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the capitol that day. the newest member illinois congressman adam kinsinger talked about why you joined the panel. >> you have the conspiracies that continue to thrive, when you have lies and misinformation that continue to thrive, it essential for us as members of congress to get to the answers. >> at this hour, the senate is back in session as democrats and republicans continue their work to finalize the bipartisan infrastructure bill. in a moment, we'll talk about where things stand on that front with krus van holland. over at the white house, iraq's prime minister are discussing a plan to officially end the u.s. combat mission in that country. the president talked about the role the u.s. will play in iraq in the future. >> it's just to be available, to continue to train, to assist and
deal with isis as it arrives. but we're not going to be in any combat mission. >> meantime, the white house says the number of people getting vaccinated is on the rise after weeks of slowing down. but there is concern that the increasing number of covid-19 cases has led the veterans affairs department, new york city and now california to require their employees to get vaccinated. california governor gavin newsome joins us live in a few minutes to talk about why he made that decision. and some of the democratic members of the texas legislator that are pushing congress to act on voting rights will testify before a house committee later this week. we'll check in on their progress with texas state representative jasmine crockett. but we begin this hour and kick off our coverage with abc news national political reporter, "new york times" national political correspondent end lisa layer. they added adam kinsinger to the
committee. he joins liz cheney. can we expect more republicans to be added to that panel? what can we expect when that hearing gets underway with that first public session? >> it is possible in theory that new republicans are added to the committee. it is unlikely in practice for the simple reason that only two house republicans voted for the creation of the january 6th committee to begin with. and their vote already on it now. liz cheney first and now adam kinsinger. they have gone a little more quiet on this issue. they voted against the creation of the select committee to investigate the january 6th attack. and nobody else was really raised their hand to try to be, you know, to take one of the spots on the committee. adam shift, one of the craft on the committee was asked this question by nbc's hallie jackson earlier. let's play what he said. >> i think we can conduct a very serious sober investigation just for the people, the speaker has
already named. but i'm certainly open to the addition of others that would compliment our work and that would give good information out to the american people. that's not kevin mccarthy's mission. he's never wanted a commission to go forward. he doesn't want the committee to go forward. he's done everything i think possible to try to subvert the work and why? because donald trump doesn't want it to happen. >> now the committee will hold the first hearing tomorrow and they are attempting to start off in a very nonpartisan note. it is called the law enforcement experience. they will hear directly from the police officers at d.c. metro police and capitol police who are tasked with defending this complex against a violent mob of former president donald trump's supporters who attacked it. beyond that, it will be up to speaker pelosi and her alone to decide whether new members are added to that currently nine member committee. >> lisa, picking up on what we heard from adam schiff about the facts and getting to them, you wrote a piece over the weekend about the fight over the january 6th investigation. here's a part of what you wrote.
"the end result is likely to be two panels, one led by democrats, the other by republicans. it's a situation that encapsulates our divided moment. either committee is unlikely to be trusted from voters of the opposing party." is there a way this situation can be avoided or are we going to essentially when this is all said and done be stuck with two separate narratives about what happened on january 6th? >> well, look. that's what speaker pelosi is really trying to bridge here. that's why the democrats on this committee are starting with such a emotional testimony from these police officers who are fairly credible witnesses to all the carnage that really went on during that attack on the capitol. and part of that is an effort to remind voters, particularly republican voters, of what that day was really like. what the violence was, what, you
know, what the destruction was because since over the past six months, although we all saw the same footage, there is a difference in how the parties interpret it. they go through the revisionist history and down play what happened on the capitol and down play any involvement by the former president trump, by my members of the republican party. and try to recast what happened on that day to avoid political blowback. and this is going to be really hard for them to continue to do as this committee continues its work. obviously, any reminder of the capitol siege and potential involvement by former president donald trump is not good for independent voters. democrats are planning for this process or expecting it will stretch into the election year. so i think there are some republicans worried about the political peril that this could pose. not so much with their base which really is -- doesn't -- if
they want to hear anything about the capitol siege, they're skeptical of what went on. there but with the kind of independent swing voters they need to win back the house and maybe the senate in the midterm elections. >> let's talk on the other side of capitol hill, discussions taking place on infrastructure. democrats, republicans in this senate trying to finalize the text of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. they've been trading offers but from based on what you've been hearing in your reporting, has any real progress actually been made? >> it is a precarious moment for this bipartisan infrastructure deal. has progress been made? yes. are they ready to finalize the deal at this point, no. and the single biggest sticking point is the distribution of money between highways and public transit. democrats want this 80/20 ratio that goes back to the republican agera. that is not set in stone. they want the public transit money to be less than that.
