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Republicans will accuse whoever becomes the Democratic nominee of wanting Barack Obama’s third term — as if 11 million Americans finding new jobs and 16 million gaining health insurance is a bad thing. But Mitt Romney is determined to lead Republicans into running Mitt Romney’s third losing presidential campaign.

At a weekend summit for Republican candidates and donors in Utah, Romney again tried to cast himself as a visionary who was defeated only by turnout in “urban areas.” Without those meddling urbans, Mitt would be boldly leading us into more confrontations all over the globe because having the first few months without a U.S. combat death since 9/11/01 is apparently a terrible thing.

Mitt’s fixation on foreign policy traces the entire Republican field’s descent into warmongering as its primary mode of critiquing Obama. They are doing this for two simple reasons.

First, we’re still reeling from the mess created when George W. Bush neglected Afghanistan to invade Iraq with far too few troops to contain the country. And while President Obama has re-engaged in the region, Republicans want more. Explicitly, they want the exact thing that created this problem — U.S. combat troops in Iraq. At least that’s the latest word from — you guessed it — George W. Bush.

The bigger reason Republicans are fixated on foreign policy is that it’s their best hope.

In October of 2012, Mitt vowed to get the unemployment rate below 6 percent by 2016. We’re halfway through 2015 and the unemployment rate is 5.5 percent. By Mitt’s own standard, President Obama is exceeding expectations. We’ve had the best two years of job creation since tax increases on the wealthy and Obamacare went into full effect. And 2015 was the best year of job creation this century.

But when it comes to standards, Republicans are famous for only holding Democrats to them. Here are five reasons that if Republicans really wanted richer, safer, and more “life”-centered America, they’d vote Democratic.

1. Jobs

“Since 1961, for 52 years now, the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats 24,” Bill Clinton said at the 2012 Democratic Convention. “In those 52 years, our private economy has produced 66 million private-sector jobs. So what’s the jobs score? Republicans 24 million, Democrats 42 [million].”

The Daily Beast‘s Michael Tomasky looked at Calculated Risk‘s Bill McBride’s projections for job creation under Obama and suggested how a reprise of that tally might play out in 2014: “Now imagine how Hillary Clinton (or Bill again, in her behalf) can update this at the 2016 convention if McBride turns out to be right: ‘Now the scorecard is even since 1961 in terms of years—28 years for them, 28 for us. The jobs score now? Republicans 24 million, Democrats 53 million.'”

Our Joe Conason looked at Dr. James Gilligan’s Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others and found that the difference is even more stark if you put it in terms of the unemployment rate — even before more than twice as many jobs were created under Obama than both Bushes combined, in half the time.

“If we count up the net sum of all the increases that occurred during Republican administrations from 1900 through 2008, we find that the Republicans brought about a cumulative increase of 27.8 percent in the unemployment rate, and the Democrats an almost exactly equal decrease of 26.5 percent.” The net cumulative difference in the partisan effects was a staggering 53.8 percent.

Since the stimulus went into full effect, we’ve been enjoying the longest stretch of private-sector job growth in American history.

For the first time in 15 years, jobless claims have been below 300,000 for 14 straight weeks. Layoffs have reached lows not seen since 1971, meaning per capita layoffs have never been this low in recorded history. Part of this is a symptom of a broken economy where too many people are freelancers and independent contractors, but can you imagine the size of the parade President Romney would be getting if he helped bring America layoffs lower than Reagan brought us?

Of course, improving the economy is the only way to truly improve the health of our federal budget, which explains the next reason Republicans should vote Democratic.

2. The Deficit

Speaking of crises that have been fixed under Obama that never get mentioned anymore… We spent much of the last seven years being lectured about the deficit by the exact guys who turned a record surplus into a record deficit. But suddenly, they’ve gone very, very quiet on this subject.

The deficit is now projected to be lower than at any time since August 2008, right before the Great Recession truly kicked off. This means that under President Obama, the deficit has been reduced by more than a trillion dollars a year.

Apparently pointing out that we can expand health insurance to 16 million while bringing the deficit to new lows isn’t the kind of thing Republicans like to do. But it shouldn’t be a surprise that Obama is better at lowering the deficit than his Republican peers — Blinder and Watson found that all Democratic presidents have been better at it since 1947.

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70 Comments

  1. Pete Perez June 15, 2015

    “they’d have to vote Democratic”. Perfect sense is to keep voting Republican is their support for the 2nd amendment. And that is the main reason, and only reason. It the Democrats would let go of this issue, would be a slam dunk.

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    1. ResqDogz June 15, 2015

      Rather myopic, IMHO….

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    2. Bob Eddy June 15, 2015

      Not really. Though this seems logical, for the most part the people left in the Republican party do not respond to logic. In case you haven’t noticed, for far too many, the more facts you present the deeper they dig in, usually ending the session with name calling.

