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efe’s YouTube Videos: Los diputados comunistas rusos hacen una ofrenda floral al mausoleo de Lenin

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Moscú (Rusia), 5 nov (EFE/EPA).- (Imagen: Yuri Kochetkov) Los diputados comunistas rusos hicieron hoy una ofrenda floral a los pies del mausoleo de Lenin en la Plaza Roja de Moscú con motivo del inminente centenario de la Revolución Bolchevique de 1917, que se celebrará el próximo 7 de noviembre.

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efe’s YouTube Videos: Sismo pone de relieve los puntos débiles del centro de la capital mexicana

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México, 5 nov (EFE).- (Imagen: Miguel Ángel Andrade) Estatuas caídas, bóvedas colapsadas y templos cerrados; estas son algunas de las consecuencias que el poderoso terremoto del 19 de septiembre dejó en el centro de la Ciudad de México, que arrastra históricamente un problema de hundimiento por la composición del suelo.

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efe’s YouTube Videos: Sánchez proclama que la solución al problema catalán no está en la vía penal

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Zaragoza, 5 nov (EFE).- El secretario general del PSOE, Pedro Sánchez, ha defendido hoy que la Justicia actúe en un Estado democrático, pero ha reivindicado que “la única solución” al “problema” de Cataluña se encuentra en la vía “política” y no en la penal.
En estos términos se ha expresado el líder de los socialistas en la clausura del congreso del PSOE Aragón, del que ha salido reelegido como secretario general de la federación aragonesa Javier Lambán, presidente de la comunidad, al que Sánchez ha asegurado que ayudará en cuanto esté en su mano para vencer en las elecciones autonómicas de 2019.
La crisis de Cataluña, marcada en estos últimos días por la estancia del expresident Carles Puigdemont en Bruselas y por la entrada en diferentes prisiones madrileñas de buena parte del que fuera su gabinete, ha dominado gran parte de la intervención de cierre de Sánchez, y así, ha proclamado que “no hay soluciones penales a problemas políticos”. EFE.

INTERVENCIÓN DEL SECRETARIO GENERAL DEL PSOE, PEDRO SÁNCHEZ, EN LA CLAUSURA DEL CONGRESO DEL PSOE ARAGÓN, EN ZARAGOZA.

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efe’s YouTube Videos: Cientos de filipinos recuerdan a las víctimas de la “campaña antidroga” de Duterte

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Quezon (Filipinas), nov 5 (EFE/EPA).- (Imagen: Eugenio Loreto) Filipinos celebraron hoy en la ciudad de Quezon un acto de homenaje para recordar a las víctimas de la campaña antidrogas del presidente Rodrigo Duterte.
El acto conmemorativo contra la violación de derechos humanos se desarrolló ante el histórico monumento del Poder Popular.

IMÁGENES DE RECURSO DEL HOMENAJE EN QUEZON (FILIPINAS).

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efe’s YouTube Videos: Los partidos diseñan sus estrategias y los sondeos dan victoria a ERC el 21D

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Madrid, 5 nov (EFE).- Los partidos independentistas obtendrían 65 escaños en las elecciones catalanas del 21D y se quedarían a tres de la mayoría absoluta, en tanto que el bloque constitucionalista ganaría un diputado y pasaría a tener 57 representantes en el Parlamento catalán, según una encuesta que publica hoy La Razón.
El sondeo, realizado por NC Report, se basa en un millar de entrevistas hechas en Cataluña entre el 30 de octubre y el 3 de noviembre, después de la entrada en vigor del artículo 155 de la Constitución, de la huida de Puigdemont a Bruselas y del encarcelamiento del exvicepresidente del Govern, Oriol Junqueras, y de ocho exconsellers.
Los datos revelan que el PDeCat, ERC y la CUP sumarían 65 escaños si se presentaran a las elecciones por separado el 21D, siete menos que los 72 que lograron en septiembre de 2015 Junts pel Si (ERC y PDeCat) y la CUP, que concurrieron entonces en listas distintas.
Los partidos constitucionalistas en esta ocasión, según indica la encuesta, mejorarían sus resultados respecto a las elecciones autonómicas de 2015 y de tener 52 representantes en el Parlamento catalán pasarían a contar con 57, lo que equivale a un 4,6% de crecimiento en porcentaje de voto.
El PP sería el partido más beneficiado por esa subida y ganaría dos diputados (de 11 pasaría a 13), los mismos que sumaría Ciudadanos (tendría 27 frente a los 25 actuales), en tanto que el PSC incorporaría un representante (ahora tiene 16 escaños y tendría 17).
ERC ganaría las elecciones autonómicas del 21D, según la encuesta, con 42 diputados; CSQP (Catalunya Sí que es Pot) tendría 13 escaños y la CUP perdería 4 y se quedaría con 6 representantes.
Los partidos independentistas ganarían un diputado si concurren en coalición el 21D (PDeCat, ERC y la CUP) y contarían de este modo con 66 escaños; los constitucionalistas (Ciudadanos, PSC y PP) se quedarían con 57 diputados, tanto si se presentan juntos como si lo hacen por separado, y CSQP tendría 12, en caso de que haya coaliciones, y 13, si no las hay.
En cualquier caso, el sondeo indica que las formaciones constitucionalistas conseguirían menos votos si concurren a las elecciones catalanas en coalición que si lo hacen por separado, aunque el número de escaños no variaría y se mantendría en 57. EFE

