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    Former Connecticut State Representative Themis Klarides touted her 22 years as a state lawmaker and her support for abortion and gun control as she faced off against two conservative Republican candidates during a GOP primary debate for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by career Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal. Klarides’ liberal positions on several issues, portrayed as being acceptable for Connecticut Republicans, clashed with those of Greenwich fundraiser and former trader Leora Levy and immigration attorney Peter Lumaj. “I have served 22 years in the state legislature,” Klarides, the state GOP’s endorsed candidate, said Tuesday during the debate hosted by News 8 Hartford. “I’m the only candidate here that has ever been elected to office. I fought in the trenches for the people of Connecticut.” Republicans have been the minority party during Klarides’ career in the Connecticut legislature. While all three candidates agreed Blumenthal’s views represent the radical left Democrat Party, which has given the United States record inflation and unprecedented illegal immigration, they battled on issues that are important to many Republican-Americans. “You want to talk about Dick Blumenthal?”...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has tested positive for COVID-19 and will work remotely this week, his office disclosed. Schumer’s absence, disclosed by his office on Sunday, will chip away at an already dwindling number of legislative weeks before November’s midterm elections and will further shrink his party's slim majority for the week. Justin Goodman, a Schumer spokesman, said in a Sunday statement that the senator is experiencing “very mild symptoms,” and will quarantine in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HOUSE SET TO PASS ABORTION RIGHTS BILL AGAIN DESPITE EXTREMELY GRIM SENATE CHANCES “Anyone who knows Leader Schumer knows that even if he’s not physically in the Capitol, through virtual meetings and his trademark flip phone he will continue with his robust schedule and remain in near-constant contact with his colleagues,” Goodman said. Goodman added that Schumer is “fully vaccinated and double boosted” and “greatly appreciates the protection the vaccine has provided him and encourages everyone to test regularly and get vaccinated and boosted.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)...
    Congress is reconvening Monday as the Senate takes up a last-ditch effort to pass a spending package that focuses on prescription drug costs and climate change, without Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who has tested positive for Covid-19 after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. 'Unfortunately, I’ve tested positive for COVID. So this week, I’ll be working remotely. I’m not experiencing symptoms & am thankful to be fully vaccinated & boosted,' Blumenthal, D-Conn., wrote on Twitter Monday.  Schumer, a New York Democrat who at 71 is fully vaccinated and boosted, will be forced to work remotely, but his office said he would maintain a 'robust schedule' and be in 'near constant contact with his colleagues.'  And in addition to the Covid-positive senators, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is out recovering from hip surgery after a fall. A spokesperson for Leahy said in a statement that recovery is 'going well' and the senator could be made available for votes this week 'if necessary.'   The Senate, which is split evenly between the Democrats and Republicans with the vice president casting a tie-breaking vote when needed, returns Monday following a...
    Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) was at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on Tuesday in Waterbury, Connecticut, where he urged Biden Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to declare a “public health emergency” in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that returns issues about abortion to the states. “We’re pressing President Biden to use whatever authority he has, to the maximum extent to explore the possibility of a national emergency that would enable telemedicine prescription, which could then result in medication abortion through the mail,” Blumenthal said, according to the Stamford Advocate. Blumenthal, who accompanied Becerra on his visit, added, “Frankly, we’re in a public health crisis. We’re in an emergency.” During a roundtable discussion with Becerra, Blumenthal, Governor Ned Lamont (D-CT), and pro-abortion lawmakers at the abortion clinic, Amanda Skinner, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, also called for the declaration of a public health emergency. “Here at Planned Parenthood, we are devastated, we are heartbroken, and we are ready to fight like hell,’’ Skinner said. “We know that abortion bans disproportionately harm Black women,...
    The Hartford Courant has reported recent polling shows the popularity of Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) – described as a “fixture” on television news programs – appears to be fading. A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed Blumenthal, 76, with his lowest job approval rating, 45-43 percent, since being elected to the U.S. Senate nearly 12 years ago. “Blumenthal’s popularity has dropped among an uneasy electorate as President Joe Biden, a fellow Democrat, suffers from sluggish poll ratings in both Connecticut and nationwide,” the Courant notes, adding that the senator and former state attorney general was not eager to comment on the poll’s results. “Polls rise and fall,” Blumenthal reportedly said. “My focus is on fighting for the people of Connecticut and working as hard as I can on measures that help them.” Blumenthal faces former state House Republican leader Themis Klarides (R-Madison), who won 59 percent of the convention delegates at the GOP convention. Leora Levy, a fundraiser from Greenwich, and Peter Lumaj, an immigration attorney from Fairfield, remain in the race, each having received nearly 20 percent of the delegates. According to the...
