‘With Joy in My Heart’: Jeb Refutes Trump’s ‘Low Energy’ Taunt 5/5 (1)

By:  TapWires News Service – From David Olson Writing At Newsday

Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush on Saturday rebutted Donald Trump’s relentless mocking of him as a “low-energy” candidate, telling congregants of a Westhampton Beach synagogue of 16-hour campaign days crisscrossing the country.

“If you’ve been following the campaign, there’s a candidate that says that some candidates are idiots and some candidates are this and some candidates are that,” Bush said at the Hampton Synagogue. “I’ve been apparently the candidate that has low energy. So I’ll just give you a little taste of the low-energy candidate’s life this week.”

Bush recited a long list of cities he’s visited in the past six days, boasted of a “physical therapy workout” Friday with former Navy SEALs and said he would be jetting to North Carolina after his speech.

“The low-energy candidate this week has only been six days, 16 hours a day, campaigning with joy in my heart,” the former Florida governor said.

Trump, the billionaire New York developer leading the crowded GOP field in the recent polls, has been ridiculing Bush as too low-key.

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“I don’t see how he’s electable,” Trump said in New Hampshire on Aug. 19. “Jeb Bush is a low-energy person. For him to get things done is hard.”

Bush, alluding to divisive rhetoric in the race for the White House, promised “to go campaign in every nook and cranny of this country with a hopeful, optimistic message. I’m not going to campaign to try to demonize my opponents. I’m not going to campaign in a way that tears this country apart even further.”

The synagogue audience included

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who hasn’t endorsed a presidential candidate. In an interview afterward, Zeldin said Bush looked more fired up.

“I personally saw more passion from him today than I ever have in the past,” Zeldin said. He contrasted Bush’s speech Saturday to his Aug. 6 appearance on Fox News, when “there were opportunities in the first debate for him and other candidates to shine more brightly by having a little more energy and more passion.”

In his speech, Bush also attacked the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran as undermining the security of both the United States and Israel. Israel’s government strongly opposes the pact. American Jewish opinion is divided.

“An unverifiable agreement that creates uncertainty — and probably over the long haul will create nuclear proliferation in the region — is not the right way to go,” Bush told the crowd of hundreds who spilled from inside the synagogue onto two patios.

Bush lamented that while the Obama administration had improved relations with Iran, it had “ruptured” U.S. ties with Israel. He vowed to take a tougher line on U.S. adversaries.

“We will make sure that our enemies fear us a little bit,” Bush said to loud applause.

Linda Pearlman, 65, of Patchogue, said after the speech that she is a registered Democrat but is so worried about the Iran deal that she will vote against any candidate who backs it. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton supports the agreement.

“Iran is a country that cannot be trusted, but we’re accepting their word, and that’s not enough,” Pearlman said.

Bruce Forman, 66, of East Quogue, said he liked Bush’s vow for stronger U.S. leadership in the world.

“That’s how our respect in the world will come back. The current president has tarnished our respect,” Forman said.

Bush was the third Republican presidential hopeful to speak to the modern Orthodox congregation this month. Sens.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) of Florida and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) of South Carolina appeared on Aug. 15. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is scheduled for Sept. 4.

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NFL Hall of Famer An “Emotional Mess” – Bizarre “Scapegoat” Advise For Rookies 5/5 (1)

By: Paul Bremmer

“And just in case y’all not going to decide to do the right thing, if y’all got a crew, you got to have a fall guy in the crew.”

That was pro football Hall of Famer Cris Carter’s advice to an auditorium full of rookies at the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium.

“Y’all not gonna all do the right stuff now, so I got to teach you how to get around all this stuff, too,” Carter continued. “If you gonna have a crew, one of them fools got to know he goin’ to jail.”

Encouraging impressionable young players to shift responsibility for their criminal actions to someone else deserves criticism, according to Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a talk radio host, civil rights leader and WND columnist.

“When I first saw the video, I was really shocked and surprised,” Peterson said. “I could hardly believe what I was seeing and hearing. I realized that Cris Carter is an emotional mess. Shame on Cris, an NFL Hall of Famer. He should know better, because these kids are young and they’re coming from single-parent homes. They don’t have fathers to guide them in the right way and teach them how to take responsibility for their own action.”

The Carter video was exposed just days ago and has gone viral.

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Carter’s remarks were made in 2014, but the video drew attention after Chris Borland, a linebacker who retired after his 2014 rookie season, mentioned in an interview that a former player had advised his rookie class to get a “fall guy” to take the punishment for any crimes they may commit.

BroBible.com searched the NFL’s website and found the video. The league, which has removed the video from its site, called the comment “unfortunate and inappropriate.”

“The comment was not representative of the message of the symposium or any other league program,” the NFL said. “The league’s player engagement staff immediately expressed concern about the comment to Cris.”

Carter later apologized on Twitter.

“Seeing that video has made me realize how wrong I was. I was brought there to educate young people and instead I gave them very bad advice. Every person should take responsibility for his own actions. I’m sorry and I truly regret what I said that day,” he said.

Carter’s comment came during the same year he gave a passionate speech rebuking NFL running back Adrian Peterson, who was suspended in September 2014 for punishing his young son with a switch. Carter made that comment in his role as a studio analyst for ESPN.

“He’s sitting there, going off on [Adrian] Peterson for whupping his son,” the reverend said, “It was hypocrisy at its worst. It’s like Cris has no consciousness, he has no feelings about being wrong and giving out wrong advice at all.

“I think that Cris needs to be suspended for giving out that kind of advice for young rookies while at the same time calling for the punishment of other players who have done wrong. It’s the worst kind of hypocrisy that I’ve seen in a long time.”

Peterson said the incident is a good example of the message he tries to convey in his forthcoming book, “The Antidote.”

