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has earned the confidence of his conference and the respect of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. [ applause ] he is a man of faith, faith in god, faith in our country and faith in our family. and while we congratulate him, he also congratulate and thank his wife, debbie and their two daughters, lindsey and trisha, and the entire boehner family. [ applause ] speaker boehner, i know all too well that we will not always agree. but i hope with all my heart that we will find common ground that is a higher, better place
for our country. surely, we can be touched by the better angels of our nation -- nature. surely, we can be touched by the better angel of our nature. so beautifully expressed by president lincoln. this is the people's house. this is the people's gavel. it represents a sacred trust. may we all fulfill that trust and make real the ideal of democratic government. with respect for our constitution, with faith in the american people, with hope for the future of our country, i present the people's gavel to the speaker of the house, john boehner. may god bless you. [ cheers and applause ]
to speaker boehner, may god bless this congress. may god always bless the united states of america. my colleagues, the speaker of the house, john boehner. [ applause ] >> leader pole helosi, thank yo your kind words. members of the house, senate, my wife, debbie you who is with us today, thankfully, the girls are working.
and all of you and our fellow countrymen. you know, we met mete again at democracy's great port of call. every two years, at this hour, the constitution brings a new order to this house. and it's an interlude for reflection, a glimpse of old truths. and to our new members and our families, let me just say welcome. [ applause ] i know you're feeling a bit awe-struck at this moment. history runs through this building. and now you're among a select few to share in this privilege. and for those of you who are returning, who avenue walked the -- who have walk walked these aisles before, maybe it's time we get a little awe-struck
again. [ applause ] the way our founders envisioned it the republic will be led by citizens who recognize that the blessings that we receive by governing ourselves and it requires that we give something of ourselves. everything depended on this. so they made each other and their successors swear an oath of allegiance. in a few moments, i will take this oath for the 12th time as the representative from the eighth district of ohio. it is word for word the same oath we thank we all take. and note that it makes no mention of party or faction or title. contain no, sir reference for agendas or platforms, only to the constitution. the one addition we dare make, as george washington did, at the
very first inaugural is to invoke the assistance of our heavenly father. this doff verne nant makes us servants of posterity it call us to refuse the pull of refuse the are sent here to do something. or as i like to call it day care the right thing. it's a big job and it comes with big challenges. our government has built up too much debt. our economy is not producing enough jobs. and these are not separate problems. at $16 trillion and rising, our national debt is draining you
free enterprise and weakening the ship of state. the american dream is in peril, so long as its name sake is weighed down by this anchor of debt.sake is weighed down by this anchor of debt. break its hold and we will set the economy free. jobs will come home and confidence will come back and we do this not just to boost gdp or reduce unemployment, but to secure for our children a future of freedom and opportunity. and frankly, nothing is more important. as washington wrote in his farewell address -- [ applause ] as washington wrote in his farewell address, we should not throw upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear. well, that burden is ours and so is the opportunity.
