In Biden’s Foreign Policy, What Is ‘Rules-Based Order?’

All the talk about the “rules-based order” is just a way of sidestepping the real issues. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #democratic-party, #russia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Child Care Is Not the Place for Biden to Skimp

While the idiotic controversy over what constitutes infrastructure rages, the president should look to his former rivals to improve his family plan. 

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats Unite Behind Voting Rights Bill as It Faces a Senate Roadblock

With Republicans set to filibuster, Democrats are focusing on staying unified in the face of defeat. But the path ahead for the legislation is murky at best.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Why Do Some Catholic Bishops Want to Deny Joe Biden Communion?

Here is what is at the root of efforts by conservative U.S. bishops to prohibit the country’s second Catholic president from receiving communion.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Joe Biden Is as Puzzled by the Senate as You Are

And he was a senator for 36 years. 

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #presidential-election-of-2020, #ranked-choice-voting, #republican-party, #roman-catholic-church, #schumer-charles-e, #united-states-politics-and-government

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V.A. Plans to Offer Gender-Affirming Surgeries for Transgender Veterans

The secretary of veterans affairs announced the shift in care at a Pride event over the weekend, but the process for changing benefits could take years.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #mcdonough-denis-r, #surgery-and-surgeons, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

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In Rift With Biden, a Dramatic Show of Force by a Conservative Catholic Movement

A vote by the U.S. bishops was the most dramatic example of the conservative Catholic movement’s reach since Joseph R. Biden was elected. But the contingent had been gaining strength throughout the Trump era.

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U.S. Preparing More Sanctions Against Russia, Sullivan Says

The national security adviser raised the issue of more penalties in the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny days after President Biden met with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pope Francis’ Silence Speaks Volumes on Controversial Communion Vote by US Bishops

The divergence of the conservative American church from Francis’ agenda is now so obvious as to be unremarkable, even when U.S. bishops ignore a Vatican warning.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #francis, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

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Pope’s Silence Speaks Volumes on Controversial Communion Vote by U.S. Bishops

The divergence of the conservative American church from Francis’ agenda is now so obvious as to be unremarkable, even when U.S. bishops ignore a Vatican warning.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #francis, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

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The Strange Death of Liberal Russophobia

How the Biden presidency is (wisely) opting out of Cold War 2.0.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Champ, Presidential Pet German Shepherd, Dies at 13

Champ, who was the family’s cherished companion, “died peacefully at home,” President Biden and the first lady said.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #champ-dog, #dogs, #major-dog, #pets, #politics-and-government

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Biden’s Bet: Iranian Hard-liner May Be Best Path to Restoring Nuclear Deal

The next six weeks before a new government takes office in Tehran may be a unique window for clinching an agreement that Iran’s leadership has been delaying.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #nuclear-weapons, #tehran-iran, #united-states-international-relations

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With Vaccination Goal in Doubt, Biden Warns of Variant’s Threat

Speaking at the White House, the president did not mention his goal of getting 70 percent of adults partly vaccinated by July 4 but trumpeted a different milestone: 300 million shots in his first 150 days in office.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #harris-kamala-d, #independence-day-us-july-4, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #zients-jeffrey-d

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Eyeing One Big Economic Bill, Democrats Face Myriad Challenges

With bipartisan infrastructure talks coalescing around a plan that omits many of their top priorities, Democrats are vowing to push through their own package. It won’t be easy.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #gasoline-tax-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #sanders-bernard, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Millennial Economist Helps Power a Tax Evasion ‘Brain Trust’

Natasha Sarin, a protégé of Larry Summers, is taking a leading role developing tax policy at the Treasury Department — to some progressive Democrats’ chagrin.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #sarin-natasha, #stimulus-economic, #summers-lawrence-h, #tax-evasion, #treasury-department, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden’s First Task at HUD: Rebuilding Trump-Depleted Ranks

An exodus of top-level officials during the previous administration has left the Department of Housing and Urban Development short of expertise even as its role expands.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #carson-benjamin-s, #fudge-marcia-l, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Targeting Biden, Catholic Bishops Advance Controversial Communion Plan

