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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 08:59 AM
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Obama To Host Pro-Life Dems For Abortion Executive Order Signing
-Closed to the press. Move along now, nothing to see here, no photos please. BBI-

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Obama To Host Pro-Life Dems For Abortion Executive Order Signing
By Nick Broten
March 24, 2010

President Obama at 2:30 p.m. will host a group of pro-life Democrats for a ceremony signing an executive order handling abortion language -- a key compromise forged over the weekend to bring members on board to vote for the health care reform legislation.

The White House said the Oval Office ceremony, closed to the press, is to sign the order "that reaffirms the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's consistency with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion."

According to the White House, Members of Congress invited to attend the signing include:

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI)

Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA)

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV)

Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL)

Rep. Chris Carney (D-PA)

Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH)

Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-OH)

Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN)

Rep. Alan Mollohan (D - WV)

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN)

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D - TX)

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA)

http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/03/obama-...

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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:01 AM
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1. DINO Tastic...
n/t
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:27 AM
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7. I can tolerate a dino but those folks are just plain dumb
They needed this extra meaningless gesture to be reassured of laws already in place.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:04 AM
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2. Yup, you gotta make 14 people happy, and when you screw over the
rest, just tell them to suck it up.
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Autumn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:41 AM
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18. I see two wombs and
thirteen dicks in that group. Yeah we can suck it up. Symbols are important. :puke:
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:08 AM
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3. Obama to Pro choicers: Suck.On.This
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:25 AM
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5. Not really. Effectively it is just a statement of the Hyde amendment which is existing law
It does not prevent anyone from changing the law in Congress, just stating what currently exists


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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:27 AM
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8. don't spoil a good tantrum with facts!
;)
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:35 AM
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11. I know what it is..
And to have a Democratic President celebrate it is a bitter pill for those of us who care deeply about this issue.

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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:42 AM
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19. Save your breath...Obama is right, you're wrong...
repeat until you get that glazed over look like so many here.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:04 PM
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32. This is nothing more than political theater for the DINO's sake.
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 02:05 PM by Javaman
the hyde amendment already takes care of this.

So why are we glazed eye'd zombie loving Obama freaks?
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:03 PM
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31. ?
the Hyde Amendment already exists, this is just political puffery to placate the DINO morons.

So what were you saying again?
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katandmoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:38 AM
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14. And a special anti-choice signing ceremony was necessary for it WHY?
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 01:03 PM
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26. no media are allowed, and it changes nothing. Provides cover for those in
Vulnerable districts
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:06 PM
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34. Exactly right. nt
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:05 PM
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33. Political theater is just that.
sometimes you have to play a part to get their votes later.
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Scout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 03:05 PM
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40. so what's the point of it then, a waste of time, to kiss the asses of the
"pro-life" fucking jerks.

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Autumn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:22 AM
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4. Wonder how many on that list use Viagra?
fucking disgrace.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:28 AM
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9. +10!
:puke:
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:26 AM
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6. We knew this was coming.
Hold your nose. Bite the bullet. Whatever. It's gotta be done. Closed-to-the-press is a welcome surprise, though.
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Autumn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:32 AM
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10. I'm tired of biting the bullet.
It's too fucking hard on the teeth and I can't afford dental care.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:41 AM
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16. Ha!
:toast:
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walldude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 01:11 PM
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29. Bite the bullet and closed to the press is a welcome surprise...
Whatever floats your boat I guess...
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:38 PM
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37. I'm glad it wasn't a photo op for the anti-choicers.
That's what floats my boat.

Whatever floats yours...?
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:36 AM
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12. And two of those are from my state.
:puke: :puke: :puke:
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katandmoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:38 AM
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13. Another Fuck You from Obama to the pro-choicers who helped vote him into office
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:09 PM
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35. How so?
Currently abortions aren't privy to federal funds via the hyde amendment.

all this does is placate the DINO's for their vote on future bills and keeps the safe in their districts.

It's political theater.

Although these dems are lifers, doesn't mean they don't support other democratic legislation.

It's called doing the washington tango. Just the way it goes.
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:22 PM
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42. So they oppose free choice but support democratic legislation?
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Tailormyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:39 AM
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15. All I can say is:
:puke:
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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:41 AM
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17. If we don't challenge him from the left in 2012, we deserve this kind of treatment.
nt
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:48 AM
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21. best of luck with all that. let me know when you're going to start (openly) campaigning
against him on here. it'll be a gas.
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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 03:04 PM
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38. Thanks. There's a fair amount of gas here already, but I'm sure the supply can always stand
expansion.
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:49 AM
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25. The only thing that would accomplish is make the left look irrelevant
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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 03:05 PM
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39. As opposed to the immense relevance the left currently has in the party?
nt
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:46 AM
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20. Godfather rewards Capos.
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eilen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:00 AM
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22. All the pro-Rape, Pro-Incest, Pro-Poverty, Pro-Wife Beaters and Pro-Child Abusers
should be happy.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:06 AM
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23. And the hits keep coming. n/t
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:56 AM
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24. Obama To Sign Executive Order On Abortion Funding In Private Ceremony

Obama To Sign Executive Order On Abortion Funding In Private Ceremony

Mar 24, 2010

Washington Times: The President will sign an executive order Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in a much smaller ceremony than the one for the health care reform bill Tuesday. "The order bans the federal government from using taxpayer money for abortions offered through insurance exchanges created under the new law. Critics feared that community health centers would be allowed accept federal money for abortions. ... ccording to the White House: Not even a photographer will be allowed into the Oval Office to capture the moment" (Curl, 3/24).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Daily-Reports/2010/Marc...

