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IN 1964 RONALD REAGAN SAID IT WAS "A TIME FOR CHOOSING." EVERY GENERATION FACES SUCH A MOMENT AND OURS IS NOW. FREEDOM OR TYRANNY.

This speech by Ronald Reagan was delivered 12 years before he was elected president. It demonstrates the depth of his conviction that bigger and bigger government is not good for the nation and the drift in that direction must be stopped. He said it was "a time for choosing."

Today we have the same challenge and the same choice. Listen to the Ronald Reagan of 1964 and take heart that our instincts are sound and our goal is right. If the direction of history is to be turned, it will be done by the people, not by the bureaucrats and elites who comprise the government. The more government, the less freedom. The Obama Democrats have proven this beyond doubt. "We the people" must fight against the tyranny of government for freedom for ourselves and all future generations.



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THIS MORNING, SATURDAY, APRIL 5TH, THE CHATHAM RTC LAUNCHES THE "CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA" MOVIE SERIES AT THE CHATHAM ORPHEUM THEATER

America is certainly experiencing great difficulties under the present Democratic administration in Washington, but, nonetheless, we remain Americans proud of our past and confident of our future.

Consequently, we are starting up a movie series at the Chatham Orpheum Theater downtown on Main Street on Saturday morning April 5th to remind us all of the great spirit of America that still endures in the hearts of Americans.

The first movie "Argo" celebrates the heroic rescue in 1980 of six American diplomats trapped in Tehran during the Iranian hostage crisis incredibly engineered and carried out by an obscure CIA technician specializing in disguises Tony Mendez. Ben Affleck plays Tony. The movie won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

We also will be recognizing and thanking Michelle DeSilva, who leads Cape Cod Cares 4 the Troops for the great work they do sending care packages to our service men and women overseas.

Every day American heroes be they in the military or civilian life are doing extraordinary things in defense of our nation and fellow Americans. We need to remind ourselves constantly of their service and their sacrifices and to acknowledge and express our appreciation to them and those who support them.


Doors open at 8:45. The suggested donation per person is $20 (pay at the door) for a light breakfast and the movie, to be shown at 9:30 after the recognition of Michelle DeSilva -- and to help with our 2014 election campaign for a better America.

Service men and women, VFW and American Legion members can attend free of charge, but please call to reserve in advance if possible to 508 945 2150.

To reserve and make donations for any number of seats from one to ten online, click here.

Or, if it's a last minute thing, just come and pay at the door!

When you're coming please bring along any of the items listed below that Cape Cod Cares 4 the Troops can send along to our men and women in uniform overseas. Click on list to enlarge.

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See you bright and early Saturday, April 5th, 8:30 or so for a time to feel proud to be American.

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BETTER THAN A THOUSAND WORDS


Now here's a company that has the right idea. Food City, wherever you are, you did good.

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LET US BE THANKFUL THIS THANKSGIVING THAT WE STILL HAVE THE POWER AND WILL TO FIGHT TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOMS

On this Thanksgiving Day let us be thankful for those who would open the eyes of those who are blind to how the government is stealing from us the rights guaranteed to us by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Ask yourself these questions which Judge Napolitano poses and you will understand how important the 2014 elections will be. And, if we are not the ones called to fight for freedom, who?


The Grinch who stole Thanksgiving

By Andrew P. Napolitano Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What if another Thanksgiving Day is upon us and owing to the government, we have less to be thankful for than we did at the last one? What if at every Thanksgiving, liberty is weakened and the government is strengthened? What if Thanksgiving’s warm and breezy seduction of gratitude is just the government’s way of inducing us to think we should be grateful for it?

What if we don’t owe the government any thanks for anything? What if the government owes us back all the freedom and property it has stolen from us? What if the government has produced nothing and owns nothing, save what it has coerced us to give it? What if the courts have ruled that the government can lie and cheat with impunity in order to acquire our property or assault our freedoms?

What if the government lies and cheats regularly to enhance its own wealth and power? What if the government claims that its power comes from the consent of the governed? What if no one consented to the government’s spying and lying except those who personally and directly benefit from it?

What if the government is afraid to tell us all it is doing to us, for fear we might vote it out of office? What if that vote would change nothing? What if the spying and lying continued no matter who ran the government? What if those who spy and lie don’t lose their jobs no matter how they lie, upon whom they spy or who gets elected?

What if this holiday of turkey and football and family is the modern-day version of bread and circuses? What if bread and circuses — which Roman emperors gave to the mobs to keep them sated — are just the government’s way today of keeping us sated at the end of every November? What if the government expects us to give thanks to it for letting us have Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday off?

