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Pro-Life Democrats Critical in Retaking the House and Senate
Democrats for Life ^ | November 9th, 2006 | Democrats for Life

Posted on 11/11/2006 5:28:54 AM PST by Dave Burns

Written by Administrator Friday, 10 November 2006 Democrats for Life of America Protecting Life. Strengthening. Re-Building. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day November 8, 2006 202-220-3066

Pro-Life Democrats Critical in Retaking the House Pro-life Democrats to move to leadership positions WASHINGTON, DC – Democrats For Life of America applauded the Democratic leadership today for recruiting pro-life Democrats to run for key Congressional races in this week’s history making elections.

“Right after John Kerry’s loss in 2004, the Democratic Party finally started talking about including pro-life Democrats in the big tent of the Democratic Party. They put their money where their mouths are and assisted pro-life Democrats. Their inclusion helped pro-life Democrats win and played a significant role in handing over control of the US Senate and House. In addition to adding Bob Casey to the Senate, Democrats will see 6 new pro-life Democrats in the House,” said DFLA’s Executive Director Kristen Day. The new pro-life faces in the US House include: Heath Shuler of North Carolina, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, Charlie Wilson of Ohio, Chris Carney and Jason Altmire both of Pennsylvania.

“We’ve said for years that when we expand the big tent of the Democratic Party, Democrats win. Tuesday night is proof. Now Democrats need to continue to allow pro-life Democrats to help set the agenda in the 110th Congress,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America. “We look forward to working with Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi and the new leaders of the House to promote an agenda that will dramatically reduce the abortion rate in America. We applaud Congresswoman Pelosi understanding that Democrats need to govern from the center and that we must put our words into action by promoting common ground as a way to solve the problems we face.”

Democrats For Life of America’s top priorities for the 110th Congress are: passing the Pregnant Women Support Act, introduced by Congressman Lincoln Davis and received bipartisan support, fully funding the National Cord Blood Inventory Act which will save lives and passing the Child Custody Protection Act.

Several pro-life democrats will assume leadership positions in the new Democratic majority in the House. Rep. Jim Oberstar will chair the Transportation Committee, Rep. Collin Peterson will chair the Agriculture Committee and Rep Ike Skelton will head the Armed Services Committee. Several other pro-life democrats will chair House subcommittees.

Democrats For Life of America was founded in 1999 to mobilize Democrats at the local, state, and national levels. Their primary mission has been to elect pro-life Democrats, support pro-life elected officials, promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform and achieve legislation that fosters respect for human life. Democrats For Life of America currently has 41 state chapters with plans to expand the group into additional states by the end of the year. In addition to the grassroots support across America, the group has several Members of Congress who are actively promoting the group’s mission.

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1 posted on 11/11/2006 5:28:55 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: Dave Burns
Yes, Virginia, there ARE pro-life liberals. Not many of them but they exist.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

2 posted on 11/11/2006 5:32:35 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Dave Burns

What is this another stupid joke?
Democrats are pro death so stop with the Hoo-Ha.


3 posted on 11/11/2006 5:32:56 AM PST by claptrap (optional tag-line under reconsideration)
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To: claptrap
We should welcome it. If the Democrats want a Big Tent, they need to welcome people who are not just pro-abortion. They've figured out if they exclude pro-life people, they're doomed to remain a minority. I'm for working across party and ideological divides to establish and strengthen a culture of life in America.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

4 posted on 11/11/2006 5:35:30 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Dave Burns
This business about "pro life Democrats" is pure bull shiite. It is nothing but show business. Since the rat controls the agenda we can be very sure there will be NO votes of life issues. The so-called "pro life Democrats" will slither back into the woodwork and the people that voted for them will be laughed at behind closed doors.

The rat has cynically used the "pro life" which means nothing to them to perfect advantage. It's like saying "I for statehood for DC by a Republican to swing Black voters in the past congress. It would never come up so why not say you are for it?
5 posted on 11/11/2006 5:38:08 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Millions of Democrat babies aborted in 1988 or earlier did not vote this year.)
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To: Dave Burns

"Democrats for Life" oh now THAT is a good one!


6 posted on 11/11/2006 5:39:04 AM PST by US Navy guy
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To: Dave Burns

I wish them a lot of luck, and will be watching to see how they do. I'm all for the cord blood act -- I offered to donate when my daughter was born, but there was no system in place in 1993.