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    3. FireBaron June 15, 2015

      I love how the 2nd Amendment gets dragged into a conversation right after a disgruntled white guy has a shoot out with the police. Prior to Antonin Scalia sitting on the Court, there was NO belief in the unique right of individuals to carry firearms. The Right was for each state to maintain a “well-regulated militia” such as the Texas State Guard, or the Connecticut Governor’s Foot and Horse Guards.

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    4. Lake girl June 15, 2015

      I and many other Dems that I know have no problem with carrying arms. A woman with a gun is as strong as a man with a gun. It’s the great equalizer.

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  2. Bosda June 15, 2015

    Ask not for whom the Banshee howls, Oh Republican Party–it howls for thine fanny!

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  3. Carolyn1520 June 15, 2015

    It’s been known for awhile, those who remain republicans do so so because they are either the 1% or they are the enablers of the 1% who operate not on facts but on fear and feelings. It’s why their puppet masters use God and patriotism to keep them voting against their own best interests and that of the greater good.

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    1. Lake girl June 15, 2015

      Many who vote Republican are old white racist bigots. They vote against their own interest, Social Security and Medicare, just because they can’t stand a black man eating off the white house china.

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      1. Bob Eddy June 15, 2015

        Actually its more than that. I see much of the motivation in the Republican party is just plain selfishness. They are scared to death someone will get something that they will not. It’s funny, the rich Republicans and the dirt poor Republicans act very much alike in this regard.

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      2. Allan Richardson June 17, 2015

        Instead of washing the White House dishes “like God ordained” when Ham was cursed by his father Noah for witnessing Noah’s own dumb behavior. That damn socialist traitor Abe Lincoln!

        /snark off now/

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    2. Louis Allen June 18, 2015

      “… who operate not on facts but on fear and FEELINGS.”
      Carolyn, did your handlers tell you THAT?!
      It’s the leftist/liberal/socialist/”progressive”/populist/”occupy” nincompoops who “operate” not on facts but on fear and FEELINGS, dear.
      LOL !!

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      1. Carolyn1520 June 18, 2015

        It must have been raining and the sewers overflowed, because here you are.
        Projecting again Louie?

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        1. Louis Allen June 18, 2015

          Ha, ha.
          You are funny, Carolyn.
          Crazy and dumb as a box of nails, but funny still.

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          1. Carolyn1520 June 18, 2015

            You aren’t even funny Louie. Just a crashing bore.

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          2. Louis Allen June 19, 2015

            Carol: Contrary to you, I don’t want to be funny; I just laugh at your funny ideas and looney posts.

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          3. Alice Sudano July 17, 2015

            You both need to STFU.

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          4. Louis Allen July 17, 2015

            Alice, Alice, Alice:
            STFU??
            That’s ugly, dear!!

            Reply
  4. pmbalele June 15, 2015

    TPs and Repubs are going to cry if they read this report. They do not have WMD against President Obama or Hillary. GOP is done. Bye-bye.

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    1. Louis Allen June 18, 2015

      Ha, ha, haaa!
      We’ll see in November 2016 when HiLIARy licks her infected wounds.

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      1. Carolyn1520 June 18, 2015

        Speaking of infectious, there’s not enough clorox to get rid of you.

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        1. Louis Allen June 18, 2015

          Nope.
          Nor enough RAID for cockroaches to get rid of you….

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          1. Carolyn1520 June 18, 2015

            Oh good one. You’re so clever.

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          2. Louis Allen June 21, 2015

            Clever? Yes. I agree.
            But then again, being “clever” on this site, and confronting retards like you, is soooo easy that there is little “merit” accrued.
            It is not “clever”, you simpleton, it’s common sense.

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  5. Bob Eddy June 15, 2015

    One subject not mentioned is recessions. The contrast is striking. Not only have the vast majority of recessions occurred with a Republics in the White House. They have been deeper and longer under a Republican president.

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    1. johninPCFL June 15, 2015

      No big challenge there. The GOP “method” for dealing with economic contractions has been austerity. The economy slows by $1T per year, and the GOP plan is to pull another $1T of activity out.

      Hoover tried it, Ford tried it, Romney claimed he’d do it.

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    2. Independent1 June 15, 2015

      Yeah! Of the 17 recessions and 3 depressions in America since 1900, 14 of the recessions and all 3 depressions occurred during GOP presidencies. And most of them occurred in either the 2nd term of a GOP presidency – or when a Republican followed another Republican like both Hoover and George Bush 1. Arguably, one of the better GOP presidents, Eisenhower, actually leads all presidents in having had 3 depressions during his 8 years in office.