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) appeared in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, on Tuesday to stump about abortion to a crowd of hundreds of abortion advocates in the wake of Politico releasing a draft court opinion showing a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Blumenthal, like several of his colleagues from the far-left flank of the Democrat Party, reignited calls for nuking the filibuster so that Senate Democrats could vote in favor of pro-abortion legislation by way of a simple Senate majority. “The only way to codify Roe v. Wade is in fact to end the filibuster, and that filibuster must go,” Blumenthal declared after the draft decision, published Monday evening, reflected that the Supreme Court may have ruled in its forthcoming pivotal Mississippi abortion case that abortion is not a constitutional right. Blumenthal was a lead sponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act, which passed the House in 2021 mostly on partisan lines but was blocked in the Senate, 46–48, in February. The bill would have worked to nullify or block existing pro-life legislation in individual...
    U.S. Marine Corps Operation Iraqi Freedom War veteran Robert F. Hyde says he wants to unseat Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal in order to return America’s “core values” to its citizens and “secure the nation’s liberties and freedoms.” In an interview with The Connecticut Star, Hyde said he is seeing Americans’ constitutional rights being “undermined” in both Washington, D.C. and his own state of Connecticut. “I decided to run because I love America,” he explained: I’m an America-first kind of candidate. I want to see energy independence, your Constitutional rights, your Bill of Rights, everything upheld for you. Bring power back to the people. So I’m running on the fact that I want to help America. Hyde says the policies of Connecticut’s past and current leadership, as well as those of the Biden administration, have led to a stagnant economy. He would end government “by regulations” that only serves to hurt small business, and return manufacturing to America once again. The dotted line represents Biden’s “Inaugeration” and his historic failure as a president to the right. #Bidenflation pic.twitter.com/Xd2hdLM8Y2 — Hyde for...
    A U.S. senator from Connecticut is falsely scapegoating oil companies for skyrocketing gas prices nationwide. “Oil companies are exploiting Russia’s war in Ukraine to drive up gas prices to obscene levels. It’s time to end this corporate profiteering,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said Thursday. “We need a Big Oil Windfall Profits tax to take excess profits & deliver them to Americans getting stuck with the bill.” Oil companies are exploiting Russia’s war in Ukraine to drive up gas prices to obscene levels. It’s time to end this corporate profiteering. We need a Big Oil Windfall Profits tax to take excess profits & deliver them to Americans getting stuck with the bill. pic.twitter.com/q7frtH8Rh2 — Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) March 31, 2022 Russia is an exporter of oil, though not a very large one. It formerly supplied the United States with about three percent of its crude oil – three percent that was cut when economic sanctions were placed on the country. But according to several sources, including far-left outlets like PolitiFact, suggesting that oil companies are taking advantage of the lower...
    U.S. Senate candidate Leora Levy blasted Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) over a controversy that centers around an ethics complaint against the lawmaker. “Richard Blumenthal parsing & denying that he owns individual stocks is the 2022 version of ‘It depends on what the meaning of is, is…’ Just another double-speaking career politician who has lost his perspective on truth,” the candidate tweeted. Richard Blumenthal parsing & denying that he owns individual stocks is the 2022 version of “It depends on what the meaning of is,is…” Just another double-speaking career politician who has lost his perspective on truth. https://t.co/Jxt65fqe3U — Leora Levy (@LeoraLevyCT) March 18, 2022 The remark is attached to a report from The Washington Free Beacon, where the Connecticut lawmaker denies allegations that he failed to disclose multiple stock transactions. Blumenthal claimed that he did not own any individual stocks; however, the report highlights that he reported stock transactions from an “investment fund controlled by his wife’s family.” According to the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, the group that filed the original complaint, there is no difference between...
    Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called for additional support for Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion of the sovereign country. Blumenthal’s remarks, which encouraged the passage of two measures to punish the invading country, follow a bipartisan Congressional visit to Poland and the Ukrainian border. “If the Ukrainian people have a fair fight on the ground, they will win. They will drive Russia out of their precious land. But right now there is no fair fight. Right now in the skies Putin dominates,” said Blumenthal. “We must make sure that Ukraine stays in that fight, and we can do it if we raise our commitment. I appreciate what the administration has done in its skillful use of public intelligence, its uniting of our allies, its adroit rallying of America, but now is the time to do more, and it must be done urgently. The time is now.” One provision, which will be introduced by the Connecticut senator and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), aims to block the sale of Russian oil and gas to western markers and cut the country from the SWIFT financial...
