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welcome to nevada caucus day. i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, february 23rd. in just hours, nevada republicans will vote in caucuses across the silver state. donald trump way out front in the latest nevada polls. 26 points ahead of the rival marco rubio. this is the new cnn/orc survey. he held a raucous rally in las vegas last night. taunting protesters and taunting ted cruz calling him the biggest liar in politics. he called ted cruz a basket case and sick. jim acosta has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, on the eve of the caucuses, donald trump with the fiery speak to date. the main focus ted cruz. following up on the resignation of the communications director rick tyler, trump branded the texas senator a liar at rally time and again. >> i'll tell you, the
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evangelicals didn't vote for him you know why? they don't want to vote for a liar. they are smart people. it is true. i have an ad running right now. it is a cruz ad. a couple of people told me this. i am backing the federal government to keep the land that's currently owned by the federal government and we should give that land to everybody and divvy it up. i'm saying to myself, well, it's not a subject i know anything about. it's a hell of an ad. but this is a cruz ad. this guy is sick. there's something wrong with this guy. >> reporter: trump also sounded off on the pope who criticized the frontrunner last week for proposing a wall on the mexican border. trump wants to use the walls at the vatican as a model. he went off on a protester in the crowd saying he wanted to punch the man in the face. >> the five remaining
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republicans meet head dricad-to thursday night. wolf blitzer moderates the debate only on cnn. >> that could be a big wow. hillary clinton making a big push reaching out to african-american voters ahead of the south carolina primary. she is speaking today alongside five mothers in the black lives matter movement. the clinton campaign put out a new ad with the same message narrated by morgan freeman. >> she says their names. trayvon martin. shot to death. sandra bland. and makes their mothers fight for justice her own. she speaks for a city poisoned by indifference. >> we need action now. >> and stands with the president against those who would undo his achievements. >> bernie sanders is hitting states that vote on super
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tuesday. he is in virginia today. yesterday he was in massachusetts. where he claimed hillary clinton has been stealing his ideas and rhetoric. >> i am delighted that secretary clinton month after month seems to be adopting more and more of the positions that we have advocated. that's good. and, in fact, is beginning to use a lot of the language and phraseology that we have used. i think i saw a tv ad, i thought it was me and it turns out it was secretary clinton in the ad. >> they can take this to the voters. they come face-to-face in a town hall event here on cnn. the democratic town hall is the last time they face voters like this before they vote on saturday. tonight at 8:00 p.m. on cnn moderated by chris cuomo. >> there is so much to talk
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about. let's bring in political analyst josh rogin. good morning. nice to see you. let's talk about the raucous rally last night in las vegas with trump. he was fired up. there is a moment where the protester in the crowd and donald trump really let's it all go. listen to what he said. >> here's a guy throwing punches, nasty as hell, screaming at everything else's when we're talking. the guards are gentle with him. he is walking out big high fives, i'd like to punch him in the face. >> trump supporters. >> for the punching in the face caucus. >> trump said he could shoot someone in the street in new york city and not lose a vote. he thinks he can say anything at the rallies. there is a recognition that ted cruz is stumbling.
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marco rubio is attacking ted cruz. we have seen his support waiver. the trump campaign with the same calculation of the rubio campaign. him threatening to punch atte attendees in the face. as we look at the polls, in georgia and north carolina, a lot of the super tuesday states. cruz is faltering. that is what all of the other republican campaigns. >> trump calls him a liar. rubio campaign calls him a master of dirty tricks. the latest of the video tweeted out by his former communications director. he said the book has all the answers. that video is hard to understand. cruz fired rick tyler. his communications director. this is bringing more attention
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to the dust up. >> cruz is going for the idea that he is the accountability guy. there will be consequences for people who stray. what he ended up doing is keeping himself off message for an extra day. that is a crucial day. the bottom line, that liar tag, right or wrong, is sticking. the cruz people know it. it is affecting their numbers. because you have trump and rubio piling on to that narrative, it is something he cannot ignore. it is a realization since jeb got out of the race, there is support around rubio. there is question about where the votes go. rubio thinks as ted cruz loses votes, it goes to rubio. ted cruz thinks as donald trump loses votes, it goes to cruz. nobody knows who is right. everybody knows they have to try to attack ted cruz. that's the guy who has the votes that are the most vulnerable. it is hard to take votes from donald trump. rubio is collecting votes as the other establishment candidates
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get out. the math here that counts is ted cruz is the guy who has votes up for grabs. >> the new spike lee radio ad begins airing today. who does spike lee want to be president? >> wake up. wake up, south carolina. this is your dude, spike lee. i know you know the system is rigged. for too long, we have given up votes to corporate puppets. 99% of americans were hurt by the great recession of 2008 and many are still recovering. that's why i'm endorsing my brother bernie sanders. >> does it help bernie? >> it is probably too little, too late for sanders and the african-american vote. hillary clinton in the poll is way up. in north carolina, she has a lead that will not be surpassed. the only states where sanders is leading is massachusetts. he is competitive in michigan. he is focusing on oklahoma.
