Bevin & Republicans Fear Andy Beshear

Disgraced Pikeville attorney Eric Conn spent most of Friday in Lexington working on testimony against another figure in the $550 million social security fraud case that left him facing 12 years in prison. [H-L]

Authorities believe fugitive lawyer Eric C. Conn is still in the country after escaping court-ordered supervision Friday evening and are offering a $20,000 reward for information that helps catch him. [H-L]

Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the White House had lied and defamed him and the FBI by saying he had lost the faith of bureau. [HuffPo]

A federal judge has struck down key parts of the ethics code governing the Kentucky General Assembly including its provision that bans lawmakers from accepting “anything of value” from a lobbyist. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump International Hotel received about $270,000 from a lobbying campaign tied to the government of Saudi Arabia last year, according to a filing submitted to the Justice Department last week. The filing from the MSLGroup, a public relations firm, shows that the group spent about $270,000 at the Trump International Hotel while conducting lobbying efforts on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government. [TPM]

The Berea City Council heard first reading of its 2017-19 budget that includes 2-percent raises for employees and an 8-percent rise in employee health insurance costs. [Richmond Register]

Like autumn leaves, sponsored Cadillacs, Ferraris and Maseratis descend on the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York, in September for the Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational. Year after year, the formula is consistent: 18 holes of perfectly trimmed fairways with a dose of Trumpian tackiness, including Hooters waitresses and cigar spreads, followed by a clubhouse dinner, dates encouraged. The crowd leans toward real estate insiders, family friends and C-list celebrities, such as former baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry and reality housewife (and bankruptcy-fraud felon) Teresa Giudice. [Forbes]

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear is again challenging Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s “absolute power” to reorganize state boards, this time asking him to rescind orders last week reorganizing several education boards. [Ronnie Ellis]

Kentucky – specifically Louisville – racists get mad when you point out the crap their kids are saying is racist. [BuzzFeed]

Kentucky is waiting to hear if the federal Department of Homeland Security will allow the state an extension on implementing a federally compliant “REAL ID” driver’s license. [Ronnie Ellis]

This terrifies Republicans and they’ll have panic attacks over it. Even though it was really an idea Richard Nixon once had. [Fast Company]

A new program coming to Eastern Kentucky University’s campus will offer opportunities for single parents to continue their education. [The Morehead News]

Despite June being recognized globally as Pride month, Orange Hate Monkey Trump has committed to headlining the “Road to Majority” conference on Thursday, June 8. This evangelical gathering is hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a conservative organization whose chairperson Ralph Reed has previously spoken out against marriage equality. [OUT]

Remember the Aramark prison meal scandal? Those were the days. Eastern Kentucky University has decided to pay Aramark Corp. $7.6 million a year over the next five years to operate its custodial and grounds services, cutting 180 employees in those departments. [Linda Blackford]

Former FBI Director James Comey said he leaked details of an Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump to prompt an independent investigation of Russia’s possible collusion with the Trump campaign. [HuffPo]

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Vultures = Metaphor For New Republicans

The idea of black vultures turning predatory might sound like the plot of a low-budget horror film, but to Kentucky farmers trying to protect calving cows, that horror has become all too real in recent years. Now it appears farmers are fighting back against the federally protected migratory birds in a big way. [H-L]

The anti-Muslim white supremacist charged with murdering two men in Portland, Oregon, when they intervened in his bigoted tirade at two teenagers is the kind of extremist that former Department of Homeland Security official Daryl Johnson worried about. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville’s endowment — managed by the beleaguered U of L Foundation — lost about 6 percent of its value last year. [C-J/AKN]

Germany’s largest bank has failed to respond to a request from Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel for details about U.S. President Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia, a Democratic staffer said on Sunday. [Reuters]

You can thank bigots like Matt Bevin and other twits in the Republican Party of Kentucky (we’re looking at you, self-hating Julie Raque Adams) for Kentucky’s disastrous economy. While state officials are touting 2017 as a record-breaking year for business investments, a new study ranked Kentucky the third worst state for jobs. [Richmond Register]

Lee Francis Cissna, President Trump’s nominee to head the federal agency that handles applications for visas, refugee status and citizenship, has put little on the public record in his 20 years as a lawyer, government employee, diplomat and Capitol Hill aide. [ProPublica]

A plan to build a pavilion, or another multiuse structure, in downtown Ashland that would shelter local farmers and artisans and be used for special events is “in the works,” according to Mayor Steve Gilmore. [Ashland Independent]