this is part of a red-blue divide. democrats represent disproportionately cities where public trans it is an important way to get around and republicans represent disproportionately rural areas. cars are the only way to get around. they want more money for high because. there are other issues as well like covid relief money and labor provisions as it relates to wages and construction of the projects. but there still optimism to get it done. there is a lot riding on this deal for president biden, for the democratic party and republicans like the key negotiator who is retiring and is in legacy building mode and wants to ink this deal before he rides off in the sunset and show he can deliver the votes and be a good faith player in a bipartisan negotiation. the senate is gaveling in this hour. we should know in the next few hours just how senators are feeling about this deal even if it is unlikely that they will will meet their optimistic deadline of getting a bill done today. >> let's speak about that deadline for a moment, lisa and
pick up on what he was saying. of as we just heard from him, president biden desperate for a big victory on infrastructure. he is going all in on this. you have republican senators like rob portman putting their legacy on the line for it. what happens if there isn't a deal in the next few days? could this effort that we're seeing play out right now meet the same fought as the president's talks that were taking place earlier in this spring and early summer west virginia senator shelly moore capito? >> right. you've identified the major risks to the deal which is really time. the longer this drags out, the harder it's going to be to come to an agreement. while the biden administration really wants to -- they see this as the best opportunity to make good on the campaign promises to get bipartisan legislation through the senate. a lot of democrats are feeling pretty restless. and want to see -- and are -- considering to pass something with their own caucus, a much bigger reconciliation package.
i think there is this restlessness in the democratic party. and that's part informed by their experience during the obama administration where democrats mshgs democrats feel that negotiations over health care dragged out too long and ended up having to pass that bill in a partisan vote anyhow. they really don't -- the party is not going to tolerate this forever and the white house said that they also will not -- there say deadline to these talks. so we'll just have to wait and see how quickly they can finalize something. but, you know, there is no deal until there is a deal. that's how it goes on capitol hill. >> seriously. one wau of saying it, absolutely. lisa and sal, thank you both for starting us off this hour. joining us now to continue this conversation is maryland democratic senator chris van hollen who sits on the budget and appropriations committees. senator, great to see you again. thank you so much for your time. let's start with just the very basics here. what is your understanding of where things stand right now when it comes to the negotiations to finalize the
bipartisan infrastructure bill? >> well, it's good to be with you. time is of the essence. we're still very hopeful that these bipartisan talks can wrap up in the next couple days. but it's true, there is backsliding by republican members of the bipartisan group. you'll recall first there was backsliding on how to pay for it. they did not want to give the irs additional resources to collect funds from people who already owe taxes to the irs including a lot of very wealth why i individuals. they backed off that. now there is some backing off of the commitments they made to president biden and others with respect to transit. we're trying to resolve those things. i've been on the phone over the weekend with our democratic members on that bipartisan group. so, again, hoping we can wrap it up. but it's taking too long. >> what is the cut off for you
and colleagues to say if we don't have a deal by the end of this time period we have to go it alone and perhaps do it with the other attempt through reconciliation? do you have a dead line? >> will well, yeah. well, the answer is we will stay in session as long as it takes. but to get a deal on the bipartisan agreement and to pass the bipartisan resolution. that, of course, is the other big part of president biden's build back better agenda which includes workforce training, early education, reducing the cost of prescription drugs. making childcare more affordable, expanding medicare to cover vision and dental and hearing services. we need to get both those things done before the congress goes out. congress is currently scheduled to go out near the end of the first week in august but senator
schumer and many of us said we're not leaving and so we get these big pieces in place. >> is your entire caucus, the democratic caucus united on that other front? you sit on the budget committee which is working on that reconciliation bill that you just outlined with things being health care et cetera. where does that legislation stand? you are entirely united with your 50 member block? >> i think we're very close. as you say, we have every democratic senator on the budget committee who signed off on framework. we're working to get every democratic senator in the democratic caucus onboard because there's no room for error here. as you know. we have 50 democrats in the senate and the vice president cast that's tiebreaking vote. so i think we are zeroing in. on an agreement. but these two pieces are
