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    Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski Slams Palin

    4 07 2009
    It’s interesting to see the reactions coming in from Alaska’s politicos to the surprise resignation of Governor Sarah Palin yesterday. But, perhaps the most surprising of all is that of Alaska’s Senior Senator, Republican Lisa Murkowski.

    We expect politicians to be…well…politicians. We anticipate all kinds of pussy-footing around, saying things without really saying them, and trying to offend the least number of people while saying the bare minimum to satisfly the public that they’ve actually responded.

    That’s why Murkowski’s response was so refreshing, an so unexpected. She said what many Alaskans, especially those who have supported Sarah Palin, are feeling.
    “I am deeply disappointed that the Governor has decided to abandon the State and her constituents before her term has concluded.”
    Abandonment. Strong words to use against the woman who used the analogy in her State of the State speech this year of being Alaska’s mama bear, defending her cubs. Palin has often referred to Alaska as a family. And now, Mom has skipped town, and Murkowski has called her on it.

    Some in the national media are speculaing that Palin will enter a run for the senate against Murkowski in 2010, but those odds are slim to none. Holding the coveted place that Palin used to hold, Murkowski is undisputably the most popular politician in the state, with approval ratings of over 70% to Palin’s rapidly plummeting 54%.

    In the days that follow, my hunch is that more Alaskans will start to think of Palin as a quitter. There’s just no glossing over the fact that a governor didn’t even make it through the first term. But questions continue to be raised about the hurried nature of the announcement, and the fact that Todd Palin flew in from the very brief fishing season in Bristol Bay to stand by her side on the Friday before a holiday weekend.

    Here are some other reactions coming from the state:

    Alaska’s Junior Senator Mark Begich (D) - “I’m as surprised as all Alaskans by Governor Palin’s decision to step down with nearly two years left in her term. There was speculation she would not seek re-election, but she gave no indication of a resignation when I met with her for 45 minutes in her Anchorage office two days ago.”

    Alasa Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Poe (D) - “As I stated when I announced my candidacy, Alaska needs a Governor who is fully committed our state, not on other jobs and I am pleased Sarah Palin recognized this and is doing the right thing for Alaska . When I announced in January, I really saw that something like this was coming. When she came back from the vice-presidential campaign trail, she really wasn’t focusing on Alaska. She was blinded by the bright lights of national attention.””

    Alaska Representative John Harris, Valdez (R) - “I am going to run for governor. We’ll begin next week.”

    And remember what Sarah Palin herself said about her perceived rough treatment during the campaign.
    “Nobody should have hurt feelings! My goodness, this is politics! Politics is rough and tumble, and people need to get thick skin, just like I’ve got,” she said.

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    Palin's attorney is now attacking the press:
    Palin attorney warns press on 'defamatory material'
    By: Jonathan Martin
    July 4, 2009 10:23 PM EST


    Ratcheting up her offensive against the news media, Gov. Sarah Palin’s attorney threatened Saturday to sue mainstream news organizations if they publish “defamatory” stories relating to whether Palin is under federal investigation.

    In an extraordinary four-page letter, Alaska-based attorney Thomas Van Flein warns of severe consequences should speculation that until now has largely been confined to blogs about whether Palin embezzled funds in the construction of a Wasilla, Alaska, sports arena find its way into print.

    “This is to provide notice to Ms. Moore, and those who re-publish the defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Times and The Washington Post, that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law,” Van Flein warned, citing Alaska liberal blogger Shannyn Moore.

    Much like Palin did in her Facebook statement Saturday, Van Flein savages the news media in his letter.

    “Just as power abhors a vacuum, modern journalism apparently abhors any type of due diligence and fact checking before scurrilous allegations are repeated as fact,” the Anchorage attorney wrote.

    Neither the Times or the Post made any mention of the embezzlement rumors in their Saturday editions, but sources close to Palin consider the letter a warning shot to stay away from the topic.

    In the letter, Van Flein writes: "'The Alaska Constitution protects the right of free speech, while simultaneously holding those "responsible for the abuse of that right.'… These falsehoods abuse the right to free speech; continuing to publish these falsehoods of criminal activity is reckless, done without any regard for the truth, and is actionable."

    Still, the decision to issue a public statement reciting all the facts in the case now all but ensures that there will be mainstream media accounts of the situation.

    “While the Federal Government has a process to follow, and that process sometimes takes time, we can categorically state that we are not aware of any ‘federal investigation’ that has been ‘pending’ for the last seven years,” Van Flein wrote. “We are aware of no subpoenas on [the Wasilla supply company that supplied equipment for the construction of the sports arena and Palin home] regarding the Palins… .To be blunt—this ‘story’ was alleged during the campaign, evaluated then by national media and deemed meritless. Nothing has changed.”

