Our Best Stuff From a Week in the New Normal

Joe Biden considers his options for VP and makes a big gaffe.

The weirdness of what I call the pandemic time-space continuum really hits home on a holiday weekend. Weeks drag by and time moves slowly, but then you look up and a whole month has passed. We should be in the middle of the NBA playoffs, but we aren’t. We should be a couple of months into the major-league baseball season, but our memories are stuck on spring training. 

And now we have a weekend that should be full of parades and picnics and the first dip in the swimming pool. It’s the unofficial start of summer. Sure, some people can go to the beach. But it really doesn’t feel like summer, even if it is sunny and 80. (It is here, and I’m thankful for that.) In fact, even as things open up, sometimes it feels like “normal” is farther away than ever. Except for the yard work, that hasn’t changed. (And that’s where you’ll find me this weekend.)

Hey, but at least politics are getting back to something like normal. Joe Biden committed his first big gaffe of the campaign, telling the host of the syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club that, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” And President Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, appeared to reveal his private bank account information when she held up a check at a press briefing to show that he was donating his salary for the quarter to the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Since Joe Biden became the presumptive nominee, it has almost felt like the presidential campaign was on hold. No rallies, no handshakes, no kissing babies. But Joe Biden is conducting his search for a running mate, and news came out this week that Amy Klobuchar agreed to be vetted. And while we’re months away from a debate between candidates, the biggest debate at the moment is whether we should all be voting by mail in the fall. Republicans are resisting statewide efforts to make such voting easier, and Trump has tweeted his displeasure with the idea. We actually covered this topic last month, and Rachel Kleinfeld put a lot of fears about fraud and partisanship to rest. At times it feels like a silly thing to fight about, but it’s safe to say that it won’t be the silliest issue of this campaign.

Now, on to the best of our stuff from the week.

A Guide To the 10 Biggest Supreme Court Cases of This Term

It’s the high holy season for legal nerds. The Supreme Court is done hearing arguments, either in person or via conference call, and now it’s time for the decisions. Sarah Isgur lays out all you need to know about the biggest decisions we’ll be reading about between now and the end of June. The court will cover whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which “bars private employers from discriminating on the basis of ‘sex,’ necessarily includes sexual orientation or transgender identity”; whether the Trump administration can rescind the Obama-era DACA protections for those who came to the U.S. illegally as children; and whether the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is constitutional. There’s lots more, and Sarah even wrote up a handy glossary of legal terms for the uninitiated. 

What If College Students Simply Don't Return in the Fall?

At the point when college campuses closed abruptly or told students not to return from spring break, we were still familiarizing ourselves with the full ramifications of the pandemic, and everyone muddled through the best they could. But now schools are faced with a dilemma about how to proceed in the fall: Welcome students back to campus, which presents certain health risks, or continue with virtual learning, which tends to produce a mediocre experience at best. While these are obvious questions for administrators to be asking themselves, Professor Samuel J. Abrams suggests that maybe schools should also be asking students. What if, instead of two unappealing options, students just sit this year out? 

Al-Qaeda, Still Very Much a Problem

William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced a breakthrough into the investigation of Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the shooter who killed three servicemembers at Naval Air Station Pensacola in December and who was apparently acting on behalf of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. In Vital Interests this week (members only), Thomas Joscelyn looks not just at Alshamrani’s history with AQAP but the extent to which Al-Qaeda has been able to infiltrate the U.S. in the last 10 years. And he addresses the issue of whether Apple should be willing to aid law enforcement in breaking into phones of suspects.

What If the Plane Isn’t Crashing, and You Charge the Cockpit Anyway?

Michael Anton’s “Flight 93 Election” was, in the eyes of David French the “single-most influential essay of the entire election cycle” in 2016. It argued Donald Trump had to be elected to ward off the existential threat to America presented by Hillary Clinton. Well, now the Democrats are having their turn. Case in point? Katha Pollitt wrote in The Nation that she would “vote for Joe Biden if he boiled babies and ate them.” David, in a members-only French Press, is alarmed by … all the alarmism. “America faces enduring challenges, but it possesses a remarkably resilient system of government,” he writes It has the capacity to absorb an immense diversity of viewpoints, channel disagreements through a federalist system that allows for cultural variation and political diversity, and it’s resistant to truly seismic change in the absence of political consensus. 

