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Trump Wants a Review of Toilets: Americans Are Flushing ‘10 Times, 15 Times’

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President Trump discussed water efficiency standards on Friday at a White House meeting about small businesses and reducing red tape.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

President Trump is taking on Americans’ flushing habits and the country’s water efficiency standards.

“We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms, where you turn the faucet on — in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water, where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it — you turn on the faucet, you don’t get any water,” he said Friday at a White House meeting about small businesses and reducing red tape.

Mr. Trump also noted that “people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once” and that “they end up using more water,” according to a transcript of the discussion.

He said the federal Environmental Protection Agency was looking at the issue at his suggestion.

“So we’re looking at, very seriously, at opening up the standard. And there may be some areas where we’ll go the other route — desert areas. But for the most part, you have many states where they have so much water that it comes down — it’s called rain — that they don’t know, they don’t know what to do with it,” he said.

Older toilets use as much as six gallons per flush, according to the E.P.A. website. The agency also notes that recent advancements allow low-flow toilets to use 1.28 gallons or less per flush.

“This is 20 percent less water than the current federal standard of 1.6 gallons per flush,” the agency said.

In 1994, the National Energy Policy Act — part of which said that new water fixtures, including toilets, shower heads and bath and kitchen faucets, had to have water-saving designs — went into effect.

Over the years, there has been criticism from conservative groups and regulatory opponents about the government regulating water flow as it relates to toilets and other plumbing fixtures that save water.

At the meeting on Friday, Mr. Trump also talked about new efficiency standards for light bulbs.

“They got rid of the light bulb that people got used to,” he said. “The new bulb is many times more expensive, and I hate to say it, it doesn’t make you look as good. Of course, being a vain person, that’s very important to me.”

“It gives you an orange look. I don’t want an orange look,” he added, to laughter at the table. “So we’ll have to change those bulbs in at least a couple of rooms where I am in the White House.”

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg temporarily blocks release of Trump’s financial records

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg came to the rescue of President Trump Friday and allowed his financial records to remain secret from House Democrats – for now.

The liberal Supreme Court Justice granted an emergency request from Trump’s lawyers to delay enforcement of subpoenas House Democrats issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One for Trump’s bank records.

A lower court Tuesday ordered the banks to cooperate with Congress in handing over a treasure trove of Trump’s financial dealings in the midst of the House’s impeachment inquiry. But Ginsburg stayed the ruling until 5 pm on Dec. 13.

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That’s when the Supreme Court is expected to vote on whether to take up at least one of the two pending cases involving Trump’s financial records.

The latest dispute is over three subpoenas issued by the Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee and House Financial Services Committee for bank records for Trump and three of his children, Don Jr, Ivanka and Eric Trump.

Trump’s lawyers argued the sweeping requests for records exceed the committee’s legal authority. But the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York ruled Dec. 3 the committees had legitimate legislative purposes for issuing the subpoenas and ordered the banks to promptly begin transmitting the documents in daily batches starting next week.

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Ginsburg signed the order because she’s in charge of deciding emergency appeals out of New York. Her decision in favor of Trump’s lawyers for a one-week delay isn’t considered an indication of how she’d rule on the merits of the broader records dispute between Trump and Congress.

Ginsburg – affectionately known as RBG – was nominated to the high court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The 86-year-old has become an icon for the liberal left and for the Trump resistance.

Before he won the election, Ginsburg called Trump a “faker” in a July 2016 CNN interview and faulted him for failing to disclose his tax returns — as is custom for presidential candidates.       

“He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that,” Ginsburg said.

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Trump punched back by tweeting Ginsburg’s “mind is shot” and urging her to resign.

Fox News’ Shannon Bream contributed to this report. 

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Judge dismisses some criminal charges in Planned Parenthood video case

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A California judge dismissed five criminal charges against David Daleiden, head of the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, surrounding his undercover attempts to expose Planned Parenthood.

“The Court finds that based on the specific factual findings as to each of these counts that there is an absence of probable cause to establish that these conversations were ‘confidential communications’ as defined by the statute,” Judge Christopher C.Hite wrote in an opinion released Friday.

