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April 27, 2014

NovelPolitics stopped by the State Department a few days ago and found some highly classified information left in the cafeteria. This document had hummus and also some grains of rice stuck to the edges. Yes. It was in the trash. But it was on top. Just so you know, we take state secrets very seriously.


At first, I thought it must have been misrouted from the State Department Montessori Child Development Center. If you have ever been to a restaurant with annoying children at the next table and ineffectual parents. . . Surely this could not be the basis for our foreign policy?


Did it come from the State Department or the White House? Should I shred it? Let me know what you think.


Talking Points for Phone Calls
with certain problem leaders:

Stop it.
Stop it right now.
I mean it. putin wink
If you don’t stop it, (angry face. It doesn’t matter that it is a phone call- Consider calling in press for a photo op).
 Seriously, I’m getting mad. You need to stop it.
What would your Aunt Angela and Uncle David say?
Oh. They don’t care? Really.
Yes. I know Uncle François loves you no matter what.
Well, it doesn’t matter. I’m just going to tell you, and this is the last time, to stop it.
 Okay, I’m trying to understand why you are doing this. Are you angry about something?
What? You didn’t start it?
Is that true?
Well, you still need to stop it.
STOP IT.
You see this red line across(fill in blank)? If you don’t stay on your side, well, let’s just say, there will be consequences.
No, of course I won’t touch you. That would be wrong.
But you do need HEY, STOP THAT!
Okay, I am going to go play a round of golf, because, frankly, you have stressed me out.
When I get back if you haven’t stopped it, I’m going to be mad. (Pause)Really, really  mad.


Really, really  mad.
I’m not kidding.
I mean it.



If matters escalate, as G7 approaches, go to the following:



You need to leave circle right now and think about what you have done.

Please see tab B for assurances to allies that you will stand with them no matter what*.


*Unless there are problems.


 


 


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April 2, 2014

mclewisbooks:

In case you missed it the first time…


Originally posted on NovelPolitics :


When the  email “sent by a top aide to President Barack Obama” was revealed by CNN, I had to get Spin Doctor out to see if it had been copied from its pages. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. But when I showed it to my lawyer and demanded he prepare a lawsuit, he was confused. I realized, he didn’t speak High Bureaucrat.  ne comprend pas–.no entiende–nicht verstehen

But he is not alone.  CNN clearly couldn’t order a glass of water or get directions to the cinema. They have no idea what the email actually says. And now, I see the White House is accusing the GOP of “falsifying” emails. I know this is all just a misunderstanding based on difficulty with the language. And I realized– we simply need a translation.



So, I asked Bob and Jack, two characters from Spin Doctor, to translate: First I had to…


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January 1, 2014

2014 Predictions from NovelPolitics


Sometime in the Spring, or maybe as early as the State of the Union, or maybe five minutes from now, the Obama Administration is going to come out with a new narrative. So buckle up, Republicans. Democrats, you can breathe now.


We found out what is in store for 2014 when we overheard Jack and Bob this morning, in their usual spot in the back bar of the Old Ebbitt Grill.Old Ebbitt


Jack slid his bar stool back and climbed on. Bob was already there, of course, and pointed at the bartender, then Jack.


Without a word, the bartender brought over two egg nogs. “On me,” he said


Jack thanked him. Bob nodded, with a weak smile. “What the hell is that?” he whispered to Jack.


“Egg nog. It’s good for you.” Jack took a sip. “Evan’s not coming. He said he was out late.”


“Evan?”


“I know. I don’t believe him either. He seems so worried about the coming year, you know? What do you think will happen, Bob?”


“You aren’t serious. Surely the Spin Doctor knows. Surely you can read this like a slow pitch curve ball.”


“Okay. Here’s the Obama spin: “The economy is looking stronger than ever. The patient was gravely ill, curled up in a ball, unconscious under the front porch when the Obama administration took over. After a strong dose of shovel ready projects, and binge spending, finally the eyes are open. Look, the unemployment rate is down to 7%. Wow. Bet it goes into the sixes before the election.”


“Now, imagine Beyonce singing that.” Bob took a sip of his scotch and drained the glass.


