal liberty and freedom nor see the danger(s) with Soros, liberal/leftism and obama

15 posted on 08/29/2010 3:30:45 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey Frank, your oversight of SPLC fundraising.bogieman Richard Mellon Scaife is appalling. Marching orders are marching orders, you know. So, hop to it, ye minion.


16 posted on 08/29/2010 3:34:14 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Dahoser

Billionaires bankrolling political causes? but but Obama said he did’t want that,see how he operates progressives?.


17 posted on 08/29/2010 3:35:09 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Frank Rich needs to be one of the first traitorous bastard “journalists” we expel from the Country when we finally get to that revolution. It’s asshats like him who have been providing cover to professional politicians for far too long, and I think we all would be much better off if Frank went someplace else.


18 posted on 08/29/2010 3:44:23 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh good grief...can’t the Socialists at the NYT think of anything new? This is a re-run of their old Richard Mellon Scaife as the rich right-wing boogie-man that they ran in the last decade. Funny that they never run such an expose about Soros and the Left, though.


19 posted on 08/29/2010 4:06:38 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I searched the article to see if they were intellectually honest enough to mention the biggest money in politics: George Soros. Indeed they did mention him . . .

Many of them tried to change the subject to George Soros, the billionaire backer of liberal causes. But Soros is a publicity hound who is transparent about where he shovels his money. And like many liberals — selflessly or foolishly, depending on your point of view — he supports causes that are unrelated to his business interests and that, if anything, raise his taxes.

They actually said he is transparent! That's their excuse to the readers as to why they don't investigate his spending and report on it. Then the last sentence is the kicker. Soros owned and interested corporations have received billions in bailout money and guarantees . . . but to the NYT he's working against his financial interests. Idiot or liar wrote this . . . probably both.

Soros, IndyMac, and One West:

www.youtube.com/watch?=ssl5yb7FewA&feature=related

20 posted on 08/29/2010 4:18:56 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: November 2010

Better link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssl5yb7FewA


21 posted on 08/29/2010 4:20:04 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans.

The actual Bill Gates and the actual Warren Buffett fund left-wing political causes all the time. Yet, somehow, the NYT does not find this menacing. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway actually owns The Washington Post Company, which in turn owns Newsweek, Slate, El Tiempo Latin, Cable One, and several large newspapers.

those corporate players who have financed the far right ever since the du Pont brothers spawned the American Liberty League in 1934 to bring down F.D.R.

FDR was re-elected in 1936, re-elected in 1940, re-elected in 1944, and then he died. His successor won election in 1948. So there doesn't seem to be much correlation between right-wing billionaires and left-wing electoral success.
22 posted on 08/29/2010 4:31:38 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Worst. Post-Racial President. EVER.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And all this time, I have been opposing the Obama Socialist take-over of America on an un-paid volunteer basis. Who knew there was big money in this?!?


23 posted on 08/29/2010 4:35:18 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (You can force me to recycle, but I will NOT sing the song!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Dear Charles & David:

Perhaps you’ve lost my home address.
Send the check to...


24 posted on 08/29/2010 4:38:18 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Do these people like Frank Rich read their own garbage? They are so far removed from reality like some spoiled brat child who does not get their way.

I'm starting to feel sorry for the willfully ignorant BSM they have not got a clue what is about to happen to them...Although well deserved!

25 posted on 08/29/2010 4:40:08 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free)
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To: November 2010
Organizations funded directly by George Soros and his Open Society Institute:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/orgsfundeddirectly%20.html

26 posted on 08/29/2010 4:40:23 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

deadlink.


27 posted on 08/29/2010 4:43:40 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: November 2010

Notice the sneering tone. The Kochs are evil because they are only interested in politics because they want to lower their taxes, while Soros is noble, because he supports higher taxes. The is always that assumption that higher taxes are good.

Maybe the Kochs realize that higher taxes are evil in and of themselves, regardless of what it means to their personal finances? Surely they can afford whatever the government is demanding. A change of three percent in the capital gains tax isn’t going to effect their lifestyle, one way or the other.

These idiots at the Times just can’t but play their old, dog-eared class-warfare card. Besides the race card, it’s the only card they have left in the deck.


28 posted on 08/29/2010 4:43:53 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (You can force me to recycle, but I will NOT sing the song!)
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To: Haiku Guy

It’s not a sacrifice when the higher taxes lead to government money that gets funnelled to your businesses by government. Interlocked government and big business is a component of fascist economics — and Soros and his president, Obama, are fascists.


29 posted on 08/29/2010 4:46:02 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Where to I submit my expense reports for reimbursement of travel and hand painted signage? I've been to several of these rallies, town hall meetings, and demonstrations beginning in late February, 2009 at City Hall Park in New York — a couple of weeks after Rick Santelli’s historic “rant”.

On the other hand, I have been getting daily solicitations from numerous — some questionable — on-line organizations asking that I send them money. Maybe that's what the New York Times is talking about.

