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GLENN: Oh, you know what? Dave, may I -- for anybody who doesn't know, here's who ACORN is. They are -- they and their associated groups lobby for a living wage, affordable housing, tax justice -- I love tax justice -- union causes and environmental goals. They are also against school choice and any kind of welfare reform. It's a major contributor to the sub prime meltdown. They pushed lenders into making home loans on easy terms. These are the groups that were saying that you're a racist if you don't go in and make these loans to people who can't afford them. They conducted strikes against the banks so they would lower their credit standards. In 2006 a report from the EPI, the Employment Policies Institute said ACORN has been on the federal take since 1977. ACORN's American Institute for Social Justice -- code language -- claimed $240,000 in tax money between fiscal years 2002 and 2003. Its environmental justice project received 100% of its revenue from government grants in the same years. Your tax dollars. The EPI estimates that ACORN Housing Corporation received $16 million in federal dollars from '97 to 2007. Only recently Democrats tried and failed, thank goodness, to stuff the affordable housing provision into that $700 billion bill. ACORN is spending $16 million this year alone to register new voters. It is already boasting that it has put 1.3 million new voters on the rolls. The big question that Dave was alluding to is how many of them are real, you know, what kind of fraud are we looking at. Well, let me run down just some of it and this is what's currently going on. The Michigan Secretary of State told the press in September that ACORN had submitted, quote, a sizable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications. Nevada's Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller requested a raid on ACORN's offices following complaints of false names and fictitious addresses including the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, ACORN responded, "I believe that this is racist." Nevada's Clark County registrar of voters Larry Lomax said he saw rampant fraud in 2,000 to 3,000 applications ACORN submitted weekly. Officials in Ohio are investigating voter fraud connected with ACORN. Florida's Seminole County is withholding ACORN's registrations that appear fraudulent. New Mexico, North Carolina and Missouri are now looking into hundreds of dubious ACORN registrations. Wisconsin is investigating ACORN employees for, according to an election official, making people up, or registering people that are still in prison, end quote. Then there's Lake County, Indiana which has already found more than 2100 bogus applications among the 5,000 ACORN dumped right before the deadline. Almost half, they said, quote, all the signatures look exactly the same. Connecticut estimates that 20% of ACORN's registrations are faulty. As of July, the City of Houston has rejected or put on hold 40% of the 27,000 registration cards submitted by ACORN. That is just this year.

In 2004 four ACORN employees were indicted in Ohio for submitting false voter registrations. 2005, two Colorado ACORN workers found to have submitted false registrations. Four ACORN Missouri employees were indicted in 2006. Five were found guilty in Washington State in 2007 for filling out registration forms with the names from a phone book.


Barack Obama is now trying to distance himself from this. When will America wake up? He's now trying to distance himself from this. In 1992 Barack Obama led voter registration efforts as the director of Project Vote, which includes ACORN. This past November he lauded ACORN's leaders for being, quote, smack dab in the middle of Project Vote, end quote. During his tenure on the board of Chicago Woods Funds, see if -- Chicago Woods Funds, why do I know Chicago Woods Funds? He was on the board. That body funneled more than $200,000 to ACORN. Oh, Chicago Woods Funds, I remember. William Ayers is on that board. More recently the Obama campaign paid $832,000 to an ACORN affiliate, $832,000 to get out the vote. Well, maybe they didn't know. Okay, maybe they did know but maybe they really thought that that money, $832,000, quote, was going for staging sound and lighting, end quote, until they were caught lying about $832 going to staging, sound and lighting and then they later said, "Oh, yeah, that was going to an ACORN affiliate to get out the vote."

They now claim that Barack Obama never organized with ACORN, has nothing to do with illegal voter registration. Yeah, and by the way, that $832, it wasn't $832. It was $832,000 for the staging and the lights, which those are expensive lights. Bunting, have you seen the price of bunting? Isn't what it used to be. They are now saying that he has nothing to do with it. Let me give you this from a speech that he gave earlier this year. This is the end of a speech of a bunch of community organizers where ACORN played a big role. This is what Barack Obama said about the involvement of organizations like and including ACORN.

