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BY 11/3 -- Booker Brings Dash Of Diversity To Still Old, White Senate -- Demographics of Current Congress

BY 11/3 -- Booker Brings Dash Of Diversity To Still Old, White Senate -- Demographics of Current Congress | Jackie Cruz BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.
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Cory Booker made history when he was sworn in as New Jersey's first black Senator. It's been nearly 10 years since another black has been elected as Senator, the last being Barack Obama back in '04. Booker is considered young for a Senator since he apparently brought down the average age on the senators. Analysis: I find that bringing up a politician's race only draws attention to their race and not what's on their policy agenda.No where in the article did it give his stance on any issue. Evidently, race and gender have correlated with representation in government but I don't think it matters as much as ideology. I'm sure the introduction of racial diversity in the Senate is seen as controversial due to Americans not being able to view past race.  

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:30 PM

The electio of Senator Cory Booker will add some diversity to the Senate because he is a a relatively young African American. Most of the Senate consists of old white people. This trend is starting to change a little, especially the Democratic side. A more diverse Congress will be able to better address the concerns of different groups of people.This is reflecting the nation a little bit more, the diversity of this nation.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 4:07 PM

This article talks about the young and new african-american senator and the diversity in the senate. With our country being as diverse as it is, so should our government. That would lead to a better represented population.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:05 PM
I think it is good for congress e to be diverse and have different ethinicities, different genders, different ages, and different parties. When passing bills and making decisions you will get a diverse group of opinions making it better for the people
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BY 11/3 -- Secession Movement

BY 11/3 -- Secession Movement | Jackie Cruz BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Residents of rural areas feel shut out of their states' politics, so why not create their own?

Via Teresa Herrin
Jackie Cruz's insight:

Eleven counties in maily Northeastern Colorado are threatening to become another state. North Carlifornia and Southern Oregon people have had similar idea about forming a new state. State divison was voted on by the Senate in 1965 but evidently, it never happened. Analysis: Secession sounds like a possiblity in such a highly populated state like Texas. If Texas were ever to become blue, I

m sure Republicans would ban together to due something similar. A 51st state would change the amount of Senators and represention of states would change in a way we can't fathom. 

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:12 PM

This article talks about citizens, counties, and groups in general in certain states claiming that they want to secede from their state and make a new one. The main group that seems to have a problem is the Republicans living in a Democratic region. For example in Colorado, a vote is going tobe held for secession. I  think that if people have problems with beliefs and the way things work in a certain state, that they should leave. You cant change the whole state to meet all of your standards.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 3:29 PM

The article says that many counties's rural residents  are feeling the need secede and create a new state. Northern counties want to create their own state because they don't agree with the rest of colorado. While the creation of a new state seems a bit extreme, I feel like these residents need to be better represented to avoid ideas like secession. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:00 PM
I think this is simple if you don't like where you live move. It would be completely outrageous to secede and create another state let alone new gvt. The economy would fail and it would be a mess.
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BY 10/31-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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The website's security is in question seeing healthcare hasn't been chosen online in the past. The launch of the website has made Sebelius highly watched yet even though it sn't her fault, she has taken the blame upon herself for the malfunctions of the website. Those with private insurance are complaining about their insurance being affected. Analysis: Websites to sign up could have been made per state rather than having millions of people sign up all at once. I'm sure the idea of signing up via online seem more efficient and convienient sue to elimination of lines and paper work yet the malfunctions only make for a longer delay. For Sebelius to say that there would be a report in December is actually way too long for a website as crashes or bugs of any highly used websites are fixes immediately. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:09 PM

Sebelius keeps apologizing for the problems with the Obamacare website, taking complete responsibility for the dysfunctionality of the incident. Officials in charge also reassure the public that, within 30 days, the site will be up and ready to be used to sign up for coverage.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:40 PM

