Sunday, February 19, 2017

Donald Trump's presidency 'likely to be second shortest in history', says presidential historian

Mod: An interesting article from one of Great Britain's leading on-line news sites, The Independent.

Donald Trump's presidency 'likely to be second shortest in history', says presidential historian (The Independent link): Donald Trump’s presidency is likely to be the second shortest ever, a leading historian and author has claimed. Professor Ronald L Feinman predicted that the former reality TV star will stay in the top job "between the 31 days of William Henry Harrison in 1841", who died pneumonia and the "199 days of James A. Garfield in 1881", who died 79 days after he was shot by an assassin "after terrible suffering and medical malpractice".

Even if his time in office is "dragged out", Professor Feinman predicted that Mr Trump is unlikely to last the 16 months and 5 days of 12th president Zachary Taylor, who died of a digestive ailment while Head of State in 1850.

The 20th century American history professor, who recently published a book about the unfortunate fates of US leaders, added that he thought the “Pence Presidency” was inevitable. He was referring to Mr Trump's Vice President, Mike Pence, who would take over if Mr Trump was to leave the leadership.

In a blog post, he added that he thought it was likely that Mr Trump will be impeached or forced to resign in a matter of weeks.

His prediction comes shortly after the White House admitted the President was told several weeks ago that his National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had not told the truth about a telephone call with a Russian diplomat.

The news fuelled broader concerns about his closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the role his country may have played in helping Mr Trump's election.

Professor Feinman, who teaches at Florida Atlantic University, suggested the businessman turned politician is more generally unsuitable for office.

“Many foreign policy professionals are shaking their head at Trump’s inappropriate behaviour and language every time he speaks in public, or issues a Twitter comment, and his instability and recklessness”, he said, citing Mr Trump's decision to hold a security meeting over the North Korean missile test in a public space in earshot of other people as “a sign of his failure to act responsibly”.

“The fact that Vice President Mike Pence played a major role in pushing Flynn out is a sign that Pence is already asserting himself with Trump” he said, adding the Vice President often appears uncomfortable with Mr Trump’s “freewheeling and careless behaviour”.

No US president has ever been successfully impeached, although attempts were made to impeach Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson both were acquitted by the Senate.

Richard Nixon also resigned before he could be impeached for serious wrongdoing in the Watergate scandal.

Lawmakers say Trump's words matter — and hurt the country's standing abroad (Chicago Tribune link): A growing roster of Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill say they believe President Donald Trump's pugnacious rhetoric and unpredictable behavior threaten to diminish the United States' standing around the world, do real damage to fragile diplomatic relationships and even weaken global stability.

Lawmakers are speaking in increasingly urgent tones about Trump's unusual foreign policy statements and his tendency to pick fights with domestic and international figures. They say it has taken a toll on the way key allies, foes and other foreign observers view the United States. Even members of Trump's own party are having difficulties vouching for him.

"A country's more than one person," said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., when asked whether he is concerned that the president's words have harmed the U.S. image. The senator, who dined Wednesday with Trump but has also criticized the president's posture toward Russia, added: "There's more than one voice in America."

In a striking speech to international defense officials gathered Friday in Germany, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., suggested that the survival of the Western world is at risk from some of the ideas Trump has embraced.

"The next panel asks us to consider whether the West will survive. In recent years, this question would invite accusations of hyperbole and alarmism. Not this year," McCain said, according to prepared remarks delivered Friday at the Munich Security Conference. "If ever there were a time to treat this question with a deadly seriousness, it is now."

McCain did not mention Trump, who did not attend the conference, by name. But it was clear that he was lamenting the policies and practices of the Trump administration - and their threat to global stability. He imagined how disturbed the security conference's founders would be. The forum was formed 50 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, to bring world powers together to discuss and further global stability.

"They would be alarmed by the hardening resentment we see toward immigrants, and refugees, and minority groups, especially Muslims," McCain said. "They would be alarmed by the growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies. They would be alarmed that more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent."

In an interview for Sunday's "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd, McCain was asked about Trump's Friday tweet that the press is the "enemy of the American people."

McCain warned that a free press is "vital" to "preserve democracy as we know it."

"And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started," McCain said, clarifying that he was not calling Trump a dictator but warning that dictators start by "suppressing free press" and "we need to learn the lessons of history."

Bipartisan Senators Just Took Measures To Keep Trump From Destroying Russian Treason Evidence (Occupy Democrats link): Try as he might, President Donald Trump has not been able to cover-up his collusion with the Russian government and their involvement in changing the course of the presidential election. The director of the FBI, James Comey, met in secret with members of the Senate from both parties to discuss the looming investigation into Trump. During this meeting, protocols were put in place to prevent individuals in Trump’s administration from destroying documents which may be later used as evidence of the administration’s complicity.

