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I just made a comment Saturday to my wife; “who’s next Hannity?” how ironic
this pos up today.

Despite Reports, Fmr Fox Guest Now Claims She Was Never Sexually Harassed by Sean Hannity

Debbie Schlussel, a former Fox News guest, appeared on a local radio show on Friday and recounted an incident where Sean Hannity purportedly asked her to a hotel, and when she rebuffed his advances, she claims, she was ostracized by the network star.
The story has since gone viral garnering headlines like “Sean Hannity Accused of Sexually Harassing Fox News Guest” in publications like The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. Now, in an interview with LawNewz.com on Monday morning, Schlussel is denying that she was ever sexually harassed by Sean Hannity. While Schlussel stands by her description of the incident, Schlussel told us that she doesn’t believe what happened between the two amounted to sexual harassment by any legal definition.
“He tried to get me to go back to the hotel after the show after he and his executive producer Bill Shine treated me horribly,” she said on the radio program. Schlussel later clarified that it wasn’t his hotel room, but rather his hotel.
Read more at LawNews
Sean Hannity’s Statement on Accusations
“LET ME BE CLEAR – THE COMMENTS ABOUT ME ON A RADIO SHOW THIS WEEK by this individual are 100% false and a complete fabrication.

This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade. The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation.  The individual has not just slandered me over the years but many people who this individual disagrees with.

This individual desperately seeks attention by any means necessary, including making unfounded personal attacks and using indefensible and outrageous political rhetoric.  My patience with this individual is over. I have retained a team of some of the finest and toughest lawyers in the country who are now in the process of laying out the legal course of action we will be taking against this individual.  In this fiercely divided & vindictive political climate, I will no longer allow slander and lies about me to go unchallenged, as I see a coordinated effort afoot to now silence those with conservative views. I will fight every single lie about me by all legal means available to me as an American.”



O’Reilly out at Fox News

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly will not return to the network, 21st Century Fox announced Wednesday.  After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” the network said in a statement.
Reports emerged this week that 21st Century Fox was leaning toward ousting O’Reilly in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.  New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reported hours earlier that Fox News had decided to oust O’Reilly and execs were in talks about how to end the relationship “without causing collateral damage to the network.”  O’Reilly’s show lost about 90 advertisers after The New York Times reported earlier this month that five women were paid $13 million to settle sexual harassment suits.
21st Century Fox owner Rupert Murdoch had reportedly said he was reluctant to fire O’Reilly because it would look like The New York Times report forced his hand.  Fox also announced Wednesday that Tucker Carlson is moving into O’Reilly’s highly coveted 8 p.m. time slot.  “The O’Reilly Factor” has been the top-rated cable news show for the past 15 years, creating big shoes to fill.
But Carlson has shown a knack for big ratings at Fox. Originally airing at 7 p.m. when it debuted in September, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was moved to the 9 p.m. spot after Megyn Kelly left Fox News in November. Kelly had been the second most-watched host on cable, but Carlson bested her ratings in the time slot.  Taking over at 9 p.m. will be “The Five,” a panel show with six co-hosts: Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino, Bock Beckel, Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters and Juan Williams.
And the newly-open 5 p.m. spot will go to a new show hosted by Eric Bolling, a longtime O’Reilly fill-in and former “The Five” co-host. Bolling’s show will debut May 1, with “Special Report with Bret Baier” stretching to two hours to fill the time until then.   A lawyer for O’Reilly said Monday that the host had been subject to a “smear campaign” by far-left groups.
“Bill O’Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America,” Marc E. Kasowitz said in a statement Tuesday, according to CNN.  The script that led to the official announcement of O’Reilly’s departure mirrored that of former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes’s oust


THE HILL TIPSHEET – Many of the weeks headlines in one place – Check It out!