    Scores of left-leaning blogs posted speculation in the wake of Palin’s surprise announcement Friday and among the most common theories was that she was on the verge of federal indictment over the 2002 construction of the sports arena.

    Making the case for his client, Van Flein writes that Palin, then the Mayor of Wasilla did not oversee the Steering Committee tasked with running the project.

    “While her public support of this project was deemed pivotal by many, the actual construction, bidding, financing and other day-to-day management of the project was not in her scope of authority as Mayor,” Van Flein writes.

    Van Flein also notes that the project was publicly bid and therefore Palin had little control over construction.

    The attorney also addressed another of the bloggers’ claims: that Palin purchased building materials to build her own home from the same supply store as was used by those who built the arena.

    “Prior to the construction of Lowe’s and Home Depot within the last few years in Wasilla, Spenard Builders Supply was the primary building supply company in Wasilla,” Van Flein writes. “It can hardly come as a surprise that it would sell materials to small homeowners or that it would also bid to supply commercial contracts.”

    As for how the Palin’s financed their home on Wasilla’s Lake Lucille, Van Flein says they “used a combination of personal savings, equity from the sale of their prior home, and conventional bank financing to build the house— like millions of American families. The deeds of trust are recordable public records. Basic journalism and fact checking would confirm this.”

    Palin attorney warns press on 'defamatory material' - Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com

    NYU journalism professor & media critic Jay Rosen noted via twitter:
    Palin's attorney warns the press against running "defamatory material," thereby legitimizing the story Palin attorney warns press on 'defamatory material' - Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com God, she's a moron.

    about 2 hours ago from web
    http://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/2477881230
    You have to be stupid, incompetent and cojones-challenged to write that letter on Palin's behalf, for it harms your client Palin attorney warns press on 'defamatory material' - Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com

    about 1 hour ago from web
    http://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/2478149207

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    “Nobody should have hurt feelings! My goodness, this is politics! Politics is rough and tumble, and people need to get thick skin, just like I’ve got,” she said.
    Palin saying that politicans need thicker skin is like Rush saying people should lose weight, or Mark Sanford talking about marriage fidelity.

    Maybe someone told Palin that quitting would be the maverickly way to do things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *DIVA! View Post
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    wtf?
    she didn't answer a single one of anderson's questions, and you can tell he was trying hard not to laugh at certain moments.
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    As for how the Palin’s financed their home on Wasilla’s Lake Lucille
    whoever wrote this needs to learn the difference between 's and a plural s.
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    From the Associated Press via Huffpo:
    Palin's Move Raises Big Questions

    PHILIP ELLIOTT | July 5, 2009 01:23 AM EST |

    WASHINGTON — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's abrupt and unscripted holiday resignation is an odd way to launch a potential presidential bid and no help for a party battered by scandal and fighting for relevancy.

    From a folksy figure who catapulted from obscure governor to conservative darling and vice presidential nominee, it's merely the latest move in a political drama that has left Republican elders scratching their heads.

    No one is sure why Palin took such an unusual path. All points suggest a strategy designed to maintain her political viability with an eye toward a 2012 presidential bid. Barring a personal surprise or scandal, little else makes sense.

    Even in explaining her exit from the governor's office during the middle of her first term, former aides to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and current allies criticized Palin for what they said was a typically erratic and seemingly irrational act. McCain, who named Palin his running mate in 2008, issued a terse statement wishing her well.

    "If this is her launching pad for 2012, it's a curious move," said John Weaver, a former senior strategist for McCain's presidential bids. "Policy is politics, and she has no real accomplishments as governor."

    Some party officials, including some once close to Palin, wondered whether she departed in advance of a brewing controversy, an assertion her camp denied. During the presidential campaign, McCain officials fretted about six or seven areas of personal and professional concern, according to a former official who helped investigate Palin's background after her rocky rollout.

    This official, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said the governor's explanations for many subjects never won full acceptance from the campaign, but the stretched-thin McCain staff decided not to pick a fight with the vice presidential pick during the final march toward November.

    While the straight-talking former small-town mayor didn't indicate what she would do after she leaves office this month, Palin's rambling exit statement offered clues about her political ambitions.

    She says she wants to help Republicans win. That means she could raise money and earn favors for another campaign.

    She says she wants to travel. That means she could find her way into high-value political centers such as Manchester, N.H., and Des Moines, Iowa.

    She says the media are against her. That suggests she's casting herself as a victim again, a move right out of her campaign playbook.