The actual minutes of the meeting are unknown, as the members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are staying mum on what was said. However, that the meeting happened at all is terribly bad news for Trump.

What is bad news for the rest of the nation is that a secret meeting had to be held in the first place, rather than discussing the matter in a public forum. Trump has shown himself to be willing to go to great lengths to silence his critics for the pettiest of reasons – let alone on the very serious subject of him laying in bed with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

The leading Democrat who sits on the intelligence committee, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) confirmed the committee is actively pursuing an agenda to stop Trump and his team from destroying evidence:

The committee has put in place a process to ensure the White House does not destroy documents lawmakers need for their investigation.

Warner further warned that he does not wish for the integrity of investigation to be lessened through partisan bickering, “What we are trying to do…is to not have this devolve into a partisan food fight that doesn’t serve the public purpose. This is so important that we get it right.”

Warner also commented on his exasperation with how Trump supporters – and the Republican Party as a whole – are willing to turn a blind eye towards the obvious involvement of the Russian government which has been confirmed by the NSA, FBI, and the CIA.

Trump's attacks on CNN aren't hurting it one bit (Los Angeles Times link): President Trump keeps calling CNN fake news, but his administration’s positive effect on the cable news network’s business is real.

CNN President Jeff Zucker said Thursday that the recent ratings lift fueled by viewer fascination with the early days of the Trump presidency is putting the Turner Broadcasting unit on track for another record year of profitability.

“There is a tremendous amount of interest,” Zucker said during a press lunch held Thursday.

Zucker said CNN has set new highs in profit in the last three years, and 2017 will be no different. The network budgeted for a 25% decline in ratings for 2017 because 2016 was boosted by the unpredictable and often bizarre presidential election campaign. But the ratings and demand for ad time on the channel have remained strong in the early part of 2017. Zucker said CNN’s profit will be up again, hitting $1.1 billion.

(Late Add) Trump cites fake attack in Sweden (USA Today link): President Trump is taking ridicule for commenting this weekend on a terrorist attack in Sweden — because there wasn't one. "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound," tweeted former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt, a frequent social antagonist of Trump.

In claiming a link between refugees and terrorism, Trump told a political rally in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday: "You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden ... Sweden ... who would believe this? Sweden, they took in large numbers, they are having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what's happening Brussels, you look at what's happening all over the world."

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63 comments:

  1. Good Morning, thank you for Friday dump day articles!
    Quite a stretch, reaching out to the UK for opinions about Americans Presidency and timethe in office. No mentionclearance that President Trump submitted his papers to run again in four years, on the very day that he was sworn in. The Historian must be upset about President Trump's predictions about Brit's exit from EU.
    Voters in this Country want a change, the "recklessness" change is like a breath of fresh air in comparison to the old stale pass the White House onto your spouse; or your brother dynasty of nothing gets accomplished.
    The new forum of take your voice directly to the people; love it. Big crowd in Florida yesterday to greet President Trump.

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    1. Police say 9,000 people turned out for Trump's rally - President Trump's campaign rally Saturday in Melbourne, Fla, drew a crowd of 9,000, the local police said.

      "All attendees now in the AeroMod hangar for the @realDonaldTrump rally. Total attendees at event = 9,000," Melbourne Police tweeted.

      Trump held an identical campaign event at this airport hangar during the general election in September. According to reports, 15,000 people attempted to attend the September rally, but some were turned away.

      http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/320266-police-say-9000-people-turned-out-for-trumps-rally

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    2. I hear it was a short speech.

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    3. 4:49 - The historian whose opinions are discussed in the article is American. The articles are from yesterday, which was Saturday. Not Friday.

      Remember Sweden!

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    4. Trump troll falsely accuses moderator for getting foreign opinion of US politics, the praises trump for giving opinion of UK politics.

      Trump troll claims that White House 'dynasty' is bad, but trump has half his family, including, in-laws, on the payroll.

      Trump troll loves twitter, trumps 'new forum' for taking 'voice directly to the people', fully knowing that trump lies regularly.

      Trump troll beyond desperate and/or a paid trump surrogate.

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    5. Maybe he belongs to some kind of a cult.

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    6. You will always find leftists who hate Trump. No news there. Meanwhile Trump is busy making America great again after the mess and chaos left from the Obama administration.

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    7. We will be holding a silent vigil for Sweden today at the Ikea in Burbank. Noon is the meet up time. It would be great if you could be there.