there is no substitute for the wisdom of the people. we here are their servants. as speaker, i pledge to listen and to do all i can to help all of you carry out your oath of office that we are -- all about to take. because in our hearts, we know it's wrong to pass this debt on to our kids and our grandkids. now, we have to be willing, truly willing, to make this problem right. public service was never meant to be an easy living. extraordinary challenges demand extraordinary leadership. so, if you've come here to see your name in the lights or pass off a political victory as some accomplishment, you have come to the wrong place. the door's right behind you. if you come here humbled by the opportunity to serve, if you've
come here to be the determined voice of the people, if i have a come here to car result standard of leadership demanded not by our constituents but by the times, then i have a come to the right place. [ applause ] there is a time for every purpose under heaven and for the 113 congress, it is a time to rise. when the day is over and the verdict is read, maybe it's said that we well and faithfully did our duty to ensure freedom in -- that freedom will endure and prevail. so help us god. [ applause ]
i'm now ready to take the oath of office and i would ask the dean of the house of representatives, the honorable john dingell of michigan, to administer the oath of office. >> the gentleman from ohio will please raise his right hand. do you solemnly swear or affirm that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully
discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god? >> i do. >> congratulations, mr. speaker. [ applause ] >> according to precedent, the chair will swear in the members en masse. so all members-elect will rise and the chair will now administer the oath of office. if all members-elect will raise their right hands. do you solemnly swear or affirm that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you
take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god? a >> audience: i do. >> congratulations, you are now members of the 113th congress. [ applause ] >> there you see it everyone, coming in just a little bit ahead of schedule, you see the 433 members of the 113th house of representatives all being sworn in as their duties, which they presumably will continue with for the next two years. and of course, john boehner being sworn in again as speaker of the house. he got a little bit emotional, which is really john boehner's
style. he is an emotional guy. he sees the importance of what he's doing, the magnitude, the significance, all that it represents. and joining me right now you nbc news capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell. kelly with a welcome to you. you know, it's part of what people find endearing about john boehner. you have also got to wonder if it's partly the exhaustion of what he has recently gone through and perhaps the hope that the next two years will go a little bit better for this new congress. >> well, good afternoon, alex. it is true that people often note the emotion that seems to come very easily for speaker john boehner. he will say that he is sort of embarrassed by it and that he can't really control it. the emotion just brings near the surface, and it does come out, because he says he takes all of these things very seriously, the responsibility you can the historic moment, what it means to be, as he says, a regular guy with a big job. so he knows that people make fun of him for that as well. so i think essencetive to it. but getting to know him day to day i it seems to be a very
genuine emotion and i think because he has been speaker now for a couple of years, people are more accustomed to seeing it. i thought he was able to hold it in check quite a bit more today. he paused several times. you could almost see him kind of gritting his teeth a bit to not have the emotion spill over. but that's who he is. and it's part of his sort of public identity and, you know, detractors criticize him and people who like him tend to think it's soft and endearing. >> you know, he teared up when he talked about what george washington had said. clearly, he understand that this is historically significant and years now, people will look back and know that he was trying to do a pretty tough job, an unenviable job, a job not many particularly relish having right now. but with regard to what's going on there, any surprises with the vote for speaker? i mean, there were some discenters. >> well, i was in the house chamber for the first part of it and it really feels a bit different when you're in the room because you're looking back
and forth to see what the members will do and it is tradition that in this case you democrats would vote for nancy pelosi. and so we were trying to keep track of how many votes might go against john boehner. he got 220. that is a narrow margin of victory, but it was a victory. and it's really an indication of the struggle that he has had with some of the more conservative members of his own conference who have not been pleased with all of the things that have been going on and there's also sort of a typical rebellious name dhaur can happen when you bring a body together that represents all ends of the country. so, surprises, things like the name colin powell being put forward, the constitution does not say that you have to be an elected member of congress to serve as speaker of the house. so, as out of the ballpark that might be, it was not something that couldn't -- it was conceivable that that was not something that would, you know -- colin powell was clearly not going to be the speaker but a reason why someone who would
name someone who was not a member. and also alan west, a republican of florida, who was defeated. so, it is a moment of staging a bit of protest. there were also some of the more critical republicans who we thought might take more of a hard line who voted in the end for john bain per. so it is not an overwhelming victory, but it is a victory and he has been through some challenges in his leadership over recent days and that's just bound to continue. that's the environment we are in h >> and given those public statements, if you will you can the level of contentious nature of the last couple of years, do you have any reason to believe that this is a fresh start or do you get a sense it's going to be more of the same, lots of dukes up and battling? >> well, the issues are still as deep and difficult and the points view that approach those issues are still very far apart. it is a polarized congress, to be sure. i think a moment like this, a day like this, is worth letting people take a look at congress and see that they are proud to have been elected. they bring their families.
it is a moment that is emotional for many of them. and getting to know them day to day, they take seriously what their role is for the good of the country. many times, they are criticized for being too political, out for themselves, all of those things that criticism is going to come and it is justified in many cases but this is one of those moments where they all sort of step back and try to get a sense of the perspective of what their role is. i think the fighting will continue but at least today, there is a real spirit of cooperation. >> nbc's kelly o'donnell, many thanks for keeping a vigilant eye on everything for us. everyone, i'm alex witt in for tamron hall here on "news nation." we're going to take a short break and be right back with more news from washington. stay with us.
