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courtroom confession at the trial of a navy s.e.a.l. charged with murder. and newly released video shows one man's wild attack on tsa agents at an arizona airport. the pelicans select zion williamson. >> the number one pick in the nba draft shares an emotional moment with mom after his long-time dream comes true. it was a huge night for the folks in the big easy. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. it is friday, june 21st. happy friday. 4 a.m. in the east, 4:30 p.m. in tehran. that's where we begin with breaking news overnight. the president steps back from the brink. "the new york times" reporting that president trump authorized military strikes against iran, then abruptly called them off. the strikes were in retaliation for iran shooting down a u.s. military drone. the "times" says the president
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initially approved attacks on a handful of iranian targets. the "times" reports there were ships in position and planes in the air when the president walked the whole thing back. it was not clear whether he simply changed his mind or whether logistics or strategy caused the pull back. also unknown whether the attacks may still occur. what is clear is the president's public response haase sawed since the drone shoot down. he left open the possibility of war. >> i find it hard to believe it was intentional if you want to know the truth. i think that it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it, but we'll be able to report back and you'll understand exactly what happened, but it was a very foolish move, that i can tell you. >> mr. president, how will this end? >> you'll find out. >> are you willing to -- >> you'll find out. for the latest, let's go live to
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tehran and find out ourselves. senior national correspondent fred pleitgen. hi there, fred. a lot of this has to do with the coordinates of where this drone was shot down. first, any reaction from the iranians when the-- about these strikes being planned and called off. >> reporter: early this morning so far there hasn't been any specific reactions to the "new york times" article possibly calling off their airstrikes after president trump approved the airstrikes. you have to keep in mind, today is friday. it's sort of like the sunday for this part of the world. what's going on now? starting now is the friday prayer sermon. those are often very political. it could be that we might get some reactions sort of in the vicinity of that. we are standing by and we'll see if anything and what is going to come out of that if there's any reactions from the iranian side. you're absolutely right. all of this is about location. we just had the sound bite from
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president trump, the lead in, where he says this could have been some sort of rogue commander, someone making a mistake. the iranians are unequivocally saying this is not a mistake. they are saying they shot down the drone because it went into their air space. the u.s. says the drone was shot down outside of iranian air space about 20 miles off the iranian coast. however, iran's foreign minister came out with a tweet and he even put coordinates in the tweet. we checked those out. those would put the site of where the drone was hit about 9 miles off iranian territorial waters which obviously would be inside iranian air space. so that is really where the dispute lies. the iranians continue to take a very hard line. they say they will defend their air space saying the u.s. violated the air space. the iranians lodged a complaint with the u.n. where they said, i just picked this up a couple of minutes ago, that they apparently tried to give the drone several radio warnings before shooting it down.
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as you can see, this whole conflict is continuing. so far no reaction to the alleged strike that the u.s. had planned but the tensions here still extremely high in this part of the region. one of the things we have to keep saying is that the iranians saying again and again and again they don't want any sort of war to occur. they don't want an escalation to take place but they do say they are ready if one takes place. dave. >> i continue to ask, fred, what is the off ramp here? it's really hard to see at this juncture. thank you, fred. earlier thursday before the planned strike, reaction on capitol hill was falling along party lines. republican senator lindsey graham said he spoke with the president about iran wednesday night and thursday morning. >> he believes that we're going into a -- we're getting into a bad space, that his options are running out, that he's not going to be intimidated. >> the top doemocrats on the hil
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calling for the president to lower the temperature with iran. >> we know that the high tension wires are unthere and we must do everything we can not to escalate the situation but also to make sure that our personnel in the region are safe. >> i told the president that these conflicts have a way of escalati escalating. the president may not intend to go to a war but we're worried they may bumble into a war. >> schumer told the president that he needs to get congressional authorization before taking military action against iran. meanwhile, a stunning twist at the end of a navy s.e.a.l.'s trial in san diego. chief petty officer eddie gallagher on trial for murdering an iraqi prisoner but a s.e.a.l.