What if the president thinks he's a king? What if he claims the power to kill people outside the Constitution? What if some of these people were your sisters, neighbors or friends? What if he thinks he's so smart that he knows what choices we should make? What if he makes those choices for us?

What if we each have the natural right to choose how to care for our own bodies, but he has used the coercive powers of the law to tell us how to do so? What if that law compelled all persons to pay for more health insurance than they needed, wanted or could afford? What if the president deceived dupes in Congress into voting for that law? What if the president deceived millions of Americans into supporting that law? What if the president forced you to pay for a health insurance policy that funded killing babies in their mothers' wombs?

What if the president knows what you want and need because his spies have captured your every telephone call, text and email? What if the Declaration of Independence says that our rights are personal, inalienable and come from God? What if the Constitution says that among our inalienable rights are the right to be left alone and the right to be different?

What if the president took an oath to uphold the Declaration and the Constitution but believes in neither? What if he believes that our rights come from the collective consent of our neighbors, whom he can influence or, worse yet, from the government, which he can control? What if he believes that he can invade our right to be left alone by spying on us and lying to us, and destroy our right to be different by killing us? What if he actually did all these things?

What if only individuals foolish enough to do so give up their own rights but cannot give up the rights of those of us who refuse to surrender them? What if the government can only constitutionally take away personal freedoms when a jury has convicted someone of a crime? What if the government thinks it can take away our rights by ordinary legislation or by presidential fiat? What if it has done so?

What if someone who once worked for the government knew all this and risked life and limb to tell us about it? What if the government at first denied that it lies to and spies upon all Americans? What if it demonized the whistleblower? What if it chased him to the ends of the Earth because he revealed awful truths? What if everything Edward Snowden revealed about the government turned out to be true?

What if it is the personal courage and constitutional fidelity of Mr. Snowden for which we should be thankful? What if the government hates and fears our freedoms just as it hates and fears the revelation of the awful truths Mr. Snowden possesses?

What if our thanks are a result primarily of the Author of our freedoms, who made us in His image and likeness, and to those who have exercised those freedoms to seek and reveal the truth? What if it is the truth, and not the government, that will keep us free?

What if we have the right to pursue happiness, no matter what the government says? What if we have the right to be unique, no matter what the government wants? What if the freedom to seek the truth will bring us happiness?

What if that freedom, which is still ours, is a just cause for a happy Thanksgiving, after all?

Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. Judge Napolitano has written seven books on the U.S. Constitution.

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REMEMBER EVERY DAY, NOT JUST ON MEMORIAL DAY

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JOHN ADAMS: OUR IRASCIBLE, INDISPENSABLE MAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WHO MADE THE REVOLUTION SUCCEED. AT THE ELDREDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY, CHATHAM, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND AT 3

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CHATHAM GOES ALL OUT FOR SENATOR SCOTT BROWN


The Chatham fundraiser on Friday, July 20th for Senator Scott Brown was a smash success.

Chatham raised over $100,000 for Senator Brown’s campaign and brought together more than 275 folks to come and cheer the senator on despite the threatening rain.

In fact, the first post-party report is in: Chatham has raised $111,500 and more is still coming in!!!! As of right now, in Massachusetts, Chatham has raised more money for Scott than all other cities and towns except Boston and Wellesley!

It was all made possible by Elaine Gibbs offering her home for the event. Elaine and her team of volunteers performed magnificently to produce an exciting and rewarding evening for the senator and everyone who attended. The house and property, including the huge tent, were beautifully (and patriotically) decorated, flower arrangements were everywhere, signs and guides pointed the ways to go and the food and beverages were plentiful and professionally presented and served.

The senator came a bit earlier than scheduled because he found he had to leave a bit earlier than expected, but he used every minute to talk with us individually and together. He expressed his gratitude for all of the hard work that Elaine and her team had done to get ready for the event. No question, he was impressed. As Scott was leaving, he thanked me as chairman of the Republican town committee for what Chatham had done for him and repeated those thanks in a personal email to me as chairman of the town committee the next day. And again this morning (Wednesday, July 25th) by phone.

There can be little doubt that the Chatham Republican Town Committee, the organizer of the event, delivered a result far in excess of anything the Brown campaign expected. That a town committee for a town of 6,125 permanent residents was able to put together a fundraiser that raised more for Scott Brown than had any other city or town in the state except for Boston and Wellesley is an amazing accomplishment in which we can all take pride. The volunteers who helped with the fundraising as well as those who assisted Elaine in hosting the event itself did Chatham and the town committee proud. But without the support of everyone who contributed and everyone who came it would not have been the magical moment it was.

