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outrage in condemnation as commander and chief tweets out violent videos, hateful british group. now a staunch american ally voicing. >> and no word from matt lauer. new accusers coming forward in
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the hours after he was taken off ""today." >> good morning. >> it was a stunner. when i sat there and heard that news, i think all of this in this business and america were just shocked by it. we'll talk more about matt lauer in a bit. it's thursday, november 30th. it's 9:00 a.m. in london, 6:00 p.m. in seoul. the russia investigation is zeroing in on michael flynn as first reported by cnn senior trump adviser jared kushner, the president's son-in-law met earlier this month with robert mueller's team. a source familiar with the meeting tells us flynn was the main topic of conversation. >> the source says investigators wanted to make sure kushner does not have information that would clear flynn of wrong doing. this after flynn's lawyer told president trump's legal team he would no longer share information about the investigation with them. that's just one of the indications possible.
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plea deal for flynn is in the works. pamela brown has more from washington. >> reporter: good morning, christine and dave. cnn has learned that jared kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior advisor has met with robert mueller's team. earlier this month jared kushner and michael flynn worked together closely. flynn was the former national security adviser. their paths crossed. it would make sense that the special counsel team would interview him about flynn. the lawyer told us in kushner has voluntarily helped and will continue to do so. it's important to note that all appearances here are that she was interviewed as a witness. most defense attorneys would not let someone be interviewed in this capacity if he was a kar
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target. that doesn't mean he won't be called back for another interview about other topics beyond michael flynn. he was at the nexus of many parts of this investigation. it would take sense that he might be called back down the road at the least as a witness to discuss these other aspects of the investigation with robert mueller's team. back to you. >> pamela brown in d.c. donald trump junior agreeing to meet behind closed doors as soon as next week. it will be the first opportunity for law clerks to question the president's oldest son about his contacts with russia during the campaign. facing questions about his meeting with russian operatives who promised dirt an hillary clinton and revelations about his correspondents with wikileaks. >> there's condemnation larnd the world -- around the world for president trump retweeting but not a hint from inside his
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administration. the president also warns about europe and the u.s. being threatened by immigration from muslim majority nations but seldom sharing anything as offensive, distasteful or explosive as this. >> a young muslim migrant attacking a boy on crutches in one video. the white house press secretary defending the retweets insisting the president is only starting to conversation about border security. she also down played questions about the authenticity of the videos. >> whether it's a real video, the threat is real, and that is what the president is talking act. that's what the president is focussed on is dealing with the real threats and those are real no matter how you look at it. >> a white house tells us administration staff has resigned itself to the idea the president will never stop tweeting. there have been some head scratching moments lately like mr. trump's assault on the free
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press, his pocahontas slur. later this morning the president neats with the crowned prince of bahra bahrain. a rare reprimand from the british government. a spokesperson for the prime minister saying british people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far right which is the an at this time tis of the values of this country represents decency, tolerance, and respect. and a brash tweet after first tweeting the wrong theresa may, he told the prime minister don't focus on me. focus on the radical islamic terrorism taking place within the united kingdom. we're doing just fine. for the latest let's go to downing street and bring in nick robertson. just an extraordinary exchange between two long-time allies.