The Hill Tipsheet

Anti-Trump energy poses recruiting dilemma for Dems

Anti-Trump energy poses recruiting dilemma for Dems

By Lisa Hagen
House Democrats face a recruiting dilemma in 2018 as the liberal backlash to President Trump looks poised to boost progressive candidates in primaries.
Democrats are seeing a groundswell of enthusiasm on the left, but that same energy could complicate the calculus in swing seats and districts carried by Trump that Democrats need to take back the House.
The party will likely need to strike a delicate balance between finding moderate candidates that best match the political profiles of the target districts on issues like abortion and gun control without alienating its left wing.
Read the full story here

Five hurdles to avoiding a government shutdown

By Jordain Carney
Congress is scrambling to avoid political landmines as lawmakers face a tight timeline to avoid a government shutdown later this month. Here are five hurdles that could stand in the way of keeping the government open.
Read the full story here
North Korean attempted missile launch fails
By Jesse ByrnesNorth Korea attempted to launch a ballistic missile Sunday on its east coast but failed ahead of Vice President Pence’s trip to South Korea. A U.S. official said the missile “blew up almost immediately.”
Read the full story here
Thousands turn out at rallies demanding Trump release tax returns
By Brooke Seipel
Thousands of people turned out Saturday at rallies across the country demanding that President Trump release his tax returns, with Democratic lawmakers joining protests in D.C. and various celebrities appearing in New York.
Read the full story here



WIth A Carrier Contingency off shore, most likely two Two Nuclear Subs below, They can annihilate that punk in one day.

North Korean Official: Ready for War If Trump Wants it
Image: North Korean Official: Ready for War If Trump Wants it
North Korea’s Vice Minister Han Song Ryol (AP)

Friday, 14 Apr 2017 01:15 PM

PYONGYANG, North Korea — President Donald Trump’s tweets are adding fuel to a “vicious cycle” of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s vice foreign minister told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Friday. The official added that if the U.S. shows any sign of “reckless” military aggression, Pyongyang is ready to launch a pre-emptive strike of its own.
Vice Minister Han Song Ryol said Pyongyang has determined the Trump administration is “more vicious and more aggressive” than that of Barack Obama. He added that North Korea will keep building up its nuclear arsenal in “quality and quantity” and said Pyongyang is ready to go to war if that’s what Trump wants.
Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington go back to President Harry Truman and the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. But the heat has been rising rapidly since Trump took office in January.
This year’s joint war games between the U.S. and South Korean militaries are the biggest so far — the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier has been diverted back to the waters off Korea after heading for Australia, and U.S. satellite imagery suggests the North could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time. Pyongyang recently tested a ballistic missile and claims it is close to perfecting an intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear warhead that could attack the U.S. mainland.  NEWSMAX – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>

This is what we have setting of North Korea’s shore, you cannot tell me this isn’t making little Kim Jung Un shake in his britches.

NOTE: Carriers do not operate alone.  Carriers typically deploy as part of a “carrier strike group” that includes multiple guided-missile warships equipped with the Aegis combat system.  Aegis is the most advanced air and missile defense system in the world, capable of defeating every potential overhead threat including ballistic missiles.  It is linked to other offensive and defensive systems on board U.S. surface combatants that can defeat submarines, surface ships and floating mines, or attack enemy sensors needed to guide attacking missiles.  In combination with the carrier air wing, these warships can quickly degrade enemy systems used to track the strike group.  Carrier strike groups often include one or more stealthy attack subs capable of defeating undersea and surface threats.
U.S. Navy carrier strike group. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the strike group’s current flagship, and other units current assigned to Carrier Strike Group One include Carrier Air Wing Seventeen; the Ticonderoga-class cruisers USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) and USS Lake Champlain (CG-57); and the ships of Destroyer Squadron 1.[Note 2][1][9][10]
Arleigh Burke-class destroyers

USS Stockdale (DDG-106)
USS Sterett (DDG-104)
USS Gridley (DDG-101)
USS Higgins (DDG-76)
USS Benfold (DDG-65)
USS Russell (DDG-59)


How the Clintons Sold Out U.S. National Interests to the Putin Regime



by DEROY MURDOCK April 7, 2017 4:00 AM
Kremlin-crazed Trumpophobes snored as Hillary and Bill made Russia great again.