We also thank our friends in our neighboring communities who contributed and came. We had a good sprinkling of folks from across the Cape as other organizations spread the word of our Scott Brown event.

We were pleased that Mary Z Connaughton, who led the statewide Republican ticket in 2010 as the candidate for State Auditor, came down from Framingham to introduce Scott to the 300 assembled Under the Tent. She will be heard from again.

We had the opportunity to introduce the two candidates who will be facing off in the state primary on Thursday, September 6th seeking the Republican nomination to run for the House of Representatives seat for the newly created 9th Congressional District (all of Cape Cod running west to Fall River): Adam Chaprales of Sandwich and Chris Sheldon of Plymouth.

Adam and Chris will return to Chatham for an hour-long debate open to the public on Thursday, August 16th, 4 p.m., in the Chatham Community Center. Selectman David Dunford of Orleans will moderate. Be sure to come. With the strong leadership of Scott Brown, taking the House seat for Cape Cod seems even more doable.

Jeff Perry and his wife Lisa of Sandwich were there to show their strong support and friendship for Scott Brown, who had strongly backed Jeff in his 2010 congressional race.

Eric Steinhilber, the Republican candidate for Barnstable County Commission, is running against the Democratic incumbent Sheila Lyons and the incumbent commisioners' plans for a massive sewer authority for Cape Cod costing billions.

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The happy and enthusiastic large crowd listens attentively as Scott made a point Under the Tent.

But victory will not come easy. A new poll today shows Scott trailing his opponent 40%-38%, in effect, a statistical tie. Obama leads Romney in Massachusetts favorability 60%-39%.

Scott had an uphill battle to win in 2010 and he can do it again. He is a man who can break gridlocks. His opponent is a person who creates them with her ideological, anti-business stance that even Obama is trying to distance himself from.

Scott makes this point in a powerful new ad previewed this morning on Fox & Friends. It has been seen already by 175,000 people. Watch it. It’s dynamite. Click here. What we owe the risk takers, the entrepreneurs, the small businessmen and women! They are what makes America great.

We need to continue to do all we can for Scott financially and in helping to get out the votes on Election Day.

For those who haven’t donated to Scott yet or who would like to give him a bit more to make our fundraiser even more meaningful, you can do so in less than a minute by clicking on the link below:

LINK TO CONTRIBUTE TO SCOTT BROWN.

We will begin our campaign to turn out voters for Scott on Election Day in the next few weeks. We will be calling shortly for volunteers to contact neighbors and friends to urge them to vote for Scott. Every vote we get for Scott in Chatham and elsewhere across the Cape offsets a vote in a big city Democratic neighborhood dragged out by public union workers, so every single vote is important.

We have the candidate who puts America first. He has not advanced his career by false claims. He has done succeeded the American way - he earned it.

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REMEMBER THOSE WHO DIED FOR OUR FREEDOM

Attend the Memorial Day observance in Chatham Monday, May 26, 2012.

The parade begins at the World War Memorial in front of the Chatham Community Center at 10 a.m. and proceeds to the several war monuments in the downtown area ending at the Veterans Rotary at approximately 11:30.

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WHO WILL ROMNEY CHOOSE FOR VP? MARCO RUBIO IS ONE FAVORITE

Now that Mitt Romney has won the primary battles and will be designated the Republican nominee for President in Tampa at the Republican National Convention in Tampa the end of August, the speculation about the Vice President pick begins.

An early favorite is Marco Rubio, the new (first elected in 2010) U.S. Senator from Florida. There are several reasons for this. The one most frequently cited is that he is Hispanic. His family left Cuba to settle in Florida, where Marco was born. The Hispanic voter is increasingly important in elections, Ethnic groups take pride in the advancement of one of their own -- the Irish for JFK being an obvious example as well as blacks for Obama.

But Marco Rubio is for his years already a man of accomplishment (He will be 41 next week on May 28th). He rose quickly through politics after securing his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and graduating from the University of Miami Law School. Elected a state representative for the first time in 2000, he was voted in as the Republican Speaker of the House just six years later by his peers, in 2006, a remarkably quick run to the top.

Rubio decided to run for the U.S. Senate when the incumbent senator resigned. He began the campaign as a double-digit underdog to the popular Republican governor Charlie Christ in the contest for the Republican nomination. He rapidly gained ground and when it was obvious he would win the nomination, Crist declared as an independent, but Rubio went on to win a three-way race final by a wide margin. Rubio's wife is of Columbian descent, they have four children, are Catholic and live in West Miami.

