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Kurt Volker, Ukraine and a Turbulent End in the Trump Administration

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WASHINGTON — “Please don’t publish this letter,” Kurt D. Volker, a former career foreign service officer, pleaded in 2016 with Eliot A. Cohen and Eric Edelman, two former Republican officials leading a “Never Trump” letter-writing movement.

Their arguments were not wrong, Mr. Volker told them, as both sides remember it. But he argued that Donald J. Trump might actually win the election. And Mr. Volker, who had seen his foreign service career cut short after a new President Barack Obama swiftly removed him as the United States ambassador to NATO, was not going to blacklist himself from a senior post in another administration.

He got a lot more than he wanted.

Mr. Volker, who was President Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine until his abrupt resignation late last month, is today a central player in a political uproar that is threatening Mr. Trump’s presidency with impeachment and contaminating American’s relationship with Ukraine. It has also saddled Mr. Volker with legal bills and may force his resignation from another post, that of executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, based in Washington. (A final decision had been postponed.)

One bright spot for Mr. Volker, 54, a serious-looking policymaker with wire-rim glasses and a thick crop of salt-and-pepper hair, is that he was to be married Saturday afternoon at Washington National Cathedral to Ia Meurmishvili, a journalist and television anchor for Voice of America’s Georgian service. They met when he was her first guest on her television program; it is his second marriage.

Mr. Volker, who viewed his task as helping Ukraine remain independent against Russian aggression while working for a president with a curious crush on President Vladimir V. Putin, has emerged from his assignment as a man who seems a willing participant in an effort by Mr. Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to pressure a foreign government to investigate Democratic political rivals at home.

Friends counter that Mr. Volker is another victim of the Trump era — a career diplomat who thought he could reconcile his own ambition and public service while working for a president who blurs the line between personal gain and the country’s interests.

“I have no doubt he was trying to do the right thing,” said Daniel Fried, a former ambassador and 40-year State Department official who was Mr. Volker’s former boss at the National Security Council. “The question is not what his motives were, but whether what he was trying to do was just impossible because he was facing a situation so compromised, he couldn’t fix it with his usual skills.”

But friends who read the testimony that Mr. Volker gave to Congress on Thursday also said they were frustrated that Mr. Volker was papering over his own role rather than taking responsibility for it. They pointed to a disconnect between Mr. Volker’s testimony and a series of incriminating text messages he provided voluntarily to Congress, in which he is revealed as party to a plan for Ukraine to conduct politically helpful investigations for Mr. Trump as a condition for a White House visit.

Mr. Volker stated in his testimony that “at no time was I aware of or took part in an effort to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden.” He said that Joseph R. Biden Jr. was “never a topic of discussion” in the text messages. But the messages include references to Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company where Hunter Biden, a son of Mr. Biden, was on the board. The subtext, foreign policy experts said, was impossible not to understand.

Mr. Volker, for his part, views himself as blameless, according to people who have spoken with him. He has told associates that the text messages do not capture the whole story.

“Heard from White House — assuming President Z convinces trump he will investigate / ‘get to the bottom of what happened’ in 2016, we will nail down date for a visit to Washington,” Mr. Volker wrote to a top aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine on July 25.

The text seems to show that Mr. Volker understood that pursuing a policy outcome he wanted — setting up a face-to-face meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Zelensky in order to reset the relationship — meant using highly questionable means and what critics call an extraordinary abuse of presidential power — to get there.

But Mr. Volker testified to congressional investigators on Thursday that ultimately he advised the Ukrainians to drop the arrangement and that he was, as he has told associates, simply trying to “stop something bad from happening.”

Mr. Volker, friends said, has remained upbeat, committed to the idea that he helped steer Ukraine policy in a successful direction, and that his decision not to sign the “Never Trump” letters and to serve in the Trump administration was, even in retrospect, the right thing to do.

When Mr. Volker joined the administration in July 2017, he was taking on a difficult task under normal circumstances — supporting democracy and reform in Ukraine while deterring Russian aggression. The added burden, friends said, was doing it all under Mr. Trump, a leader who ran a separate off-the-books foreign policy through Mr. Giuliani, and who wanted to maintain a close relationship with Mr. Putin.