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team medic shocked the courtroom yesterday testifying that he, not gallagher, killed the prisoner. medic cory scott backed up other witnesses who said gallagher stabbed the prisoner but scott said he then covered the prisoner's tracheotomy tube with his thumb suffocating him because he knew the prisoner would die anyway. >> today for the first time somebody went to one of these witnesses and actually asked the real question, what is the cause of death? >> the medic testified he was only admitting the murder now because he had been granted immunity and cannot be charged. an outraged military prosecutors much as accused scott of lying on the stand. scott said he's got a wife and family. i don't think he should spend the rest of his life in jail. the navy says it will not be dropping murder charges against gallagher. it says, quote, the credibility of a witness is for the jury to
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decide. seems cooler heads are prevailing for the moment in a heated spat between former vice president joe biden and his 2020 rival cory booker. biden called booker late wednesday following the new jersey's appearance on cnn tonight. biden had apologized. booker revealed portions of that call. >> i don't want to characterize a private conversation. i think that joe biden should explain to people that it's not about me. i don't feel like i want an apology to me, i think that this is something that he should speak toot public about and i think he has an opportunity here. i understood where his intentions were, i understood where his heart was, the fact is though it's not about me or him. he said things that are hurtful and are harmful. my belief he should be apologizing to the american people and having this discussion with all of us. >> biden met with members of the
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congressional black caucus last night. a sitdown planned prior to his controversial remarks. caucus members had already publicly defended biden before the meeting, some wishing he had chosen better words but claiming his remarks overall did not offend them. >> not at all. i mean, honest truth is we have to work with people who we disagree with on moral grounds every day. and that's politics. >> you know that we have some members of congress right now that would be a 2019 version of what he experienced in the 1970s. the point he was trying to make is t is that you do have to work with people that have polar opposites. i certainly do wish he would not have used that exam a am. >> republicans weighing in on this divisive issue. senator lindsey graham was blunt. >> now i don't want joe biden to be president for a lot of
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reasons, but one of the things i like about joe biden, he's a decent man. there's in the a racist bone in his body. he's my friend. what he did back then and what he will do in the future is try to find common ground with people he disagrees with. if that can't be done, america's best days are behind us. >> unusual alliances. the biden campaign is yet to comment on the disagreements. check out cnn business. they don't like tariffs and they don't like them on their products. apple, dell, microsoft warned about further chinese tariffs and they asked that their devices, including laptops and other tech be left off the list of products facing the duties. apple reminded the administration that after the 2017 tax reform it pledged to contribute over 350 billion to the u.s. economy over five years. they said it's on track to meet
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that goal, but the tariffs would cut into its ability to contribute. other tech companies said small business and consumers would be hurt. the tariffs wouldn't solve the underlying chinese trade practices the president is trying to fight against. president trump is set to meet with chinese president xi jinping next week at the g20 summit. markets are hoping they can reach an agreement. trump said he will set a good deal or there will be no deal at all. draft night in america and what had been inevitable since the nba draft lottery last month finally became official. >> with the first pick in the 2019 nba draft, the new orleans pelicans select zion williamson. >> rocking the all whites there, zion is thought to be a generational talent. played just one year for the blue devils before turning pro.
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zion and his mom overcome with emotion. >> mom, we can see that zion visibly emotional as you are. what are you feeling in this moment? >> we worked -- he's worked for this moment. >> i dreamed about this since i was 4 and for it to actually happen, i just thank god for it. >> good stuff. like zion, the draft's second and third picks went according to plans. murray state point guard john morant went second and r.j. barrett was taken third by the new york knicks. yet another duke freshman went tenth in the draft. that is three duke freshmen in the top ten. remarkable. ahead, the governor of oregon has ordered the state police to track down a group of state lawmakers. more on this strange political standoff next. take in fragrance inspired by nature with air wick essential mist. it transforms natural essential oils into mist;
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future generations will judge us not on the fact of global climate change but what we've done to tackle it. >> tempers flaring among the republicans. senator brian boquist she should, quote, listen to this, send bachelors and come heavily armed. not making that up. roy moore is back and hoping for a rematch against alabama democratic senator doug jones. the 2017 arch conservative moore lost to jones by 2 points in the ruby red state after three women claimed moore had sexually abused them when they were teenagers decades ago. president trump endorsed moore in 2017 but has since dismissed his bid this time saying moore cannot win. asked about it moore was asked about defying the president. >> go against -- i'm not going against president trump at all. i support president trump. i'll vote for president trump. whether he votes for me or not,
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we'll see. i'm sure he will when i get in the general election. >> just in case roy moore forgot, the president can't vote for moore. he's not an alabama resident. technicality there. donald trump jr. also attacking moore, quote, by running roy moore is going against my father and is doing a disservice to all conservatives in the process. just released surveillance video shows a man attacking a group of tsa agents at a security checkpoint, the sky harbor airport in phoenix. look at this. the incident happened tuesday morning. a tsa spokesperson said the man was immediately subdued and arrested. one officer was taken to the hospital, four others treated at an urgent care facility. the agent is charged with criminal trespass, resisting arrest and assault. could one major league baseball team end up calling two cities in two countries home?
