90 Responses to “u.n. address”


  1. 1 Bill
    September 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I have seen no criticism of Perry’s statement , “As a Christian I have a clear directive to support Israel’. If his foreign policy is determined by his religion the country is making a major shift, but no one questions it. I do not understand what is happening.

    • 2 lmrj
      September 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      From Fred’s post at the end of the previous thread: VIDEO: Scarborough Slams Perry, Romney For ‘Undermining Our President’ On Israel Policy (shuddup fool with your reckless insult )
      http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/09/21/324614/scarborough-slams-perry-romney-for-undermining-our-president-on-israel-policy/
      Snarky criticism, but criticism nonetheless.

    • September 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Nobody questions it, because the Country has a history if beingPuritans!

    • September 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      Well believe it or not, the Morning Joe gang was bashing Rick Perry big time about his statements. Joe Scarborough and even Chuck Todd were surprisingly tough on Rick Perry. I was pleasantly surprised. (I didn’t watch the show but I did see some video clips of that segment)

      • 6 Lovepolitics2008
        September 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

        Good for them. And I think they’re genuine in their reactions to Perry’s statement. However, the cynic in me will say that this criticism is “allowed” on tv because it is an alignment with the goal of the republican corporate establishment: get a republican in the White House. They read the polls too: Romney polls significatively better than Perry against Bararck Obama.

        Do you seriously think that Perry would be criticized as heavily if the polls showed that he’s the strongest challenger in the general ?

    • 8 Bill
      September 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      It is good to see Perry’s and Romney’s comments are receiving push back, but specfically Perry’s use of “As a Christian” is particularly disturbing.

    • 9 theo67
      September 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      It’s particularly disturbing and irresponsible for Perry to make a speech, in New York, the same time that the President is in town and the UN General Assembly is grappling with how to deal with Pakistan’s bid for statehood. This act should make people who are inclined to recommend Perry take a pause and see the future foreign policy under this adolescent, ignorant, bully. There are serious consequences and serious dangers in acting off the cuff when it comes to global affairs. And Perry, and his ilk, think it’s so simple and just a matter of sounding tough. The world had eight years of Bush foreign policy, and is only just recovering. The world doesn’t need another Texan like Perry, messing things up for political and financial gain.

      • 10 ChristiMtl
        September 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm

        To think that it was un-american, even treasonous to criticize Bush according to the RW
        Un-american to criticize a President during a time of war,
        No limit to their hypocrisy whatsoever, they have no shame,.
        What Perry did is very disturbing.
        Imagine if it was the other way around?
        During the Bush years?
        I can imagine how the RW media would have reacted.

    • 11 ChristiMtl
      September 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      It would be the same as Bush, even worst if it’s possible.

      • 12 Mel
        September 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

        Far worst and dangerous, I watched the speech it was just brilliant PBO does have a vision for the WORLD.
        I will refused to listen to the FUCKING talking heads PBO It”s the best President this country have had , the
        rights for evry human being in the world is universal and just that includ our gay and lesbians friends. so will not
        want to heard from the left that PBO does not care . he cares about everybody.

    • September 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      “As a Christian” Perry can shut his lying pie hole and only tell the truth. Not. gonna. happenl.

    • September 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      Think Progress also has a post about Jennifer Rubin slamming Perry for the op-ed he “wrote” on Israel. Rubin says he didn’t write it. It seemed to me that she is saying that Perry lacks the sophistication and knowledge to write an article like that. IMO, she basically said that Perry is no mental giant when it comes to foreign policy, and I agree. It’s wonderful having a president in the WH who knows what he is talking about and writes his own op-eds.

  2. September 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    The President made it plain what our position is. As for perry, i wonder what Bible his brand of Christianity uses? i’m sure i’ve never seen it.

  3. September 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Chip,
    Good day to you!

  4. September 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

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  5. September 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    How the Affordable Care Act is working for Young Adults

    Just love how Sebellius is getting the word out about the benefits of Health Care.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/how-affordable-care-act-iis-working-for.html

    • September 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      No wonder the House of Republicans are blocking the HHS spending bill!

      • 26 Mel
        September 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm

        The Republinas are scare shit with the Obama Administration, because PBO does have excellent people
        with him he picked them because they are smart. So we will not take the GOP B.S any more.

  6. 27 Pamela
    September 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    PBO does us all proud! He represents me, and I am deeply grateful for that!