traveling in tandem. the bipartisan bill as well as the other big piece. so we're trying to -- we're trying to bring it all together in the next couple days. >> let me ask you finally about something that is happening on the house sued of side of things. i do think republicans will try to muddy the waters about what we're seeing play out on members of the republican party join that investigative committee at least the ones that he wanted on there, that speaker pelosi rejected? >> well, they will certainly try to muddy the waters after all. mitch mcconnell torpedoed the effort to establish the bipartisan commission, a bill that passed the house with some bipartisan votes. but then mitch mcconnell drove a
stake through its heart in the senate. so speaker pe lose ji doing the right thing, trying to put together this task force. it has republican participation. and i think starting with tomorrow's hearing, you're going to hear from capitol hill police, i think people will seal of the members of the committee despite their political affiliations conduct themselves in a professional fact finding manner. i think that will be very important. you know, mccarthy and republicans and certainly donald trump will continue to try to poison the and continue to spread the big lie. i think if this committee can focus on the facts, they will breakthrough so that we can tell the story about what happened on january 6th. >> let squeeze one more in there. that is the big news today. the president, the iraqi prime munster announcing the u.s. will end its combat role in iraq about it end of this year. obviously just months after the u.s. completes its pullout from afghanistan. you sit on the foreign relations
committee. what do you make of this move? >> i think this is a very important next step. i thought it was a huge mistake for the united states to go into iraq in the first place. i am glad to see us reach milestone. the united states will remain engaged in iraq, a stable iraq h that is important to the united states. as you well know, you have many different factions in iraq, the shia, sunni, kurds. and so i think continued american presence diplomatic presence will remain very important. but i'm glad to see the end of military u.s. involvement in terms of troops on the ground. >> right. >> the end of that in sight. >> all right senator, thank you so much for your tomb. time, i greatly appreciate it. >> up next, a major expansion of new york city's vaccine policy.
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announcing that all city employees must be vaccinated by september 13th or submit to weekly covid-19 testing. this out of "the new york times" reports that the fda is asking pfizer and moderna to expand the size of their vaccine trials on children ages 5-11. turning to our correspondents now and an epidemiologist. let me begin with you. what pushback to mayor diblasio's announcement are city officials bracing for? >> well, it is new york city, ayman. they're bracing for anything. i have not heard of any objections by elected officials yet. however, the city's largest municipal workers union issued a statement saying that it's 150,000 members, it does agree that there should be efforts made to protect them. and it supports the idea of vaccinations. but the idea of mandating weekly
testing if they don't get vaccinated, they say that should be subject to collective bargaining because new york is a union town and that can't be ignored. the mayor has a response to that. he did say why he chose september 13th for this mandate to take effect. take a listen. >> september is when many employers are bringing back a lot of their employees. september is when schools start full strength. september is when people come back from the summer. september is when it will all happen. >> and the mayor took this a step further saying that he has urging public companies in new york city to follow this lead and that they should also mandate the same kind of thing from their workers and that is vaccination or weekly testing. we should mention this, ayman this comes on the heels of an announcement just last week from the mayor saying that all new york city public hospital workers have to be vaccinated or they should be subject to weekly testing as well. and that will start as early as
august 2nd which comes next week. >> we're seeing that trend increase, mercedes. it's been announced that the department of veterans afaurz is mandating vaccines among its medical workers, something president biden just addressed in the oval office minutes ago. first federal agency to mandate it. could this set the precedent for others to follow suit? >> i certainly hope it does, ajman. that is because health care workers who are working with individuals in vulnerable settings are the gateway to protecting health or harming health through exposing individuals to risk. we have reached a point where we have stalled out on voluntarily vaccinating adults. very many are seeking not to vaccinate. and the wait to move the needle forward, to get to those target numbers of 70% or 80% are for workplaces to get onboard.