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    8. 8:26- nice try kid. I'm no leftist. Trump is treasonist. How can you support his proven lies? Do answer

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  2. The Republican party is going to use him like the 20$ whore he is to get their agenda(s) passed, regulations slashed, Scotus seated, then throw him to the wolves, he'll be set up for impeachment fully detached from the rest of the party so as to not bring them down with him..USAUSAUSAUSA!!

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  3. Last Night in Sweden? Trumps Remark Baffles a Nation - Swedes reacted with confusion, anger and ridicule on Sunday to a vague remark by President Trump that suggested that something terrible had occurred in their country.

    During a campaign-style rally on Saturday in Florida, Mr. Trump issued a sharp if discursive attack on refugee policies in Europe, ticking off a list of places that have been hit by terrorists.

    You look at whats happening, he told his supporters. Weve got to keep our country safe. You look at whats happening in Germany, you look at whats happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?

    Not the Swedes. Nothing particularly nefarious happened in Sweden on Friday or Saturday, for that matter and Swedes were left baffled. Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound, Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister, wrote on Twitter.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/world/europe/last-night-in-sweden-trumps-remark-baffles-a-nation.html

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    1. We are all Swedes.

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    2. Carl Bildt reacts to Trump's attack: ”What did he smoke?”
      Donald Trump mentioned a terrorist attack in Sweden – that has not occurred.
      Carl Bildt, former Secretary of State of Sweden, reacted to the statement on Sunday morning.
      ”What has he been smoking?”, Bildt tweeted.

      http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/a/E8wOa

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    3. It's Bowling Green all over again!

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    4. I hear that ABBA will be doing a benefit concert for the survivors. An eyewitness said there were meatballs and fondue splattered everywhere on the streets.

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  4. Carl Bernstein: Trump's 'Presidential Lying' Makes Him the 'Most Dangerous Enemy of the People'

    Veteran journalist and Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein hammered President Trump today for saying that the political media is the “enemy of the American people.”

    The president is getting significant blowback recently, both for blasting the press during his Thursday press conference, and for a tweet yesterday that lists several major outlets as “the enemy.” Bernstein has been critical of Trump for months, and he now says that Trump’s slams against the press are now on a “more treacherous” level than Richard Nixon

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/carl-bernstein-trumps-presidential-lying-makes-him-the-most-dangerous-enemy-of-the-people/

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    1. Sweden? Could be that the United Nations will be relocated there?
      LOL, reporter; Dan Abrams says "the media likes the truth !!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. We will be cooking meatballs at our house tonight.

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    3. President George Bush was misinformed and mislead on a regular basis by Sen. John McCain and Sen
      Lindsey Graham. Glad to see that they are finally on the outside of the inner circle.

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    4. 8:43 - Will you be at Ikea in Burbank today at noon? We need to stand with Sweden.

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  5. Besides the Media Elite being outraged, these groups ask, then ask again, the same question. Each reporter gets up and repeats the same question, after it hs been tepeatly answered.
    How does the quote go? The defination of insanity is to do or ask, the same things over and over again; expecting a different answer!

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    1. If Trump actually answered a question it would only have to be asked once. Instead Trump gives us fake news like this nonexistent terror attack in Sweden.

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    2. 8:32 - You should be getting your news from Russia Today. No problems with disobedient reporters there.

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    3. Here is the real definition of insanity "Insanity. n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior. Sounds like your fuhrer not the press.

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    4. What is your rationale for supporting his proven lies?

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  6. The recent polls taken, show that the public trusts President Trump over the media. The poll also says that the media has been unfairly tough on President Trump vs. President Obama and that the public doesn't necessarily care that President Trump is tough in the media.
    If course this information was released from FOX News Media. I can't trust or watch Communist Network News.

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    1. Sorry dude, we know how to use GoogleFebruary 19, 2017 at 9:06 AM

      Trump first-month approval rating falls below any other president, poll finds
      http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/trump_first-month_approval_rating_falls_below_any.html

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    2. 8:42am. The questions are answered, just not to "your"own liking.
      I sugesst you may want to try the Ikea sweet patato soup along with those meatballs. Try something new.

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    3. Trump troll proven fake again.


      And doesn't know what a communist is

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    4. "I can't trust or watch Communist Network News" You do realize Trump's idol and puppet master Putin is the dictator of a Communist nation.Don't you?

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    5. Putin also has Trump's soul in a jar.

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    6. The (sad!) thing is, aside from your consistently atrocious spelling, that you suggest you only trust Fox News. That network has been extensively studied and proven to have a more frequently misinformed viewership than any mainstream medium.