In his testimony to Congress, Mr. Volker said he was aware that Mr. Trump viewed Ukraine as a corrupt country full of “terrible people” who were “trying to take me down.” That view, he said, was fueling a “negative narrative” that stood in the way of building a bilateral relationship with the new Ukraine government.

Mr. Volker — whose part-time, unpaid role as special envoy meant that he functioned outside of any formal State Department process — tried to explain his rationale for involving himself in Mr. Giuliani’s push for Ukraine to investigate Mr. Biden, who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

He faced a choice, Mr. Volker said in his testimony: “Do nothing, and allow this situation to fester, or try to fix it. I tried to fix it.”

Foreign policy experts said that view was naïve.

“Donald Trump is certainly not someone who can be boxed in or fixed,” said Andrew S. Weiss, who was a Russia adviser to President Bill Clinton. “Everything we know about Giuliani points in the same direction.” Mr. Weiss said that under Mr. Trump’s leadership, “the level of dysfunction on Ukraine policy is stunning.”

The State Department declined to comment on Mr. Volker’s testimony, or his work in the administration. Mr. Volker declined to comment as well, and Mr. Giuliani did not respond to a request for comment.

But in an appearance on Fox News on Friday night, Mr. Giuliani described Mr. Volker as “a great diplomat” who “doesn’t know anything about investigating, doesn’t know anything about crime.’’

Mr. Volker’s former colleagues pinned the blame on the man who sets the tone for his administration from the top.

“Experience has demonstrated that the closer you get to Trump, the harder it is to stay clean,” Mr. Fried said. “Decent people are put in impossible positions. I don’t think Kurt deserves to be hurt. It could have been me.”

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Trump calls for Romney’s impeachment

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We like to call trump supporters idiots, but 50 years from now anyone reading about this presidency will only ask why the people that could see the obvious fascism growing right in front of them did so little to stop it.

50 years from now everyone will read that Bush was the beginning of this, then read that we elected a “change” President who was supposed to correct it (but fucked us by keeping the power of the Bush Executive intact for Trump), and then read that we somehow forgot that we still never corrected (or “changed”) the Bush oversteps and so got the Trump we absolutely deserve, and who is the perfect personification of who the USA is circa 2019.

The bigger question is whether 50 years from 50 years from now anyone reading will learn that we finally went back to re-try 2008 again and elected a real change President to take us off our authoritarian Executive path, or whether we kept getting hoodwinked by authoritarians with just enough of a socially liberal streak to fool the average civics-stupid American.

Put simply, Trump is a symptom, not the disease. If 50 years from now people are still pretending Trump is the disease, then we’re absofuckinglutely doomed.

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State Department, North Korea disagree over whether latest nuclear talks broke down

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North Korea claimed Saturday that negotiations with American diplomats over the totalitarian country’s nuclear program had broken down Saturday, though the State Department later said the comments “do not reflect the content or the spirit” of the discussions.

North Korea’s top nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong Gil, told reporters through a translator outside Pyongyang’s embassy in Stockholm that working-level talks between officials from Washington and Pyongyang in Stockholm “have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off.”

“The U.S. raised expectations by offering suggestions like a flexible approach, new method and creative solutions, but they have disappointed us greatly and dampened our enthusiasm for negotiation by bringing nothing to the negotiation table,” Kim added, according to Reuters.

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“The U.S. brought creative ideas and had good discussions with its DPRK [North Korea] counterparts,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said, adding that the U.S. representatives had agreed to return to the negotiating table in two weeks. It was not immediately clear whether the North Koreans had agreed to do the same.

“The United States and the DPRK [North Korea] will not overcome a legacy of 70 years of war and hostility on the Korean Peninsula through the course of a single Saturday,” Ortagus said. “These are weighty issues, and they require a strong commitment by both countries. The United States has that commitment.”

The discussions took place days after North Korea test-fired an underwater-launched missile, saying the test “ushered in a new phase in containing the outside forces’ threat … and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defense.”  The missile flew 280 miles and reached a maximum altitude of 565 miles, higher than any other short-range weapons North Korea has test-fired in recent months.