Daleiden still faces multiple criminal charges which Hite refused to drop.

Daleiden responded on Friday, taking a swipe at Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who previously served as California’s attorney general.

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“Former California Attorney General Kamala Harris concocted this bogus, biased prosecution with her Planned Parenthood backers against undercover video reporting, and now their case is falling apart as the facts about Planned Parenthood’s criminal organ trafficking are revealed in the courtroom,” he said.

He also predicted that the remaining charges would eventually fall, arguing that they involved “public conversations easily overheard by third parties.”

“The real criminals are the Planned Parenthood leadership who sold fetal body parts from late-term abortions and weaponized the justice system to try to cover it up,” he added.

Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Vice President for Communiations and Culture, criticized Daleiden but said her organization was pleased with the ruling.

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“The Center for Medical Progress intentionally waged a multi-year illegal effort to manufacture a malicious campaign against Planned Parenthood,” she said in a statement provided to Fox News.

“They broke the law in order to advance their goals of banning safe, legal abortion in this country, and to prevent Planned Parenthood from serving the patients who depend on us. We’re pleased with today’s ruling and happy that the process of holding them accountable for their actions will move forward. We look forward to justice being served.”

Hite’s decision came shortly after a jury ruled that Daleiden owed Planned Parenthood $870,000 in damages after his videos uncovered behavior that received a wave of public backlash.

The released videos show Planned Parenthood executives discussing fees for fetal tissue and organs. Daleiden alleged Planned Parenthood profited from these sales, which is illegal under federal law.

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Daleiden’s lawyers argued that he and Merritt were investigating “violent felonies,” where they believed infants were being born alive at Planned Parenthood clinics and that the organization was profiting off the sale of fetal tissue for medical research. They argued Daleiden’s work as a citizen journalist should be protected.

In 2018, Planned Parenthood announced that its clinics would not accept any sort of payment for its fetal tissue program.

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.

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Pete Buttigieg Struggles To Explain His Lack Of Transparency On Fundraising

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WATERLOO, Iowa ― Pete Buttigieg struggled to explain why he does not open up his high-dollar fundraisers to the media or why he no longer discloses the names of his campaign “bundlers” during a brief press conference Friday night. 

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, clearly understands that there is some public benefit to knowing the names of high-dollar donors. After all, he began his campaign by publicly releasing the names of his “bundlers,” the super-donors who give and raise large amounts of money for a candidate. But he has not updated his public list of bundlers since April, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Following remarks at the Local America presidential candidate forum in Waterloo, HuffPost asked Buttigieg whether he would consider revealing the identities of his bundlers. 

“I think we’re already moving out bundler information,” Buttigieg replied. He also noted that the identities of individual donors, rather than bundlers, are available through official Federal Election Commission data that the campaign files every quarter.

But Buttigieg was noncommittal about whether he would actually release the name of the bundlers, seeming to imply that it wasn’t in his control.

“I’ll ask the campaign to check on that,” he replied.

His campaign didn’t return a request for comment on the matter.

Of the four candidates with the highest standing in the polls in early primary and caucus states ― Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ― only Buttigieg and Biden are seeking donations from wealthy individuals in traditional, high-dollar fundraisers. However, Biden, unlike Buttigieg, allows press access at his closed-door fundraisers.

Buttigieg said on Friday that he would “consider” opening his fundraisers to the news media. But a reporter noted that Buttigieg has been saying that for months.

“I don’t have a timeline for you,” the candidate responded.

When asked whether it was not ultimately his responsibility, rather than that of his campaign staff, to decide to grant reporters access to fundraisers, Buttigieg affirmed that it was his.

“There are a lot of considerations. And I’m thinking about it,” he added. Asked whether he could share those considerations, he said, “No.” 

Before the conversation could continue, an aide abruptly ended the press conference, which had lasted less than five minutes.

Campaign staffers were similarly evasive when pressed on the matter of allowing reporters into fundraisers. Instead of saying whether reporters will be allowed in, Deputy Rapid Response Director Matt Corridoni responded by attacking Warren.

