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The Mooch Says He Was ‘Wrong’ About Trump In Blistering Op-Ed

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Anthony Scaramucci, the short-lived White House communications director, deepened his criticism of President Donald Trump in an op-ed on Monday evening.

“I’m not seeking absolution. I just want to be part of the solution,” Scaramucci, who was fired in July 2017 after just 11 days on the job, wrote in The Washington Post. “The negatives of Trump’s demagoguery now clearly outweigh the positives of his leadership, and it is imperative that Americans unite to prevent him from serving another four years in office.”

Trump and Scaramucci have been exchanging barbs for weeks as the former aide went on a sweeping media blitz. Scaramucci compared the president to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on Axios, called him a “jackass” and a “paper tiger” in Vanity Fair and told MSNBC that Trump’s recent efforts to address a spate of mass shootings were a “catastrophe.” He also predicted that Trump would drop out of the 2020 presidential race by March as he realized the tide of discontent had grown against him.

Trump has not taken these comments well, attacking Scaramucci in turn and saying the former aide would “do anything to come back” to the White House:

Until recently, Scaramucci had been an ardent supporter of Trump and his policies, regularly appearing on television to champion the president. But those days are over, he wrote in the Post.

“My public praise of the man was over the top at times, but my private estimation of him was more measured. I thought Trump, despite his warts, could bring a pragmatic, entrepreneurial approach to the Oval Office,” Scaramucci wrote. “I thought he could be the reset button Washington needed to break through the partisan sclerosis. I thought he would govern in a more inclusive way than his campaign rhetoric might have indicated, and I naively thought that, by joining the administration, I could counteract the far-right voices in the room. I thought wrong. And, yes, many of you told me so.”

Scaramucci went on to list the moments Trump lost him as a supporter, saying his disapproval had been mounting for years as the president failed to lambaste a neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville and supported policies to separate migrant children from their families as the southern border.

“I broke from Trump because not only has his behavior become more erratic and his rhetoric more inflammatory, but also because, like all demagogues, he is incapable of handling constructive criticism. As we lie on the bed of nails Trump has made, it’s often difficult to see how much the paradigm of acceptable conduct has shifted,” Scaramucci wrote. “For the Republican Party, it’s now a question of whether we want to start cleaning up the mess or continue papering over the cracks.”

Read the full piece over at The Washington Post.

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How Shareholder Democracy Failed the People

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Democracy is a messy thing. Shareholder democracy may be even messier.

For nearly a half-century, corporate America has prioritized, almost maniacally, profits for its shareholders. That single-minded devotion overran nearly every other constituent, pushing aside the interests of customers, employees and communities.

That philosophy was rooted in an idea that has an air of nobility about it. Shareholder democracy was the name given to investors asserting themselves in corporate governance. The idea was that investors would wrest control of companies from entrenched managers, letting the actual owners set their corporate priorities. But what we really got was something else: an era of shareholder primacy.

That may have a chance — a chance — of changing now that 181 chief executives have lent their signatures to a new “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation” that was published by the Business Roundtable on Monday. The statement from the leaders of companies including JPMorgan Chase, Apple, Amazon and Walmart affirms that the nation’s largest companies have a “fundamental commitment” to all their stakeholders: putting employees, suppliers and communities on a pedestal that once belonged only to shareholders.

The companies’ statement is a significant shift and a welcome one. For years, businesses have resisted calls — including from this column — to rethink their responsibility to society. In response, corporations typically dismissed hot-button topics like income inequality, climate change, gun violence and more as political issues unrelated to them.

Some will doubt the sincerity of these business leaders’ words, and it remains an open question whether their companies will be held accountable — and by whom. But what we may be at the start of is less a new era and more a return to the past.

For nearly 50 years — following the publication of a seminal academic treatise in 1932 called “The Modern Corporation and Private Property” by Adolf A. Berle Jr. and Gardiner C. Means — corporations, for the most part, were run for all stakeholders. It was a time defined by organized labor, corporate pension programs, gold-watch retirements and charitable gifts from companies that invested heavily in their communities and the kind of research that promised future growth.

It is a period often referred to — sometimes derisively — as “managerialism.”

But by the 1970s, managerialism became synonymous in investment circles with immovable executives who were running bloated businesses more for their own benefit than for their shareholders.