This video tells us how Sebelius takes the blame for the failed lauch of Obamacare. Sge later ended up answering the people's questions based on promises the president made. I think it was smart of Sebelius to take the blame for it because it encourages people to trust her and she is wise in saving others deserving of blame.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:47 PM
I dont like Obama so I do not really like his healthcare and the fact that the website was having problems makes it even more sketchy and harder for it to be promoted and talked about well.
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BY 10/31 -- How the NSA is infiltrating private networks

BY 10/31 -- How the NSA is infiltrating private networks | Jackie Cruz BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
The NSA, working with its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), secretly taps into the internal networks of Yahoo and Google, the two biggest Internet companies by overall data traffic.
Jackie Cruz's insight:

The NSA has been waorking with the GCHQ in using widely used websites in order to acquire datato this so-called "spying". The Washing Post breaks down the gathering of information of those who us these websites (specifically Google) into 5 steps. The use of charts makes for an efficient way to represent the tranfer of data. Analysis: Many Americans complain about the NSA violating Americans' right to provacy but the Brits have it just as bad. It'spretty resourceful of the NSA and GCHQ to use such hihgly accessed websites like Google. Whether or not valuable informantion is ever or had ever been obtained would have been an interesting to know. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:12 PM

This article detailed exactly how the NSA has cracked into Google's data centers. The full repercussions of this scandalous news hack does not seem to fully register to the American public. The NSA has to be stopped and will not stop unless the American voters do something about it, whether it be through protest or voting in new representatives. It violates our constitutional rights.

Adriana Cruz's comment, January 25, 2014 3:31 PM
This article talks about how the NSA has infiltrated into the public in order to ensure safety. For example, the NSA can monitor all Google Cloud actions. It is very interesting to note that the Washington Post is willing to share this information to the public; it almost seems risky. At the same time, it makes me feel very unsafe in that the government could monitor anything that I do online.
Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:52 PM
It is illegal to have a website that the gvt cannot get into but that does not mean that the gvt should tap into google or yahoos networks through wiring and invade peoples private information. It is against the rights of American citizens.
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BY 10/24 -- Ted Cruz returns to Texas as a hero who is reshaping the state Republican Party

BY 10/24 -- Ted Cruz returns to Texas as a hero who is reshaping the state Republican Party | Jackie Cruz BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Although a newcomer, he is rapidly becoming the model for GOP politicians throughout the state.
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Ted Cruz has become the emblem of the Republican party in Texas. "The Ted Cruz of" is a common analogy in politics now due to Ted Cruz' soaring influence and popularity depite having only been in the Senate 10 months. ASpparently Ted Cruz has inpired a new style of politics. 
Analyzation: that's one small step for a Latino, one giant leap for la raza. Strange that most people are surprised that Ted Cruz is a GOP member since most minorities vote democrat although the new style of politics he's said to have influenced could turn into a new party by the 2016 presidential election. A minority as the emblem of the Republican party is unexpected to say the least so the correlation between race and political party preference may change over time. 

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:14 AM

In this article, it describes how Ted Cruz is either one or the other, really liked or disliked, in the country. But right now he is very liked by Texas returning as a hero although disliked in the Senate. I like how Cruz is receiving credit in Texas because I like how he stands up for his beliefs and takes risks. I think its fascinating how they predict Texas will become purple but I dont necessarily believe that a continuously red state for multiple years will all of a sudden go purple.

 

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:06 PM

Ted Cruz's impact on Texans and the Republican party.Cruz has inspired GOP candidates to rally for secession, rolling back immigration laws, impeaching President Obama, and amending the Constitutional direct election of Senators. People are following him and changing their views on certain things. This article also addresses the fact that Texas is becoming a more diverse state, with a fainter red part but not entirely blue part, making it a "purple state." 

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:23 PM

The article establishes Ted Cruz as a controversial senator from Texas that has quickly gained the attention of most Americans, and explains the possible political changes in Texas due to Ted Cruz. It's interesting to see that he could possibly create a major political change in Texas, where the state goes from a firmly conservative and Republican state to more of a purple state. Cruz also could possibly spark a big change in the ideology of the Republican Party.