VOICE: Last question, yes or no, little embellishment if you would like: If elected President of the United States, would you agree in your first 100 days to meet with the delegation of representatives from these various community organizations that campaign for community values? Could they count on you in your first 100 days to sit down with them?

OBAMA: Yes, but let me even say before I get inaugurated. During the transition we're going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda. We're going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America.

GLENN: Stop. Good God, are you not frightened for the future of your country? He wants to meet with the community organizers so they can help shape the future of America. Who the hell are these community organizers? In your right mind why would you meet with people who have been responsible at a great degree for the housing crisis?

Let me ask you this. It's all about judgment with Barack Obama but at some point, America, it's not about his judgment. It's about your judgment. I mean, that's not the Barack Obama I know. It's going to come out of just stupid people's mouths at one point. "Oh, that's not the Barack Obama I know." It's the Barack Obama I know! You have to ask yourself, who is this guy? What does he really, truly believe? Give me the rope line comments from him. He's talking to a plumber. "Can I count on your vote?"

VOICE: Your new tax plan's going to tax me more.

OBAMA: It's not that I'm going to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they have got a chance at success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.

GLENN: I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody. Can we stop with the nonsense that this guy's not a Marxist? Can we please look into his theology? His theology is Marxism.

Let me ask you this: If you think he's for personal responsibility, if you think you're not being lured into a trap, I am all for if people are going to lose their house, be able to go in and tap your 401(k), if you are going to be foreclosed on, go in and tap your 401(k) and not get the tax penalty. I'm not going to bail you out afterwards but if you're in a crisis situation, I'm for it. I tapped my 401(k) to buy a house many, many years ago. You pay yourself back. I get it. There are ways that you can tap your 401(k). Unreimbursed medical expenses for you, your spouse or dependents. You can get it. Purchase of an employee's principle residence. You want to buy a house, you can do it. Payment of college tuition, related educational costs such as room and board for the next 12 months for you, your spouse, dependents or children who are no longer dependents. Payments necessary to prevent eviction of you from your home or foreclosure on the mortgage of your principle residence. Or funeral expenses and repair for primary residents.

Got it. But to discourage early hardship withdrawals, in most cases the IRS does post a heavy financial penalty including a 10% early withdrawal penalty if you are younger than 59 1/2. You qualify for the penalty free withdrawal if you meet one of the following exceptions. You are totally disabled, you are in debt because of medical expenses, you are required by court to give money to a divorced spouse, you are separated from, you know, service through layoff, termination, quitting, taking early retirement in the year that you turn 55 or later. Okay? Otherwise you pay tax. Why does Barack Obama want you to be able to go into your 401(k) if you don't have these exceptions? And if you want to be able to say just because you want to be able to do it to prevent eviction from your home or foreclosure on the mortgage of your principle residence, just specifically open that one up. Just add the line, "And there will be no tax penalty." That's it. That's all you have to do. Instead he wants to make penalty-free withdrawals from retirement accounts up to $10,000. We should not be doing anything that encourages people to take money out of their 401(k). If you're in an emergency, I get it. If you are going to lose your house, I get it. If your spouse has died and buried them, you have to do it, I get it. But not to pay off your credit card bills. Why would you do that? Quite frankly it's not to help people. It's to enslave people. Because the more you can deplete your 401(k) to pay off things that are not dire emergencies like death or losing your home, you deplete your savings. You deplete your retirement. You are going to need somebody to babysit you.

The things that Barack Obama has done is so insidious and so unbelievably brilliant in its enslaving power, I'm ready for reparations. Everything this man does is to enslave you. Everything this man does. He says "I'm going to set you free." You don't set people freebie making them dependent on you, and that's everything he's done. Why would you want to deplete your savings? Why would you want to deplete your retirement? Can I make an early withdrawal from my retirement if I'm losing my house from Social Security? Can I do that? Of course not. But you can deplete yours. The government will let you do that, sure. Absolutely. And we'll be here to help you. These people might as well just be shooting bullets at us.

Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed recent reports that former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, wasn't the only family member to capitalize on his connections to land an unbelievably lucrative job even though he lacked qualifications or experience.

According to Peter Schweizer's new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite," Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank, enjoyed the benefit of $54 million in taxpayer loans during the Obama administration to try his hand at an international development venture.

A lawyer by training, Frank Biden teamed up with a developer named Craig Williamson to build a sprawling luxury resort in Costa Rica, which claimed to be on a mission to preserve the country's forests but actually resulted in the decimation of thousands of acres of wilderness.

The then-vice president's brother also reportedly earned hundreds of thousands of dollars as the front man of a for-profit charter school company called Mavericks in Education.

The charter schools, which focused on helping at-risk teens, eventually failed after allegations of mismanagement and a series of lawsuits derailed the dubious business venture.

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Ryan: Bernie at the disco

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Saturday at El Malecón, we waited for the Democratic socialist. He had the wild white hair like a monk and the thick glasses and the booming voice full of hacks and no niceties.

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The venue had been redecorated since we visited a few nights before when we chatted with Castro. It didn't even feel like the same place. No bouncy castle this time.

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A black curtain blocked the stage, giving the room a much-needed depth.

Behind the podium, two rows of mostly young people, all holding Bernie signs, all so diverse and picturesque and strategic.

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Lots of empty seats. Poor showing of Bernie fans for a Saturday afternoon. At one point, someone from Bernie's staff offered us seats in the audience, as if eager to fill up those seats however possible.

There were about 75 people in the dancehall, a place built for reunions and weddings and all those other festivities. But for a few hours on Saturday, August 10, 2019, it turned serious and wild for "Unidos Con Bernie."

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People had been murmuring about Sanders' speech from the night before at Wing Ding. By all appearances, he had developed a raving lust to overthrow Trump. He had even promised, with his wife just out of view, that, were he elected, he'd end white nationalism in America. For good.

El Malecón lacked its previous air of celebration. It had undertaken a brooding yet defiant spirit. Media were sparse. Four cameras faced the podium. Three photographers, one of whom had been at nearly all the same events as us. A few of the staffers frowned at an empty row of chairs, because there weren't that many chairs to begin with.

At the entrance, Bernie staff handed out headsets that translated English to Spanish or Spanish to English, depending on who the speaker was. The translators stood behind the bar, 20 feet from the podium, and spoke into a lip-ribbon microphone.

Bernie's staff was probably the coolest, by far. As in, they looked cool and acted stylishly. Jeans. Sandals. Careworn blazers. Tattoos. One lad had a black Levi's shirt with lush crimson roses even though he wasn't a cowboy or a ranch-hand. Mustaches. Quirky hats. A plain green sundress. Some of them wore glasses, big clunking frames.

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The outfits were distinctly Bernie. As Bernie as the tie-dyed "BERNIE" shirts for sale outside the club. Or later, at the Hilton, like a Grateful Dead cassette stand.

Immigration was the theme, and everyone in the audience bore some proof of a journey. Because America offers life, freedom, and hope.

Sanders' own father emigrated from Poland to America at 17, a high school dropout who could barely speak English. As a Jew, he'd faced religious persecution.

Within one generation, Bernie Sanders' father contributed to the highest stratum of American society. In one generation, near hopelessness had transformed into Democracy, his son a congressman with a serious chance at the presidency.

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That's the beauty of America. Come here broken and empty and gutted and voiceless. And, within your lifetime, you can mend yourself then become a pillar of society. Then, your son can become the President of the United States of America!

Four people gave speeches before Sanders. They took their time, excited and nervous. They putzed. Because how often do you get to introduce a presidential frontrunner?

All the native English speakers jammed their earpieces when the woman with the kind and dark energy took the stage.