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) denies owning individual stocks despite disclosing multimillion-dollar stock purchases to the Senate Ethics Committee. Last month, Blumental claimed he did not own any individual stocks after reports revealed he allegedly violated the STOCK Act by failing to disclose his wife’s sale of close to $2.5 million worth of Robinhood stock in a timely manner. “I own no individual stock nor had knowledge or control over any transaction involving Robinhood stock,” Blumenthal said. However, Blumenthal’s recent disclosures to the Senate Ethics committee show an investment fund controlled by his wife’s family bought between $1 million to $2 million worth of shares in Amazon, Intel, Microsoft, and Google parent company Alphabet on January 31, shortly before denying he owned any stock. The STOCK Act requires members of Congress and their spouses to disclose transactions valued at $1,000 or higher within 30-45 days. Congress passed the STOCK Act in 2012 after Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer released Throw Them All Out, which exposed corruption among political officials. A spokesperson for Sen. Blumental said, “Senator Blumenthal owns no individual stock—including stock in Amazon, Alphabet, Intel,...
    Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)’s radical abortion legislation that would have overridden state pro-life laws was defeated in the U.S. Senate Monday evening. The Senate voted, 46-48, to reject a bill Democrats called the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would have embedded abortion on demand, at any time during pregnancy, into federal law, making invalid most individual state pro-life laws. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was the sole Democrat to vote with Republicans against the measure, while Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA), who often claims to be “pro-life,” voted to advance the legislation. On the floor of the Senate, Blumenthal called this era – during which pro-life legislation has been passed in many states as the nation awaits the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – “a time of unparalleled attack on equal access to abortion care.” Todays #WHPA vote comes at a time of unparalleled attack on equal access to abortion care. Last year alone 19 states enacted 106 restrictions—plus SCOTUS is on the precipice of revoking #Roe. The fight is far from...
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Wednesday demanded Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg appear before Congress to address accusations by a company whistleblower who accused the company of knowingly harming children with its products.  Blumenthal accused the platform of 'amplifying and weaponizing hate speech,' and blasted the exec for spending Monday sailing a day before a powerful Commerce subcommittee aired allegations about the multi-billion company.  'He ought to spend more time looking at the platform,' Blumenthal fumed. He said he has already 'invited' the tech titan to testify, and that he could appear within weeks. 'We can't count on Mark Zuckerberg to tell us the truth,' he said, saying 'he has lost all trust if he ever had it.' [email protected] says the Senate will invite Mark Zuckerberg to testify in response to the Facebook whistleblower's testimony."I can't tell you whether he will accept. But I think Mark Zuckerberg has an obligation to tell the American people himself"https://t.co/oVAvgpp2Ng pic.twitter.com/LfvI7h8NB6— New Day (@NewDay) October 6, 2021 'We can't count on Mark Zuckerberg to tell us the truth,' said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who...
    Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal blasted President Biden's top Defense officials on Tuesday after grilling them on Afghan evacuations at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Afghanistan withdrawal. Speaking after the contentious hearing, Blumenthal complained to MSNBC that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin gave him 'no real responses.' 'There really was no clarity. And with all due respect to the Secretary of Defense, he provided no real responses to my questions because at the moment there aren’t responses,' the Connecticut Democrat said. 'There is nobody in charge. And undeniably, and he knows and so does every member of that panel, there’s a moral imperative here.' Austin, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen Mark Milley and US Central Command chief Gen Frank McKenzie sat before a Senate panel yesterday where they testified under oath for the first time since US military jets left Kabul.  All three are set to appear on Capitol Hill again today in front of the House Armed Services Committee.  During the Tuesday hearing, a visibly frustrated Blumenthal was largely focused on the status of the US evacuation...
    State and local government officials are working to stem the number of shootings taking place in Fairfield County after shots were fired during a Little League game. The incident took place Saturday, May 15, during an East End game at Newfield Park in Bridgeport, said Scott Appleby, director of Emergency Management. The shots startled those playing and attending the game and sent players running for cover. By Sunday, May 16, parents and worried residents were rallying at the park to put an end to such violence in the city. They were joined by Gov. Ned Lamont, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Mayor Joe Ganim, who talked about what is being done and what more needs to take place. Gov. Ned Lamont, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Mayor Joe Ganim speak with residents and parents at Newfield Park.City of BridgeportGanim said the violence "won't be tolerated and it is not acceptable." The mayor went on to emphasize the city is taking steps to identify available dollars and how to get that funding to the organizations that support the community and specifically young people. Appleby...