“We have to teach especially young black boys and girls because they have not had two parents in the home – we have to teach them not to be angry, not to blame someone else when you’ve done something wrong, not to try to run and hide, but to admit that you’re wrong, and then learn from it and move forward. That’s the only way to grow in life.”

Colin Flaherty, author of “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It,” thinks Carter’s remarks are part of a larger trend of people not taking responsibility for the crimes they commit.

“It seems like I’ve been hearing a lot of this exact kind of Cris Carter advice lately,” Flaherty said. “Just the other day at the University of Wisconsin, one of the professors or administrators said people should not be arrested for stealing from Wal-Mart because it’s [got insurance] and what’s the damn difference, so no people should be arrested at Wal-Mart.”

Peterson said it’s shameful that ESPN, Carter’s current employer, has not taken action, only issuing a statement that it disagrees with the remarks. Peterson also chided the NFL for allowing the video to sit on the site for so long.

“The only reason they’re taking them down now is that they were discovered,” he said. “They should not have allowed this to go any further than the day that Cris said it. He should have been punished then and corrected right in front of those players so they understand this is not the way you function in society if you want to be successful.”

The NFL Rookie Symposium is an annual event in which young players learn how to deal with their newfound wealth and fame and make good decisions.

“I know none of y’all never gonna drink late,” Carter jokingly told the rookies. “I know none of y’all ain’t never gonna use no drugs or nothing, all of y’all gonna go to Bible study. I realize that, but still get you a fall guy. If you gonna have a crew, make sure they understand can’t nothing happen to you. Your name can’t be in lights under no circumstances.”

Peterson said he would have told the players “to take one step at a time, to make sure they save their money, put it away.”

“Don’t run out and buy big fancy homes and cars and don’t get a crew to follow you. Avoid trouble as much as possible, be honest, and be fair to all people. That’s how you grow and mature and succeed in America.”

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‘Official Misconduct Charge’ referred Against Marriage Clerk – Only The State of Kentucky Can Remove Davis 5/5 (1)

By:  WND.com

After a “flurry” of activity on Friday afternoon, Rowan County (Kentucky) Clerk Kim Davis faces an official misconduct charge for her refusal to issue marriage licenses despite a court order. Davis has not issued licenses for two months since same-sex marriage was declared legal by the U.S. Supreme Court.

County Attorney Cecil Watkins said two gentlemen involved in a lawsuit against Davis and Rowan County requested the charges.

In court documents, Davis said she filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Court to have her appeal reviewed by a justice, then asked U.S. District Judge David Bunning to extend his stay on his marriage license order while she appeals. Bunning’s stay is scheduled to expire Aug. 31. Bunning denied the request.

Meanwhile on Friday, the Rowan County Attorney’s Office said it referred an official misconduct charge against Davis to the Attorney General’s office. A release from the county attorney’s office says Kentucky Bar Association “Rules of the Supreme Court of Kentucky prohibit the Rowan County Attorney’s Office from prosecuting Davis” because they are involved in current litigation with Davis.

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“Typically, the attorney general’s office refers conflict cases to a prosecutor from another county,” the release says. “Kentucky state government is the only entity that can move to have Kim Davis removed as Rowan County Clerk.”

Watkins said the Rowan County government and his office had no other action against Davis. “No authority exists for her removal or suspension from the office by Rowan County government,” said Watkins.

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The Morehead News notes KRS 522.020 and KRS 522.030 deal with official misconduct in the first and second degree, respectively. “A public servant is guilty of official misconduct in the first degree when, with intent to obtain or confer a benefit or to injure another person or to deprive another person of a benefit, knowingly commits an act relating to his office which constitutes an unauthorized exercise of his official functions or refrains from performing a duty imposed upon him by law or clearly inherent in the nature of his office or violates any statute or lawfully adopted rule or regulation relating to his office,” according to KRS 522.020.

Official misconduct in the first degree is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable with imprisonment not to exceed 12 months and fines of $500. Official misconduct in the second degree is a Class B misdemeanor and carries a potential punishment of up to 90 days imprisonment and fines of $250. The charge must be tried in court before a designation of first or second degree is placed upon it.

WKYT reported the group supporting same-sex marriage, which has been meeting for two months, were joined by protesters who rallied early Friday outside the courthouse.

“The group supporting Davis also welcomed Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, who stopped in Rowan County during his bike ride from Pikeville to Paducah in support of county clerks who say the Supreme Court ruling goes against their religious beliefs,” noted WKYT. “The Rowan County Clerk came outside to welcome Casey Davis, who began his trek Thursday morning. The Casey County Clerk showed some emotion as he spoke about his journey. The two of them, who are not related, but say they are brother and sister in Christ, spent about 30 minutes inside the Rowan County Clerk’s office.”

“I don’t hate these people. Kim doesn’t hate these people. Kim is not trying to keep them from getting what they want,” Casey Davis said. “I mean, I’ve ridden a bike across how many counties? They can drive in a car much easier today and go get that if that’s what they want.”

Mary Hargis, who supports same sex marriage, said she was there Friday to show “we support our LBGT community and we want them to know that we care and every time they walk through those doors and are denied we are here for them.”

Watkins said they expect some kind of response from the Attorney General’s Office by next Wednesday or Thursday.

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Alleged Texas Cop Killer Charged: Attended Same University as Sandra Bland 5/5 (1)

By: Bob Price And Lana Shadwick

HOUSTON, Texas – Authorities in Harris County have identified the alleged killer of a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy as Shannon Juruary Miles, 31. Breitbart Texas has learned that Miles has an extensive history with law enforcement in Harris County.

Miles is the registered owner of the 2002 red Ford Ranger that law enforcement appeared to search on Friday night outside the home where Miles lives. The Ford was being sought after police obtained security video from the gas station where Deputy Darren Goforth was killed. They also had a description of the vehicle from witnesses.

Miles is being charged with capital murder involving the killing of a police officer.

