U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson was right. Obama lied about illegal aliens getting ACA coverage.

April 13, 2023, Fairfax, Va.—Americans Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting a proposal by President Joe Biden to offer health care coverage to illegal aliens under the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid or the taxpayer subsidized individual insurance exchanges:

“When former President Barack Obama claimed while in office to the U.S. Congress that illegal aliens would not be eligible for Obamacare, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson shouted two words that were heard around the world, ‘YOU LIE.’

“U.S. Rep. Wilson was pilloried for his audacity in calling out the former president’s politically motivated claim, but once again, he has been proven eerily prescient. President Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services has announced that they are seeking to redefine the term ‘lawful resident’ via regulation to make illegal aliens who came to the U.S. as children eligible for the budget busting federal government health insurance plan.  Biden, for his part, tweeted, ‘Today, my Administration is announcing our plan to expand health coverage for Dreamers, the thousands of young people brought to the U.S. as kids. We’re not done fighting for their pathway to citizenship, but we’re getting them the opportunities they deserve in the meantime.’

“Not surprisingly, none of the professional fourth estate defenders of the Obama-Biden assault on the laws of the nation have issued a public apology to Representative Wilson for his forceful truth-telling so many years ago.”

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A day when politics trumped justice

April 4, 2023, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the arraignment of former President Donald Trump:

“Today is one of the historic lows for America’s judicial system, a day when politics trumped justice as Americans overwhelmingly have come to the realization that Lady Justice is no longer blindfolded. In spite of the circus in New York City today, America is still a great country and Americans need to get on our knees and pray for God’s blessing moving forward.”


“Poll: Trump soars in GOP nomination following ill-advised New York City indictment by District Attorney Alvin Bragg, up by 33 points,” By Robert Romano, April 4, 2023 at https://dailytorch.com/2023/04/poll-trump-soars-in-gop-nomination-following-ill-advised-new-york-city-indictment-by-district-attorney-alvin-bragg-up-by-33-points/

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Trump indictment ‘stain on our judicial system’

March 30, 2023, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the indictment of former President Donald Trump by the New York City District Attorney Alvin Bragg:

“The reported indictment of President Trump over charges that he paid an extortionist who at various times claimed that she did or did not have sex with him almost twenty years ago is a stain on our judicial system.

“It is said that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and the NYC DA has done just that.  A case that was rejected by the prior DA, the son of former Secretary of State under Jimmy Carter, Cyrus Vance.  A case that was rejected by the US Attorneys office in the southern District of New York. Both of these prosecutors were renowned Trump opponents.

“Yet, it has been revived by a George Soros sponsored District Attorney in a bid for celebrity amongst the Trump Derangement Syndrome crowd.

“At a time when our nation is frayed almost to a breaking point, few things could have happened worse for a restoration of our nation’s sense of common pride and purpose.

“Of course, this should not be surprising, Soros’ money has been used as a wrecking ball against our nation’s rule of law and election system over the past decade with the clear goal of destroying America as we know it.

“Donald Trump will survive this specious prosecution of what at worst was a minor misdemeanor prior to its escalation in the warped Get Trump mentality of the NYC DA.

“Trump did nothing wrong.

“I pray that the damage to our nation intended by those pushing this political prosecution does not rip the last sense that there is equal justice under the law to shreds.”

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IRS political intimidation of journalist Matt Taibbi ‘a direct attack on the First Amendment rights of all citizens’

March 29, 2023, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government president Richard Manning comments on the IRS making a visit to Twitter files journalist Matt Taibbi’s home on March 9th, the day he testified before Congress on the weaponization of social media platforms:

“The attempts at political intimidation by the Biden administration continues to astound in its brazenness.  Twitter Files journalist Matt Taibbi found himself looking at one of the most direct weapons in the federal government’s war chest when an IRS agent showed up at this home unannounced the very day he testified to the House Judiciary Committee about social media platform weaponization.

“While the IRS abuses of the early 2010s seemed to be in the rearview mirror, this visit by the IRS shows that the agency is not chastened at all due to Congress’ admonitions and civil court settlements over its previous abuses.  After all, the Pelosi-Schumer Congress rewarded the IRS with 87000 new armed employees and they have to do something. Visiting citizens who have the audacity to exercise their first amendments rights of speech, the press, and to petition Congress seems like a logical action by an administration that aggressively sought to compel social media platforms to censor their political adversaries in a direct attack on the First Amendment rights of all citizens.