it makes the most sense for workplaces treating vulnerable individuals or that are working in places of congregate care settings to take the lead on these vaccine mandates. >> to that point on the issue of boosters, we still don't have definitive guidance on how immunity will last and whether we'll need the boosters. what is the likelihood based on what you've seen that we could need the boosters by this fall, by september as the mayor is talking about when everything kind of starts coming back to life in places like new york city because of schools and the end of summer? could there be a rush for appointments like with he saw this past spring? >> i certainly hope that we do see that rush for appointments and that people do return to get boosters. if the fda and other regulators determine that's what we need. the recommendations around booster shots and much of the discussion is based on evidence suggesting that the anti-body levels tend to fall off after around 6 months.
much it's possible that vaccines can still protect individuals even with those antibody levels coming down somewhat. but we don't want to take that chance. the surge that we're seeing right now and the emergence of the delta variant and the others that will come are due in part to what circulating among unvaccinated individuals. we may see seasonal varability in transmission and they start to go up in the fall last year. people return to schools and there is more time spent indoors. so i certainly hope that if a decision is made that boosters are necessary that, we start to roll those out at the cost of the autumn. >> all right. thank you both for starting us off on the covid conversation. california governor gavin newsom said all state employees have to verify vaccination.
state workers who aren't vaccinated will be subject to weekly covid-19 testing and a month continue to wear masks. joining me now is california governor gavin newsom. thank you so much for your time. lots of ground to cover here. i'll start with your announcement. three out of four eligible californians are partially vaccinated. explain us to the timing of this. what is pushing you to require state employees to show proof of vaccination now and just logistically how does this work? do you have any privacy concerns? they'll be required to submit to testing. what is significant about this announcement is moves beyond just state employees and go to the public and private health care system. we have some of the largest employers of the state of california that join this and are aligning with the state
requirement in terms of vaccine verification and/or testing. we went from .7%, the lowest positive rate in america just a handful of weeks ago now to 5.3% positivity. we're seeing a number of people in hospitals increase from 900 to just over 3,000 today. as waust just stated, this is the summer. this is when covid-19 survives and into the fall. it guns to thrive. we want to get ahead of that curve. >> how will it work? how will the state verify the vaccination records of these employees and health care workers? >> we have the capacity and data base to do that. we'll guarantee people's privacy, personal information is not shared at all. the verification process could be actual card. but we also digitized that process as well for ease of use. they're still teleworking and
exempting at the moment. as a workforce, it comes back we'll begin the process. so the logistics may be challenging. that's why we have an implementation starting next monday, august 2nd, 9-23. there is a multiweek application implementation. >> as we were talking about various agencies, cities, municipality grappling with this same question about mandating vaccine earlier this month you're aware the military times reported that the pentagon is waiting for a full fda approval before requiring the shot for service members. why not wait until the fda gives the vaccines full approval before you mandate it in your state for your workers? >> we don't want to go back to where we were this fall. we don't want to wait until we're overwhelmed. we don't want to wait until thousands of more californians die of a virus where they simply can save their lives by getting a simple vaccine shot. you have 25%. you noted, 75% of californians, at least one dose.
but 25% of people are choosing to live with this virus. you can't choose to drive drunk. you put your life at risk. you put other lives at risk. at the end of the day, we got to be a little more assertive to help people get this disease behind us, help society end this pandemic. at the end of the day, this is a remarkable thing. we have the one thing the rest of the world is desperate for and that is abundance of a life saving drug. we could end this in weeks and months. it's a question of choice and decision. we want to encourage that. believe in leading by example as state employees as the largest employers in california, it's time. >> the second part bhaf you announced is if you don't get vaccinated, you have to be subject to weekly covid-19 testing. with the delta var yants will be hyper contagious, it may not be enough to just test weekly. do you think weekly testing for unvaccinated people will be
enough to mitigate the spread? are you concerned that there is a gap time here between those that remain unvaccinated not sufficiently being tested frequently enough to catch those that may actually have the delta variant or other incoming variants? >> we are specifically concerned about that. as a consequence, we're requiring it twice weekly in certain settings. recognizing the efficiency of transmission of the delta virus. you're right. in jails and acute settings, skilled nursing facilities, that's a requirement now. if you go unvaccinated to not only be tested twice a week, not just once a week but also a requirement to wear the m-95 masks and other settings to wear surgical and procedural masks as well. in addition to those weekly tests. >> let's talk about the intersection of covid-19 and politics for a moment. you're handling of the covid-19 has been a driving force behind the recall effort.
