Tuesday, December 27, 2016

CBS News: Donald Trump now does things he criticized Hillary Clinton for

Mod: Was Donald Trump's run for the presidency all based on some sort of strange projection? Was he actually running against things he fully intended to do himself? The following CBS News article would seem to indicate that was the case.

Donald Trump now does things he criticized Hillary Clinton for (CBS News link): Donald Trump spent the past two years attacking rival Hillary Clinton as crooked, corrupt, and weak. But some of those attacks seem to have already slipped into the history books. From installing Wall Street executives in his Cabinet to avoiding news conferences, the president-elect is adopting some of the same behavior for which he criticized Clinton during their fiery presidential campaign.

Here’s a look at what Trump said then - and what he’s doing now:

GOLDMAN SACHS
Then: “I know the guys at Goldman Sachs,” Trump said at a South Carolina rally in February, when he was locked in a fierce primary battle with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. “They have total, total control over him. Just like they have total control over Hillary Clinton.”

Now: A number of former employees of the Wall Street bank will pay a key role in crafting Trump’s economic policy. He’s tapped Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn to lead the White House National Economic Council. Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary nominee, spent 17 years working at Goldman Sachs and Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor, started his career as an investment banker at the firm.

Trump is following in a long political tradition, though one he derided on the campaign trail: If Cohn accepts the nomination, he’ll be the third Goldman executive to run the NEC.

BIG DONORS
Then: “Crooked Hillary. Look, can you imagine another four years of the Clintons? Seriously. It’s time to move on. And she’s totally controlled by Wall Street and all these people that gave her millions,” Trump said at a May rally in Lynden, Washington.

Now: Trump has stocked his Cabinet with six top donors - far more than any recent White House. “I want people that made a fortune. Because now they’re negotiating with you, OK?” Trump said, in a December 9 speech in Des Moines.

The biggest giver? Linda McMahon, incoming small business administrator, gave $7.5 million to a super PAC backing Trump, more than a third of the money collected by the political action committee.

NEWS CONFERENCES
Then: “She doesn’t do news conferences, because she can’t,” Trump said at an August rally in Ashburn, Virginia. “She’s so dishonest she doesn’t want people peppering her with questions.”

Now: Trump opened his last news conference on July 27, saying: “You know, I put myself through your news conferences often, not that it’s fun.”

He hasn’t held one since.

Trump skipped the news conference a president-elect typically gives after winning the White House. Instead, he released a YouTube video of under three minutes. He also recently abruptly canceled plans to hold his first post-election news conference, opting instead to describe his plans for managing his businesses in tweets. “I will hold a press conference in the near future to discuss the business, Cabinet picks and all other topics of interest. Busy times!” he tweeted in mid-December.

FAMILY TIES
Then: “It is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins. It is now abundantly clear that the Clintons set up a business to profit from public office. They sold access and specific actions by and really for I guess the making of large amounts of money,” Trump said at an August rally in Austin.

Now: While Trump has promised to separate himself from his businesses, there is plenty of overlap between his enterprises and his immediate family. His companies will be run by his sons, Donald Jr and Eric. And his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have joined Trump at a number of meetings with world leaders of countries where the family has financial interests.

In a financial disclosure he was required to file during the campaign, Trump listed stakes in about 500 companies in at least 25 countries.

Ivanka, in particular, has been caught making early efforts to leverage her father’s new position into profits. After an interview with the family appeared on “60 Minutes,” her jewelry company, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, blasted out an email promoting the $10,800 gold bangle bracelet that she had worn during the appearance. The company later said they were “proactively discussing new policies and procedures.”

Ivanka is also auctioning off a private coffee meeting with her to benefit her brother’s foundation. The meeting is valued at $50,000, with the current top bid coming in at $25,000.

United States Secret Service will be Present for the Duration of the Experience,” warns the auction site.

Trump on Saturday said he would dissolve his charitable foundation amid efforts to eliminate any conflicts of interest before he takes office next month.

CLINTON INVESTIGATIONS
Then: “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it, and we’re going to have a special prosecutor,” Trump said in the October presidential debate, referring to Clinton.

Now: Since winning office, Trump has said he has no intention of pushing for an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state or the workings of her family foundation. “It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about,” he told the New York Times.

“She went through a lot. And suffered greatly in many different ways,” he said. “I’m not looking to hurt them.”

Mod: I am not sure how seriously anyone is supposed to take Tom Arnold, but should he deliver on the kinds of things discussed below it could be quite an interesting (and unusual) Presidential Inauguration next month.