“It is clear that the Biden administration is no longer even trying to hide their gross abuses of power. The partisan American intelligence apparatus is clearly emboldened by the lack of any accountability for their conducting a three year partisan Russian collusion witch hunt designed to take down a president of the United States. The minute the perpetrators of the Russian collusion lie faced no consequences, opened the door for other abuses and intimidation.

“It is time for Congress to say enough is enough. When the House votes on the IRS budget, the 87000 new positions created should be eliminated immediately, and the FBI’s planned new building should be scrapped.  The Taibbi incident should be the last straw for members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who wish to restore the concept of ‘equal justice under the law.’ Congress must hit these rogue agencies in the wallet to send a message that continued abuses will not be tolerated.”

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Sen. Cruz proposes constitutional amendment to keep Supreme Court to nine

March 22, 2023, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in support of a constitutional amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would set the number of Supreme Court justices to nine including the chief justice:

“Senator Ted Cruz introduced the Keep Nine amendment to the U.S. Constitution today.  Keep Nine specifies that the number of Supreme Court justices will be fixed at nine, including the Chief Justice. After last year’s attack on the legitimacy of the Supreme Court by Democrat Senators who sought to pack the Court for political purposes, the time is right for Congress to pass this important amendment to the Constitution.

“It is imperative that the Supreme Court remain independent of politics regardless of its judicial philosophical leanings.  The Cruz amendment is a necessary step to ensure that the court remains an impartial arbiter of the law.

“Most Americans do not realize how close we came to having the Supreme Court turned into nothing more than a vassal to the Executive and Legislative branches as Senate Democrats sought to kill the filibuster rule which required 60 votes to pack the court.  Without the filibuster, last year’s 50/50 Democrat-Republican make-up of the Senate could have ended judicial independence with a tie-breaking vote by the Vice President.

“We are a nation of laws and those who seek to pack the Supreme Court are seeking to subvert the will of the people.  Amending the Constitution to establish the number of Justices at nine, secures the independence of the judiciary from political coercion.  Senator Ted Cruz’ constitutional amendment is needed now to ensure the future independence of the Judicial branch regardless of its philosophical make-up and Americans for Limited Government strongly supports Congress sending the amendment to the states for consideration.”


The Cruz Keep Nine amendment is co-sponsored by Sens. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cotton (R-Ark.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Josh Hawley(R-Mo.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Kennedy (R-La.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.).

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) urged passage of the Keep Nine amendment saying, “The Democrats’ answer to a Supreme Court that is dedicated to upholding the rule of law and the Constitution is to pack it with liberals who will rule the way they want. The Supreme Court should be independent, not inflated by every new administration. That’s why I’ve introduced a constitutional amendment to permanently keep the number of justices at nine.” https://www.cruz.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sen-cruz-introduces-constitutional-amendment-to-cement-supreme-court-at-nine-justices

Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) condemned last year’s efforts by Senate Democrats urged action on Keep Nine, “The effort to pack the Supreme Court and turn justices into politicians in robes would delegitimize and destroy one of the most important institutions in America. Congress must protect the judicial branch from political expedience by safeguarding its current structure.” https://www.cruz.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sen-cruz-introduces-constitutional-amendment-to-cement-supreme-court-at-nine-justices

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Is the $230 billion Silicon Valley and Signature bank takeovers by FDIC crashing regional banks?

March 13, 2023, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to President Joe Biden, U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve and the FDIC’s decision to bail out uninsured depositors in Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank and put the banks into FDIC receivership to the tune of $230 billion:

“The failure of SVB Bank and Signature Bank and their announced $230 billion bailout by the U.S. Treasury, Federal Reserve and FDIC should alert Congress to a power they ceded to the executive branch in the 2010 Dodd-Frank legislation. Under the law, Congress will not be asked to appropriate a single dollar and yet the $230 billion bailout’s costs will be paid by additional fees and higher interest rates on loans and credit cards on the American people.

“The scary and yet untold part of this story is that SVB Bank and Signature Bank are just a potential tip of the $20.8 trillion total deposit iceberg, including $1 trillion of uninsured deposits, that the federal government has implicitly just guaranteed in full in a bid to shore up the banking system. In fact, the easiest outcome to predict was that the share prices of small and regional banks would be pummeled—and they are now—as investors and depositors flee from otherwise solvent smaller banks.

“What’s the incentive to hold a stock of a regional bank that might be put into receivership? The decision by Treasury and the Fed put the two regional banks into receivership, under the law, and shareholders got nothing, making the investment in small banks much riskier. Meaning, you can sell your shares today in a regional bank, and get some percent of your investment, or wait for your receivership tomorrow, and you get nothing.

