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This Is How You’ll Feel When the GOP Wins the Senate
Moyers and Company ^ | March 25, 2014 | Professor Marty Kaplan

Posted on 03/29/2014 10:04:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

It’s the morning after.

You stayed up late watching election results on TV. By the time you went to bed, the Republicans had won five of the six Senate seats they needed to take control of both houses of Congress. As the networks called each state for the GOP, it felt like a trap door had opened beneath your feet, like a Munch scream, like a nightmare — a nauseating, slow-motion wreck you were powerless to prevent.

Too rattled to sleep, you reached for the melatonin. Then, when you wake up in a sweat, the real nightmare begins. Republicans are jubilant. Their campaign was all about getting even. Now it’s time for some traffic problems in Fort Barack.

It doesn’t cushion the blow when you find out how hollow their mandate is: Fewer than 20 percent of registered voters voted for them. This, in a country where 33 percent reject the idea of evolution. It only infuriates you more when you learn that the electorate was older and whiter than the country. And that the combined population of states where Republican senators ousted Democrats was less than the population of California. And that some victory margins were under a thousand votes.

They won. It turned out not to matter that fact-checkers and satirists called Pinocchio, pants-on-fire and bullsh*t on their ads. Or that the economy is improving, millions of previously uncovered Americans now have health insurance and we haven’t gone to war in Syria, Ukraine or anywhere else neocons have been itching to entangle us.

All that will matter is that the Senate Republican majority will be even more obstructionist than the Senate Republican minority, and they will have the House Republican majority as enablers. They will repeatedly repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll strip the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of staff and powers. They’ll outlaw abortion, gut food stamps even further, block a path to citizenship for 12 million immigrants and cut taxes on the 1 percent. The only thing stopping them will be Democratic filibusters. But fear of losing the next election will be on many minority minds, so a united opposition is not a given, and Democratic caving, depicted as high-minded bipartisanship, will no doubt send some odious Acts to the Oval Office.

Which the president will veto, and which one hopes will lack the two-thirds required to override. The result — the most optimistic scenario — will be epic gridlock. White House initiatives will be dead on arrival in Congress, and Republican laws will be interred in the Rose Garden. This will be particularly good news for the plutocrats whose billions are now funding the 2014 national disinformation campaign; stasis is their friend.

Last week, President Obama anticipated getting “clobbered” in the midterm elections. On Sunday, Nate Silver changed his Senate forecast from a tossup to a slight Republican advantage. Maybe these predictions will terrify enough Democratic donors to cough up now and enough Democratic voters to turn out in November. But are dystopian prophecies, including mine, ever really a deterrent? I’m afraid that not even the declaration by Oklahoma Republican Jim (The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future) Inhofe that he’ll be in charge of the Senate environment committee if they win; or the thought of Chuck (“There are a lot more Scalias and Thomases that we’d love to put on the bench“) Grassley chairing the judiciary committee, or of armed services and foreign relations manned up by Lindsey Graham and John McCain — won’t be enough to energize Democrats.

The only way to increase the turnout of the base is to speak to its heartbreak.

Drones. Spying. No tax on carbon pollution. No immigration reform. No gun control. No public option. No campaign finance reform. No bankers behind bars.

Every Obama supporter has a list of disappointments with the administration, and a list of excuses for them — the Republican House, the NRA, political reality — that don’t cut it. Democrats won’t hold the Senate by getting a percent or two more of swing voters than Republicans, because it’s supporters, not undecideds, who turn out for midterm elections. Their only hope is to increase their passion. The young, the women, the blacks and Latinos who vaulted the president into the White House in 2008, and who had nowhere else to go in 2012, will not be rushing to the polls in 2014 unless President Obama gives them — gives us all — big reasons to fight for him, not just against them.

Insiders tell me, “Just wait until after the mid-terms, he’ll be free to pull out all the stops.” But why should a full-throated Obama who’ll get nothing from a future Republican Congress be more appealing than an Obama who gets nothing from Congress now? In his 2014 State of the Union, he said he was going to act “with or without Congress.” What’s he waiting for?