There have been pro-life democrats in the past (John Bonior was one, believe it or not), but they've never been allowed to be vocal about it.

These democrats shouldn't get hammered by us for their willingness to speak out on being pro-life. They need to be told when they're doing something RIGHT!


7 posted on 11/11/2006 5:39:29 AM PST by Kieri (A Grafted Branch (Rom. 11))
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To: Dave Burns

It's the beginning of a wave that wipe the abortion lobby out of majority control in their party, and eventually, all together wipe it out.

Yes, some of them are more pro-life in name only - voting for a PBAB here but not supporting Parental Notification there. But the movement in their ranks is gaining strength, no doubt. It is only a matter of time. This is the last gasp of the abortion lobby.

The only thing remaining is an about face by a well-known abortion pushing politician. When that happens - boom - the walls will fall in their ranks as if flooded. Pray for it!


8 posted on 11/11/2006 5:39:40 AM PST by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: Dave Burns
Clearly, selecting pro-life candidates for conservative districts was a winning Democrat strategy. But, of course, these same officials-elect will now vote for pro-death leaders and pro-death policies. In other words, these people may be "personally pro-life," but they aren't likely to do anything to further the cause.

Besides, in no case this election, as far as I can tell, did a pro-life Dem actually defeat a pro-death Republican. The net result is that the Congress will be even less pro-life than it was in the past.

9 posted on 11/11/2006 5:40:04 AM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: Dave Burns

LOL! Their first vote in the new House will be for pro-abortion nancy pelosi.


10 posted on 11/11/2006 5:41:21 AM PST by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: madprof98
The test will be when and IF the Democrates will even allow a vote on life issues in the next two years.

I think I know the answer to that one.

11 posted on 11/11/2006 5:42:36 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: claptrap
There are many Districts were the Democrats will run a candidate to the right of our candidate and win. These are what I call CINOs, Conservatives in name only. If the Republicans want a conservative majority they have to do a better job in these districts instead of complaining about Lincoln Chaffee. We are never going to have a Conservative senator from Rhode Island.
12 posted on 11/11/2006 5:42:54 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: rjp2005
The majority of the American people are pro-life. There is NO support for the radical abortion on demand plank that is still a fixture of Democratic Party platforms. Its one that's gone nowhere and brought the party no political gains.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

13 posted on 11/11/2006 5:42:58 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Kieri
These democrats shouldn't get hammered by us for their willingness to speak out on being pro-life. They need to be told when they're doing something RIGHT!

Uh yes they should, since they vote for a pro-abortion leadership(ala nancy pelosi).

14 posted on 11/11/2006 5:43:05 AM PST by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: madprof98

Casey v. Santorum is an example. Casey's old man was as pro life as they come, but he was denied the opportunity to speak at the last convention he attended before his death.


15 posted on 11/11/2006 5:44:24 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: Dave Burns
Ever since republicans got into the business of winning elections on fringe issues, this type of democrat has always been a worry. They take on a few conservative positions like abortion and gun control, effectively neutralizing the main issues republicans use when running against democrats. This leaves the campaign down to wealth redistribution and taxes, and since republicans have lost their way on pushing a small government agenda, the republican is left flailing.
16 posted on 11/11/2006 5:45:39 AM PST by KoRn
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To: Dave Burns
Their campaign commercials in those districts were forthright and effective in stating how much they identified with the people's conservative values. If only the GOP had acted like a real conservative party it would still hold the House today.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

17 posted on 11/11/2006 5:45:56 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Dave Burns

Oberstar is from NE Minnesota, a Democratic stronghold, and was thus able to continue as a pro-life Democrat without having to cvompromise his principles.. Similar is Colin Peterson from NW Minnesota, whic is more conservative. Peterson is a blue-dog Democrat. The problem is that the positions they are being assigned to will have absolutely no impact on legistlation whic affects pro-life legislation.

I think the group of so-called Pro-life Democrats are simple-minded if they think having pro-life chairmen in charge of Agriculture and Transportation Committees is significant in the culture war against abortion, infanticide, embryonic stem cell resaerch, gay marriage, etc..

This is nothing more than delusions.


18 posted on 11/11/2006 5:46:13 AM PST by Gumdrop
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To: mware
Yeah - the question is whether this crop of Blue Dog Democrats means real changes are in the offing among the Democrats to push the party back to the American mainstream or if its simply camouflage designed to give cover to the radical leftist agenda of the party's leadership. We'll find out over the next 2 years which way the Democrats are going to head in Congress.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

19 posted on 11/11/2006 5:49:00 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: jmaroneps37

Ditto..............