The Democrats and old-guard news media (forgive the redundancy) are pathologically obsessed with the hypothesis that Team Trump and Russia rigged last November’s presidential election. If Donald J. Trump so much as played Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slav on his stereo, these leftists deduce, he was in cahoots with the Kremlin.
Meanwhile, the same folks who spy a KGB agent behind every filing cabinet in Trump’s White House are aggressively apathetic about Hillary and Bill Clinton’s policies, decisions, and actions that gave aid and comfort to Russia. Hillary’s much-mocked “Russian reset” established the tone for the Clintons’ coziness with the Kremlin.
On March 6, 2009, during a trip to Geneva, she presented Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov a small, red button. Hillary thought it was emblazoned with the Russian word for “reset.” Her team mistranslated and the button actually read “overload.” Nonetheless, Clinton and Lavrov jointly pressed the symbolic button. And a new era in U.S.–Russian relations erupted. While visiting Moscow on March 24, 2010, Hillary explained the Reset’s purpose: “Our goal is to help strengthen Russia.”

Hillary said this in an interview with veteran broadcaster Vladimir Pozner of Russia’s First Channel TV network. Pozner is a Soviet-era relic who still communicates in barely accented English. During the Cold War, he popped up on American TV and radio programs and presented the views of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Pozner’s pleasantries made him and his totalitarian bosses seem blandly benign. The shadiest deal that the Clintons hatched with Russia is called Uranium One. This outrage should mushroom into Hillary and Bill’s radioactive Whitewater scandal.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446526/clinton-russia-ties-bill-hillary-sold-out-us-interests-putin-regime