  7. September 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    OT i need help sending a tweet it will not send the following:

    Judge Penny Freesemann still has the power to withdraw its death warrant for Troy Davis
    [Call Judge Penny 912 652 7252. Fax at 912 652-7254]

  8. 32 utaustinliberal
    September 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I watched the speech at the U.N. live and it was great. He got a huge round of continuous applause even before he stepped on the stage. He made very salient and concrete points about war, peace, freedom, human rights, womens rights, AIDS, pandemics, economics, rights for the LGBT community all over the world, childrens rights. It was fantastic. He talked about the fact that a two state solution for Palestine and Israel would not be easy but it must be done. Both parties have to come to the table, lay out their plans but seek compromise and concensions where apt. He said Palestine has the right to become a state, but it must not do so by undermining Israel’s sovereignty. He reiterated what he said at AIPAC about the 1967 borders and urged Israel to step up because its young generation is tired of the prolonged conflict and the toll it has taken on them. He talked about the Arab Spring and young people rising up against tyrants in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen and demanding democracy and a government that works for all people be you rich or poor. He urged the U.N. to pass sanctions against the President and government of Syria for their violent crackdown on peaceful protesters. Finally, he called for open government all around the world because people expect and demand it. PBO was wonderful. It was a firm and stirring speech.

    • 33 ChristiMtl
      September 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      UT I don’t know what you’re studying but I hope it’s in communication. You have such a way with words.
      Nobody can describe an event or situation, give details, do a recap, etc…the way you do.
      I’m very impressed with your talent.
      I wish you had Mark Knoller’s job, you would be fantastic at it.
      I was just reading your long comment about Jon Stewart, amazing.
      I’m almost embarrassed when one of my comment is before yours, it looks like it was written by a 2 years old compare to yours.lol
      I agree it was a fantastic speech!

      • 34 Mel
        September 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

        ChristiMtl you are not the only one I feel the same way I’am prety old with (MS) aand I hope I live long
        enough to cast my VOTE in 2012 for Barack H Obama again.

    • 35 donna dem 4 obama
      September 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks UT again you have done a masterful job of summarizing the speech for those of us who cannot watch it at this time. I’ll watch it when I get home from work tonight.

      You do know that you are a gifted writer…right?

    • 36 Linda
      September 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Wow …that is almost exactly what Ehud Barak said on CNN last night.

      here is a bit of the interview

      http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/09/20/piers-ehud-barak-obama.cnn&hpt=pm_r1

    • 37 theo67
      September 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks for the summary, UT. You’re our resident journalist for those of us unable to either stomach the right wing talking heads, or catch the President live. It’s really appreciated!

      Sounds like the President lived up to the usual high expectations – as expected. Can’t wait to watch the speech myself later.

    • 38 joyce
      September 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      I do also enjoy and look for your recapping of different events some of which I could not stomach especially when it comes to what the tepugs/repugs say. I don’t know what your profession is but you are truly an excellent journalist. Thanks for being on this site along with others of various talents and skills

    • 39 Doris
      September 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks UT, I missed it, but have it all now. I agree with all of the comments, you are one gifted, talented and BLESSED soul. You’re headed for the big time.

  9. September 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Just saw a great video about global warming, short, sweet and star studded. I would embed it here but they don’t have the code. You will have to click to see it.

    Global Green USA’s Star-Studded Video About The Rising Tides Of Climate Change
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/global-green-usas-star-studded-video.html

  10. September 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    By Justin Sink – 09/21/11 12:03 PM ET
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced yesterday that his committee plans to investigate government loan programs to private corporations out of a concern that politicians might exert undue influence to help those who donated to their campaigns. But Issa had sought government loans in the past for similar clean-energy products in his home state.

    Letters show Issa lobbying Energy Secretary Steven Chu to grant loans to a Aptera Motors, a California-based hybrid car company; a San Diego-area biofuels consortium; and Quallion, a lithium-ion battery manufacturer in Los Angeles.

  11. 43 Sophie Amrain
    September 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    A good speech. It suffers from the old problem that Israel does not have to negotiate anything as long as the US supports it unconditionally. A Palestinian statehood is not a shortcut to a Palestinian state – in so far President Obama is surely right. However, it may be a necessary step along the road.

    • 44 theo67
      September 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      I honestly think that if the Israelis don’t step to the table with honest intentions within this next year, the President will take action next year to support Palestine. This was effectively the last chance for Israel, and they have not negotiated in good faith. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but the Israelis can’t keep building settlements while calling for Palestine to abandon their preconditions and come to the table. Who would come to the table with someone who refuses to honor their side of an agreement? It’s ridiculous, and it’s wrong. And unfortunately, it further isolates the Israelis, while the rest of the Middle East is adapting to the results of Arab Spring, where young people are seeking freedom and opportunity. I can’t imagine that this is what their ancestors imagined.

