Rise and Shine

On This Day: Sen. Obama and his vice presidential running mate Sen. Biden at a rally in Sunrise, Fla., Oct. 29, 2008


Today (All Times Eastern):

11:45: President Obama meets with CEOs on Cybersecurity Framework

12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

3:0: President Obama delivers remarks at a memorial service for former Speaker Tom Foley


Note: The interviewer is a jack a**


USA Today: It’s A Day Of Security And Remembrance For President Obama

On Tuesday morning, Obama meets with a group of CEOs to talk about a new kind of national security challenge: Cybersecurity….

In the afternoon, Obama travels to Capitol Hill to attend a memorial service for the late House Speaker Tom Foley, who passed away last week.

In addition, Obama has meetings today with Vice President Biden and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

More here


A Must Read



Detroit Free Press: Auto Sales Forecast: Buyers Back After Government Shutdown

With four days left in the month, auto dealers apparently can let out a few sighs of relief.

Auto buyers seemed to have shrugged off the government shutdown and gone back to helping to make 2013 a banner year for the auto industry, two forecasts of October auto sales suggest.

Kelley Blue Book predicts an 8% rise in auto sales in October compared to the same month last year. Edmunds.com is even more optimistic, predicting an increase of 12.7% over the same period.

More here




Sun Times: Durbin “Stand Your Ground” Hearing Tuesday: Trayvon Martin’s Mother To Testify

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will chair a hearing Tuesday on the controversial “stand your ground” laws that played a role in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman. Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, will be testifying.

Durbin is holding the hearing in his role as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. The hearing was originally scheduled for September…..

More here

The 10 a.m. ET hearing will be shown live on C-Span




Syracuse.com: Obama To Campaign For Terry McAuliffe

President Barack Obama plans to campaign for Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe, on Sunday.

A spokesman for McAuliffe’s campaign said Obama will join McAuliffe at a rally in northern Virginia. No additional details were available.

Polls show McAuliffe, a native of Syracuse, is ahead of Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia race, one of two gubernatorial contests being held this year…

More here




TIME: Password-Reset Security Glitch Fixed On Healthcare.gov

A security flaw in the original design of HealthCare.gov that could have disclosed e-mail and other account information to hackers was eliminated Monday during an overnight fix, a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman has told TIME.

“We are eliminating this theoretical vulnerability by preventing users from seeing the specific reset functionality when trying to reset their password,” said Brian Cook, who works for the agency that oversees the troubled website portal for federal health-insurance exchanges. There is no public evidence that these design flaws were ever exploited to compromise user accounts.

More here



USA Today: Insurance For The Young Could Be Less Than $50 A Month

Almost half of young, single, uninsured adults in 34 states could pay $50 or less a month for insurance through the online exchanges after receiving subsidies, according to a study released by the Department of Health and Human Services Monday. The HHS study said there are 7.2 million uninsured Americans 18 to 34 in single-person households in the 34 states. Of that total, there are 2.9 million who are eligible to buy insurance on either federal or state partnership insurance marketplaces.

Of those 2.9 million young people, HHS found that 1.3 million, or 46%, could pay less than $50 a month for a bronze plan. The exchanges offer coverage from the bronze to platinum level. Bronze is the cheapest. About 1.9 million of uninsured young people in those 34 states, the study showed, could pay $100 a month or less for health insurance with the tax credits.

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20 Committee: Merkel’s “Real” Cellphone Is Secure

As Germany’s “Handygate” has become a mass phenomenon bordering on hysteria, one of the strangest aspects has been the fact, which I’ve noted previously, that Chancellor Angela Merkel was using a quite insecure cellphone to conduct government business. According to numerous media reports, the cellphone in question, said to have been intercepted by NSA for years, was used by Merkel for political party affairs, and was supposed to be used only to the classification level of VS-NfD, which is roughly equivalent to the U.S. category of For Official Use Only (FOUO), in other words, not actually classified at all.

Except the actual story is coming into focus now and it’s a rather different one than what Berlin’s been complaining so loudly about. While Merkel has indeed had a quite vulnerable cellphone, her “real” Chancellor-Phone, as the Germans call it, is quite secure from interception.

More here



Bloomberg: Obama Tells FBI Leaders He’ll Press Congress To Lift Budget Cuts

President Barack Obama said he will keep pressing Congress to lift across-the-board budget cuts to ease the limits they have placed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other critical agencies.