What is especially exciting about Rubio is his capacity to inspire. He is an extraordinarily able speaker. His speeches during the senatorial campaign as well as various TV ads in which he just spoke of his beliefs and hopes for America were hugely instrumental in his victory.

Just a few days ago Marco Rubio was the invited keynote speaker at the Republican Convention in South Carolina. South Carolina has an extraordinary group of capable Republicans representing the state in Congress, led by the leading conservative in the Senate Jim DeMint. DeMint met with Rubio and endorsed him when he was 20 points behind Governor Crist in the polls.

A delegate to the convention alerted one of our friends from Harwich to Rubio's speech. Here is his email message:

On Mon, 21 May 2012 11:12:22 -0400 Thomas B Hatfield writes:

Dear Colleagues:

I was honored to be present as a Delegate at the SC GOP
Convention this last Saturday and to attend the Silver Elephant
Banquet that evening where Florida U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio
was the keynote speaker. His was one of the most inspiring political
speeches I have heard and I believe one that every American, not
just Republicans, should see and hear. Fortunately, C-Span
covered almost all of the event. ...If you wish to skip the introductions,
his speech starts about minute 16. Hope you enjoy it. And if you do,
by all means pass it along. (Including your Independent and
Democrat friends and family).

If there is a better candidate for VP, it is difficult to image who.

Regards,

Tom

Though Mario's speech begins about minute16, some may well find it enjoyable to watch the opening remarks of Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint. We did.

Marco Rubio is just one possibility for Mitt to consider, but he is a strong contender. For months Marco said he was not interested, but of late he has softened that position. As he makes clear in his talk, this is a vital election for the future of America. Every American who loves his country must heed the call to help rescue it from the disastrous course the current president has put the nation on.

That includes us.

Mitt Romney has many excellent choices as he contemplates his selection. In a show of hands at the meeting last night of the Chatham Republican Town Committee, Marco Rubio was the near unanimous choice.

Watch the video and feel good about America.

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CHATHAM REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE CONGRATULATES NEW PARTY STATE CHAIRMAN BOB MAGINN

At its January 9, 2012 meeting the committee voted to extend its congratulations to the new state chairman and to indicate it is looking forward to working with him during the critical 2012 election campaigns.

The committee also extended an invitation to the chairman to come to Chatham to celebrate with the town its Lincoln Day observance on Sunday, February 12th. The event will be held at the Chatham VFW from 3 to 5. Details will be announced shortly.

Chairman Walter Bilowz said, "This is an important year for Chatham since it is celebrating its 300th birthday as a town. It's also an important year for the nation since new leadership is desperately needed in Washington. It is therefore fitting that the committee honor our first Republican president, who was serving when Chatham celebrated its 150th birthday. Abraham Lincoln had the courage, comitment, strength and determination to save this nation at a time of its greatest peril. Once again, it falls to a Republican to rescue the country from forces seeking to destroy it. We can do no better than to turn to Lincoln as an example of towering leadership."

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GREAT INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE

We had a great time at the parade.

We had a terrific walking group of Chathamites and folks from Barnstable, Brewster, Harwich and Orleans.

Our group was led by a fire-red pick-up truck with our "Chatham Republicans" banner draped across the front. On each side a "Support Our Troops" banner was hung. And a quilted "God Bless America" was on the tailgate. We had our own bellringer in the truck back, letting "Freedom Ring" as we moved along.

Our marchers ranged in age from four (he rode part of the way in the truck) to over 80 with each decade well represented.

Behind our flag-carrying walkers was our yellow Jeep festooned with patriotic bunting and our "Don't Tread On Me" flag prominently displayed.

As we marched through the 40,000 or so crowding the streets, we received a tremendous outpouring of applause, cheers and shouts as our young marchers handed out over 750,000 miniature flags to children and olsters along the way. It was clear that our down-to-earth, regular folks approach to the parade struck a responsive chord.

At the end of our two and one-half miles of walking, we had sore feet but lots of big smiles.

Our thanks to all whose participation made our part of America's birthday celebration a great success.

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CELEBRATE AT CHATHAM'S INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE MONDAY


We are all set for and excited about the parade on Monday.

We have a terrific group marching to celebrate the nation's founding and to honor those who have fought and died to keep us free.

You’ll see us coming. Our fire red pickup truck will be in the lead with our “Chatham Republicans” banner prominent on the hood.

We honor those who make this land of the free possible, the brave troops who defend us around the world, with our “Support Our Troops” message on both sides of the pickup.

