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State-Run Internet Lotteries Should Be Shut Down

Posted by TreyL on April 26, 2016 at 5:26 PM

I happened to stumble upon an episode of Frontline from 1990 in which they document America's lottery fever at that time. Lotteries are one of the issues that liberals and conservatives agree on. Almost every state that put the question to a popular vote of the people, liberal or conservative, red or blue, has voted by an average of a 2-to-1 margin in favor of establishing a state lottery. Only Alabama in 1999 and Oklahoma in 1994 (Though voters later approved a lottery ballot measure in 2004) voted down the creation of a state lottery.

Here in Michigan, the ballot measure to create the Michigan Lottery passed with 73% of the vote in 1972. Everywhere from Texas to Louisiana to California, states on every side of the political spectrum all overwhelmingly supported having a state lottery. Florida voted with 63.57% in favor in 1986, Georgia with 52% in 1992, New York with 60.57% in 1964, Iowa with 67% in 1972, Ohio with 64% in 1973.

But as time has gone on and technology become more robust, states have become increasingly shameless in their move away from marketing the lottery as a revenue-generator for education and toward making the lottery the only form of legal online gambling.

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The Hypocrisy of "Family Values Republicans" is Hilarious

Posted by TreyL on March 28, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Last week, Alabama's "Family Values Conservative" Republican governor Robert Bentley was caught having an affair with his top aide. As Republicans call for Mr. Bentley to resign, Mr. Bentley stubbornly refuses to step down, just like every other elected official in Alabama currently facing scandal and indictment. The hilarity of it is that every single one of these scandals involved Christian conservatives who seek to force their religion on the general public at large that won't practice what they preach.

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Scores Perish in Brussels

Posted by Warren Porter on March 22, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Both an airport and a train station in Brussels were attacked this morning. Evidence indicates that DAESH is likely to be responsible although it will be impossible to say for sure for the time being.

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Talonic Law and Vengeful Injustice

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on March 17, 2016 at 8:18 AM

So, let me get this straight: The reason why Obama doesn't get to nominate Scalia's replacement, is that he once temporarily blocked a justice who got on the court anyways? I think it's time to review an often misunderstood notion of ancient law, the one that goes, "An eye for an eye..."

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Merrick Garland nominated to High Court

Posted by Warren Porter on March 16, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Today, Barack Obama fulfilled his Constitutional duty to nominate a replacement for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court formerly occupied by Antonin Scalia.

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Trump Campaign Played With Fire, Now it Got Burnt.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on March 12, 2016 at 12:15 AM

I'm sure they'll play the victim on this one, talk about thuggish protestors and all that. They may even play up the Chicago angle, and do even more race-baiting about Black Lives Matters. What I'm not sure about is whether Donald Trump has a clue about why, out of all the Candidates out there, he's the one who ran into this. I'm pretty sure he's not about to take responsibility. He should.

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Straight Talk on the Progressive Movement and its Embracing of "Safe Spaces" and Transgenderism

Posted by TreyL on March 5, 2016 at 11:31 AM

"Progressive: favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters."

Anyone who's paid any attention to the race for the Democratic nomination knows that the question 'What is a progressive' has been asked many times and given a number of different answers. But it seems today to have been redefined by "educational liberals" as having to check all sanity at the door to the political arena. From the redefinition of "political correctness" to mean the sanity-free zones called "safe spaces," to the new mass embrace of "non-binary gender identities," the term "progressive" is being morphed into a term synonymous with "hippie." This progressive is saying to his fellow Democrats and those left-of-center that it's time to take our ideology back.

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Iran Votes and Obama Wins

Posted by Warren Porter on February 27, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Last year, Iran and major world powers signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a deal to terminate Iran's nuclear weapons program. I have previously written about the non-proliferation aspects of the deal. However, an ancillary benefit of the agreement was the promise that it would empower moderates in Iran.

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The Folly of the Universal Negative

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on February 25, 2016 at 4:37 PM

I am not an originalist. The Framers were not perfect, and plus, it was their intention that we govern ourselves, that experience and reasoned analysis of current situations and current needs should govern this country. We are meant to benefit from our experience. That said, I don't entirely disagree with the Framer's approach to government, especially when it comes to Supreme Court appointments.