“Once again, this massive liability has been assumed without a current vote in Congress, based on the very predictable outcome of Congress writing itself out of the bank bailout process through creation of the authority for the executive branch to declare almost anything in the U.S. economy systemically risky. The possible good news is that Congress may now revisit Dodd-Frank in order to avert what could become a vicious cycle of ‘fail and bail.’

“Under the current law, with assessments on financial institutions with $50 billion or more of assets being the funding source, in addition to the Fed, the $230 billion bailout shockingly accounts for just 1.1 percent of all the $20.8 trillion deposits nationwide, including $1 trillion of uninsured deposits. These new assessments will put the country’s biggest banks under additional stress, with the potential of the weakest failing, creating a potential avalanche of future bank defaults. The Fed is immediately using a new credit window to deal with this problem, and no matter what happens, more than 95 percent of deposits appear to be guaranteed, but that’s also a part of the problem. Congress needs to reevaluate Dodd-Frank and investigate how SVB Bank and Signature Bank became underwater in the first place, so that an examination of any policies that might have contributed to the problem, including mandatory purchases of U.S. treasuries, played a role.”


“Regional Banks Keep Crashing: Where Things Now Stand,” Seeking Alpha, March 13, 2023 at https://seekingalpha.com/article/4587058-regional-banks-keep-crashing-where-things-now-stand

“Down the Rabbit Hole: The Fed just guaranteed $230 billion of uninsured deposits at SVB Bank and Signature Bank. There are $1 trillion of uninsured deposits out of $20 trillion nationwide.” By Robert Romano, March 13, 2023 at https://dailytorch.com/2023/03/down-the-rabbit-hole-the-fed-just-guaranteed-230-billion-of-uninsured-deposits-at-svb-bank-and-signature-bank-there-are-1-trillion-of-uninsured-deposits-out-of-20-trillion-nationwide/

“Down a Rabbit Hole: The Threat Posed by the Dodd Bill to the Private Sector,” Americans for Limited Government, June 28, 2010 at https://www.getliberty.org/files/FinancialTakeoverBackgrounderUpdate.pdf

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UPDATE: Bishop amendment corrected ‘flaw’ in House anti-censorship bill

March 9, 2023, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement supporting H.R. 140, the Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act, which includes an amendment by U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) that addressed what he called “the flaw in the bill” as it was originally proposed, which in Bishop’s words, “there is never a legitimate law enforcement purpose for Federal agents to take down speech that the First Amendment protects”:

“We are happy to report that an amendment by Representative Dan Bishop to H.R. 140, the ‘Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act’ was passed on March 8, 2023. The Bishop amendment stops federal law enforcement officials from censoring any speech that is lawful, and only allows for ‘unlawful’ speech to be targeted. ‘Unlawful’ in the amended version of the bill is defined as meaning speech that is not protected by the First Amendment.

“Americans for Limited Government supports H.R. 140 in its amended form, and encourages a yay vote.  Rep. Bishop deserves special kudos for identifying one of the problems we pinpointed and adeptly using the normal process to make the bill match the title of the legislation.”


Dan Bishop Amendment to H.R. 140, March 8, 2023 at https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/volume-169/issue-44/house-section/article/H1180-1 :

“Page 2, beginning on line 25, strike paragraph (1) and

insert the following:

“(1) In general.–Nothing in this section shall be

construed to prohibit an employee from engaging in lawful

actions against unlawful speech within the official authority

of such employee for the purpose of exercising legitimate law

enforcement functions.”.

Page 3, line 15, after “function”, insert “under

paragraph (1)”.

Page 3, line 16, strike “lawful” and insert “unlawful”.

Page 3, line 17, strike “but” and all that follows

through line 24 and insert the following: “and consistent

with subparagraph (D), the head of the agency that employs

the employee shall submit, to the Office of Special Counsel

and the chair and ranking member of the committees of

Congress described under subparagraph (B), a report that


Page 5, after line 19, insert the following:

“(D) Reporting requirements for certain actions.–

“(i) Any censorship action relating to combating child

pornography and exploitation, human trafficking, or the

illegal transporting of or transacting in controlled

substances shall be exempt from the reporting requirement

under this paragraph.

“(ii) With respect to any censorship action related to

safeguarding, or preventing the unlawful dissemination of,

properly classified national security information,

subparagraph (A) shall be applied by substituting `Not later

than 72 hours after’ for `Not later than 72 hours before’.”.