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North Korea resumed missile tests after the second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam collapsed in February over how much sanctions relief Washington should provide Pyongyang in exchange for partial nuclear disarmament. Diplomatic relations between the two nations have largely been in stasis since, with the exception of a brief thaw in June when Kim and Trump met at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

The first summit between the two leaders, which took place last year in Singapore resulted in a vague denuclearization agreement but few concrete results.

Earlier Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped “that the North Koreans came with spirit and willingness to move forward to implement what President Trump and Chairman Kim agreed to back in Singapore.”

“We’re mindful that this will be the first time we have had a chance to have a discussion in quite some time and that there remains a lot of work that will have to done by the two teams,” Pompeo said in Athens, where he is on the final leg of a tour of Southern Europe.

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He added that Washington hoped the meeting in Sweden would lead to “a set of dialogues that could take place in the coming weeks and months that will really deliver on the commitments that were made in Singapore.”

However, ousted National Security Advisor John Bolton openly criticized the Trump administration’s North Korea policy Monday, saying Kim Jong Un “will never give up weapons voluntarily.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Are airplane blankets, pillows sanitary to use during flights?

Getting on an airplane for a long flight is stressful. By the time you get through security, to the gate, and then on the long line to board, you’ve likely already had enough. So when you spot your seat with your airline-issued pillow and blanket, it may seem like the clouds have parted and the sun is shining. Relaxation is on the way.

Or is it? It might not be if you knew the truth about those blankets and pillows. They may not be as clean as you think, and in fact, they could be teeming with germs and bacteria from the many travelers who used them before you. Before you settle in, you need some essential information. And while you’re at it, don’t miss these other things that you should never do on an airplane.

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According to flight attendants, some airlines don’t provide new or even clean pillows and blankets for the next round of passengers. (iStock)

What’s the deal?

Each airline has its own policy on this issue. While some choose to reuse their inventory after each flight, others have chosen onetime-use options. And, as you’ve probably noticed, still others don’t offer the amenity at all. However, a majority of those that do offer reused blankets and pillows assure travelers that they are properly laundered.

On Delta, for example, the “pillowcases and blankets are laundered after each use, so they’re clean and fresh,” says Savannah Huddleston, who works for the company’s corporate communications department.

JetBlue has chosen not to jump into the laundry game for its Core segment of travelers. Instead, they allow customers to purchase a brand-new pillow and blanket on board if they so desire.

However, the company does provide pillows and blankets for VIP passengers, free of charge.

“Customers flying in Mint, our refreshing take on a premium travel experience, get custom-made pillows and blankets that are collected and laundered freshly between uses,” says Julianna Bryan, who works in corporate communications for JetBlue.

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Each airline has its own policy on this issue. While some choose to reuse their inventory after each flight, others have chosen onetime-use options. (iStock)

Where are these items washed?

According to Lonely Planet, there are two options. They’re either washed at an industrial facility via a laundry service that is contracted by the airline, or they are laundered at the airline’s home-base airport.

By the way, here’s why you should never take off your shoes on an airplane.

How can you tell if they’re clean?

Airline spokespeople note that if the pillows and blankets are wrapped in plastic, they have the seal of approval from the airline as far as cleanliness goes.

If they aren’t, they could have very well been folded and put away in between flights without a proper cleaning.

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After discovering the diary, the furious husband passed it on to the media. (iStock)

Are they OK to use?

If you’re comfortable, go for it. Perhaps the best thing to do is to purchase your own airplane pillow and a lightweight blanket, however. They don’t take up too much room in your carry-on luggage, and at least you know where it’s been.

Here are a few other ways to avoid picking up germs on a flight.

This story was originally published by Reader’s Digest.

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Trump calls for Romney’s impeachment

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We like to call trump supporters idiots, but 50 years from now anyone reading about this presidency will only ask why the people that could see the obvious fascism growing right in front of them did so little to stop it.

50 years from now everyone will read that Bush was the beginning of this, then read that we elected a “change” President who was supposed to correct it (but fucked us by keeping the power of the Bush Executive intact for Trump), and then read that we somehow forgot that we still never corrected (or “changed”) the Bush oversteps and so got the Trump we absolutely deserve, and who is the perfect personification of who the USA is circa 2019.