Tom Arnold Just Revealed “Watergate-Level” Journalists Will Soon Release Trump Tapes (Occupy Democrats link): Comedian and Actor Tom Arnold tweeted yesterday suggesting the world may get a late Christmas (or Chanukah, or Kwanza) present in the form of a trove of audio tapes recorded during President-elect Donald Trump’s time as host of The Apprentice that, according to Arnold, include accounts of Trump “walking in on naked teens.”

Arnold, who first told KIRO Radio’s Dori Morrison last week that he has tapes of Trump “saying every racist thing ever,” sent out a series of tweets Christmas Day in response to questions about the tapes. The actor said the tapes are “will be reviewed soon” and that “smart smart Watergate level journalists are on top of this.”

Of course the world already knows about Trump’s penchant for making pervy comments off camera, need we be reminded of how told Access Hollywood that he would sexually assault women by “grabbing them by the pussy.”

But Arnold gave slightly more detail about the content of the recordings he claims to possess.


Mod: Can the Governor of California usurp some of the powers normally given to the President of the United States? Apparently Jerry Brown thinks so.

California, at Forefront of Climate Fight, Won’t Back Down to Trump (New York Times link): Foreign governments concerned about climate change may soon be spending more time dealing with Sacramento than Washington.

President-elect Donald J. Trump has packed his cabinet with nominees who dispute the science of global warming. He has signaled he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. He has belittled the notion of global warming and attacked policies intended to combat it.

But California — a state that has for 50 years been a leader in environmental advocacy — is about to step unto the breach. In a show of defiance, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and legislative leaders said they would work directly with other nations and states to defend and strengthen what were already far and away the most aggressive policies to fight climate change in the nation. That includes a legislatively mandated target of reducing carbon emissions in California to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

California can make a significant contribution to advancing the cause of dealing with climate change, irrespective of what goes on in Washington,” Mr. Brown said in an interview. “I wouldn’t underestimate California’s resolve if everything moves in this extreme climate denial direction. Yes, we will take action.”

The prospect of California’s elevated role on climate change is the latest sign of how this state, where Hillary Clinton defeated Mr. Trump by more than four million votes, is preparing to resist the policies of the incoming White House. State and city officials have already vowed to fight any attempt by Washington to crack down on undocumented immigrants; Los Angeles officials last week set aside $10 million to help fund the legal costs of residents facing deportation.

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71 comments:

  1. Please tell me the Tattler is not turning into the Nation or the Huffington Post with nothing but anti-Trump diatribes or has John Crawford switched sides ala Arrianna Huffington and David Brock. Give Trump a chance for goodness sake. He's not even in office yet.

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    1. I cannot remember a moment in my life where I would have been on the side of Donald Trump. Even when he was on Hillary and Bill Clinton's side. Also, while the link to the first article is from CBS News, it was originally an Associated Press piece and is running in hundreds of newspapers. You should ponder that. Like I said when we went through this yesterday, don't waste your time reading a blog you don't like. Go elsewhere.

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    2. Switched sides? Why must you try to reframe the issue like there are only two 'sides'? Trump is a fraud.

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    3. If you want to talk about switching sides, how about the pro and anti-American sides? Trump obviously owes a lot to Vladimir Putin. Patriotism dictates opposing Donald Trump.

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    4. Pay to Play

      DrainingtheSwamp

      LOL

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    5. How will you get the word out if you do not accept input, ideas, and views which differ from yours. Your idea of sending people away will only leave you in a closed environment of sameness. Most blogs are open forums for all to contribute whether they agree with your view or not. Sorry you are not able to withstand comments that are written against your personal, limited views. Make a New Years resolution to limit you anger and become happier. Some things will change for the better and others will not.

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    6. 6:10, as I wrote yesterday, please get some new material.

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    7. 6:10 has control issues.

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    8. 6:10 already wants back into the Matrix.

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    9. Sure has a funny way of asking.

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    10. Thank you, Tattler. We will need your voice in the dark days ahead. Patriotism at its best.

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    11. Not since the 1960s have so many Americans turned against their country.

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  2. Trump May Well Try to Clamp Down on Anti-Trump Humor; Can He?
    The thin-skinned president-elect can’t stand jokes at his expense. But what will he able to do about it? We might be about to find out.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/27/trump-may-well-try-to-clamp-down-on-anti-trump-humor-can-he.html

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  3. Trump rewards big donors with jobs and access
    Contributors who met with Trump gave about $59 million in support of his campaign and other Republicans, averaging more than $800,000 per donor.
    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/donald-trump-donors-rewards-232974

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  4. Where can you go to read positive articles about Donald Trump? I never see any.

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  5. But...but...but...he said he was "so rich he couldn't be bought"!