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A Democrat in Distress: My Party is Leaving Me Behind

Posted by TreyL on February 17, 2016 at 12:11 PM

If you look at the demographics I fall into (20, 21 in less than two weeks, college student, gay, and a Democrat), most people incorrectly assume that I'm a Bernie Sanders supporter. That label has been the bane of my existence the past 9 months, and here I sit wondering how my party has left me behind, how so many of my fellow Democrats could jump on this bandwagon. The fact is, I feel like I'm getting left in the dust by my own party, and I'm certainly not the only one who feels this way.

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Rest in Peace: Antonin Scalia

Posted by Warren Porter on February 13, 2016 at 11:23 PM

A truly amazing American passed away last night. Antonin Scalia transformed judicial thought by breaking with tradition and introducing his philosophy of originalism. As much as I enjoyed disagreeing with some of his opinions, I could always recognize their author as a true intellectual heavyweight. While Scalia held many antiquated views regarding society and morality, he represented the views of many Americans. It is for this reason that I am proud that Ronald Reagan nominated him to the court 30 years ago. I am a firm believer in the strength of diversity and conservatism definitely deserved a juggernaut to represent their views. Losing Scalia will greatly impair the Supreme Court and he will be sorely missed.

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Untrue Patriots

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on January 20, 2016 at 7:20 PM

See what you folks have encouraged? FOXNews lionizes these people, and all of a sudden, they think they can pull stunts like this. It's not a coincidence. It's consequence.

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Happy Holidays: Straight Talk On the Anti-Political Correctness Movement

Posted by TreyL on December 24, 2015 at 10:29 PM

It's Christmas Eve as I write this, and I accept in advance that some will not like what I have to say. However, it's that time of year again when, like clockwork, the religious right screams and cries about their imaginary "war on Christmas." Today, after putting in a work-intensive morning and afternoon preparing Christmas dinner for the family, I ran out to a Chinese restaurant for the work-free Christmas Eve dinner that quite a few families enjoy, and witnessed a grown man throwing a temper tantrum because the cashier had dared wish him a happy holiday instead of a merry Christmas. It's a smaller, and less dangerous example of how the anti-PC movement is nothing more than when bigots realize that their bigotry is no longer socially acceptable.

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The Courage to Face the Light

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on December 8, 2015 at 3:22 PM

The world is not a place built to soothe our anxieties. Something is always going wrong. If we wait for the world to quiet, for people to be good, and our enemies not to threaten us to live up to our ideals, we'll never realize the true vision of our framers, or go beyond it to even more exceptional heights of glory.

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Dystopias are the Utopias of the Few

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on December 4, 2015 at 10:57 AM

It is easy to think almost any system works, if you live at the top, if you're in the top one percent. You take your hits, you absorb your damage, you get your friends in authority to fix things up for you, and then you're good. If you're part of some political party dominating things, and you're seeing your agenda pushed everywhere, you might think that you're in the best of all possible worlds. The world often ensures that the last people to know something is wrong, are the ones who lead and dominate.

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Come on Governor McAuliffe Double Down!

Posted by AllardK on April 29, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Don't misunderstand or underestimate Terry McAuliffe, the very forgiving governor of Virginia. Allowing hundreds of thousands of convicted felons to vote and doing it in one big blanket amnesty-like executive action, is merely fighting the good fight to defend the First Amendment.

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Carly's Brilliant; but She's No Coal Miner's Daughter

Posted by AllardK on April 28, 2016 at 9:15 PM

The singing was a little unsettling, but Carly's mind is a force to be reckoned with. And she returned to center stage with a raging thirst for the opportunity to unleash the incendiary but enlightened rhetoric she is capable of. Will Fiorina make a difference to Ted Cruz's campaign in Indiana, where it is a matter of political life and death?