then-newly re-elected speaker of the house john bain per, elected by a very narrow margin, he was making his way there on the house floor. heading up to the gavel, nancy pelosi, minority leader, was introducing him, then he took the oath of office and there by administer it had to the 433 standing members of the new 113th congress. so we are keeping an eye on things in washington, a momentous day, we know a lot of photo opportunities from this point forward, both for members of the house with their families have gathered with them and members of the senate who have their families there and taking a lot of pictures with the vice president there in the senate. let's bring in right now the "news nation" political panel. ab stoddard, had associate editor and conservative columnist for the hill, the "washington post" eugene robinson and shira toeplitz for roll call. thanks for joining us on this momentous day t. >> let's get right now to roll call, which writes today, "boehner's saving grace may than his special so untenable that
nobody else want it is." but then let me play what republican congressman tom price of georgia said about what he thinks the house needs. >> both our leadership -- organizing committees that we have -- >> so you hear that voice and you couple that with the beating that speaker boehner took from members of his own party over superstorm sandy relief, is boehner the problem or is controlling the republican convention, like a bunch of herding cats, as the speaker has said in the past? >> definitely the latter. controlling this caulk discuss a much greater problem than john boehner. if you look at the people who defected, one was not tom price, he ended up voting for boehner for speaker, but if you look at the people who defected, did not vote for john boehner for speaker, no consensus among them at all there is no alternative there is no uprising to support
someone else who could be speaker, they really are split. that, if anything is indicative of the fact that this caulk discuss very splintered right now. >> yeah, of those who did not vote forth speaker, three went for eric captor, okay, understandable, two for alan west, who is no longer part of the house, but interesting votes there how about speaker boehner who says that he's done, he is done negotiating one-on-one with the president, something that has not brought to fruition what he hoped would happen. ab, that does not exactly inspire confidence in our elected officials who are going to work together to get things done, one would presume. >> no, it's very disappointing that negotiations between the speaker around the president broke down, not only a year and a half ago when we were first at the bless business of default but also this december, trying to get to a bargain on the fiscal cliff. now we are heading to the very scary precipice of default again with republicans threatening to use that as leverage to get more spending cuts.
for john boehner to say i can no longer trust a president, i just can't deal with him, makes i think things much, much heard. you can understand watching that vote and watching what's happened to boehner in the last couple of weeks why he has to say that. he needs to tell these members of his conference who are always telling him how disappointed they are and how everything he does is wrong. his other two leaders, of course did not vote on the fiscal cliff bill that the senate passed the other night, john boehner came out and did. so did paul ryan. so did dave camp, who chairs the ways and means committee, you have this splintered leadership, boehner feels like maybe these two years could be his last in the job. he has really got to be able to convince conservatives, he is going to make the fight on spending cuts and he has their back. why he is telling them i'm not going to go one-on-one with the president behind close towards anymore, doesn't lead to anything and can't be trusted. >> here is a politico quote, democrats facing a challenging fight to retake the house of representatives in 2014 see a
promise new line of attack rising out of the fiscal cliff follies, casting the republican congressional majority is a terminally dysfunctional body that cannot perform the basic function office government, let alone lead the country through difficult times. eugene, we have the threat of a government shut down, the threat of default this latest fiscal cliff fumble. there seems to be a storyline here with republicans playing the antagonists. >> there is a storyline. say what you want about nancy pelosi, some people love her, some people don't, obviously. her congress got things done when she was speaker acres mazingly productive congress, the congresses she led. so we come to john boehner's 112th congress, which was, by many measures, the least productive we have had in a long, long time and roll into the 113th congress and there was a questions as to whether they could organize themselves today.
