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5 Lowlights From CPAC 2015 (So Far)

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5 Lowlights From CPAC 2015 (So Far)

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The 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference still has more than a day to go — but it’s off to a tremendously weird start.

While the conference has featured plenty of valuable speeches and events for right-wing activists, it has also been filled with the type of odd moments and outbursts that have come to characterize right-wing gatherings.

Here are five of the lowlights:

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Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. Lynda Groom February 27, 2015

    Not only was Santorum’s joke awful, but it was not accurate either. Polls show that Obama’s popularity is still at 55% in most of the world major countries. When Bush left office his worldwide approval rating was 26% approval and 69% disapproval. Obama’s numbers are 55% vs 35%.

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    1. angelsinca February 27, 2015

      Meanwhile, closer to home…

      ” President Barack Obama averaged a 42.6% job approval rating throughout his sixth full year in office, which ended Monday. Although his more recent ratings have been higher, including a 46% average rating last week, his sixth-year average is his lowest yearly rating to date.”

      http://www.gallup.com/poll/181208/obama-averages-job-approval-year-six.aspx?utm_source=JOB_APPROVAL&utm_medium=topic&utm_campaign=tiles

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      1. Lynda Groom February 27, 2015

        Indeed lets look closer to home. These are the numbers for Bush II. Average for 2001-2009 is 49%. The first term 62% approval and 37% for the 2nd term. Obama still has two years to get down to 37%.

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        1. angelsinca February 28, 2015

          Why can’t you look at Obama without looking at Bush? Try comparing him to another Democrat’s approval ratings such as Clinton’s.

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          1. Lynda Groom February 28, 2015

            This is a new century marked by endless war that was started during the Bush administration. Lets not forget that the second worst economic collapse in our nations history also occurred during the administration of Bush. The current president has had the awful job of dealing with those massive and tragic events, along with increased terrorism that can be argued has grown due to the actions of the previous administration. Therefore is seem prudent to compare the two presidents of the 21st century. We could go back to the days of Turman, Ike or whoever, but that would be an apple and oranges comparison.

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          2. angelsinca March 3, 2015

            Stand alone performance is what most job reviews are based on. But, I heard that the girl that preceded me did such a bad job, my performance appeared much better.

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          3. Independent1 February 28, 2015

            Clinton wasn’t black – which is another factor that has Obama’s approval rating down. And if you take out of the Rasmussens 46-49% approval, the 37% of Republicans who hate Obama from the 51-54% who don’t give him an approval rating; that means only 14-17% of the 63% nonRepublicans in America don’t give him an approval. Again, I’d say that was pretty good: Only 14-17% of honest Americans don’t give Obama an approval – the remaining 37% are nothing but hateful, racist bigots called Republicans!!!

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          4. angelsinca March 3, 2015

            There you go bringing race into it, where the only purpose is for making excuse. The most loving, caring and passionate people I know aren’t democrats. If you doubt this, spend one day reading the comments made toward republicans on this liberal blog. XOXO

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          5. Independent1 March 3, 2015

            You really can’t be that stupid to try and pretend that Obama being black isn’t one of the big reasons millions of low IQ, hypocritical, bigoted, CLEARLY RACIST Republicans hate Obama!! They hate blacks enough that they were willing to start a war and die so they could make blacks their slaves!!

            Please don’t try to be anymore outright STUPID THAN YOU ALREADY ARE!!!!!!!!

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          6. angelsinca March 3, 2015

            So, “stupid”. You spend most of your waking life on liberal blogs and the best you can do is resort to brain-drained commentary and kiddie name calling. Since you are so driven to bring RACE into the discussion (exposing your own racist tendencies) , what proof do you have that Obama’s race is the reason Obama is supposedly ‘hated’ by republicans, and that his race hasn’t been exploited for political gain by the left?

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          7. Independent1 March 3, 2015

            Oh! Come on!! Only a total racist such as yourself could come on the NM and watch the outright racism displayed by one RWNJ after another in the Crazies of the Week highlighed here very Friday!! And not recoginze what they’re seeing is blatant racism because THEY ARE THE BIGGEST RACIST HERE!! YOU!!!