It also coincided with the ascent of Milton Friedman, the University of Chicago economist who preached a gospel of profits-as-purpose and mocked anyone who thought that businesses should do anything else.

“What does it mean to say that ‘business’ has responsibilities?” Mr. Friedman wrote in this newspaper in 1970. “Businessmen who talk this way are unwitting puppets of the intellectual forces that have been undermining the basis of a free society these past decades.”

That began the rise of shareholder democracy, an idea that the public and news media embraced. Shareholders and, in turn, a new class of investors known as corporate raiders convinced executives to slash any and all fat from their budgets or risk being taken over or voted out. Layoffs increased, research and development budgets were cut, and pension programs were traded for 401(k)s. There was a rush of mergers driven by “cost savings” that grabbed headlines while profits soared and dividends increased.

And here we are. Americans mistrust companies to such an extent that the very idea of capitalism is now being debated on the political stage. Populism has been embraced on both ends of the political spectrum, whether in the trade protectionism of President Trump or the social-net supremacy of Senator Bernie Sanders.

It is against that backdrop that the Business Roundtable released its statement on Monday. The group should be commended for coming around — and no one wants to criticize progress — but it is undeniably late.

Make no mistake, it wasn’t shareholder democracy that created this new enlightened moment. Public outrage pushed this forward. So did anger in Washington and regulatory scrutiny that is finally coming to bear.

Shareholders — with some exceptions — did not come around until they had no choice but to realize that these forces could have an impact on their investments.

And in an echo of managerialism, there are some corporate executives who deserve credit for this change.

Larry Fink, the chairman of BlackRock, deserves to be doing laps for putting these ideas into his annual letters years ago, when some of those who signed Monday’s statement laughed at the idea.

Credit should go, too, to Howard Schultz, the former chief executive of Starbucks, whose company embraced its employees as stakeholders from the beginning. And companies like Patagonia and Ben and Jerry’s, which are so-called B Corporations, committed to community principles early.

The investor Paul Tudor Jones II has been talking about this for years. So has Judith F. Samuelson, an executive director at the Aspen Institute who has pressed corporate leaders to embrace a view of service to society, and told me about a dinner where she and others leaned on Jamie Dimon, the JPMorgan chief executive and chairman of the Business Roundtable, to change the group’s mission statement.

And there was Prof. Klaus Schwab, who founded the World Economic Forum, drafting the Davos Manifesto of 1973: “The purpose of professional management is to serve clients, shareholders, workers and employees, as well as societies, and to harmonize the different interests of the stakeholders.”

If you suspect that the Business Roundtable’s statement changes little, there may be reason for skepticism. Some big companies didn’t sign on, including the Blackstone Group, General Electric and Alcoa.

And the Council of Institutional Investors — which represents many of the same companies as Business Roundtable and many of the nation’s largest pension funds — distributed a response that forcefully disavowed the ideas set forth in the roundtable’s statement.

“Accountability to everyone means accountability to no one,” the council said. “It is government, not companies, that should shoulder the responsibility of defining and addressing societal objectives with limited or no connection to long-term shareholder value.”

For whatever progress may have been made Monday, it is hardly clear the debate is over. In fact, the fight for corporate identity is just beginning.

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President Trump decision to end DACA was lawful, Justice Department says

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The Justice Department submitted a legal brief to the Supreme Court Monday that stated President Trump acted lawfully when he decided to end the Obama-era immigration program known as DACA in September of 2017, according to a new report.

The Department of Homeland Security, “correctly, and at a minimum reasonably, concluded that DACA is unlawful,” Justice Department lawyers wrote in a brief submitted to the Supreme Court late Monday.

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The Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments in November. A ruling is expected in the presidential election year, putting the high court at the center of one of the most politically charged issues of debates. A decision in favor of Trump would allow for the president to deport more than one million young adults residing in the U.S. under DACA protection, the New York Times reported.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was created under an executive order in 2012. The program gives some illegal immigrants — known as “Dreamers” — who were brought to the United States as children– the opportunity to receive a renewable two-year reprieve from deportation and become eligible for a work permit.

In 2017, the Trump administration announced its plan to phase out the program, but federal courts have ruled that the phase-out could not apply retroactively and that the program should be restarted.