“Sen. Warren held closed door fundraisers for years, which allowed her to start this campaign with over $10 million raised by the same practices she now decries,” he said in an email to HuffPost. “Our donors are available on fundraising reports for anyone to review, and the only promise anyone at a fundraiser will get from Pete Buttigieg for a donation is that he’ll use that money to defeat Donald Trump. And that should be the goal of every Democrat. But if Elizabeth Warren wants to have a discussion about transparency, she should start by releasing her tax returns from before 2008 when she was a corporate lawyer, defending clients she would likely call bad actors today.”

The question, however, wasn’t about Warren. And regardless of her attacks, Buttigieg’s policy surrounding his fundraisers is the most secretive of any of the frontrunners.

As he rises in the polls, Buttigieg has been under increased scrutiny, and has faced criticism from Warren and Sanders. Warren, in particular, has challenged Buttigieg to disclose his bundlers and welcome press into his fundraisers. 

“Those doors shouldn’t be closed, and no one should be left to wonder what kind of promises are being made to the people that then pony up big bucks to be in the room,” Warren said of the fundraisers on Thursday.

Allowing more public scrutiny of donors and fundraisers could create uncomfortable situations. There’s the question of whether candidates are saying something different behind closed doors than they are at more open events, and whether some donors are controversial individuals.

For his part, Buttigieg is calling on Warren to release more of her tax returns so the public can see the full scope of her earnings from consulting work during her career in academia. Warren’s campaign website contains a list of 56 legal cases on which she worked, including cases in which she represented corporate clients and groups representing asbestos victims.

Hours before speaking to reporters on Friday, Buttigieg provided what he described as a “summary” of the types of clients he served while working for the global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. between 2007 and 2010.

But, in keeping with a non-disclosure agreement he signed, Buttigieg continued to withhold the exact names of clients. He called upon the company to release him from the NDA so he can provide a fuller account of his activities with the company. Buttigieg’s decision to provide some information about his tenure with the renowned but controversial firm followed days of escalating pressure to be more transparent.

As part of the Local America forum, Buttigieg was interviewed by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in front of hundreds of Iowa Democrats. Lightfoot pressed the candidate on why he did not just violate the NDA and dare McKinsey to sue him over it.

“You should break the NDA,” she said.

“I’m going to give them the chance to do the right thing and we’ll take it from there,” he replied. 

Asked in the press conference afterward how much time he would give McKinsey before seeking an alternative path, Buttigieg would not say.

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The US is being run by a government that no longer represents the people

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Devin Nunes on phone record release: ‘We’re definitely going to take legal action’

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House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Saturday that he would be pursuing legal action after his phone records were exposed in the release of the Committee’s impeachment inquiry report.

On Tuesday, the Committee voted to adopt and issue the 300-page report on the findings from the panel’s impeachment inquiry, accusing President Trump of misusing his office to seek foreign help in the 2020 presidential race. The report included records of calls from Nunes, presidential lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, journalist John Solomon, Fox News host Sean Hannity, Giuliani connection Lev Parnas, and other White House associates.

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Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Pete Hegseth, Lisa Boothe, and Ed Henry, Nunes said he’s been under fire for three years because Republicans “continue to expose corruption,” citing Democrats “unmasking Trump transition officials” and “funding the dossier” to obtain a FISA warrant on Carter Page.

“And then, of course, over the two weeks before Thanksgiving, I think they were embarrassed by their lack of evidence they were able to present through the hearings,” he said. “So, what happened is, the Friday before Thanksgiving, this fake news story drops about me supposedly being in Vienna. And then we get back from Thanksgiving and then — lo and behold — my name along with one of my current staff people…and a former staff person, all of a sudden our civil liberties are violated because our phone records show up in this report.”

The Congressman is currently suing CNN for defamation after the network published reporting alleging that he met with Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin last year in Vienna in order to dig up “dirt” on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden was “demonstrably false.”

Nunes told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts that, upon review, his phone records do not match what Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and House Democrats put in the report.

“So, you did not talk to Lev Parnas, for example, as many times as they’re alleging?” asked Henry.