Beyonce


“Exactly. Nobody look at that swelling non-participation in the economy—which puts the unemployment rate closer to 10 percent. Or the number of folks on food stamps…”


“Yeah, yeah. Whatever. Bla bla bla.”


“Agreed. But what about Obamacare? No way to spin that.”


Bob blinked. He watched the bartender at the other end of the bar and quickly poured his egg nog into Jack’s glass. Then he waved the bartender and waggled his scotch glass. “Listen.” He said to Jack. “Pay attention…Obamacare is really going to work. Look at all the people who signed up. Wow. And don’t worry–all of the mandates are going to be delayed. It won’t be so strong. Put it in some cocoa, or maybe a fruitcake, like brandy, if you don’t like it straight. Over time, you will get used to it. And besides, don’t you care about people? Do you want people to be sick?”


oprah


The bartender put a fresh scotch in front of him. He smiled and went on. “Now, imagine Matt Damon and George Clooney lecturing you about that. Oprah agrees. And, Beyonce is singing in the background.”


Jack squinted at him, slowly nodded and sipped the egg nog.


“See, you are already forgetting that you used to have a policy you liked, that children were covered under a special policy, that the poor had Medicaid and the elderly had Medicare.”


Jack shrugged. “Yeah, yeah. Whatever. What about the Republicans? They have a lot of other issues.”


“Sure. But don’t forget, the press is busy squirting gasoline on the bonfire of Republican disunity to stop them from making some of these rather obvious points.”


Jack frowned. “I’ll give it a try. The message of Benghazi, that an inept administration with a low priority on national security and security in general screwed up royally then covered up. Yes. Covered up the mess before the election. Cover up Cover up Cover up. I said it.”


“Aha. Yes. But did you overstep? Where’s the smoking gun?”


Jack shook his head. “Nice try. What about the IRS? How the IRS has been used as a tool to silence opponents of the administration. How the press accepts the bromides of the regime that both sides were scrutinized without blinking. How this scrutiny continues…”


“Oh sure. I know it reeks of Nixon but hey, they won’t get that far with it because the Democrats will come back with what they like to call the wingnut mocking gambit.”


“Huh?”


“Sure. Right now, they are scouring the countryside for a fringe Republican who will make an inflammatory comment about women. Rape, if at all possible. So they can push the buttons of the legions of young women who vote on one issue. They will find someone to mock, and the mocking will spread to the rest of the party. Some Republicans will disavow, some will try to explain, but meanwhile, everybody stops talking about Obamacare and Benghazi.”


Jack sighed. “I have to admit–it has a familiar ring to it. So, will the Republicans be able to take the Senate? What is your call?”


“Hey, don’t ask me what the people are going to do. Politicians I can figure out. The people? We will have to wait and see.”


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May 15, 2013

When the  email “sent by a top aide to President Barack Obama” was revealed by CNN, I had to get Spin Doctor out to see if it had been copied from its pages. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. But when I showed it to my lawyer and demanded he prepare a lawsuit, he was confused. I realized, he didn’t speak High Bureaucrat.  ne comprend pas–.no entiende–nicht verstehen


But he is not alone.  CNN clearly couldn’t order a glass of water or get directions to the cinema. They have no idea what the email actually says. And now, I see the White House is accusing the GOP of “falsifying” emails. I know this is all just a misunderstanding based on difficulty with the language. And I realized– we simply need a translation.


So, I asked Bob and Jack, two characters from Spin Doctor, to translate: First I had to find them. It didn’t take long. Yes, of course.


2011-08-20_17-39-58_421There they were at the Grant bar in the back of the  Old Ebbitt…




“Here. I’ll just read it out loud for you,” Jack  took his phone back. “here’s the first part: Jack slid his Iphone over to Bob, who patted his pockets for a pair of reading glasses.


“All,


Sorry to be late to this discussion. We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.”


Jack: “It sounds harmless, doesn’t it.”


Bob nodded. “ Nicely done. Let’s break it down into the individual idiomatic expressions:”


   ”Sorry to be late to this discussion:”


It means, “I have been reading the emails, watching everything you are saying and  thought I better put a stop to this before anything more incriminating goes out.”