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/donald-trumps-so-rich-i-cant-be-bought-120743

    "Donald Trump has a new campaign talking point: He’s so rich that he can’t be bought, unlike those other candidates.

    Trump, the billionaire businessman and 2016 Republican presidential contender, has begun lacing his speeches and public statements with jabs at lobbyists and special intetests....

    “So their lobbyists, their special interests and their donors will start calling President Bush, President Clinton, President Walker. Pretty much whoever is president other than me. Other than me. And they’ll say: ‘You have to do it. They gave you a million dollars to your campaign,”

    In an interview with Newsmax magazine earlier in July, Trump said the rest of the field is “controlled by lobbyists, controlled by their donors, they’re controlled by special interests.”.......

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  6. Jerry Brown is full of hot air and will defend climate change now, instead of helping the thousands of homeless living (now) on the cold streets. Just like a politician, all talk, broken promises and raising taxes in order to line his pockets so he may talk some more.
    This is the liberal side of politics, makes them feel good about themselves. Not much gets accomplished.

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    1. the streets aren't that cold - that's why so many homeless prefer so-cal.

      and which promise did jerry brown break?

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    2. A lot of homeless come to California because the benefits for them are better. The weather has drawn homeless here for a century.

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  7. The Truth About Who's Responsible For Our Massive Budget Deficit
    http://www.businessinsider.com/whos-responsible-for-budget-deficit-2012-8

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  8. Obama is positioning his special interest employees into civil service, a clog in the wheel of moving forward. But that's what politicians do, they "act" as clogs.

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    1. Didn't you mean "cog?"

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    2. Cogs that clog?

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    3. In the Washington bog.

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  9. It was the impact of the global trade pacts (NAFTA) and the corporate control of the economy - especially the banking industry that caused the Great Recession - that opened the door to a complete jerk like Trump. That's why the red states went for him:

    "By 2016, Mr. Trump personified the vote against the status quo, one still not working out for them. A post-campaign study comparing the George W. Bush coalition in 2000 to the Trump coalition in 2016 found that Mr. Trump particularly improved in areas hurt most by competition from Chinese imports, from the bygone brick and tile industry of Mason City, Iowa, to the flagging furniture plants of Hickory, N.C. The study concluded that, had the import competition from China been half as large, Mrs. Clinton would have won key swing states and the presidency with them."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/26/opinion/sorry-liberals-bigotry-didnt-elect-donald-trump.html

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    1. Republican presidents put in massive tax cuts, leading to massive deficits, causing the need to borrow many billions of dollars from China. What does China get in exchange? Total access to the American market, including the right to drive American businesses into the ground.

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    2. The thing that always follows a Republican win is war.

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    3. NAFTA was engineered by George Bush. Republicans keep hurting the suckers who vote for them.

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    4. How many American jobs were lost due to Trump's use of Chinese steel and other foreign materials in but one of his building projects?

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    5. Trump is a lying hypocrite.

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  10. 5 Totally Ridiculous Republican Reversals in 2016 They're Hoping You'll Forget All About
    http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/5-totally-ridiculous-republican-reversals-2016-theyre-hoping-youll-forget-all-about

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  11. Trump fans’ ‘Deploraball’ party descends into chaotic infighting over Nazi salutes and book burnings
    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/trump-fans-deploraball-party-descends-into-chaotic-infighting-over-nazi-salutes-and-book-burnings/

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  12. Princes Leah is dead.

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    1. Spell check man!

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    2. Hollywood Royalty. Keeping company with Angels.
      Brain injuries. I hope more research into Bi-Polar and Opiate dependency will be spearheaded in her name. Gentle rest.

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  13. "The need to borrow billions of dollars"? and NAFRA? B. Clinton owns NAFTA and it's consequences . Why do "we"have need to brorrow billions? What happened to the "borrowed monies"? Did the party of all talk create new branches of oversight? News flash; even Joe Biden is blaming Elitism! Hillary couldn't relate to anyone. Obama was no drama and bad polices. The working class voted for Trump.
    The money spent from Hillary's camp vs. money spent from Trump. Again "winner".
    Added bonus for this script: The White House crafted the resolution and submitted the document to the United Nations, then abstained from the vote, allowing it to pass.
    So Obama, is forcing Israel how to negotiate their lands. Friendly guy that Obama, encourging other countries to stand against Israel. And "you" continue to say I just don't get get it.
    Still smiling and it will be a great four to eight years. Welcome President Trump

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    1. You are one confused mess. Read your history- George Bush created nafta and pushed it through congress. Obamas Policies were brilliant. Dude has a degree in international diplomacy. The vote to abstain was equally brilliant - israels extremist policies are causing terrorism and are terrorist in themselves. Stop throwing money away on Israel and support our people at home with it. Particularly the working class who trump is already shafting.