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>> reporter: president trump has made this personal, not just his apparent backing of right wing fascist organization here in britain, but making it personal with a british prime minister saying stay out of my business. you've got enough trouble of your own. this is a prime minister who believes that britain has a special relationship with the united states who was the first world lead tore go and congratulate president trump in the white house after his inauguration. early january she took political heat for that at the time she invited him. people were outraged at the travel ban after that. 1.8 million people signed a petition saying that president trump shouldn't come to britain and meet the queen on the state visit. since then he's gotten into twitter spats with the london mayor about what he wrote about the london bridge terror attack in june. he got a rebuke from the british prime minister in september for what he wrote what president
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trump wrote about another terror attack in london in september. she said his comments weren't helpful. he tried to use british security crimes statistics to say radical islamist terrorism is in the rise and the threat is on the rise in the uk. there's been pushback from politicians. this is just another step, but this is now personal. and britain will feel very vindictive against the prime minister. we can expect politicians to further al further rally around her. in britain this leaves the members of the government here we're told thinking they're just going to have to batten down the hatches until another american president comes along. the special relationship will endure, but it will be an endurance test in the meantime. >> thank you for that, nick. not much pushback from republican congressman or senators but then a tweet from
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ordinary reason hatch. >> he said i have incredible love and respect for theresa may for the way she leads the united kingdom. he in the same day said i don't pay much attention to his tweets. it's hard to know what to make of republican reaction or lack thereof to those despicable retweets. >> when it affects america's diplomatic relationships around the world, it isn't just someone tweeting before breakfast. it becomes something that's a legitimate concern. >> promoting hate. it's nothing short of that. >> senate republicans opening up formal debate on the tax reform plan. the clock is now ticking. the amendment process expected to heat up this afternoon. anybody's guess when a final vote might take place. senators and aides telling cnn tomorrow is likely. >> the so called trigger favored by deficit hawks would hike taxes if there's not enough
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economic growth. there's disagreement whether it should target the individual or corporate rates. >> also how this trigger would work. what constitutes economic growth and how big the hikes would have to be. all still unclear. republicans are grappling with keeping their bill under this 1 -- $1.5 trillion limit to pass it with a limited number of votes. >> if you have to raise taxes because there's not enough growth, you could be doing that exactly the wrong time. sometimes there's not enough growth because you have a recession. if you raise taxes it could make it worse. that's one of the problems there overall. president trump once again incorrectly claimed he will not benefit from the gop tax plan. promoting that bill in missouri yesterday he said it would hurt wealthy americans like him. >> we're also going to eliminate tax breaks and complex loopholes taken advantage of by the
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healthy. who are they? i don't know. i think my accountants are going crazy right now. it's all right. look, i'm president. i don't care. i don't care anymore. i don't care. >> president trump still has not released his tax returns so it is impossible to know exactly how the tax plan would affect him, but both versions of the bill contain provisions that would help him and his family like eliminating the estate tax. it's on estates of $5 million or more. repealing the al tier your minimum taxes or tax cuts for passenger businesses. they pay taxes at the owner's rate. both the house and the senate bill give significant tax cuts. he said so many times yesterday rich people are mad at him. i don't think so. all the scoring show the benefits of the tax plan go to the wealthy and big
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corporations. >> it looks likely this gets passed. >> ahead, the shock has not worn off from the sudden firing of matt lauer after several accusations of sexual misconduct. the latest reporting from our brian stelter, next. hi, i'm the internet! you know what's difficult?
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lauer in the wake of his fooirg on wednesday and now there are questions about who knew what when. and whether he's going to speak out or apologize, confirm some allegations, deny them. so far, there's been silence from laur's team. meantime nbc has confirmed two women came forward with their own allegations of improper sexual behavior. that was in the wake of his firing. the time line is a little bit unusual. we've seen versions of this since the harvey weinstein scandal. then disciplinary action. we saw that last week with charlie rose at cbs. is happened difdly with lauer. wasn't until monday night anyone contacted the hr department to
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issue a formal complaint. when that happened, an investigation ensued on tuesday. by tuesday night, nbc decided to fire him. that's what led to the chap of events on wednesday, the shocking announcement on wednesday's today show that the contract was terminated. >> as you can imagine we are devastated. i'm heart broken for matt. he is my dear, dear friend and partner. and i'm heart broken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story and any other women who have their own stories to tell. and we are grappling with a dilemma that so many people have faced these past few weeks. how do you reconcile your love for someone with the have behav >> one of the anchor chairs at