Next,


              “We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation :”


Bob smiled. Good one. “In case this email is leaked, it is on the record that I am not trying to impede the investigation. In fact, that’s my cudgel to shut you up. “


                        “There is a ton of information getting out into the public domain   from Congress and people who are not particularly informed.”


Jack leaned forward. “My turn—“The truth is getting out and it is drawing blood of the administration. Our adversaries are using it against us, making it look like we messed up.”


“Insofar as we have firmed up assessments that don’t compromise intel or compromise the investigation, we need to have the capability to correct the record, as there are significant policy and messaging ramifications that would flow from a hardened mis-impression. 


Bob reached for his glass of Scotch, swirled the ice and took a reverent sip. “Really, if Shakespeare had been a politician, he couldn’t have done better than this one. I am thinking of doing this in needlepoint and hanging this on the wall.”


Jack nodded. “Or maybe make a pillow?”


Bob took another sip. “Yes, a pillow would be nice.”


Jack sipped his beer and sighed. “Here goes:”


“Insofar as we have firmed up assessments that don’t compromise intel  or compromise the investigation—”


Bob started slowly, choosing every word. “This is the fig leaf we will use to stop others from poking around in this…The sand we throw in their eyes when they ask questions–sorry to mix my metaphors–  And by constantly swearing to honor the investigation, I am protected from obstruction charges.”


“We need to have the capability to correct the record –”


 After another sip, for strength, Bob went on: “We have to come up with an alternate story and stick to it–go out there and say it over and over to drown out the critics. By the way, if it is pure fiction, it doesn’t impact the intel or investigation.”


“… as there are significant policy and messaging ramifications that would flow from a hardened mis-impression.”


Bob waggled his glass at the bartender and drew in a breath. “There is an election going on and if the press starts listening to our critics and takes up the story before we have a chance to bat it down, we will be out of here on our skinny liberal asses, and the Philistines will be back–Sorry if that was a run on sentence, but there was a lot in it.”


“We will take this up tomorrow at deputies.”


Jack looked over at Bob, who was out of Scotch and mentally fatiqued. “I can do this one Bob. You don’t have to be fluent to get it–’Don’t send out any more emails on this. Stop now. I’m not putting anything else in writing and neither should you. I will tell you what to say tomorrow at the meeting, behind closed doors.’”


Bob nodded. “Amen. With truth and justice for all.”


“That’s it. Short and sweet.”


Bob leaned in. “Not quite. There is the other shoe. You know. What happened next.”


Jack said “I’ll bite. What do you mean? What happened next?”


“The meeting was on Friday, September 14th, right? Starting on the Sunday, the 17th, various officials  starting with Susan Rice, and later,  Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama,  went out and told everyone about the video. Over and over again. No fingerprints. No incriminating emails.”


Jack frowned a moment, then nodded. “Oh, right. To make sure they didn’t “harden the mis-interpretation.”


Bob  “That’s right. Just the truth. Good thing the truth will set you free.”


“Although, maybe not in this case.”


*********************


If you want to talk to Bob and Jack about this, I’m pretty sure they left the Old Ebbitt. First of all, they abhor tourists. No offense. Also, they heard someone say there was no “there” there, so they left.



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March 3, 2013

Old EbbittThree characters  from my novel Spin Doctor, Bob, Jack and Evan met it the backroom bar at the Old Ebbitt earlier today. The TV was tuned to the Sunday morning shows, Meet the Press, to be exact:


“…Washington is broken…”


Evan shook his head. “ This is so wrong.”


Bob put down his glass. “What are you talking about? Did they run out of bar snacks?”


Evan nodded at the TV. “No. Washington is broken. Didn’t you hear?”


“Bull…” Bob stopped himself, looked around and went on in a softer voice: “Washington is not broken. Washington is working perfectly.”


Jack leaned in. “Um. Bob. Have you been out of town? The Sequester? Hello, hello? Earth to Bob.”