National Review – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>

THE HILL SUNDAY SHOW – All the major headlines in one place – Enjoy

Haley to Russia: ‘We’re not going to have you cover for this regime anymore’
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “This is something to let Russia know, ‘You know what? We’re not going to have you cover for this regime anymore. And we’re not going to allow things like this to happen to innocent people.'”
Read the full story here
Tillerson: Russia failed to ‘live up to its commitments under the chemical weapons agreements’
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “I’m disappointed because I think the real failure here has been Russia’s failure to live up to its commitments under the chemical weapons agreements that were entered into in 2013,” Tillerson said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”
Read the full story here
McMaster: Russia should question support for ‘murderous regime’ in Syria
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “Russia should ask themselves, ‘What are we doing here?’ ”  he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Read the full story here
Ex-NATO commander: Trump-Russia relationship ‘going downhill’
By MAX GREENWOOD  “I think the senior members of the Trump administration are beginning to realize that Russia is not a force for good in the world,” retired Adm. James Stavridis told radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York.
Read the full story here
Tillerson: Defeating ISIS ‘first priority’ in Syria
By MAX GREENWOOD  “It’s important that we keep our priorities straight, and we believe that the first priority is the defeat of ISIS,” Tillerson said in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Read the full story here
Haley on Syria: No political solution with Assad in power 
By MAX GREENWOOD  “There’s not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime,” Haley said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Read the full story here
Kaine agrees with Haley: No political solution in Syria with Assad in power
By OLIVIA BEAVERS  Kaine said the Syrian leader is “tearing up the country.”
Read the full story here
Morell: ‘You cannot ultimately defeat ISIS without getting rid of Assad’
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “Assad has to go,” Morell said. “They are connected.”
Read the full story here
Dem senator: US needs to go to the negotiating table with AssadBy OLIVIA BEAVERS  Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said Sunday the Trump administration should work toward a cease-fire in Syria before negotiating to find a more permanent political solution in the war-torn nation.
Read the full story here
Haley: Attack on Syria ‘one of the president’s finest hours’
By OLIVIA BEAVERS  “He wanted to know exactly what the facts and evidence was. He wanted to know what the options were, what the risks were, and the political strategy and solution side of it. After all of that he made a very, you know, strong decision and I think it was one that was very good for the world.”
Read the full story here
Tillerson: Rubio’s remarks ‘regrettable’
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  Last week, Rubio said it was no coincidence a chemical weapons attack in Syria came after Tillerson made comments suggesting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could remain in power.
Read the full story here
Rubio hopes Trump reconsiders ISIS focus in Syria strategy
By MALLORY SHELBOURNE  “I’m a bit concerned about the outlines of the strategy as I understand it. I think it’s based on assumptions that, quite frankly, are not the right ones,” Rubio told ABC’s “This Week.”
Read the full story here
McCain: Missile strikes on Syrian an ‘excellent first step’
By KYLE BALLUCK  “It’s now vitally important that we develop a strategy, we put that strategy in motion and we bring about peace in the region.”
Read the full story here
McCain: Trump aides ‘partially to blame’ for encouraging Syrian regime’s behavior
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “Secretary Tillerson basically saying the same thing after kind of contradicting himself and then saying the same thing argues vigorously for a plan and a strategy.”
Read the full story here
Graham: ‘I’ve never been more encouraged by the Trump administration’
By MALLORY SHELBOURNE  “Accelerate the demise of ISIL, they’re a direct threat to the homeland, Assad’s not.”
Read the full story here
Cardin: We did not see ‘coherent policy’ from Trump on Syria
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “What we saw was a reaction to the use of chemical weapons, something I think many of us supported,” Cardin said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Read the full story here
Former Clinton aide: Trump doesn’t have a Syria strategy
By OLIVIA BEAVERS  “We’re spending a lot of time now guessing what the strategy is here, what is next, what the diplomatic plan is,” Jen Psaki told host Jake Tapper of CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Read the full story here
Sanders calls on Trump to come to Congress over Syria strikes
By MALLORY SHELBOURNE  “I think he has got to come to the United States Congress. I think he has got to explain to us what his long-term goals are,” Sanders told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Read the full story here
Schiff hits Trump for striking Syria without congressional approval
By MALLORY SHELBOURNE  Schiff on Sunday also said he hopes Trump’s decision to strike the Syrian regime enforces why the president should have a “responsible, respectful relationship with the intelligence community.”
Read the full story here
Gingrich: China ‘shaken’ by Syria strike
By MALLORY SHELBOURNE  “It also reminded people just who the most powerful country in the world is and the fact is that it’s not Russia. We’re vastly more powerful than the Russians are.”
Read the full story here
McMaster: ‘Prudent’ to send carrier strike group to Korean Peninsula
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “North Korea has been engaged in a pattern of provocative behavior. This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear capable regime.”
Read the full story here
Cornyn: ‘There’s not going to be a shutdown’
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “I’m confident that we’ll come up with something that everybody can live with.”
Read the full story here







AFP Freedom report & Policy Priorities


Hi John,As you may have heard, President Trump issued an executive order this week to begin the process of rolling back the so-called “Clean Power Plan” — an unprecedented regulatory overreach by the Obama Administration to increase the price of affordable, reliable energy from traditional sources. Americans for Prosperity believes this is a great step forward for lifting undue burdens on business and workers and ensuring government does not pick winners and losers in the marketplace.

Moving into next week, one of AFP’s projects, Concerned Veterans for America, is continuing to drive grassroots support for confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. A confirmation vote is slated for Monday.

Below is a more detailed report on these and AFP’s “Top 3” policy priorities for the coming days. Please let me know if you have any questions.