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overall, we are looking at a march 1 map that favors heavily toward hillary clinton. when you add in the super delegates, with the conventional wisdom that nevada is her fire wall. she will stack up a ton of delegates. unless something changes, spike lee may not be enough. >> she won african-american votes in nevada 3 to 1. 76%. that is a huge margin. a lot of the states have higher african-american population. josh rogin, thank you. news from the senate. two republicans breaking ranks over the nominee for the supreme court justice. susan collins says the president's nominee should have a hearing. and the republicans in the senate now point to a 1992 speech by then senator joe biden
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that urged then president bush not to submit a nominee during an election year. >> president bush should consider following the practice of majority of his predecessors and not -- and not name a nominee until after the november election is completed. >> that's getting a lot of attention today. >> that was june of 1992. it is february. the language he used is crystal clear. nine minutes past the hour. uber driver accused in a shooting rampage while he was working. police calling the case baffling and questions about the safety and background checks of the workers. we will tell you what uber says about it next.
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killer. >> i was asking him to stop the car to let me out. he was calm the whole time. he said don't you want a ride to your friend's house. i said please pull over and let me out. he refused to stop at that point and just kept driving erratically. >> that passenger finally jumped out of the vehicle driven by the 45-year-old suspect. that shooter is held without bail accused of killing six in a weekend killing spree in kalamazoo, michigan. all the while picking up uber passengers in between the killings. according to prosecutors, he confessed to two murders and acknowledged being present at the scene where five others were shot. a 14-year-old girl is clinging to life. her family spoke to reporters. >> she is alive and she is fighting for her life. i want everybody to understand that. abigail is strong and she is a
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vibrant and beautiful young lady and did not deserve this. >> investigators still have no clear motive for the rampage. let's get the latest from nick valencia. >> reporter: john and christine, the kalamazoo shooting suspect made his first court appearance since being charged with murder. he was charged with 16 counts in all. including attempted murder of a minor. that is the only time he showed any expression. he appeared video conference wearing an orange jump suit and glasses. he said only about ten words when asked if he wanted to make a statement to the court. he said he preferred to remain silent. in a probably cause hearing, detectives said after being read his miranda rights, he admitted quote to taking people's lives. his neighbors said he liked guns and cars, but mostly kept to
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himself. what investigators don't know is motive. the details may come out in the next court appearance. thank you, nick. uber facing pressure this morning on the background check process. uber executives in charge of safety say the suspected kalamazoo shooter passed a background check. because he had no prior criminal record there were no issues with this guy as an uber driver. uber says the driver had a 4.7 rating out of 5 from passengers. experts say high level background checks have flaws and interviews and cross referencing applications can raise red flags, but no system is perfect. uber says it points to shareable gps tracking and policy against having firearms in vehicles. at the start of last year, uber had 160,000 drivers in the u.s. adding 40,000 new drivers each
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world. >> several other tech ceos agreed with apple, but not this guy. microsoft co- founder and former ceo bill gates said monday apple should unlock the iphone for the fbi. the general public with pew research center poll found 51% of the public said you should unlock it. it's important. 38% said no. 18 minutes after the hour. president obama asking congress for $1.9 billion to fight the zika virus in latin america and the united states. the president wants to use the money to invest in research for vaccines and better tools to diagnose the disease. the golden state warriors made history with their victory last night over atlanta. accomplishing something no nba team has ever done. not ever. coy wire with more in the bleacher report. ing ort alspray from the makers of zyrtec®.