can you just set the record straight for us? do you support mask mandates right now, the decision that was made in l.a. county recently? >> yeah. we support localism. we support what is happening in not only l.a. county and pasadena but also throughout northern california and the bay area. well over half the state's population, particularly in the most densely populated parts of the state are under some form of a mandate or recommendation for face covering. but our focus is on the 25% of people that haven't been vaccinated. we can end this disease and move beyond mask wearing. we can move beyond the stress and the ranker around in person instruction for our kids, concern around lockdowns and social distancing once and for all by getting people vaccinated that are he will vibl to be vaccinated. and that is our primary focus. we continue to encourage the local decisions for those nonpharmaceutical interventions like face coverings. >> what do you attribute the 25% unvaccinated. what do you attribute that to?
>> misinformation by right-wing pundits:time to be a little more specific. ron johnsons of the world, margie taylor greene. i watch them, listen, pay attention. they're misinforming people. they're putting people's lives at risk. people are dying because of the misinformation, knowingly or unknowingly, regardless, time to call it out. draw the lines. overwhelming majority of people. look, i recognize they have real concerns. we're working in california to address the issues and getting family doctors and providers to address the anxieties and concern. but let's call it out. there is a right-wing talking point here. it's overwhelmingly coming from certain networks and it's having an impact on getting this disease behind us. now it's impacting our economy. it's impacting not just our public health, it's impacting our ability to get our kids into school. so enough. including by the way the folks behind this damn recall in california.
the exact same people subscribing mass coverings and he equivalence to holocaust, with he have to call out the misinformation. >> all right. gavin newsom, thank you for your time. we hope to continue the conversation with you in the weeks ahead. appreciate it. my pleasure. >> still ahead, after massive protests in tunisia, the president dismissed it. what prompted the protests in the first place? you're watching "ayman mohyeldin reports." t place? you're watching "ayman mohyeldin reports. we recognize that energy demand is growing, and the world needs lower carbon solutions to keep up. at chevron, we're working to find new ways forward, like through our venture capital group. backing technologies like electric vehicle charging, carbon capture and even nuclear fusion. we may not know just what lies ahead, but it's only human...
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tunisia is now in the midst of what critics are calling a coup with the president declaring a month long curfew and banning public gatherings. the envoeked the constitution firing the prime minister, freezing powers of parliament and taking control of all armed forces following a wave of protests earlier that day. now sunday's demonstrations were in fact sparked by frustrations over a growing economic crisis and rising covid-19 cases w protesters actually demanding the resignation of the prime minister and the december lugs of parliament. the president's declaration later that night was celebrated in the streets by many of the
tunisiian people. joining us is a journalist in tunisia. great to you have with us on the ground there. what is the feeling in tunisia right now about the president's decision and now this curfew? do we have any idea if it has broad support? >> well, the scenes last night were telling in the fact that there were scenes of immense jubilation. there were hundreds if not thousands of people on the streets and other cities. it's clear that the president has wide public support. however, the party that much of this blame is directed at the moderate party in tunisia. they also have a massive support base. so at the moment earlier today i was outside parliament and protesters from both sides of the political divide and they were an equal number.
there were hundreds of protesters from both sides. it's unclear who will gain a upper hand in this. >> yeah, we often think of them being the birthplace of the arab spring. what does this all mean for tunisia in the effort to stabilize the democratic institutions and processes? >> that's a good question. i would say it's too early to tell. the day doesn't yield much in terms of development. it's not really sure yet what the new government will look like. the president hasn't yet announced its choice of prime minister, for example. however, i've been speaking to several constitutional lawyers here in tunisia and they are concerned that the way that this article 80 was invoked is questionable. the way that worded in it
constitution is very vague. and they're concerned that the president didn't follow some of the rules that are in place within the constitution. >> let me just ask you really quickly if i can what is at the core of fueling the protest? economic grievances or the increase in covid-19 cases and handling of it? >> yeah, it's a combination of months of discontent. there are protests that began in january and continued in june. it's definitely to do with the economic crisis that we have been experiencing for several years now. but there was also a lot of frustration about the deadlock, the dispute that's been in place between the president and the prime minister for months now. it is also the deteriorating health crisis. the infection rate in tunisia
skyrocketed in recent months and experienced some of the highest rates in the region. but also police brutality was quite -- it was an important element in this protest. the protest over the last year have been very shaped by this. >> all right. live in tunisia this evening, thank you for that update. another trump associate appeared on federal chujs. the latest on what happened to tom barrick when we come back. you're watching "ayman mohyeldin reports." en we come back. you're watching "ayman mohyeldin reports. people were afraid i was contagious. i felt gross. it was kind of a shock after i started cosentyx. four years clear. real people with psoriasis look and feel better with cosentyx. don't use if you're allergic to cosentyx. before starting, get checked for tuberculosis.