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on public land in maryland can remain standing. the court says the monument was built to honor fallen soldiers in world war i and does not violate the separation between church and state. justice alito said while the cross is undoubtedly a christian symbol it should not, quote, blind us to everything else it has come to represent. he says it's a place for the community to gather and honor all veterans and their sacrifices for this country. a bold step by major league baseball given the tampa bay rays the go ahead to explore playing a split season in both tampa and montreal. commissioner rob manfort said it's meant to grow baseball in florida. one idea under consideration is for the rays to play home games early in the season in tampa and finish up in montreal. major league baseball has not
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breaking overnight. "the new york times" says president trump ordered then called off strikes against iran. a witness makes a stunning courtroom confession at the trial of a navy s.e.a.l. charged with murder. newly released video shows one man's wild attack on tsa agents at an arizona airport. the new orleans pelicans select zion williamson, duke university. the number one pick in the nba draft shares an emotional moment with mom after his long-time dream comes true. this brought tears to my eyes. i'm telling you, behind every great guy is a great mom. >> that is true. i love that statement. you know, a lot of reasons to party in new orleans, not that they need one but they have it. >> welcome back to "early start"
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this morning. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. 4:32 eastern time. we start with the iran confrontation. breaking overnight, the president steps back from the brink. "the new york times" reporting that president trump authorized military strikes against iran, then abruptly called them off. the strikes were in retaliation for iran shooting down a u.s. military drone. the "times" says the president initially approved attacks on a handful of iranian targets. the "times" reports there were ships in position and planes in the air when the president walked the whole thing back. it was not clear whether he simply changed his mind or whether strategy or logistics caused the pull back. also unknown whether the attacks may still occur, but what is clear, that the president's public responses really seesawed since the drone shootdown. thursday morning president trump seemed inclined to give iran the benefit of the doubt and at the same time leave open the possibility of war.
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>> find it hard to believe it was intentional if you want to know the truth. i think that it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it, but we'll be able to report back and you'll understand exactly what happened, but it was a very foolish move, that i can tell zblu mr. president, how will you respond? >> you'll find out. >> are you willing to go to war with iran? >> you'll find out. >> reality show presidency getting very real this morning. let's go live to tehran and bring in senior international correspondent fred pleitgen. fred, you told us last half hour. prayers can often turn political. any reaction yet from the iranians? >> yeah. yeah, dave. those are still going on. we'll see if there's any reaction coming out today after "the new york times" article came out. over the past couple say 24 to 72 hours, you have heard from various iranian officials coming out saying, look, if the united
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states makes a move here in the region, if the united states decides to attack the air space or iran in general, there would be a crushing response. in fact, a senior commander said this would be a crushing response and would be a crushing response in a very wide area. obviously seemingly meaning that iran would not only necessarily retaliate against u.s. forces in the immediate persian gulf area but in the entire middle east. still conflicting narratives between the u.s. and iran as to what exactly happened where specifically this drone was shot down. the iranians obviously not following president trump's narrative that there might have been a rowing commander. they say they're doing it because it went into their air space. in a tweet he gave us the iranian territorial waters. the u.s. has a very different
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take, they say it happened in international air space, 20 miles off the coast and, therefore, it was an unprovoked attack. some airlines have already decided to fly different routes avoiding the persian gulf area, which is an air space that's got a lot of air traffic going through it, dave. >> tensions continue to escalate. fred, we'll check back with you in the 5:00 hour. thank you. earlier thursday before planned strikes broke it was falling along party lines. republican senator lindsey graham said he spoke with the president on iran wednesday night and thursday morning. >> he believes that we're going into a bad space, that his options are running out, that he's not going to be intimidated. >> top democrats on the hill,