The bigger question is whether 50 years from 50 years from now anyone reading will learn that we finally went back to re-try 2008 again and elected a real change President to take us off our authoritarian Executive path, or whether we kept getting hoodwinked by authoritarians with just enough of a socially liberal streak to fool the average civics-stupid American.

Put simply, Trump is a symptom, not the disease. If 50 years from now people are still pretending Trump is the disease, then we’re absofuckinglutely doomed.

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Trump calls for Romney’s impeachment

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We like to call trump supporters idiots, but 50 years from now anyone reading about this presidency will only ask why the people that could see the obvious fascism growing right in front of them did so little to stop it.

50 years from now everyone will read that Bush was the beginning of this, then read that we elected a “change” President who was supposed to correct it (but fucked us by keeping the power of the Bush Executive intact for Trump), and then read that we somehow forgot that we still never corrected (or “changed”) the Bush oversteps and so got the Trump we absolutely deserve, and who is the perfect personification of who the USA is circa 2019.

The bigger question is whether 50 years from 50 years from now anyone reading will learn that we finally went back to re-try 2008 again and elected a real change President to take us off our authoritarian Executive path, or whether we kept getting hoodwinked by authoritarians with just enough of a socially liberal streak to fool the average civics-stupid American.

Put simply, Trump is a symptom, not the disease. If 50 years from now people are still pretending Trump is the disease, then we’re absofuckinglutely doomed.

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Tourist takes ‘magical’ photo evoking Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’

A tourist made a good impression when he photographed a cloudy sky that looked like it was straight from a Vincent van Gogh painting.

Doron Berlin, 31, was on holiday in Belgium when he looking up to see swirling clouds of blue and grey set against the brilliant sun and spires near Bruges’ Belfry bell tower.

The scene looked just like Van Gogh’s 19th-century masterpiece “The Starry Night,” so he took a snap.

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A tourist made a good impression when he photographed a cloudy sky that looked like it was straight from a Vincent van Gogh painting. The scene looked just like Van Gogh’s 19th-century masterpiece “The Starry Night,” so he took a snap. (SWNS)

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The Canadian oncologist described the moment in July as “magical and beautiful.”

“The clouds were particularly striking, and the effect of the sun shining into the camera created a very interesting vortex-type look,” Berlin said. “That, mixed with the amazing architecture in Bruges and good lighting all came together for a great oil-on-canvas feel.”

“I think it’s got a Starry Night vibe, with the clouds and the big tower,” he added. “The cloudy sky really did look like a work of Van Gogh, and it makes you wonder if this is the type of thing that inspired him.”

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Post-impressionist artist Van Gogh painted “The Starry Night” in June 1889, inspired by the view from his asylum room in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. (SWNS)

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Doron Berlin, 31, was on holiday in Belgium when he looking up to see swirling clouds of blue and grey set against the brilliant sun and spires near Bruges’ Belfry bell tower. (SWNS)

Post-impressionist artist Van Gogh painted “The Starry Night” in June 1889, inspired by the view from his asylum room in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France.

Scientists at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Museum of Modern Art in New York determined the sky was painted with ultramarine and cobalt blue, while the moon was painted with Indian yellow together with zinc yellow.

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This story was originally published by SWNS.

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Reporter Jeff Mason says he was just doing his job in tense exchange with Trump: I didn’t ‘grandstand’

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Reuters reporter Jeff Mason defended his conduct during Thursday’s press conference which featured a testy exchange between him and President Trump.

“It’s our job to do follow-ups and it’s not our job to grandstand. And I wasn’t in that case,” he said Saturday while appearing on “America’s News HQ.”

Fox News anchor Eric Shawn had praised how Mason handled the exchange, telling him that he wasn’t “rude in any way.”

“You just were diligent and kept on asking to try to get to your point,” Shawn added. The confrontation occurred after Mason asked Trump what exactly he sought from Ukraine when he spoke to the nation’s newly elected president about former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Trump’s initial response focused on his longstanding complaint that foreign nations took advantage of the United States. Mason pressed him further, following up with the same question.

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“I’ve given you a long answer, ask this gentleman a question. Don’t be rude,” Trump told Mason, referring to Finnish President Sauli Niinistö. Mason responded that he didn’t want to be rude. “I just wanted you to have a chance to answer the question that I asked you,” he said.