      • 45 Ladyhawke
        September 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm

        theo67, did you see this article in New York Magazine by John Hellemann entitled “Tsuris”? Tsuris means problems or troubles. Is a fascinating read. A look behind the scenes. This paragraph tells you what the administration is up against:

        The next day, Netanyahu delivered his on-camera lecture to Obama. What enraged the president and his team wasn’t the impudence on display; they could live with that. It was the dishonesty at the heart of the thing. “I’ve been in more than one meeting with Bibi where he used the same language to describe the outlines of a deal,” one official says. “It’s outrageous—attacking the president for something he didn’t say, claiming he was putting Israel’s security at risk for stating out loud a position Bibi himself holds privately.”

        THE TSURIS

        ==========

        Barack Obama is the best thing Israel has going for it right now. Why is that so difficult for Netanyahu and his American Jewish allies to understand?

        http://nymag.com/news/politics/israel-2011-9/

        • 46 theo67
          September 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

          Thanks Ladyhawke – I had not seen this article. It feels like Netanyahu is following the GOP tactics, and ignoring what’s good and right for his people and their security. I don’t think he’s actually speaking for the majority of Israelis, but the vocal minority extremists, and it’s a shame. Israel could be a force for good in the area, and instead, they are isolating themselves and coming off as ogres. I think they have to replace Netanyahu – he’s giving the country a black eye.

          • September 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm

            Netanyahu will be forced to grow up faster than he wants to. He has had to eat crow a couple times recently. He had to admit last month that PBO didn’t lie about the borders in his May speech, and he’s had to thank PBO publicly at the UN for standing by Israel. I was just discussing Israel’s predicament with my daughter earlier today. A nation cannot afford to alienate so many other nations in a region forever and keep thinking it can get away with it. IIRC, Turkey, Egypt, and Iran are clearly on the outs with Israel. Plus, Israelis have been protesting about economic conditions. I support Israel’s right to exist, but I also think it’s time for them to talk to the Palestinians. How much stress can the people continue to live under everyday, and how much can a leader really care if he does things to turn up the stress? If President Carter could broker a peace agreement between Egypt and Israel that has lasted almost 4 decades, I know something can be done, but it requires that both parties act with honesty.

  12. September 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Buffet just bought lubrizol!

    He buys everything!

  13. September 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    FED did all sorts of things, including buying 400 billion of treasuries by June 2012.

    Lots their for conservatives to freak out! Lol!

  14. 52 ChristiMtl
    September 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    RT @thinkprogress Koch brothers now worth $50B, up 43% since March 2010 http://t.co/itn8zQsK
    Up 43%?
    That’s reassuring, sheeshhhh….
    No wonder they’re all over the place, anything to destroy the President.
    What a difference with them and Warren Buffet.
    Dangerous, evil….with even more billions.
    I hope you guys boycott their products, no Dixie Cups, Angel Soft, Brawny, etc.

    http://inspirationgreen.com/koch-brothers-products.html

  15. 53 Me4obama
    September 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    After watching the clip of Elizabeth Warren take on “class warfare” I predict she will speak at the Democratic convention next year, win the senate sit and run for President in 2016. She might be our first woman President. You heard it here first.

    • 54 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      She’s a powerhouse. Warren/O’Malley 2016!

      She may be the first Democrat to win Oklahoma (her home state) in……forever (ever?)!

      • 55 utaustinliberal
        September 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

        PJ, I’m right behind you with the battlecry for O’Malley/Warren 2016!

        • 56 theo67
          September 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

          I could get behind this, too. O’Malley has the experience and the goals, and Warren could take over in 2024. We need many, many decades of good governance for this country to right the wrongs that have been done by the GOP.

    • September 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      Well SHOOOTT! I like this. Lifts my heart. I think you’re on to something. awesome. Let’s get on with it.

    • 58 ChristiMtl
      September 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Oh yes, that would be fantastic, I really like her.
      President Obama in 2012, Elizabeth Warren in 2016,.

    • 59 Ladyhawke
      September 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      This video should be required viewing for all Democrats in congress and the White House. Elizabeth Warren is passionate and plain spoken. She gets to the heart of the matter. She is just remarkable. This clip is causing quite a stir and deservedly so. It’s brilliant. I hope it gets a million views.