The suspect allegedly walked up behind Deputy Goforth and began shooting without warning. Sheriff Ron Hickman said, during a Saturday press conference attended by Breitbart Texas, that Goforths only “offense” was the clothing he was wearing (a deputy’s uniform.) This is the only profession there is where you can be killed simply for the clothing you wear to work, Hickman told reporters.

Authorities said they did not charge Miles last night because they were confirming facts. Police have now confirmed that a gun recovered by police is the murder weapon.

The extensive criminal history of the alleged cop killer includes trespassing, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, evading detention. It appears he had a state jail felony arrest for criminal mischief, but the charge was pleaded down to a misdemeanor charge.

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Breitbart Texas obtained the following information from public court records:

  • 02/03/2009 – Harris County – Metro – Resist Arrest/Search – Nolo Contender – 6 days jail
  • 05/12/2007 – Harris County – HCSO – Criminal Trespass  – Guilty – 10 days jail
  • 05/03/2007 – Harris County – Jersey Village PD – Evading Arrest – Guilty – 10 days jail (credit for some time in)
  • 12/31/2006 – Harris County – HPD – Disorderly Conduct (discharging firearm) – Guilty – 15 days jail
  • 10/02/2005 – Harris County – HCSO – Evading Detention (dismissed and refiled as) Resist Arrest/Search – Guilty – 8 days jail
  • 07/04/2005 – Harris County – HCSO – Criminal Mischief destruction of property $50 – $500 (was originally a Felony but was reduced to a Misdemeanor) (the complainant was Peggy O’Neal who is the registered owner of the house where Miles lives. O’Neal is also listed on Miles Facebook page.) – Guilty – 3 days jail
  • 02/15/2005 – Harris County – U of H PD – Fail to Identify giving False Info – Guilty – 4 days

Breitbart Texas has learned that Miles attended Prairie View A&M University, according to what appears to be his Facebook page. This is the school where Sandra Bland was arrested following a traffic stop and alleged assault on a police officer in July. Three days later Bland killed herself in the Waller County jail and became a prominent icon in the #BlackLivesMatter movement. It appears he attended the predominantly black university for one year from August, 2003 to May, 2004. Following that he attended other colleges including Houston Community College and the University of Houston Hilton College.

Following Bland’s suicide, daily protests have been held at the Waller County Jail. In one of these protests attended by Breitbart Texas, a self-proclaimed militant black woman said that all white people should be killed. A few days later, armed members of the New Black Panther Party marched on the jail chanting “the Revolution has begun, off the Pigs,” during another protest attended by Breitbart Texas.

Last week, Breitbart Texas reported that the Prairie View City Council voted  to rename University Drive to Sandra Bland Parkway. Bland had moved back to Prairie View shortly before her death to work for the University’s alumni association.

During a press conference held in Houston on Saturday, Sheriff Hickman talked about the rhetoric about violence against cops was spiraling out of control.

Meanwhile, members of the community where Goforth lived and served are planning a prayer vigil to honor the fallen deputy. Throughout the day, people have been building a memorial tribute to the deputy. The prayer vigil is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening. It will be held at the scene of Goforth’s execution, the Chevron gas station and convenience store located at West Road and Telge Road in northwest Harris County.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson told reporters that it is time for the silent majority in this country to support law enforcement.

Miles is currently being held in the Harris County jail without bond.

Breitbart Texas will be attending this event and will bring more information about this developing story.

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By: Craig Millward

(CNSNews.com)- At a press conference outside the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday, Bishop E.W. Jackson said that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger “was a white supremacist” and to honor her “is to be complicit in her evil and her racism.”

The press conference brought together a group of black pastors and pro-life leaders who are demanding that the portrait gallery, which is a part of the federally funded Smithsonian Institution, remove a bust of Margaret Sanger.

The bust is featured in the gallery’s “The Struggle for Justice” exhibit, which focuses on historical equal rights achievements in America. Depictions of King and Parks are featured in the exhibit nearby Sanger’s bust.

“The woman was a racist, she was a genocidal figure in America and in human history and to honor her is to be complicit in her evil and her racism,” Jackson said.

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“That’s right, if you are honoring Margaret Sanger you are joining together with her in her racist ideology,” he said.

“So she may have never used the term–that is Margaret Sanger–but she was clearly a white supremacist,” he said. “That term is used today as a political weapon often without any facts to back it up. We’ve got facts to back up that Margaret Sanger was a white supremacist.”

“Planned Parenthood is nothing more than a euphemism for Planned Death for the people that Margaret Sanger thought should not exist,” Jackson said.

Jackson is the president of STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny). On Thursday, after the press conference, he delivered a petition signed by 14,000 calling for the Smithsonian to remove Sanger’s bust.

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Obama: ‘…As We Push Our Economy and the World to Ultimately Transition Off Fossil Fuels’ 5/5 (1)

By:  CNSNews.com

President Barack Obama said in his weekly address today that four villages in Alaska are in “imminent danger” because of climate change and that safety will be his administration’s top consideration in permitting offshore oil and gas drilling “as we push our economy and the world to ultimately transition off of fossil fuels.”

‘America will lead the world to meet the threat of climate change before it’s too late’

Here are key excerpts from the president’s address:

Alaska’s glaciers are melting faster too, threatening tourism and adding to rising seas. And if we do nothing, Alaskan temperatures are projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century, changing all sorts of industries forever.

This is all real. This is happening to our fellow Americans right now. In fact, Alaska’s governor recently told me that four villages are in “imminent danger” and have to be relocated.  Already, rising sea levels are beginning to swallow one island community.

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Think about that. If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, we’d do everything in our power to protect ourselves. Climate change poses the same threat, right now. …

Since the United States and China worked together to set ambitious climate targets last year, leading by example, many of the world’s biggest emitters have come forward with new climate plans of their own. And that’s a good sign as we approach this December’s global climate negotiations in Paris.