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We have fond memories of Puerto Rico, so if we can help out in any little way, we want to do that. We’re grateful that the NCAA allowed it, he said. But I think more than anything it’s a really good way for our fans and our community to show that 

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Maria’s smallest victims: In Puerto Rico, children’s mental health a growing concern – USA TODAY
Sun, 05 Nov 2017 16:24:52 GMT


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Maria’s smallest victims: In Puerto Rico, children’s mental health a growing concern
USA TODAY
OROCOVIS, Puerto Rico Children in this mountain hamlet have seen roofs blown off their homes, endured weeks of cold dinners and hot nights and witnessed loved ones die in their living rooms. Six weeks after Hurricane Maria roared through Orocovis on …
Lawrence firefighters to leave next week for Puerto RicoEagle-Tribune
Puerto Ricans are US citizens. We owe them our help.Washington Examiner
Ricky Martin accepts award for efforts in Puerto Rico: ‘This is only the beginning.’Miami Herald
Entomology Today –Press & Sun-Bulletin –San Francisco Chronicle
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Puerto Rico’s leaders don’t know who has power. We tried to find out – CNN
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 20:10:42 GMT


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Puerto Rico’s leaders don’t know who has power. We tried to find out
CNN
Just four regions reported that they were more than half back on line — Ponce and Guayanilla with 60% of residents with power; San Germán, where 75% of buildings have electricity; and Culebra — an island off Puerto Rico that’s home to just fewer than 
Puerto Rico on Her Mind: How to Help a Stricken Island Called HomeNew York Times
Six weeks after the hurricane, most Puerto Ricans have had to make their own lightQuartz
Illinois National Guard Sends Troops to Puerto RicoNBC Chicago (blog)
MassLive.com –Chicago Tribune
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As Puerto Ricans and as Americans, the Borinqueneers army regiment continues to make history – New York Daily News
Sun, 05 Nov 2017 14:46:56 GMT


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As Puerto Ricans and as Americans, the Borinqueneers army regiment continues to make history
New York Daily News
Activated in 1899, shortly after the U.S. took control of the former Spanish colony of Puerto Rico, the 65th Infantry division began as a volunteer regiment composed of locals enlisted to safeguard the new territory. In 1908, Congress incorporated the

Disaster in Puerto Rico offers cautionary tale – Las Vegas Sun
Sun, 05 Nov 2017 10:00:55 GMT

Disaster in Puerto Rico offers cautionary tale
Las Vegas Sun
One of the people who takes the EMP threat seriously is nuclear proponent and public policy advocate Richard McPherson of Idaho. He has written to President Donald Trump proposing that Puerto Rico become a test bed for an EMP-hardened electrical grid.