As the country — and Washington in particular — borders on near-obsession over whether affiliates of Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Kremlin to swing the 2016 presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials say Moscow’s espionage ground game is growing stronger and more brazen than ever. [Politico]

Only one person spoke during a public hearing Thursday morning regarding the financing of the new Metcalfe County Government Center. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the June 7, 1942, edition of the Chicago Sunday Tribune trumpeted news of a stunning American victory over a Japanese armada at the Battle of Midway. [WaPo]

Last week, church leaders from West Louisville and beyond packed into a public school auditorium to hear Gov. Matt Bevin’s ideas for how to stop a surge of violent crime in the neighborhood. [WFPL]

What will end racism in the United States? Certainly not modern/New Republicans. [BBC]

Frustrated by complaints of shoddy customer service and the recent layoffs of 56 employees, Lexington city officials want Spectrum executives to come to city hall to discuss the city’s mounting concerns about the cable company. [H-L]

Over 63 years after Brown v. Board of Education made state-sanctioned school segregation illegal and set off a wave of controversial efforts to diversify districts, many schools have settled back into old patterns. Although the law no longer endorses it, schools are still divided along fault lines of race and class. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin Needs To Pray Much Harder

Surprise! A community was conned by the far-right. Matt Bevin gave away your tax dollars for this failure. Local yokels are trying to blame everyone but the Ham lunatics. Town expected flood of business after Noah’s Ark opened. So far, it’s a trickle. [H-L]

Bigot Donald Trump on Monday reiterated his push for his executive order banning travel and immigration from six majority-Muslim countries, lashing out against his own Justice Department and potentially exacerbating the continued legal battle over the order. [HuffPo]

Guess Bevin didn’t have enough prayer warriors no this block in Louisville’s East End-ish part of town. The weekend following Gov. Matt Bevin’s prayer plan was marred by violence, leaving four dead in just three days, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump can’t be counted on to give accurate information to Americans when violent acts are unfolding abroad. [Associated Press]

Donald Trump is launching a major push for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation’s roads and bridges, a key item on his agenda that’s been stymied in Congress and overshadowed by White House controversies. [Richmond Register]

Senators went into a recess skeptical over whether they could agree to legislation repealing and replacing ObamaCare. [The Hill]

The state’s court system has requested the state Auditor of Public Accounts examine its financial policies and procedures in the wake of reports the Administrative Office of the Courts offered employees exclusive access to sales of surplus property. [Ronnie Ellis]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology officials said Donald Trump badly misunderstood their research when he cited it on Thursday to justify withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin is delusional AF. Or dishonest. Or shady. Or all three. Matt Bevin held a rare news conference last Friday to tout the best year on record for business investment in Kentucky, but he ended up using it to lambast the press and union groups challenging recently passed right-to-work legislation. [Ronnie Ellis]

It has offices in a sleek Manhattan skyscraper. Its bonds are accessible to millions of American investors. And it holds ties to some of New York’s biggest banks. Despite this presence on Wall Street, detailed in previously unreported financial records, Vnesheconombank, or VEB, is no normal bank. It is wholly owned by the Russian state. It is intertwined with Russian intelligence. And the Russian prime minister is, by law, the chairman of its supervisory board. [NY Times]

Kentucky’s lieutenant governor got an up-close look at half a dozen manufacturing facilities in Hart County on Friday, concluding her day at Sister Schubert’s, which makes yeast rolls and other bread products. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The White House and a Russian state-owned bank have very different explanations for why the bank’s chief executive and Jared Kushner held a secret meeting during the presidential transition in December. [WaPo]

Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Kentucky’s worst education reporter (worse than Toni Konz – who is an absolute disaster of a stenographer in Louisville), completely ignored that the Kentucky Department of Education will effectively have veto power over the Education Professional Standards Board. And that’s a huge problem. Because she’s deliberately ignored the worst of the worst in education for years. She needs to be reassigned because Herald-Leader readers and Kentuckians deserve better. [H-L]

Kentucky Republicans are always silent when people like this stand up to bigotry and get murdered. In part because they harbor bigoted beliefs. In part because they’re cowardly snowflakes. They wilt at the prospect of real heroism and integrity. They curl up into a ball when they’re challenged. [HuffPo]

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Watching The Planet Burn Is Fun Stuff

“Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord makes clear that the United States is not only abdicating its role as a world leader but is staking a claim as one of the great threats to global progress. Last year, the world’s nations came together out of urgent necessity and agreed with near unanimity to work together in combating the most pressing crisis of our time. The President’s decision to now reverse course betrays our allies, undermines our credibility, and exacerbates a global catastrophe. There are no winners in this decision. America’s influence will now dwindle, the climate will continue to wreak havoc, and — despite the myths perpetuated by the President and his anti-science allies — our economy will suffer tremendously. Doubling down on denial will not bring back coal jobs, and the bliss of this ignorant misstep will be short-lived once the dire consequences begin to take their toll.” [Congressman John Yarmuth]