    She says she wants to better serve Alaska by stepping down as its governor. That means she could buck the system and try to wrap herself in the cloak of change that helped Barack Obama win the White House.

    She says she wants to protect her family. That means she could run as a family values candidate.

    Not a bad platform amid a Republican Party without a clear leader. Fighting among factions inside the GOP have pitted radio personality Rush Limbaugh against Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele; potential 2012 candidates against Washington; and out-of-power lawmakers against each other. All are struggling to cobble together unified opposition to the White House and a Congress that Democrats gained solid command of last week when Minnesota certified the election of Al Franken as that state's next senator.

    Two potential GOP hopefuls saw their pathway close to the White House. Nevada Sen. John Ensign stepped down from the Republican leadership last month after admitting he had an affair with a woman on his campaign staff who was married to one of his Senate aides. Days later, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said he carried on an affair with a woman in Argentina.
    Palin tried to put herself above that mess. The former basketball star borrowed a sports metaphor to explain the decision.

    "A good point guard drives through a full court press, protecting the ball, keeping her eye on the basket _ and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can win. And I'm doing that," Palin said during a sometimes breathless 17-minute statement at her lakefront home in Wasilla, Alaska.

    It's not obvious that going back into the locker room is her best play.

    "A good point guard wouldn't walk off the court midgame and expect a better contract two or three years down the road," said Weaver, who left McCain's side before Palin was chosen as his party's No. 2. "She's not going to be a help for Republicans. ... I think people would be playing with fire (to count on her to help the GOP)."

    But politics is an unpredictable game.

    Despite the misstep, Palin enjoys an ability to connect with voters that cannot be taught. She drew larger crowds than McCain and became an overnight celebrity whose star power has stayed. She would have tremendous sway in Iowa, where the nation's first caucuses are held, and in South Carolina, where social conservatives drive the nominating process.

    "She has a national base of social conservatives she can count on for anything," said Rich Killion, an adviser to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, another likely 2012 candidate. "But I can't get over how she convinces a general election audience how quitting on her constituents is a good thing."
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    EDITOR'S NOTE _ Philip Elliott covers the White House for The Associated Press.
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    Higher calling? Sounds like she took a page out of Joe the Idiot Plumber's book of stupidity.
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    To quote Shannyn Moore on the radio last night, "Suck it up, Buttercup." It's OK for Queen Palin to claim freedom of speech whenever she wants - like saying Obama pals around with terrorists and is a socialist. Bloggers, though, need to be silenced!

    So, during the campaign, Sarah wanted a statement put out to refute the "bull" claim that Todd was a member of the AIP. She wanted to make a big deal out of it. The campaign wouldn't do it because it was a lie. Seems her attorney doesn't have the brains of the McCain staffers. She brought all this speculation on herself by quitting in an incoherent, nonsensical, last-minute way on a Friday afternoon of a holiday weekend (but, in ensures everybody is talking about her, doesn't it?).
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    Default AKMuckraker/Mudflats on the "lawsuit" & "defamation" claims made by Palin's lawyer

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    Huffington Post Blogger in Palin's Cross Hairs

    There is an old expression which says, "In a crisis, do nothing." Wise words indeed, which means that soon-to-be-ex-governor Sarah Palin no doubt would never heed them. She's sort of adopted another philosophy. It's more like, "In a crisis, fly off the handle, be reactionary and threaten to sue someone for defamation in the hopes of intimidating the entire blogosphere and all national print and televised media into not talking about something." I'm not an oddsmaker, but this strategy seems destined to become a crumpled up tin can on the refuse pile of epic failure.

    There's no doubt that the week has been a bad one for the governor. It started with an unflattering Vanity Fair article. This was followed by a CBS piece detailing several leaked emails in which she asked the McCain campaign to lie about Todd Palin's 7-year membership in a secessionist party. McCain strategist Steve Schmidt responded to her request saying that Todd was a member, and it was a secessionist party and he wasn't going to create an issue in the media if it didn't exist already, nor would he lie for her.
    The statement you are suggesting be released would be innaccurate. The innaccuracy would bring greater media attention to this matter and be a distraction. According to your staff there have been no media inquiries into this and you received no questions about it during your interviews. If you are asked about it you should smile and say many alaskans who love their country join the party because it speeks to a tradition of political independence. Todd loves his country. We will not put out a statement and inflame this and create a situation where john has to adress this."
    Palin's week culminated, of course, in a strange, twitchy, impulsive announcement from her home on the shore of Lake Lucille, that she would be stepping down from office, and resigning. The last time Alaskans were this gobsmacked by the governor was when she said 'yes' to John McCain when he popped the question back in August.

