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Trey Gowdy and the Real Lesson of Watergate (1973 Democrats blocked investigation of LBJ.)
The American Spectator ^ | May 8, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord

Posted on 05/09/2014 7:06:13 PM PDT by Kaslin

It is the real lesson of Watergate.

As South Carolina’s Congressman Trey Gowdy, the new chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, begins his task, it is worth recalling a lesson from Watergate. Specifically a lesson about the creation of what became known as the Senate Watergate Committee — and how the Senate Republicans of 1973 lost a fight that literally changed the course of American history.

The date is November 17, 1972. The Democrats in the United States Senate are not happy with the results of the just concluded presidential election in which their nominee and Senate colleague, South Dakota’s Senator George McGovern, had lost 49 states — all but Massachusetts and the District of Columbia — to President Richard Nixon.

In the middle of the campaign — back in June — the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee had been burglarized. Among other things, the objective was to bug the phones to monitor the DNC Chairman, ex-JFK and LBJ White House aide Lawrence O’Brien. The story had been a detail of the campaign, but a small one. Not until October had the story gained any kind of traction, moving in a bigger way from print media and the hands of the Washington Post’s young reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to television. Walter Cronkite at CBS had spent two nights in a row on the scandal, a big deal in a day where the three TV networks only had a single half-hour news show at the dinner hour. There were strands of a story — a connection between Nixon’s re-election committee, the story of an intelligence fund at the committee. And not much else. The news reports had no effect whatsoever on Nixon’s impending landslide victory.

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1 posted on 05/09/2014 7:06:13 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Here’s the real lesson of Watergate:

In 1972, Richard Nixon got 520 electoral votes and 60.7% of the popular votes. Despite this enormous victory, the Democrats determined to get rid of him and overturn the results of the election.

From that moment, everything they said, everything they did, was focused like a laser on their desired result. They knew what they were doing, they did it, and they won.


2 posted on 05/09/2014 7:11:40 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Kaslin

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3 posted on 05/09/2014 7:12:48 PM PDT by rdb3 (Get out the putter, this one's on the green.)
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To: Kaslin

Good article...


4 posted on 05/09/2014 7:17:04 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Kaslin

“Every single e-mail involved in this episode must be placed in the hands of Gowdy’s committee. Every relevant person involved — from high to low — should find themselves sitting at that witness table. America can spend the summer getting to know not only what Hillary Clinton did and where the President was and what he was doing exactly. The country can learn just who is Tom Donilon, anyway? Who is Ben Rhodes? Probe the Dude’s memory and go over the scribblings of Tommy Vietor. Find every secretary, every night watchman. Be as thorough in investigating Obama as those Senate Democrats — and, yes, the Republicans — were in investigating Richard Nixon. Just… follow the facts.”


5 posted on 05/09/2014 7:23:26 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: Kaslin

Great and timely find! Thanks!


6 posted on 05/09/2014 7:27:35 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Kaslin

I never knew this history, LBJ bugged Nixon via the FBI? And in ‘64, bugged Goldwater. Bookmarked.


7 posted on 05/09/2014 7:27:36 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Kaslin

Great article. Did not know about the Dems using the FBI to bug the 1964 and 1968 GOP campaigns.

Shame on Hoover for not telling LBJ to take a hike.

I could never understand why the Dems made such a big deal about a political burglary, but it was to destroy Nixon.

Nixon had successfully fought the Communists, especially the traitor Alger Hiss. The Dems, who have been Commies themselves for many years, had it in for them ever since Hiss was convicted in 1949-1950.

The book “Witness” by Whittaker Chambers details those years and how many Commies the Soviets had in DC in the Federal government starting in the mid 1930s. Many of these, Hiss included, became influential, and set the stage for the Cold War from 1946-1991.

The Dems are true enemies of America. This election MUST put them back into minority status.

Our future depends on it.


8 posted on 05/09/2014 7:33:19 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Kaslin

Excellent article, well worth reading. Thanks.


9 posted on 05/09/2014 7:41:00 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: BeadCounter

The 1960 election should have been thoroughly investigated as well...What did the Mob do, and when did they do it? ;)


10 posted on 05/09/2014 7:44:34 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Kaslin

Good article.