      VIDEO: ELIZABETH WARREN TALKS ABOUT “THE UNDERLYING SOCIAL CONTRACT”

      =====================================================================.

      “The underlying social contract”

      I mention this for a few reasons. First, for those wondering why Warren has a strong base of supporters who adore her, this clip offers a big hint. Second, if there are lingering concerns about whether Warren could be an effective speaker on the stump, I think those questions are being answered.

      And third, if more Democrats were able to make the case for the underlying social contract as effectively, our discourse would be vastly less mind-numbing.

      http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_09/the_underlying_social_contract032342.php

    • 60 Obama Grandmama
      September 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      I have not seem Elizabeth’s response yet, but saw her do many interviews when she was helping PBO with consumer protection. I was so impressed at that time with her ease of explaining things to the American people in a straightforward way and answering questions off the cuff fully without the political dodge. If she presents herself in that same way it is more than evident that she is on the people’s side. I had thought the other night when I saw clips of EWarren on Rachel that she could be our first woman president. What a contrast from Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin. Another good Dem woman is Debbie Wassermann Schultz.

  16. 61 Mary Gray
    September 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Phone number to the judge in the Troy Davis case is not answering. Suspect they got an overload as well they should.

  17. 62 Mary Gray
    September 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Me4obama, I said that this morning also. Warren 2016.

    • 63 Lovepolitics2008
      September 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Warren/O’Malley or O’Malley/Warren for 2016. I don’t care.

      Wow. That clip must go viral. The way she illustrates the contribution of taxpayers in general and of government as NECESSARY for the success of business is GENIOUS. I’ve rarely seen this argument so well articulated.

      Folks, tweet this videoclip everywhere… The White House ( I would love to see PBO add this sort of language to his already impressive rhetorical arsenal) OFA, Democratic leadership, democrats, friends, family, you name it !

      Warren is a natural. I loved her already, but now I realize what a political talent she is.

  18. 66 ChristiMtl
    September 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    This made me laugh, on this sad day for justice,.

    Ted Haggard Appearing On Celebrity Wife Swap With Gary Busey

  19. 68 Fred
    September 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    in case any fool says the President is against Israel serve them this 😉

    VIDEO:Ehud Barak: ‘The Obama Administration Is Backing The Security Of Israel’
    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/09/21/324492/ehud-barak-obama-pro-israel/

    FACT CHECK: GOP candidates ignoring Obama’s pro-Israel efforts as Palestinians seek statehood
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/fact-check-gop-candidates-ignoring-obamas-pro-israel-efforts-as-palestinians-seek-statehood/2011/09/21/gIQARz2DkK_story.html

  20. 69 Fred
    September 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    VIDEO:After Calling Obama’s Taxes On The Rich ‘Class Warfare,’ Romney Calls For Raising Taxes On The Poor
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/09/21/324798/romney-tax-the-poor/

  21. 70 Linda
    September 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Obama Slams Palin: ‘All That Hopey-Changey Stuff’ Is ‘Still There’

    President Obama, increasingly in campaign mode these days, stepped right up to one of the right-wing’s favorite attack lines against him at a fundraiser in New York last night.

    “How’s that hopey, changey stuff working out?” Sarah Palin asked the audience at the Nashville Tea Party Convention last year.

    Last night, Obama said it’s working out fine, though it may have been a little harder to pull off than he first thought.

    “All that hopey changey stuff, as they say? That was real,” Obama said. “It wasn’t something …it was real, you could feel it. You know it. It’s still there. Even in the midst of this hardship. But it’s hard. When I was in Grant Park that night, I warned everybody this was going to be hard, this wasn’t the end it was the beginning.”

    “Over the past two and a half years,” Obama said, “the hope poster starts fading. But I tell you what, you travel around the country and talk to the American people, that spirit’s still there.”

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/obama-all-that-hopey-changey-stuff-is-still-there.php?ref=fpb

    • 71 jacquelineoboomer
      September 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      I love that story! I love President Barack Obama!

      But it reminds me of an old line, paraphrased: He keeps sending, but we ain’t receiving. That hopey changey stuff has been up to us to keep going, as well as the President. If all of the people who voted for him had stood by him even THE DAY after the Inauguration (when so many in the PL lost interest), we would have not only the White House and Senate (with a larger majority), but also the House in our hot little Democratic hands at this time.

      Here’s to Obama/Biden 2012 !!

      • 72 theo67
        September 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm

        And yet, without real support, he has accomplished an amazing list of things for the benefit of the American people and the world. He’s a one in a billion person.

