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  • Trump, trying to head off testimony, says Bolton would have started 'World War Six'
    January 29, 2020

    Trump, trying to head off testimony, says Bolton would have started 'World War Six'As pressure mounts on senators to allow John Bolton???s testimony in President Trump???s impeachment trial, the president used Twitter to trash his former national security adviser.


  • Trump lawyers contradict one another as they conclude first phase of impeachment trial??
    January 28, 2020

    Trump lawyers contradict one another as they conclude first phase of impeachment trial??The president???s top White House lawyer has repeatedly told the Senate Trump did nothing wrong in withholding aid to Ukraine, even as other lawyers on his defense team directly contradicted that assertion over the last two days.??


  • Georgia man set to be executed for killings of 2 people
    January 29, 2020

    Georgia man set to be executed for killings of 2 peopleDonnie Cleveland Lance, 66, is set to receive a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson for the November 1997 killings of Sabrina ???Joy??? Lance and Dwight ???Butch??? Wood Jr. in Jackson County, about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta. Lance went to Wood???s home the night of Nov. 8, 1997, kicked in the front door and shot Wood in the front and back with a shotgun and then beat Joy Lance to death with the butt of the shotgun, according to a Georgia Supreme Court summary of the case.


  • Historians unveil rare photos of Sobibor death camp
    January 28, 2020

    Historians unveil rare photos of Sobibor death campHundreds of newly discovered photographs, including some taken at the Sobibor death camp, represent a "quantum leap" in research into Nazi crimes against humanity, historians at the Berlin museum Topography of Terror said Tuesday. Historians said the "exceptional collection" provided unprecedented insights into the Sobibor camp in German Nazi-occupied Poland, about which little is known even 75 years after the end of World War II. The trove, consisting of 361 black-and-white photos and several written documents, also includes photos believed to show convicted Nazi guard John Demjanjuk, who denied ever being at Sobibor.


  • NPR, federal watchdog demand answers on Pompeo's evident retaliation over testy NPR interview
    January 29, 2020

    NPR, federal watchdog demand answers on Pompeo's evident retaliation over testy NPR interviewPresident Trump may think it amusing and laudatory that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo berated and cursed out NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly last week after she asked him tough questions about Ukraine and whether he supports his diplomats, but NPR isn't laughing at Pompeo's behavior.The State Department informed NPR diplomatic correspondent Michele Keleman on Sunday, without explanation, that she will no longer be traveling with Pompeo on this week's trip to Britain, Ukraine, and Central Asia. NPR CEO John Lansing demanded an explanation Tuesday and told the State Department if NPR doesn't get satisfactory answers by Wednesday, when Pompeo is scheduled to depart, NPR "will have no choice but to conclude that Ms. Kelemen was removed from the trip in retaliation for the content of NPR's reporting."The government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a Freedom of Information Act request Tuesday seeking emails, text messages, and other records related to the State Department's decision to kick Keleman off Pompeo's trip. "The requested records would shed light on whether the State Department or Secretary Pompeo did, in fact, retaliate against NPR as a result of the contentious January 24, 2020 Interview," CREW's Nikhel Sus wrote in the filing.After Kelly's interview with Pompeo, she told NPR on Friday, he called her into a separate room and "asked, 'Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?' He used the F-word in that sentence and many others." Kelly also said Pompeo made her point out Ukraine on an unlabeled map ??? she says she did; Pompeo, in his official response, snidely (and improbably) suggested she pointed to Bangladesh. Pompeo also accused Kelly of lying, though emails of her exchange with Pompeo's staff show Kelly was forthright and stayed within agreed-upon parameters.Pompeo calling her a "liar" is "not what bothers me," Kelly wrote in an New York Times op-ed Tuesday. "It matters that people in positions of power ??? people charged with steering the foreign policy of entire nations ??? be held to account. The stakes are too high for their impulses and decisions not to be examined in as thoughtful and rigorous an interview as is possible. Journalists don't sit down with senior government officials in the service of scoring political points. We do it in the service of asking tough questions, on behalf of our fellow citizens. And then sharing the answers ??? or lack thereof ??? with the world."More stories from theweek.com It's 2020 and women are exhausted The 3 kinds of Republicans that Bolton's testimony would reveal The tragedy of Joe Biden