Now, one of the ways America is leading is by transitioning away from dirty energy sources that threaten our health and our environment, and by going all-in on clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar…

The bottom line is, safety has been and will continue to be my administration’s top priority when it comes to oil and gas exploration off America’s precious coasts – even as we push our economy and the world to ultimately transition off of fossil fuels.

So I’m looking forward to talking with Alaskans about how we can work together to make America the global leader on climate change around the globe. … Because what’s happening in Alaska is happening to us.  It’s our wakeup call.  And as long as I’m President, America will lead the world to meet the threat of climate change before it’s too late.

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Bush Fundraisers Exit Campaign Amid Sagging Poll Numbers, Miami Says Move Voluntary 5/5 (1)

By: Fox News.com – Contributors: Serafin Gomez and Kathleen Reuschle

Three of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s fundraising consultants have left the campaign, Fox News confirmed Saturday.

The consultants are Kris Money, Trey McCarley and Debbie Alexander, and they voluntarily left the campaign Friday, according to multiple sources.

Politico first reported the departures and suggested they were the result of personality conflicts and concerns about the strength of the campaign.

However, a Bush campaign source attempted Saturday to minimize the impact of the departures by saying the consultants remain involved in multiple projects outside of the campaign.

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In addition, Bush spokesman Tim Miller told Fox News: “Governor Bush has the widest and deepest fundraising operation of any candidate in the field.”

He also said Ann Herberger, a longtime aide with more than two decades of experience in state and national politics, will continue to lead fundraising operations at campaign headquarters in Miami.

Bush, a former Florida governor, was the 2016 GOP presumptive frontrunner. And he had a superior fundraising advantage over essentially all of the other candidates in the party’s huge primary field, in large part because of his family name and connections with Washington Republicans.

Bush and the super-PAC Right to Rise raised a combined $114 million in the first quarter of this year, according to federal records, meeting often-talked-about expectations that the operation could indeed raise that much money.

However, Bush’s poll number have steadily declined since billionaire businessman and first-time candidate Donald Trump entered the race in mid-June.

“This is the time of year that campaigns make staffing changes before settling a final team going forward,” Joe Desilets, a Republican strategist and managing partner at the Washington firm 21st & Main, said Saturday. “Jeb is far and away the fundraising leader in the race and has announced other major fundraisers joining his team. … If Jeb starts dropping in fundraising, it may prove to be a bigger deal, but … I don’t see this as a major problem going forward.”

Bush led the GOP field in mid-July with 17.8 percent of the vote, but is now at 9.8 percent, behind Trump at 23.5 percent and retired Dr. Ben Carson at 10.3 percent.

Trump has aggressively and consistently attacked Bush as the frontrunner, criticizing several of his positions including those on immigration and federal spending on women’s health.

Trump’s attacks have also been more personal, saying Bush is “low energy.”

Meanwhile, Bush appears to be taking a non-confrontational approach by largely not responding to the attacks and referring to himself as a “joyful tortoise.”

Money, McCarley and Alexander will continue to work for Right to Rise, sources also told Fox News.

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Donald Trump Not Pleased With Question From CNN Reporter — Watch How He Handles It 5/5 (1)

By:  Oliver Darcy

Presidential candidate Donald Trump scolded a CNN reporter at a press conference Friday evening for asking a question he was not pleased with.

The journalist asked the billionaire candidate about protesters outside an event he was set to speak at.

“I don’t see many protesters. I see thousands of people and there are a few protesters,” Trump said. “And I figured you’d ask that question, because you know, that’s the way it is. CNN is terrible.”

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“You’re with CNN?” he asked. “You people do not cover us accurately at all. So they have a few protesters outside and they have thousands of people and the first question from CNN is about protesters.”

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Sold-Out Conservative Jackson Hole Summit Rages Against the Fed 5/5 (1)

By  Chriss:  W. Street

The sold-out Jackson Hole Summit, which seeks to be a conservative counter-balance to the Kansas City Federal Reserve’s Jackson Hole Symposium, kicked off with a fascinating history lesson by a Director of the Council on Foreign Relations on how the Bretton Woods Conference at the end of WW II led to the massive monetary expansion of Federal Reserve and impoverishment of America.

Benn Steil, Ph.D., in his book The Battle of Bretton Woods, credits the roots of central banks printing trillions in paper currency, suppressing interest rates, and manipulating markets to a post-war world designed by President Franklin Roosevelt’s chief U.S. negotiator Harry Dexter White, a Treasury official later was unmasked as a Soviet spy.

Mr. Steil highlighted that the gold-based monetary system expired in 1914 after a century of long-term price stability, peace and prosperity. After WW I, the world moved to a supposed “gold-exchange” standard that was really based on paper money exchange and led to price instability, war and depression over the next 30 years.

The 1944 conference at Bretton Woods in New Hampshire brought together 44 nations to design a system to regulate international money and banking. The two key players at the conference were Harry Dexter White and the UK’s John Maynard Keynes. At the time of the conference, the dollar represented 1/35th of an ounce of gold; 71 years later the dollar represents less than 1/1,100th of an ounce of gold.

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Harry Dexter White went to Washington in 1934 to be a key actor in drafting the Roosevelt Administration’s long-range socialist agenda. In 1944, he and many Roosevelt appointees were huge advocates of the Soviet Union. White wrote, “Russia is the first instance of a socialist economy in action. And it works!” Just before the conference, he publicly advocated that government should control and direct the means of production.

The UK’s John Maynard Keynes went to Bretton Woods with a willingness to agree with everything demanded by White and the U.S. negotiators, as long as he could extract the largest amount of cash from the U.S. Treasury to win the war in Europe. Keynes fully understood that although Bretton Woods claimed to be establishing a post-war economic order where the value of money would be fixed, the agreement gave governments a capability to unfix monetary values every time there was a “crisis”.