Orlando City wins friendly 6-1, helps Puerto Rico – Orlando Sentinel
Sun, 05 Nov 2017 02:40:00 GMT


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Orlando City wins friendly 6-1, helps Puerto Rico
Orlando Sentinel
Benefit, farewell and remembrance combined in one soccer match Saturday night when Orlando City hosted Puerto Rico‘s national team. The Lions won 6-1 and helped raise thousands of dollars for the United for Puerto Rico Fund to aid the island’s recovery …
Orlando City SC vs. Puerto Rico Friendly: Final Score 6-1 as Lions Romp in Kaká’s Last GameThe Mane Land
Orlando City hosts Puerto Rico national team to raise money after Hurricane MariaWKMG Orlando

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Is That $300 Million Puerto Rico Power Contract ‘Whitefishgate’ Or Just a Red Herring? – Forbes
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:31:00 GMT


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Is That $300 Million Puerto Rico Power Contract ‘Whitefishgate’ Or Just a Red Herring?
Forbes
Though Puerto Rico canceled his controversial contract last weekend, Whitefish Energy CEO Andy Techmanski is still working to restore the island’s power and his reputation. Just days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Andy Techmanski, the …
Puerto Rico is killing its $300 million Whitefish contract. Now what?CNNMoney
No more shenanigans with Puerto Rico aid | EditorialSun Sentinel
FEMA says there’s “a lot wrong” with contract to aid Puerto RicoCBS News
International Business Times
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In Puerto Rico, A Couple Of Hours Of ‘Normal’ During The World Series – NPR
Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:37:55 GMT


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In Puerto Rico, A Couple Of Hours Of ‘Normal’ During The World Series
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At the end of a dark pitted street in the center of San Juan, the light from the flat screen beckons. Locals flock toward it like a lighthouse, following the siren song of a rattling diesel generator. Six weeks into the nationwide blackout after 
Puerto Rico Struggles With Power Recovery, Despite Whitefish CancellationGreentech Media
Officials disagree on Puerto Rico power restoration timelineABC News
Puerto Rican newspapers lay off journalists in hurricane’s wakeColumbia Journalism Review
PBS NewsHour –USA TODAY
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Pitino, Gophers Host Green Bay For Puerto Rico Relief – CBS Minnesota / WCCO
Sun, 05 Nov 2017 01:42:42 GMT


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Pitino, Gophers Host Green Bay For Puerto Rico Relief
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We have fond memories of Puerto Rico, so if we can help out in any little way, we want to do that. We’re grateful that the NCAA allowed it, he said. But I think more than anything it’s a really good way for our fans and our community to show that 

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Puerto Rico still mostly without electricity – CBS News
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 21:41:15 GMT


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Puerto Rico still mostly without electricity
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Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the head of the Army Corps of Engineers, predicts it will be two or three months before most Puerto Ricans regain power in their homes. The vast majority of people in the U.S. territory have gone without it for over six weeks 

Members Of Sheriff’s Department Return From Puerto Rico – CBS Philly
Sun, 05 Nov 2017 04:21:57 GMT


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Members Of Sheriff’s Department Return From Puerto Rico
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Latest Videos. Sponsored By. Members Of Sheriff’s Department Return From Puerto Rico. They were welcomed home by family and friends after spending three weeks aiding recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Categories: News KYWTV …

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Saved Stories – None: Is That $300 Million Puerto Rico Power Contract ‘Whitefishgate’ Or Just a Red Herring? – Forbes
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El saldo del paso del huracán Irma por el mar Caribe, es de 8 muertos, y pérdidas materiales en las las Antillas Menores. teleSUR

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Saved Stories – None: San Juan Mayor Says Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico Could Be 10 Times Higher Than Reported – KTLA


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San Juan Mayor Says Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico Could Be 10 Times Higher Than Reported
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In a statement to CNN, Department of Public Safety of Puerto Rico Héctor M. Pesquera slammed Cruz’s remarks. The Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, stated she ‘thinks’ that the actual death count from Hurricane María is closer to 500, saidPesquera.

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CHICAGO Gov. Bruce Rauner is sending approximately 150 Illinois Army National Guard Military Police soldiers to assist the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, he announced at a press conference Saturday. The people of …
Illinois sending 150 national guardsmen to Puerto RicoSeattle Times
Georgia police officers transporting disaster relief supplies Puerto Rico, Virgin IslandsDecaturish.com
Marbleheader helps deliver aid in Puerto RicoWicked Local Marblehead
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In a statement to CNN, Department of Public Safety of Puerto Rico Héctor M. Pesquera slammed Cruz’s remarks. “The Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, stated she ‘thinks’ that the actual death count from Hurricane María is closer to 500,” saidPesquera.
Puerto Rico still mostly without electricityCBS News