  • U.N. criticizes Iraq trials of ISIS 'members', including human shields
    January 28, 2020

    U.N. criticizes Iraq trials of ISIS 'members', including human shieldsThe United Nations raised "serious concerns" on Tuesday about the trials of hundreds of alleged Islamic State members in Iraq, some of whom merely prepared meals, offered medical services or even acted as human shields for the jihadist group. Iraq has processed thousands of cases under its anti-terrorism law - including of detainees from outside the Middle East transferred from neighboring Syria - in the aftermath of a 2014-17 war against Islamic State militants.


  • A robot named Little Peanut is delivering food to people in quarantine amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak
    January 29, 2020

    A robot named Little Peanut is delivering food to people in quarantine amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak"Hello everyone. Cute Little Peanut is serving food to you now," the robot said, according to a translation. "Enjoy your meal."


  • Is Your Brand-New Windows 10 PC Really Slow? Use This One Trick To Speed It Up.
    January 28, 2020

    Is Your Brand-New Windows 10 PC Really Slow? Use This One Trick To Speed It Up.Your computer might be booting up with lots of programs you don't need running. Here is how to stop them from loading.


  • Stunning drone video shows devastation from helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, 8 others
    January 29, 2020

    Stunning drone video shows devastation from helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, 8 othersStunning NTSB drone footage shows a swath of catastrophic devastation from the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others.


  • Dems??? Impeachment Guru Flirted With #Resistance Conspiracies ??? and Went to War With Alan Dershowitz
    January 28, 2020