20 posted on 11/11/2006 5:50:29 AM PST by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: jmaroneps37
The organization may be pure bull shiite but losing the majority ain't pure bull shiite. We must unveil these CINO's. We should demand that they join a bi partisan Conservative caucus.
21 posted on 11/11/2006 5:51:16 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: goldstategop

If they're serious about staying and voting pro-life, what's to stop them from forming the Pro-Life Democrat Caucus, similar to the Congressional Black Caucus? There's safety in numbers, they could bolster each other and could speak out on this issue.

IF, of course, they're serious.


22 posted on 11/11/2006 5:52:16 AM PST by Kieri (A Grafted Branch (Rom. 11))
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To: Dave Burns; All

I'm witholding my judgement since we haven't seen how they vote yet. But, in general, I think we need to cooperate with these people, and remind them every single time what a pro-life means.


23 posted on 11/11/2006 5:53:13 AM PST by paudio (Universal Human Rights and Multiculturalism: Liberals want to have cake and eat it too!)
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To: goldstategop

If only the GOP had acted like a real conservative party it would still hold the House today.

Instead of telling everyone how much pork they sent back to their districts. What role reversals


24 posted on 11/11/2006 5:54:03 AM PST by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: Dave Burns
Reagan was able to get his program passed with the help of the Boll Weevil Democrats. Those were mostly southern conservative Democrats. I don't think we'll find ground for cooperation on conservative issues with today's Blue Dogs but it wouldn't hurt to test their sincerity.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

25 posted on 11/11/2006 5:54:30 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: mware

Casey picked up some Pro Life votes from Santorum this election. Santorem backed Spector and also had a problem with stem cell research.


26 posted on 11/11/2006 5:55:00 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: Dave Burns
I have to suspect that these so called pro-life dims are lying sonovabitches. If they really were pro-life, they would have left the pro-death dims, fifty million dead babies ago and joined us in stopping that massacre.
27 posted on 11/11/2006 5:55:19 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell (We'll stop calling you liberals,liberals, as soon as a better word for "sh*t for brains" is coined.)
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To: claptrap

No! This is a opportunity to win next time.


28 posted on 11/11/2006 5:56:07 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: goldstategop
Those were mostly southern conservative Democrats. I don't think we'll find ground for cooperation on conservative issues with today's Blue Dogs but it wouldn't hurt to test their sincerity.

They will fail that test when they vote for pro-abortion nancy pelosi as Speaker.

29 posted on 11/11/2006 5:56:50 AM PST by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: goldstategop
Yes Mary, but there are also Pro life Conservative votes that we lost or sat home.
30 posted on 11/11/2006 5:57:38 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: goldstategop
This phony organization is eating off our plate.
31 posted on 11/11/2006 5:58:36 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: US Navy guy

A good one for them! We lost the majority.


32 posted on 11/11/2006 5:59:16 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: Gumdrop
This is nothing more than delusions.

Absolutely correct. Soon, enough, the optimists will be reminded that Democrat = Deceive.

33 posted on 11/11/2006 6:00:24 AM PST by NewLand (Always Remember September 11, 2001)
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To: Dave Burns

They may be pro-life now and wet behind the ears to boot.

As they take their seats in January, they will emerge far wiser about the workings of the political parties, especially democrats.

Toe the party line or you do not get any help for your district, nor do you get re-election money.

All these pro-life electees are about to become nothing more than creatures if their hubris overcomes their good conscience. Just watch...


34 posted on 11/11/2006 6:00:36 AM PST by OpusatFR ( ALEA IACTA EST. We have just crossed the Rubicon.)
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To: Kieri

They don't need your luck; phony groups like this cost us the majority.


35 posted on 11/11/2006 6:01:42 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: Dave Burns
Casey picked up some Pro Life votes from Santorum this election. Santorem backed Spector and also had a problem with stem cell research.

They are both Catholic, they both should have had a problem with EMBRONIC STEM CELL research. Rick was for ADULT STEM CELL research.

The media muddied the water on the issue.

36 posted on 11/11/2006 6:02:42 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: Dave Burns

Speak for yourself Pale Face, "Republicans(RINOS)" LOST the "Majority(as if we really ever had it)" Conservatives won everywhere EXCEPT they won as Democrats this time.