At the formal installation ceremony for James Comey as the seventh director of the FBI, Obama said resources for the agency have been trimmed by the automatic cuts known as sequestration even as the the FBI’s mission has been expanding to confront the threat of terrorism.

A congressional committee will meet this week to come up with a plan for taxes and spending to replace the automatic spending cuts approved in 2011. Comey said in a speech in Philadelphia last week that the budget limits mean that as many as 3,500 positions will be cut and agents will be furloughed, radio station KYW reported.

More here


President Obama talks on the phone with Israel PM Netanyahu, in the Oval Office, Oct. 28, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Rollling Stone, November 2012 (Photo released Oct 29, 2012)


Oct. 29, 2009 – Pete Souza: “This photo was taken about 4AM after the President made an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force Base to pay respects to fallen troops coming back from Afghanistan. After meeting privately with the families, the President walked alone up the ramp of the cargo plane carrying the 18 caskets, all draped in American flags. I could see the emotion on his face as he walked from casket to casket, leaving a Presidential coin on each. When he was done, he paused for a few minutes, head bowed in prayer. I heard him tell others later how that was the most difficult moment of his Presidency thus far. Out of respect for the families, not all of who wanted their ceremony photographed, we can’t show those pictures (but they will become part of Presidential archive).”


On This Day:

President Obama rests his foot on a desk as he talks with Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for legislative affairs, in the Outer Oval Office, Oct. 29, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets Girl Scouts prior to a signing ceremony for the Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act in the Oval Office, Oct. 29, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


90 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 4morefor44
    October 29, 2013 at 9:36 am

    hang 10, mr president!!

  2. 3 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

    First they put out a story full of lies, got called out on Twitter, then quietly yanked it.

    Then they put out another version with a missing paragraph and no editor’s note explaining why they yanked the original piece. So glad that folks on Twitter didn’t allow them to get away with such flagrant and blatant lies. They really are a-holes.

    • 4 dotster3
      October 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Lisa Myers has put an anti-Obama slant on any/every issue from the get-go, since she first became aware of his very existence. For some reason.

    • October 29, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Ut, you can’t even attribute this malpractice to the generally sloppy standards of the cable stations. This is supposed to be network news, which has now obviously abandoned all pretext to journalistic integrity (joke intended). Great roundup, UT. Seeing that sitting, facing the camera photo of PBO always makes my day.

  3. 6 dotster3
    October 29, 2013 at 9:43 am

    President Obama said to be considering ban on U.S. Intelligence collection on allied leaders….


  4. October 29, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Great pics Chips. UT I think I am your biggest retweeter. I have to be very careful these days what and where I post. You make it easy because the ones I retweet are right on point

  5. 10 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2013 at 9:49 am


    John Schindler ‏@20committee 11h


    US Senate can’t pass budget, execute basic functions, but will now review all US espionage.


  6. 13 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2013 at 9:52 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats 4more on #1 🙂 Thanks UT for another fantastic R & S roundup, and especially for holding the corrupt media and their unprincipled, anti-Obama allies (e.g., Glen Greenwald) accountable.

  7. 14 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2013 at 9:52 am



    The Rachel Maddow Show

    1) House GOP gives up on working rest of year:


    2) House Republicans exhausted by failure


    • October 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

      LH, I love, love, love the “exhausted by failure” title. The House GOP has the maturity level of toddlers who need a nap after wrecking their playroom. We need 17 seats and must do EVERYTHING it takes to get them in 2014.

      • October 29, 2013 at 10:26 am

        AMEN! Hope the DNC/DCCC is doing all it can to turn over those seats for the good guys.

      • 17 Ladyhawke
        October 29, 2013 at 10:33 am

        JG, I just love Steve Benen. That ‘exhausted by failure’ title is so perfect. I hope it catches on. There has to be a way to break through the media firewall and get this story told to the masses. This segment should be required viewing for all Americans. The House GOP has done absolutely nothing but shutdown the government and make skid marks out of town while still collecting their six figure salaries. This takes ‘do nothing congress’ to a whole new level. We essentially have one branch of the government that has gone fishing for the rest of the year. And meanwhile the lazy media stenographers are apoplectic about the Snowden NSA leaks and the healthcare.gov website. It’s as if the shutdown is a distant memory and now its time to do a bit of load balancing and get back to attacking President Obama 24X7.