The Bretton Woods Agreement made the dollar convertible into gold and all other currencies convertible into the U.S. dollar. Depression and wartime-era restrictions on trade required to be torn down with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, both dominated by the U.S., given broad authority to implement this grand design.

White assured the House Banking Committee in 1945 that “There is no likelihood that… the United States will, at any time, be faced with the difficulty of buying and selling gold at a fixed price freely.” He assured Congress that the Bretton Woods Agreement meant that America would continue to be the world’s top creditor nation because the dollar would be the only “reserve currency.”

But the Bretton Woods new world order rules morphed over the next seventy years from the Federal Reserve being required to exchange dollars for gold to the elimination of U.S. metal convertibility for the dollar, to the ability of the Fed to engage in actions like multiple rounds of “quantitative easing” that has led to the U.S. becoming the world’s largest debtor.

Dr. Steil advocates a return to a form of the classic gold standard that would be relatively self-regulating and feature timely settlement of international debts through fully convertible currencies.

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By:  Matthew Boyle

2016 GOP frontrunner and billionaire Donald Trump already won his war with the Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly.

She’s exposed as having a point of view, rather than being a purely impartial arbiter of news. Now he’s just having fun as a larger war between him and the network’s powers-that-be looms.

In exposing Kelly, he’s employed at least parts of an unwritten playbook for political warfare his former, longtime aide–legendary GOP trickster Roger Stone–has laid out mostly informally over the years called “Stone’s Rules.” Stone hasn’t actually published the “Rules” anywhere, though some appear littered throughout his Twitter account and in a profile that the Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash wrote of him in 2007.

Stone, ironically, is a Fox News Contributor. He left the Trump campaign operation a few weeks ago—Trump says he fired Stone, while Stone says he quit—but he’s become one of the Donald’s biggest supporters on the outside in no time at all appearing on virtually every television show he can to tout Trump’s candidacy. “Never miss the opportunity to have sex or be on television, as Gore Vidal said,” Stone told the New York Times for a fashion profile on him this week.

Stone has worked in Republican politics for decades and helped Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan win elections. There’s no indication he’s involved in this Trump play against Kelly in any way, shape or form—he says he quit the Trump campaign because Trump insisted on this fight with Kelly—but his decades of influence on Trump, and his style, are clearly on display here.

“Hit it from every angle. Open multiple fronts on your enemy. He must be confused, and feel besieged on every side,” probably the most important of “Stone’s Rules” reads, according to the Labash profile. That’s exactly what Trump has done to Kelly, and as she’s been “confused” amid a barrage of attacks, she’s made the critical mistake Trump had been hoping she’d make: she showed her hand, abandoning impartiality with people other than him.

Ed note: Trump didn’t start the war with Kelly but one really can’t blame him for deploying tactics necessary to win.  Fox and Kelly chose the battle ground, and the timing of the attack, But Trump anticipated their move well in advance, already had a counter for it and has pummeled both her and Fox without looking mean spirited or vengeful.  He has simply hit her from every angle, exposing the RINO bias at Fox and exposed their very real weaknesses.

In the past two days, contrasts between her interviews with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)  and Univision’s Jorge Ramos have thrust into public display a willingness on her part to allow a liberal narrative forward while crushing a conservative narrative. Technically speaking, most of the individual questions—with the exception of one to Cruz—she asked of both of them were all independently acceptable questions. However, the way she handled the interviews as a whole in the context of the political debate indicates she is a journalist who has made up her mind about the 2016 election, and that she has a decided and clear point of view about the presidential candidacy of Trump.

Her point of view is one more fitting of a pundit, television personality, or opinion leader than that of a journalist or straight-down-the-middle news anchor or reporter—and she’s using her position on the Fox News Channel to further that point of view rather than acting as an impartial arbiter of the 2016 presidential race. There’s nothing wrong with that—opinion journalists exist everywhere in media from online outlets like this one to television stations of all stripes, including on the Fox News Channel in folks like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, among others. But it’s clear from the narrative she’s pushing on her show that Kelly wants to take Trump out. Kelly will do everything within her power to undermine Trump’s candidacy. In response, Trump has been taking his battle axe driving public opinion to chop Kelly’s carefully crafted impartial public image to pieces.

The advocacy style of Kelly—who values being seen in mainstream media circles as a respectable journalist, a somehow neutral arbiter of the news—that Trump has exposed is toxic in the long run for her career and for her network. As she’s risen as a popular anchor, the network for which she works has worked overtime and spent millions of dollars to present her as a modern Walter Cronkite or Edward R. Murrow. They’ve painted a picture of Kelly as a news woman who tells America the truth, no matter what it is, in a fair and balanced manner.

But what Trump has done in a truly special manner is expose that fallacy. It’s not that Trump’s war with Kelly isn’t petty—it is, and it is probably counterproductive to be fighting with a television personality for weeks on end as he’s soaring in the polls. He could be fighting with the Mexican or Chinese governments or with Democrats or his fellow GOP candidates—all of which would be more conducive to helping him earn more supporters—but Trump isn’t someone who backs down easily–and since Kelly came after him, not the other way around, he feels like he needs to win. Well, in the regard of whether or not Kelly is in fact impartial, Trump has a decisive victory.

That doesn’t mean that Kelly will see a drop in ratings or a loss of status in the media. She’s still the top dog on the Fox News Channel, and her show still gets incredible ratings. Until a credible competitor emerges—CNN and MSNBC certainly haven’t been able to make the cut—she’ll remain there, just like O’Reilly and Hannity have. But Trump has taken one thing away from her that she and her bosses at Fox can never replace, no matter how much time or money they spend on it: the appearance of impartiality.

What’s perhaps most important here—as has been the case with every behemoth in politics and media that candidate Trump has conquered from rivals like former Texas Gov. Rick Perry or

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to GOP titans like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to pundits like George Will or Frank Luntz and more—is that Kelly fired first. It wasn’t at the debate where Kelly fired her first cheap shot at Trump, either.