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          8. angelsinca March 4, 2015

            I’m not that big, really. My spouse is a different race than me. You remain clueless. Nice try though.

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          9. Independent1 March 2, 2015

            And how about we use Reagan whose approval rating in his 6th year was worse than Obama’s and he wasn’t black:

            POLL SHOWS REAGAN APPROVAL RATING AT 4-YEAR LOW

            By E. J. DIONNE Jr.

            Published: March 3, 1987

            President Reagan’s approval rating has plunged to its lowest level in more than four years, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

            The survey, taken Saturday and Sunday after the release of the report of a Presidential commission on the Iran arms deal, found that 42 percent of those surveyed approved of the way Mr. Reagan was handling his job and 46 percent disapproved.

            It was his lowest rating since January 1983, when 41 percent approved of his performance. The survey also marked the first time since April 1983, when the nation was coming out of a deep recession, that more Americans disapproved than approved of Mr. Reagan’s performance. Drop of 10 Points

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          10. angelsinca March 2, 2015

            Right as rain again, i1. Here is Reagan’s average approval from the same source as the graph for Obama.

            http://www.gallup.com/poll/11887/ronald-reagan-from-peoples-perspective-gallup-poll-review.aspx

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          11. Independent1 March 2, 2015

            And don’t give me any BS that being black doesn’t mean at least a 10-15 percentage point difference in comparing Obama to any other president!!!!!!!!

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          12. angelsinca March 2, 2015

            “And don’t give me any BS that being black doesn’t mean at least a 10-15 percentage point difference in comparing Obama to any other president!!!!!!!!”

            Uh, I didn’t mention race. But you seem compelled to give advantage because of it. Do you have anything to directly back up that claim of 10-15 percentage points difference?

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          13. Independent1 March 2, 2015

            Out and out commonsense which you and your mindless ilk are obviously devoid of. In poll after poll a solid 37% or so Republicans often ends up being the only block that will respond negatively to something Obama has done even if it’s been something outright positive and he’s over 60% approval from the remainder of America.

            Only a total dunce such as yourself would overlook the obvious!! But then when you have tunnelvision and are clearly blind – what else could anyone expect!!!

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          14. angelsinca March 3, 2015

            You sure give a lot attention to the those you claim don’t deserve any. The only way you can realize favorable polling results is to negate a portion of the respondents. On the bright side, there will always be conservative perspective to offset democratic propaganda.

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          15. Independent1 March 2, 2015

            I’m going to tell you exactly what I’m about to tell another of your mindless, tunnelvision RWNJs:

            In a way, I really feel sorry for you and your ilk. You don’t even realize what you and your mindless minions have deprived yourself of over the past 6 years by supporting a group of outright childish criminals that have infected our Congress over those years. You don’t even take a moment to stop and think of just how far the Republican nitwits in Congress have held back America with their constant obstructionism, and how much it may well have kept America from progressing.

            And when you’re given fact after fact that proves just how inept Republicans have been in our government since Teddy Roosevelt was in office, you turn a blind eye and deliberately refuse to believe the truth:

            That Democrats have clearly run America in a way that has been more prosperous for everyone. Our country’s GDP has grown at about a 4.5% average rate under Dems and only 2.6% under Republicans. And Democrats have clearly shown they can create far more jobs than Republicans: Reagan and the 2 Bushes in 20 years in office were able to create only 20 million jobs during those years while Carter, Clinton and Obama have created almost 39 million jobs in a little over 18 years.

            And even with respect to the stock market, it has shown a gain of over 300% during the years a Democrat was president and a net gain of ZERO during the years a Republican has been in president. Just think about that for a moment as to how much easier retirements for me and you and other Americans would be right now if those worthless Republican presidents had never been in office!!

            And even with respect to the lost lives of our soldierse. The only wars that Democrats have governed during were either wars the Republicans started or ones the enemy started against us or one of our critical allies like Britain. While Republicans outright started wars in other countries that realistically had no direct effect on America: Eisenhower got us into the Vietnam war by sending troops to Laos in 1955 and the 2 Bushes started the Gulf, Afghan and Iraq wars – and even Reagan put our troops in Lebanon where 241 of them were killed.