And the best of the rest:

  • China is a popular target these days, but not just because of its role in the pandemic. Danielle Pletka reports on how the U.S. struggles to deal with rogue foreign companies—many from China and Russia—have access to the U.S. financial markets but fail to comply with SEC audits. 

  • The GOP controls the White House and the Senate, at least until January. So why is the latest proposal for economic relief coming from the Democrats? While Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion HEROES Act doesn’t stand much of a chance in the Senate, Abby McCloskey suggests that it’s on the Republicans to offer up a better alternative.

  • Andrew Egger checks in with the latest on testing, and the good news that wasn’t so good. While reports of testing increases have been cheered, it turns out that some states and the CDC were reporting not just coronavirus tests but also antibody tests. That is misleading.

  • On Thursday, Jonah, David, Sarah, and Steve did a Zoom chat that we live-streamed on video to paid members. If you are a member and couldn’t join in to hear them talk about politics and board games—not to mention a a few barks from Pippa and Zoe—you can see it here. You should have an email with the password. We’ll be doing more of these in the future so please consider joining if you aren’t already a member.

On the pods: On Advisory Opinions, David and Sarah devoted both of their weekly episodes to “Supreme Court nerdery.” On the flagship Dispatch Podcast,  the gang discussed the debate over unemployment benefits and offered some VP picks for Joe Biden. And on The Remant, Jonah discusses all things polling with Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report.

Our Best Stuff From a Week In Which We Took a Few Steps Forward

Plus, a doctor's diary from a COVID ICU, what's going on with Michael Flynn and more.

It was a pretty big week for The Dispatch’s Ohio bureau, which is located in a suburb of Cincinnati. On Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that swimming pools and gyms could open and that non-contact youth sports could resume later this month. And on Friday night, I got to celebrate that good news by walking into our local brewery with my husband, ordering a beer, and sitting down (outside, of course!) to drink it. 

It’s nice to have nightlife back, and I’m hopeful that my gym can find a way to reopen safely (insert “quarantine belly” joke here). But the other announcements meant a lot more to me. Our kids are swimmers and baseball players. Right before broader lockdowns started, the age-group state championship meet got canceled at the last minute, and our middle son played precisely one scrimmage before baseball was scuttled. 

When life was “normal,” we often questioned whether they were overscheduled, whether we were wasting our time driving to practice and games and meets, whether the benefits outweighed the cost of more quality family time, etc. But after two months with nothing, I can tell they will benefit from having these activities back. 

You didn’t come here to read about my kids, and I won’t go on too long lest your eyes glaze over like mine do when our youngest launches into a 20-minute monologue about Fortnite. But I bring it up because I think we’re going to be dealing with the implications of this pandemic on kids and their mental health for years to come. And it worries me. 

It’s great that we have the technology for them to do their schooling online so they don’t lose entire academic years. But it’s also far from ideal to have harried parents trying to review assignments and stay on top of turning things in, much less trying to actually teach. As George W. Bush once famously asked, “Is our children learning?”

And that technology comes in handy so they can stay in touch with friends by texting or playing video games or having Zoom gatherings. But it’s not the same as hanging out with friends in person, playing games or having slumber parties. 

My kids are, by any standard, pretty privileged. They’ve got a nice roof over their heads, we’ve not had any financial setbacks, and we live in an area that hasn’t been hit too hard by coronavirus, so they don’t even know anyone who’s been affected. And you can still see a toll: They fight more, their tempers are shorter, they sometimes have trouble sleeping. What is it like for kids in less secure situations? Kids whose parents are on the front lines and putting themselves at risk? 

It would be nice if we could be doing our local and statewide reopenings with more confidence, if testing and tracing measures were farther along in development. But when we weigh the benefits and risks, I think it’s important to consider the high costs of keeping kids away from their normal routines. And I promise not to complain about driving to practice all summer.

Now, on to the best of our stuff from the week.