On July 27, as The Daily Beast’s Tim Mak and Brandy Zadrozny published a subsequently quickly-proven-false hit piece alleging that Trump raped his ex-wife Ivana Trump—with whom he had three children, Ivanka, Eric and Donald, Jr.—Kelly rushed it onto her show and into the political narrative. The story was posted online at 8:35 p.m. that evening on The Daily Beast’s website, too late for Kelly to have vetted it herself before going on air to read it—which she did gleefully that night, just leaning on the normally reliable Daily Beast to be able to use it on her show.

“We got to get to this because this is just breaking on the Daily Beast—the headline is: ‘Ex-Wife: Donald Trump Made Me Feel ‘Violated’ During Sex,’” Kelly said on air. “The next line is: ‘Ivana Trump once accused the real estate tycoon of “rape,” although she later clarified: not in the “criminal sense.””

As a photo of Ivana appeared on the right side of the screen and Stirewalt split the left with Kelly, Kelly continued: “And the essence of this piece, I’m just reading this literally as we are on the air, is that during their divorce proceeding—which was ugly—she accused him of a ‘violent assault,’ pulling back her arms, pulling out fistfuls of her hair, and then ‘raping’ her in a vicious manner.”

“Donald Trump has previously—this is back in 1989 this allegedly happened—he has denied it previously, years ago, saying it is obviously false and going after the guy who wrote it as a vindictive and jealous man,” Kelly said before eventually turning to Stirewalt. “Somebody who speaks for Donald Trump has come out and denied it as well and added that legally, he says, you cannot rape your spouse—although I’m not sure about that as a legal matter, we’ll leave that for another day—but what does this tell us now? What does this tell us? It’s getting ugly for one thing.”

“It’s getting ugly, for one thing,” Stirewalt replied, echoing Kelly before providing his analysis on the spot about the piece. “Number two, it’s old.”

“Very,” Kelly interjected.

“But in the case of Donald Trump, you have decades—reaching back to the 1980s—of a public life, and a colorful one at that,” Stirewalt continued before Kelly jumped in to talk over him and seemingly back the odd logic behind the Daily Beast publishing this old piece.

“But this is how you get around that, Chris—they start the article, all right, they start the article by saying, ‘Donald Trump introduced his presidential campaign to the world with a slur against Mexican immigrants, accusing them of being “rapists” and bringing crime into the country.’ And then they say this is ‘unfortunate turn of phrase for’ him and then they get into the matter from 1989 in a divorce proceeding—where the audience needs to understand, often both sides say very ugly things that may or may not be true,” Kelly said.

At the end of the segment, Kelly seemingly warned Trump about what she planned to do to him at the upcoming debate: “We see this happen, we see this happen a lot, you run for president, man, they will go after everything.”

The next morning, Trump and his team turned the tables on the Daily Beast hit piece—albeit in an unlikely manner. His ex-wife Ivana–unprompted, he later told Breitbart News–issued a statement to CNN backing him up.

“I have recently read some comments attributed to me from nearly 30 years ago at a time of very high tension during my divorce from Donald,” Ivana said. “The story is totally without merit. Donald and I are the best of friends and together have raised three children that we love and are very proud of. I have nothing but fondness for Donald and wish him the best of luck on his campaign. Incidentally, I think he would make an incredible president.”

By midday, Trump and his campaign—although truly a bit shaken for the first time this cycle at how low some folks in media like the Daily Beast and Kelly would go—were back on offense targeting the political establishment and growing their lead in the polls.

That night, in what appeared to be an effort to distance herself from the piece she previously rushed on air the night before, Kelly completely changed her tune as she badgered the Daily Beast’s Mak on her show. “Tim, you are under fire for writing a piece about a man’s divorce—allegations made in it—from three decades ago,” Kelly asked Mak. “Why did you think this was relevant?”

From there, however, with the first debate in Cleveland looming a fortnight away, Kelly was out of the closet in her desire to see Trump’s head on a platter rather than his name as the GOP nominee on a ballot against whoever wins the Democratic nomination. Trump smelled Kelly’s plan a mile away and backed out of a pre-scheduled interview with her before the debate.

But the two were destined to clash on the debate stage. Like clockwork, on it, Kelly aimed to stump Trump. But Trump was ready for her.

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“Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter,” Kelly asked him on the Quicken Loans Arena stage in Cleveland with 24 million people watching back home. “However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.’”

As the audience laughed, Kelly attempted to continue: “Your Twitter account…”

“Only Rosie O’Donnell,” Trump joked, disarming Kelly.

The audience roared in laughter.

“No, it wasn’t,” Kelly tried to correct Trump. “Your Twitter account…”

The audience erupted in applause for Trump.

“Thank you,” Trump thanked them.

“For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell,” Kelly interjected.

“Yes, I’m sure it was,” Trump replied.

“Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks,” Kelly continued her question. “You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?”

“I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct,” Trump answered, earning resounding applause from the audience.

“I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness,” Trump continued. “And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either. This country is in big trouble. We don’t win anymore. We lose to China. We lose to Mexico both in trade and at the border. We lose to everybody. And frankly, what I say, and oftentimes it’s fun, it’s kidding. We have a good time. What I say is what I say. And honestly Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry. I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn’t do that.”

The crowd roared again.

“But you know what, we — we need strength, we need energy, we need quickness and we need brain in this country to turn it around,” Trump finished his answer. “That, I can tell you right now.”

After the debate, Trump told CNN’s Don Lemon that he was very displeased with Kelly.

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump said in the Lemon interview.

Many–including Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson of RedState, who disinvited Trump to his annual gathering of candidates and activists outside Atlanta–took that Trump comment to be a reference to Kelly menstruating. None of them, of course, even listened to the full interview—each of them took it out context—since Trump also referred to Chris Wallace, one of the other moderators from the Fox News Channel and a male, having blood coming out of his eyes. Trump noted that in a later interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union.

