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when heartburn hits fight back fast with new tums chewy bites. fast relief in every bite. crunchy outside. chewy inside. tum tum tum tum new tums chewy bites. this is cnn breaking news. >> all right. the breaking news, a major decision from the white house. president trump is expected to withdraw from the paris climate agreement. this is according to two senior u.s. officials. >> it is unclear at this point how long this process is going to take or when the official announcement will come, but this is a major shot at the obama legacy and one that could trigger a wave of consequences with major u.s. allies overseas, among those who had been pushing for withdrawal. trump's chief strategist steve bannon and the head of the epa scott pruit. let's begin with our global affairs correspondent here with us in new york.
this is incredibly significant. looking at the world leaders after this meeting with the president in europe last week said don't do this. don't be hasty, wait. and ceos said don't do this. but a lot of -- there is a fair number of republican senators and republicans in this country who say absolutely this is the right call. >> that's right. and some of his cabinet is also divided, too. you have pruit on one side, but rex tillerson, mattis, others that say there are national security and foreign policy implications for this. i think this is really where you come down to what does america first mean? and, you know, over the months of the trump presidency, we've seen sometimes it needs one thing and sometimes it needs another thing. right now, it means jobs, jobs, jobs. and i think president trump has concluded that staying in the agreement would undermine the economy, undermine jobs. you know, the other argument is this could seriously hurt the u.s. overseas. >> what exactly did the paris
accord commit the united states to and what does withdrawing from it actually mean? >> sure. it aims to limit global warming. you know, the science is clearly on the side that there are climate change effects and something really needs to be done. slashing carbon dioxide. and the main thing is that the u.s., the large ersst emitter, committed to reducing emissions by 26% to 28% by 2025. now clearly the u.s. pulling out isn't going to torpedo the agreement, but there could be a ripple effect where other countries who are only starting now to get serious about climate change could back out on their agreements. >> mainly china. >> that's right. >> what happens to china now. when you talk about jobs, there is the argument that limiting carbon emission is going to mean a lot of these energy jobs, coal jobs the president promised more
of. there was also this agreement that these countries, the richer countries like the u.s. were supposed to pay in $100 billion to poorer countries, right, so that they could help achieve this. so that's what the president is talking about, those costs. >> that's right. but the u.s. under president obama was really a leader in this field of climate change. secretary of state john kerry, this was one of his pet projects. and the u.s. said it wants to lead on climate change, on getting the world to commit to taking actions. and now that the u.s. is not going to be showing leadership on this, it really remains to be seen what's happening. i don't think you can really underestimate not only the environmental impact on one side, what this does for the united states on the other side. you've heard nations after president trump's trip to nato, angela merkel, president ma kroen of france that they can't count on the u.s. leadership anymore. i think there is going to be big
decisions by other countries about whether the u.s. is reliable. >> standby because let's talk about ha subject right now. joining us nic robertson with some of the world reaction to this. >> reporter: it's only been announced. it's been to a degree expected. there are concerns in europe already, and those were expressed at the weekend of the g-7 summit where in that joint communication in the end which was short by any standards it was stated really clearly in the communication that all the other six parties there, britain, germany, france, italy, japan and canada all reaffirmed their support for the climate change agreement. just waiting for the united states to make its decision. and the italian prime minister commented during the meeting there that this wasn't expected that the united states would take this position, that they were surprised by it. and he said it was important that the united states would stay part of the climate change agreement and that he hoped that all the persuasive conversations
that were had around the table there would be enough to convince president trump to remain part of it. so although we don't have specific reaction yet, we called to get the british reaction. nothing yet. the french the same. we are trying to reach out to other european leaders at the moment. the expectation is that there is going to be disappointment because there was disappointment at the g-7 that president trump wasn't ready to make a decision while he was there. and of course this is going to further add to what we heard about angela merkel, the german chancellor, saying that gap between the united states and the europeans is growing bigger, that there is a feel that he can count on the u.s. less. we'll also remember that the world in a way waited for the united states to get on board with the climate change agreement under president obama many countries, particularly the europeans have been pushing and pushing over a number of years. it was when president obama came
on board with it that that turned the world around on climate change. so this threatens to turn it back. >> it failed in copenhagen, succeeded in paris and now the u.s. is pulling out. thank you very much. let's go to christine romans. you were here yesterday with us telling us about those big corporate ceos urging the president to stay in, including some energy companies who wanted to see this remain. >> that's right. they told the president, look, we think that climate change is inevitable and we need to have a seat at the table as the rest of the world comes to a deal on it. by mid century, india is expected to surpass the u.s. so if the u.s. pulls back, who will be the leader on technology, change and initiatives. many companies worry the u.s. seeds its leadership on this stage. also interesting to me, the president apparently has rejected the advice of his job
diplomat, rex tillerson, who used to run an emergency company, exxon mobile. exxon mobile in 2007 after a complicated history on climate change acknowledged that it came to the conclusion it is real and it needs to be dealt with. even today exxon mobile is having a shareholder meeting where there was a shareholder movement to try to get the company to game out, to stress test what climate change will mean for its business. so companies say they see this as a reality and are moving forward to try to figure out how to deal with a world in which climate change is a top priority. the white house moving in the opposition direction. six million jobs would be killed in the u.s. if we stay in the paris accords. but there are other economists who say, you know, you are talking about old industry jobs at a time we should be talking about building new industries.