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BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- Inside the Bush, Cheney relationship

BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- Inside the Bush, Cheney relationship | Jackie Cruz BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Peter Baker talks about his book, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.” He calls the relationship between the duo, “one that drifted apart.”
Jackie Cruz's insight:

Cheney and Bush cabinet were not on the best terms towards the end of Bush's second term. They had an overstated relationship mainly about Cheney's influence. War in Iraq, climate change, gun rights, gay rights; differing views on all between Bush and Cheney, Military type deals were discussed with Congress due Bush wanting policies to survive his presidency but Cheney's consent was never requested. Scooter Libby pardon severely fractured the relationship. 9/11 was one of Cheney's greatest fears.

Analyzation: Cheney sounds almost negelected due to Bush's acting or speaking with Congress without Cheney's insight. Replacing one of Cheney's best friends could have caused Cheney's personal detachment towards Bush and the Bush admininstration. Looks like politics really killed their bond.  

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Chris Buenaseda's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:14 PM

The video explains how Cheney was influential in Bush's decision-making, but less and less was he influential towards the end of Bush's 2nd term. This discussion was very interesting to watch as it painted Dick Cheney in another light, other than being the lackey to the younger Bush. Without Cheney's participation and adcive, Bush wouldn't have lasted the White House for past one term.

 

Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 10, 2013 11:11 PM

This video discusses the relationship between Bush in cheney and how it was not all as it seems and in their new book, Days of Fire, you can see that. All though they had their differences and grew distant they came together when needed. I think it was a nice video and good to hear a little behind the scenes of the truth of their relationship and how it wasnt all good.

 

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:28 PM

 This video is about bush and chaney while they where in the white house. It outlines the breaking and falling apart of their relationship and how bush really didn't have any power and chaney was the one really making the decisions, like a "puppet master". I think that their relationship as friends and as colleges was strained due to the media, the policy agenda and the war in Iraq.

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What do shutdown and debt limit have to do with Obamacare?

What do shutdown and debt limit have to do with Obamacare? | Jackie Cruz BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Government shutdown threat and debt limit are two different issues - but both are being used to fight Obamacare.
Jackie Cruz's insight:

Raising the debt limit is one of the voting options Congress has in October. Apparently the U.S. is currently considered "the most reliable creditor in the world". Low interest would cease to exist if the U.S. doesn't pay off its debt. According to Senate, defunding the Affordable Care Act wouldn't be much help to the U.S.'s debt. Obama isn't open to negotiation on the debt 

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BY 11/3 -- Is email ever private? Take a tour of the path traveled by your email

Video on msnbc.com: Critical questions are being raised about data safety in light of hacking reports and news about NSA data collection. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk explains what happens after you hit ‘send’ on an email message.
Jackie Cruz's insight:

The use of fiber cables on how information that is sent is stored. Google's has six facilities in the U.S. and seven overseas/all over the world where data from those using anything affiliated with Google's information most likely goes. The system may not be secure despite the attempts by Google to make it that way. Analysis: The privacy of law-abiding citizens shouldn't feel violated seeing as the NSA wouldn't nab someone for a petty crime due to seeing someone send a viral youtube video link to their friend. Usually while using Google Chrome, the browsing bar will say whether or not the website being visited is secure and this is most likely why. Even when emails are deleted, there still could be traces left anfd maybe thats what the NSA is most interested in.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:07 PM

This video enlightens us in depth of the workings of email and how it is possible for others to view and who could possibly be watching where it goes. Suprisingly the data doesnt stay in the states but actually travels over seas. This video just re stated all that we know and gave more detail about the whole situation.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 6:43 PM

This video shows us that it true when they say anything you put on the internet will be there forever, and many of us blow that off. I feel that we all need to be a little more mindful of what we say and do online, and we should keep a lot more private.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:53 PM

Lately there has been a lot of controversy over the government reading peoples phone txts emails social media phone calls ect. I think that the people have the right to privacy as stated in the constitution. 