            And even with respect to the well being of the American citizens, instead of working to improve the lives of people below the top 20%, Republicans have worked tirelessly to destroy programs that are very popular to the vast majority of American citizens, even Republicans: they’ve fought constantly to destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid while constantly working to gut the budgets of other programs that help the needy like SNAPS, WIC and others.

            And during all this, you and your ilk sit back and ignore reality and keep supporting these absolutely despicable Republican politicians that are nothing more than replicas of the Italian Mafia disguised as politicians: doing everything they can to pass legislation that will siphon tax dollars out of your my and every other Americans pocket into the pockets of the ubber wealthy. Trying constantly to turn America into the world’s 1st Corporate-Run state.

            And while doing all this, you and your ilk sit back and call yourselves Americans!!!! How appalling!! You’re no more Americans than I’m king of the world!!!!!!

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          16. angelsinca March 3, 2015

            Then there is the irony that anti-republican rants only create more republicans. Conservatives prefer reasonable over irrational.

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    2. Dominick Vila February 28, 2015

      I sense desperation when the best the CPAC could come up with was a Duck Dynasty performance to highlight their record and vision. Appealing to the least common denominator, and using it to get the support of a segment of our population that supports banning science books, inserting vaginal devices as a condition to abortion, that rejects vaccines on religious grounds, that opposes the minimum wage, that ignores financial inequality, that continuously attacks social programs that help the middle class and the poor, and that criticizes President Obama’s foreign policy record and his ability to keep us safe, is a clear demonstration of the frustrations of a party that talks about fiscal conservatism while relying on deficit spending and accumulation of debt, the party that was in full control of the U.S. government on 9/11/01, and the party whose policies contributed to the worst recession since the Great Depression. They are going to need more than duck whistles to win the White House in 2016. They will need a miracle.

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      1. charleo1 February 28, 2015

        Maybe they should change their Party logo to the DOPE Party? The Desperate Old Party of Elites? As a Liberal, I can emphasize with the stars of the show. How does one manage to pull this convoluted con of divergent, and conflicted Party positions together, and make something sound reasonably cogent? Between, Libertarians, and Religious-tarians? Between the Corporatists paying for the affair, and those naive, Medicare, Social Security, and prescription doughnut hole averse Seniors. Who’s policies they are cheering for, will one day throw them to those Wolves of Wall Street. And to be able to do all this, without tipping their hand by defending, and purposing ever stronger adherence to an economic policy that recently demonstrated it’s lack of trustworthiness, by promptly collapsing. Only to be saved by this huge government, and it’s considerable spending, they now claim to abhor with every fiber of their being? I’ll be honest with you, I can lie. But I have to give credit where credit is due. Where do they find such people? That are willing to get up each and everyday, and work diligently to empower the powerful. While planning, and plotting to cut the throats of everyday Americans. All the time masquerading around as these moral, high minded, and patriotic, denizens of the People?

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  2. charleo1 February 27, 2015

    At least Phil Robertson is honest enough to look like an ISSL terrorist, and not just talk like one. I’m sorry. I should have prefaced that remark by first saying, “I know this is a horrible thing to say…..”

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    1. James Bagley February 27, 2015

      You beat me to it, because I was about to post the same thing. Actually, despicable right-wing racists like this are very similar to ISIS members — except that they lie a lot more.