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today? >> the judge basically continued the bail set by the judge in california. he'll have to wear electronic monitoring bracelet. he has to fly only by commercial travel. kent charter any private planes. he can't leave the u.s., surrender passport, can only travel between his home in california and los angeles for his children and in new york where the trial will be conducted months from now. so he's oit. by the way, the $250 million bail figure that, is what would be forfeit philadelphia he doesn't show and that consists of the his own house, property of two of his family members and a business associate. it's not like he has to put up $250 million now. did put a statement out. he said he is 100% not guilty. he put o out a statement saying his parents have come through as immigrants and that not far from the courthouse is the statue of liberty with a torch in her hand signifying enlightenment.
he says it's well to remember that the hardest steel comes from the hardest moments. that was a written statement he put out afterwards. all he said when he came out of the courthouse is that he is confident he'll be found not guilty. >> all right, pete williams. pete, thank you. three of texas democratic stay law machers who left their state weeks ago for d.c. to ratchet up the pressure on voting rights will testify before a house subcommittee hearing on thursday. on that controversial and restrictive texas legislation that would rewrite the state's voting laws. joining me is one of the lawmakers in her third week at the nation's capitol. texas democratic state representative jasmine crockett. thank you so much for joining us. i appreciate it. i just mentioned that you and your colleagues are beginning your third week in the nation's capital today.
>> thank you so much for having me. the one thing that i never imagined would come out of this has happened. and that's that we have a national movement that is going on. you know, it's one thing to fight on the floor in austin. much it's a whole other thing for us to come up to the nation's capitol and say this has to be a priority in the state of texas but for every state in these united states. i think that's what we see. there is going to be a huge march this that is going to take place here in d.c. by pastors throughout the country. we also know that campaign has led a number of marches and rallies. we've seen congress persons be arrested. so protesting this issue, what we have done is we have raised the at wareness and hopefully raise the consciousness in this country as it relates to voting. so i think far from what we've done. but we kaum here with one goal in mind. and we still have not accomplished that specific goal
just yet. >> what is that specific goal you want to accomplish that you haven't yet accomplished? what point do you -- i don't want to say give up, but you obviously have been there three weeks. the session is coming an end in a couple weeks. when does that effort or this round of the fight end for you? >> yeah. absolutely. so for me personally, the fight doesn't stop until we get the oversight that we need. so the window that we're looking for is federal oversight. texas has to be told time and time again you are intentionally discriminating. we just saw what representative put out because he decided to file this ridiculous bill to have these larger counties audited in the state of texas. so for every one in the back that couldn't hear whus we said that this was intentionally discriminatory, the republicans are playing partisan games, this is not about voter fraud. the representative made it clear. he see noes need to audit the small towns because they are already red. right? so that's all this is about.
it's about republicans that are attempting to do a power grab. so for me, do i stop? do i give up? i do let them go ahead and make that power grab? that's not my intention whatsoever. we have the house and we also have the senate. the house broke quorum the first time. the senate has the numbers to potentially do it a third time. but we are giving those here in d.c. until their recess as far as house members are concerned. so their recess will begin on august 6th. we're hoping and praying that we get some sort of oversight so that we can shut down these ridiculous laws in the state of texas. >> all right. texas state representative jasmine crockett, thank you for coming back on the program. we look forward to continuing this conversation in the weeks ahead. >> thank you. and civil rights activist robert moses died at the age of 86. he died beatings and jail during the 1960s.
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