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BY 10/31 -- Nightly News: Obama’s approval rating drops to all-time low

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
Jackie Cruz's insight:

The disfunction of the website has to do with Obama's low-rating. The 52% rating Obama had once had was supposedly his all-time highest. The Syria problems and health care disapproval makes for the drop in confidence of Americans in Obama. A "Political Depression" is what people believe we are in. Analysis: Opposition of war is never a shock but usually in times of war, the U.S. is united but we're not in wars that are constantly brought to the public's attention. Are people not aware that troops are currently stationed overseas? The Affordable Care Act is trated as though it is a tax that is going into POTUS' pocket yet Americans aren't willing to compromise if it is for the good of fellow Americans. 

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:00 PM

This video explains the president's approval ratings have dropped and the affect Obama's leadership has on the nation.  I think the trials of Obama have been difficult and must be difficult for him to juggle everything. It makes sense as to why Obama has lost approval ratings because the public is tired of not getting what was promised. Especially now with the NSA leaks as well...He may continue to lose approval.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 5:39 PM

It's not shocking that President Obama's presidential rating and personal rating have gotten dropped to an all-time low. I agree that President Obama should show more involvement with fixing the Obamacare issues because as of right now he's shown very little, and that's one of the many reasons his rating is so low.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:47 PM

Obamas ratings have dropped a lot since the beginning of his presidency the obamacare does not seem to be working out for him very well. His ratings used to be a lot higher and now they are making a record breaking low. 

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BY 10/31 -- NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say

BY 10/31 -- NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say | Jackie Cruz BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.
Jackie Cruz's insight:

Just as in the previous Washington about the NSA, the GCHQ's affiliation with them is mentioned again.The NSA collects a lot of information seeing as the websites they collect data from are so highly used. The project NSA has created with the GCHQ is called MUSCULAR alothough their main objective isn't given any detail. 
Analysis: I'm sure the NSA's constitutionality  has been in question since it was highly known about by the public. The jobs of those working for the NSA and GCHQ must have to go through more data than their minds can process seeing as not much is kept. The informaqtion that IS kept isn't disclosed or even detailed in the post. The infiltration of the data centers has been made public but as to the objective or the NSA and GCHQ, not really.   

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 2:49 PM

This discusses how public networks like Yahoo and Google are being tapped into by the NSA in order to provide security for Americans through access to lots of personal info. These networks have stated they do not want their databases to be tapped into by the NSA, but that is meerely just a claim. Although, both yahoo and google have started to make a move by encrypting their data in order to prevent any hacking. I think that this is going too far. What happened to privacy? Isn't that OUR right. The NSA is using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to justify their recent moves and decisions.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 5:02 PM

This article talks about the new program made by the NSA called MUSCULAR, which allows them to exploit data centers and flows from companies like Google and Yahoo. This article tells us about the negative feelings towards the federal government as overreaching its powers, the NSA says they only collect information on valid foreign targets, but who really knows.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:55 PM
I think that it is good for us to know what the government is doing but also it makes the USA look weak if one of our own is going and publishing private information that is vital to the security of the US. I think that on the otherhand i do not really want to know all of the spying that the government is doing i would rather not know if the gvt feels the need to infiltrate yahoo and goodle for information that they think could potentially harm the US then go ahead and do it but i think that again citizens have the rights to privacy and Snowden did a very couragous thing by standing up for the rights of the US citizens.
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BY 10/24 -- Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment on Congress - Burgess Everett

BY 10/24 -- Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment on Congress - Burgess Everett | Jackie Cruz BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Forget the Vitter amendment. Rand Paul wants to make sure that Congress can’t ever again write laws with provisions specific to lawmakers.
Jackie Cruz's insight:

Rand Paul is one politician who actually believes involvement in politics doesn't mean above U.S. citizens. Obamacare provisions specific to members of Congress are what this amendment is mainly concerned about. The equality between Congress and fellow Americans is of the highest concern to Rand Paul. 
Analyzation: Congress passing laws that the have to abide by too? The governed is not just the masses but government officials although the constitution never specifics. This amendment will definitely put some restraint of Congress but if equality is we strive for then we should all be the governed and not the oppressed and the government.  