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cnn town hall. a last chance to make the last pitch to voters. and an uber driver admitting to his role in the shooting spree. killings he committed on the job. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. 31 minutes past the hour. in nevada, you are on the clock. in a few hours, voters across the caucus state. donald trump out in the lead in the latest nevada polling. he held a raucous rally overnight in las vegas taunting protesters, but more importantly taunting ted cruz. calling him the biggest liar in politics, a basket case and sick. jim acosta has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, on the eve of the nevada caucuses, donald trump delivered one of the most fiery speeches to date. the main feature of the attack is ted cruz. following up on the firing of
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rick tyler, his communications director. here is what he had to say. >> the evangelicals did not vote for him. you know why? because they don't like liars. they're really smart people. they don't want to vote for a liar. but it is true. i have an ad running now. a cruz ad. something to do and a couple of people told me this. i am backing the federal government to keep the land that's currently owned by the federal government and we should give that land to everybody and divvy it up. i'm saying to myself, well, it's not a subject i know anything about. it's a hell of an ad. this is a cruz ad. this guy is sick. there's something wrong with this guy. >> reporter: trump also sounded off on the pope who criticized the gop frontrunner for proposing a wall on the mexican border. trump wants to use the walls at the vatican as his model. he went off on a protester in
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the crowd here saying he wanted to punch the man in the face. >> thank you, jim. a lot of people saying the last chance for candidates to knock donald trump off his game is thursday night. the cnn debate in houston, texas. moderated by wolf blitzer. hillary clinton making a big push for african-american votes before the primary. she is speaking alongside mothers whose children were killed by police. mothers of trayvon martin among them. the clinton campaign rolled out an ad with a message of support for those families. an ad narrated by morgan freeman. >> trayvon martin. deontra hamilton. >> sandra bland did nothing wrong. >> and makes their fight her own. she speaks for a city poisoned
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by indifference and stands with the president. >> bernie sanders is busy hitting states for super tuesday. he had a rally in massachusetts. he claims hillary clinton is stealing his ideas and rhetoric. >> i am delighted that secretary clinton month after month after month is adopting more and more of the positions we advocated. that's good. in fact, is beginning to use a lot of the language and phraseology. i saw a tv ad and i thought it was me. but it turns out it was secretary clinton in the ad. >> bernie sanders and hillary clinton comes face-to-face with the voters in south carolina with the town hall. it is moderated by chris cuomo
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here on cnn. so much to discuss this morning. we have cnn political analyst josh rogin with us. nice to see you. let's talk about this raucous rally last night in las vegas. donald trump surroundings by adoring fans and potential voters. >> whom he wants to punch. >> someone protesting in the crowd. this is what donald trump wanted to do to him. >> here's a guy throwing punches. nasty as hell. screaming and everything else while we're talking and he's walking out. the guards are gentle with him. smiling and laughing. i'd like to punch him in the face. >> add it to the list of things trump says that fans adore and only help him in the polls. >> this is another example of trump playing by his own set of rules. he wasn't threatening to punch people at rallies, he was going
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after marco rubio for a story that wasn't true. the same time the social media story of marco rubio wasn't true questioning his birth right citizenship. donald trump can easily say don't do that. those rules don't apply. that is the theme of his campaign. >> it is working. we showed the nevada polling from last week. he is ahead of marco rubio in the latest polls in nevada. most importantly, he is ahead in delegates. if you look at the delegate board. trump has 68 delegates pledged. you know what? if he wins in nevada, he will build on that lead. march 1st states look favorable to trump. south carolina had proportional delegate allocation and he won all of them. if you look at the map on super tuesday, trump could end up with a ton of delegates. >> they understand that donald trump could win the majority if
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not all of the states of super tuesday. a 20% threshold. you have to get to 20% to win delegates. if you don't get to 20%, you get zero. all of the rubio and cruz numbers are around 15% or 20%. that is why the rubio camp is pushing for kasich to get out of the race. that is the number they need to get over the threshold. the biggest issue is not trump, but the clock. he will run out of time to start stacking up delegates. he has to get over 20% and get kasich out of the race. he has to take votes from ted cruz. >> we will see this later this week. if these five take down trump. what could take him down? i know george will said it is time to start talking about his taxes. >> he was asked for his tax returns yesterday.
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>> the campaign staff is not focused on taking down trump. they are focused on taking down each other. they think it is hard to peel off trump supporters. you are likely to stay a trump supporter. they think it is easier to get cruz and carson and kasich supporters. if there is 30% of the electorate for trump, that means there is 70% to fight for. >> and on the taxes, he is managing where trump said i don't like to pay a lot of taxes. i don't like what the government does with my money. >> you can see the establishment lining up against him when all of a sudden yesterday from george will to hugh hewett. an effort to derail him. let's talk about democrats. bernie sanders and hillary clinton fighting for african-american votes ahead of south carolina which is saturday. ahead of the march 1st states.