37 posted on 11/11/2006 6:03:00 AM PST by US Navy guy
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To: madprof98

Cleary, and we lost the majority with these phonys. The question is what are we going to do about it.


38 posted on 11/11/2006 6:04:22 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: Dave Burns
Pro-Life Democrats

I suspect most of them are Phonier than a three-dollar bill.

IMHO, until I see one of them give a REAL "No" vote on a bill
that involves abortion funding/availability.

"...by their fruits, ye shall know them"
39 posted on 11/11/2006 6:04:53 AM PST by VOA
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To: Dane

Exactly - all you have to do is learn from the past - it's the best guide we have for future behavior - every 'pro-life' democrat, from LIEberman to Kennedy to Jesse Jackson to Cuomo to....the list goes on - abandons any pretense at supporting any change in the core pro-abortion platform of the Democrats before they rise to any powerful position. The 'Pro-life Democrat' are deluding themselves if they think they are influencing their leaders. Their actions are equivalent to the feel-good actions of the nitwits that carry-on anti-war signs vigils on behalf of the 'children' - there wasn't one child in Darfar or Rawanda or Iraq, Israel, or anywhere else that was saved because of the actions of these who want to appease dictators and homicidal savages.


40 posted on 11/11/2006 6:08:19 AM PST by NHResident (i)
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To: VOA

By their fruits we shal know them...

I also am pretty skeptical of pro-life dems, and ask as others, if they really were pro-life how they could possibly have stayed with dems this long.

On the other hand, tell me the "fruits" we have, to know the republicans. They've had the Senate and The House, since 1994, AND the White House for over 6 years.

Fruits To Inspect?


41 posted on 11/11/2006 6:11:04 AM PST by 9999lakes
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To: Dave Burns

The very first vote these "pro-life" Democrates will pass, is to elect "pro-death" Pelosi as their leader.


42 posted on 11/11/2006 6:14:06 AM PST by Drango (Earth first, we'll strip-mine the other planets later!)
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To: mware

Let's give them the test.


43 posted on 11/11/2006 6:21:59 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: goldstategop

A monster government that seeks to control all aspects of its citizens lives is not pro-life. A government that requires its citizens to turn over the fruits of its labor to be redistributed as our masters see fit is not pro-life. A government that seeks to conform society to the values and vision of the depraved multi-culturists is not pro-life. Men were created to be free. Without freedom life will never really be living.
To define pro-life exclusively in terms of abortion is ludicrous and totally idiotic. And yes I am totally against abortion. A culture of life has to be a culture of freedom. Not a culture where we are all wards of and slaves of the state.


44 posted on 11/11/2006 6:23:10 AM PST by all the best
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To: Dave Burns

The dems have finally found out why they can't get elected. I had a girlfriend, a strong Christian, who voted for every tax increse in the world. She was; so lib she was practically a socialist, but she "had to leave" the dem party because of abortion. She was very upset about it.

She was dem through and through but abortion effectively stopped her from voting dem.

This is the dem strategery. Get votes by prolife candidates, but keep them marginalized. Pelosi will make sure they have no real power. Abortion is way too sacred to Dems to allow such things.


45 posted on 11/11/2006 6:26:17 AM PST by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: Recon Dad

how much of the pork wnt to Democrats?


46 posted on 11/11/2006 6:33:18 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: Gumdrop

Losing the house is no delusion.


47 posted on 11/11/2006 6:35:17 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: US Navy guy

Forget the RINO's o after the CINO's.


48 posted on 11/11/2006 6:38:17 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: 9999lakes
On the other hand, tell me the "fruits" we have, to know the republicans.

The Republicans failed on just too many aspects of their mission.
E.g., given the golden reason of 9-11, no real securing of
our borders.

I held my nose and voted for 'em only because I didn't want to
"put the children in charge" as happened in 1992.

A party shouldn't run on fear, but Rove should have made it clear
to voters that "If you want a 'party of 1968' like in France, vote
Democrat".
49 posted on 11/11/2006 6:42:22 AM PST by VOA
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To: Dave Burns

How many took the place of pro-abortion Republicans? What was the net effect on the pro-life makeup of the House and Senate?


50 posted on 11/11/2006 6:46:49 AM PST by SolomoninSouthDakota (Daschle is gone.)
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