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Héctor Pesquera insiste que las muertes asociadas a María ascienden a 55
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El secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Puerto Rico, Héctor Pesquera, dijo hoy que 55 personas han muerto en la isla por el paso del huracán María, y se defendió de las insinuaciones de la alcaldesa de San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, … 
Pesquera le solicita a Carmen Yulín sustentar cifra de muertes por huracánEl Vocero de Puerto Rico
Carmen Yulín cree que la cifra correcta de muertes llega a 500Telemundo Puerto Rico
Yulín cree que la verdadera cifra de muertes ronda los 500Diario Metro de Puerto Rico

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Alcaldesa de San Juan: Cifra de muertos en Puerto Rico huracán podría ser 10 veces mayor a la reportadaCNNEspañol.com

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Officials aim for 95%!b(MISSING)y mid-December, but USACE says goal is 75%!b(MISSING)y end of January: http://go.cb.pr/2A3n0EC

Clash emerges over Puerto Rico power restoration timeline 
 

SAN JUAN Officials in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are clashing over when power will be fully restored to the U.S. territory after Hurricane Maria.

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Alleged lack of transparency in reopening of Puerto Ricos public schools

SAN JUAN To the rhythm of plena music under the sharp morning sunand observed by some 10 police officers on the steps of the Puerto Rico Capitola group of teachers, students and parents gathered in the north wing of the building to demand the reopening of schools closed since the passage of Hurr…

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UPDATE 1-US House questions FEMA over Puerto Rico power contracts
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WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives’ energy committee on Wednesday said it wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to explain how it is overseeing contracts for rebuilding Puerto Rico’s power grid after it … 
Puerto Rico is killing its $300 million Whitefish contract. Now what?CNNMoney

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Shedding Light On Puerto RicoGreeneville Sun
US House seeks details on FEMA role in Puerto Rico power contractsMarkets Insider
The Puerto Rico Contract’s Lack Of Transparency? It’s Not UnusualInternational Business Times

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Puerto Rico governor knocks US Army Corps response after hurricane
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lacked urgency in restoring power to the storm-hit island, and that it was pushing the clean-up effort down the road. The Army Corp was tasked as the …
Charlton business owner hand-delivers aid to Puerto RicoWorcester Telegram
TJX paying its employees in Puerto Rico, even though stores remain closedThe Boston Globe 
Taubman Launches Court Fight to Force Saks Reopening in Puerto Rico MallWWD
 
Trump boosts federal assistance to Puerto RicoBusiness Standard

Lexington Herald LeaderBusiness Wire (press release) The Business Times 
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Contrata PR helps connect businesses with Puerto Rican workers
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He is getting help from Miriam Perez, a business coach in Puerto Rico who is here in the U.S. to find companies outside of the island willing to hire working professionals over there. Not all of us want to leave the island, not all of us can, but we 

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Is That $300 Million Puerto Rico Power Contract ‘Whitefishgate’ Or Just a Red Herring?
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Just days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Andy Techmanski, the CEO of Whitefish Energy, arrived and offered his assistance to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to help repair the island’s devasted power grid. He first 
This company is paying employees in Puerto Rico even though stores remain closedSacramento Bee
Puerto Rico on Her Mind: How to Help a Stricken Island Called HomeNew York Times
RPT-Former Puerto Rico official denies any role in Whitefish dealMarkets Insider
Harrison Daily –Fox Business –Business Standard
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Puerto Rico power utility says 47 towns have partial service

SAN JUAN The executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa), Ricardo Ramos, said Thursday that the public utility has been able to restore service, albeit partially, to at least 47 of the islands 78 municipalities despite the difficulties it faced in the process and genera…

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Saved Stories – None: Former Puerto Rico official denies any role in Whitefish deal – Business Insider


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Former Puerto Rico official denies any role in Whitefish deal
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(Reuters) – A former Puerto Rico official who has been mentioned in connection with a controversial contract to restore electricity to the bankrupt U.S. territory after Hurricane Maria has denied having any role in securing it. In papers filed on 
United for Puerto Rico Grants $750000 to Three Non-Profit OrganizationsBusiness Wire (press release) 
Following their hearts to Puerto RicoReading Eagle
US to meet 90% of Puerto Rico’s reconstruction costBusiness Standard
 