The decision was aimed at the nation’s second Catholic president and exposed bitter divisions in American Catholicism.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #francis, #pelosi-nancy, #roman-catholic-church

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Kim Jong-un Says He’s Ready for ‘Dialogue and Confrontation’ With Biden

During a Workers’ Party meeting, the North Korean leader reviewed the new U.S. policy on his country and ordered “counteraction,” state news media reported.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Democrats Float $6 Trillion Plan Amid Talks on Narrower Infrastructure Deal

Democrats are considering moving unilaterally on a sweeping economic package even as bipartisan talks continue on a smaller infrastructure bill.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #medicare, #sanders-bernard, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Signs Law Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

The law went into effect immediately, making Friday the first federal Juneteenth holiday in American history.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #juneteenth, #slavery-historical, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Could the U.S. Have Saved More Lives? 5 Alternate Scenarios for the Vaccine Rollout

About 100,000 people have died of Covid in the United States since February, after vaccine distribution was well underway.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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For Biden, Europe Trip Achieved 2 Major Goals. And Then There’s Putin and Russia.

The president reassured European allies that America is back and rallied them to begin to counter China. Whether he established “red lines” for the Kremlin remains to be seen.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #england, #europe, #geneva-switzerland, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

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Russia’s Pro-Putin Commentators Praise Biden After Summit

Cooler heads say President Biden skillfully laid the groundwork for what he can, and cannot, reasonably expect to gain from the Kremlin.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #europe, #geneva-switzerland, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Washington Will Open Up for July 4 Fireworks. So Will Biden’s White House.

The White House will host a 1,000-person celebration on the South Lawn, even though President Biden is not on track to meet his goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans by July 4.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fireworks, #independence-day-us-july-4, #summer-season, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-dc, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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For Biden, Europe Trip Achieved 2 Major Goals. And Then There Is Russia.

The president reassured European allies that America is back and rallied them to begin to counter China. Whether he established “red lines” for the Kremlin remains to be seen.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #england, #geneva-switzerland, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

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As Wars Wind Down, Congress Revisits Presidential Powers

The House is expected to repeal the 2002 authorization for the invasion of Iraq, and the Senate will consider doing so as well in a rare debate over war powers.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #authorization-for-use-of-military-force, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #iraq-war-2003-11, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #senate, #senate-committee-on-foreign-relations, #september-11-2001, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-emergency-powers-us

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For Republicans, ‘Crisis’ Is the Message as the Outrage Machine Ramps Up

With next year’s midterm elections seen as a referendum on Democratic rule, Republicans are trying to create a sense of urgency and diverting focus from their own divisions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #scalise-steve, #stefanik-elise, #united-states-politics-and-government

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After Putin Meeting, a Biden Trait Shows Itself Again: Stubborn Optimism

The president’s insistence on an “optimistic face” could open him up to criticism. But his allies insist it’s an essential ingredient to making progress.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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With Putin, Biden Tries to Forge a Bond of Self-Interest, Not Souls

Theirs seems likely to be a strained and frustrating association, one where the two leaders may maintain a veneer of civil discourse even as they joust on the international stage.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Texas Says It Will Build the Wall, and Asks Online Donors to Pay for It

Gov. Greg Abbott said he would draw on $250 million of state revenues to begin work on a border wall and asked supporters to chip in with donations to a crowdfunding website.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #border-patrol-us, #harris-kamala-d, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #southwestern-states-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j

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Texas Says It Will Build the Wall, and Abbott Asks Online Donors to Pay for It

Gov. Greg Abbott said he would draw on $250 million of state revenues to begin work on a border wall and asked supporters to chip in with donations to a crowdfunding website.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #border-patrol-us, #harris-kamala-d, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #southwestern-states-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j

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We’ve Come a Long Way Since Trump. Putin Is Still Winning.

The overriding U.S. foreign policy aim must be to prevent an existential confrontation with Russia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Ends Trump Policy Limiting Asylum for Gang and Domestic Violence Survivors

The decision will affect tens of thousands of cases moving through backlogged immigration courts.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #board-of-immigration-appeals, #domestic-violence, #gangs, #garland-merrick-b, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #justice-department, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Biden-Putin Meeting: ‘This Is Not About Trust’

Bret Stephens, Emma Ashford and Stephen Sestanovich discuss and debate the first meeting of Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.