>> christine romans thanks so much. want to talk more about this now. joining us arol lewis, matt lewis and evo. guys, there are implications here, as well as implications for planet earth around hopefully we'll get to each and every aspect of it. first to you, president trump returns from a nieb-day overseas trip with nations who are going to look at this decision with great scorn, i think. >> yeah. i think this is a double whammy in some ways. first he goes to nato headquarters and refuses to commit the united states to the fundamental tenant of collective defense, article five of the nato treaty. then he pulls out of the paris agreement. this is a major national
agreement. only venezuela and syria haven't signed it yet. and for the united states to walk away from this when the rest of the world is committed, in part because of american leadership to embrace this idea of producing greenhouse gases so we could deal with the climate is a real blow. >> this is a move that many had been expecting. but this is also a move that is counter to why the secretary of state was urging him to do, when he was ceo of exxon mobile he and the company said this is what we need to do and supported the paris climate change agreement. so where does it go from here? of course mitch mcconnell is happy, someone who at the time said this possibly illegal and could not be sustained. what does this mean for the president and the people around him? >> it is helpful to put it in the frame of domestic politics. senator mcconnell is in favor of
promoting fossil fuels in any way he can, and many of the 22 senators signing the letter felt the same way. i think, though, it is going to be stickier perhaps than the president and his team realize because there is a robust alternative or clean energy sector where there are lots of jobs being created, where there are lots of possibilities out there. new technology solidly behind it. and it is in states where the president did quite well. places like florida are very interested in solar energy. wisconsin, pennsylvania, places that he won and needed to win and will need to win again. so i think the domestic politics are going to get very tricky very quickly. and i think he may find less support from some republican governors. >> that's an interesting question. there is a fundamental disagreement at play here. look, scientists, the overwhelming number of scientists say that global warning is real, humans contribute to it and we have to deal with it. but clearly the president and many republicans either do not
believe the science or do not believe it is a priority. >> or it's not a good deal. that's the problem with this. donald trump ran for president saying he was going to pull out of the paris accords. he also ran as a deal maker who wanted to put america first. the problem with this is it's a bad deal. first of all, there is no uniform criteria for involvement. countries just pledged what they were going to do, right? so some countries phone it in. america, with president obama, made it very overly ambition pledge to cut greenhouse emissions by 26% to 28%. what that would do is cost about six million jobs, probably trillions of dollars in energy costs. but what do we get out of it? the estimate is that if this is fully implemented, the paris deal, it should shave 0.2 degrees celsius off of warming. so we will lose six million jobs
to shave a fraction of one percentage of one degree. maybe in 80 years. that's not a good deal for america. >> that's one economists estimate. there are others out there as well. but you do have a point and it's the question of sort of also, jackie, where does the president fall within his own party on this. you have lindsey graham on this network on sunday saying if he pulls out, that will show the world this president thinks that climate change is a hoax, lindsey graham's words and it is going to show that the leader of the republican party is out of step with the rest of the world. does that matter to this president? >> well, because of his america first position, it doesn't seem to be the case because, yes, this does take the united states away from the table as a leader when it comes to climate change initiatives. but there is the domestic side of this. president trump made a lot of promises to the country and this
is one of the promises he made. whether or not he could bring it back and whether or not that's true, that's another discussion entirely, but he did make those promises. that said, again, pushing back on matt a little bit, i think it depends on what state you are in. i'm from ohio. natural gas is a growing industry there. exxon mobile just last week sent a letter to the president saying that they can compete under the agreement and they believe -- and it's because of clean energy alternatives like natural gas. so there are so many levels of politics at play on this. >> it also gets to say whether some progress is better than no progress or a better deal is even possible. >> there is no way you can cut 26% to 28% of our global warming, greenhouse gas emissions and not dramatically impact the american economy. now, we could argue that's a good thing, that we need to make that sacrifice. but exxon may do fine.
