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SubDude: The Poster Boy Protesting The Age Of Donald Trump

SubDude is the poster boy of protesting in the age of Donald Trump. Literally.

The London-based street artist offers biting critiques on politicians, world affairs and tech giants through his posters.

“It’s protest art that wants to make a point rather than just look pretty,” he told HuffPost. 

SubDude hit the streets with this first poster in 2016:

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“It was a play on the financial crisis term for banks that were considered to be ‘too big to fail,’” the self-taught artist said. “But it also reflected my doubts and fears about whether what I was doing would work or not.”

His work soon became more political, inspired by Trump’s election victory and the United Kingdom’s 2016 Brexit vote to leave the European Union.

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“I cannot stand the swaggering ignorance and small-minded nationalism of Donald Trump and his constant lies,” SubDude said. “I think such ignorance needs to be challenged, and if I can do it with a bit of humor, even better.”

“I think Brexit reflects the same intolerant nationalism,” he added. “And there are so many other things to challenge, from China’s autocratic rulers to Israel’s occupation of Palestine to the savage brutality of the Islamic State. Unfortunately, I will probably never be short of subjects.”

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He has also taken swipes at other Trump administration officials, including Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner:

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He taunted former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon with this poster in 2018:

And Fox News’ primetime host Sean Hannity evoked his anger in April:

Alex Jones, of conspiracy-mongering website InfoWars, has also been the subject of mockery:

“I think it helps me to get my anger at these politicians out and hopefully have some fun doing it,” SubDude said. “If my work makes a few people think more about what misguided ideologies they may support, then hopefully I will have made the world just a tiny bit better.”

SubDude is prepared to give politicians praise where it is due, however.

In March, he paid tribute to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who garnered positive global recognition for her unifying response to the terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch.

“I plan to do more of those in the future,” SubDude said. “But it seems bad leaders are more common than good ones.”

Tech giants have also sparked his anger, particularly their lack of regulations, the resulting invasions of privacy and the addictiveness of some of their products.

“People would rather stare at small screens in a virtual world than actually talk to each other in the real one,” he said. “They can’t even be bothered to look up from their phones when walking along (hence, my poster ‘The Smartphone Generation Doesn’t Look Where It’s Going’).”

A solo show in London’s Brick Lane now beckons, as do politically charged collaborations with other artists. “I have lists of dozens of possible ideas, and I am always thinking about the next political figures to target,” SubDude said. “I am always bursting with ideas and need to get them out.”

Catch SubDude’s debut solo exhibition at Monty’s in London’s Brick Lane starting Sept. 19. Check out more of his work below or on his website or Instagram.

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When will Hurricane Dorian hit Florida? What we know about the dangerous storm

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As Hurricane Dorian was on track to strengthen into a major storm Friday, Florida residents prepared for possible life-threatening storm surge at the end of Labor Day weekend. 

Forecasters expect Dorian to hit the southeastern coast as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane on Monday, somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia, bringing winds that may reach between 130-140 mph.

Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis requested President Donald Trump declare a pre-landfall disaster for the entire state, and urged residents to continue monitoring Dorian.

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Here’s what we know so far about the storm:

When and where will Dorian hit?

A Monday arrival seems likely, although Florida residents could experience tropical storm-force winds as early as Saturday night. Once Dorian approaches the coast, it is expected to slow down considerably.

Forecasters say it’s too early to tell where Dorian will have the greatest impact, but any part of the coast between the Florida Keys and the southern part of Georgia could be a landing spot.

After that, the storm’s path would be unpredictable. It could continue north along the coast or head west across the state toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Where is Dorian?

After mostly sparing Puerto Rico, Dorian has exited the Caribbean and moved into the Atlantic Ocean.

As of 8 a.m. EDT Friday, the storm was located about 255 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas, moving at 12 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. 

The weather service said that on its current track, “Dorian should move over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas today, approach the northwestern Bahamas Saturday, and move near or over portions of the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday.”

How powerful is it?

With sustained winds up to 110 mph, Dorian qualifies as a Category 2 hurricane. That’s not as much a concern now that it’s in open water, but the issue is how much steam it may pick up.