A Doctor’s Diary from a COVID ICU

Someday our grandkids will ask us what we did during the pandemic of 2020. For Ben Daxon, an anesthesiologist in the ICU at Mayo Clinic, “I ordered a lot of takeout to keep the local restaurants in business,” wasn’t good enough. He took a leave from his job so that he could spend a week in late April treating coronavirus patients in a New York City hospital. His diary is at turns harrowing and uplifting. “I’m actually not sure most of my patients will make it,” he writes “It was all rather grim and brutal and I walked around last night with the same sense of futility that I noticed in others when I first arrived. At one point I imagined what it must have been like for officers in World War I shouting ‘charge’ to troops who they knew were running head-long into certain gunfire and death.” Fear not: He also has a few happier stories. And he wasn’t the only doctor who wrote for The Dispatch this week: Earlier in the week, Akino Yamashita offered up a primer on the various therapies that have been used to help patients.

What In the World Is Happening With Michael Flynn?

The pandemic is nowhere near over, but it’s clear that other stories are starting to command our attention again. Case in point: The DoJ’s controversial decision to drop the case against Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI. In the wake of that decision, it was reported that in 2016, various members of the Obama administration made “unmasking” requests (asking an intelligence agency to reveal the identity of Americans who are referred to in the course of foreign intelligence gathering). Meanwhile, the judge in Flynn’s case suggested that he was in no rush to honor the DoJ’s request. Luckily, we have David French  to explain the confusing and unusual circumstances.

In the Age of Coronavirus, Whom Can You Trust?

The pandemic has exacted many heavy tolls—a heartbreaking number of deaths, millions of jobs—and in some ways exacerbated our polarization. When you consider all of the uncertainty caused by mixed messages from the governments, states being at different phases along “the curve” and some places tentatively reopening even as test-and-tracing regimes are being developed, another toll is the paranoia and mistrust. Declan Garvey talks to a social scientist about how coronavirus is unique for facilitating paranoia even within existing social circles. It bodes poorly for our economic recovery: “If you don’t have enough faith in your neighbor to say hello, after all, you’re probably unlikely to get on an airplane, go to the gym, or order pizza that’s been touched by human hands.”

  • In his Vital Interests newsletter, Thomas Joscelyn checks in with the latest from Afghanistan. While two recent deadly terror attacks that are likely attributable to ISIS have garnered headlines, he reminds us that the Taliban is the main driver of violence in the nation, even after the “peace deal” signed with the United States in February.

  • While we’re talking about events outside the United States, Joseph Hammond looks at whether NATO might have important work to do in Africa.

  • Jonah’s Friday G-File has it all: a grammar tutorial, a math lesson for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and a riff on science and politics. 

  •  If this whole work-from-home situation becomes more common, will that change not just how we live, but where? Could the … gasp … suburbs be cool again? We investigate at The Morning Dispatch.

  • Has hydroxychloroquine been successful for 90 percent of patients? Nope. Did the Obama administration fail to leave behind a pandemic playbook? Nope. Did Dr. Fauci disagree with Donald Trump’s plan to curtail travel from China? Two guesses. It was another busy week for Alec Dent and The Dispatch Fact Check.

  • And the pods: On The Dispatch Podcast, Steve and Sarah have a fascinating conversation with Nobel-Prize winning economist Paul Romer about his plan to reopen the economy. The week’s first Advisory Opinions podcast somehow manages to cover the Supreme Court, Title IX, Ahmaud Arbery developments, and Michael Flynn. And you won’t want to miss Jonah’s Remnant episode with economist, nacho expert, and friend of The Dispatch, Scott Lincicome.

    Photograph of a bartender at the Taste of Belgium restauant in Cincinnati by Jason Whitman/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Our Best Stuff From a Week on the Plateau

We cover a haunting killing in Georgia, look into China’s pursuit of ‘discourse power’ and much more.

Have we passed the peak of coronavirus deaths in the United States? Maybe. Do we have much reason to hope that things will be back to normal anytime soon? Not really. Are we forging ahead anyhow? Looks like it.