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overnight, bernie sanders picked up radio ad from spike lee. listen to this. >> wake up. wake up, south carolina. this is your dude spike lee. i know that you know the system is rigged. i'm officially endorsing my brother bernie sanders. bernie takes no money from corporations, nada. when bernie gets in the white house, he will do the right thing. >> so bernie sanders has a lot of ground to make up. he lost african-american vote 3 to 1. >> sanders is fighting the clock. you see trends going up. in nevada, he closed the gap by 20 points. in south carolina, he is behind, but making ground. in michigan, he was down 35 points last week. he is down 15 points this week. can he make up that ground in time to win delegates to win the nomination? most people in the campaigns say no. they say hillary clinton
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supported the southern states and it will yield her big wins on tuesday. sanders has plenty of money. he will be around for a while. he will make a show. he has an effect on secretary clinton's positions and the things she says on the stump. >> he knows it and says it and uses it in his stump. >> that will have an effect on clinton. the math does not work out well for him. >> he has a super delegate problem. people talk about the super delegate for hillary clinton for months. >> if you look at the map. democrats going forward. it is all proportional representation. if you start winning states, if you fall behind in delegates, it is very hard to make them up. >> josh rogin, thank you. i love it you get up early. >> happy to be here. let's talk about the supreme court. two republicans in the senate breaking ranks with the party over president obama's nominee when he makes one for the
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supreme court. susan collins says the president's nominee should receive a hearing. senator mark kirk of illinois says whoever the nominee is should get a vote on the senate floor. republicans in the senate vow to block any obama nominee. they are pointing to a speech made by then senator joe biden in 1992 that urged president bush not to support a nominee during an election year. >> president bush should consider following the practice of the majority of the predecessors and not name a nominee until after the november election is completed. >> well, you will see that a lot today. you will see people sending it around and republicans pointing to that. >> a lot of liberals saying -- >> that was in the summer. >> in june of '92. an uber driver admitting to a role in a shooting rampage
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this morning, we are hearing from frightened passengers trapped in an uber car with a killer. >> i was pleading for him to stop the vehicle so he could let me out. he was surprisingly calm the whole time. he was stating that he said don't you want to get a ride to your friend's house. don't you need a ride? i said yeah, pull over and let me out. at that point he refused to stop and just kept driving erratically. >> over lawns and medians. the passenger finally was able to jump out of the vehicle driven by 45-year-old jason dalton. he is accused of killing six people in a shooting spree in kalamazoo, michigan while
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picking up passengers between the killings. we have the latest from nick valencia. >> reporter: john and christine, the kalamazoo shooting suspect made his first court appearance after being charged with first-degree murder. he was charged with 16 counts in all. and including attempted murder of a minor. that is when he showed any expression. he appeared video conference with a jump suit and glasses. he said only about ten words. when asked if he wanted to make a statement. he said he preferred to remain silent. in the probable cause hearing before the arraignment, after being read his miranda rights, he admitted to quote taking people's lives. investigators seized 11 weapons from his home. in conversations with neighbors, they said he liked guns and cars, but kept to himself. the details in the motive may come out in the next court
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appearance. thank you, nick. protests planned for today in the fight against the federal court order for the apple company to help unlock the encrypted iphone owned by syed rizwan farook. now facebook chief mark zuckerberg voiced his support for apple. bill gates says apple should unlock the iphone for the fbi. >> most americans agree with bill gates. 51% say apple should unlock the phone. 38% said they should not unlock the phone. 55% of democrats say apple should help the government. 56% of republicans say apple should help the government. quick check on world stock markets. stock futures pulling back. a nice rally for the dow and s&p 500. oil prices this morning are what
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causing the pull back. oil back below $33 a barrel after surging 6% yesterday. european stocks are down a bit. tokyo closed a bit lower as well. let's take a look at what is coming up on "new day." chris cuomo joins us from columbia, south carolina where big things are happening today. >> big, big, things, john and christine. we know the race changes when cnn holds one of these town halls. the reason is very clear. it's different when a candidate has to talk to a real person living a problem as opposed to dealing with the reporter like me or some pundit making pronouncements of opinion. they have to look at somebody whose actually living it. not just asking about it and make a case. it makes it tougher to give a response and tougher to duck. you have to show you can connect with people. all of the qualities that make not just a candidate, but leader. we will take you what is at
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play. we have to get our hands around votes and delegates and super delegates. why does hillary clinton have this presumption of the nomination coming her way because of the math involved. we will tell you. we will take you through the latest on both sides of this and news from around the world. there is a lot going on. john and christine, i must say that it did smack familiar when we heard donald trump out in nevada say he was so pestered by the protester, that he wanted to punch the man in the face. john berman said that to me when i first met him back at abc news some 16 years ago. >> he just said it about you in the break. >> i was going to say something nice. >> people don't see him that way because of his quiz show genius. he is actually a thug. >> i was going to say super delegates and delegates. it is like anchors and super
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anchors. like you and me. >> he will say the same to you, christine. he knows no boundaries. >> chris cuomo, talk to you soon. the stock market coming off a nice rally. oil prices are volatile. is the worst over? we will look at the numbers next.