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She mumbled in Spanish and did not look up and said that, when her parents died, she couldn't go home for the funeral. She fought back tears. She swallowed hard to shock herself calm. And the room engulfed each silence between every word.

It felt more like a therapy session than a political rally. A grueling therapy session at that. Was that what drew people to Bernie Sanders, that deep anguish? That brisk hope? Or, rather, the cessation of it, through Sanders? And, of course, the resultant freedom? Was it what gave Sanders a saintlike ability to lead people into the realm of the confessional? Did he have enough strength to lead a revolution?

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While other frontrunners hocked out money for appearances, like the studio lights, Sanders spent money on translators and ear-pieces. The impression I got was that he would gladly speak anywhere. To anyone. He had the transitory energy you can capture in the writings of Gandhi.

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I'm not saying he's right or wrong — I will never make that claim, about any of the candidates, because that's not the point of this, not the point of journalism, amen — what I'm saying is he has the brutal energy of someone who can take the subway after a soiree or rant about life by a tractor or chuck it up with Sarah Silverman, surrounded wherever he goes.

Without the slightest fanfare, Sanders emerged from behind the black curtain. The woman at the podium gasped a little. The room suctioned forward when he entered. In part because he was so nonchalant. And, again. That magnetism to a room when a famous or powerful or charming person enters. Not many people have it. Not many can keep it. Even fewer know how to brace it, to cull it on demand. But several of the candidates did. One or two even had something greater.

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I'll only say that Bernie had it with a bohemian fervor, like he was a monk stranded in a big city that he slowly brings to God.

"We have a President who, for the first time in my lifetime, who is a President who is a racist," he shouted. "Who is a xenophobe and anti-immigrant. Who is a sexist. Who is a religious bigot. And who, is a homophobe. And, what is very disappointing is that, when we have a President, we do not necessarily expect to agree with him, or her, on every issue. But we do believe that one of the obligations is to bring people to-geth-ah. As Americans."

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After listening silently for several minutes, the audience clapped. Their sweet response felt cultish. But, then again, what doesn't feel cultish these days? So this was cultish like memes are cultish, in a striving-to-understand kind of way.

"The essence of our campaign is in fact to bring people together," he said. "Whether they're black, or white, or latino, or Native American, or Asian-American. We understand that we are Americans."

At times, this meant sharing a common humanity. Others, it had a slightly more disruptive feel. Which worked. Sometimes all we want is revolution. To be wild without recourse. To overthrow. To pass through the constraints of each day. To survive. The kind of rowdy stuff that makes for good poetry but destroys credit lines. Sanders radiated with this intensity, like a reclusive philosopher returning to society, from his cave to homes and beds and fences and maybe electricity.

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But, as he says, his revolution would involve healthcare and wages and tuition, not beheadings and purges and starvation.

Seeing the Presidential candidates improvise was amazing. They did it constantly. They would turn any of their beliefs into a universal statement. And Sanders did this without trying. So he avoided doing the unbearably arrogant thing of pretending to speak like a native Guatemalan, and he looked at the group of people, and he mumbled in his cloudy accent:

"My Spanish — is not so good."

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This is the same and the opposite of President Trump's Everyman way of speaking English like an American. Of speaking American.

Often, you know what Sanders will say next. You can feel it. And, anytime this happened, it brought comfort to the room.

Like, it surprised no one when he said that he would reinstate DACA on his first day in office. It still drew applause.

But other times, he expressed wild ideas with poetic clarity. And his conclusions arrived at unusual junctures. Not just in comparison to Republicans. To all of them. Bernie was the Tupac of the 2020 election. And, to him, President Trump was Suge Knight, the evil force behind it all.

"Donald Trump is an idiot," he shouted.

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Everybody loved that. Everybody clapped and whooped and some even whistled like they were outside and not in a linoleum-floor dancehall.

"Go get 'em, Bernie," someone in the back shouted.

This was the only Sanders appearance with no protestors.