>> that's one analysis of it. there are other analysises of that as well. i just want to get your take either on that or also to note again this is in the context of a very dicey foreign trip, particularly to europe for the president. sean spicer was talking about the relationship between president trump and angela merkel and said they have an unbelievable relationship. i would like your definition of what unbelievable is here. >> well, it's not a great one that is the relationship. clearly angela merkel when she came to washington in march left deeply disappointed about the direction that the united states was heading in under president trump. they had very tough words then, as they did just last week over the issue of trade. the president made very clear where he stands on this issue. just the other day when he tweeted out that germany is, quote, very good on trade, and she has made clear over the weekend that she doesn't think she can rely on the united states to the same extent we may
have been in the past. and this decision on the paris agreement, which she foreshadowed in her press conference in italy and said she would be deeply disappointed kind of is the exclamation point on the nature of the relationship today, where germany is going to look for alternative ways to get its way and to, in some ways, lead, particularly in europe when the united states has decided that leadership of the free world is no longer something that the president is particularly interested in. >> and the words used after those climate talks when the president was in europe, very difficult, very dissatisfying. that was before this use. guys, thank you very much. stick around. we have a lot ahead. michael flynn reversing course suddenly, agreeing to hand over some of those subpoenaed documents. why the change of heart and why now? >> plus, words that will live in
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sglrchlts the white house likes to say that the president's tweets speak for themselves. and this morning those tweets shouted, covfefe. describe the negative constant press and then nothing else. what it does show is that whatever discipline regimen the president has undergoing, that has been relaxed as he railed on the witch hunt which moves closer and closer to his inner circle. >> michael flynn has agreed suddenly to hand over a few rounds of documents to congress from his business and some personal documents that are being subpoenaed. in the meantime, the president's personal attorney one of them slamming this investigation calling it a total fishing expedition. all of this happens as the white
house refuses to confirm or deny whether jared kushner pushed and pursued a secret back channel. let's get to joe johns at the white house with more. good morning. do you know what covfefe means? >> i thought he was just trying to write coverage, but who knows. you say covfefe, i say covfefe. quite frankly, the president's former national security advisor had initially said he wasn't going to comply to the first subpoena he got from capitol hill because he was invoking his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination. and then they gave him a second subpoena. he decided he would comply with that subpoena because apparently the bulk of it is for business records, which aren't covered by the fifth amendment. on the other hand, we have a second individual, of course. and that would be michael cohen. he is a fixture, if you will, in
trump world simply going back years. and he, too, has gotten an invitation, a request from capitol hill to come and talk. also to give information. and he declined and used a lot of strong words. he called the request overbroad, a fishing expedition and said he simply was not going to comply with it. back to you. >> all right. joe johns at the white house. let's discuss more. back with us our panel. jackie, in addition covfefe, the president also wrote some very interesting things about the russia investigation. he goes, so now it is reported that democrats who have carter page about russia don't want him to testify. he blows away their case against him and now wants to clear his name by showing false or misleading testimony by james comey, john brennan, witch hunt! he's talking about a letter saying he wants to testify out in public. the substance aside, we thought
the president was going to back off his tweeting about the investigation, that the lawyers were going to vet this. that really doesn't seem to be the case here. he seems to be directly engaged, which would be a problem for his outside counsel. >> apparently no one told donald trump he was going to back off tweeting and that he doesn't know carter page. >> exactly. >> and he doesn't have anything to do with carter page because that's been the line coming out of the white house since carter page kind of surfaced and became a problem. so this really speaks to the fact that the president keeps making this worst for himself by going after comey, going after brennan, going after this investigation as a witch hunt. it's going to continue, be it what mueller is doing or be it what the senate and the house are doing. this is going to continue. and by tweeting things like this, he just makes it worse for himself. but at the end of the day, as we have seen with these reports, anything the white house has done to curtail this, it doesn't matter if the president isn't