The hurricane center said Dorian is expected to become a Category 3 hurricane – with sustained winds of at least 111 mph – by Friday. The weather service’s current forecast has Dorian with winds at 140-mph while slamming the Bahamas Sunday into Monday. 

Why is it getting stronger?

Hurricanes need three major ingredients to form: water at least 80 degrees in temperature, moist air and converging winds. Then the storm nourishes from the water’s heat energy.

Scary: 5 things that make Dorian a dangerous hurricane

“The warmer the water, the more moisture is in the air,’’ the website for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says. “And that could mean bigger and stronger hurricanes.’’

The hurricane center said current conditions in the Atlantic are favorable for the storm to intensify over the next day.

What kind of impact could it have?

It could be calamitous. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties, urging residents to prepare with supplies like food, water and medicines for at least a week.

“The time to act is now,” DeSantis said. “Do not wait until it’s too late.”

President Donald Trump is monitoring the storm, and said the federal government is ready to help on a recorded message. 

The main concern is that Dorian will slow as it approaches the coast, which could prolong the period of heavy rainfall, winds and storm surge.

The hurricane center warns there could be “devastating hurricane-force winds’’ along the state’s eastern coast and peninsula, and rain totals in coastal areas of the southeast U.S. could range from 6 to 12 inches and up to 15 inches in isolated areas.

“There is an increasing likelihood of life-threatening storm surge along portions of the Florida east coast late this weekend or early next week,’’ the center said.

Airlines canceled 110 flights to, from and within the U.S. Thursday and 14 Friday, according to FlightAware.com, with those totals likely to increase.

In the Bahamas, storm surge as much as 10 to 15 feet above normal tide levels in some areas. The northwestern Bahamas will be soaked with 6 to 12 inches of rain, with isolated patches up to 15 inches, the hurricane center said.

Contributing; Ryan Miller

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NPR Music’s Top 12 Albums Of August

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August, traditionally, is slow month for media. Hollywood takes a (brief) break from blockbusters and gets ready to roll out autumn’s big movies. The music world didn’t get that memo, giving our ears much to love. Bon Iver surprise-released the abstract and beautiful i,i early, Lana Del Rey put the finishing touches on Norman F****** Rockwell! and Young Thug dropped So Much Fun with a week’s notice.

Below you’ll find an alphabetized list of NPR Music’s top 12 albums of August 2019. Be sure to check out our top 16 songs from the month as well.

  • Bon Iver, ‘i,i’

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    With i,i, Bon Iver has now released an album for every season — this one’s for autumn. It’s full of songs about connection: to friends, to family, to lovers, to the world at large. Appropriately, the work feels more open and collaborative than ever, letting light pour into everything. — Stephen Thompson

  • Ellen Reid, ‘p r i s m’

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    Perhaps the most luminous, startling and beautiful theatrical score in many years, Ellen Reid‘s opera p r i s m more than earns its 2019 Pulitzer. The story, set to a pungent and poetic text by Roxie Perkins, delves deep into the shape-shifting reality of a young woman recovering from sexual assault. Stunning. — Tom Huizenga

  • Jay Som, ‘Anak Ko’

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    Melina Duterte’s third full-length as Jay Som is a profound creative leap for the L.A.-based multi-instrumentalist. Anak Ko (“My Child” in Tagalog) rattles, shakes and sighs while veering into some wonderfully surprising — and stranger — sonic directions, with deep ruminations on love and humility. — Robin Hilton

  • Jazzmeia Horn, ‘Love and Liberation’

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    On her poised and pugnacious second album, Jazzmeia Horn slips free of lingering comparisons — to Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan and other jazz-vocal touchstones — by sharpening the angle of attack. Her singing is exuberant, her original songs reveal a sturdy intellect, and her message is nothing less than everything the title implies. — Nate Chinen, WBGO

  • Joan Shelley, ‘Like the River Loves the Sea’

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    It may be a long way from Kentucky to Iceland, where Louisville’s most skillful singer-song-writer recorded this album, but there’s nothing chilly about the songs, which glow in homespun warmth with diaphanous arrangements. And some, like “Cycle,” unfold with the poetic inscrutability of an Alice Munro short story. — Tom Huizenga

  • Lana Del Rey, ‘Norman F****** Rockwell!’