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cbs is empty and now nbc. so many cases up until now people have shelt shamed in silence. christine, dave? >> thank you. meanwhile a christmas crisis facing american airlines. a scheduling glitch has left them without enough pilots and staff. pilots union said it was notified last week the computer system gave too many pilots time off during the holidays. >> the airline says it is addressing the issue. pilot as union is advising crews no the to take the assignments because they might violate the
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union contract. what a mess. coming for christmas. all right. so much forethat tempered response from the president after the north korean missile launch. >> little rocket man, he is a sick puppy. >> our first look at that missile. shows just how much progress pyongyang is making with their nuclear program. lye in seoul next. (male #1) it's a little something i've done every night since i was a kid,
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man -- rocket fuel for the american economy. he is a sick puppy. hmm. so much for president's measured tone on north korea. president trump mocking kim jong-un during a speech. the united nations security counsel strongly condemned the missile launch. the u.s. ambassador giving a warning. >> the dictator of north korea made a choice yesterday that brings the world closer to war. not farther from it. we have never sought war with north korea and still, today, we do not seek it. if war comes, make no miss take, the north korean regime will be utterly destroyed. >> let's bring in cnn's paula newton. she a live in seoul south korea
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tonight. good evening there, paula. can't imagine any of this lowering tension in the region. >>reporter: absolutely not. now that we have new information about exactly what in knew icbm is, we've got the 14 which is clearly much smaller than the 15. not only is it much larger but that means it can go a much longer distance. they're looking at what they call the two stage technology and the fact that that means two engines two propellants. we do all the transition there it means it will indeed hit the united states, anywhere in the united states if it wants to. that video, experts are poring over that. what's interesting here is they were using very technical language and all of a sudden all
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we heard was clearly that is a big bleeping missile. the explicative doesn't mean anything scientific but underscores the challenge. we had people like the french ambassador to the u.n. saying the threat has changed. the question is what is the trump administration going to do about it. you know president trump is looking for more an suffer sanctions. those could come as early as today. sanctions have not worked so far. what we're really looking for is for china to put the heavy weight of their own sanctions, perhaps fuel. >> nothing appearing to slow kim jong-un. live for us 6:26 in seoul. ahead does jared kushner know anything that could jeopardize the investigation into michael flynn. investigators spoke to kushner. find out more next.
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our. this morning new signs special counsel russia investigation is zeroing in on michael flynn. as first reported by cnn, senior trump advisor jared kushner met earlier this month with the special counsel. a source familiar with that meeting tells us flynn was the topic of conversation. >> the source says investigators wanted to make sure kushner does not have information that would clear flynn of wrongdoing. this after flynn's lawyer told president trump's legal team last week he would no longer share information about the investigation with them. and that is just one of the indications of possible plea deal for flynn might be in the works. justice correspondent pamela brown with more. >>reporter: good morning. cnn has learned that jared kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser has met with robert mueller's
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team's special down. they worked together. he was in kushner's portfolio, he was a national security advisor. they're sells intersected and paths crossed. so it would make sense the team would interview kushner about flynn specifically. the lawyer told us mr. kushner has voluntarily cooperated with all relevant inquiries and will continue to do so. it's important to know that all appearances here are that he was interviewed as a witness. most defend attorneys would not let a client be interviewrd in this capacity if the belief the client was a target. he was interviewed as a witness here. but that does not mean he won't be called back to the special counsel for another interview about other topics beyond michael flynn. and he was really at the nexus of many parts of this investigation. so it would make sense that he might be called back down the road. at the very least as a witness to discuss the other aspects of
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the investigation with robert mueller's team. back to you. pamela brown there in d.c. there is condemnation around the world for president trump retweeting anti-violent videos. but not a hint of criticism coming from inside the administration. ts president often warns about europe and the u.s. being threatened by immigration from muslim majority nations but he has seldomed shared anything nearly as offensive or explosive as this. >> one video purports to show a young muslim migrant attacking a boy on crushes. something they say is not true. those are two dutch even ateenan there. white house press secretary sarah sanders defending the retweets. saying the president is only trying to start a conversation about border security. she disregarded questions about
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the authenticity of these videos. >> whether it's a real video, the threat is real. that's is what the president is talking about. that's what the president is focussed on is dealing with those real threats. those are real no matter how you look at it. >> so much for the notion of fake news. white house source tells cnn administration staff has resigned itself the idea the president will never stop tweeting. mr. trump's assault on the free press an pocahontas slur. it could affect foreign policy. later this morning the president meets with the crown prince of bahrain. >> a rare reprimand from the british government. a spokesperson saying british people overwhelming reject the rhetoric of the far right.