If the past week showed anything, it’s that America is a huge country and coronavirus is hitting regions with differing levels of severity, sometimes not totally in line with protective measures taken by state governments. In the New York/New Jersey region, the hardest hit spot in the country, cases and deaths appear to be trending downward. But in other areas, the trend lines are flat or cases are still increasing. And yet others, like Florida (which held off on shutting down and inspired fears of widespread outbreaks because of spring break) are a bit of a mystery for not being worse. 

Meanwhile, a number of states are taking cautious steps to reopen, even though the federal reopening guidelines call for testing benchmarks that haven’t been met and contract tracing measures that haven’t been fully developed. 

All of these factors create a tension that is both unsettling and yet understanding. Think back to when things started changing—I always remember March 11. That was when, while Donald Trump was addressing the nation from the Oval Office, the NBA announced it was suspending its schedule and Tom Hanks announced he was being treated for the virus. Dominoes started falling pretty quickly after that: Events were canceled, travel was curtailed, and schools and businesses started closing. And, honestly, most of us took it in stride. It was a sudden and dramatic upheaval, yes, but it was necessary. It’s safe to say that, at the time, many of us didn’t appreciate it would be a monthslong slog. Sure, we can all homeschool the kids for a few weeks. Sure, it will hurt businesses to shut down temporarily but we’ll hunker down and ride it out and then it will be over.

But in April alone, 20 million people were out of work, and comparisons are being made to the Great Depression. The federal government is spending vast, almost unthinkable, sums of money to prop up the economy, and it might not be nearly enough. How do we resolve this tremendous conflict?

Mostly by muddling through, it seems. A small minority of people are on the extreme fringes of the debate: On one hand there are people marching on statehouses (or, in Ohio, the private residence of the state health director) and refusing to wear masks. On the other, there are people calling the cops on people for not obeying sometimes dubious guidelines. But most of us are having an internal struggle. We want to do all we can to protect vulnerable people. But we also miss normalcy, and we worry about the mental health implications of keeping our kids—or our parents—cooped up and disrupting their lives. We worry about our friends who have lost their jobs, or that our favorite businesses won’t come out of this OK.

What’s frustrating is that it seems like we could be living in this uncertain phase for a while. Meanwhile, we also learned this week that the news doesn’t stop for a pandemic. The Justice Department  dropped its case against Michael Flynn, generating all the controversy you’d expect. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments, albeit virtually—we’ll be taking a look at the rest of the term in weeks to come. And, as David French details below, racial injustice can still rear its ugly head.

Now, onto the week that was.

A Vigilante Killing in Georgia

The video is haunting. It shows a young black man running through a neighborhood until he encounters a pickup truck in his path. He tries to run around, but finds himself tied up with another man, this one holding a shotgun. Three loud bursts of gunfire. The man, in shock, turns and tries to run away, only to collapse in a heap. David French does a deep dive on the tragic shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. He was killed by Travis McMichael, who, along with his father had seen Arbery running and pursued him to make a “citizen’s arrest” because they suspected him of being responsible for “a series of break-ins” in the neighborhood. (Police records don’t support the suggestion that break-ins were prevalent.) David tackles this heartbreaking story with deft and care, explaining that citizens’ arrest statutes are narrow and specific and don’t really apply here. He strikes a blow against vigilante justice, writing, “While we don’t yet know the full details about the McMichaels’ motives, their actions speak loudly enough. When white men grab guns and mount up to pursue and seize an unarmed black man in the street, they stand in the shoes of lynch mobs past.”

The Real Source of Social Capital

Where can you come for a spirited discussion of panda mating habits, praying mantis dietary preferences and long, thoughtful discussion of the real value of social capital (especially during a pandemic)? Nowhere else but a G-File. Jonah’s Friday newsletter will definitely make you laugh, and it might make you tear up a little bit. “[Y]our job, while vital, is not as vital as the true source of your social capital: your family, however defined. If you hoarded canned goods and toilet paper, congratulations on your foresight. But the thing that will really get you through this is the group of people you care about and the people who care about you. That’s what the richest people alive have stockpiled.” 