two years ago, john boehner became speaker, he cried tears of joy and ceremony of the moment. today, i think he was choked up with anguish at the prospect of having to be speaker for another two years and try to -- if he doesn't negotiate with the president, with whom is he going to negotiate? who is he going to talk to? >> you made a good point there our own joe scarborough put in very stark terms what the gop is facing if it doesn't get its act together. let's all take a listen to that. >> the men and women being sworn in today start behind the 8 ball. they are already on their way to making nancy pelosi the next speaker of the house. they better, just like i said with romney in september, they better turn this ship around quickly or we're gonna have a democratic monopoly in washington, d.c. >> any confidence that they can turn around this democratic ship? i mean, the ship would be -- >> you mean the republicans can
turn it around? >> yeah. republicans are going to have to find a way forward. they have been leaderless a very long time as we have seen this last week, they are deeply divided, not only between the chief party forces and the establishment forces, but the senate and the house republicans. so they are really going to have to make a commitment to the what they are going to get reelected on in 2014 are they going to be productive, forge deals? always going gonna say no, or do some of it sometimes and some of it other smiles to there were too many moments of near shutdown and near default in the 112th congress they became known for and partial shutdown of the federal aviation administration, et cetera, that they became known for. so they really have to sit down and have a discussion amongst themselves about the way forward. it is, i would mention though, very just truck rally difficult for the democrats to take the house back. if you look at how jerry mannered the districts are after the democrats lost so many state
legislature seats in 2010, as a result of the stimulus and the unpopular health care law, et cetera, they really missed an opportunity at redrawing those lines. >> the upcoming debate on the debt limit is the perfect time to have that discussion. the president may not want to have a fight about government spending over the next few months, but it's the fight he is going to have because it's a debate the country needs. is there any reason to think that this congress will handle the debate differently than it did just 18 short months ago? >> or how about yesterday, for example? >> that one, too. >> no, i don't. no, i don't think there is a lot of hope for that. that's because the general makeup of congress is not changing that much. the senate is adding two
democratic seat he is. the house lost some republican seats but republicans still control the house, obviously, the president is still in the white house. still absolutely a recipe for stalemate. what mcconnell said in that op ed is interesting, a lot like what john boehner indicated when he didn't want to negotiate one-on-one with president obama anymore. they are saying what they need to say today to keep control to keep support among their caucus you exactly the message that mitch mcconnell needs stand on today to go forward there is a small window of opportunity, right, they, for example, kicked the can down the road on the sequestration cuts two months from now. that gives them two months and maybe they will be in a better negotiating position then. maybe. we will see. >> eugene, any reason to believe that the latest deal brought senator mcconnell any closer to the white house because, you know, he seems poised to have this debt ceiling fight that the president clearly wants to avoid. >> well, i think ab is absolutely right.
the idea is mitch mcconnell saying what he has to say today, taking this tough line. but he has always been a dealmaker. that's kind of what he does. this al qaeda combination of mitch mcconnell, vice president biden, got a deal done this time. the stage is set for them at least to try to do that again, especially speaker boehner not going to have a negotiation with the presidents, that kind of toss the ball into the senate court. i do not frankly think that mitch mcconnell has the stomach for actually going to default, for actually refusing to raise the debt ceiling. that would -- that would be counter, i think, to his entire career as a deal maker on the hill. >> thanks to all three of you. appreciate it. still ahead, sandy hook elementary students face their first day back in school since the shooting took the lives of 26 of their classmates and teachers. they weren't in the same school facility but there was something familiar about their
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an emotional return in connecticut today. students and teachers who survived the deadly shooting spree at sandy hook elementary are back in class. within just this last hour, connecticut police held an unplanneders were at the new sandy hook elementary in the town everything is running smoothly. jay gray reports from monroe. >> hey there and good afternoon, alex. we just heard from some of the police officers who are providing a heavy security presence at the new sandy hook elementary school.