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>> president trump responding to great britain's polite phrasing with a brash tweet. he told the prime minister kwoents focus on me. focus on the terrorism that is taking place. we are doing just found fine. let's bring in cnn's reporter. >>reporter: good morning. it's an extraordinary feeling here as well in a president trump has made this a personal issue with prime minister teresa may. her office here issuing that statement yesterday, saying that this wasn't -- that the president's tweets weren't welcome. that was amplified as well by the head of the church of england here, suggesting that president trump should take these tweets down. but now president trump has made this personal with her from other parl men tearians here in
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britain condemning president trump's initial tweets, retweeting this britain first organization. this comes after almost a year now, prime minister theresa may trying to deal with what has become an uncomfortable relationship rather than special. she rushed of course to washington to greet president president trump after the inauguration. she took political heat from that in britain. the muslim travel ban caused backla backlash. the president got pushback from the prime minister over his tweets about another terrorist attack in september. the president used british crime statistics last month in october to say there was a rise of radical islamist attacks here in britain. there was pushback again on
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that. this is the latest. this special relationship since coming here, it will endure, but it's going to be something of an endurance test until there is another different leadership in the white house. >> thanks. this is as sound founditoun. one of the great world leaders i have incredible love and respect for her. and the way she leads the united king dumb. ironically, he doesn't pay attention to the president's tweets, just might not pay attention to the nasty anti-islam videos. >> should have been a very good day for this president. 3.3% gdp. his guy won the first round in the legal battle. these are things the president could take credit for.
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>> market shot up 255 points. >> instead, it was all this nonsense after retweeting that hate group. >> stepping on his own message. senate republicans opening up formal debate. all 52 senators casting yes votes. that means the clock is ticking. amendment process expecting to heat up this afternoon. anybody's guess when a final vote might take place. aides telling us tomorrow is likely. >> the biggest road block is the so called trigger, hiking tax cuts later. a lot of disagreement whether automatic tax hikes would work. >> also how the trigger would work. what constitutes economic growth, how big the hikes would have to be, all still unclear. republicans also grappling with keeping this bill under the
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$1.5 trillion limit. >> another amendment on the table senator ron johnson wants deeper tax cuts for pass-through businesses. gop leaders will boost the deduction to 20%. but johnson wants it a bigger break. it proposes paying for it by cutting local tax breaks for corporations. what exactly are pass-throughs? businesses that pay taxes through an owner as tax returns. in other words companies' earnings pass to the owners. the house version just lowers the pass-through rate. senate bill reduces taxable income. a little more complicated. but that means the highest ea earners pay more. a pass-through can also be big accounting firnls. in fact the majority closed the top 1% of earners, that's a real problem for this tax plan
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overall, because it tilts towards corporations and the wealthy. and i want to be really clear about this. the president calls this middle class tax relief. this is a corporate tax cut. this isn't middle class tax reform. this is corporate. which by the way, republicans and democrats know is needed. they've been trying to sell it as something it really isn't. >> marco rubio wants to double -- there's a lot left to hash out but really no indication it will pass. the shock has not worn off from the sudden firing of matt lauer from the "today" show after accusations of sexual misconduct. latest reporting from brian schedu stell ter next.
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. still no word this morning from now former "today" show host matt lauer after the stunning news nbc fired him over an allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior. later in the day reports emerge that the network had protected him. >> variety sighting several women saying complaints fell on deaf ears. senior media correspondent brian stelter has the latest. >>reporter: good morning. new allegations against matt lauer in the wake of his firing on wednesday and now, as we start a new day, there are questions about who knew what when and whether lauer is going to speak out, whether he's going to apologize, confirm some of
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the allegation, deny them. so far silence from his team. meantime nbc has confirmed two women came forward and contacted network with their own allegations. that was in the wake of his firing announced on wednesday morning. the timeline here is a little bit unusual. we've seen versions of this in the past two months since the h harvey weinstein. we saw this last week. it happened a little bit differently with lauer. executives at nbc knew the "new york times" and variety were working on stories about his past. but it wasn't until monday night that anyone contacted the hr department to issue a formal complaint. when that happened, an investigation ensued on tise fr tuesday. by tuesday night nbc decided to fire lauer. that's what led to the chain of events on wednesday. the shocking announcement that
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his contract had been terminated. >> as you can imagine we are devastated. we are heart broken. i'm heart broken for matt. he is my dear, dear friend and partner and loved by many people here. i'm heart broken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story and any other women who have their own stories to tell. we are grappling with a dilemma that so many people have faced these past few weeks, how do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly. and i don't know the answer to that. >> a shocking turn of events for the morning tv world. think about it. one of the anchor chairs at cbs empty, now nbc. in so many cases, up until now, people have felt shamed into silence. we can see how that's changing now as companies feel pressure to take these allegations seriously and investigate them
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and take action. christine? dave? >> companies but just not congress yet. brian stelter will join us later. the allegations against matt lauer obviously no laughing matter still late night hosts weighed in among them. today they fired matt lawyer. if you are awondering where is the world is matt lauer he's probably at a bar with charlie rose. president trump tweeted and went on to attack nbc news executives. kim jong-un was like did you guys not see that missile yesterday. i mean. i know you're busy but i can relaunch it. he was fired. not to be confused with appropria appropriate sexual behavior in the work place, because that does not exist.