What We Can Learn About China From Its COVID Propaganda Campaign

It’s easy to look at China’s obfuscations over its role in the pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and laid waste to much of the global economy and chalk it up to the notorious secretiveness of an authoritarian government. But in his latest Vital Interests newsletter, Thomas Joscelyn gets at a deeper and more pervasive problem with the Chinese government: its emphasis on “discourse power,” or “the ability to voice concepts and ideas that are accepted and respected by others, and by extension, the power to dictate the rules and norms that form the basis of the international order.” 

The Staggering Cost of the Pandemic Goes Beyond Economic Relief

Few people will argue against the measures that the federal government has taken to prop up the economy as businesses everywhere have been shut down or are operating at just a fraction of capacity while we fight the coronavirus pandemic. But Brian Riedl points out that we’re going to be looking at some really steep bills down the road. “Over the full decade, the coronavirus recession is projected to add nearly $8 trillion to the national debt, pushing the debt held by the public to $41 trillion within a decade, or 128 percent of the economy. This would exceed the national debt at the height of World War II.”

And here is the best of the rest of our stuff.

  • As I said above, problems don’t stop just because of a pandemic. Danielle Pletka paints an ugly picture of Lebanon, which is dealing with a financial crisis and great uncertainty because of the corruption rampant in its Hezbollah-friendly government.

  • Much ink has been spilled about the growing gender gap in the GOP. Donald Trump eked out victory in 2016 despite losing the women’s vote by 25 points. In the last three years, though, he’s made up some ground by having increased popularity among minority men. But, with blacks making up a disproportionate amount of COVID-19 deaths, will those gains disappear? Sarah Isgur investigates.

  • There has been a lot of misunderstanding about what “flattening the curve” really means, especially as states start to take measures to reopen their economies. Declan Garvey tries to sort it all out.

  • On the pods: The latest Advisory Opinions episode is titled “Justin Amash vs. the Death Star”—how can you resist? Meanwhile, Jonah talked to NBC’s Steve Kornacki about political tribalism on The Remnant, and the gang talks about China and a whole host of pandemic topics on the flagship Dispatch Podcast.

    Photograph of hikers in Los Angeles by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images.

Our Best Stuff From the Week That April Finally Ended

Plus, what is your community doing to celebrate kids who are missing out on graduation?

We all agree we won’t miss April, right? It lasted for what felt like 100 days. When the month started, empty parking lots and quiet streets still seemed eerie. Now they are normal. Way fewer of us had gray hair—or so our friends thought. By now, almost every jigsaw puzzle in America has been completed, families have exhausted their enthusiasm for board games, and some of us have gotten to the end of Netflix.

May has many advantages over April—some extended good weather would lift our moods and let us trade the Monopoly board for hikes and bike rides—but, honestly, it doesn’t seem like much will change for many of us. Even as businesses reopen gradually in some states, we should all keep social distancing, and we won’t see big events taking place with crowds anytime soon. 

That means, of course, that many young people are missing out on cherished rites like prom, senior trips, and high school and college graduations. My own kids aren’t quite old enough to be missing these milestones, but it’s hard not to tear up a little when I see friends posting photos of their daughters in their prom dresses with nowhere to go, of athletes wearing uniforms for senior seasons that didn’t happen, and so on. It’s easy to say “it’s just a dance” or “it’s just a ceremony with some boring speeches,” but they are rituals that so many of us got to take for granted.

A drive-in theater in our area has offered to host virtual commencement ceremonies for local high schools, playing a slideshow or video presentation of all the students while they watch from their cars. Facebook groups have sprung up where parents can post photos of their kids and someone “adopts” them, sending a letter or card and a small present. I’ve read the posts, and it’s clear most parents are doing it not to get their kid a giant bag of candy or a T-shirt to the college they will attend, but for the chance to tell everyone about their child’s accomplishments.

Over at The Morning Dispatch, we end the newsletter most days with our “Let Us Know” feature. We’ll share an anecdote or pose a question and readers can respond to it in the comments or by replying to the email. I’d like to steal that concept: What are some unique things your community is doing to lift the spirits of these kids who should be celebrating their senior years and making the transition to adulthood?

Now, onto the highlights from the last week.