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  3. idamag February 27, 2015

    Some other Republicans who did not make it onto The National Memo: Republican governor candidate, Rex Rammell was cited for letting his fenced elk get out and transmit diseases to wild herds. He sued and lost. Then he was caught poaching an elk and said no one told him that area was closed to hunting. Last I saw, the regulations come with the license, Most of his clientele, who shot fenced, hand fed animals for their rack were from NY, Calif, Texas. If you know anyone displaying an elk head o his wall and he is from those states, and he shot the elk in Idaho… Then there is the Idaho legislator who wondered if a vaginal exam could be done swallowing a camera. How about the Republican administration that violated the Geneva Conventions by re-naming torture, “Enhanced interrogation.” The Republican singer who tried to avoid Viet Nam by enhanced flatulence. The Republican movie star who has conversations with chairs and they actually answer him back. The Texas legislator who apologized to BP for spilling thousands of gallons of oil into the gulf, destroying wild life and fish. The governor who had an orgasm over a bottle of maple syrup. The legislator who said 75% of Congress were communists. The guy who looks like a drunk who keeps shutting down the government. The governor who fell all over himself when he received a telephone call from, whom he thought, was David Koch. It was really a clever reporter. The list goes on, the list goes on.

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  4. idamag February 27, 2015

    Oh, I forgot to mention the Republican Governor who thought the Appalachian trail goes all the way to South America.

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    1. angelsinca February 27, 2015

      May as well just cut to the chase…
      449 Stupid Things Democrats Have Said, now on kindle and paperback from one penny.
      http://www.amazon.com/Stupid-Things-Democrats-Have-Said/dp/0740743708

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      1. charleo1 February 28, 2015

        Really? Do the Democrats hold a convention each year, in which they get together and say, or repeat 90% of the worst of them, over, and over? And besides, I’m betting the book lists 449 things Democrats say, the Right says is stupid. Like 98 out of 100 environmental scientists believe global climate change is real, and caused by man’s burning of fossil fuels. Pshaw! And, Ha ha! They say! When all Senator Inhofe needs to do is bring a snowball into the Well of the Senate, and thereby disproves the sham! Look the Senator says, “If the Planet is getting warmer, where did I get this!!??” To which a Fox commentator called that, “awesome!” A snowball! Who’d a thunk it? All them scientists debunked by one highly paid oil cartel shill, and a snowball. And they do stunts like this 24/7!

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        1. angelsinca February 28, 2015

          Yep, just as we see the here on the NM; ditto on the Pshaw!

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          1. charleo1 February 28, 2015

            Very funny!

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  5. Frank KIng February 28, 2015

    /11 in The CPAC is nothing more than a showcase for the right wing theater of the absurd with enough clowns to fill any carnival. The numerous pretenders for the right wing nomination for president are appearing in force and presenting their “credentials” and views on matters of foreign policy(heaven forbid) the economy(heaven forbid) and national security(heaven forbid).. Just a casual review of recent history makes anything they say and do lack any credibility in the face of the reality of the mess the right wing created at home and abroad that lives on today in their disastrous foreign policy, disastrous economy and failures on rortecting the American people prior to and during the attack on 9/11 in NYC. So the CPAC gathering is nothing more than an attempt by the right wing to falsify their record and dupe the American people into believing they can get us out of the mess they created at home and abroad. The “Ides of March” are upon us and have a distinct right wing odor.

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  6. angelsinca February 28, 2015

    Great imagination. I see that over half aren’t satisfied with the performance because they have seen (or expected) better.

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    1. charleo1 February 28, 2015

      I think sometimes we see what we want to see. Don’t you?
      But facts remain stubborn things. The system gave voters a chance to change. The Right offered their alternative. And the
      voters rejected both, the false nuttery, and the subjective opinions of the Right, that Obama was over his head, lacked the proper background, and experience, was weak, could not lead, or did not look out for the best interests of the Country. Or, more to the point, that the public in electing Obama had erred in choosing him. And could now rectify that mistake by electing their candidate. And, Americas, by a decisive plurality, refused to accept any of those arguments. Including the one about the clear mistake the public made in voting for Obama the first time around. For which they, after losing, immediately blamed the media, Hollywood, illegals, and the legions of lazy welfare dependent voters protecting their free gov. provided stuff. Mainly due to the fact they believed their own press, and their own inner Party polling, that told them to expect a landslide victory. So, I return to my original premise, that sometimes people see what they want to see. But that doesn’t make any of it so.

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      1. angelsinca February 28, 2015

        I see a 42.6% approval and the major mid term shift in 2015. Or, just the actual results. Not theories of what may have caused the results. My imagination isn’t as active.