30 posted on 08/29/2010 4:47:35 AM PDT by Mobties
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To: November 2010
Sorry about that (embedded space in the original link),

Try this one.

31 posted on 08/29/2010 4:49:31 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: November 2010

Yes, and where does Rich expose the mafia running Climate Change in order to set-up the old carbon credits gambit? Billionaire Al Gore and Maurice Strong are at the center of that but they haven’t profited, have they?


32 posted on 08/29/2010 4:55:36 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Frank doesn’t get the fact that the Tea Party members actually work for a living themselves so, unlike the lib protestors who live off our tax dollars or are funded by a leftist group, the Tea Party members travel on their own dime. Of course, Frank never lets the facts get in the way of a good smear job.


33 posted on 08/29/2010 4:58:44 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: Haiku Guy

“Notice the sneering tone. The Kochs are evil because they are only interested in politics because they want to lower their taxes, while Soros is noble, because he supports higher taxes. The is always that assumption that higher taxes are good.”

Every time wealthy leftists talk about the need for higher taxes on the wealthy they should be called on to open their checkbooks and give to the government what they feel is its due. Notice Gates and Buffett, who support higher taxes, are currently basking in praise from the liberal media for their pledges to give their fortunes to charity. They can just as easily give their fortunes to the government.


34 posted on 08/29/2010 4:59:15 AM PDT by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I had to laugh given how much money various Leftist political groups and lobbyiing groups are funded by financier George Soros, Steven Bing (who made his fortune in the entertainment industry) and Peter Lewis (who’s on the Progressive Insurance company Board of Directors).


35 posted on 08/29/2010 5:19:22 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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Charles donates to CATO Institute.
David donates to PBS.

Some radicals !


36 posted on 08/29/2010 5:31:22 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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bump


37 posted on 08/29/2010 5:32:36 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I know its easy and fun to pick on this moron ankle biter, but I think he should just be ignored. The NYT is obviously about to go belly-up. The more Rich writes for them, the faster that will occur.


38 posted on 08/29/2010 5:40:23 AM PDT by liberalcide1
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To: Rashputin

“...a single multibillionare Nazi...”

Y’know, when you think if it, Soros looks a lot like Dr. Strangelove.


39 posted on 08/29/2010 5:42:45 AM PDT by Chaguito
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's interesting how the left so regularly accuses us on the right of doing whatever the leftists are ashamed to be doing themselves.

Here in northern NJ, I went to a Tea Party meeting week before last and the "billionaire" who seemed to be bankrolling everything mentioned the small trucking company she owned in conjunction with her remarks about how much the business's health insurance premiums were scheduled to rise next year under Obamacare.

ML/NJ

40 posted on 08/29/2010 6:08:45 AM PDT by ml/nj
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Doesnt Frank work for Carlos Slim, the Billionaire “Cell-Phone Mogul”... Lots of cell phones smuggled across the border...”Cell-phone cartel”???


41 posted on 08/29/2010 6:29:32 AM PDT by hieronymous
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To: knarf; DoughtyOne; stephenjohnbanker; sickoflibs; Liz
Nowhere in the article is the tea party bankrolled by anyone, nor also Beck and Palin.

Exactly. I kept reading, looking for proof of billionaires sneaking chump change to the "astroturf" rabble.

Instead, this article preaches to the elite choir:

"Last week the Kochs were shoved unwillingly into the spotlight by the most comprehensive journalistic portrait of them yet, written by Jane Mayer of The New Yorker. Her article caused a stir among those in Manhattan’s liberal elite...."

The real audience for this journalistic sewage revealed.

Zero reader comments. Comments have been blocked. Wonder why?

42 posted on 08/29/2010 6:33:06 AM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: Obama is the dog who caught the fire truck!)
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To: November 2010

Soros is transparent only because Beck has been washing the window.


43 posted on 08/29/2010 7:03:09 AM PDT by hsrazorback1 (Seek truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did the NYT ever run an article on Soros and others billionaires backing the AnnointedIdiot? Thought not....FUNYT and the Obama horse you rode in on.... =.=


44 posted on 08/29/2010 7:04:58 AM PDT by cranked
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The New York Times

45 posted on 08/29/2010 7:17:26 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: onevoter
I had to look pretty hard, but I finally found a picture of Frank Rich that truly does him justice:


46 posted on 08/29/2010 7:20:51 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another foaming at the mouth with hate, completely divorced from reality, rant from hyper partisan Progressive Fascist Frank Rich.


47 posted on 08/29/2010 8:28:10 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run our of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The billionaire bankrolling Frank Rich and bailing out the NYT: Carlos Slim
48 posted on 08/29/2010 10:05:39 AM PDT by Qbert
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To: andy58-in-nh

Soros is controlling the country with institutes. It’s horrible.


49 posted on 08/29/2010 11:04:20 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They are both. There are those who manipulate, and those that can be manipulated. It is not only a conservative issue.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Useful_idiot


50 posted on 08/29/2010 12:49:50 PM PDT by bri4n
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