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u.s. and russia say they will work together to make sure a new cease-fire agreement or cessation of hostilities takes hold by the end of the week. president obama and vladimir putin sealed the deal in a phone call and set up a hotline to make sure the terms of the truce are applied. we have jomana karadsheh with the latest from amman, jordan. >> reporter: good morning, john.
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according to the announcement, by midnight local friday into saturday, all guns in syria, or most guns should fall silent. isis and al nusra not part of the deal. air groups can continue carried out by the u.s.-led coalition and russians and syrian regime. now all other groups on the ground involved in the conflict have until noon local on friday to confirm the participation of the cessation of the hostilities. the issue is how this will be endorsed and there is skepticism with the conflict on the ground. the multidimensional conflict with the regional and international players involved. a lot could go wrong here. there is a lot of hope from civilians after so many years of being caught in the bloodshed in the midst of the conflict there
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could be some sort of pause in the violence so the humanitarian aid can reach so many people. john. >> desperately needed. jomana karadsheh in amman, thank you. time for a look at your money. futures are down, but these losses are modest. oil prices are in lock step with stocks. crude is slipping after a huge gain yesterday. stock markets in europe opening slightly lower. tokyo and other asian stock markets with slim gains overnight. it has been a rally recently in stocks. it has some market watchers saying the worst is over. check out the s&p 500 in 2016. you can see the steep drop to begin the year. that was the worst start ever. since finding a bottom two weeks ago, the trend is higher. s&p is still 5% away from breaking even for the year. what is causing the rise? investors no longer fear a
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recession in the u.s. oil prices are really the driver in the stock market. crude rebounding. stocks rebound. when crude falls, stocks fall. starbucks changing the popular rewards program and some customers are not happy about the details. do not mess with coffee drinkers. instead of giving customers one star per purchase, it will give two stars for every $1 spent. to reach gold status, it takes 300 stars, that is up from 30 stars. the new free drink threshold is 125 stars. starbucks says the system based on spending is a top request from customers. some fans are twitter slamming it. it will now cost more to get the same rewards. >> star-flation. >> don't mess with coffee. bernie sanders and hillary clinton hours away from a big cnn town hall in south carolina. chris cuomo is there and "new day" starts now.
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>> this guy is sick. >> we just got an this guy is sick. >> we just got an army of people. >> many women left their kitchens. >> every single day something comes out of the campaign. >> this was a grave error of judgment. >> it's the cruz scam. >> everybody has to relax. >> if you vote for me, i will unify this party. >> secretary clinton seems to be adopting the positions that we have advocated. >> no bank too big to fail. to executive too big to jail. >> i said you're not going to shoot, are you? >> the motive remains unclear at this point. >> he was running red lights, squealing the tires. i was yelling at him. please stop, please stop. >> this is "new day" with chris
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cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. good morning. welcome to your "new day". it is tuesday, february 23rd, 6:00 in the east. we are live in columbia, south carolina because it is time. sanders and clinton making the case to voters here and to you in tonight's cnn democratic presidential town hall. we are just four days before primary in south carolina. the question for clinton, can she convince african-american voters to stick with him here. can sanders convince the young to get up and vote, just one week from super tuesday. >> good questions, chris. obviously we will be with you from all morning there. the nevada caucuses begin tonight after a wild campaign on the campaign trail. meanwhile, ted cruz and john kasich's campaign

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