the lessons today obviously not about academic it's all but instead, they are trying to learn how they can begin to move on. ribbons and posters lined the roadway in as bus rolled from new town to the new sandy hook elementary. >> it is certainly a lot different. so it's kind of mixed emotion. >> reporter: emotions still raw, almost three weeks after the attack that left 20 first graders and six staff members dead. >> it's hard for know imagine the kids being there but also the teachers being there during that incident and what that's doing to them psychologically. >> reporter: down sellers are on the new campus today and will be there for as long as needed, along with a heavily and high his visible police presence. >> the monroe police have worked very diligently with the newtown police so that we can all feel very comfortable and secure. >> reporter: security that administrators are also trying to provide by making the new
classrooms as similar to those at sandy hook as possible, moving in deck and equipment from the old school, even putting book bags and jackets the same places they were the day of the tragedy. >> this he did their best to make it as comfortable for the kids when they come back. >> reporter: comfort that, for so many here, is still so hard to find. now you counselors and administrators say they hope that at least a little comfort for the kids can come from the structure and routine of being in the classroom and being back together with their friends. in roone mow, connecticut, i'm jay gray. alex, back to you now. >> jay, thank you for that. coming up, the historic makeup of the 113th congress. for the first time in history, white men will not make up the majority of house democrats and there's a record breaking number of female senators. ep my eye o. but, i didn't always watch out for myself. with so much noise about health care... i tuned it all out. with unitedhealthcare, i get information that matters... my individual health profile. not random statistics.
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minutes ago, the house of representatives took their office,ed a minute sfwird newly re-elected house speaker, john boehner. 1913th congress is officially in session. how different is it from 1912th? nbc news senior political editor mark murray joins us to look at the new congress by the numbers a welcome to you. let's talk about the new balance of power. where is that? >> democrats in the 2012 elections did better than 2010 and expanded their margins. in the senate, hold a 55-45 majority over republicans that includes two independents caucusing with democrats. in the house, it's republicans with a healthy majority you 233 republicans to 200 democrats. there are two vacancies, one split between each party but that is a smaller majority for house republicans than held in the 112th congress.
>> we mention it had is the first time that white male democrats will not make up that constituent i is talk about the diversity in this group. >> an amazing amount of diverts i alex. you end up having 101 women, include oos record 20 in the united states senate. you also have 43 african-americans, 31 latinos, 12 asian-americans and seven from the lgbt community. so a tremendous amount of diversity, kind of when you almost look back when this country and the government was actually founded of all white males and things have certainly changed in your u.s. congress. >> you know, i have to look at the woman factor. how does that affect how decisions are going to be made by this new congress? i mean, some will expect it to be more productive in the 112th congress, which set that new record low for achievement. >> i think it really does affect things. of course, it's worth noting that the 2012 elections were fought in large part over women's issues. now, as i just mentioned earlier there are a record 20 women who
are going to be serving in the u.s. senate. of course it is worth noting that that's just one in five u.s. senators are women when more than half of all women were the voters in the 2012 election. so, there's a lot of female political strategies. to me, they have been making progress, boy, there won't really be progress until more than half of all the u.s. senators are women. >> you know, as i think about what we call the herding cats to borrow speaker boehner's phrase, it doesn't seem like it's often the women that are the ones that are doing the meowing if you will, right? think about t and be polite, considering who you are talking to. but truly. >> automobile lex that is a very good observation. i do think that john boehner had a difficulty with herding cats of all different stripes and one of the things that our founding fathers set up in this system of government, all its checks and balances, it is never easy herding all 535 of the cats that you have, no matter their stripes or their gender.
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especially after republicans' historic loss among latino voters in the presidential election. as we mentioned, there were a record 31 latino members sworn in today in the new congress, 28 in the house, three in the senate. among them, democratic congressman henry cuellar of texas. welcome, sir, nice to have you. >> thank you so much. >> so we had house minority leader nancy pelosi mentioning it a short while ago her, remarks to the new house. obviously, immigration reform is the key issues the hispanic caucus is concerned about. what kind of legislation would you like to see passed? >> i want to see comprehensive immigration reform that has three components. one, border security. two a temporary guest worker plan where people can come in and do the work. and then the third part is we've got to do something about the 11 or 12 million non-documented persons that we have and we got to somehow get them is -- a path way to legalization. >> you have given a pretty
talled or less, bortall o talled or -- tall order there undocumented workers brought out of the shadows. >> it has to be federal law and not a state law, otherwise we are going to have 50 different types of immigration laws. so the supreme court was right in the rulings as when they ruled against arizona. but i would have to say that the only way we can get it done is to look at a bipartisan approach. if you remember back about six years ago, a republican senate did pass an immigration reform bill but the republican house did not. this time, because the election that we have, republicans are now talking about immigration reform and if we do it on a bipartisan way, that is the only way we can get it done. >> in other words, you think that this last election sent a message to republicans? you think they are serious this time? >> well, look at this.