The White House fought back on those decisions, saying the president has broad authority over immigration enforcement policy. Federal appeals courts around the country have rejected efforts by the federal government to move ahead with phasing out the Obama-era program.

DACA proponents have also argued that Trump’s planned termination of the program violates federal law requiring adequate notice-and-comment periods before certain federal rules are changed, as well as other constitutional equal protection and due process guarantees.

A decision from the Supreme Court to end DACA could galvanize young Americans to ensure Trump does not see another four years in the White House, the Times report stated. On the other hand, if the Court chooses to continue the Obama-era program, conservatives could argue Trump needs another four years to fulfill his campaign promises on immigration.

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Fox News’ Shannon Bream and Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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This Day in History: Aug. 20

On this day, Aug. 20 …

2000: Tiger Woods wins the PGA Championship, becoming the first player since 1953 to win three majors in one year.

Also on this day:

  • 1960: The Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations invade Czechoslovakia. 
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An artist’s depiction of the Voyager 2 probe traveling through our solar system. (NASA)

  • 1977: The space probe Voyager 2 is launched; it continues to explore to this day, and is now more than 11 billion miles from Earth. 
  • 1998: The U.S. launches cruise missiles at suspected Al Qaeda bases in Afghanistan and Sudan.
  • 2009: Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, arrives back in Libya after being released by the Scottish government.
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Conan O’Brien vows to negotiate Trump’s Greenland deal, offers up Florida

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“Conan” host Conan O’Brien is offering his negotiation skills to President Trump after it was reported that the president has expressed serious interest in buying Greenland.

“A lot of people have kind of been making fun of the idea for the past day or so… but not me,” O’Brien told his audience Monday. “You see, I want to give the President Trump the benefit of the doubt. What if we, the United States, did buy Greenland? It might just be a good idea. It seriously might. And as the elder statesman of late-night, what if I negotiated the deal?”

After sparking some laughs, the TBS host doubled down.

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“Seriously, what if I handled this historic negotiation?” O’Brien said. “I have as much, if not more, negotiating experience as Trump. I mean c’mon, an 11 o’clock timeslot on TBS, you don’t just get that!”

Despite Denmark insisting that Greenland is “not for sale,” the late-night comedian is convinced otherwise and warned that China will snatch it with “all cash.”

“So alright, Denmark, you want to play hardball? I’m ready to sweeten the deal,” O’Brien said. “We could do a straight trade: Greenland for Florida.”

The “Conan” host then highlighted some perks of being part of the United States, like being “enrolled in the U.S. health care system,” and never being cold by being “American fat.”

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He also announced that he was going to make an actual visit to the icy nation as part of his “Conan Without Borders” special.

“Here’s my promise… if I do not make this deal to purchase Greenland, if I do not make this deal, I, Conan O’Brien will never, ever again step foot on American soil,” he joked to this audience, which roared with applause.

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Jeffrey Lord: NYT ‘Stalinizing’ America, left wants to re-write American history on race

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Political commentator Jeffrey Lord responded to a leaked transcript from New York Times’ emergency town hall meeting Monday, saying that the newspaper wants to stir the narrative on race in the United States against President Donald Trump and in-favor of pro-Russian views.

“What the New York Times has engaged in is the Stalinizing of American history,” Lord, who worked in the Reagan administration, told Fox News host Sean Hannity Monday evening. “The left wanting to do a total re-write of American history, that we’re founded in racism and it’ll all about race.”

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The New York Times is facing backlash after a leaked transcript from a staff town hall meeting Monday revealed the newspaper was grappling with how to write about racism in a way that appeased anti-Trump viewers.

“What I’m saying is that our readers and some of our staff cheer us when we take on Donald Trump, but they jeer at us when we take on Joe Biden,” New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet told his staff in a town hall on Monday.

Baquet addressed backlash on Twitter after the Times summarized President Trump’s address following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, with the headline “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.”

One of the most vocal critics of the headline was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who wrote: “Let this front page serve as a reminder of how white supremacy is aided by – and often relies upon – the cowardice of mainstream institutions.”

Other users vowed to cancel their subscriptions. The Times changed the headline hours later to “Assailing Hate But Not Guns,” which also drew criticism.

Lord said the New York Times’ 1619 project, which is also mentioned in the leaked transcript, fails to tell the whole story about the Democratic Party’s contribution to upholding segregation and other forms of institutional racism in the United States.