I’m sure someone has a spreadsheet showing that Democrats have a better chance of holding the Senate if Obama waits until after the election to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline. Surely some operative has numbers saying that approving the Keystone XL now is his only hope of holding on to seats in Alaska, Louisiana, Montana and West Virginia. But polls about hypothetical presidential actions can’t forecast passion very well. Political wildfire is still, thankfully, unpredictable.

I’d rather wake up on Nov. 5 sick at losing the Senate, but proud that Obama and the Democrats did all they could to make climate change, gun control, immigration and big money big issues, instead of losing because they were too afraid of losing to win.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014; 2014midterms; banglist; immigration; johnmccain; keystonexl; lindseygraham; obama; senate
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Marty Kaplan is the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. His uncommonly broad career has also spanned government and politics, the entertainment industry and journalism.
1 posted on 03/29/2014 10:04:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liberty offends him.

Just my opinion.


2 posted on 03/29/2014 10:07:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He sounds terrified.


3 posted on 03/29/2014 10:08:14 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I’d rather wake up on Nov. 5 sick at losing the Senate, but proud that Obama and the Democrats did all they could to make climate change, gun control, immigration and big money big issues, instead of losing because they were too afraid of losing to win.

I gotta tell you, Marty. Either way, you're still gonna wake up sick.....each and every day.

4 posted on 03/29/2014 10:09:09 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Enemies Beware: Obama has a phone and a # and he knows how to use them.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Marty Kaplan is the poster boy of left wing depravity.


5 posted on 03/29/2014 10:09:50 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Wiser now
Well, to some of us, 1984 sounded like a bloody horrorshow, too.

I can see why the concepts of industrial development, the rule of law, employment, and restored liberty would send them reeling into the shadows that spawned them.

6 posted on 03/29/2014 10:13:50 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds like he’s wetting his Depends! Love it!


7 posted on 03/29/2014 10:13:52 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll feel even better when Conservatives take over the Senate. It is going to take far more than six seats to take control. Even with 52 GOP Senators, if Lindsey Graham and John McCain are still there, the Democrats will be calling all the shots.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 10:15:10 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Marty Kaplan is the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. His uncommonly broad career has also spanned government and politics, the entertainment industry and journalism.

Notwithstanding which, he is an utter fool.

9 posted on 03/29/2014 10:16:33 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Democrat filibuster? Forget it. Harry Reid already used the “nuclear option.” The Republicans can block any Democrat filibuster with just 51 votes.

Thanks Harry!


10 posted on 03/29/2014 10:22:00 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey, Marty, pull on a warm set of onsies, and have a cup of hot chocolate.


11 posted on 03/29/2014 10:24:50 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ha! He said “manned up” and Lindsey Graham in the same sentence.


12 posted on 03/29/2014 10:26:17 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought this was satire from The People’s Cube. Scary that it’s real but I know sheep like this.


13 posted on 03/29/2014 10:28:04 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Cowboy Bob

All LIBs/DIMS out! From dogcatcher on up. These bums should never be given any position of authority. Ruinous bastar*s.


14 posted on 03/29/2014 10:29:26 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I’d rather wake up on Nov. 5 sick at losing the Senate, but proud that Obama and the Democrats did all they could to make climate change, gun control, immigration and big money big issues, instead of losing because they were too afraid of losing to win.”

As usual, wrong premise. I hope you wake up on the 5th with a very large headache and a stomach ache with diarrhea to boot.


15 posted on 03/29/2014 10:36:12 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What's needed is two thirds, not a mere blow-hard majority.

With two thirds, Barry and Plugs can land on the ash heap of history a couple of years early, high crimes and misdemeanors being whatever a majority of the House and two thirds of the Senate deem them to be. And urban plate glass installers can enjoy a windfall!