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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 01:07 PM
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27. So you'd rather he open it to the press and give these people attention?
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 01:08 PM by Hippo_Tron
The President is signing an executive order that does absolutely nothing, except give these anti-choicers some claim that they "got something" for their vote. The way to make it into something would be to open it up to the media and make a big show about it.
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 01:08 PM
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28. Pro-forced motherhood in poverty would be a better title
Special thanks to the two women on there, always nice to know who the useful idiots are.
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 01:59 PM
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30. Reply to Post #27 You mean that wouldn't be a great photo-op for President Obama?
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 02:03 PM by Better Believe It

Sorry this is in the wrong location.
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:26 PM
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36. Statement of White House Communications Director and Text of Presidential Executive Order
STATEMENT FROM COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR DAN PFEIFFER

Today, the President announced that he will be issuing an executive order after the passage of the health insurance reform law that will reaffirm its consistency with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion.

While the legislation as written maintains current law, the executive order provides additional safeguards to ensure that the status quo is upheld and enforced, and that the health care legislations restrictions against the public funding of abortions cannot be circumvented.

The President has said from the start that this health insurance reform should not be the forum to upset longstanding precedent. The health care legislation and this executive order are consistent with this principle.

The President is grateful for the tireless efforts of leaders on both sides of this issue to craft a consensus approach that allows the bill to move forward.

A text of the pending executive order follows:

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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ENSURING ENFORCEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ABORTION RESTRICTIONS IN THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (approved March __, 2010), I hereby order as follows:

Section 1. Policy.
Following the recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act), it is necessary to establish an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered), consistent with a longstanding Federal statutory restriction that is commonly known as the Hyde Amendment. The purpose of this Executive Order is to establish a comprehensive, government-wide set of policies and procedures to achieve this goal and to make certain that all relevant actorsFederal officials, state officials (including insurance regulators) and health care providersare aware of their responsibilities, new and old.

The Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to the newly-created health insurance exchanges. Under the Act, longstanding Federal laws to protect conscience (such as the Church Amendment, 42 U.S.C. 300a-7, and the Weldon Amendment, Pub. L. No. 111-8, 508(d)(1) (2009)) remain intact and new protections prohibit discrimination against health care facilities and health care providers because of an unwillingness to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.

Numerous executive agencies have a role in ensuring that these restrictions are enforced, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Section 2. Strict Compliance with Prohibitions on Abortion Funding in Health Insurance Exchanges. The Act specifically prohibits the use of tax credits and cost-sharing reduction payments to pay for abortion services (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered) in the health insurance exchanges that will be operational in 2014. The Act also imposes strict payment and accounting requirements to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services in exchange plans (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered) and requires state health insurance commissioners to ensure that exchange plan funds are segregated by insurance companies in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, OMB funds management circulars, and accounting guidance provided by the Government Accountability Office.

I hereby direct the Director of OMB and the Secretary of HHS to develop, within 180 days of the date of this Executive Order, a model set of segregation guidelines for state health insurance commissioners to use when determining whether exchange plans are complying with the Acts segregation requirements, established in Section 1303 of the Act, for enrollees receiving Federal financial assistance. The guidelines shall also offer technical information that states should follow to conduct independent regular audits of insurance companies that participate in the health insurance exchanges. In developing these model guidelines, the Director of OMB and the Secretary of HHS shall consult with executive agencies and offices that have relevant expertise in accounting principles, including, but not limited to, the Department of the Treasury, and with the Government Accountability Office. Upon completion of those model guidelines, the Secretary of HHS should promptly initiate a rulemaking to issue regulations, which will have the force of law, to interpret the Acts segregation requirements, and shall provide guidance to state health insurance commissioners on how to comply with the model guidelines.

Section 3. Community Health Center Program.

The Act establishes a new Community Health Center (CHC) Fund within HHS, which provides additional Federal funds for the community health center program. Existing law prohibits these centers from using federal funds to provide abortion services (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered), as a result of both the Hyde Amendment and longstanding regulations containing the Hyde language. Under the Act, the Hyde language shall apply to the authorization and appropriations of funds for Community Health Centers under section 10503 and all other relevant provisions. I hereby direct the Secretary of HHS to ensure that program administrators and recipients of Federal funds are aware of and comply with the limitations on abortion services imposed on CHCs by existing law. Such actions should include, but are not limited to, updating Grant Policy Statements that accompany CHC grants and issuing new interpretive rules.

Section 4. General Provisions.
(a) Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect: (i) authority granted by law or presidential directive to an agency, or the head thereof; or (ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This Executive Order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This Executive Order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity against the United States, its departments, agencies, entities, officers, employees or agents, or any other person.

THE WHITE HOUSE

http://firedoglake.com/2010/03/21/text-of-executive-ord... /



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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 03:35 PM
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41. WooHoo!!!11!
Oh, wait.

Not woohoo.
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