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  6. FT66 June 15, 2015

    Hello, Hillary Campaign Group out there, will you please try to avoid Karen Fenney to represent Hillary on anything. I watched her yesterday being interviewed by Chris Wallace, this woman is totally useless. She doesn’t know what she has to talk about. These people (at Fox News) know exactly what person to tackle and hold tightly. I realised the answers she gave were not what the campaign wanted her to give.

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    1. Louis Allen June 18, 2015

      FT66:
      1) What are you doing watching the ONLY truthful TV network, the one you crazy libs call “Faux”News? Are you suddenly having an “honesty attack”?? LOL !!
      2) “… the answers she gave were not what the campaign wanted her to give.”??
      WHATTT??!!!
      THAT says a LOT about you leftist/liberal/socialist simpletons’ HONESTY !!
      And it says a lot about HiLIARy’s deviousness ….
      Oh brother, I am surrounded by retards.

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      1. Carolyn1520 June 18, 2015

        Did you chew through restraints? You respond to days old conversations. No one cares what you have to say.

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        1. Louis Allen June 18, 2015

          Yes, Carolyn.
          I respond to whatever I want to respond, and whenever I want.
          Get used to it, sweetie.

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          1. Carolyn1520 June 18, 2015

            Doesn’t phase me a bit, Louie . You’re a light weight.

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          2. Louis Allen June 21, 2015

            You are correct, Carol sweetie, I am a light weight, ….not a fat cow like you.
            LOL!!!!

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          3. Carolyn1520 June 22, 2015

            I get the sense you don’t get to use terms of endearment with many females without them taking out a restraining order so you use them anonomously on line combined with lame insults. You and a couple other males who frequent this site make up the losers club. Even the men on here find you repulsive. I bet Eleanor counts her blessings daily after having rid herself of you. I’m going to call her Lucky from now on.

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          4. Louis Allen June 22, 2015

            Carol dear:
            I thought about not even responding to your idiotic claims but I decided to give you one more explanation of the truth:
            1) How typical for a leftist/liberal/socialist/populist/”progressive”/DemocRAT nincompoop like you to be offended by my “terms of endearment” after you have said that: a) I came out of the sewer; b) I am a chewing gum on your shoe; c) I am a “light weight” and other crazy “morsels”. How typical !
            2) Your taking offense shows that you crazy leftists can dish it out but you are incapable of “taking it”. LOL !!!!
            3) “Even the men on here find you repulsive”, you say??!!
            Sweetie, there are NO “men on here” on this site. Do you mean crazy and/or lunatic and/or “half men” as the leftist feminized idiots who post here?? LOL !!!
            4) As for Lenore, it is I who count my blessings about having finally divorced her.
            In summary, get a life, Carol dear.

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          5. Carolyn1520 June 22, 2015

            Couldn’t help yourself huh? That mouth problem?
            Louie you fool, you addressed me the very first time. Our paths would never have crossed otherwise
            If left to me.you would have remained ignored. I even suggested you not address me again but you took that as a challenge and you make far too many assumptions. I’d have to value your opinion to be offended and chewing gum wasn’t what I was referring to, to be clear.
            I’m merely returning what you toss only I’m better at it. Don’t pitch if you can’t catch.
            As far as the real men on this site, they don’t need defending. Their demeanors speak for themselves.
            You’re the one who feels the need to air your dirty laundry and
            denigrate your ex as well as other women who comment.
            I have a life but be sure, if you toss your lame comments in my direction, you’ll get it back in spades, if I’m in the mood to slum.
            Carry on!

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          6. Louis Allen June 22, 2015

            Oh Carol.
            I am soooo afraid of you, dear!!
            Go back to your Mom’s basement now, ….and try to get a life (away from your computer).
            LOL!!!!

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          7. Alice Sudano July 17, 2015

            WOW, just wow.

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          8. Louis Allen July 17, 2015

            Wow yourself??

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          9. Louis Allen June 22, 2015

            P.S.- CAROL, re your calling me a fool, it takes one to know one dear.
            Try some expert therapy for your inferiority complex disguised as superiority complex,…..dear.

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          10. Carolyn1520 June 22, 2015

            Yadda x3 Louie.
            My charity chat is done.

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          11. Louis Allen June 22, 2015

            It’s ok, honey.
            I understand. You finally realized I can run rings around you, ….as I do with your sister.
            P.S. – Do get professional help, sweetie.
            BYE!!

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          12. Carolyn1520 June 22, 2015

            Oh I get it. You want the last word. It’s an old guy thing huh?
            No doubt women who have been in your company need professional help afterward. 🙂
            Buh bye.

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          13. Louis Allen June 22, 2015

            Whatever, little Carol.
            Go to bed and get a life.

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          14. Carolyn1520 June 22, 2015

            Is it lights out time for you now?

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          15. Louis Allen June 22, 2015

            Answering your query: NO.
            But it’s time for me to stop listening/answering BS.
            Now, who’s the one who wants to have the last word?
            Again, go to bed dear, ….and take your Teddy Bear with you.