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Tit-for-Tat for Ted and John

Posted by AllardK on April 25, 2016 at 10:16 PM

Will the Kasich-Cruz axis - or the JT Team if you wish - last long enough to fulfill it's function? That means all of a week - or a week and a day seeing it was announced late Sunday evening. Can they hold it together through more than 7 grueling days and countless probing questions from evil journalists who snidely will wish to know: is this for real? And it has to last until May 3. That's a long time given the way this nomination race has played out so far.

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The Joy of GOP Convention Rules

Posted by AllardK on April 21, 2016 at 8:57 PM

When trust is at a low point, process becomes viewed with suspicion, nay, even paranoia. So what normally is an arcane meeting of Republican activists and party members - this time in Hollywood Florida - instead became the focal point of yet another controversy in the GOP's once-in-a-lifetime circus of a nomination process.

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Can Ted Go a-Thwarting in Brooklyn (and Berkeley)?

Posted by AllardK on April 19, 2016 at 7:57 PM

If you want to change parties, go west young woman - yes young men too. Anyone, in fact, who becomes convinced they're backing the wrong candidate in the wrong party will find that voter registration deadlines - crucial in closed primaries - are earliest down (and north) east and much later out west. Fivethirtyeight has a great little chart summing it up.

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Hillary and Bernie Will Have to Bare Their Fangs

Posted by AllardK on April 15, 2016 at 1:22 AM

At the Thursday Democrat debate in New York City, Sanders will try to claw back Hillary's lead. Will he be able to? NYC is all about identity politics and big money. So Bernie will rail against the Wall Street Banks and hopefully show a little more depth of understanding, without seeming to be bowing before the complexities of high finance. And both Bernie and Hillary will scuffle and scrape over identity politics. Like giving illegals - mostly Latinos - driver's licenses and who voted for what on similar micro-issues.

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Trump Had Better Start Wonking; Now

Posted by AllardK on April 13, 2016 at 9:49 PM

Of course Trump is angry at the political party system in America. The political parties - especially the GOP - are angry at the political party system. Angry that the Grand Old Party is not working as it's established leaders feel, think, and apparently know it should. Or angry that the Grand Old Party is not opening up to popular discontent and allowing new blood in if you happen to be more Tea Party/Conservative.

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The Establishment Has A Real Bad Case Of Fleas

Posted by Roy Ellis on April 9, 2016 at 8:23 AM

I've gone along here for months trying to get a handle on Cruz and Rubio as to their 'reason for being' and who are their powerful friends. Cruz claims to be outside the establishment (corpocracy), has stood alone in filibustering congress and seems to have only a couple of legislators who befriend him. Rubio is quite the opposite, clinging to the corpocracy and being proud of it.

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The Devil and Hillary According to Bernie

Posted by AllardK on April 8, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Bernie and Hillary are finally getting a little muddy. You see, Hillary is fed up with Sanders and all those screaming, enthusiastic, young supporters. Fed up with the guy who didn't even have the decency to go after her on the email scandal last fall. How can he still be in the race? Winning primary after primary lately. Yes, she has a clear majority of votes. And should Bernie catch up a little to her in terms of unbound delegates, then the DNC establishment super delegates will take care of her nomination for her.

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17 Minutes in Wisconsin

Posted by AllardK on April 6, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Does the term Wisconsin-nice truly apply to Mark Belling? The conservative talk-radio host from the Badger state's WISN, recently described Trump's team of advisors as "probably just a bunch of butt kissers." And he's been doing this for months now, along with the head Trump-hater Charlie Sykes, who considers Trump to have missed out on Wisconsin's "tradition of civility and decency." Along with a few other fellow talk-radio hosts mostly located in the Greater Milwaukee area.

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Putting the Nomination Rules Into a Woodchipper in Fargo

Posted by AllardK on April 4, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Oh to be wined and dined and squeezed in Fargo with nary a wood-chipper in sight. Candidates were in Fargo for the actual process of selecting delegates for North Dakota. That is, candidates for delegates. With a real candidate or two like Ted Cruz showing up. While an ex-candidate like Ben Carson held one-on-one's to try and convince them to stand with Trump.