“Well, let me tell you what I have. I can tell you that, it doesn’t match. Okay?” Nunes replied. “So, I have one call with Rudy Giuliani in April, one in May. Substantive calls…The rest of the calls are where either somebody didn’t connect or it was a voicemail, right?”

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Nunes also recognized an incoming call from a woman who he had assumed was Parnas’ wife.

“I would do what I would normally do in a situation where you don’t recognize somebody, you don’t know somebody: you say ‘thank you very much. Let me get you to the appropriate staff person,'” he noted.

“So, did you ever have a substantive conversation with Lev Parnas about information in Ukraine — yes or no?” Henry probed further.

“I didn’t recognize the name until just in the last month when he was indicted, because I didn’t know who the person was,” said Nunes. “I can tell you that there’s no way that I talked about me being in Vienna meeting with random Ukrainians; that didn’t happen. Right? So, I can tell you we didn’t talk about that because that didn’t happen.”

Nunes said that Schiff is “in touch” with Parnas all the time, and if there’s a “problem with Parnas” they need to “investigate themselves.”

“And so, the truth is two calls with Rudy Giuliani and one call with a guy that I don’t even know seems pretty odd to say that that’s a conspiracy,” he added.

“I believe I am the first member of Congress ever to have [my] phone records exposed like this,” Nunes stated. “We’re definitely going to take legal action.”

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“We need to get to court to try to stop that from happening again,” he concluded.

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US military says Russian air defenses shot down unarmed drone near Libyan capital: report

The U.S. military believes the unarmed drone that went missing over the Libyan capital last month was actually shot down by Russian air defenses.

The U.S. Africa Command is demanding the return of the aircraft’s wreckage, which had been part of an operation conducted in Libya to assess the area’s security and monitor for violent extremist activity. The command didn’t give a reason for the drone loss after the Nov. 21 incident, but they had been investigating, Reuters reported.

Army General Stephen Townsend told the outlet he believed Russia’s air defense operators at the time “didn’t know it was a U.S. remotely piloted aircraft when they fired on it.”

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“But they certainly know who it belongs to now and they are refusing to return it,” he added. “They say they don’t know where it is but I am not buying it.”

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The U.S. assessment concluded that either Russian private military contractors or the National Army of east Libya-based commander Khalifa Haftar’s were operating the defenses when the drone was lost, according to Africa Command spokesman, Air Force Colonel Christopher Karns. Forces loyal to the eastern government have been trying to wrest control of the capital since April.

An official in Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) told Reuters that Russian mercenaries appeared to be responsible. Karns added that the unnamed aircraft was fired upon by air defense operators after “mistaking it for an enemy” drone.

The attack emphasizes Moscow’s role in the energy-rich country, according to the outlet. Russian mercenaries have been reportedly intervening on behalf of Hafter during a civil war for the energy-rich country, Reuters reported.

A former and current Russian contractor told Reuters that the Libyan National Army (LNA) had received aid from hundreds of private military contractors from a Russian group.

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However, Russian authorities have denied using military contractors in any foreign operation. They claim any civilians who may be fighting abroad are volunteers. The Libyan National Army has also denied receiving foreign backing.

General Townsend has also voiced his concerns about Russia’s role impacting AFRICOM’s counter-terrorism mission in Libya.

“This highlights the malign influence of Russian mercenaries acting to influence the outcome of the civil war in Libya, and who are directly responsible for the recent and sharp increase in fighting, casualties, and destruction around Tripoli,” Townsend told the outlet.

In September, the U.S. military said it carried out several airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Libya, killing more than 40 militants. Those were the first U.S. strikes in the North African country in over a year.

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Oil-rich Libya descended into chaos in 2011 when an international military coalition helped rebels overthrow longtime autocrat Moammar Gadhafi. Islamic extremists have exploited the chaos to expand their reach in the country.

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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UK Brexit envoy in DC quits, slams government for ‘half truths’ days before election

The woman in charge of promoting the divorce between the United Kingdom and the European Union in Washington has quit from her post because she no longer wants to “peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust.”