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    Lana Del Rey writes languid songs from the perspective of a gloomy Cali pleasure-seeker whose accumulated ache can’t stamp out faint embers of hope. At 67 minutes, Rockwell! sprawls exquisitely, balancing its bleak beauty with real insight into the ways we get by in a world on the brink. — Stephen Thompson

  • Oso Oso, ‘Basking in the glow’

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    Emo taught to us glower in our feels, or at least that’s the persistent narrative pushed by pop culture. But there’s always been far more nuance to this music, with a glimmering example found in Oso Oso’s Basking in the Glow. Like anyone else in our current hellscape, Jade Lilitri struggles to stay positive, but radiates with melodies and epiphanies about who he is and aspires to be. — Lars Gotrich

  • Raphael Saadiq, ‘Jimmy Lee’

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    Raphael Saadiq‘s Jimmy Lee is an exorcism of family tragedy and trauma, personified in blood, bone and blues. It’s the story of American dysfunction run rampant, while the survivors find the guts to music their way through the pain. This time, Saadiq lights up the darkness by revealing his own. He’s never sounded brighter. — Rodney Carmichael

  • Rapsody, ‘Eve’

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    Though this is technically Rapsody‘s third studio effort, the narrative of Eve has been centuries in the making. By naming each song after an inspirational black woman (from Cleopatra to Sojourner Truth to Aaliyah to Michelle Obama), Rap traces the legacy of black influence in society while maintaining her measured flow and the scorching wit of a group chat roast session. — Sidney Madden

  • Sleater-Kinney, ‘The Center Won’t Hold’

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    Slickly produced by Annie Clark, The Center Won’t Hold breaks new sonic ground for Sleater-Kinney without abandoning the dynamic interplay that makes the iconic band tick. “There are not a lot of all-female rock bands who have stood on this precipice, making their ninth album,” Carrie Brownstein told NPR this month. How lucky we are to have this trio setting the pace. — Marissa Lorusso

  • Tanya Tucker, ‘While I’m Livin”

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    In the 1970s, Tanya Tucker was country’s wild teenage flame; in the 1980s, a prime purveyor of country pop. Then, like many stars, she found herself grounded for a while. Her ardent fan Brandi Carlile and her spiritual son Shooter Jennings have engineered a comeback for Tucker that rings remarkably true, writing and selecting songs that help her tell her whole life story, redolent of heartbreak, jokes, dreams, and realistic optimism. — Ann Powers

  • Young Thug, ‘So Much Fun’

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    You know that screechy, slurred delivery and unpredictable rap partner you hear all the young bucks emulate? That’s all Thugger.
    While copycats have arose and climbed up the charts thanks to what he purveyed, Thug’s long awaited, J. Cole-produced album So Much Fun is the culmination of the rapper’s influence, experimentation and forward thinking of a high-sky caliber. — Sidney Madden

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Snow White shares heartwarming moment with special needs child at Disney World

A mother was left emotional during a trip to Disney World when one of the park’s characters went above and beyond for her son, Brody, who has autism and is non-verbal.

Lauren Bergner, who shared the sweet moment on Facebook, wrote that she and Brody were waiting in line at Epcot to take pictures with Snow White when he began to have an “autism meltdown.”

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Snow White at Disney World’s Epcot park is going viral for the heartwarming moment she shared with a boy who has autism and is non-verbal.  (Lauren Bergner)

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“He was crying and was overwhelmed and just having a hard time,” she wrote in the social media post Sunday.

When it was Brody’s turn to take his picture, Bergner writes that the Disney princess “could tell Brody had special needs” and took him for a walk to get him away from the crowd. She also shared photos showing Snow White hugging and cuddling the child, and allowing him to rest his head on her lap to calm down.