100% onboard. >> in terms of this investigation and how it's widening, we learn flynn is going to hand over these documents. that's one thing. if you are keeping score at home about who administrators want to talk to you, you have boris epstein, who was on the outside, but still within the president's circle. not an inner circle guy. you have michael flynn in this loyal, loyal cob if i dant to the president. the campaign chairman, his son-in-law, it goes on and on. the web is getting bigger, the circle of interest is getting bigger. does that matter? >> the thing about witch hunts is that witches get caught, they get killed. >> not anymore. >> maybe i should say the fishing about fishing expeditions is you end up with fish. whether or not you should go on the expedition and that's what's happening now. there may be no russia collusion. whatever started this may or may not exist. but guess what, once you started getting people giving interviews
to the fbi, which to lie to the fbi is in itself a crime, you start getting them under oath, testifying before congress. you start having them subpoena documents, turning them over. all of a sudden, there is such a potential for people to become wrapped up in this and to be caught lying, misrepresenting things. this thing takes on a life of its own. remember, you could have a land deal in arkansas turn into a president perjuring himself. >> hypothetically. and it gets wider. when the president says i don't know carter page and then all of a sudden he's tweeting in defense of carter page. moving on, michael cohen, someone you know from covering new york politics very well. explain who he is and his role to donald trump. >> he's a loyalist from within the trump organization. he's been an attack dog. he's one of the people that makes threats and in some cases idle threats, in some cases
vicious threats, in some cases obscene and profane threats. so he is unambiguously on the side of the donald trump. so it is not surprising that he would sort of use the kind of caustic language we heard saying they don't know what they're doing. it's overly broad. i can't respond of course. if they present him with a valid subpoena, he'll have to make a choice, stay in contempt or meet the terms of the subpoena. i think for us it's also important to understand that this is somebody who actually knows a lot about what goes on in that organization. so if you had to make a list of who you didn't want speaking to investigators or to congress, michael cohen would be on the top of the list. >> depending on what you are asking him for. but as we saw, even asserting your rights, terrible optics and signals to investigators it is time to broaden the net. >> i can't even call them answers yesterday.
okay? as the washington post put it a press briefing for the ages. his nonanswer answer on any and everything jared kushner. i mean, i don't think can he stand up there and do that with someone who has been unofficially dubbed in the white house as secretary of everything? >> jared kushner has indicated he's willing to talk to the senate and investigators about his role in this. so sean spicer can block and tackle as much as he wants, but at the end of the day eventually we'll hear something from jared kushner. but as we know, sean spicer is performing, for lack of a better word, for an audience of one and if the president doesn't want him to talk about jared kushner, he's not going to talk about jared kushner. >> he works for the united states of america. he's a senior advisor to the president of the united states of america, matt lewis, who may be secretary of everything. does he owe a public answer to some of this?
look, he's got the right to defend himself in investigations right now, but don't u.s. officials need to answer some policy related questions here? >> it would certainly be nice. most americans have no idea what he sounds like. i think he did an interview years ago like on c-span or something, but he's never done an interview. would it be welcome here? >> that's a great point. he did one forbes interview. that's it. quickly to his wife's credit, ivanka has done, not a ton of interviews, but she's done interviews. >> the blending of public and private business here and family business on top of it is what makes all of this so unusual and distasteful. what was he trying to do with the back channel? private business for the trump organization or for the white house? those are the questions that need to be answered and saying i don't like to give interviews is
really not acceptable. >> or was it at odds with the policy of the united states, which would be problematic in and of itself. thanks all for being with us. >> still to come for us, can we buy a vowel anyone? the president's confusing, confounding late night tweet may be a joke on the internet. we think it is going to be in your syllabus soon, trying to figure out what does covfefe really mean? so we can detect leaks before humans can see them. because safety is never being satisfied. and always working to be better.