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Kasich not Fade Away

Posted by AllardK on March 31, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Trump may meet his Madison in Wisconsin. Not the Father of the Bill of Rights, but more indirectly, the city in Wisconsin that bears the founding father's name, and where Kasich perhaps ends up being useful. To Ted Cruz that is. Because in Madison, unlike the rest of Wisconsin, it's Kasich not Cruz who is - as fivethirtyeight say - competitive. In other words, Wisconsin could become an illustration of how Kasich and Cruz can work together to deny Trump the 1,237 delegates he needs to avoid a messy convention battle.

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Is Glenn Beck Anointing False Idols?

Posted by AllardK on March 29, 2016 at 2:33 PM

Camille Paglia in Salon let loose in a broadside against most of the candidates - including Hillary; she's voting for Sanders apparently. And she questioned Ted Cruz's Christianity, saying he reminded her of Swaggart and Bakker. Pride before the fall?

Or a Sanders supporter sneering at heartland values?

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Scott Walker Chokes on the Fog of Civil War

Posted by AllardK on March 24, 2016 at 9:58 PM

Within three weeks of Labor Day, Scott Walker started to clear the field with his own withdrawal from the race. This to enable a positive, conservative message to rise to the top in the GOP nomination race. Oh boy. So the less-than-impressive debater is back again with his home state primary coming up in early April. The great-on-paper candidate who of course is a successful governor, will endorse Ted Cruz. Now is the time

Really?

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European Diplomats Need Americologists

Posted by AllardK on March 18, 2016 at 3:12 PM

European diplomats are worried about Trump and what a Trump presidency would mean for America's foreign policy. European diplomats love Obama's foreign policy. Or at least consider him a member of their civilized, squishy-progressive club, and can't understand why his policies are not favored by an overwhelming majority of voters in the U.S. They share the president's embarrassment at his fellow countrymen's attitudes.

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Sanders and the Zombie Contested Convention

Posted by Keeley on May 2, 2016 at 9:53 PM

Could Indiana possibly put a contested GOP convention out of reach for Cruz, and Kasich as well? The answer is looking more like a yes than a maybe. But for those who yearn for the drama and dealing of a contested convention, take heart. There will almost definitely be a contested convention.

The only problem is knowing whether it will be Democrat or Republican, or possibly both.

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Trump Steams Kristol Dreams

Posted by Keeley on April 27, 2016 at 1:18 PM

The Trump train has rolled decisively through the Acela corridor. But now, Indiana is no longer a brave last stand by the #NeverTrump forces. It's the beginning of a brave new world, and like all utopias it seems a little wacky - to not say delirious - to skeptical unbelievers.

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What If All of America Suddenly Agreed With Liberals?

Posted by Keeley on April 22, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Would the Acela corridor and Greater LA to the Bay Area really wish for fly-over country to turn towards their urban, mostly liberal values? Imagine if suddenly Harvard professors, Wall Street plutocrat liberals, Hollywood Honchos and Silicon valley progressive techies could zap every individual who dissents from their peculiar platform of open borders, high tech displacement of labor, and zealous identity politics witch (or sombrero) hunts.

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Goodnight New York! Hellooo California!

Posted by Keeley on April 20, 2016 at 7:33 PM

So what if the audience chatted through much of Trump's speech last Thursday at the New York State Republican Gala? They're New Yorkers! Because when it came time to vote in the Empire State primaries, they turned out in droves for Trump. While the final reporting for some precincts will take some time, it seems Trump should fairly easily cross the 80 delegate mark and gain perhaps up to 85 delegates. Maybe a few more.

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Obama's Veto Will Help Keep Saudi Arabia Opaque

Posted by Keeley on April 18, 2016 at 10:55 PM

What did the theocratical powers in Riyadh know about 9/11? Will we ever know? Yes, Oil changed everything in 1938, but the nascent kingdom had spent centuries in its pre-unification days in the shadow of several empires: notably the Ottoman and British. And in those days, that made the Saudi kingdom a possible ally of America.

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Can Ryan or Trump Provide the GOP With a New Stool?

Posted by Keeley on April 14, 2016 at 3:47 PM

What the heck does conservative mean in America in 2016? Do we ask Paul Ryan for an answer? Subscribe to the National Review? Wait breathlessly outside the offices of the Weekly Standard for Hayes or Kristol to show up and ask for an autograph? Or if Kristol is on a cruise in Alaska or Europe, do we then send a message to his son-in-law Matthew Continetti's iPhone?