Last week, Russ Whitney’s electricity meter in Scott County started running backwards. The Newtown Pike homeowner completed construction of a solar array that converts sunlight into electric current — enough to power his 2 1/2 -story, 3,190-square-foot home. [H-L]

Quitting the Paris Agreement will have steep political and economic costs. But for an embattled president, it does do one thing: It fulfills a campaign promise popular with his base, and appeases the members of his administration who are ideologically opposed to anything that smacks of globalism or environmentalism. [HuffPo]

The findings, published in Nature Climate Change, detail how every state and several hundred cities or metro areas could be affected, including Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Nashville. [C-J/AKN]

Shifting from his previous blanket denials, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Thursday that “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers could have been involved in cyberattacks last year to help the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump. [NY Times]

When it comes to health care, Americans may be having buyer’s remorse. More people approve of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, than the alternative health bill passed this month by House Republicans, according to a poll published Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. [WFPL]

This treasonous pigfucker and his supporters (like Scott Jennings) are more dumb than you thought. The Trump administration is moving toward handing back to Russia two diplomatic compounds, near New York City and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, from which its officials were ejected in late December as punishment for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Then-President Barack Obama said Dec. 29 that the compounds were being “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes,” and gave Russia 24 hours to vacate them. Separately, Obama expelled from the United States what he said were 35 Russian “intelligence operatives.” [WaPo]

The Madison County School Board voted unanimously to an across-the-board 1.5 percent salary raise for its employees last week. [Richmond Register]

Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the US counter-intelligence investigation that is looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Guardian has been told. [The Guardian]

Unemployment rates rose in 83 Kentucky counties between April 2016 and April 2017, fell in 28 and stayed the same in nine counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, [Ashland Independent]

Remember THIS when the New Naz… Republican Party of Kentucky, headed by flesh blob bigot Mac Brown, praises Donald Trump’s decision to abandon efforts to combat climate change. They’re enabling civil war around the globe and empowering terrorists. [MMFA]

Morehead officially has its newest city planner and building inspector. On Monday, Morehead City Council unanimously confirmed Mayor Jim Tom Trent’s request to hire Rodney Fouch, 50, of Morehead, to fill the vacancy surrendered by Beth Day earlier this month. [The Morehead News]

When the city of Toledo temporarily lost access to clean drinking water several years ago after a bloom of toxic algae, the Environmental Protection Agency sent scientists from its Office of Research and Development to study health effects and formulate solutions. [ProPublica]

When Bill Hughes went to fight in Iraq in 2003, members of his Army unit lined their vehicles with scrap metal, sandbags and bulletproof vests to protect themselves from roadside bombs. By the time his younger brother Ryan Young was in Iraq in 2008, the vehicles were made of a high-purity aluminum alloy that was much more effective at absorbing the blast. [H-L]

Donald Trump has granted ethics waivers to at least 17 of his top White House aides, including chief strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, in addition to four former lobbyists. The waivers, released by the White House late Wednesday but granted on various dates, undermine Trump’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington. [HuffPo]

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Fayette Co Schools Leaders: WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?!

Maybe it’s time you experience what Montgomery County experienced when I sank my teeth into their corrupt lot. Dozens of people lost their jobs. Millions of dollars were flushed. Additional millions were paid out in settlements and fees. A school board was ripped wide open. People lost their certifications. State and federal government investigations rocked the county. A Commissioner of Education was ousted.

Maybe you just want to feel what Robert Felner and the University of Louisville felt when I started sniffing around. Or you wanna feel what went down when Steve Henry took three Alford Pleas for campaign finance fraud. Maybe you just want to experience what Louisville Metro Animal Services and Greg Fischer felt when I dug in, spent years exposing corruption, ousted director after director, and got Metro Council to create new laws as a result of my work? Maybe – just maybe – you want to go through what a couple previous superintendents of Jefferson County Public Schools went through as their corruption was uncovered?

You really want that to happen? You want me digging in?

You know I’ll find something if I start looking.

People will notice.

Think carefully. My actions speak louder than my words here. Love me or hate me, there’s a decade of work to back that up. When I dedicate myself to uncovering shenanigans? I uncover them. There’s a broad network of people who’ll help.