For Freedom,


Luke Hilgemann
Chief Executive Officer
Americans For Prosperity
1310 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 700 Arlington, VA 22201  




  • Overview :
    President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday, March 28 unraveling the Clean Power Plan. “The clean power plan, which aims to cut emissions of CO2 and other emissions and was implemented in 2015, has been on hold since last year while a federal appeals court considered a challenge by Republican-led states and more than 100 companies. (EPA Secretary) Pruitt sued to halt the order while in Oklahoma. Trump’s intention, he said, was to bring back coal mining jobs and reduce the cost of electricity.” ( The Guardian , 03/26/2017)
  • Previously Released :
    • AFP letter of support for a CRA resolution disapproving of the Clean Power Plan, 10/29/2015 ( Link )
    • AFP letter of support for the CRA resolution disapproving of NSPS, 11/17/2015 ( Link)


  • Overview :
    Judge Gorsuch’s nomination will likely go to a vote early next week (Monday, April 3). Last Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Democrats will filibuster the Gorsuch nomination. In support of the confirmation effort, AFP has:

    • Made over 300,000 calls under the AFP and CVA brands to citizens in target states asking them to contact their Senators and urge them to confirm Neil Gorsuch without delay
    • Combined, activists have helped make over 20,000 direct constituent-to-legislator contacts using our digital platform, which allows citizens to utilize Facebook, Twitter, and email to contact their Senators in support of Gorsuch
    • Tens of thousands of activists tuned in to listen to CVA’s ” Future of the Courts ” tele-town hall series with Senators Ben Sasse, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Joni Ernst
    • CVA has dropped two big waves of direct mail and launched a series of targeted web ads in support of Judge Gorsuch.
  • Previously Released :
    • “Gorsuch Passes the Test, It’s Time to Confirm Him,” CVA Post , 03/24/2016
    • “Nine Times Progressive Senators Made the Case for Quick Gorsuch Confirmation,” AFP Post , 03/03/2017 (Includes Senators’ Statements)
    • FPCC Video
  • See Also :
    • “Inside the Koch Network’s Push for Gorsuch,” National Review , 03/06/2017


  • Overview :
    Many speculate that with the Obamacare vote finished for now, Congress will turn to tax reform. The border adjustment provision in the current version of the House Republican tax plan is a corporate rate reduction that will be passed through as a $1 trillion tax increase on struggling American families. Americans for Prosperity was the first (c)(4) organization to publicly oppose border tax adjustments and is leading the charge in states across the country and on Capitol Hill against these tax increases.
  • Previously Released :
    • “Tax Reform Can Happen Without Border Adjustments”: AFP identified $2 trillion in wasteful spending, unnecessary programs, and tax giveaways which can be considered before any tax increase on Americans. ( Link )
    • “Holtz-Eakin: Trillion-Dollar Tax on Consumers Is Unnecessary for Pro-Growth Tax Reform,” FPCC Blog Post , 03/03/2017
    • “Border Adjustment: Myth vs. Fact,” FPCC Blog Post , 03/09/2017 ( PDF )
    • “Border Adjustment Tax Facing Trouble in the Senate,” FPCC Blog Post , 02/15/2017 (Includes statements by Senators re BAT)
    • “Fed Chairwoman Casts Doubt On ‘Border Adjustment’ Tax Wishful Thinking,” FPCC Blog Post , 02/21/2017
  • Research :
    • “Will Republicans Acquiesce to Liberal Principles?” Veronique de Rugy , 01/19/2017
    • “Why Trump is Right to Oppose Part of the House GOP Tax Plan,” Veronique de Rugy , 01/18/2017
    • “Why I’m Wary of the GOP’s ‘Border Adjustable Tax’ Plan,” Daniel Griswold , 01/10/2017
  • See Also :
    • “Why the Border Adjustment Tax Should Be Killed,” Barron’s , 03/18/2017
    • National Retail Federation: “Border Adjustment Tax Would Cost American Households Up to $1,700 In First Year Alone,” NRF , 02/03/2017 (Lays out specific stats for costs for families
    • Border Adjustment Tax: What You Need to Know,” CNN Money , 02/27/2017