11 posted on 05/09/2014 7:45:28 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Frank_2001
The 1960 election should have been thoroughly investigated as well...What did the Mob do, and when did they do it? ;)

I thought of that too. We have a risk of the Rats rewriting history. Already have, I know that.

12 posted on 05/09/2014 7:45:42 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: All

In fact, via my last post, I was reading up on Lee Harvey Oswald, impoverished he was, he took Marina to a maternity ward in New Orleans to give birth to one of their daughters. Oswald left, so he wouldn’t have to pay and said something like “The President’s father bought him the presidency and we can’t even afford to have a baby”. Oswald left the ward so to avoid paying and I guess the State or Charity would handle it.


13 posted on 05/09/2014 7:48:26 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Jim Noble

I can see in 2050 somebody writing the same thing about Obama.....I hope that we improve over time but I don’t have much faith in that we will.


14 posted on 05/09/2014 7:50:18 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: BeadCounter
I never knew this history, LBJ bugged Nixon via the FBI? And in ‘64, bugged Goldwater.

It's true.

I had a close friend, now passed, who was in the Oval Office when LBJ received a message stating that a Republican operative whose phone had been bugged (and knew it) had told a caller that he couldn't respond because his phone was bugged -- however, he was on his way to the airport and would call en route.

LBJ immediately phoned somebody at the FBI and instructed them to bug every phone booth between the RNC and Dulles (the airport where the Republican was headed). The phone booths at Dulles were already bugged...

15 posted on 05/09/2014 7:52:37 PM PDT by okie01
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To: Kaslin

Watergate was about one of Nixon’s staffers trying to get risqué pictures of his wife from the Democrats’ escort service. It was still in court a few years ago. Maybe it still is.


16 posted on 05/09/2014 7:57:00 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Kaslin

I had never heard that history re LBJ, but it sure fits.


17 posted on 05/09/2014 8:02:32 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Kaslin
The first shoe has dropped. The Democrats will not participate in the Committee's investigation.

In time, the second shoe will drop. The Administration will announce that they will not cooperate with the Committee and will refuse to respond to its subpoenas.

All of us should be aware that the Democrats will adopt a total stonewall as their defense.

Presumably, Gowdy (and Boehner) are aware of this possible course. What will be their reaction to it? What do you think it should be?

18 posted on 05/09/2014 8:06:07 PM PDT by okie01
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To: okie01

What are the possibilities? I’m sure they will do what they can do.


19 posted on 05/09/2014 8:17:08 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: okie01

Boehner’s a doormat just as much as Trey Gowdy is a bulldog.

Trey will declare, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!!” while Boehner is crying & applying tanning cream.

Gowdy’s a Cinncinatus; he doesn’t regard a Congressional career as the highest of all goals, unlike the tanned Ohioan. If the GOP-E backstabs him, he’ll come back to South Carolina; we here have much that he can do for the cause of liberty.


20 posted on 05/09/2014 8:24:44 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: okie01

All of us should be aware that the Democrats will adopt a total stonewall as their defense.

You are likely correct. Except for the press (newspapers were big then) Nixon would have gotten away with his stonewalling.


21 posted on 05/09/2014 8:25:21 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Kaslin; All
Everybody said, LBJ was a crook.. but, if your an Democrat,
your predisposed to steal/rob/committing treason.

22 posted on 05/09/2014 8:26:44 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: Kaslin

Well, what goes round, comes round…. That is never more true than for dishonesty and lying and it will be so much fun watching the Hildebeast squirm under Gowdy’s cool gaze. Remember, that during Watergate, Clinton worked for Jerry Zeifman who fired her and said she was an unethical, dishonest lawyer,”….. “She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”


23 posted on 05/09/2014 8:27:03 PM PDT by hecticskeptic
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To: Kaslin; BeadCounter; exit82

My Texas born and bred parents were lifelong Republicans back in the days before we even had John Tower.

The reason was that my mother worked as a high level telephone operator manager in Austin in the days when LBJ set up Lady Bird to own and operate that city.

My mother said that there were only a handful operators who were allowed to connect calls from “certain parties”.

They were the ones who knew that their families would have goons show up with threats if they ever listened in on the conversations.

She retired to raise me and my siblings not long after, but the memories stayed.