Page 5, line 6, before “and the”, insert “the Permanent

Select Committee on Intelligence,”.

Page 5, line 11, before “and”, insert “Select Committee

on Intelligence,”.

Page 7, line 14, strike “and”.

Page 7, beginning on line 16, strike “Constitution.”.”

and insert “Constitution; and”.

Page 7, after line 17, insert the following:

“(5) the term `unlawful speech’ means speech not protected

by the First Amendment of the Constitution.”.

U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop floor speech in favor of amendment, March 8, 2023 at https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/volume-169/issue-44/house-section/article/H1180-1:

“Mr. Chair, I am grateful that the

chairman and lead sponsor will, I anticipate, lend his support to this

amendment. It will close a loophole that would defeat the purpose of

the bill. In fact, absent this amendment, the bill would inadvertently

validate the very conduct this bill aims to stop.

Emerging evidence, most notably the Twitter files, depicts what one

expert has termed the largest censorship program in U.S. Government

history. On the pretext of protecting election infrastructure or

enforcing the Foreign Agents Registration Act, personnel of the

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, CISA; the Department

of Homeland Security, DHS; the FBI, the Office of the Director of

National Intelligence; the CIA; the Global Engagement Center from the

State Department, which most Americans had never heard of; and even the

CDC practically embedded themselves with operators of social media

platforms and corporate media to manage and curate Americans’ public

discourse, to induce Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, et cetera,

to take down lawful and First Amendment protected speech of Americans

time and again and again.

In so doing, these omnipresent Federal agencies established working

relationships with a small cadre of supposed internet research groups,

affiliated in some cases with well-known universities and NGOs, but

loaded with political partisans, who purported to create black-box

analytical efforts to identify social media accounts that amplified

content from Russia.

But these purported experts, like Hamilton 68, didn’t identify

Russian-amplifying bot networks, as they claimed, through some

sophisticated algorithm. They just found a bunch of American Trump

supporter accounts and labeled them that. And for months and months, as

they became a trusted source for media that cited Hamilton 68, Twitter

“trust and safety executives” like Yoel Roth stood quietly by knowing

that Hamilton 68 was a fraud.

Guess what? Follow the money. Part of the working relationship

between the agencies and the research groups was funding that flowed by

the millions in government grants. Each day, it becomes clearer that

between these three pillars–Federal security agencies, media

operators, and internet analysts–a new Washington revolving door has

emerged to facilitate the same people moving between them and profiting

from the scam.

The base text of this bill would allow exactly this process to

continue, but there is never a legitimate law enforcement purpose for

Federal agents to take down speech that the First Amendment protects.

We have now seen agencies of the Federal Government once again

targeting Americans for their political views. In the government’s

attempt to stop Russian misinformation, they have targeted and attacked

Americans for simply voicing opinions that they disfavor. Their actions

violate our First Amendment principles, and Congress must take this

action to stop it.

The amendment will address the flaw in the bill, but it is odd to me

that Democrats who used to so revere the First Amendment are no longer

concerned about it. In Lamont v. Postmaster General in 1965, which

Democrats lauded, the Court held that Americans have a right to receive

communist propaganda from abroad. The Democrats loved it then. Now,

they don’t even want Americans to be able to post their views on social

media. How abhorrent.

We will fix it. This bill will fix it. The amendment will fix the


Mr. Chair, I reserve the balance of my time.”

“House anti-censorship bill is a swing and a miss,” Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning, March 8, 2023 at https://getliberty.org/2023/03/house-anti-censorship-bill-is-a-swing-and-a-miss/

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House anti-censorship bill is a swing and a miss

March 9, 2023, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to H.R. 140, the Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act:

“H.R.140, the Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act, is a great sounding bill, but in Washington, D.C., as we’ve learned from the Inflation Reduction Act, the titles of legislation do not always reflect what the legislation does. The Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act specifically exempts federal law enforcement personnel from the provisions of the law in the exercise of their lawful duties.

“The perverse effect of this loophole is that the same FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and CISA which have overtly pressured social media platforms to censor political speech under the guise of counterterrorism appears to be exempt from its very provisions. Other government civil agencies would merely need to forward their disinformation ‘concerns’ to agencies expressly allowed to forward them to private sector entities including interactive computer services and social media companies. The net effect is that the legislation intended to stop the governmental censorship appears to write its allowance into law.