This company is paying employees in Puerto Rico even though stores remain closedSacramento Bee
Puerto Rico on Her Mind: How to Help a Stricken Island Called Home

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San Juan Mayor Says Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico Could Be 10 Times Higher Than Reported – KTLA
Illinois National Guard troops deploying to US territory of Puerto Rico – The State Journal-Register
San Juan mayor: Hurricane death toll higher than reported – WDIV Detroit
Héctor Pesquera insiste que las muertes asociadas a María ascienden a 55 – El Nuevo Dia.com
Officials aim for 95%!b(MISSING)y mid-December, but USACE says goal is 75%!b(MISSING)y end of January: http://go.cb.pr/2A3n0EC
Teachers, students, parents and senator demand Education explain delay: http://go.cb.pr/2zfymZ9
UPDATE 1-US House questions FEMA over Puerto Rico power contracts – Business Insider
Puerto Rico governor knocks US Army Corps response after hurricane – Business Insider
Contrata PR helps connect businesses with Puerto Rican workers – News 13 Orlando
Is That $300 Million Puerto Rico Power Contract ‘Whitefishgate’ Or Just a Red Herring? – Forbes
USACE refrains from revealing rates paid to contractors hired to repair electric grid: http://go.cb.pr/2lIOUnf
Former Puerto Rico official denies any role in Whitefish deal – Business Insider
San Juan Mayor Says Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico Could Be 10 Times Higher Than Reported – KTLA


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San Juan Mayor Says Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico Could Be 10 Times Higher Than Reported
KTLA
In a statement to CNN, Department of Public Safety of Puerto Rico Héctor M. Pesquera slammed Cruz’s remarks. The Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, stated she ‘thinks’ that the actual death count from Hurricane María is closer to 500, saidPesquera.

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Illinois National Guard troops deploying to US territory of Puerto Rico
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CHICAGO Gov. Bruce Rauner is sending approximately 150 Illinois Army National Guard Military Police soldiers to assist the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, he announced at a press conference Saturday. The people of …
Illinois sending 150 national guardsmen to Puerto RicoSeattle Times
Georgia police officers transporting disaster relief supplies Puerto Rico, Virgin IslandsDecaturish.com
Marbleheader helps deliver aid in Puerto RicoWicked Local Marblehead
Auburn Citizen (blog) –Sedalia Democrat
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San Juan mayor: Hurricane death toll higher than reported
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In a statement to CNN, Department of Public Safety of Puerto Rico Héctor M. Pesquera slammed Cruz’s remarks. “The Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, stated she ‘thinks’ that the actual death count from Hurricane María is closer to 500,” saidPesquera.
Puerto Rico still mostly without electricityCBS News

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Héctor Pesquera insiste que las muertes asociadas a María ascienden a 55
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El secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Puerto Rico, Héctor Pesquera, dijo hoy que 55 personas han muerto en la isla por el paso del huracán María, y se defendió de las insinuaciones de la alcaldesa de San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, … 
Pesquera le solicita a Carmen Yulín sustentar cifra de muertes por huracánEl Vocero de Puerto Rico
Carmen Yulín cree que la cifra correcta de muertes llega a 500Telemundo Puerto Rico
Yulín cree que la verdadera cifra de muertes ronda los 500Diario Metro de Puerto Rico

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Alcaldesa de San Juan: Cifra de muertos en Puerto Rico huracán podría ser 10 veces mayor a la reportadaCNNEspañol.com

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Officials aim for 95%!b(MISSING)y mid-December, but USACE says goal is 75%!b(MISSING)y end of January: http://go.cb.pr/2A3n0EC
Teachers, students, parents and senator demand Education explain delay: http://go.cb.pr/2zfymZ9
UPDATE 1-US House questions FEMA over Puerto Rico power contracts – Business Insider
Puerto Rico governor knocks US Army Corps response after hurricane – Business Insider
Contrata PR helps connect businesses with Puerto Rican workers – News 13 Orlando
Is That $300 Million Puerto Rico Power Contract ‘Whitefishgate’ Or Just a Red Herring? – Forbes
USACE refrains from revealing rates paid to contractors hired to repair electric grid: http://go.cb.pr/2lIOUnf
Former Puerto Rico official denies any role in Whitefish deal – Business Insider
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Officials aim for 95%!b(MISSING)y mid-December, but USACE says goal is 75%!b(MISSING)y end of January: http://go.cb.pr/2A3n0EC

Officials aim for 95%!b(MISSING)y mid-December, but USACE says goal is 75%!b(MISSING)y end of January: http://go.cb.pr/2A3n0EC

Clash emerges over Puerto Rico power restoration timeline 
 

SAN JUAN Officials in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are clashing over when power will be fully restored to the U.S. territory after Hurricane Maria.