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meanwhile, house speaker nancy pelosi and senate minority leader chuck schumer calling on the president to lower temperatures with iran. >> we know that the high tension wires are up there and we must do everything we can not to escalate the situation but also to make sure that our personnel in the region are safe. >> i told the president that these conflicts have a way of escalating. the president may not intend to go to war here but we're worried that he and the administration may bumble into a war. >> schumer adding democrats told the president in a situation room meeting thursday that he needs to get congressional authorization before taking military action against iran. a stunning twist at the end of a navy s.e.a.l.'s trial in san diego. chief petty officer eddie gallagher on trial for murdering an iraqi prisoner and other battlefield crimes, but a s.e.a.l. team medic in
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gallagher's deployment shocked the courtroom yesterday testifying that he, not gallagher, killed the young prisoner. medic cory scott backed up other witnesses who said gallagher stabbed the prisoner under the collarbone but scott said he then covered the prisoner's tray key otto my tube with his thumb suffocating him because he knew the prisoner would die anyway. >> today for the first time somebody went to one of these witnesses and actually asked the real question, what is the cause of death. >> the medic testified he was only admitting the murder now because he was granted immunity and cannot be charged. an outspoken scott said, he has a wife and children. i don't think he should spend his time in jail. it seems cooler heads are prevailing for the moment in the
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heated spat between former vice president joe biden and his 2020 rival cory booker. biden called booker late wednesday following the new jersey senator's appearance on cnn tonight. booker revealing only portions of the phone call. >> i don't want to characterize a private conversation. i think that joe biden should explain to people because it's not about me -- >> right. >> -- i don't feel like i want an apology to me, i think that this is something that he should speak to the public about. i think he has an opportunity here. i understood where his intentions were and where his heart was. he said things that were hurtful and are harmful. i believe he should be apologizing to the american people and having this discussion with all of us. >> biden met with members of the congressional black caucus last night. a sitdown planned prior to his
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controversial remarks. caucus members had already publicly defended biden before the meeting. some wishing he had words but claiming the overall remarks did not offend them. >> not at all. i mean, the honest truth is we have to work with people who we disagree with on moral grounds every day and that's politics. >> you know that we have some members of congress right now that would be a 2019 version of what he experienced in the 1970s. the point he was trying to make is that you do have to work with people who have polar opposite politics. i certainly wished he wouldn't have used that example. >> republicans also weighing in on this potentially divisive issue with senator surprisingly supportive, but one of the things i like about joe biden, he's a decent man. there's not a racist bone in his
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body. he is my friend. what he did back then and what he will do in the future is try to find common ground with people he disagrees with. if that can't be done, america's best days are behind us. >> biden campaign is yet to comment on these new developments. biden and booker are scheduled to appear tonight at a fish fry in south carolina. just as president trump launches his re-election, the trump economy faces its biggest test. can the ten-year economic expansion endure. first, the growing concern of the slowing economy. jpmorgan raised the risk of recession next year to 43% to 24%. the president trade war's a big reason. a year in tariffs now seem to be a permanent condition, not a bargaining trap. then last fall they put 10% tariffs on $200 billion of
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intermediary goods and ultimately raised that to 25%. the president has promised and threatened tariffs on another 300 billion plus on chinese goods. something more than 600 trade companies warned would hurt american jobs and damage the country. already there are signs that the expansion is topping out here. when you look at job growth in particular. this year 164,000 net new jobs on average. look, that's the weakest job growth in trade. another government shutdown, deep spending cuts or failing to race the federal debt cut. then there's this, the president really is proud of the stock market. even yesterday he said, look, the s&p 500 opening at a record high. he uses this almost as a personal scorecard. since the election the dow -- the s&p 500 is up 30%, but where does that put him with other presidents? it's not that trump bump that he
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would like everyone to believe. then there is this trick, oil prices are rising f. that continues. you still have trouble. that could be a problem for consumers, drivers and this president. >> americans do continue to watch the oil prices throughout the hour. thank you. draft night in america what happened had been inevitable since the nba draft lottery last month timely became eligible. >> the new orleans pelicans select zion williamson, duke universi university. >> zion rocking the old white there thought to be a generational talent played just that one freshman year for the blue devils before turning pro. zion and his mom were overcome with emotion.