"Let me say this about the border," he shouted. And everybody listened to every thunking syllable. He probably could have spoken without a mic. Booming voice. Loud and clear. Huddling into that heavy Vermont slug accent.

They'll say many many things about Bernie. One being, you never had to lean forward to hear him. In person, even more so. He's less frail. More dynamic.

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Despite the shoddiness of the venue, there was a sign language interpreter. Most of the rallies had a designated interpreter.

"If you work 40 hours a week you shouldn't be living in poverty," he shouted, provoking chants and applause from the audience, as if he were talking about them. Maybe he was.

An anecdote about the people at an emergency food shelf blended into the livable wage of $15 an hour. He shifted into his spiel about tuition-free college and pointed at the audience, "You're not doing well," then at the kids behind him, "they are." He craned his head sideways and back. "Do your homework," he told said.

Laughter.

Half of the kids looked like they hadn't eaten in days. Maybe it was their unusual situation, a few feet from Bernie Sanders at a stucco community center.

Before the room could settle, Sanders wove through a plan for how to cancel debt.

Did he have a solution?

Tax Wall Street, he shouted.

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And he made it sound easy. "Uno dos trey," he said. "That's my Spanish for today."

A serious man, he shoved through his speech like a tank hurtling into dense jungle. He avoided many of the typical politician gimmicks. Proof that he did not practice every expression in front of a mirror. That he did not hide his accent. That he did not preen his hair. That he did not smile for a precise amount of time, depending on the audience. That he did not pretend to laugh.

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He laughed when humor overtook him. But it was genuine. With none of the throaty recoil you hear in forced laughter.

"I want everyone to take a deep breath," he said. And a palpable lightness spread through the room, because a deep breath can solve a lot of problems.

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Then he roused some more. "Healthcare is a human right," he shouted. "A human privilege," he shouted. He told them that he lives 50 miles from the Canadian border in Burlington, Vermont, and healthcare works better up north.

Each candidate had a bad word, and Sanders' was "corporate."

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At every speech, he mentioned "corporate media" with the same distrust and unpleasantness that conservatives derive from the term "mainstream media." Another would be "fake news," as popularized by Sanders' sworn enemy. Either way it's the same media. Just different motivations that irk different people.

But the discrepancies varied. Meaning two opposing political movements disliked the same thing, but for opposite reasons.
It sounded odd, Sanders' accusation that the media were against him. The media love Bernie. I can confirm this both anecdotally and judiciously. Yes, okay, in 2016, the media appeared to have sided with Hillary Clinton. As a result, Sanders was publicly humiliated. Because Clinton took a mafioso approach to dealing with opponents, and Sanders was her only roadblock.

Imagine if a major political organization devoted part of each day to agitating your downfall. And then you fail. And who's fault is it?

Sanders wanted to know: those negative ads targeting him, who paid for them?

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Corporations, of course. Corporations that hated radicals like him. And really was he so radical? He listed off the possibilities: Big pharma, insurance companies, oil companies.

Because he had become a revolutionary, to them. To many.

He said it with certainty, although he often didn't have to say it at all. This spirit of rebellion had become his brand. He would lead the wild Americans into a utopia.

But just as quickly, he would attack. Trump, as always, was the target.

He called Trump the worst president in American history.

"The fates are Yuge," he shouted.

The speech ended as informally as it had begun. And Sanders' trance over the audience evaporated, replaced by that suction energy. Everyone rushed closer and closer to the man as Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin in the Free World" blared. Sanders leaned into the podium and said, "If anyone wants to form a line, we can do some selfies."

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It was like meeting Jesus for some of the people.

There he was, at El Malecón. No stage lights, no makeup, no stylist behind the curtain. Just him and his ideas and his erratic hand commotion.

Then a man holding a baby leaned in for a photo. He and Sanders chatted. And, I kid you not, the whole time the baby is staring at Bernie Sanders like he's the image of God, looking right up at him, with this glow, this understanding.

Bernie, if you're reading this, I'd like to suggest that — if this election doesn't work for you — you could be the next Pope.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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