Kelly, on her first post-debate show and the first show since all of this, addressed the controversy for the first time. “Apparently Mr. Trump thought the question I asked was unfair and felt I was attacking him, I felt he was asked a tough but fair question,” she said. “We agree to disagree.”

After that, she somewhat praised Trump in an effort to bury the hatchet.

“Mr. Trump is an interesting man who has captured the attention of the electorate,” Kelly said. “That’s why he’s leading in the polls. Trump, who is the front-runner, will not apologize, and I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism. So I’ll continue doing my job without fear or favor, and Mr. Trump, I expect, will continue with what has been a successful campaign thus far. This is a tough business and it’s time now to move forward, and now let’s get back to the news.”

Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes called Trump to work out a truce. A Trump attorney, Michael Cohen, appeared on Hannity, then Ailes worked it out with Trump to appear on his network on other shows throughout the week. Publicly, it appeared the truce would work.

But what was at play here? One other of “Stone’s Rules”: “Never do anything till you’re ready to do it.” Trump took advantage of Fox’s desire for a cease fire to recuperate, rebuild his energy and sit back waiting until the time was right.

Everything went rocky again as Kelly went on an unannounced 11-day-long vacation. Due to conservative blowback on Fox for her behavior during the debate, many, including Trump, speculated that Kelly’s previously unannounced vacation was meant as a cooling off period for her—or as some kind of punishment for her actions.

Fox fired back hard at Trump.

“The conspiracy theories about Megyn Kelly’s vacation rank up there with UFO’s, the moon landing and Elvis being alive,” a Fox spokesperson said in a statement.

Megyn is on a pre-planned, annual summer vacation with her family, which is much deserved. To imply otherwise as Donald Trump and his campaign operatives have is not only wildly irresponsible, but downright bizarre. Perhaps Mr. Trump thinks it’s advantageous to his poll numbers to keep talking about Megyn, but that doesn’t change the fact that Roger Ailes has fully supported her and her tough journalistic questioning since day one and is thrilled with the added exposure from the debate which resulted in even higher ratings of The Kelly File this week. Anyone who knows Roger is aware of how historically and consistently loyal he is to all of his talent and how he protects them at all costs. As Governor Terry Branstad said today, “when you’re a candidate, you’ve got to basically answer the questions. You can’t just attack the person asking the questions. That doesn’t work.”

The statement, as Breitbart News noted at the time, did not refer to Kelly as a journalist, a news anchor, or a reporter. It referred to her as “talent,” exactly what Trump has wanted to expose her as being to the public.

Then things cooled down a little bit. Trump—adhering still clearly to “Stone’s Rules”—sat back and waited while Kelly enjoyed her previously unannounced vacation. But the night she came back, Trump threw her some serious criticism again. In a series of Tweets, Trump lit into Kelly’s credibility.

Kelly, he tweeted, “must have had a terrible vacation, she is really off her game. Was afraid to confront Dr. Cornel West. No clue on immigration!”

“I liked The Kelly File much better without” Kelly, he said in another Tweet. “Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!”

Other Tweets which he retweeted included ones that called Kelly a “bimbo,” as having come back from her vacation “looking like Nancy Grace,” and the real dagger, that her program has “become an opinion show.”

Ailes ripped Trump in a statement responding to him that defended Kelly. He called on Trump to apologize. Trump fired back that he wouldn’t apologize, that he disagreed with Ailes’ statement, and that he does not think Kelly is a “quality journalist.” He told people to watch his speech that night, Tuesday of this week, in Iowa on CNN—a full-blown heckle to Fox that Trump would send viewers to a Fox competitor with consistently lower ratings.

In play here? Another one of “Stone’s Rules”: “Admit nothing, deny everything, launch counterattack.” Trump refused to apologize, denied all wrongdoing, and lit into Fox—particularly Kelly—again.

That night, Kelly—still clearly visibly upset with everything happening in the feud with Trump, and as the earlier-mentioned one of “Stone’s Rules” would say, “confused,” as she’s been besieged from every direction—had Sen. Cruz on her program.

The interview with Cruz started off fine. She asked him first why he opposes birthright citizenship for illegal aliens’ anchor babies in the United States. He answered clearly. She asked him second to reconcile that viewpoint with comments he made about the 14th Amendment years ago—a tough but fair question—and he handled it with ease. Then she pushed the conversation down the road of deportation. It was here where for several minutes she badgered Cruz, a back-and-forth in the middle of which Cruz even noted that she was asking “mainstream media liberal” questions.

“If you have a husband and a wife who are illegal immigrants, and they have two children who are here who are American citizens, would you deport all of them? Would you deport the American citizen children?”

“Megyn, what I’ve said is we should approach immigration in a staged matter,” Cruz answered. “We should start with focusing on areas of bipartisan agreement. Where is there bipartisan agreement? On two major areas. Number one, that we should do everything possible to secure the border and stop illegal immigration. And number two, to improve and streamline legal immigration.”

“That doesn’t sound like an answer,” Kelly cut him off. “Mr. Trump answered that question explicitly last night on ‘The O’Reilly Factor.’ Will you do so now?”

“Well, Megyn, what I’m doing is answering what I think Congress should do,” Cruz answered again. “What Congress should do, and I introduced legislation to do exactly this, triple the Border Patrol. Increase fourfold the fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft to monitor the border, put in place a strong biometric exit/entry system, because 40% of illegal immigration doesn’t come across the border, it’s visa overstays. Put in place a strong E-Verify system. And then this final piece is critical, actually have the federal government enforce the law.”

“Senator, I understand all that, and you’ve outlined your plan, but you’re — unlike you, you’re dodging my question,” Kelly replied. “You don’t want to answer that question. He says he would.”

After some more back and forth, Cruz then laid out how the question Kelly asked is one that liberals push.