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Republicans are “complicit” in mass shootings, such as the Boulder shooting, due to their opposition to gun control legislation. “We shouldn't be putting aside Republicans. They bear a responsibility as well. That was the whole point of my exchange this morning with Sen. Cruz because they’re the ones who are ducking that responsibility and become complicit in all of these shootings,” the Connecticut Democrat said during CNN’s OutFront on Tuesday. “In Boulder, that shooter was a deeply disturbed man who became a mass killer because he had an assault weapon that could kill people with the efficiency and speed meant for the battlefield. So, guns make all of these serious problems even more fatal and deadly, especially for domestic violence victims, who then can be killed, five times more likely to be killed in those situations," he continued. "That’s why we need to make sure that we adopt these commonsense measures.” The Boulder shooting resulted in 10 deaths, including one police officer, and was reportedly carried out by Ahmad al Aliwi Alissa, whose family...
    DEMOCRATIC Senator Richard Blumenthal was elected to serve Connecticut in 2010. Blumenthal became one of the first people to receive more than one million votes in a statewide senatorial election in Connecticut. 3Richard Blumenthal is a US Senator from ConnecticutCredit: Getty Images Who is Richard Blumenthal? Richard Blumenthal, 75, is an American attorney and politician. He previously served as Attorney General of Connecticut from 1991 to 2011. Blumenthal also worked as a US Attorney for the District of Connecticut for four years during the late 1970’s. 3Blumenthal served one term in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1985 to 1987, getting elected to the Senate shortly afterCredit: Getty - Pool He first served one term in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1985 to 1987 and was subsequently elected to the Connecticut Senate. The senator hails from Brooklyn, New York and attended both Harvard and Yale during his years in academia. What is his net worth? Senator Blumenthal is ranked as one of the wealthiest members of the Senate, with an estimated net worth of over $70million. His net worth...
    Personal information collected during the coronavirus vaccine sign-up process would be protected by health privacy legislation introduced Thursday by Democrats seeking to allay fears of data misuse and encourage vaccinations. The bicameral Public Health Emergency Privacy Act, first introduced last year, is intended to safeguard people's privacy and health data by restricting the information the government collects and stores through activities such as contact tracing, virus testing, and patient care. Information collected by the government during the vaccine sign-up process would now also be protected by the legislation. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat, introduced the bill with Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Mark Warner of Virginia. They were joined by Democratic House Reps. Anna Eshoo of California and Suzan DelBene of Washington. “Health data is among the most sensitive data imaginable, and even before this public health emergency, there has been increasing bipartisan concern with gaps in our nation’s health privacy laws,” a group of Democratic senators stated in a letter supporting the bill last summer. “While a comprehensive update of health privacy protections is unrealistic at...
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT-D) said Friday in Hartford that President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud in the battleground states is “beyond dangerous and damaging.” “They were pathetic and sad,” Blumenthal added, reported the Stamford Advocate, at a press conference to urge Democrat state lawmakers to pass an amendment to the Connecticut Constitution to allow early voting and vote by mail. The senator continued: But what struck me most was how insidious and insulting they were to those countless men and women who are making democracy work. And in fact, democracy is working. The votes are being counted despite every effort by the president and the right-wing fringe to subvert and stop that count. “By the end of today, Joe Biden will be president-elect of the United States,” Blumenthal asserted. He joined with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Secretary of State Denise Merrill to urge the Democrat-controlled state legislature to pass an amendment to the Constitution to allow vote by mail and early voting. I am so glad to have the support of Senator Murphy & Senator Blumenthal in pressing...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham expressed his frustration at the technical difficulties the Senate Judiciary Committee experienced throughout the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. "I think it happened again," the South Carolina Republican said after the microphones cut out for the second time during Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal's questioning. "Are we not paying the bills anymore?" he asked. While the microphones were down, Blumenthal discussed Barrett's use of what is often called the "Ginsburg rule," referring to Ginsburg's statement from 27 years ago that said, "A judge sworn to decide impartially can offer no forecasts, no hints, for that would show not only disregard for the specifics of the particular case, it would display disdain for the entire judicial process.” "Justice Ginsburg, with her characteristic pithiness, used this to describe how a nominee should comport herself at a hearing: no hints, no previews, no forecasts," Barrett said. "That had been the practice of nominees before her. But everybody calls it the Ginsburg rule because she stated it so concisely." Blumenthal said that the Trump...