She was also convinced that LBJ was in on the assassination. No proof, she just knew how his M.O.


24 posted on 05/09/2014 8:28:07 PM PDT by Mrs.Z
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To: Kaslin

this is why Republicans speaking glowingly of Compromise is ridiculous. Dems will never play nice. They’re ruthless at achieving their goals.


25 posted on 05/09/2014 8:33:16 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

The best book I’ve read about Watergate, is the ‘Watergate Amendment’ by John Fitzgerald. It is a great read and a lot more than just Watergate!


26 posted on 05/09/2014 8:38:55 PM PDT by bondsman (Bondsman)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
Possible responses in the event the Administration refuses to cooperate:

1. Go to court. That's where disputes between the Legislative and the Executive are usually resolved. The 1st Circuit, however, is a mixed bag and it would be quite possible to end up with a judge who won't recognize an open and shut case of Administration lawlessness.

2. Assign the House Sergeant-at-Arms to arrest whoever refuses to respond to the Committee's subpoena and seize the evidence requested. It is unclear, however, whether the House actually retains this weaponry -- it hasn't been deployed for eighty years (not since 1934).

3. Take House action to defund something critical to the Administration, pending a satisfactory response. Such action, however, would require the Speaker to stand for the Committee and its investigatory objective. Not a certainty, in my mind.

Perhaps, there are more. And I would suggest that Chairman Gowdy is investigating them all.

27 posted on 05/09/2014 8:43:42 PM PDT by okie01
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To: Kaslin

Ping


28 posted on 05/09/2014 8:45:19 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: exit82
The Dems are true enemies of America.

I know I am splitting hairs, since the Media is made up of 99% Dems (or political parties further to the left), but I'll cast the mainstream Media members as the true enemies of America. The Democrats could never get away with their fraud, lies, and crimes if they did not have the entire Media wing running interference for them. That is why the Government-Media complex is trying constantly to control the Internet - one small corner of the Information world that is not completely owned by the Leftists.... (I suppose I should make a pitch at this point for the Freep donations ...).

29 posted on 05/09/2014 8:45:36 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Kaslin

Old book “It Didn’t Start With Watergate”, by Victor Lasky, shows how what Nixon was involved in was no worse than and in may ways just a continuation of what many of his predecessors including Kennedy and Johnson had been doing - but then as now the press looked the other way for what ‘rats were involved in while the likes of Rather, Brokaw, and Donaldson pursued Nixon with everything they had - and then as now Republicans were not a match for the ‘rats in relentlessness and ruthlessness......


30 posted on 05/09/2014 8:56:00 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Kaslin

bookmark


31 posted on 05/09/2014 8:57:40 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Mrs.Z

Yes, he was our teacher.


32 posted on 05/09/2014 9:01:03 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Kaslin

One sentence I remember from US v. Nixon, 1974:
“We are a nation of laws, not men.”

Barry “I Won” Soetero must have missed that one in his con law lesson plans.


33 posted on 05/09/2014 9:12:17 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Kaslin; All

Right out of the gate - a congenital liar -

excerpt: “Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, called Clinton a “liar” and “an unethical, dishonest lawyer.”

He contends Clinton was collaborating with allies of the Kennedys to block revelation of Kennedy-administration activities that made Watergate “look like a day at the beach.”

http://www.wnd.com/2008/04/60962/


34 posted on 05/09/2014 9:12:51 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: kitchen
Bookmarked
35 posted on 05/09/2014 9:13:57 PM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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To: Kaslin

Bookmark


36 posted on 05/09/2014 9:23:32 PM PDT by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: okie01
"Presumably, Gowdy (and Boehner) are aware of this possible course. What will be their reaction to it? What do you think it should be? "

Whether they like it or not their only two options are to Impeach and refuse to authorize another dime of money.

It's the only power they have.

37 posted on 05/09/2014 9:46:49 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Graewoulf

We got to get the Democrats out of power—we must vow to drive out each and every Democrat from power and replace them with GOP Conservatives—House, Senate and White House. ONLY then will we find out the truth.


38 posted on 05/09/2014 11:16:43 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: JDoutrider

Bookmark


39 posted on 05/10/2014 12:14:08 AM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: dontreadthis
[The country can learn just who is Tom Donilon, anyway?]