Bob took a sip. “Funny. Yes, I know.” He drained the glass and waved to the bartender. “What amazes me is that nobody has read the damn Constitution. Nobody has read James Madison. Washington isn’t supposed to make fast laws. Not supposed to make policy like cars coming off the assembly line …”


Jack and Evan looked at each other. Jack lifted his beer, tasted it and eyed Bob. “Come on. We aren’t supposed to have gridlock.”


“Oh really? Why do you think we have gridlock? You know, you guys scare me sometimes. We have all these newbies that come to Washington, but you two live here. You are supposed to be pros.”


Evan and Jack stared at him in silence.


“Let me explain to you. We have the President. He thinks he has a mandate. He believes in whatever he is saying and is trying to get his way. He’s gone in three and a half years, with a little time at the end, maybe one to two years where his power will leak out like Huck Finn’s bag of cornmeal with a hole in it.’


The bartender slid a glass in front of him, he sipped, and went on: “So then, you have the House. It turns out they just got elected t00. Every one of them, in each little Podunk district. And guess what? They are already running for reelection. They don’t have time to make friends or eat lunch. The new ones are trying to learn while looking like they know everything, when they don’t actually know the difference between GSA and GAO. They don’t know who they can trust so they trust nobody. “


Another sip. Bob nodded at Evan. “And then there’s the Senate. They are there six years, so they get to know each other. Some of them even have friends who in the other party.”


Evan straightened up and faked a yawn. “Bob, thanks for the civics lesson but what the hell does this have to do with anything? How does that have to do with the Sequester?”


“Okay, don’t get me wrong, I know the Sequester sucks as a law. But it is where we are. There is no consensus. It is the job of the House to reflect their constituency and to throw themselves in front of a policy they think their folks will hate—raising taxes. The President’s job is to push his agenda. He’s doing that. And the Senate, they are supposed to be reflective and look at the big picture, the precedents, the long term effect. Most of them have been there a few years, so they should know a little history, know how things work. And if something is especially bad, they have the filibuster.”


Jack leaned in: “That’s nice Bob. You are basically saying you think gridlock is okay.”


“No I’m saying there is gridlock because there is no consensus. Nothing wrong with the system. Remember, the alternative to gridlock is to just go along with everything.”


Evan shook his head again. “What about national security? If we can’t get this resolved, I mean, I think we could have a major problem there.”


“So do I. But that isn’t because Washington is broken. It’s because of policy failures. It’s because of inept governing. There is no law we can pass that will protect against bad policy.”


“What’s the answer then,Bob?How is it going to turn out?”


“The polls tell the President he has support. Congress hears from folks back home that they better not capitulate. When those two facts change, either the President’s poll numbers or  the situation in various districts, we will get some motion. Is the economy getting better? Will the cuts really hurt? Will Obama lose credibility by claiming he has to beach aircraft carriers? Will the six Democratic Senators in Romney states who are running  in ’14 feel the love from their state? .  Hard to say.  Meanwhile, let’s get another drink.”



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February 24, 2013

When I first blogged about the Hagel nomination weeks ago, I flagged it as upcoming drama. Now, some of you might be wondering if this movie is ever going to end. I have been working on my next book, Potomac Lights, and this nomination is very distracting. I asked one my characters, Bob Carson, what he thought of the nomination, and as is typical of Bob, mincing no words, he said it was a terrible idea because you “can’t teach a cat to ride a bicycle.” I think he is trying to say that apart from politics and feelings about Israel, Hagel doesn’t seem to have the managerial experience or the temperament to run a huge and complicated agency focused on our safety, with millions of lives at stake.


Bob is a minor character, so you don’t have to take him seriously. But if you like to read about Washington politics with no particular political leaning, you might check out my novel Spin Doctor.


This is not my cat.

This is not my cat.


I digress. Here are some developments since my last post:


Fifteen Senators have written Obama, asking him to withdraw Hagel’s nomination. Since they are all Republican Senators, this is as likely to impact the White  House as would the certain knowledge that it is snowing somewhere in Alaska.


Bob Woodward reported last Sunday that some Democratic Senators have called the White House to ask if they are going to withdraw Hagel. And the White House swears they won’t. Of course, that’s what they all say, right up until they withdraw it.