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Lauren Bergner, the boy’s mom, wrote on Facebook that her son suffered from a meltdown, and that Snow White swooped in to make him feel better after he began crying. (Lauren Bergner)

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“She was amazing. She held his hand, danced with him, took him over to a bench and sat with him,” she wrote. “She went above and beyond!! She took so much time with him.”

The picture Bergner shared on Facebook received nearly 300K reactions with people praising the woman for her “beautiful” reaction to Brody’s special needs.

“God bless you Snow White…what a beautiful gift of love,” one person wrote.

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Bergner shared that Snow White danced and held the boy’s hand after he became overwhelmed in line. (Lauren Bergner)

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“What a beautiful girl for going out of her way to comfort a child,” another commented.

“Made me cry. So touching,” another shared.

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Snow White was praised across social media, with many calling her actions “beautiful” and saying the sweet moment made them cry. (Lauren Bergner)

Bergner, who also wrote that she sent a letter to Disney parks to inform them of how thankful she is of Snow White’s heartwarming actions, described the moment as “true magic.”

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“She was a pure angel!” she added. “She was magical and my family is forever thankful and touched!”

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Probe of missing Georgia votes finds “extreme” irregularities in black districts | Last year’s lieutenant governor race may have had a huge undercount in black precincts. Sound like coincidence?

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Trump’s personal assistant resigns from White House amid tensions

A personal assistant to President Trump who had been with the administration since Trump took office, Madeleine Westerhout, abruptly resigned Thursday, reportedly after it was determined she shared private information about the president with reporters.

Westerhout allegedly shared intimate details about the president’s family and life during an off-the-record dinner with reporters near Bedminster, N.J., where Trump was on vacation. Her desk sat outside the Oval Office and she was often seen alongside Trump.

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Politico reported some White House officials had become weary of her as she tried to expand her role from personal assistant to include duties associated with foreign travel and other tasks.

One White House adviser told the outlet the breach of trust was “the final straw.”

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Westerhout, a former staffer with the Republican National Committee, joined the Trump team during the 2016 campaign. Her departure adds to the growing list of staffers and other Trump administration officials who have come and gone.

More than 60 percent of those with the title of assistant to the president left within the first 18 months.

Fox News’ Tamara Gitt contributed to this report.

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Ex-NFL star Larry Johnson sounds off on supposed ‘effeminate agenda’ in two sports leagues

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Former NFL star Larry Johnson sounded off on social media about a supposed “effeminate agenda” in the NFL and NBA — and he says high-ranking Freemasons are involved.

Johnson, who was the premier running for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2003 to 2009, seemingly fired off the series of tweets out of nowhere.

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“There is an Effeminate Agenda going on amongst the NBA & NFL elite, peddled by high ranking Masons/handlers to indoctrinate the heterosexual sports world without them knowing, for the buying power of the LGBTQ community,” he started. “….But we not ready to have that conversation yet.”

Then, Johnson explained what he meant using bullet points in his next two tweets.

Johnson then added: “October is LGBTQ History month, the NFL players wear pink that month. They want you to think Breast Cancer, but they show you they don’t care much about women, look at the treatment of domestic violence issues.”

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Twitter users quickly pounced on the tweets and accused Johnson of prejudice against people with different sexual orientations Johnson, 39, defended himself.

“Nothing said, said I hate gays.  My understanding goes far beyond flesh, but an agenda that’s really to go after the homophobic sports fan who had an uproar when two men kissed,” he tweeted. “I could care less about the flesh. I’m noticing a playbook used on the masses.”

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He later added: “I love to see the LGBTQ community band together and come to a common cause when it comes to me…. now do that with the defects of your own community, pedopheliac Priests and politicians. Show them that same energy. But, a kingdom divided against itself will not stand.”

Johnson was a one-time All-Pro selection and a two-time Pro Bowler during his NFL career. He played for the Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins.

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Over the course of his career, he rushed for 6,223 yards and 55 touchdowns.