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        1. Independent1 February 28, 2015

          42.6% approval is pretty good coming from the right-wing baised Gallup poll that predicted a Romney landslide win in 2012. A reliable pool, the Rasmussen has not shown Obama below an average of 46-49% for the past 2 years. And given that in this juncture of his presidency, Bush was polling in the low 30%s; and also given the 24/7 hatred being spewed of Obama via Faux News and numerous RWNJ outlets – I’d say Obama was really hanging in there. And when you factor into that the outright ignorance of the American populace – a majority of Americans who wouldn’t know what the time of day was unless you told them; I’d say Obama is doing just great!!!!

          In any case, he beats the pants off of any of the last 5 worthless GOP presidents!!

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        2. Independent1 February 28, 2015

          You need to watch an honest poll, the Rasmussen; where he’s
          often polling above 50% since mid January.

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          1. angelsinca March 1, 2015

            Rasmussen results are usually discounted by the left because Fox subscribes to its findings. The latest Rasmussen president approval rating is at 48%, with a solid 51% disapproval.

            http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/obama_approval_index_history

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          2. Independent1 March 2, 2015

            And like I said – with Obama being America’s 1st black president – If you take the 37% of clearly bigoted, racist GOP-loving responders out of that supposedly solid 51% disapproval – that only leaves 14% disapproving of the somewhat sane 63% of Americans. But there are even tons of racist Americans who would disapprove of Obama no matter how good a job he did – just because he’s black. I’ll guarantee you that his approval rating would be at least 10-15% points higher if he was white. So get off the approval rating BS – BIGOT!!!

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          3. idamag March 2, 2015

            I stopped at Half Moon Bay, California, for dinner one night. There was a pickup with a camper on it in the parking lot. A KKK robe was hanging in the back. Maybe that was the so-called angel’s truck.

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          4. Independent1 March 2, 2015

            I sure wouldn’t be surprised!! If not Angel’s, then maybe Joe Schmuck’s who claims he’s from CA and is clearly racist.

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          5. angelsinca March 3, 2015

            Don’t confuse your own pro-racist tendencies with any of race-oriented organizations such as the naacp or the black caucus or the kkk.

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          6. angelsinca March 3, 2015

            What you don’t agree with, you call the KKK? WTH is wrong you people?

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          7. idamag March 2, 2015

            The Gallup pole is an accurate poll, the “angel???” is using a figure where there was a slump that picked up. Now if the so-called angel was honest, he or she would check Congress approval rating. This person is not well read nor well educated so I don’t respond to his or her posts.

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          8. Independent1 March 2, 2015

            I’ve found the Gallup the last few years to be right-wing biased; I tend to view their polls with a jaundiced eye. I believe the Gallup had predicted a large Romney win in 2012.

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          9. idamag March 2, 2015

            I believe you are right about that prediction.

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          10. angelsinca March 3, 2015

            ‘Honest’? You mean like you left-headed independent1 cherry picking Reagan’s worst approval rating year to compare against Obama’s flailing six year average? Got your bias, loud and clear.

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          11. angelsinca March 3, 2015

            Rasmussen works for Fox. Careful you don’t catch on fire from promoting them.

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          12. Independent1 March 3, 2015

            I’m an independent, despite my current rhetoric (which is very similar to the rhetoric of 2 independent Senators – Sanders & King), so I judge candidates and information sources for results, not their political label; and given that Rasmussen never predicted a Romney win in 2012, I have trouble believing that if they’re tied to Faux News that that tie is very strong. And unlike Gallup, they’ve shown no clear bias to swing Obama’s favorability to the whim of the GOP’s 24/7 hate rhetoric.

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  7. Godzilla February 28, 2015

    Independent1 joe schmo • 2 hours ago

    I’m a Vietnam era veteran sonny boy. You need to grow up!!! see more

    This is stolen valor and a complete LIE! Independent1 is not a veteran at all, he’s a child. POS should never be listened to as he has NO credibility. He is a coward and a LIAR

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