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    7. Trump has a soul?

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  7. Small town wonders come in the form of ATF raid in Sierra Madre along with news coverage and weapons being removed from a Pasadena P.D. high ranking official.
    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/02/16/pasadena-police-officer-under-investigation-by-atf/

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  8. No church time for many west side residents. A townhall morning meeting scheduled for a Q&A about???? "President Trump and the Future"!
    What do we know, about what we don't know!!!!

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  9. I'd rather have Trump than Pence.

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    1. It's like the choice they used to give condemned prisoners in Utah. "Do you wish to be hung or shot?"

      You have until 4AM to decide.

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    2. Trump is controlled by that devil Putin.
      Pence is controlled by THE devil.

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  10. Trump guy:

    Living is easy with eyes closed
    Misunderstanding all you see

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    1. Hopefully he's on the way to Ikea to show his support for Sweden.

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    2. Sound like yoda you do.

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  11. Maybe the length of a presidency correlates with hand size.

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  12. So tired of spelling bigotsFebruary 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Lookey here, incorrect grammer and misspelling offend me sometimes to the point of rage but then I remember I'm not so good at physics and actually arithmetic - correlates to my low blood sugar. Before I condemn the cretin for his/her deficient spelling I try to understand the sentiment, logic and passion behind their words - misspelled or not. So it comes down to we all make mistakes expressing our thoughts in this medium, you and I included. Let's lighten up and listen to what is being said before we attack.

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    1. You just spelled 'grammar' incorrectly.

      If one doesn't master even the basics of language or isn't thorough in reviewing their work, then it reflects upon the strength of their argument and their ability to legitimately support it.

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    2. You're not my Mother go to church if you wanna preach.

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    3. If mere spelling angers you to the point of rage that your level of condemnation is such that you're thinking of 'attacking' them, you should take a break my friend. I don't mean that unkindly.

      Also, you've misapplied the term 'bigot' here. Bigotry is a manifestation of opinion, especially relating to prejudice, and has nothing to to with merely correcting another's spelling mistake.

      Breathe deep.

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    4. Please. Think of what the people in Swedin are going through today. Everyone, don't forget to cook meatballs tonight. And do hang a couple from a tree in your front yard. We need to show solidarity.

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    5. 'Reading and 'riting and 'rithmetic
      Taught to the tune of the hick'ry stick

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  13. From the Trump Guy. I just arrived back from Ikea. As usual the alt-left had their eyes closed when arranging a "stand for Sweden "; instead I saw the 600 seat cafeteria full of shoppers, taking a break from shopping and eating sweet potato soup.

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    1. Sounds like it was a good turnout.

      "Hang a Swedish meatball
      From the old oak tree ..."

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  14. The real troll to be wary of is trump's 'America first' speech writer Stephen Miller, who wrote for Jeff Sessions and Michele Bachman before that. One bad hombre. Even his own family doesn't like him.

    Trump is the swamp

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  15. Most of these post are just more mucho bs

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    1. These are comments. Señor

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    2. ...come back when ya got something meaningful to contribute.

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  16. Case in point regarding the reliability of Fox News mentioned above:

    Trump admits false ‘last night in Sweden’ claim was something he heard ‘broadcast on Fox News’

    But we've know for a while that's where trump gets his intel...

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    1. Trump always has someone else to blame for what comes out of his big stupid mouth.

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  17. Re spelling bigots. It's not spelling alone that's the problem, although it may be one of the symptoms, if excessive. The real problem is poor grammar and syntax combined with logical errors that evince an underlying inability to weigh and synthesize evidence, discern motivations, and reach evidence based conclusions.

    Psychologically speaking, Trump true believers exhibit a strange and unfortunate amalgam of the Dunning-Kruger Effect, an exaggerated fear response, and an addiction to entertainment, particularly reality television. They are immune to reason and will not be reached with evidence or logic. Sad.

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  18. 12:17am. The proff is in the pudding! As long as grammatical correct, with T's crossed and I's dotted; punctuation a must. YOU believe that FAKE news is REAL.
    Small things, amuse small minds.

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    1. That's what you garnered from 5:40?

      What you perceived and how you responded reflects your internal state.

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    2. Nice try trump troll. Ya got nuthin' but hate. Again.

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    3. Small indeed- maybe that's why your 'news' is limited to trump's 140-character-limit tweets.

      That's why you get caught lying here everyday.

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  19. Spelling and punctuation carry meaning. Sure we can read through someone's mistakes but we shouldn't have to.

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