      • October 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

        greetings jackie….

        this is part of the gop obstruction strategy to run out the clock…their intent is to do nothing…and nothing is what they do…as you pointed out above…there are bills on important issues that have been passed by the Senate that are languishing in HOUSE…

    • 19 desertflower
      October 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Yes…EXHAUSTED BY FAILURE>…..I want my damn HARD EARNED money back!

      As pathetic as this may be, the larger point isn’t just to point and laugh at the House’s ineptitude. Rather, one of the key takeaways of this is that House Republicans keep saying they’d love to tackle immigration reform – if only they had more time.

      The problem, of course, is not with a lack of time, but rather what they choose to do with it.

      I’m reminded of an item from two weeks ago, when Byron York quoted a Senate Republican staffer commenting on the House GOP. “They are a majority party that wants to be a minority party,” the aide said.

      The evidence to bolster that thesis is increasingly apparent. There is such a thing as a governing party. It just so happens that the House Republican conference isn’t one of them. For those in doubt, look no further than the fact that these lawmakers have accomplished practically nothing this year, and are apparently so exhausted by their failures that they’d prefer to start working even less.

  8. 20 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

  9. October 29, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Moooooooorning everyone, moooooooring UT – thank you, legend!!

  10. October 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

    UGH, Jim Avila is a complete jerk. What an awful way to inaugurate a new venture. UGH UGH UGH.

    • 39 utaustinliberal
      October 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Yeah, he was a douchebag. I wanted TODers to see what the media refers to as “journalism” these days.

      • October 29, 2013 at 10:11 am

        I ALWAYS trust your intentions, ut. You’ve earned everyone’s trust here x100000000000!!

        I was just grossed out by his blather. Wow, just non-stop RWNJ talking points. They are all goons.

  11. 41 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

  12. 42 amk for obama
    October 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

    The ringleader of a white supremacist plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela and drive black people out of South Africa has been sentenced to 35 years in jail, the national broadcaster has reported.

    Former university lecturer Mike du Toit was convicted last year of treason for his leadership role in the plot, after a trial lasting nine years.

    He led the Boeremag, a militia of white supremacist loyalists.

    In 2002 it attempted to overthrow the governing African National Congress.

    Twenty other Boeremag members convicted of high treason were given jail terms of between five and 35 years in the court in Pretoria.


    • 43 pkayden
      October 29, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Nine years for a trial sounds so long. Hate to say it, but if they don’t like South Africa under majority rule, I’m sure racist South Africans can find homes elsewhere (i.e., Europe where they come from).

  13. October 29, 2013 at 10:14 am


  14. October 29, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Howdy doody all you O’s!!!! “Sup on this great getting up day in TOD town!!!!

    Aha, ACA is at it again, reeking all kinds of havoc on our esteemed congress critters. Imagine if they had any real work to do.

    Not to mention, they must be chopping at the bit, to get started on hearings on the Madam Merkal’s Missives Mysteries and Spain’s Special Spy Snafu.

    PS: I do so like those shiny president shoes that PBO wears in that pic up top……socks not bad either.

  15. October 29, 2013 at 10:16 am

    The byline for NBC’s *updated* piece last night…. “Bye Bye” LOL!

    • 47 utaustinliberal
      October 29, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Hey LP, thanks for the information on Pres. Obama campaigning for Terry McAuliffe. I already had the other information for Rise and Shine. So I only needed the McAuliffe news.

  16. October 29, 2013 at 10:18 am


  17. 50 desertflower
    October 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I think that Jelly Belly jelly beans were on the list of American made candies that we should buy for Halloween….you MAY want to rethink that!


  18. 51 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 10:27 am

  19. October 29, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Well, if I may add my two cents to this whole cell phone thing:

    I´ve heard and can understand how the German public has reacted to this. I believe that I myself am a bit more informed about the big picture of US politics than the average German citizen but just like with everything, it has to be considered that reactions are often rooted in either mentality or history, often both.
    So a few things before i actually do give my opinion on this 🙂

    Germans are very very edgy about privacy and about stuff like surveillance which becomes logical when considering both Nazi time and later also the GDR and its stasi methods of attempted total surveillance. These experiences have edged themselve into German mentality. Our laws considering surveillance e.g. for secret services, police etc. are much stricter than US laws are, there are major debates when anything of that kind comes up. Therefore, news coverage about all this has to be seen in this light and understanding this kind of mindset.