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) violated his own mask code on Monday while attending the first day of hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, wearing his mask with his nose exposed. After the hearing, before leaving the chamber, Blumenthal had his mask hanging below his nose — a clear, unsafe violation, many Democrats would say. pic.twitter.com/JkywfOTSTS — Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) October 12, 2020 In August, Blumenthal declared proper social distancing and mask-wearing absolutely “essential” until a “proven” vaccine for the Chinese coronavirus is available: New face mask technology— custom fit—can help save lives. Thanks CT BioTech & UConn Health. Until there’s a proven vaccine, effective masks & distancing are essential. pic.twitter.com/kGv2BBfxmo — Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) August 13, 2020 During the hearing, Senate Judiciary Committee members removed their masks to speak. The majority of Democrats on the committee, with the exception of Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), attended the hearing in-person, despite warning of the dangers of doing so less than two weeks ago. In an October 3 letter, Democrats on the committee warned that it would be far too...
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) warned during the Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Monday that Judge Amy Coney Barrett would erase “common sense” gun controls if confirmed. Blumenthal suggested that confirming Barrett would mean adding an “activist judge” to the Supreme Court, thereby endangering “common-sense” gun control around the country. He suggested Barrett’s “activism uses originalism as smokescreen” to secure confirmation. He added, “Connecticut has been at the forefront on gun violence protection, on gun safety” and claimed Barrett would “imperil common sense” gun controls in Connecticut and in other states. On September 26, 2o2o, Blumenthal published a letter to his Senate webpage making clear he had already decided to oppose Barrett’s confirmation and stressed that he will “refuse to meet with her.” AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at [email protected] You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.
    Immediately after President Donald Trump announced his selection of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court, Democratic senators began declaring the nomination "illegitimate." One of the loudest voices was Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be holding hearings next month on the Barrett nomination. Blumenthal tweeted minutes after Trump's announcement that the entire process was an "illegitimate sham" and went on to blast Barrett's qualifications.I will oppose the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, as I would any nominee proposed as part of this illegiti… https://t.co/rulWd4xujS — Richard Blumenthal (@Richard Blumenthal)1601156159.0Blumenthal's Twitter thread rant concluded with the senator saying he would refuse to meet with the nominee — despite decades of Senate tradition of senators of both parties meeting with nominees to the high court — and that he would not "treat the process as legitimate."I will refuse to treat this process as legitimate & will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett. — Richard Blumenthal (@Richard Blumenthal)1601156161.0Later Saturday, Blumenthal was interviewed on CNN...
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) raised red flags over recent classified intelligence reports that strongly suggest high-level Russian officials — including Russian President Vladimir Putin — are actively interfering in the 2020 election, calling the assessment “absolutely chilling.” The Connecticut senator was responding to an FBI warning today about election disinformation. The PSA warns that “foreign actors and cybercriminals could exploit the time required to certify and announce elections’ results by disseminating disinformation that includes reports of voter suppression, cyberattacks targeting election infrastructure, voter or ballot fraud, and other problems intended to convince the public of the elections’ illegitimacy.” Additionally, a new Washington Post report says a CIA analysis that said Putin and the Kremlin was “probably directing” a Ukrainian official named Andrii Derkach. According to the spy agency, Derkach has been a cat’s paw for the Russians, pushing disinformation about Joe Biden to unnamed Republican members of Congress as well as the Trump campaign via Rudy Giuliani. “I’ve seen these classified reports,” Blumenthal said to CNN host Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday. “Let me just say, bluntly, these reports of...
    Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal doesn’t think college football should happen in the fall. There are nonstop debates about what will happen with America’s favorite sport as we continue to wage war against coronavirus. The Ivy League has already canceled sports in the fall, and tBlumenthal wants the rest of college football to do the same. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Blumenthal told USA Today the following about football in the fall and the Ivy League’s decision: It’s about the money. And if the other schools fail to follow the Ivy League’s lead, it will be only because of the money. And, in fact, it will be another misguided act in a long litany of putting school profits ahead of the people who play for them. With all due respect, and I mean this with absolutely all due respect, I don’t give a damn what Blumenthal has to say. I’m sorry that Connecticut doesn’t have a football team anyone gives a damn about. The idea his opinion should matter here is laughable. This is...
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