“I’ve read the New York Times pieces, their so-called 1619 project, there isn’t a solitary mention that slavery and segregation were the party of Democrats,” Lord said. Hannity asked Lord where the Democratic Party was in the 1960s as the left failed to back legislation that would have extended voting rights for African Americans.

According to the recording obtained by the Slate, NYT executive editor Dean Baquet described the 1619 project as the “most ambitious examination of the legacy of slavery ever undertaken in newspaper to try to understand the forces that led to the election of Donald Trump.”

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Before closing out his segment, Hannity asked Lord to imagine what the reaction would be from the Times if President Trump, instead of Hillary Clinton, had announced his mentor was a former KKK leader. The Clintons have been linked to the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia who founded a Ku Klux Klan chapter in the 1940s before beginning a career in politics.

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Ingraham: Liberals ‘rooting against America’ because they’re ‘furious’ they might lose in 2020

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Fox News’ Laura Ingraham took on members of the Democratic Party for what she said was “rooting against America” and disparaging supporters of President Trump, and said the left is largely “furious” they may lose the 2020 election to the New York Republican.

“Rooting against America, referring to millions of voters as ‘deplorables’ or ‘racists’ or bigot-coddlers is not the language of a confident optimistic party,” she said Monday on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“It is the language of people who are furious that they could lose another presidential election,” she said.

Ingraham said Democrats were hoping former Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be a key figure in their attempts to damage the president, as the Russia investigation concluded.

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“Trump’s reckoning — they were confident — would be delivered by the highly respected prosecutor Bob Mueller. In other words, the 2020 election would be a ‘gimme’ for any Democrat,” she said.

More recently, Democrats have lodged racism claims against the president, she said.

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“The crestfallen Dems decided to go all-in on the race issue. “The Angle” told you this would happen. Using bogus charges of racism, the left has a goal of blunting any momentum the president may have with minority voters in 2020.”

“The president condemned white nationalists in Charlottesville and El Paso,” she added. However, she pointed to three 2020 Democratic hopefuls who have invoked the race issue.

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When a CNN anchor asked former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, whether the president is a “white nationalist,” the ex-lawmaker answered in the affirmative.

In another interview, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared it is “time to get white nationalism out of the White House.”

In Ingraham’s third example, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg was asked whether it is a “racist act” to vote for Trump in 2020.

The 37-year-old responded that “at best, it means looking the other way on racism.”

Summing up the clips, Ingraham said some of the commentaries from the left shows Trump supporters are becoming occasional subjects of ridicule.

“The new Democratic playbook requires the relentless demonization of American history, including the founders, and now the American people themselves — at least the ones who support Trump.”

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After mock Trump assassination photos at liberal fundraiser, Scalise asks when the left will denounce its violence

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise asked what it would take for liberals to denounce violence against conservatives after a Democratic state senator from Illinois came under fire last weekend over pictures showing his supporters at a fundraising event taking part in a mock assassination of President Trump.

Photos posted by a woman who witnessed the mock assassination Friday night showed supporters of Sen. Martin Sandoval, who represents Illinois’ 11th District — including parts of Chicago — acting out in front of guests, according to WCIA.

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“I am glad he took ownership, and said he was wrong,” Scalise said.

A 2017 attack left Scalise gravely wounded on a Virginia baseball field.

The attack by James Hodgkinson, who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders, specifically targeted the Republican House members as they practiced for the Congressional Baseball Game.

Scalise did take issue that the Democratic leadership at the top isn’t denouncing liberal violence.

“You don’t see any of them denouncing it. … You don’t see the left condemning it.”

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He said Trump should be left alone to do his job, such as rebuilding the middle class.

He is fighting for the forgotten Americans, the Louisiana Republican said, who want to see problems solved, and people fighting for them, Scalise said.

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Susan Sarandon appears to take shot at Warren during Sanders event

Oscar-winning actress and activist Susan Sarandon appeared to take a shot at Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday during a Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign event in Iowa.

“He is not someone who used to be a Republican,” Sarandon told the crowd during her introduction of Sanders, according to Politico reporter Holly Otterbein.

Sarandon, a Sanders supporter, didn’t mention Warren by name, but the Massachusetts senator was a registered Republican in the mid-1990s.