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>> mom, we can see that zion is visibly emotional as you are, what are you feeling? >> we worked for this moment. >> i dreamed about this since i was 4. i just thank god for it. >> like zion, the draft's second and third picks went according to plan. murray state point guard went second to the memphis grizzlies and r.j. barrett, williamson's teammate was taken third to the new york knicks. there was an emotional dramatic night at the nba draft. christine romans, your take on the night was what? >> they were all wearing skinny pants and no socks. are you going to start doing that? i thought they looked great. >> i'm going to try that out. >> did you notice that? >> i did not. my eyes were elsewhere. i love your fashion take. >> i did love how much the moms and parents were rewarded. >> skinny pants, no socks for me about 6:00. >> you've got it. president trump said latino
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president trump claiming hispanic voters support his immigration agenda. during his first interview as president with spanish tv network, the telemundo anchor pressed trump after he said the latino voters support deportations. >> going back to the latino vote, granted, a percentage definitely supports you but there are a percentage who fear you, fear that you have said that you will be deporting millions of people. >> they want me to do it. >> they do not. >> they do. are you ready? they don't want to lose their jobs. they want to keep their salaries and wanchs up and they don't want crime. when people come through you have ms-13 coming through. >> mr. president -- >> hispanics.
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it's a lot of people. >> it may be so. >> if it was one in 100. >> the mothers coming with children aren't ms-13 and their town and the people are not ms-13. >> i agree, but if it's 1 in 100, it's too many. >> trump claimed immigrations and customs would start removing people. he added they will be moved as fast as they come in. asylum seekers cannot be immediately removed because they have a legal right to apply for humanitarian relief. we know what hope hicks told the house judiciary committee on tuesday. the 273 page transcript of the closed door interview shows she was asked about this famous 2016 campaign remark by the president. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.
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>> hicks said afterwards on air force one the media felt the comment was extremely inappropriate. mr. trump gave her the expression the remark was, quote, a little bit tongue in chief and a joke. within five hours of that remark russian military intelligence targeted hillary clinton's office for the first time. senior congressional reporter sarah murray, hope hicks teefd bon behalf hieptd closed doors. it was newell ul hau she wouldn't be rekwierpd to testifying. she did shed some light on a couple of different instances. at one point the mueller report lays out the instance in the
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white house where president trump tells cory lewandowski, an outside advisor, that he wants lewandowski to convince jeff sessions to unrecuse himself from the russia probe. hope hicks was privy to that conversation. she said she thought it was an odd request. she said she had no knowledge of donald trump's hush money payments to the campaign, when she put out the statement president trump had no relationship with carrie mcdougall. she was instructed to do so at the time. she had no knowledge when donald trump jr. and other top aides met with russians. she didn't find out. with what she says that cake out
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in our prior testimony. back to you guys. >> sarah, thanks. just released surveillance video shows a man attacking a group of tsa agents at security checkpoints. sky harbor airport in phoenix. look at this. tuesday morning they say the man was immediately subdued and treated. others were treated at an urgent care facility. the suspect is charged with criminal trespass, resisting arrest and misdemeanor assault. >> big company getting mocked for its video about a light bulb. find out why. state of business next.
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protests in hong kong wrapping up again. demonstrators have occupied a main highway around the government headquarters demanding the complete withdrawal of the china extradition bill that caused mass protests last week. ivan watson is live for us in hong kong with all of the latest developments there. ivan, good morning. what are you seeing? >> reporter: good morning, dave. we have protests again, and now there is a new strategy coming from the opposition. take a look at this. they have encircled the headquarters of the hong kong police right now. so you have dej pron straighters and they are chanding for release for some of the people who were detained in protests and clashes with riot police that turned violent on june 123th.
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you can see that the police, for example, right in front of us are kind of standing there as the crowd surrounds them. one of the other entrances, they have zip tied it. so far the police have had i would say a pretty submissive approach to the standoff. we're not seeing helmets or baton charges or rubber bullets being fired or tear gas. the numbers that we see here are not like on previous marches earlier this month where there were estimates of 1 to 2 million people out in the streets. that's one to two hong kongers protesting against the government to extradite people to mainland china. what we see are predominantly young hong kongers.
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i saw one girl, 17 years old, she came after high school out to protest. there is not one clear leader of this protest movement and it is really hot. it feels 14r50ik 04 degrees fahrenheit right now with the humidity at like 75%. protestors are dropping and needing medical help for heatstroke and great reporting. we will check back with you. thanks. top of the hour. let's get a quick check on business. you can see a mixed performance in asia. the reason they're held back, there are concerns over the geopolitical tension with iranian oil prices soaring yesterday. slightly lower. really closely watching oil prices. markets were up in the u.s. after that fed decision wednesday and held steady this month but signals the possibility of future rate cuts. the s&p 500 popped to a record high close. also sta

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