“Megyn, I get that that’s the question you want to ask, that’s also the question every mainstream media liberal journalist wants to ask,” Cruz told her.

Kelly asked if the question was “unfair,” to which Cruz replied it is “a distraction from how we actually solve the problem. You know, it’s also the question Barack Obama wants to focus on.”

Kelly, ever persistent, then asked Cruz why it was “so hard” for him to “just say yes or no.”

Throughout the day Wednesday, Kelly faced another round of hits for the Cruz confrontation—and she has started to wither under the pressure. Grassroots GOP voters agreed with Cruz that Kelly framed her questioning to reinforce the liberal and GOP establishment narrative that the opponents of amnesty want to sweep through the barrios, kick down doors, and haul people away at night–thus raising the specter of a totalitarian regime, which Univision’s Jorge Ramos would reinforce in his interview with Kelly that evening.

During Kelly’s show on Tuesday night, Trump was in Iowa fighting with Ramos—the incident in which Trump’s team escorted him out of a press conference for being unruly then let him back in after he agreed to play by the rules. On Wednesday night, Kelly hosted Ramos on her program. After playing a video of the exchange for her viewers, she asked Ramos a question she knows the answer to: “What is it like to be caught in the crosshairs of a billionaire presidential frontrunner?”

“Well you know it feels,” Ramos said before offering his condolences to the victims of the Virginia shooting.

“You the only thing I wanted to do is to ask a question,” Ramos continued.

Many weeks ago, I requested an interview with Mr. Donald Trump. I sent him a handwritten note with my cell phone. Instead of returning our phone calls or calling me, he published it online. He just didn’t want to give me an answer. However, there are many questions that we have on Mr. Donald Trump. How is he going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants? How is he going to deny citizenship for the children of those immigrants here? How is he going to build a 1,900-mile wall? So we needed answers, so we decided to go to Iowa, go to a press conference and ask those questions. And clearly Donald Trump didn’t like my questions and that’s what happened. He tried to silence me and in this country you cannot do that. I’m a U.S. citizen, I’m an immigrant, I’m a reporter and I have the right in this country to ask any question I want to whomever I want.

“What he said was—he was suggesting you were looking for a confrontation, that you were rude to the other reporters in the room because you didn’t wait your turn,” Kelly asked Ramos in a follow-up.

“No, I followed my turn,” Ramos responded. “Two reporters before me asked their questions and then I said I have a question on immigration and nobody else said anything. He was ready to listen to my question, and as soon as I started telling him that it was impossible—his immigration plan is full of empty promises—that it is impossible to do what he is saying what he is going to do, he didn’t like the question, then he called on another reporter trying to make sure that he would stop and he told me to sit down.”

That statement from Ramos—the video from the press conference shows—is demonstrably false. Trump had been set to call on another reporter in the front row, and while Ramos had been yelling out his question, Trump was never “ready to listen to” Ramos’ question. The sequence Ramos suggested on Kelly’s program that things happened in was also wrong. Trump told him to sit down before he even started coming out with his question. Kelly did not press him on any of his inconsistencies in her interview with him.

“Let me ask you this—clearly he’s not a fan of yours,” Kelly followed up with Ramos before Ramos cut back across her.

“I followed the rules and he just didn’t like the question,” Ramos said.

“Right, it’s not unusual for a reporter to jump up and start questioning,” Kelly defended Ramos’ behavior.

Again, that is not what Ramos did. Trump had specifically called on a separate reporter, and that’s when Ramos—something that is not normal press conference etiquette—kept shouting his question anyway. Ramos took what’s normal press conference etiquette above and beyond what’s acceptable behavior.

“It’s not unusual for a reporter to do what you did,” Kelly said to Ramos, nonetheless.

“However, let me ask you this, because he clearly is not a fan of yours and of Univision’s,” she continued.

“Neither of yours,” Ramos gestured back at Kelly. She smirked, before asking a question of Ramos that she could probably have posed to herself.

“So in his defense, why would he want to engage with you when you are on the record calling him the most hateful, divisive figure running for president right now?” Kelly asked Ramos.

In his answer, Ramos accuses Trump of being like a dictator—and Kelly let him use her program to do it. She didn’t interrupt to ask one follow-up question about that.

“Well, because, what he supports are dangerous and his views are extreme when it comes to immigration and when it comes to freedom of the press,” Ramos—a supposed newsman—bashed Trump. “I’ve been a journalist for 30 years and I’ve never been ejected from any press conference anywhere in the world. Those are the things that you see in dictatorships not in the United States of America. And it’s very important that he answers the questions—he hasn’t answered the questions.”

After some more back-and-forth where Kelly noted that Trump is suing Univision for canceling his Miss Universe broadcast contract and that an executive from Univision compared Trump to Charleston, SC murderer Dylann Storm Roof, Kelly asked Ramos another question she could have posed to herself. “Do you understand Trump’s side of it, which is: ‘This is not the outlet I want to take these questions from because their mind is made up about me?’” Kelly asked.

The whole episode has left Kelly exposed—she probably didn’t intend to expose herself like this—which means Trump has inadvertently won the war with her. What remains on the horizon, however, is a bigger war that’s brewing between Fox News—and the network’s backers, including Rupert Murdoch and his sons—and Trump.

Murdoch’s ideology is one directly opposed to what Trump believes, especially when it comes to the issues of trade and immigration. As the 2016 election cycle progresses, with one of its best players in Kelly on intellectual battlefield sidelines—she’ll keep hosting her program and getting high ratings, but she’s forever lost the claim to impartiality thanks to Trump—the Fox News Channel is likely going to escalate, on behalf of the Murdochs’ worldview on immigration and trade, the war with Trump. It’s worth noting, though, that Ailes and Trump are friends and mutual admirers so this seemingly inevitable war may yet be averted. There are also many other personalities at Fox friendly with Trump, so it may not escalate further. What happens next remains to be seen.

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