Alexandra Hall Hall resigned as the embassy’s Brexit counselor with a letter slamming Britain’s Conservative government for using “misleading” arguments and its reluctance to “address honestly” the challenges and trade-offs involved in the U.K.’s departure from the European bloc.

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Alexandra Hall Hall, the Brexit envoy for the United Kingdom in Washington, has resigned. (gov.uk)

“I have been increasingly dismayed by the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit, with reluctance to address honestly, even with our own citizens, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit involves; the use of misleading or disingenuous arguments about the implications of the various options before us; and some behavior towards our institutions, which, were it happening in another country, we would almost certainly as diplomats have received instructions to register our concern,” she wrote in the letter.

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She added: “It makes our job to promote democracy and the rule of law that much harder, if we are not seen to be upholding these core values at home.”

The letter was first published by CNN, who said it was dated Dec. 3.

The 33-year veteran of the British foreign service said her position had become “unbearable, personally” and “untenable professionally” because of the actions of Boris Johnson’s government to not be “fully honest” about Brexit.

The government’s “behavior towards our institutions, which, were it happening in another country, we would almost certainly as diplomats have received instructions to register our concern,” she said.

The Foreign Office confirmed Hall Hall had resigned but said, “we won’t comment on the detail of an individual’s resignation.”

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Her resignation comes just days before the U.K. votes in a general election that members of the public hope finally solves Brexit.

On Friday night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his main contender, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, traded barbs in the final head-to-head debate before Thursday’s election.

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Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, left, and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during a head to head live Election Debate at the BBC TV studios in Maidstone, England, Friday Dec. 6, 2019.  (BBC via AP)

In well-worn phrases, Johnson tried to portray Corbyn as a waffler with no firm Brexit stance who would plunge the U.K. into more uncertainty.

“You cannot end the uncertainty on Brexit if you do not know what the deal is that you want to do,” Johnson said. “You cannot negotiate a deal if you are neutral on it.”

Meanwhile, Corbyn claimed that under a Johnson government, Britain would “walk out of the E.U. into a relationship with nobody” and spend years trying to strike a new trade deal with the United States. He said that would bring “seven years of complete uncertainty and continued job losses in manufacturing and industry.”

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Opinion polls put Johnson’s Conservatives ahead of the Labour opposition before the election next Thursday, in which all 650 House of Commons seats are up for grabs.

The Conservatives had a minority government before the election, and Johnson pushed for the Dec. 12 vote, which is taking place more than two years early, in hopes of winning a majority and breaking Britain’s political impasse over Brexit.

He says that if the Conservatives win a majority, he will get Parliament to ratify his Brexit divorce deal and take the U.K. out of the E.U. by the current Jan. 31 deadline.

During the heated debate, the two politicians tussled over security, goods moving between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K., and their domestic agendas.

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This election is especially unpredictable because the question of Brexit cuts across traditional party loyalties. For many voters, their identities as “leavers” or “remainers” are more important than party affiliations

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Julia Stiles remembers working with Heath Ledger: ‘He was just phenomenal’

Julia Stiles worked with Heath Ledger 20 years ago but still remembers him fondly.

The “Hustlers” actress, who starred in the 1999 romantic comedy “10 Things I Hate About You” with the late Oscar winner, reflected on her favorite day of shooting the movie: when Ledger’s character serenaded a soccer-practicing Stiles in the school’s stadium.

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“My favorite memory of that day — the whole day, he was just phenomenal,” she told host Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live.”

“I mean, like, running up and down those stadium steps and nobody knew that he had this amazing voice. He just went full out and I got to watch it,” she added.

When asked if it was her idea to have Ledger really sang the Frankie Valli and the Four Season’s song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” in that scene, Stiles said no.

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“It was definitely not my idea. I wish. Is it a rumor? I didn’t even know that. Cool. I’ll take credit for it,” she joked.

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Ledger died on Jan. 22, 2008, in his New York City apartment from an accidental overdose of prescription pills. He was 28 years old. He left behind one daughter, Matilda, who he shared with ex Michelle Williams.

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