We acknowledge from whence our blessings flow with a banner facing the marchers at the tail end of the truck.

After the red pickup will be our marchers with American flags galore

It’s wonderful that Harvard has just published a report that Republicans are more likely to be patriotic and attributes some of that inclination to parades.

Bringing up the rear of our unit will be our yellow Jeep carrying some of the longtime members of the town committee and saluting the Brewster Republican Town Committee, nine or so members of which are marching with us.

This is a day of celebration for how lucky we are to be Americans. We also march to say thanks to our founding fathers and those men and women who have fought and died to keep the flame of freedom burning.

Our music selection (which you may or may not be able to hear because of the background noise) will recognize America, the land of opportunity (Only in America), will salute all the men and women in uniform (a medley of service songs) and the American flag (John Phillips Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever) and express our appreciation for the beneficence bestowed upon us with Kate Smith’s historic God Bless America.

Since the theme of the parade is “Let Freedom Ring” and that is the signature of the Liberty Bell, we will be, in Chatham’s seafaring fashion, sounding a ship’s bell as the parade moves along Main Street.

A happy and safe 4th to all.

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REMEMBER WHAT THEY DIED FOR

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CHATHAM'S MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE WELL ATTENDED


Today's observance of Memorial Day in Chatham was very well attended, even better than last year's. 300 would be our guess of those who followed the parade from place to place.

The total time for the parade and stops at the various memorials was just 1 and 1/2 hour.

At each memorial there were short prayers for the dead, gunfire salutes and the playing of taps.

The first at 10 a.m. was at the World War I memorial in front of what is now the Community Center.

To Oyster Pond for a wreath laid in the waves for those who died serving at sea and a wreath at the Korean-Vietnam Memorial.

Then to Sears Park at Main and Seaview for the Civil War observance highlighted by a stirring rendition of the Gettysburg Address by Scott Hamilton. (Imagine: Chatham with a population of just slightly over 2000 sent 263 men off to fight for the Union.)

The final stop was at the rotary where the Veterans Memorial is at the center of the rotary. There were short speeches; patriotic songs sung by We are the Men choir and a wonderful playing of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. The parade was led by veterans (including Finance Committee Chairman Jo Ann Sprague in full uniform), Coast Guard personnel, police and fire personnel, boy and girl scouts, cubs and browies, the high and middle school bands and the high school music director and selectmen Roper, Seldin and Sussman.

It was quite moving. Thanks to the Public Ceremonies Committee. Well done.


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HONOR OUR VETERANS WHO SERVE TO KEEP US FREE

Chatham had a simple but moving observance of Veterans' Day today at the Veterans Memorial at the Main Street entrance to "downtown." Veterans of WWII to those currently serving in the Armed Services were there. The Chatham High School and Midschool band played, taps were sounded on a bugle, Amazing Grace on the bagpipes and a gun salute all performed in honor of those living and dead who served to keep America free. We all sang "God Bless America."

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MARCO RUBIO: NOVEMBER 2ND IS "PIVOTAL" IF WE ARE TO SAVE AMERICA FOR OUR CHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATIONS

We all know how high the stakes are in the November election. The America generations of Americans have known and loved and been proud of is under attack from within by elites who want us to be like everyone else and not the exceptional nation we are.

These elites control the Congress and the White House and they must be turned out. The fight to save America for future generations will be joined on November 2nd and those who believe in America's greatness must win.

The battle of November 2nd is "pivotal" and must be fought in every Congressional District in the country, including in our own 10th Congressional District. That means sending a Republican to Congress and we in Chatham have a job to do.

Listen to Marco Rubio, now the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Florida. The son of Cuban exiles, Rubio passionately believes in America as an unequaled land of opportunity which must be defended against all enemies, foreign and domestic. With leaders like Rubio in the Senate, the destruction of American principles and values can be stopped. Take the nine minutes to hear his heartfelt call to save America.

His message is our message.

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HONOR AND CELEBRATE FLAG DAY!

Because America is the home of the brave, it's the home of the free.

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OBAMA AT THE BAT

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REMEMBER THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR AMERICA

Remember, too, those who are fighting today to preserve our freedoms. Off to the right are three charities you can donate to: Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, Wounded Warriors and Soldiers Angels. They all do great work.

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CELEBRATE AMERICA'S GIFT OF FREEDOM TO THE WORLD

20 years ago, the day that Ronald Reagan forecast, the Berlin Wall was torn down.

What Reagan said then. And how it came about.

And here's what was said today to commemorate this victory for freedom.

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