    Secondly: many people and this does not just mean over here or in the US or whereever, but actually most people miss out one thing: that the issues at hand now and the trouble with stuff like that stem from problematic legislature that was passed post 9/11 and that as i see it is too broad and somewhat out of control. When PBO says he didn´t know about Merkel being spied on, he´s the one I believe. I don´t believe the NSA much or what their officials say, but I do belieeve what PBO says. I do believe this kind of surveillance was stopped in summer when they ran it by him. Which is good because whether or not people might feel in the US or some here that there is too much hysteria about this, many Germans do consider this as a sort of breaking of trust. I do not. Because I do not hold PBO accountable for it. However I do think that some things need to change which i why i fully support investigation into how services like the NSA operate to roll back a mindset of post 9/11 fear of attacks. if this i not done, this will only harm international relations, since then we´re at something that is perceived by e.g. some in the German public, namely that the US do anything to protect their security and interests. And that would be a false perception.

    So, perception is the key here. 🙂

    On a sidenote….damn I LOVE that rolling stones photo O_o

  20. October 29, 2013 at 10:32 am

    This is not going to be one of those columns that we read almost every other year proclaiming the next election to be the most important one since the Greeks developed the idea of democracy 2,500 or so years ago. It does, however, make the case that this election is a pretty important one in terms of determining the Senate’s partisan balance of power for the better part of the next decade.

    Any discussion of Senate elections has to start with the observation that what happened six years earlier—the issues, dynamics, circumstances, and outcome of that election—effectively set the table for this upcoming midterm. In the House, with two-year terms, the playing field is determined in the previous election. In the Senate, with six-year terms, it is what happened six years earlier that sets the field. If one party had a great election and picked up an unusually large number of seats one year, that party is likely to be overexposed six years later. It not only will often have significantly more seats up and at risk, but often will have some freshmen within the ranks who were first elected with a strong partisan tailwind, some of whom might not have won under normal circumstances

  21. October 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Can anybody get the healthcare hearing online? Both CBS links and Cspan are frozen.

  22. 57 Linda
    October 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

    cspan 3 is showing the House hearing on the ACA website.

  23. October 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

    What If POLITICO Had Covered the Civil War?
    Playbook, Emancipation Day Edition

    POLIT-ICO Play-Book, presented by UNION-PACIFIC RAILROAD – JAN 1, 1863 EDITION — -ROSCOE CONKLING NEW YEAR’S PARTY — Democrats livid over ‘Caesar’ Lincoln executive power – New aide-de-camp for Gen’l Sherman — 250 years of chattel slavery to end — JEBEDIAH ALLBRITTON IS 81! — POLIT-ICO PRO launches reconstruction-contracting vertical

    FIRST LOOK: Explosive ELIHU B. WOODINGTON pamphlet chronicling backbiting and unchivalrous in Lincoln cabinet. Excerpt today in Washington Periodic Miscellany. BOMBSHELL: Wm. Seward once mocked E.M. Stanton with comic doggerel! Blind quote: “This is what happens when you elect an untested one-term Congressman. Permitting White House rivalries is no way to proceed in this hamlet.” PARLOUR GAME BEGINS: Who are Woodington’s sources? Pamphlet goes on sale Tuesday for 5 cents; the lovely Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer hosts book party to-night………

  24. October 29, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I’m cracking up – I’ve just been followed by Jovie, again 😆

    Jovie, how many Twitter accounts is that now?!?!

  25. 62 mophene
    October 29, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Crain’s Detroit Business
    Originally Published: August 13, 2009 4:50 PM Modified: August 13, 2009 5:54 PM

    Blue Cross gets OK to increase premiums 22% for individual market products

    By Jay Greene

    Print Article Email Article Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has received state approval to increase its rates an average 22 percent for its individual and group conversion product lines.

    The rates would go into effect Oct. 1.

    Michigan Insurance Commissioner Ken Ross also approved an interim rate increase of 4.7 percent for Blue Cross’ Medigap policies, or Medicare supplemental. Blue Cross had asked for an interim rate increase of 31 percent for Medigap policies.

    Last week, Blue Cross reached a tentative agreement with Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation to lower its original rate increase.

    Earlier this year, Blue Cross asked for permission to increase its individual rates by an average of 56 percent and 41 percent for individuals in the group conversion segment.

    The group conversion segment is people who have moved from an employer-based health insurance plan to the individual market.

    Blue Cross officials have said they need rate increases to help cover $133 million in financial losses in 2008 on its individual health insurance policies.

    Ross has not yet ruled on Blue Cross’ original 31 percent rate increase on Medigap policies.

    A decision is expected before November.