Wondering what’s wrong with Lexington? The adults responsible for your children for 18 years (not the teachers, the administrators) are apparently literal excrement. Fayette is one of several school districts across the country that withholds a hot meal and offers an alternative cold cheese sandwich when, officials say, efforts to work with families to get the bill paid fail and students have charged the maximum number of meals allowed under the district policy. [H-L]

A draft of the Trump administration’s new birth control coverage exemption has leaked, and it is far more wide-reaching than had been predicted. [HuffPo]

Matt “Trumpesque Buttcramp” Bevin has no plan for combating gun violence. That pull yourself up by the bootstraps bullshit is a highway to hell. [C-J/AKN]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear Ohio’s appeal of a lower court ruling that blocked the Republican-led state’s policy of purging people from voter-registration lists if they do not regularly cast ballots because it violated federal law. [Reuters]

This is mostly hot garbage being pushed by a Republican extremists. Sure, there’s gang-related crime and death but get a goddamn grip, you “conservative” (translation: coward) snowflakes. Surprise! It’s two bloated, white Republican guys pushing “free market” “principles” re: crime. [WFPL]

The Trump administration is planning to disband the Labor Department division that has policed discrimination among federal contractors for four decades, according to the White House’s newly proposed budget, part of wider efforts to rein in government programs that promote civil rights. [WaPo]

City Manager Richard Thomas’ budget plan calls for Richmond to spend more than $28.72 million in fiscal year 2017-18, an increase of nearly $1.24 million. That is almost 4.6 percent greater than the nearly $27 million the city expects to receive in revenue for the fiscal year that ends June 30. [Richmond Register]

Here’s a look at what Republicans are doing in an attempt to rob you blind in Washington. Senior House appropriators are urging GOP leaders to “go ugly early” and pass a massive 2018 spending package before the August recess instead of waiting until the last minute and risk a government shutdown this fall. [The Hill]

Ashland Community and Technical College and the Ashland Alliance were two of several recipients of economic development grants dispersed throughout eastern Kentucky via Kentucky Power Co. on Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

On May 14, The Daily Caller, a popular conservative website, published a news story about recent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. Led by prominent white supremacists and anti-Semites, the protesters, some carrying the battle flag of the Confederacy, expressed their anger over the city’s plans to remove a large monument to Robert E. Lee. [ProPublica]

As discontentment drags on among some Glasgow City Council members – who purport to be responding to the concerns of a disputed number of hundreds, if not thousands, of Glasgow residents – unhappy with rate changes and other management decisions of the Glasgow Electric Plant Board, one seat on the five-member board has now been vacant four months. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The rest of the world is laughing in horror. Donald Trump is poised to pull the country out of the Paris climate accord, US media report, quoting senior officials. The 2015 accord for the first time united most of the world in a single agreement to mitigate climate change. [BBC]

A woman arrested and charged in a 2016 robbery and death of an Elizabethtown man could face the death penalty when the much-delayed case goes to trial in October. [H-L]

Next year, about 14 million more Americans could be uninsured if the House-passed version of health care becomes law, according to the Congressional Budget Office analysis, a more pressing issue than the estimated 23 million expected to be affected by 2026. [HuffPo]

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The Trump-Bevin Brand Of New Republicanism Is Turning Deadly In Kentucky

Just check out the comments left by the dumbest mouth-breathers the Commonwealth has to offer. You’ll note they’re the kind of garbage people who don’t have the guts to show their faces – ever – for fear if getting their asses handed to them. Several windows were shattered at the main office of the Lexington Herald-Leader in downtown Lexington, amid suspected signs of small-caliber bullet damage to the building. [H-L]

Just a reminder of the nasty, ignorant, dangerous environment the New Republicans and Matt Bevin have created in Kentucky. The Lexington Herald-Leader is staying “vigilant” after several of its windows were shattered Sunday morning, Editor Peter Baniak said Monday. [HuffPo]

When a bunch of shitty, Republican bigots launch a 501(c)4 focused on pensions, you know they’re up to no good. [C-J/AKN]

Russian government officials discussed having potentially “derogatory” information about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and some of his top aides in conversations intercepted by US intelligence during the 2016 election, according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source. [CNN]

Before daylight fell on White Hall State Park, several men strapped on rucksacks and began a 22-mile journey to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Winchester. [Richmond Register]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Responsible for the state of health care in this country) is tempering expectations that the Senate will pass an overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system, promising his colleagues a vote but not success. [The Hill]

As national Democrats eye the 2018 mid-term elections amid the missteps of the Trump administration, several central Kentucky Democrats are considering a race against Sixth District Republican U.S. Congressman Andy Barr. [Ronnie Ellis]