And await a measured, educated, pedantic response?

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It's All Good (Cash) If You're a Hillary Supporter

Posted by Keeley on April 12, 2016 at 12:36 PM

There are plenty of New York stories out there. Some inspiring, some less so. For example, consider this:

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio receives campaign contributions from a couple of businessmen - real estate developers - in New York. Rechnitz and Reichberg also helped plan his 2014 inaugural celebration through - what else? - an inaugural planning committee. At this point, the cast gets interesting.

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Trump Tosses a Grenade at NATO

Posted by Keeley on April 7, 2016 at 11:26 AM

As President Obama sighs with relief at his improved approval ratings, why not take a shot at Donald Trump? Everyone else is doing it. Especially when you are worldly and wise, in regards to the Middle East, for example. And your policies have been a raging success.

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Urban Bubbles and Wisconsin Troubles

Posted by Keeley on April 5, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Wisconsin right now is whatever you need it to be: exceptional, typical, a turning point, a stumbling block, prosperous and urban, hardworking and rural, fiscally conservative, common-sense conservative, and happy-yes-happy. If you are competing in the primaries, or voting, or just commenting.

The important point is: what will the Wisconsin primary mean going forward? For both the Democrat and Republican campaigns. Will Sanders prevail and keep Hillary edgy and angry? Will Cruz hand Trump a solid defeat and kick just out of reach of The Donald's grasp, that magical number of delegates?

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A Wave of Creative Destruction Heading for Both Parties

Posted by Keeley on April 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM

So. Curly Haugland - who is about as in favor of people power as David Harsanyi - seems to have a few supporters. The North Dakota delegate who opined that primaries are a waste of time and the GOP should go straight to smoke-filled backrooms to decide their nominee, seems to have been chatting with people like Karl Rove.

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Susan Sarandon and the Stuff-People's Revolt

Posted by Keeley on March 30, 2016 at 5:41 PM

Louise - otherwise known as Susan Sarandon - might just drive off a cliff if forced to. But this is an unusual year, by any measure. You see, Louise hates Hillary. And Louise loves Bernie Sanders. Because more than anything else, Louise, or Susan Sarandon if you must, is furious with the status quo. A status quo that she insists is not working in America in 2016.

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Donald Will Have to Face the Gender Gap

Posted by Keeley on March 25, 2016 at 7:20 PM

It worked. Make America Awesome Again, the Trump-is-the Devil PAC, went after Melania with nude photos from a long-ago magazine spread. Their official mission, like many GOP-linked PAC's, is to stop Trump. But they also support Cruz. So Trump took the bait and went after Heidi Cruz, allowing Ted Cruz to play the offended, chivalrous horseman of the great SouthWest.

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1,237 Red Trump Yarmulkes

Posted by Keeley on March 23, 2016 at 4:57 PM

As the GOP candidates edge closer to a contested convention in Cleveland; big, bad and liberal California and New York loom larger than ever. Or New York and California, if you go by the schedule. Especially California, but also New York where no one is quite sure how well Trump will do. So here's a question: how many closet-Trump supporters are there out there? People who are going to or even have voted for him, and are loath to admit it to their (usually well-heeled) neighbors?

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Ben Sasse and Trump and Hillary's Cold Blue Eyes

Posted by Keeley on March 14, 2016 at 7:21 PM

Steve Bannon - of Breitbart fame - has been compared to someone who burns down your house if you are so foolish as to bump into his shopping cart at your local War Mart. Rhetorically speaking, of course. Apparently, he finds the comparison hilarious, and it is an outlandish bit of labelling, placed on someone who seems to enjoy a fight the dirtier it gets.

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Carson Has Faith in Donald Trump

Posted by Keeley on March 11, 2016 at 3:04 PM

There was a rather stark contrast between two key endorsements in the GOP race. No, not Fiorina and Carson: as interesting as that comparison may be as an indicator of people taking sides. It's Christie vs. Carson. Both being Trump-endorsers, of course.

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