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          16. Carolyn1520 June 22, 2015

            Oh I know, they have to put the restraints back on.

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          17. Louis Allen June 22, 2015

            Yep.
            What about you? Hubbie already got your leather outfit and his whip??
            I’m too much for you dear.
            And I don’t go for old women….

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          18. Carolyn1520 June 22, 2015

            They probably take your teeth out too .

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          19. Louis Allen June 23, 2015

            You ARE funny, dear. A leftist simpleton, but a funny one.

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        2. Louis Allen June 18, 2015

          Does your man restrain you with rope?

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          1. Carolyn1520 June 18, 2015

            Such wit. No wonder you got dumped.

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          2. Louis Allen June 21, 2015

            Carol dear:
            Such lies. You got dumped, sweetie, ….by me after I dumped Lenore Whittaker.
            Live with it, babe.

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          3. Carolyn1520 June 21, 2015

            Yet you still continue your obsession with Eleanor and feel a need to comment on my posts.
            If one could resist the urge to scrape you off the bottom of a shoe, they might even pity you.
            Live with that Lounie.

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          4. Louis Allen June 21, 2015

            Actually, Carolyn, YOU were the one who commented on MY post. Confused as always, Carol dear??

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          5. Carolyn1520 June 21, 2015

            They say the mind is among the first things to go in old guys. In your case, I’m sure all that’s left in terms of moving parts is your mouth. The brain is dead but the mouth still moves.

            In a thread where all the comments including mine were 6 days old, you commented on mine 3 days later as well as those of other people. The proof is there old man.
            I understand though, Eleanor dumped you and you are looking for attention anywhere you can get it.
            There my good deed is done.

            Louis Allen Carolyn1520 • 3 days ago

            “… who operate not on facts but on fear and FEELINGS.”
            Carolyn, did your handlers tell you THAT?!
            It’s the leftist/liberal/socialist/”progressive”/populist/”occupy” nincompoops who “operate” not on facts but on fear and FEELINGS, dear.
            LOL !!

            Reply
  7. John Ranta June 15, 2015

    So what does that mean, “defeated by turnout in urban areas”? Sounds like Romney doesn’t think city dwellers are real Americans. Maybe because a lot of them aren’t white?

    Romney lost the popular vote, by a significant number. What he should be saying, if he was being honest, is, “a lot of American voters, especially in cities, didn’t find me or the Republican platform to be appealing. We failed to win their votes. We need to change.”

    But honestly, I’m glad that Republicans are blaming the voters. Because they will lose again.

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    1. Bubba Chuck June 15, 2015

      He means black people.

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      1. Allan Richardson June 17, 2015

        Not black people, “blah” people, whoever they are.

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  8. Whatmeworry June 15, 2015

    it must be wonderful to be brain dead and rewrite history to make a case. For the author to contend that the deficit is some how under control after Barak added so far $10T is nonsense.. The cost now exceeds the spending on Defense

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    1. Independent1 June 15, 2015

      And there you go with more of your lies and idiocies!!!

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      1. Whatmeworry June 15, 2015

        People say im a moron

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        1. Alice Sudano July 17, 2015

          You keep giving them reason to do so.

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    2. Staci Kittern Disbrow June 16, 2015

      How long have ya been brain dead baby?

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    3. Daniel Max Ketter June 16, 2015

      No, my lovey Linda was a prize to the sailor boys.

      Reply
  9. Whatmeworry June 15, 2015

    it must be wonderful to be brain dead and rewrite history to make a
    case. For the author to contend that the deficit is some how under
    control after Barak added so far $150000T is nonsense.. The cost now is below the spending on Defense

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    1. David July 6, 2015

      Thank you!!! What flavor Koolaid have these idiots been drinking!

      Reply
    2. Hugh Manatee July 17, 2015

      Maybe if you learned the difference between “debt” and “deficit” you would seem smarter. Probably not though.

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    3. Windycity October 6, 2015

      You have to triple check what Fox news tells you. Bush did not put Iraq war spending on the books. When Obama came in his administration put Iraq war into the deficit like to should have been done. The Obama deficit is really Bush Iraq war deficit.

      Reply
  10. Matt Kruggel June 16, 2015

    The most ironic thing about “The Tea Party” is the name they chose. “No Taxation without Representation!” was their battle cry. Now that the ACA is the law of the land, those GOP Governors that chose not to expand Medicare, just for spite and hating Obama are losing millions in Federal aid. The irony is, is that those primarily Republican States are paying the tax on Medicare, but not benefitting from it. (Taxed without Representation)

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  11. ZincKidd October 14, 2016

    The only reason they’re NOT voting Democratic is, HRC is the candidate. And I perfectly agree with them, and as an independent, I disagree with the GOP on almost everything else.

    Reply

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