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Donald Trump Reportedly Faked Trade Phone Calls With China To Look Like A Big Man

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Biden Hears Frustration From Labor Union In His Campaign’s Backyard

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has heavily courted union votes, but a powerful labor union in his campaign’s home base of Philadelphia, crucial in a general election, is feeling snubbed.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden plays up his Pennsylvania roots as much as anything and has heavily courted organized labor in his presidential campaign, but a key union in Biden’s backyard is feeling neglected by the leading Democratic candidate.

At issue is a forum the AFL-CIO’s Philadelphia branch is holding Sept. 17, which the union is branding as a “Workers’ Presidential Summit.” Seven candidates have agreed to attend so far, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, billionaire activist Tom Steyer and entrepreneur Andrew Yang. But Biden is not among them.

“He always calls himself a Pennsylvanian at heart. His headquarters are here in Philadelphia. But his folks haven’t found the importance of coming together and talking to our workers. And so that’s very disappointing,” AFL-CIO Philadelphia Council President Pat Eiding told NPR. “There’s got to be some respect for the working people, if they want their vote.”

The 150,000-member union is a key political player in the most important Democratic region of what could be the most important swing state of the 2020 presidential campaign, where total union membership in 2018 was about 700,000, over 12% of the state’s workforce.

The leadership has been feeling slighted by Biden since the opening hours of his presidential campaign. The day he announced his run in a video, Biden traveled to Philadelphia for a high-dollar fundraiser organized by David L. Cohen, the senior executive vice president of Comcast.

Biden held his first campaign rally at a Pittsburgh union hall three days later, but Eiding and his members were annoyed. “Our good friend Joe Biden, from down the road a bit, he makes his announcement in Philadelphia,” Eiding said. “First place he goes is [the home of] the head of Comcast. No connection with labor. And they go forward. And it was a little disturbing because I thought, ‘Well, here we go again.'”

Eiding, like many labor leaders including national AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, faults former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign with taking union support for granted.

Biden’s campaign spokesman Andrew Bates rejected the notion that Biden is neglecting labor. “Vice President Biden is as proud to call Patrick Eiding a friend as his campaign is to call Philadelphia home,” he said in a statement. “Shortly after he received the endorsement of the International Association of Firefighters, the very first rally of Joe Biden’s campaign was held at a Teamsters hall in Pittsburgh, where he shouted-out the unions represented in the audience. Joe Biden has fought for working people his entire life, and as he said at his official campaign launch in Philadelphia, as president he would strive every day to build ‘an economy that rewards work, not just wealth.'”

Biden has attended several labor-focused candidate forums, including recent events in Iowa and Las Vegas. Biden allies in Pennsylvania politics attribute the forum snub to scheduling conflicts, though the Biden campaign doesn’t deny that it has strategically avoided several multiple-candidate forums in an apparent effort to maintain the former vice president’s image as an above-the-fray front-runner.

Still, a group that should be a key ally is upset, and Eiding has made it clear he thinks the AFL-CIO’s statewide chapter should hold off on endorsing Biden or any other Democratic candidate for now.

If he ended up as the Democratic nominee, Biden would need strong labor support in southeastern Pennsylvania. Democrats traditionally carry the state by running up their margins in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Clinton’s net Philadelphia vote total in 2016 was about 20,000 votes smaller than former President Barack Obama’s 2012 margin — a difference that accounted for about half of President Trump’s narrow statewide victory.

Many factors contributed to that, including lower enthusiasm among African American voters, but study after study showed Trump did better among union members than most recent Republican presidential candidates. And Eiding says, “labor in Philadelphia moves the vote.”

“Biden’s going to have to decide to what extent he’s got to reach out,” said Terry Madonna, a longtime Pennsylvania political observer and pollster who runs the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. “My sense is, if he reaches out properly I think he can heal those wounds.”

Madonna argues Biden is a natural ally for most labor groups, but points out “Bernie Sanders has really made appeals” to labor.

Sanders has visited several picket lines and union rallies this year, including an appearance last month protesting the closure of a Philadelphia hospital. His campaign says it has sent “hundreds of thousands of emails and a half-million texts” to supporters urging them to participate strikes and other union actions.

It’s something Eiding made a point to raise, noting in the interview that, “Senator Sanders certainly sees Philadelphia as important enough to talk here.”

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