Doubling Down on Double Standards

It’s obvious to all but the mostly blindly loyal partisans that Democrats and many in the media have engaged in a double standard regarding sexual misconduct claims against Joe Biden as compared with Brett Kavanaugh. Jonah Goldberg raises an excellent question in his midweek newsletter (members-only): In the grand scheme of things, shouldn’t we want the media to investigate claims carefully rather than rush suspect claims into print in the heat of the moment? “If we can all agree that what the media did was wrong back then, is the complaint that they should be wrong again? Should they be living down to the crappy standard they established?” Speaking of “doubling down,” David French also tackled Reade’s allegations, and is dismayed by all of it (members only): “Joe Biden is now confronting the ‘believe women’ movement he helped build. Key media outlets and multiple media figures are now face-to-face with their own, post-Kavanaugh double standards. And, finally, the GOP is left without an arrow in its quiver against the Democratic nominee because of its own profound moral compromise.”

Our Other Looming Health Care Disaster

Much attention has been focused on how our lockdowns and stay-at-home orders have created economic hardship for small businesses and employees. We worry about the plight of those who were already economically marginalized suffering from job losses. But shutting down medical practices and elective procedures have left smaller hospitals and doctors with private medical practices on the brink of bankruptcy. Andrew Egger talked to one private-practice cardiologist in Maryland who paints a bleak picture: “If Congress replenishes the PPP fund and Dr. Barold’s loan goes through, it will buy her a couple months’ grace: the loan rules permit her to put the money intended to pay her own salary toward her practice’s lease instead. If it doesn’t, she’ll be faced with an impossible choice: spending down her own life savings just to get her staff through a couple more uncertain months or closing up shop on the practice that has been the pride of her career.”

Why the U.S. Should Move to Block Iran’s Airlifts to Venezuela

Iran is sending flights of supplies to prop up Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, and Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies explains that the gesture is not just one of goodwill. Not only are there reports that Iran is taking Venzuelan gold as payment, “direct flights from Iran to Venezuela mean that Iran can also leverage Venezuela’s ability to access sanctioned goods as payment for its services. … Iran can rely on vast networks in Latin America, many of which are linked to local Hezbollah financiers. Over the years, these networks have become involved in numerous illicit activities, including money laundering for drug cartels and gunrunning.”

Justin Amash Just Made Things Interesting

Justin Amash, the Michigan congressman who left the GOP in July, announced this week he was forming an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian party nomination for president. Declan Garvey, who did a fantastic profile of Amash in January, looks at what comes next for him. “Although the party has already held nearly 10 state primaries and caucuses, Amash’s late start puts him at no real disadvantage—delegates at the convention are not bound to one candidate or another.” Declan noted that the other Libertrian candidates “accepted him to the race on Tuesday with varying degrees of open arms.”

And here is the best of the rest of our stuff.

  • We know that coronavirus is more dangerous for people with heart and lung disease and other underlying issues. So why is that we are seeing smokers hospitalized at a lower rate than expected? It might be the nicotine. Dr. Sally Satel looks at the evidence … and advises you not to start smoking. 

  • So many fact checks, so little time: This week, Alec Dent examined whether YouTube removed a video just to make President Trump look bad, whether Trump owes millions of dollars to the bank of China, and whether the administration is selling coronavirus commemorative coins.

  • Michael Flynn is back in the news. He’s trying to withdraw his guilty plea for lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian diplomat and his unregistered lobbying work for Turkey. Reports emerged this week that the FBI might have mishandled some of the investigation. David French (members only) notes that the evidence is indeed troubling, but it doesn’t change the fact that Flynn admitted he lied, and he reminds readers that “Flynn was paid handsomely by the Turkish government to try to force a political dissident back to his home country to face almost-certain death.”

  • On the podcasts this week: Jonah talks to Charles C.W. Cooke on The Remnant, and you’ll want to tune in for Cooke’s mellifluous accent (and everything they talk about). On Advisory Opinions, David and Sarah talk about Michael Flynn, third-party candidates and more. The gang talks about Amash, Biden, and PPP on the week’s first Dispatch Podcast, and in the second, Steve and Sarah interview Bret Baier about coronavirus, the presidential race, his town hall Sunday night with President Trump, and the deep, dark secret he shares with Steve from their timing living together back in college.

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