    Dems??? Impeachment Guru Flirted With #Resistance Conspiracies ??? and Went to War With Alan DershowitzHe???s the Harvard law professor advising Democrats on their impeachment playbook. There???s just one problem: His adventures in the extremely online world of the anti-Trump ???Resistance??? took him a little off the deep end for a while.??Laurence Tribe has spent decades as a respected constitutional law scholar, but the Trump era saw him buddy up for a bit with the fringiest of fringey Resistance conspiracists online in amplifying far-fetched theories about how President Donald Trump and his crew might finally meet justice, some of which Tribe now regrets partaking in.??And in another sign of the divisiveness of the Trump era, Tribe and his more MAGA-friendly Harvard Law colleague Alan Dershowitz???who is defending the president in his impeachment trial???have descended into a bitter feud, with Dershowitz accusing Tribe of harboring a ???vendetta??? against him for supporting Trump throughout his various legal woes.??Tribe has been pushing for Trump???s impeachment and removal from office from the day former FBI Director James Comey was sacked. Since then, he???s urged House Democrats to take the impeachment plunge and, when they finally got there, counseled top lawmakers on how to handle it, even huddling with them personally ahead of key hearings.In a very Washington coincidence, Tribe counts both Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)???the lead prosecutor of Democrats??? case against Trump???and Chief Justice John Roberts, the referee in Trump???s trial???as former law school pupils.??Tribe did not make himself available for an interview but answered emailed questions from The Daily Beast. He declined to go into details about the advice he is giving to Democrats as they lay out to the Senate and the public their case to impeach Trump???but he noted it was ???accurate??? that his ideas on impeachment have proven influential within the Democratic caucus.??Dershowitz Can???t Give a Straight Answer on Impeachment RoleIndeed, it was Tribe who first described the plan that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) turned to in hopes of getting an upper hand over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). In a Washington Post op-ed published two days before the House passed articles of impeachment, Tribe argued that Pelosi had no obligation to immediately send the articles to the Senate so it could begin the trial, because McConnell???s closeness with Trump ensured it would be unfair.?????Under the current circumstances,??? Tribe wrote, ???such a proceeding would fail to render a meaningful verdict of acquittal.??? Pelosi ultimately heeded his advice and held the articles of impeachment for 28 days, a move that altered the course of the impeachment process.??Hill Democrats say Tribe has been an engaged, if sober, presence in the impeachment process. When he met with House Judiciary Committee Democrats to help prepare them for their impeachment hearings in December, his presentation was ???very dry,??? according to a Democratic source.??Online, however, Tribe has been much more colorful. His takes, backed by the weight of his half-century of legal scholarship, sometimes meaningfully push the envelope, as Pelosi???s hold-the-articles gambit showed. Other times, they have strayed a bit too far into the fever swamps. MAN OF STEELEIn December 2017, Tribe approvingly shared a prediction from another Resistance Twitter star, Brian Krassenstein, who tweeted that he had ???no doubt in my mind that before all is said and done Devin Nunes will be headed to prison.??????I???m willing to bet @krassenstein is right,??? tweeted Tribe. ???Nunes is headed to federal prison.?????Since then, Nunes has not come close to federal prison. Krassenstein, however, has been banned from Twitter and had his Florida home raided by the FBI.??Nor is Krassenstein the only Resistance figure Tribe???s aligned with. In the past, Tribe has approvingly shared the views of Louise Mensch, the British pundit whose fantastical commentary on Robert Mueller???s Russia investigation made her an online favorite.Mensch is notorious for, among other things, declaring that her ???sources say the death penalty, for espionage, being considered for @StevenKBannon.??? In March 2017, Tribe tweeted a link to an interview Mensch did with the BBC in which, among other things, she reiterated her belief that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the murder of Andrew Breitbart, the founder of Breitbart. (He did not.)Tribe told The Daily Beast that his views of Mensch have since changed. Asked if he regretted amplifying her views, he said, ???Of course I do.?????????The professor has also revisited another favorite topic: the Steele dossier. In late 2017, Tribe tweeted a challenge: Had anything in the 35-page memo compiled by a British spy during the 2016 campaign???which made explosive claims about Russian collusion with Trump???been off-base?Since then, some of the dossier???s key claims???including a colorful anecdote involving Trump, prostitutes, and bodily fluids in a Moscow hotel room???remain unsubstantiated. Others, like the claim that Trump fixer Michael Cohen met with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign, have been proven false. In January 2019, before Mueller dealt the final death blow to the Prague theory, Tribe was still referencing it on Twitter. He told The Daily Beast on Monday that he doubts the meeting occurred.?????I may well have missed,??? said Tribe, ???some aspects of what the Steele dossier contained.?????But Tribe has stuck to his guns on the question of Nunes. When the former GOP chairman of the House Intelligence Committee was under scrutiny at the time for possible coordination with the White House on the panel???s investigation into the Trump campaign???s ties with Russia, Tribe didn???t just think Nunes was wrong but possibly breaking the law.??Tribe told The Daily Beast last week that he continues to believe Nunes, who has since come under scrutiny for his contacts with figures involved in the Ukraine probe, ???has significant criminal exposure and that a principled Justice Department would prosecute him.??? In a statement to The Daily Beast, a spokesperson for Nunes did not comment on Tribe???s claims but said ???it???d be hard to find anybody who would take Laurence Tribe or The Daily Beast seriously.??? ENTER THE DERSHAnother wrinkle to Tribe???s impeachment role is his escalating feud with Dershowitz. The two celebrity legal experts, once friendly colleagues at Harvard Law, find themselves on opposite sides of the Trump impeachment and drifting further apart by the day.????On Monday, when Dershowitz testified in defense of Trump in the Senate impeachment trial, he name-checked Tribe two times as an example of someone who was inconsistent on legal questions of impeachment. Tribe, meanwhile, live-tweeted takedowns of Dershowitz???s arguments.??In an interview with The Daily Beast last week, Dershowitz???who has occasionally responded to Tribe, but with far less frequency???said he doesn???t pay much attention to Twitter but claimed that his former colleague has a ???personal vendetta??? against him.?????He???s a partisan,??? said Dershowitz. ???I think he was assigned a job by the anti-Trump people to try to destroy me and he???s accepted that assignment, which I think is pretty immoral.??? He also claimed that Tribe would be silent if Hillary Clinton faced similar charges had she become president.??Tribe told The Daily Beast the notions that his partisan feelings inform his legal judgment???or that he has it out for Dershowitz???were ridiculous.???Why would I have a ???vendetta??? against Alan???? Tribe asked in an email. ???We were colleagues and friends for years, and although we???ve disagreed at times I used to come to his defense with some frequency. I???ve become a vocal critic of Alan???s increasingly unhinged arguments in defense of President Trump???s conduct only because those arguments have seemed to me increasingly bizarre and increasingly dangerous.???Team Trump Settles on Its Impeachment Defense: A Healthy Dose of Lib Triggering???The one and only compass Alan Dershowitz follows these days,??? leveled Tribe, ???is the one that will bring him maximum media attention.???Tribe has also kept a close eye on two of the trial???s most central players, Schiff and Roberts.The California congressman, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1985 and was a research assistant for Tribe while there, is among the many students???including Barack Obama???whom Tribe has mentored.??Schiff, said Tribe, ???remains among the brightest and most promising students I have taught in a half-century career at Harvard Law School??? His handling of the Intelligence Committee???s work, and his performance as a House Impeachment manager, have been breathtakingly effective.???Schiff, for his part, had nothing but good things to say about Tribe in a statement provided to The Daily Beast. ???Larry is a dear friend, former professor, and trusted mentor,??? said Schiff. ???He???s been a great source of knowledge on the law and Constitution for all of us throughout this process, and we???re lucky to have the best constitutional law scholar in the nation advising us.??? HE???S GOT THE POWERWhile Tribe???s praise for Schiff has been effusive and encouraging, his praise of Roberts, whom he has called ???fair-minded and brilliant,??? has sounded a more aspirational note. According to the Constitution, the chief justice presides over a Senate trial, but tradition has dictated that the role is more ceremonial and procedural than substantial.Among some observers, however, there is hope that Roberts could play a significant role in resolving key questions about the trial. In the event of a tied vote, Roberts could cast a decisive role for or against new evidence. He could also quickly resolve any legal challenge from the White House regarding the legality of a subpoena for officials like John Bolton or Mick Mulvaney.Tribe predicted to MSNBC???s Laurence O???Donnell that Roberts could rule in favor of new witnesses and documents if the situation arises. ???If he is asked to issue a subpoena, I think he will use his power to do it,??? Tribe said.It???s one of many predictions Tribe has made over the course of nearly three years of excited Trump-era tweeting and opining. Notably, he has yet to predict Trump???s conviction or acquittal???but has suggested there will be chaos no matter what.???Even if an unremoved Trump is defeated this Nov 4 so overwhelmingly that he doesn???t even try to hang onto power beyond next January 20,??? tweeted Tribe, ???imagine the havoc this vengeful man could wreak in the intervening 77 days, pardoning his loyal henchmen and attacking political adversaries.???Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Bernie Sanders Surges to Lead in California, Propelled by Liberals
    January 28, 2020