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5:50 a.m. this morning. >> about 20 minutes after the deletion this, who can figure out the true meaning of covfefe? enjoy. it is hard. all right. an innocent typo probably. but remember this, sean spicer has said many, many times the president is his own best messenger. >> it seems that the president was implying that sally yates may have had something to do with the leaked information to newspapers. is that he was implying? >> i think the tweet speaks for itself. >> he implied in the tweet he would be in favor of primarying some individuals in the freedom caucus who oppose his agenda. is that correct? did i read that correctly? >> i'm going to say i will let the tweet speak for himself. >> i think the president's tweets stand for themselves. >> covfefe, it speaks for itself. let's discuss now. dan fiver is joining us and justin safety, former
communications governor for governor jed bush. governor if i could start with you, leave aside that universities are already preparing their syllabuses to teach covfefe, one thing it does show is that the twitter discipline the president was under during his nine day overseas trip it does seem as if that has been relaxed. the midnight tweet, tweeting this morning about what he calls the witch hunt. we had been hearing about a new communications strategy. is this, do you think? >> well, i think that, look, he has 31 million followers on twitter, okay? it was a powerful tool for him during the presidential campaign. i am not one of those who said the president should stop tweeting. i think it is a great way for the president to directly get his message out to the people of the country. i think he should actually use it more and more effectively than he has been and he could do things like periscope live twitter feeds. there is other things he could do to take advantage of that huge audience he's e massed on
twitter. >> all right. dan, let's just unpack that. he says do it more and also justin says do it more effectively. i just wonder, you know, when you say a lot of stuff and you put some things out there that aren't even words, how are folks supposed to take the other things they are saying on the medium seriously? >> well, look, i think the problem is not twitter. it is the tweeter. because trump says these factual inflammatory, fairly dumb things, whether it is at a tweet, at a press conference, or in an interview. this is their challenge, that trump every day either in person or on the internet says something ta hat is problematic. >> so, dan, you had the job. mike dubke resigned. that's a job you held. so how much can a communications
director shape the message of a president? >> i think a communications director in a normal world with a normal president, republican or democrat, can play a very important role in doing. figure out how to respond to the crisis deinjury. but this white house does not if he thinks in that way. i don't get the sense that mike dubke was very good at his job. but even if you put the best people the republican party had to offer in those jobs, i think it would still be a disaster because the problem is trump both as a messenger and someone who does not allow his white house to function in a normal way that would allow you to have a plan and actually execute on it. >> there are those that would argue that folks who had their job just cover up the truth of what the president really wants to say or at least color it in a way they think will play best in the press. i mean, there is that appetite in america. we saw it during the campaign.
and, you know, he won for -- let me hear it right from the lips of the president with no shading from the professionals. >> i could not agree more. look, president trump was a reality tv star. and this, he's bringing that same authenticity to his twitter account. that's what people like so much about his campaign was the fact they could hear it directly, unpolished, unpoll tested. no one thought that donald trump was talking to his pollster or his handler or his press secretary or his communications advisor before he put something out on twitter. there is something attractive about the fact that you do get to -- you get undiluted truth from the president from his lips in terms of what he's thinking, rather than, you know, do we really want to go back to the days where the president has to, you know, consult with ten people, including his pollster, including his communications advisors, let them polish it up, let them show it before a focus
group, let them poll test the message and put something out that's sterile and vanilla. >> i would say there are things he has put out on twitter that are not factual or accurate or truthful. >> varnishes or otherwise. i want to get to you on one important point here, frank did an op evidence where the mayor said something fascinating. he says democrats are still searching for the right issues and words and too many have visions of 2020 on their heads. they'll step on each other and re-elect donald trump. the mayor estimated a 55% chance that trump gets re-elected. >> we don't know where we're going to be in 2020. democrats have a lot of work to do to figure out what the right message is to build a -- not a majority in the country, but a majority in the key states of divide. i think democrats should not
think that the white house will get handed to them because history says incumbents almost always win the election. so we should not take that for granted. i agree with the mayor on that. >> and they can't just run on the russia chaos. that's not going to work. nice to have you both here. a lot ahead ff us. >> devastating attack rips through the morning rush hour. more than 80 people are dead. the death toll this morning is rising. we'll have a report coming up.