B’nai B’rith , a liberal leaning “global voice of the Jewish Community” published a statement voicing serious concerns about Hagel.


What we don’t know is whether any Democrat has called  the White House and told them they are not getting their vote. Unless some Democrats break rank, he’s going to be confirmed.


A few days ago,  Sen. Richard Shelby announced he would support the nomination, saying “  He’s probably as good as we’re going to get.” In other words, any choice by this administration is going to preside over the dismantling of Defense and gouging of the DOD Budget. Does it really matter whether it is done in an orderly way? Good question.


That’s bound to be the conclusion of a lot of Senators who might not be thrilled with the nomination. Reality is, there is only so much the minority can do. They have done a very good job of slowing it down and calling attention to it.


Now it is up to the Democrats. They will have to consider if they really want to win this one, whether they will be prepared to take responsibility, to pay the price of having a Hagel at the helm if we face a national defense crisis in the next four years.


They may have another cloture vote this week. It sounds like  they may get enough votes to confirm.


And if he is confirmed, we will soon find out if a cat can ride a bicycle.



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February 14, 2013

I’ve scanned several articles to get an idea why they moved up the Hagel cloture vote to this afternoon instead of Friday. So far, I didn’t find the answer, I will make a guess. It appears the Republicans and Democrats have finally found something to agree on: Take Friday off and Leave Town.


OH, no no no, you say. They will be in Session tomorrow.


Yes, but will there be votes? I don’t think so.



Filed under: Senate, White House Tagged: Administration, Cheney, Chuck Hagel, cloture, Congress, current-events, Dick Cheney, filibuster, Graham, Hagel, Harry Reid, Inhofe, McCain, nomination, Obama, politics, polls, Senate, Senate Armed Services Committee, Senate Majority Leader, White House
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February 13, 2013

Harry Reid has called the hand of the Republicans, moved for a cloture vote Friday. A vote for cloture isn’t a vote on the nomination—“an up or down vote”–it’s a vote on whether they should   vote on the nomination.


So Reid is trying to force a vote. But really, what is going on?


The Republicans are messing with Hagel and the White House. Sen. McCain says he won’t support a filibuster, now he’s not so sure. Same thing with Hatch and probably several others. Hagel is stonewalling on providing some financial info and other answers, so they are making him wait. Just to squirt a little gasoline on the fire, a few days ago, Dick Cheney laid out his stark view  that Hagel was chosen so that Obama would “have a Republican that he can use to take the heat for what he plans to do to the Department of Defense.” Ouch. So the GOP is not going to play along, but is going to try to showcase what they will say is the destruction of our national defense.


For Hagel, it has to be humiliating.  Only two votes from your own party? Those who know you best turn their back?


If  Hagel can’t get sixty votes–cloture– on Friday, surely the White House  will have to withdraw the nomination.


If he gets the sixty, he will be confirmed, of course, but he will be missing a chunk out of his hind quarters.


Still time to vote in my poll!



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Published on February 13, 2013 16:27 • 38 views

If you like drama in politics, the real kind, not the kind we see on TV, watch what happens next on the Hagel nomination.


Yesterday, the Democrats on the Armed Services Committee voted unanimously to report the Hagel nomination to the floor of the Senate. Harry Reid has already promised to take it up in a big hurry-maybe even today.


Unless those damn Republicans show a shocking lack of respect for Precedent and filibuster the nomination.  And instead of the nice, polite Senate courtesies, Reid has apparently said that those opposing the nomination will need to be present on the floor to object. Then he will file a cloture petition, which will essentially start a countdown to the vote. If  Hagel can’t get 60 votes for cloture, his nomination is effectively killed.


Of course, there is a good chance they can dig up five Republicans to back the  President. We know they have two, but we don’t know who the other three might be just yet. Some Republicans may back Hagel because they will decide if Hagel is withdrawn, the next one might be even worse.