    Bernie Sanders Surges to Lead in California, Propelled by Liberals(Bloomberg) -- Bernie Sanders has not only taken the lead in several recent surveys of voters in Iowa, which holds the first in the nation caucuses on Monday, but he has also pushed to the head of the Democratic field in delegate-rich California.The Vermont senator, who has had strong support from Latinos and young voters, has been propelled into the top spot by voters who self-identify as ???very liberal,??? according to the latest UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies poll, conducted for the Los Angeles Times.Sanders has support from 26% of voters likely to cast ballots in the state???s March 3 Democratic primary, drawing support from liberals largely at the expense of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren is now backed by 20% of likely voters, which is down from earlier surveys showing she had 22% in November and 29% in September in the state.The rest of California???s likely primary voters remain divided among several candidates, which has left the party???s front-runner nationally, Vice President Joe Biden, with only 15% in the most populous state.That cut-off is important in California because, under the state Democratic Party rules, delegates are awarded only to those candidates with at least 15% of the vote statewide or in individual congressional districts. The remaining candidates in the poll are all below that, with former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 7%, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at 6%, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota at 5%, businessman Andrew Yang at 4% and billionaire Tom Steyer at 2%.Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.The UC Berkeley IGS poll was conducted online in English and Spanish from Jan. 15-21. The estimated margin of error for likely Democratic voters is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.This post is part of??Campaign Update, our live coverage from the??2020??campaign trail.To contact the author of this story: Elizabeth Wasserman in Washington at ewasserman2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.??2020 Bloomberg L.P.