  22. 73 Linda
    September 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Federal Reserve Tells GOP To Take A Hike

    Fed Announces New Round Of Monetary Stimulus … Effort Meant To Drive Down Long-Term Interest Rates, Encourage Immediate Investment … Move Disregards GOP Push To Dissuade Fed From Helping Economy

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/

  23. 77 hopefruit2
    September 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Okay, Michael Moore is getting on my last nerve. Can you believe this twit wants President Obama to send the military to Georgia to prevent Troy Davis from being put to death?

    Doesn’t this guy know that the President has no power or authority to intervene in local/state legal proceedings?

    • 78 ChristiMtl
      September 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      No way! you’re joking right?? Don’t tell me they’re going to blame President Obama for that as well??

      F them

      They are as crazy as the teabaggers

      • 79 hopefruit2
        September 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

        I’m not joking..here’s the tweet sent ~ 1 hr ago:

        /// “President Obama: Can’t you do like President Kennedy did & send in federal troops to stop this injustice in Georgia? The buck stops with u.” ///

      • 82 hopefruit2
        September 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm

        Okay?…Troy Davis has been on death row for 20 some odd years..yet MM didnt give a rat’s arse about him before this week. MM spent his time and focus worring about Julian Assange and Bradley Manning for the greater half of last year and this year. Then he switched to Bin Laden after May 2011. Troy Davis did not feature in any of MM’s rants. But now he’s gonna use Davis to try to drag the PResident into it.

        Notice that the only time people like MM are concerned about issues is when they can drag the president into it and use the fame of the situation to make themselves get noticed?

        • 83 Ladyhawke
          September 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

          Hope you nailed it. “But now he’s gonna use Davis to try to drag the PResident into it.”

          I was just going to say did Michael Moore ever ask President George W. Bush to intervene in a death penalty case in any of the 50 states??? Every time there is some issue like this where things get down to the wire, Michael Moore springs up like rabbit and puts his TWO CENTS in about what everybody else should do. So now he manages to concoct this bazaar idea that President Obama should send the military to Georgia. Unbelievable. I hope someone will tweet Michael Moore and ask him why the sudden interest? Where has he been?

    • 84 Fred
      September 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Moore probably thinks this country is Venezuela.Gosh he so deserves a facepalm or a head on a desk

  24. 85 ChristiMtl
    September 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Cornel West who is currently advocating a 3rdpty primary challenge w/UncleTom Nader is joining an @OfficialCBC panel discussion Fri 9-23 #P2

    So the Congressional Black Caucus are going to have Cornell West there.

    I’m not commenting because it don’t want to type curse words.

    This is good though:

    BREAKING NEWS: President #Obama to keynote the Human Rights Campaign dinner on Oct. 1 in DC. #LGBT #gay #p2

  25. 88 Fred
    September 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    even if I understand the reasoning behind this I still think it’s a tad creepy

    http://www.newscom.com/nc/wmark/Newscom-wennoddpix054775?inputPath=/db/WENN/wennoddpix/docs/054/775.thm&fname=wennoddpix054775

    Deceased Osama bin Laden immortalized as figurine To mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the M.I.C Store has launched an odd “Obama Killed Osama” figurine. The hand-crafted sculpture is based on the Osama bin Laden kill mission and shows the Al-Qaeda leader shot in the head with his tongue poking out, while rifle-wielding U.S. President Barack Obama steps on his body. USA – September 2011 Supplied by WENN.com

    http://www.newscom.com/nc/popupimgwatermark.action?inputPath=/db/WENN/wennoddpix/docs/054/773.thm (I mean people;really? :roll:)

    http://www.newscom.com/nc/popupimgwatermark.action?inputPath=/db/WENN/wennoddpix/docs/054/774.thm

    http://www.newscom.com/nc/popupimgwatermark.action?inputPath=/db/WENN/wennoddpix/docs/054/776.thm ( 🙄 )

  26. 90 Fred
    September 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    http://www.newscom.com/nc/wmark/Newscom-rtrlfour801639?inputPath=/db/RTR/rtrlfour/docs/801/639.thm&fname=rtrlfour801639

    U.S. President Barack Obama and Austrian President Heinz Fischer (L) share a laugh during lunch at the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 21, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS)

    http://www.newscom.com/nc/wmark/Newscom-afplivefour052912?inputPath=/db/AFP/afplivefour/docs/052/912.thm&fname=afplivefour052912

    US President Barack Obama and former US president Bill Clinton applaud each other prior to President Obama’s speech during the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative meeting, September 21, 2011 in New York.


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