    Her reason for resigning? Here's where it got really strange. The media was unfair. People were filing ethics complaints against her. Bloggers were making silly photoshops. She didn't want to be a lame duck. The state would be better off without her. We kept waiting to hear the real reason, the reason that would explain it all. We waited for the reason that would come at the end, after all the silly stuff. But it never came. That was it.

    We were left scratching our heads. A woman who was the Vice Presidential candidate for the Republican Party, and who has been deemed in some circles to be a plausible contender for her party's presidential nominee in 2012, is quitting her job as governor, 17 months before the end of her first term, because people are picking on her? This just didn't compute. Even in the wildest contortionist spin of her most ardent supporters, this was not going to improve her chances in 2012.

    What this means is that now, the line on her resume right underneath "Almost-one-term governor" reads "Mayor of a small Alaskan town with a population of 7000 people." This is not the way to be taken seriously. Yes, she draws crowds, but so does Brittany Spears, and I sure wouldn't vote for her to take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Naturally, with the overwhelming doubt in the minds of the public that these could possibly be the real reasons she was stepping down, questions were asked. Phones started ringing in Alaska from friends and relatives who wanted the "real story." Alaskans were even asking each other what they thought was really going on. Questions were many and answers were few.

    There seemed to be dozens of rumors circulating about the governor at any given point in time, and this week was no different. People were muttering about personal family problems, about new ethics complaints, about legal cases involving her use of personal off-the-radar Yahoo email accounts to conduct state business. Then there was talk about the legality of her legal defense fund which is currently being questioned, or maybe even personal illness. But the ones that seems to have gotten under the governor's skin were reports involving rumors floating about town that there was some kind of shenanigans going on with the simultaneous building of the governor's house, and the Wasilla Sports Complex, and a supposed IRS investigation. Was this the infamous rumor of an "iceberg" that could sink the S.S. Palin as had been reported on another Alaskan blog? Are any of these rumors actually true? Who knows. Are they being talked about in open conversation at holiday barbeques all over the state today? Oh, yes.

    And all this brings us to the issue at hand which involves Palin, her attorney Thomas Van Flein, and a certain Shannyn Moore. Moore is a radio personality, a Huffington Post blogger, and frequent guest on MSNBC''s Countdown with Keith Olbermann. There were scads of blogs, both local and national that reported on the rumors above, many in greater detail and with more certainty than Moore did. But Moore really got under the soon-to-be-ex governor's skin. Why? Presumably because Palin watches TV more than she reads.

    Today Van Flein issued a four page letter regarding the reporting of these rumors and it was sent by SarahPAC spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton to media outlets across the state.
    Van Flein's letter threatening legal action specifically pointed the finger at Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore as "most notably" claiming as "fact" that Palin resigned under federal investigation. Van Flein, asked why he singled out Moore, said it's because she went on national television and talked about it. Moore was on with MSNBC's David Shuster on Friday, the day Palin said she will resign.

    "There is a scandal rumor here that there is a criminal investigation into some activities and that's been rumored for about, I don't know, probably six weeks or two months," Moore told him.
    Despite the fact that she specifically refers twice to the report as a "rumor," Van Flein says she portrayed the story as fact. The only fact is that there are rumors. I know because I've been hearing them since last October. They even have a name - "Housegate." If you Google "Palin Housegate," you get 8,600 references, beginning back with an article that appeared in the Village Voice. Googling "Palin sports complex scandal" gets you 230,000. How many mentions are required to constitute a rumor? It's probably less than 230,000. I'm not exactly sure how the legal dynamic duo of Palin-Van Flein is planning to un-rumorize almost a quarter of a million online references to a rumor that started 8 months ago, but it will be interesting to watch. "I'll sue you for defamation!" is the toothless wonder of the legal world. The bluster is meant to scare people, intimidate them, and get them to be quiet. In this particular case, it's not going to work. Moore has already discussed the threat on her radio show, where she said emphatically, "Bring it on." She said she already gotten legal advice, and has a long list of attorneys who had emailed her, stepping up and eagerly offering to depose Sarah Palin in such a case. Now that would make for some damn good blogging material.

    So why would this bizarre comical scenario be taking place at all? Remember how McCain strategist Steve Schmidt had to intervene and explain to Palin that it just wasn't a good idea to over-react and start making grand statements to the media about negative things being said about her? He firmly told her no. And he had to do it twice. Her personal attorney, on the other hand, is being paid to do what she wants. After a recent online fundraiser, Palin's legal defense fund may be well stocked, so it's no skin off the nose of her legal counsel who has been appearing on talk radio shows, and now writing intimidating letters. And there's obviously nobody in Palin's inner sanctum who feels like telling her it's a really bad idea. So she marches on.