some grim news and horrifying pictures from afghanistan. a devastating in morning after a suicide blast there. at least 80 people are dead. hundreds more injured and those numbers are expected to rise. officials say a vehicle packed with explosive went off near the german embassy right during the morning rush hour. >> the u.s. embassy put out this message. we stand with the afghan people
and some important context here. this is all happening as president trump is weighing whether or not to send more u.s. troops into afghanistan. let's go straight to is tam bull. it is too early to say what this is going to mean for u.s. policy and if we do see more troops, but what are you seeing in the aftermath of this attack? >> reporter: hi, john and poppy. this was a huge explosion, one of the largest that they have seen in about a year. this large vehicle, we are hearing that it was a water tanker packed with explosives. we're hearing also that it was trying to gain entry into the green zone, where all those embassies are housed. according to officials there, it was denied entry, and that's when that explosion happened, right next to the german embassy, a few hundred yards from it, but killing dozens of civilians in the aftermath. that bomb felt across kabul.
the carnage really in the aftermath, you can see people who are bloodies, cars that have been turned into the skeletons of their frames. this is something that afghans are seeing more often as the security situation does deteriorate inside afghanistan. >> that's a curious situation, one of the reasons president trump is considering raising the number of u.s. troops there. how does this incident play into that decision? >> yeah. president trump is muling over whether to spend more blood and treasure inside afghanistan. the pentagon opposes a plan that would see ingreece of 5,000 u.s. troops there. right now there is already 8,500 and also more investment into the security apparatuses that are currently operating inside of afghanistan. this is something, though, that when you talk to security
officials they say it is desperately needed because the taliban is on the front foot. they are gaining territory. they say they need to stop them and reverse those gains. >> thank you so much. appreciate it. >> coming up, no remorse, no restraint. the suspect in that horrific portland stabbing on a train unleashes a courtroom tirade. >> you call it terrorism, i call it patriotism. you hear me? die. eeth, i always tell them, "the thicker the enamel, the more white you're going to have." i would definitely recommend the new pronamel strong and bright to my patients. pronamel strong and bright toothpaste helps to actually strengthen the enamel. it's going to keep that enamel strong. it's going to keep it white. patients get what they're asking for. they want whiter teeth. they're going to get it with this. not only what dentists are looking for in a product, but also what patients are looking for in a product.
tirade with one of his victims just feet away. >> free speech or die, portland! you've got no safe place. this is america. get out if you don't love free speech. to the enemies of america, get out of this country. you call it terrorism. i call it patriotism. you hear me? die. >> that suspect faces nine charges this morning including aggravated murder that carries a maximum sentence of the death penalty. our paul vercammen is following all of it. the portland police chief spoke with cnn just a short time ago. what is he saying? >> basically saying that they had a brush with jeremy christian not long ago, three weeks ago and he told us that they confiscated a baseball bat from him. he also had done some hard time, seven and a half years so he's not unknown to them. now they're looking deeper into this and trying to find out just how he went haywire and about the time, by the way, poppy and
john, that he unleashed this tirade in the courtroom, the charging documents surfaced and they're just bone chilling. some sof the things he said in the police cruiser including i'm tearing out expletives throats and i can die in prison a happy man. clearly, jeremy christian is someone as i said that they knew that everyone was fearful of including that poor surviving victim, micah fletcher. he sat just in front of me in the courtroom while this tirade went on, and it was visible that he had suffered just those extreme stab wounds to his neck. there were stitches on the side, there were bruises. he was very calm as he listened to this which was rather surprising. you can tell he was clutching his father's hand very tight. also people both inside and outside the courtroom talking about free speech in portland. a liberal bastion, a city that allows people to say whatever
they want on each side. in some ways perhaps they've paid a price for it with these very violent protests. let's listen to what the police chief have to say about that. >> portland has a history of protests and people exercising their first amendment right. as a city, we're okay with that. portland, a lot of people want to get out and voice those opinions so this, to me, is actually nothing new, but since we've had different election cycles and different people in administrations, different communities pop up to voice those concerns. >> reporter: and this comes at a tough time for portland in that it's the rose festival. that's just a few days ahead, a grand celebration here in the city of roses as they call it, and there will be another protest on sunday. poppy? >> all right. paul vercammen for us in
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