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:00 AM

In this article, Rand Paul is pitching the idea to add an amendment that prohibits Congress from passing laws that Congress is exempt from and having to dealin with lawmakers. Its clearly aimed at Obamacare for the reasons that when it is in action, exchanges must be made by the congressmen and rulings from the O.P.M. in order to receive federal contributions. It is unlikely that Congress will go for more restrictions.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:53 PM

A kentucky senator, Rand Paul, wants an amendment forbidding senators and representatives to pass laws that don't apply equally to Congress and the citizens. Specifically aimed at Obamacare, this amendment will force lawmakers to disclose exchanges and rulings from the Office of Personnel Management in order to receive federal employer contributions. Amending the Constitution requires a majority vote in both chambers before it can be ratified, and I think Paul has a difficult task ahead of him to convince lawmakers to give up their authority to make laws.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 20, 2014 11:54 PM

This article tells us that Rand Paul wants an amendment forbidding senators and representatives to pass laws that don't apply equally to Congress and the citizens. Paul specifically aims this at Obamacare, his proposed amendment will force lawmakers to disclose exchanges and rulings from the Office of Personnel Management in order to receive federal employer contributions. It seems Paul has a difficult task ahead of him to convince lawmakers to give up their authority to make laws because amending the Constitution requires a majority vote in both chambers before it can be ratified.

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BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- 1-800-ObamaCare-Denial: Website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.

BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- 1-800-ObamaCare-Denial: Website problems don't matter when your intentions are good. | Jackie Cruz BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal on the liberal claim that website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.
Jackie Cruz's insight:

The frustration is leading to lawsuits yet the site continues to have technical difficulties. The time spent of the infomercial could have been spent on getting the website to function as promised. Those who manage to enroll will mainly be the most expensive patients sounds like a bold statement but the cost of claims catch justified the statement. I hope the public isn't really in fear of a malfunctioning website. 

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Rabika Rehman's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:37 PM

Obama thinks that the afordable care act is more than just a website.This reform is upsetting insurance company,they are already making changes with their individual policies because they are non-complaint with the obama care. The fact that it's more than a website should scare people.

Maddy Folkerts's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:21 PM

I don't agree with this article that the website problems means all of ObamaCare will be a failure. It's more of a technical issue than an issue with the whole plan of the policy. This article was extremely biased and touched on irrelevant problems rather than arguing the actual important, debatable topics.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:47 PM

Obama encourages people to apply for benefits over phone. The article itself is very discriminating and has a very derogetory tone. ObamaCare's real goal is to focus over health care. The disadvantage of ObamaCare is that the enrolled people will mainly be the most expensive patients. Even in the video, obama says that the website is slow and there are problems, but the intentions are good. Some people are going to be paying higher prices than they usually do.

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Obamacare applications near half million; website called 'unacceptable'

Nearly 500,000 people have filled out applications for "Obamacare" health insurance coverage, Obama administration officials told CNN Saturday.
Jackie Cruz's insight:

Roughly 500,000 have supposedly signed up to receive benefits offered by the Affordable Care Act. Federal websites have been having problems since the government re-opened. Americans without health insurance by 1/01 will be given tax penalties. 


Analyzation: The sign-up website is having similar problems that applytexas and other government affiliated sites have been having. So far, the website seems more like online shopping then choosing health isurance, Why is open enrollement  until 3/31 if tax penalties commence in January? Healthcare via the internet is pretty much the epitome of this decade seeing as this is indisputably the digital age. 

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Can it be stopped? 8 answers on Obamacare and the shutdown

Can it be stopped? 8 answers on Obamacare and the shutdown | Jackie Cruz BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Over the next few days, the drama of a potential government shutdown will collide with the promise of a new health insurance system known as Obamacare.
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Ironic that those with personal helath insurance are the ones most affected by the Afforadable Care Act. A government shut down won't do away with Obamacare in its entirety. "Opting out" of health insaurance is possible though those who do are sunject to a fine. 

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