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president trump weighed in on this as presidents do. he tweeted. wow, matt lauer just fired from nb kr c in if anyone knows about that, it's donald j. trump. >> just about to spit out my coffee on the covar one. news flash, no one wants to see anything unclothed in the work place. we don't need to. >> good lesson for all the men out there. >> let's just start there and work -- go from there. >> 50 minutes past the hour. big reversal on wall street. some of the worst performing stocks. details on cnn "money" stream next. r whole lives around professional sports taking hits and catching our fair share of aches and pains. which is why we use blue-emu's pain relief products. blue-emu products; non-greasy, deep-penetrating formula that works down into your muscles and joints and works its magic.
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these massive tax cuts will be rocket fuel -- hmm. little rocketman -- rocket fuel for the american economy. he is a sick puppy. well so much for president trump's measured tone on north korea. the president mocking kim jong-un during a speech in missouri wednesday night. earlier the united nations security counsel strongly condemned the successful launch of an icbm. giving a warning to the rogue regime. >> the dictator of north korea made a choice yesterday. we have never sought war with
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north korea and still, today, we do not seek it. if war comes, make no mistake, the north korean regime will be utterly destroyed. >> bring in cnn's paula newton live in seoul south korea. what's the latest? >> reporter: it's interesting just in the last few hours we have had north korea release the video images of this launch. what i want you to look at is the screen. this is the hwasong-14 and 15. you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out the 15 is much larger. in this instance size matters. two different pay loads and engines, that means as general mattis said yesterday likely to hit anywhere in the united states. that's the kind of capability we're talking about and why north korea was so keen to release those pictures of that
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launch of experts are poring over it. the u.n. ambassador to france says this is much more alarming and represents a significant threat to the entire world. the question is what do you do about it and at this point despite what she's saying in her word, it is a difficult situation. everyone realizes the extra sanctions that president trump is promising may not do anything. what they're really looking for is china to lean on north korea perhaps with some kind of energy embargo or boycott. that is very unlikely to happen. without that it seems many experts agree, given this new video, that could be complete nuclear capable by the end of next year. >> frightening. paula newton live for us. meanwhile prosecutors in virginia have dropped all charges against a mother who tried to record alleged bullying
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in her daughter's classroom. she had been charged with a felony after the school confiscated a dugtle audio reporter. she could have faced up to five years in prison. prosecutors says there was enough evidence to support the charges but they are exercising prosecutorial discretion. >> that was a pretty good call. let's get a check on cnn "money" stream. following the reversal on wall street. airlines and retail had a great day. the best performing sector, tech, tanked. the nasdaq fell more than 1% led by big drops, amazon, apple and netflix. those are the darlings of the year. meanwhile the dow hit an all time high thanks to movement on tax reform and bank friendly comments. also boosting the dow, the u.s. economy posted its fastest growth in dlthree years.
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increase in exports as well as business and consumer spending, this helps president trump's promise of annual growth above 3% however, that likely won't happen this year when you look at the whole year despite two quarters above. the troubled train that founded chipotle will welcome executive chairman. pip poly was once the darling of the restaurant industry. shares have plunged more than 20% this year. i would say the stock market is really going to be dependent today and the next couple days on what happens on tax reform. companies see a corporate tax cut as good for their business even as the plan has moved to
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tax cuts for business still wall street want it is. >> no real signs this won't get through the senate. "early start" continues right now. russian special counsel taking no chances with michael plin. investigators turn to another key figure, jared kushner. >>out rage an condemnation after the command erp in chief tweets out violent videos from a far right british group. now even our most staunch american ally is voicing anger. >> still no sign or statement from matt lauer since the abrupt firing over accusations of sexual misconduct. new accusers coming forward in the hours after he was taken off "today." >> good morning thank you for get ng an "early start" with us. >> i'm christine romans, it is thursday, november 30, 5:00 a.m.

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