Politico has a caption: “Even if Hagel cracks the 60-vote threshold, the GOP will have sent a message.” The Hill has two stories: One that says some GOP  senators will filibuster and the other saying Harry Reid predicts they won’t. The Washington Post snarks that Sen Lindsay Graham is just trying to shine up his conservative credentials by opposing Hagel. The other Republicans are just plain partisan, of course.


What should have been a fig leaf of bipartisanship, a pretense of a strong defense advocate because everyone knows Republicans are strong on defense—has fooled no one. Whether Hagel is qualified, whether he will eagerly facilitate the reining in of the department, these are all substantive arguments to be made or refuted. The weak qualifications, questionable judgment, the blind partisan support of the President—we’ve seen it all before. It’s called politics.


If he is confirmed, Hagel will be damaged goods, unlikely to manage DoD or be its advocate. This doesn’t seem to be a problem for the administration. Quite the contrary. However,  just as the President now owns the economy, he will own defense policy.  He has chosen a weak nominee, and chosen to keep him. The international implications and the impact on our safety will be on him.



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February 6, 2013

Seems like every day we read breathless articles about angst and remorse in the Republican party, and how civil war may be about to break out. Will they lose the House in the next election? Will they kill each other over immigration? Is Boehner out?  Is Karl Rove a traitor? Is the Tea Party over/leaving the party/imploding? Is this what is really going on?


Here’s something else to think about. Something that might bother Harry Reid even more than deciding  how to vote on the assault rifle ban.


Harry Reid


Harry has a math problem.  Don’t worry. Keep reading. It’s just arithmetic.


There are 45 Republicans in the Senate. They need 6 more to control the world’s greatest deliberative body.  In  2014, there are 20 Democrats and 13 Republicans up for reelection.  In other words, the Democrats have a lot to lose. 


The Republican in the tightest race last time was Mitch McConnell, Republican leader of the Senate, and he won 53% of the vote. I’m sure it is possible some of the Republicans will have a tough time. 


But let’s look at the Democrats. Seven of the states  with Senate seats up in ’14 were won by Romney in 2012, most by a large margin:


Baucus, Max (D-MT)


Begich, Mark (D-AK)


Hagan, Kay R. (D-NC)


Johnson, Tim (D-SD)


Landrieu, Mary L. (D-LA)


Pryor, Mark L. (D-AR)


Rockefeller, John D., IV (D-WV-Retiring)


Granted some of these  individual senators may be very popular at home, but what if they are pushed to vote on major issues out of step with their states?


Here’s a word problem for Harry: What happens in Montana, where Obama got 41.8% when they are reminded  their Senator is a Democrat? Will they be happy if they find out he is the one  pushing the Obama tax agenda as Chairman of the Finance Committee, that he was instrumental in passing Obamacare?


If seven seats aren’t enough to get you thinking, consider retirements and toss-ups. The rest of the 2014 class of Democratic Senators:


Coons, Christopher A. (D-DE)


Durbin, Richard J. (D-IL)


Franken, Al (D-MN)


Harkin, Tom (D-IA- Retiring)


Kerry, John F. (D-MA)


Lautenberg, Frank R. (D-NJ)


Levin, Carl (D-MI)


Merkley, Jeff (D-OR)


Reed, Jack (D-RI)


Shaheen, Jeanne (D-NH)


Udall, Mark (D-CO)


Udall, Tom (D-NM)


Warner, Mark R. (D-VA)


Levin and Durbin haven’t announced for reelection. Harkin and Rockefeller are retiring. John Kerry’s seat is open. Al Franken won 42% of the vote last time. And Michigan has a Republican governor.


Shaheen won a tight race.  Both Udalls and Warner won easily, but their states were in the toss-up column in 2012 until election day.


And when did Delaware become solidly blue? (Since they haven’t had a strong candidate run for a Senate seat since Bill Roth). New  Jersey is usually a safe seat for Democrats, but what if there are two seats open?


Of course, the same thing could have been said of the 2012 election. The Republicans had a huge advantage going in, but managed to lose what should have been some easy seats. But in an off-year election,  in the second term of a President…anything can happen.


When you drill down on the details–do the math–things will need to go very, very smoothly in the next 18 months for Harry Reid to sleep well on election night.



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