He is a Democratic political operative, elevated by the Clinton's in the ‘90’s from bureaucratic mediocrity to an influential position in the Secretary of State's office. They embedded Donilon in Fannie Mae as a lawyer and lobbyist from 1999 to 2005—a period marked by mismanagement, corruption and insolvency in an institution blamed for the 2008 financial meltdown. Donilon is the prime suspect in a series of leaks of classified information in 2012 aimed at making President Obama appear competent in national security policy. These included the Stuxnet cyberworm, a U.S. informant inside al Qaeda in Yemen, a claim that Obama has a “kill list” he uses to okay drone attacks on terrorists, and more.

40 posted on 05/10/2014 12:54:42 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Kaslin


41 posted on 05/10/2014 12:58:48 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Kaslin

Bookmark.


42 posted on 05/10/2014 4:21:28 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Kaslin; exit82
Great article.

It chronicles the domination of the dems since the Roosevelt years and the arrogance it's given them. It's an arrogance that allows them to be corrupt, and not blush. It explains a lot.

I hope Gowdy understands who it is we are dealing with. The evil they personify has become more than just slightly unsettling.

43 posted on 05/10/2014 5:16:04 AM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: Kaslin

This is one fantastic article


44 posted on 05/10/2014 5:26:41 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Jim Noble
The worst part about Watergate was how anti-tax groups were targeted for IRS audits at a rate ten times greater than the national average. Remmeber when the commissioner flipped Congress the bird?

Then there was the illegal gun-running operation that cost a border agent his life. Nixon also slept through an attack on American embassy, then perpetuated a cover story for months, misleading the victim's families and the American people. And then there was the collection of everyone's phone calls by the NSA. That Nixon was a real monster.

45 posted on 05/10/2014 5:28:10 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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DEMOCRATS RALLY TO SAVE HILLARY'S *** AT ALL COSTS: There’s a vocal chorus of Democrats urging Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to boycott Trey Gowdy's Benghazi committee. They fear appointing Democrat members would lend it credibility, and force Democrats to risk being pawns in a Republican political game.

Here we have proof-positive that Dummycrats should never ever be given political power. They use it like tin pot dictators in Third World satraps.

Lock-stepping Dummycrats spit on those hallowed vestiges of a government they would destroy---they want total power. The power-mad Clintons' grasp for power over and over again is terrifying.

If the Dummycrats had any sense whatsoever they would know that since the 11th century, the system of "Checks and Balances" was initiated in the Great Council Halls of Venice to keep the all-powerful Doges in check.

We need checks and balances now more then ever----to keep the power-crazed Clintons and lock-stepping Dummycrats from trampling us under their feet.

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Republican congressman promises House will stop Obama’s abuse of power
Coach is Right ^ | 2/20/14 | Doug Book FR Posted by Oldpuppymax

Barack Hussein Obama has spent 5 years ignoring both the law of the land and constitutionally imposed limits on the power of the presidency. So far, republicans in both the House and Senate have done precious little to take this corrupt, Marxist plant to task on his countless abuses of executive authority.

But on Monday, during a segment with FOX News political analyst Jeanine Pirro, Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina promised viewers that the House will use the “power of the purse” to end Obama’s obsession with rule rather than governance.

When Pirro asked the congressman if House republicans were actually going to DO it, Gowdy energetically responded “Blank Yeah,” (just in case his mother was watching.) more at coachisright.com ...

46 posted on 05/10/2014 5:48:11 AM PDT by Liz
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

The only Watergate-Benghazi (F&F, IRS, ...) comparisons that interest me are the outcomes.

The guys who ran Nixon out of office were pros. We’ll see how Boehner and McConnell stack up.


47 posted on 05/10/2014 5:56:31 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: okie01

Thank you.


48 posted on 05/10/2014 8:08:51 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: exit82
The Dems are true enemies of America. This election MUST put them back into minority status.

Our future depends on it.

This can not be repeated and shout out enough

49 posted on 05/10/2014 8:16:10 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: RginTN

Noobie: Where do you get the ridiculous idea that the republican want to compromise on this? *rme*


50 posted on 05/10/2014 8:22:28 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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