if you remember right before the election, they were talking about deportation, talking very harsh immigration. after the election, their philosophy changed from one day to the other day on a very practical basis and they started talking about immigration reform. so, they know that the future of the united states is going to be with the hispanic mop lation. so therefore, i think the -- at least the republicans are willing to talk about it. not all of them are going to support it but we get enough of them with the democrats, we can get a bipartisan approach, just like we did in 1986. president reagan, a republican, democratic congress, we were able to do it in 1986. >> you know, representative cuellar, among the new latino members of congress, the freshman republican senator from your state, ted cruz, where do you expect him to stand on these issues we talk about? >> i have no idea. he's new member. we don't know. but he did run some ads where he put his father on the tv ads at
the very end, the general election, saying he was son of a migrant immigrant from cuba. so if he is saying that his father was a migrant -- or immigrant, i'm hoping that he will support common sense, practical, balanced immigration reform. >> of these three areas that you articulateded that you wanted to see challenged and something effective accomplished, which one do you think is going to be the toughest? >> the last one. >> yeah. >> border security, everyone is going to agree. temporary guest worker plan, you lose some people but there's pretty good support. the last one, what do we do about the 11 or 12 million undocumented aliens? that's the one that extracts emotion, very harsh emotions but the one that we got to deal with, because there's no way that we are going to put 11 or 12 million undocumented aliens in buses and deport them. it's not gonna happen. we got to do something about t >> those numbers keep growing. all right. so best of luck, congratulations, democratic congressman henry cuellar of texas. >> happy new year.
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this month will mark the 40th anniversary of the supreme court's landmark roe v wade decision, which legalized abortion in this country. this week's "time" magazine cover story argues that activists have been losing that fight over abortion rights ever since that historic ruling. "time" magazine staff writer kate pick the wrote that story and she joins us now. i want to read a quote from your piece i think gets to the heart of the issue. here is what you wrote, "getting an abortion is in america some places harder today than at any point since it became a
constitutionally protected right 40 years ago this month. at the state level, abortion rights activists are unequivocally losing." you write about this abortion clinic in south dakota. talk about that and klinks like that, where the problems lie. >> i ralphed to fargo, north dakota, and spent tomorrow some time at the red river women's klink there, the only abortion clinic in the state. north dakota is one of four states across the country that has a single abortion clinic across the nation. nationwide you there, are 40% fewer providers than in the 1940s, fewer places for women to get abortions. sborgs something 30% of women will experience by the time they are age 45. something that affect women. across the country, states have been passion, including north dakota and elsewhere, laws that limit clinics' ability to operate you which is why there are fewer.
>> having to widen halls to five feet wide, which shuts down klink and the money to support t you write about a generational divide in the reproductive rights movement, you point out the leadership compromised women in their 20s at the time of roe v wade 40 years ago but now these leaders now in their 60s and their 70s and there's frirpgs wi friction with the younger generation of activists. >> young women activists in their 20s and 30s now think about activism in a different watch the internet is a very big . of what they do twittery very big part of what they do and really sort of hankering for more power in the pro-choice movement and they say that some of the older leaders of the legacy feminist organizations are kind of reluctant to give up power. >> more power and even more of a different approach because different language is being offered up by younger pro-choice advocates them often don't identify themselves them say they are behind the cause of reproductive justice, a far more encompassing concept, right?
>> i think they believe it resonates better with younger people than the pro-choice label. reproductive justice refers to issues beyond abortion, it includes contra sells, health care coverage, insurance coverage, economic opportunity. talk in a more holistic frame about issues important to women. >> what do you think will take to get them back on track? >> abortion is legal in this country, a protected -- constitutionally protected federal right and, you know, trying to defend something that's already in exist steps more difficult than trying to change something. >> okay. "time" magazine's kate pick the, cover story this week, great article. >> thanks. >> that does it for this edition of "news nation." catch "news nation" every weekday at 2 p.m.
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