Mason told Shawn that he was just trying to do his job and that the president hadn’t answered his question. “He didn’t answer the question and I wanted to follow up and followed up a couple of times, and that’s our job in those situations,” Mason said.

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After playing a clip of the exchange, Shawn described Mason as “cool,” “collected,” and “professional.” Earlier in the interview, Shawn made sure to praise Mason’s conduct.

“I would be utterly remiss in my professional responsibilities if I did not praise your diligence, your dedication,” he said. Before introducing the clip, Shawn added that some people called Mason’s job performance a “tutorial in journalism for journalism schools.”

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AOC pushes national rent control, welfare for illegal immigrants in latest massive proposal

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is promoting a new package of left-wing economic policies, including national rent control and expanding welfare to illegal immigrants across the country, as part of a massive new proposal aiming to achieve a “just society.”

The freshman lawmaker, who champions the multi-trillion-dollar Green New Deal proposal to combat economic inequality and climate change, has now proposed a package of bills aimed at solving perceived economic injustice.

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“A just society provides a living wage, safe working conditions, and healthcare. A just society acknowledges the value of immigrants to our communities. A just society guarantees safe, comfortable, and affordable housing,” the website for the package says. “By strengthening our social and economic foundations, we are preparing ourselves to embark on the journey to save our planet by rebuilding our economy and cultivate a just society.”

That “Just Society” proposals are made up of six different pieces of legislation that deal with issues including housing, welfare, poverty and human rights.

“The Place to Prosper Act” would prevent year-over-year rent increases of more than three percent. Meanwhile, “The Embrace Act” would allow illegal immigrants to claim the same welfare benefits as U.S. citizens and those immigrants here legally,

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law … an individual who is an alien (without regard to the immigration status of that alien) may not be denied any Federal public benefit solely on the basis of the individual’s immigration status,” the bill reads.

A federal public benefit is defined as: “any grant, contract, loan, professional license, or commercial license provided by an agency of the United States or by appropriated funds of the United States; and…any retirement, welfare, health, disability, public or assisted housing, postsecondary education, food assistance, unemployment benefit, or any other similar benefit for which payments or assistance are provided to an individual, household, or family eligibility unit by an agency of the United States or by appropriated funds of the United States.”

A similar bill “The Mercy in Re-entry Act” uses similar language to stop the granting of public benefits based on whether a person was convicted of a criminal offense.

Still another bill, “The Recognizing Poverty Act,” would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to update the federal poverty level by taking into account “geographic cost variation, costs related to health insurance, work expenses for the family, child care needs, and new necessities, like internet access.” Another bill would urge the U.S. to ratify the U.N.’s Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

It is unclear how such a radical package would go down in the Democrat-controlled House, while it would almost certainly be dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled Senate. However, it could still prove to have a significant influence on U.S. politics.

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Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal was initially treated as something of an oddity by both conservatives and some Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., dismissed it as the “Green dream or whatever they call it.”

But now a form of a Green New Deal is embraced by many 2020 Democrats on the campaign trail, although a test vote in the Senate on the measure failed during the summer. Other left-wing proposals such as “Medicare-for-all” and providing healthcare for illegal immigrants have also been adopted by some of those vying for the White House.

“I think the conversation that the Green New Deal sparked — like if I had to decide would I rather have the resolution passed or would I have rather preferred we start a national conversation about the urgency of the climate crisis — I would have chosen the latter every single time,” Ocasio-Cortez told NPR last month.

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Lauren Cohan returns to ‘The Walking Dead’ for Season 11

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Lauren Cohan walked away from “The Walking Dead.” Now she’s headed back.

At the end of Saturday’s New York Comic Con panel for the apocalyptic AMC zombie series that has spawned its own universe, a masked cast member stood and revealed herself to be Cohan, whose return was subsequently announced.

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AMC also announced an 11th season of the series, whose 10th starts Sunday night.

Cohan, who played Maggie Greene on the show starting in season two, left as a full-time cast member to pursue other projects after the eighth season then made a few guest appearances in the ninth.

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The 37-year-old actress has since appeared in the short-lived ABC series “Whiskey Cavalier” and the Mark Wahlberg film “Mile 22.”

It’s not clear when or how Cohan’s character will return.

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