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“I was a Republican because I thought that those were the people who best supported markets,” Warren told Politico in 2011. “I think that is not true anymore.”

Warren and Sanders — two liberal favorites — have been polling toward the top of the crowded Democratic presidential primary field.

One national poll released last week by The Economist/YouGov showed Warren coming in at second with 20%, while Sanders was close behind at 16%. Former Vice President Joe Biden topped that poll with 21% support.

This article was originally published by the New York Post

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Elizabeth Warren’s First Campaign Event In Minnesota Draws Her Biggest Crowd Yet

ST. PAUL, Minn. ― Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) on Monday drew in the largest crowd of her presidential campaign tour yet, attracting thousands of energized supporters to her town hall at Macalester College.

“Hello, Minnesota!” the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful shouted as she took the stage Monday evening. “Dang, it is good to be here.”

Though the event was billed as a town hall, it more closely resembled a rally once Warren announced the audience Q&A portion of the event would be scrapped given the massive turnout. Her campaign estimated 12,000 people were in attendance.

A volunteer with the grassroots organizing group Minnesota for Warren told HuffPost that the event was scheduled to be held in the college’s field house but was moved outside given the large number of people who RSVP’d.

During the rally, Warren focused on three major actions she plans to take if elected president: Tackle corruption within the government, make structural changes in the economy and protect American democracy.

“If you want to get something done, you ought to have a plan for it,” she said, repeating a line that has become a mantra for her campaign. “Believe me, I plan to get something done.”

She drew raucous applause when she discussed her proposed wealth tax, which would impose a 2% tax on fortunes worth more than $50 million and a 3% tax on fortunes worth more than $1 billion. 

The tax would affect about 75,000 families and raise $2.75 trillion over 10 years, according to University of California, Berkeley, economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, who worked with Warren on the proposal.

With money raised from the wealth tax, “we can provide universal child care for every baby in this country [and] raise the wages of every child care worker and preschool teacher in America,” Warren said. She added that the tax would result in a $50 billion investment in historically black colleges and universities and the cancelation of student loan debt for 95% of borrowers.

“This is our moment in American history,” she said. “This is our time to decide where this country goes. This is our chance to rescue our democracy. And how do we do it? We get organized. We build a grassroots movement. We persist. We dream big. We fight hard. We build the America of our best values.”

The town hall held at the private liberal arts college in St. Paul marked her first campaign event in Minnesota. She’s the fourth Democratic presidential candidate (outside of Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota) to campaign in the North Star State.

“I hear her say, ‘I’ve got a plan for that,’ and she does,” said Nancy Docken, a 75-year-old St. Paul resident. “And she not only has a plan, but it’s thought out beyond just the first sketch of the idea ― there’s depth to it.”

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Hayley Miller/HuffPost “I honestly feel that Elizabeth Warren is the president that we need now,” said Nancy Docken of St. Paul at the candidate’s rally Monday.

Docken suggested Warren’s most attractive qualities are her ex-teacher’s ability to explain complicated subject matter and her humility, which allows her to admit she’s wrong at times and evolve in her beliefs.

Warren is her No. 1 choice, but at the end of the day, Docken said, she’ll vote for whoever the Democratic nominee is over President Donald Trump.

Several undecided voters who attended the rally said they felt Warren was one of the strongest Democratic candidates but worried whether Americans would vote a woman into the White House.

“I would like [Warren] to make it far,” said Joanne Kuria of Minneapolis. “But I don’t know after Hillary Clinton if the country is ready for a woman president. I would really like to see us surpass that.”

“I’m more of a moderate with progressive leanings,” she added. “I’ve got tons of friends that sit on the more conservative side that I’ve had conversations with who really, I don’t think, would vote for a woman.”

Others, like Jessica Edwards of Cannon Falls, waved off such concerns.

“Hell, yes,” America is ready for a woman president, she told HuffPost. “I’ve always felt that [Warren] is very intelligent and knows her stuff. At the same time, she’s very genuine and comes across very sincere, and that’s really important, too.”

Warren’s second campaign event in Minnesota is scheduled for Tuesday at Better Futures Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she is expected to participate in a roundtable on criminal justice reform.

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Hayley Miller/HuffPost Jessica Edwards, a 41-year-old Cannon Falls resident, left, said she’s impressed with Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ability to speak with authority about almost any topic.

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