First They Came for Judge Napolitano

by Cliff Kincaid

An admitted CIA mouthpiece writing for The Washington Post receives classified information and publishes it. He remains in good standing at the paper. Yet the Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News offers his informed opinion that the British helped conduct surveillance on President Trump and is suspended for several days from on-air appearances.   This action by Fox News reflects disrespect for someone who has worked for the channel since 1998. It sends a message that the intelligence community, here and abroad, cannot be investigated.  Since the British NSA, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), had issued a denial of what Napolitano had said, the feeling of most of the media (and the management of Fox News Channel) was apparently that this was the Gospel and must not be challenged.
The scalp of Judge Napolitano will forever be nailed to the wall of Fox News, setting an example of what happens when the establishment narrative about Russia and Trump is undermined. Napolitano was made into an example of what happens when the intelligence agencies are embarrassed.  We understand that journalists use intelligence officials as anonymous sources and therefore accommodate them. But when a commentator like Napolitano breaks the mold with information that embarrasses the intelligence community, he must be supported, not punished with a suspension. Otherwise, the notion of a free and independent press is a joke.
Meanwhile, an anchor for Fox News, gay activist Shepard Smith, makes a mockery of conservative values on a regular basis and continues to enjoy the blessings of the channel’s owners. This is what happens when a conservative channel takes its conservative base for granted and moves to the left in order to appear more acceptable to the rest of the media. Smith was actually designated to declare on the air that Napolitano’s report was incorrect. No details were offered on what investigations were done, if any, to question the sources behind his claims. One source came forward to validate what the judge had said.
His “return” was instructive and quite uncomfortable. Host Bill Hemmer offered a lame joke that Napolitano “had a few quiet days” and “likely needed them.” Napolitano said he stood by his report that the British played a role in the surveillance, “and the sources stand by it.”   Meanwhile, over at The Washington Post, CIA mouthpiece David Ignatius is still on the payroll of Jeff Bezos, the Amazon billionaire owner of the paper with CIA and NSA connections. Little is said or reported about this curious arrangement.
The Post is an example of the corporate marriage between the media and intelligence establishments. It has become a weapon in the arsenal of the Democratic Party and the Obama officials still ensconced in the intelligence agencies.      ACCURACY IN MEDIA – CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THE STORY>>>>>

Poll: 6 in 10 Americans Think Media Reports Fake News

A new poll shows that a majority of Americans believe that both online news sources and traditional media outlets are guilty of publishing fake news.
The poll, released Wednesday by the Monmouth University Polling Institute, found that 80 percent of respondents thought that online news sites published fake news either regularly or occasionally. Traditional news outlets fared a little better, with 60 percent of those polled believing that they published fake news, either regularly or occasionally.
Republicans (79%) and Independents (66%) are more likely than Democrats (43%) to say that traditional outlets report fake news, but a majority of all three groups feel that online news sites intentionally publish fake news. Among news sources, respondents said that they trust ABC over Fox News (44% to 32%) or MSNBC (36% to 18%). Fox and MSNBC are tied (39% to 39%) when matched against each other. Republicans trust Fox (67%) more than MSNBC (10%), while Democrats trust MSNBC (67%) more than Fox (19%). Predictably, Republicans trust Fox (65%) over ABC (16%), but Democrats actually trust ABC (41%) over MSNBC (25%).
When it comes to Donald Trump, 81% of the public believe he has a worse relationship with the media than past presidents had. Only 4% say his relationship is better. A majority of those polled (58%) say that Trump’s image has been hurt by his contentious relationship with the media, but 32% say it has not affected his image either way. On the other hand, 51% say that the media’s image has been hurt by their relationship with Trump, with 39% saying it hasn’t changed at all.
Trump has upended the media landscape since taking office. That has created consternation among the liberal media, which have to get used to the idea that they are no longer the main source for news coming out of the White House.

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