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    2. Sounds like 10:34 is in a pickle.

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    3. Hey 12:40, you must have inhaled that joint that Bill Clinton didn't in college. It was Clinton (read that one more time...CLINTON) who came up with NAFTA and signed it into law.

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    4. Sorry Sparkplug, but Mr. NAFTA was none other than Poppy Bush. 1994. It is why Ross Perot ran in 1996. Remember his famous line about that "giant sucking sound you hear?" Read my lips, pardner. It wasn't Clinton.

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  14. Browns climate change agenda is taking power from local govt and forcing them to build housing near so called transit. The Building Industry is one of the biggest promoters of this nonsense. If everyone in Ca road bikes, recycled everything, nothing in the world would change. We are already breathing Chinas pollution.

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  15. 9:22 and 9:36. You agree with Los Angeles officials spending "our" tax monies to represent the undocumented vs. The homeless. Ten Million dollars would really help those living "for centuries" in the "not so cold/posh" streets of Los Angeles.

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    1. How many homeless have become housed on Trump properties?

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    2. I thought you said you lived in Indiana. All of a sudden the people 'living for centuries' in the streets of Los Angeles are 'illegal'? You're a paranoid idiot

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    3. The undocumented and homeless are merely 'settlers', just like in the holy land.

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    4. Right. Like the homeless in New York who beg in front of Trump Tower.

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    5. I'm 9:36. How do I know if LA's homeless are 'undocumented'? Regardless I don't care. As a humble Christian I do believe it is in our collective interest to spend of caring for the homeless and also the disadvantaged. Just like it's in our collective interest to pay for each other's roads, schooling, protection, and health. I believe in giving up my parking spot for handicapped people. I believe in driving extra slowly in school zones, I believe in holding the door for anyone I meet. I believe in compassion and empathy.

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  16. So why is it OK to spend tax payers money... on what? TEN MILLION DOLLARS.
    Not for the homeless.

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  17. 12:43pm. I feel badly for your dyslexia and ADD. Did you read the Moderator's piece?

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  18. One of the Worlds most wealthiest men is Mexican and lives in Mexico. Why doesn't he and the Latin Politicians from Mexico, Central America, and South America work towards creating a better life for those less fortunate. These boarders are conveniently located between USA and Mexico.
    More difficult for other illegals that have over stayed their Visas.
    But breaking laws should not be legally addressed by using American Taxes.
    Compassion and empathy for all.
    Los Angeles tax money should in the very least aid the "mostly" Americans living out in the elements with little food, medication,warmth or entense summer heat and no water, facilities for hygiene etc.

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    1. 2:57 is obsessed.

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    2. Girl, you cray.

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    3. My guess is that 2:57 is very well intentioned, but has too much scrambled thinking to communicate in writing. Might be better off sticking to brief posts, like "Have empathy."

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    4. I think it is the Trump Guy.

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    5. Down with dope up with hope

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    6. Trump rope a dope chump vote

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  19. Adam Schiff as quoted in The Atlantic:

    "But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist or secret sources of information to recognize that in Secretary Clinton, [the Russians] had a candidate who they thought would be standing up to Russia, hostile to Russia, someone who’d been critical of their flawed elections in 2011. And in Donald Trump they had someone who was admiring of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, dismissive of NATO, and willing to potentially repeal sanctions [against Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine]. The Russians had every reason to prefer Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton."

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  20. Well, by God (yes), the sky is actually falling!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  21. Adam Schiff will be out if a job in Washington D.C. and heading back to Glendale Ca. Until this year he "gave a nod", but has done very little for the Armenian Genocide Recognition from this Government.
    Ukraine was part of Russia. West Bank is part of Israeli. Explain the differance when it comes down to interference from outsiders? Hillary said she would honor all of Obama's policies.

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    1. I am sure the Russians aren't happy with Schiff. Which means the Putin wing of the GOP must be hopping mad as well. Did you know that the "T" in Tea Party stands for treason?

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    2. You miss the point 5:07. Putin was afraid of a Clinton presidency; he has nothing to fear from Trump, who "people are saying" is a debtor to Russian oligarchs.

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    3. Schiff will reintroduce the genocide resolution. Most people understand that it will not pass even if it gets out of committee. Congress doesn't want to lose a NATO ally that has the second largest standing force in NATO and on whose territory we have a airbase.

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  22. Obama's cog's have been placed into Cilvil Service by Obama, so that they will act as clogs in the new administration.

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