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Biden and Putin Express Desire for Better Relations at Summit Shaped by Disputes

After their first summit meeting, the two leaders described each other with respect but resolved none of the disagreements that have sent U.S.-Russian ties to their lowest level since the Cold War.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #europe, #geneva-switzerland, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Congress Backs National Memorial Designation for Former Pulse Nightclub Site

Congress has adopted legislation to formally designate the site of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., as a memorial to the 49 people who were killed there on June 12, 2016.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #mateen-omar-1986-2016, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #orlando-fla, #orlando-fla-shooting-2016, #pelosi-nancy, #pulse-orlando-fla-nightclub

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Biden’s Approval Takes a Hit, Driven by Sagging Hopes Among Democrats

The standstill in Washington has left many Democrats feeling impatient, a new poll suggests.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #polls-and-public-opinion, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Title IX Protections Extend to Transgender Students, Education Dept. Says

Using a Supreme Court ruling as its guide, the department will issue guidance that says discrimination against gay and transgender students is prohibited under the 1972 law.

#athletics-and-sports, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cardona-miguel-a-1975, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #education-department-us, #federal-aid-us, #gender, #states-us, #title-ix-gender-discrimination-legislation, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Trumpism Without Borders

The forces that brought the former president to power are exerting pressure all over the world. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #national-intelligence-estimates, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New York Is Getting $22 Billion in Federal Aid. How Should It Be Spent?

Business leaders warn the mayor that an influx of aid could be squandered on short-term programs that won’t help the unemployed.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizens-budget-commission, #city-council-nyc, #culture-arts, #de-blasio-bill, #federal-aid-us, #garcetti-eric-m, #income-inequality, #johnson-corey, #jones-austin-jennifer, #labor-and-jobs, #lightfoot-lori, #new-york-city, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-board-of-new-york, #small-business, #tax-policy-center, #united-states-economy

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As Pandemic Recedes in U.S., Calls Are Growing for an Investigative Commission

Bills have been introduced in both houses of Congress to create a bipartisan panel, but a leader of the Sept. 11 commission thinks a nonpartisan effort would have more success in the current climate.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #birx-deborah-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fauci-anthony-s, #google-inc, #schmidt-eric-e, #september-11-2001, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zelikow-philip-d

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Vladimir Putin Has Nothing to Fear From Joe Biden

Freshly buoyed by his quashing of the opposition, Russia’s president has ample cause to feel secure.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states-international-relations

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Federal Judge Says Biden Cannot Pause New Leases for Drilling on Public Lands

President Biden suspended new oil and gas drilling leases on federal lands. A judge in Louisiana ruled those leases could not be temporarily halted.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #louisiana, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Best Anyone Can Hope For With Iran Is Pretty Bad

Perfect isn’t on the menu, and Iran’s Islamic regime is not going to change.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden Selects Sullenberger for Aviation Ambassadorship

Chesley B. Sullenberger III, who gained fame as the pilot who safely landed a plane in the Hudson River, was among President Biden’s long-awaited first slate of ambassadors.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-civil-aviation-organization, #pilots, #sullenberger-chesley-b-iii, #united-nations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats Vow to Push Their Own Infrastructure Plan as Talks Drag On

As progressives balked at an emerging bipartisan deal, top Democrats said they hoped to move forward in July with a budget maneuver that would allow them to push through their own plan.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #gasoline-tax-us, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Geneva, Putin Wants Respect. Biden Might Just Give Him Some.

By calling the Russian leader “a worthy adversary,” the president raised expectations in Moscow, but he will expect the favor to be returned.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #europe, #geneva-switzerland, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j

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Pentagon Weighs Proposal to Send Dozens of Troops Back to Somalia

The plan for a “train and assist” mission would partly reverse President Donald J. Trump’s withdrawal of nearly all American ground forces from the country.

#al-qaeda, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #drones-pilotless-planes, #maier-christopher-p, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Once, Superpower Summits Were About Nukes. Now, It’s Cyberweapons.

But with the ease of denying responsibility and the wide range of possible attackers, the traditional deterrents of the nuclear age no longer work.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #europe, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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