  • Woman indicted for capital murder in mom's abduction, death
    January 28, 2020

    Woman indicted for capital murder in mom's abduction, deathA woman accused of kidnapping a Texas mother who was later found dead was indicted Tuesday on a capital murder charge. The indictment accused Magen Fieramusca, 34, of strangling Heidi Broussard with a leash and her hands on or about Dec. 12, the day Broussard and daughter Margot Carey were reported missing from their apartment in southern Austin. An arrest affidavit had previously alleged that Fieramusca hatched an elaborate scheme to present the victim's baby girl as her own.


  • GOP Senators Urge Barr to Declassify Footnotes in Russia-Probe IG Report: ???The American People Have a Right to Know???
    January 29, 2020

    GOP Senators Urge Barr to Declassify Footnotes in Russia-Probe IG Report: ???The American People Have a Right to Know???Two Republican senators on Tuesday urged Attorney General William Barr to declassify four footnotes in the inspector general???s report on the FBI's Russia investigation."We are concerned that certain sections of the public version of the report are misleading because they are contradicted by relevant and probative classified information redacted in four footnotes," Senators Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) wrote in a letter to Barr.??"This classified information is significant not only because it contradicts key statements in a section of the report, but also because it provides insight essential for an accurate evaluation of the entire investigation.""The American people have a right to know what is contained within these four footnotes and, without that knowledge, they will not have a full picture as to what happened during the Crossfire Hurricane investigation,"??the senators continued.The IG report centered on the FBI's application for a FISA warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The report found numerous issues with agents' handling of the application, so much so that the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued a rare public rebuke of the FBI for withholding exculpatory information about Page from the court and for failing to verify the information contained in the infamous Steele dossier, which formed a "central and essential" part of the FISA application."The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable," the court wrote in December.The letter does not specify which four of the dozens of redacted footnotes in the report the senators are referring to. One prominent redacted footnote refers to Steele's relationship with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, which could have conceivably affected the analysis provided in his dossier. Another redacted footnote contains information about Steele's "primary sub-source."Grassley has served on numerous committees throughout his seven terms in the Senate, while Johnson is the current chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which oversees the FBI and the Department of Justice probe into the bureau's Russia investigation.


  • Indonesia's Aceh unveils new female flogging squad
    January 28, 2020

    Indonesia's Aceh unveils new female flogging squadThe masked woman nervously approaches her target, shuffles into position and then unleashes a flurry of lashes -- proving herself as the newest member of the first female flogging squad in Indonesia's Aceh province. Such behaviour constitutes a morality crime in Aceh, the only region in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation that imposes Islamic law -- known as Sharia.