Of course there are a bunch of backward-ass people gung ho for this racist shit. A small Kentucky town gave a formal welcome on Monday to a monument to the Confederate soldiers of the American Civil War, rededicating the controversial structure after the University of Louisville removed it as an unwelcome symbol of slavery. [Reuters]

The U.S. Army is planning to grant an exclusive license to the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. to manufacture and sell a Zika vaccine the Army developed last year. [WFPL]

Mike Dubke, Donald Trump’s communications director, has resigned as Trump considers a larger personnel shakeup to confront the growing scandals weighing down his administration. [Politico]

Eric Sexton, a Metcalfe County native, has been chosen to lead the Barren River Area Development District. BRADD’s executive council unanimously approved the decision to hire Sexton on Wednesday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

New Republicanism has reached yet another low with this latest stunt involving law enforcement. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin answered questions from the media about his new house last week, but his responses weren’t enough to satisfy Attorney General Andy Beshear. “This is pretty simple: a governor can’t buy a mansion from a state contractor for half off and he can’t create a brand new $250,000 job for his best friend,” Beshear said Tuesday. “Those are the types of things that aren’t Democrat or Republican, they’re just right or wrong. So there is and continues to be a lot of smoke here.” [H-L]

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Wednesday that states should have the flexibility to decide whether schools can discriminate against LGBTQ students ― even if those schools get federal money. [HuffPo]

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Bevin & His New Republican Party Are Bad News For Jobs In Kentucky

Matt Bevin and his fellow New Republican con-artists are so incompetent that unemployment is rising again. Unemployment rates rose in 83 Kentucky counties between April 2016 and April 2017, fell in 28 and stayed the same in nine counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. [H-L]

Former President Barack Obama subtly knocked his successor, Donald Trump on Thursday, while explaining the importance of taking in refugees and immigrants in need. “In the eyes of God, a child on the other side of the border is no less worthy of love and compassion than my own child,” he said in Berlin during a conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. [HuffPo]

Steve Beshear is a lying motherfucker trying to claim he supported gay marriage. He not only fought against gay marriage with your taxpayer dollars, he refused to say the word “gay” during his two terms as governor. Steve Beshear fought against gay marriage so hard that JACK CONWAY had to stand up against him. Beshear fought gay marriage so hard that Dan Canon and crew took the issue to the Supreme Court. Sure, his position may have changed but he partook in extreme homophobic acts. Of course Yetter is giving him cover as he attempts to whitewash history. She’ll likely whine for being called out about it. And a handful of heterosexual white males will defend the bullshit. [C-J/AKN]

The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent are preventable. Tell us more, shitty, racist, bigoted, backward Republican Party of Kentucky, how great this anti-health care mentality is going to save us all. [ProPublica]

This reeks of being unethical and potentially illegal. It’s only a matter of time until Bevin’s hit with another massive lawsuit. [Ronnie Ellis]

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited President Donald Trump at the White House in March, she brought a visual aid to help Trump understand the menace posed by his would-be friend, Russian President Vladimir Putin. Merkel brought a 1980s map of the former Soviet Union and noted the way its borders stretched for hundreds of miles to the west of Russia’s current boundary, according to a source who was briefed on the meeting. [Politico]

The fat white guys (I said it, you bigots. Leave McDonald’s once in a while.) of the Morehead Police Department think they need Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Just in case you needed yet more evidence that some of these small town folks live in a delusional, paranoid Faux News world. [The Morehead News]

Trump’s 2018 budget request to Congress seeks massive cuts in spending on health programs, including medical research, disease prevention programs and health insurance for children of the working poor. It’s the New Republican way. [WaPo]

A bomb threat that included a demand for $25,000 to prevent blowing up a newspaper printing plant in this southern Kentucky city Saturday evening turned out to be false, company officials said. [Richmond Register]

Of course, your shitsack president and most Kentucky Republicans can’t be bothered to honor these dead heroes. [Reuters]

In some areas, residents worry about violent crime – in others, property crime. Could more neighborhood watches be the answer? [WFPL]

One aspect of national security would be shortchanged in the president’s budget proposal: protecting against deadly pathogens, man-made or natural. [NY Times]

Here’s the Jack Brammer participation in the whitewashing of Steve Beshear’s history. He’s the older male version of Yetter. [H-L]

Angered that U.S. intelligence officials appeared to be leaking information about the Manchester terror attack, British authorities have stopped sharing details about the case, the BBC reports. Sources confirmed the report to the Associated Press. [HuffPo]

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