    I blame Obamacare! (even though it didn’t exist)

  26. 63 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2013 at 11:03 am



    I am loving the hammering that NBC is getting for their sloppy and inaccurate reporting on Obamacare. Seeing the push back from the TOD twitter brigade, the White House and others is heartening. It would be great if we could just get back to the barebones ‘basics’ of real journalism in this country. The lack of journalistic integrity at NBC News is really astonishing. In their zeal to pile on and report some negative angle about Obamacare, they didn’t do their homework and they broke the very first principle of journalism. Their obligation to tell the truth. Here’s a little refresher for NBC News…..


    Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built–context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever greater flow of data, they have more need–not less–for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.


  27. 64 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Rep. John Lewis has no time for BS.

  28. 65 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I am always stirred by the passion of Congressman John Lewis. He is a treasure. His remarks on the Affordable Care Act are wise and powerful. The Republicans on the panel should really be ashamed of themselves for this charade. As Congressman McDermott said, during the botched rollout of Medicare Part D they didn’t having a hearing for six months. And the republicans asked for indulgence until the glitches got fixed. Today, the House GOP has done nothing about job creation but hearings on the healthcare.gov website glitches can be arranged in nanoseconds.

  29. 66 japa21
    October 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

  30. 68 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Update on Texas abortion news. Conservatives are insane.

  31. 69 japa21
    October 29, 2013 at 11:21 am

  32. October 29, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Just WOW!

  33. 72 dotster3
    October 29, 2013 at 11:32 am

    OMG—-The View has on Betsy McCaughey to explain to their viewers the evils of Obamacare—-saying “Obama lied” when he said you could keep your plan, everyone is getting cancellation notices. She’s the author of the book “Beating Obamacare” and was the prime inventor of the death panels and other dire, false memes. Barbara Walters keeps asking her questions as if she was a supreme authority. And Betsy girl is just full of sarcasm and lies, scaring everyone. Sheri tried to push back a bit saying peoples’ plans didn’t meet minimum standards etc. and Betsy ridiculed that, saying why is the govt. setting standards for all of us—-we’re losing our FREEDOMS etc. I just wonder who set up that interview—-that Elisabeth Hasselbeck BFF conservative producer there? It was the biggest bunch of misinformation and lies, totally devoid of facts and truth.

  34. 73 Desertflower
    October 29, 2013 at 11:33 am

    From the ” You Can Not Make This Stuff Up” files …. Story on DU from CBS news that shows the public more interested in ACA BECAUSE of all the noise about it ! Especially young people… You know, the ones we NEED to show interest ! HA!

  35. 74 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

  36. 75 JER
    October 29, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Senator-elect Booker campaigns with Barbara Buono in Jersey City:

  37. 79 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 11:44 am

  38. 80 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I’m flipping channels and wow, the batshit crazy lies about ObamaCare are jaw dropping. This is what the white house has to counter every freaking day. I don’t envy them. They’re doing their best. They put out one lie and another even crazier one pops up. The View just had on Betsy McCaughey who’s made a 20 year career out of lying about healthcare reform. She wrote a book called ‘Beating ObamaCare’ and they called her an expert on ObamaCare.

    No wonder Pres. Obama has to continuously visit daytime and late night shows so that he can reach a wide audience who doesn’t usually pay attention to day-to-day news. *Sigh*

  39. 85 JER
    October 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

  40. 86 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Heads up.

  41. 87 japa21
    October 29, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Need to make a full disclaimer here. I work in the health insurance industry. My job is to contract with providers, particulary hospitals, to be in network with our plans. Some of our payors (although for obvious reasons not for long) are those companies that sell (sold) the crap, limited benefit plans. To be fair, sometimes those were the only policies people could afford, but they had severe limitations in terms of what they could pay.

    Many hospitals refused to allow us to put them in network with those plans, because, out of a $50,000,000 bill, they might pay $5,000 and they had to deal with patients who thought their insurance would cover more. Getting rid of those policies is a Godsend for hospitals just for that reason and part of why they supported the ACA.

  42. 88 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

  43. 89 daisydem
    October 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I don’t want to talk Obamacare today (but I applaud it …. I too work with insurance every day; we have seen positive benefits in our practice already, not the least of which is that some of our clients can still cover their children through college), I don’t want to talk Merkel’s phone, I don’t want to talk about Christie, the View, or Jon Stewart. What I do want to do is sit and stare at the Rolling Stone pic of our President in the chair. P.S. I have a caption for it, but cannot share. Aloha.

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