    Using the substantial might of the Executive branch of government to bring down unenforceable legal threats on a private citizen in Alaska, and attempting to curtail free speech through intimidation on the Fourth of July? Not a particularly brilliant PR move. By specifically singling out and naming Moore, Palin has done two things; she has shown herself to be a reactionary immature politician, and she has made Shannyn Moore a lot better known. And she is not the only one in Sarah Palin's crosshairs, mind you. You stand warned Huffington Post, New York Times, MSNBC and The Washington Post! You just better knock it off!
    The New York Times and Washington Post haven't written anything about this, but Van Flein said he believed they were asking questions. "What I've been informed is that they've been interviewing people in Wasilla about this, and have tried to interview the governor's parents about it," Van Flein said.
    OK, in the case of The New York Times and the Washington Post, you'd better stop even thinking about asking questions about it.

    In solidarity with my friend and fellow Alaskan blogger, may I be the next to report to the team of Palin-Van Flein, and to the entire blogosphere at large:

    THERE ARE RUMORS.

    There. I said it.

    Sue me.

    AKMuckraker: Huffington Post Blogger in Palin's Cross Hairs

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    "allegedly"
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    This really made me feel sad, and it could mean she resigned because the narcisstic bitch had offers to be some type of media celebrity.


    Sarah Palin not under FBI investigation, agency spokesman says

    July 5, 2009

    The former GOP vice presidential candidate's surprise resignation as Alaska governor had set off speculation, including rumors of a pending federal corruption probe or charges.

    Reporting from Washington -- A day after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resigned, a federal official in her home state dismissed one potential explanation for her sudden and unexpected resignation: a rumored FBI investigation into the former Wasilla mayor on public corruption charges.

    Despite rumors of a looming controversy after the Republican governor's surprise announcement Friday that she would leave office this month, some of them published in the blogosphere, the FBI's Alaska spokesman said the bureau had no investigation into Palin for her activities as governor, as mayor or in any other capacity.


    "There is absolutely no truth to those rumors that we're investigating her or getting ready to indict her," Special Agent Eric Gonzalez said in a phone interview Saturday. "It's just not true." He added that there was "no wiggle room" in his comments for any kind of inquiry.

    The FBI has been active in mounting corruption investigations in Alaska, some to see whether local, state and federal lawmakers illegally received favors, money or free construction work from businesses or people seeking favors.

    The most high-profile case was against former Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, whose conviction last year on charges of lying on Senate ethics forms stemmed from charges that a politically connected developer had done work on his house illegally.

    The Obama administration Justice Department threw out the charges in April, saying prosecutors had failed to turn over potentially helpful information to Stevens' defense team. Some bloggers have speculated that such an FBI investigation was underway on Palin, who still had 18 months left in her term.

    Also Saturday, the former GOP vice presidential nominee posted a statement on her Facebook page, not offering specifics but indicating that she had broad goals after she leaves the governor's office.

    She did not say whether she planned to run for president in 2012, but criticized media coverage of her announcement:

    "How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it's about country. And though it's honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make."


    Sarah Palin not under FBI investigation, agency spokesman says - Los Angeles Times
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    So she may have been giddy with the crazy money that Faux news threw at her then? I am not sure I believe that but if its true shes more of a moron but then its a good thing for the people who live Alaska.

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    Just because the FBI isn't investigating her, it doesn't mean that the IRS and US Attorney's Office for Alaska aren't investigating her. Remember, it was the US Attorney's Office for Northern Illinois was who busted Blagojevich.

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    lol my friend brad had this to say

    Brad Smith is excited that Sarah Palin believes in partial-term abortion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    Just because the FBI isn't investigating her, it doesn't mean that the IRS and US Attorney's Office for Alaska aren't investigating her. Remember, it was the US Attorney's Office for Northern Illinois was who busted Blagojevich.
    Hopefully they won't fabricate or withhold evidence as they had in the case against Ted Stevens. Interesting how the article neglects to mention that Ted Stevens' verdict was thrown out after it was discovered that the prosecution had withheld evidence that would have weakened its case.

    They should investigate how Obama's wife got a $200,000 raise with her hospital gig when Senator Obama directed a million dollars worth of funds toward that hospital. I think that is just as bad as any possible building materials the Palins could have appropriated towards their home (if they in fact took some crap from Home Depot.)

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