16 posted on 03/29/2014 10:37:58 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Impeach. Remove. Imprison.


17 posted on 03/29/2014 10:43:20 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

HA! They’re moderating my comments...soon to ban me, I’m sure, filthy little fascists like Moyers who never earned a dollar that wasn’t somehow sucked from the public teat.....


18 posted on 03/29/2014 10:43:50 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t worry Marty. Tom Daschle will still be in charge. Our, so called, guys had the house, senate, presidency and supreme court. Daschle still ran things. We don’t know how to act like we won something any better than we know how to not lose in the first place.


19 posted on 03/29/2014 10:45:15 PM PDT by prov1813man (While the one you despise and ridicule works to protect you, those you embrace work to destroy you)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"“Just wait until after the mid-terms, he’ll be free to pull out all the stops.”

That's why gun and ammo sales have skyrocketed...since 2008.

20 posted on 03/29/2014 10:48:03 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hey, Bill. This is how I will feel after the GOP wins the Senate.


21 posted on 03/29/2014 10:52:43 PM PDT by garjog (Obama: making the world safe for Sharia.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Naahhhh, I’ll go to bed satisfied that my bottle of Johnny Walker Double Black was worth the wait!!!


22 posted on 03/29/2014 11:03:16 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: Wiser now

He sounds like an idiot.


23 posted on 03/29/2014 11:09:52 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I’d rather wake up on Nov. 5 sick at losing the Senate, but proud that Obama and the Democrats did all they could to make climate change, gun control, immigration and big money big issues, instead of losing because they were too afraid of losing to win.”

Then you too will be one happy camper Nov 05. The words “sh*t eating grin” come to mind and it’s my fond hope you get to experience it, Marty.


24 posted on 03/29/2014 11:12:08 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Either this nonsense is a spoof, or this guy perfectly embodies the variety of highly virulent and utterly disabling mental illness known as Liberalism.


25 posted on 03/29/2014 11:36:41 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This, in a country where 33 percent reject the idea of evolution.

Wow, now that is serious punking of the Democrats :-)

26 posted on 03/29/2014 11:38:26 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The liberals must really be scared of what is going to happen this fall. They are already hard at work trying to delegitimize the election ahead of time.

No - They didn’t lose because of immoral, failed polices, corruption, and the rejection of the rule of law - no, it’s because the people who voted are old white racist pigs. The huge win by the republicans is NOT A MANDATE, not a mandate, not a mandate!!!! Don’t anyone DARE think it’s a mandate!!


27 posted on 03/30/2014 12:04:28 AM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: rusty schucklefurd

The Rat cynicism it reeks.


28 posted on 03/30/2014 12:07:34 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll wake up so happy the RINOs are back in charge....weeping their tears of joy

Lining up to nominate Fatty the Moderate for 16....

And FOX news and WSJ will all have multiple consecutive political orgasms


29 posted on 03/30/2014 12:13:19 AM PDT by wardaddy (the real battle is what do we replace America as we knew it with....and will we fight..literally)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It doers indeed reek and now it shrieks.


30 posted on 03/30/2014 12:14:18 AM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: rusty schucklefurd

Correction: it does indeed reek and now shrieks.


31 posted on 03/30/2014 12:16:08 AM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: wardaddy

Me too. I will be massively celebrating and hoping it is Michigan too.


32 posted on 03/30/2014 12:17:37 AM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: wardaddy

Re: “lining up to nominate fatty in 16.”

I hope to God that you are incorrect on that prediction. Heaven help us if it is.


33 posted on 03/30/2014 12:19:23 AM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The only way to increase the turnout of the base is to speak to its heartbreak:

“No tax on carbon pollution.” :)

“No immigration reform.” :D

“No campaign finance reform.” :D :D

“No gun control.” :D :D :D

Man, I’m definitely voting next time! ;)

“Drones. Spying. No bankers behind bars.”

That kinda sounds like the last six years of the Obama administration to me...