  • Venezuelan police capture fugitive Colombian senator who fled via dentist's office
    January 28, 2020

    Venezuelan police capture fugitive Colombian senator who fled via dentist's officeVenezuelan special police detained a fugitive Colombian former senator who had illegally crossed the border, the force's chief said, four months after she escaped custody by climbing out of her dentist's office in Bogota. Aida Merlano, a former Conservative senator who was imprisoned last year for vote buying, made her theatrical escape in October, lowering herself with a rope and fleeing on the back of a delivery motorcycle. Jose Dominguez, head of Venezuela's FAES Special Action Force, wrote on his Instagram account late on Monday that officers detained her in the city of Maracaibo, capital of western Zulia state by the Colombian border.


  • Soldier killed, general wounded during Mexico drug plane raid
    January 28, 2020

    Soldier killed, general wounded during Mexico drug plane raidA Mexican soldier was killed and a general wounded Monday when traffickers opened fire on a military patrol that sought to intercept a drug plane as it landed on a roadway, officials said.


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    January 27, 2020

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  • Chinese villages are cutting themselves off from the world with makeshift brick walls to try to stop outsiders from giving them the Wuhan virus
    January 28, 2020

    Chinese villages are cutting themselves off from the world with makeshift brick walls to try to stop outsiders from giving them the Wuhan virusThe Wuhan coronavirus has killed 106 people, infected 4,500, and spread to more than a dozen countries, China's health commission said Tuesday.


  • Joe Scarborough Trashes Trump???s Defense Team: ???Confederacy of Dunces!???
    January 28, 2020

    Joe Scarborough Trashes Trump???s Defense Team: ???Confederacy of Dunces!???MSNBC host Joe Scarborough kicked off Tuesday???s edition of Morning Joe by going off on a lengthy and raucous rant against President Donald Trump???s impeachment defense team, branding the whole group as a ???Confederacy of Dunces.???After Monday???s arguments by the president???s legal squad featured a slew of Fox News regulars essentially rehashing their Hannity segments, Scarborough spent the first few minutes of MSNBC???s signature morning program blasting the most standout moments.???Well, I mean???you had Confederacy of Dunces defending him in impeachment,??? Scarborough declared, referencing the famous irreverent novel by John Kennedy Toole. ???Their arguments were absolutely stunning.???Taking aim at Jane Raskin???s insistence that Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani was only a ???minor player??? regarding Ukraine, the MSNBC star pointed out that Giuliani???s name was mentioned multiple times by Trump himself in his infamous July 25 call with the Ukrainian president.???Where do we begin with Ken Starr???? Scarborough then exclaimed. ???If irony weren???t already dead and buried years ago, it was Ken Starr yesterday talking about how abuse of power is not sufficient to impeach a president. You need a crime.??????He literally dragged the corpse of irony out of the grave,??? the former Republican congressman continued as the rest of the panel laughed. ???He meticulously tied the corpse???s neck bone to the back of a tractor, and he ran that tractor throughout the graveyard of stupidity and ran over every headstone before once again kicking dirt on the corpse of irony, again!??????Wow,??? co-host Willie Geist responded.???And then putting its bones back in the grave, one by one by one!??? Scarborough added.Scarborough, meanwhile, continued to roundly mock Starr, who was the independent counsel during President Bill Clinton???s impeachment, sarcastically observing that Starr was ???so sad and mournful??? over the ???age of impeachment??? we are now in.???You are a flashing billboard, a gaudily-printed, like, sandwich board sign going down Times Square saying, ???We???re all dunces. We???re all hypocrites. We are all making fools of ourselves,?????? he shouted.The former Florida lawmaker would then devote a couple more minutes to former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, whose argument was centered on Hunter Biden and Burisma. Claiming that Bondi apparently thinks all Trump supporters and conservatives are ???stupid,??? Scarborough ended his tirade by comparing himself to James Brown.Yes, sigh, that happened.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Israel's Air Force Has a New Air-Launched "Rampage" Ballistic Missile
    January 28, 2020

    Israel's Air Force Has a New Air-Launched "Rampage" Ballistic MissileAnd it was just used for the first time.


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