“Specifically, the proposed bill states, ‘Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit an employee from engaging in lawful actions within the official authority of such employee for the purpose of exercising legitimate law enforcement functions…’ which excludes law enforcement from the provision defining censorship as ‘the removal or suppression of lawful speech, in whole or in part, from or on any interactive computer service’ if they are discharging their lawful duties without any enforcement provision or legal recourse for the censored. Similarly, it does nothing to roll back the lawful authority of CISA, FBI, et. al. to forward and provide information including disinformation ‘concerns’ to private sector entities including social media under H.R. 3359 from 2018 in its counterterrorism provisions.

“It is disappointing that what appeared to be a great first step in protecting First Amendment political speech is actually a swing and a miss that may in fact violate the First Amendment’s prohibition that ‘Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press’ by specifically authorizing federal law enforcement to engage in censorship by outlining the exceptions to the law therein.”


“CISA scrubs ‘disinformation’ web page to remove the fact it ‘rout[es] disinformation concerns’ to ‘appropriate social media platforms’ to censor you,” By Robert Romano, March 9, 2023 at https://dailytorch.com/2023/03/cisa-scrubs-disinformation-web-page-to-remove-the-fact-it-routes-disinformation-concerns-to-appropriate-social-media-platforms-to-censor-you/

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WHO Pandemic Agreement abrogates U.S. sovereignty without Senate vote

Feb. 22, 2023, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in opposition to the draft World Health Organization (WHO) Pandemic Agreement:

“Americans for Limited Government opposes President Joe Biden’s negotiated draft agreement with the World Health Organization that abrogates U.S. sovereignty without any Senate ratification. Article 4, Section 3 of the draft clearly states that the United States and other signatories would retain sovereignty, but only ‘provided that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to their peoples and other countries.’

“In other words, America would retain our sovereignty so long as it complies with the measures that WHO recommends. It even allows for provisional adoption of the agreement in Article 35 to expedite implementation.

“Toward the end of protecting the Senate’s advice and consent process on treaties, Senator Ron Johnson has introduced legislation the No WHO Pandemic Preparedness Treaty Without Senate Approval Act’ which we wholeheartedly support.  Additionally, we urge the House and the Senate to end U.S. financial support to the World Health Organization should President Biden press ahead on this disastrous shattering of our liberties under the U.S. Constitution.

“It is clear that President Biden intends to sign and follow the WHO Pandemic Agreement without submitting it to the Senate, and it is incumbent on Congress to send the current president a strong message that he cannot trade away our nation’s freedoms to unaccountable third party actors.”


WHO Pandemic Agreement, Draft, Feb. 1, 2023 at https://apps.who.int/gb/inb/pdf_files/inb4/A_INB4_3-en.pdf Article IV, Section 3: “Sovereignty – States have, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international law, the sovereign right to determine and manage their approach to public health, notably pandemic prevention, preparedness, response and recovery of health systems, pursuant to their own policies and legislation, provided that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to their peoples and other countries. Sovereignty also covers the rights of States over their biological resources.”

President Biden proposed amendments, Jan. 18, 2022 at https://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA75/A75_18-en.pdf

Council of the EU gives green light to start negotiations on international pandemic treaty, March 3, 2022 at https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2022/03/03/council-gives-green-light-to-start-negotiations-on-international-pandemic-treaty/

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Project Veritas is James O’Keefe

Feb. 21, 2023, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to recent events at Project Veritas“The decision by the Project Veritas Board of Directors to end James O’Keefe’s time with the organization is a tragic loss for those who believe afflicting the powerful with the truth is not only noble but necessary.

“I know and admire James O’Keefe.  He took an idea and turned it into one of the most feared organizations in the 21st century. Feared, because they revealed truth about the inner workings and thoughts of those in government and corporations who view themselves above the people. A few years back, I got the opportunity to appear in one of Project Veritas’ expose’s focused upon the abuse of power by federal career workers as they illegally obtained and provided private information of business people and others who opposed the Democrat-Socialist agenda they espoused. James knew exactly what he wanted and how to accurately synthesize the on-camera admissions by those who were effectively stealing taxpayer dollars to pursue political purposes.

“James O’Keefe will come back, because he is mission focused and driven.  However, the world will be a worse place as time is lost as he has to use his unique vision, leadership and toughness to rebuild a platform to accomplish his next goal. People in power thrive through intimidating those who would dare to challenge them. James O’Keefe not only never backs down, but he relishes the fight to bring truth to light. I would like to thank James O’Keefe for having the integrity and courage to challenge the unchallengeable and bring them to their knees over the past thirteen years.  And I look forward to his re-emergence on the public scene. He is a man who won’t be denied and America is better off for the work he has done and I cannot wait to hear his vision for the next twenty.”

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