34 posted on 03/30/2014 12:20:45 AM PDT by DemforBush (The scourge of mariachis and polka bands everywhere.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Marty Kaplan is the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.”

And, judging from the article he’s written, a total pansy.


35 posted on 03/30/2014 12:21:24 AM PDT by DemforBush (The scourge of mariachis and polka bands everywhere.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They will repeatedly repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll strip the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of staff and powers. They’ll outlaw abortion, gut food stamps even further, block a path to citizenship for 12 million immigrants and cut taxes on the 1 percent.

If only... The Republican majority this doofus fears so will be run by the old guard; men like John McCain and not Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. The old guard will cave and give Obama everything he wants. They will prove to be as effective a shield against the House GOP as Harry Reid and the Democrats. Obamacare and amnesty will be safe in Mitch McConnell's hands.

36 posted on 03/30/2014 12:23:15 AM PDT by Redcloak (Winter is coming,)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the lamentations of their omen


37 posted on 03/30/2014 1:18:30 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: DaxtonBrown

the lamentations of their women


38 posted on 03/30/2014 1:19:07 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

"I'm not getting out of these pajamas until Obama tells me I am safe from the Republicans. In the meantime, I'm going to sit here and drink hot cocoa with my boyfriend."


39 posted on 03/30/2014 1:26:16 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

40 posted on 03/30/2014 1:28:29 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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Oh my, hand me the Execdrin after reading this.

My bigger concern?

We win the Senate, Mitch is still in charge, they behave like the gang that couldn't shoot straight and we are even more pissed off than we are now because once again the stupid party would have dropped the flippin' ball.

We need to send them another 6 to 10 Ted Cruz's and either Mitch looses the Primary or someone runs against him for leadership.

Ditto that in the House, and Cantor or Ryan aren't the answer, we need some new blood @ the helm...

41 posted on 03/30/2014 1:29:43 AM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: Hoodat

to post 8.

not at all.

Mitch McConnell, plus other Republican committee chairs,
will be in charge


42 posted on 03/30/2014 1:48:56 AM PDT by RockyTx
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Their campaign was all about getting even.

Getting even for what?

-PJ

43 posted on 03/30/2014 2:01:43 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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Not only that, Marty, but the Republicans are going to: One can olny hope.
44 posted on 03/30/2014 2:25:28 AM PDT by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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DemforBush :"... No bankers behind bars.” That kinda sounds like the last six years of the Obama administration to me...

Quite true , ..but ..
Notice that the "Just-US" Dept. is purging corrupt DemoRats ?
Don't get all giddy about the demise of select DemoRats .
I believe we will see an " OCTOBER SURPRIZE" when, immediately before elections ,
we will see corrupt Republicans ,and GOPe arrested for either 'real' , or fabricated offenses,
with limited opportunity to defend themselves prior to elections .
The electorate has limited memory , punctuated by 30 second sound-bytes , and the media is not our friend !
I put nothing beyond this administration or the "Just-US" Dept. when it comes to elections (ie.: photo ID ).
Sometimes its not what you see ,.. sometimes it is what you don't see ..
Think about it .. !

45 posted on 03/30/2014 3:01:25 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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... climate change, gun control, immigration and big money big issues ...

These are the pressing issues for the parasite left. Direct attacks on our economy, our constitution, our culture, and capitalism.


46 posted on 03/30/2014 3:13:32 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

I hope Marty is on track.


47 posted on 03/30/2014 3:13:49 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The article implies liberals will commence to shrieking to the heavens while gouging each others eyes out and ripping their skin away....

.... Like that’s somehow a bad thing.


48 posted on 03/30/2014 3:29:14 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I can only say.... WHAT A NUTJOB! This man is a professor?!
49 posted on 03/30/2014 3:32:04 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Hoodat
John McCain is standing by, ready to resume his maverick role and will become the King-of-All-Media with his reach-across-the-aisle bipartisanship.
50 posted on 03/30/2014 3:35:03 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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