Teachers, students, parents and senator demand Education explain delay: http://go.cb.pr/2zfymZ9

Teachers, students, parents and senator demand Education explain delay: http://go.cb.pr/2zfymZ9

Alleged lack of transparency in reopening of Puerto Ricos public schools

SAN JUAN To the rhythm of plena music under the sharp morning sunand observed by some 10 police officers on the steps of the Puerto Rico Capitola group of teachers, students and parents gathered in the north wing of the building to demand the reopening of schools closed since the passage of Hurr…

UPDATE 1-US House questions FEMA over Puerto Rico power contracts – Business Insider


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UPDATE 1-US House questions FEMA over Puerto Rico power contracts
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WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives’ energy committee on Wednesday said it wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to explain how it is overseeing contracts for rebuilding Puerto Rico’s power grid after it … 
Puerto Rico is killing its $300 million Whitefish contract. Now what?CNNMoney

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Shedding Light On Puerto RicoGreeneville Sun
US House seeks details on FEMA role in Puerto Rico power contractsMarkets Insider
The Puerto Rico Contract’s Lack Of Transparency? It’s Not UnusualInternational Business Times

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Puerto Rico governor knocks US Army Corps response after hurricane – Business Insider


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Puerto Rico governor knocks US Army Corps response after hurricane
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lacked urgency in restoring power to the storm-hit island, and that it was pushing the clean-up effort down the road. The Army Corp was tasked as the …
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Puerto Rico power utility says 47 towns have partial service

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FBI reportedly investigating Whitefish Energy’s Puerto Rico power contract
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FBI reportedly investigating Whitefish Energy’s Puerto Rico power contract

Bureau said to be looking into how the Montana company, which has just two full-time employees, won contract despite never having handled similar projectThe FBI is reportedly investigating the $300m contract awarded seemingly without tender by Puerto Ricos power utility to Whitefish Energy, a Montana company which had just two full-time employees.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBIs San Juan field office is looking into how Whitefish was awarded the contract to rebuild Puerto Ricos shattered power infrastructure despite never having handled a similar project in the past. The Guardian has contacted the FBI for confirmation of the investigation.

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House Committee Reviews Emergency Response and Energy Infrastructure Recovery Efforts

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing today on the federal response to the 2017 hurricane season.  The hearing provided information to help assess energy infrastructure response and recovery efforts under the varying circumstances of the four hurricanes that made landfall this past season, including information concerning the use of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in energy supply emergencies.The following issues were examined at the hearing:

  • Coordination of Federal/State/Industry emergency response and restoration;
  • Assuring future critical energy infrastructure protection;
  • Preparation for fuel and electricity supply disruptions;
  • Emergency waivers; and
  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve modernization

The following representatives were present at the hearing: Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. McKinley (R-WV), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), Rep. Greg Harper (R-MS), Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA), Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA).

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., in his opening statement, called to action FEMA for lack of involvement in contract negotiations with Whitefish. Pallone also stated that there needs to be an assessment of how the federal government can invest wisely in rebuilding the power grid in Puerto Rico, through innovative was or privatization.

The following witnesses gave their prepared testimony regarding to Puerto Rico:

Ms. Patricia Hoffman, Acting Under Secretary for Science and Energy and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy: Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane on September 20, bringing powerful winds and major flooding that destroyed much of the territorys transmission and distribution infrastructure and left virtually all 1.6 million electricity customers on the island without power. According to initial estimates from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), at least 80 percent of the transmission and distribution system was affected by Hurricane Maria. However, as of October 31, 33.4% of normal peak load has been restored. While this figure has little bearing on customer-level outcomes, it may be the best proxy available to measure progress in this challenging environment. In Puerto Rico, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has assumed a significant role in the emergency restoration of electrical infrastructure. USACE Temporary Emergency Power Planning and Response Teams are assisting with assessments and generator installations at critical facilities. In October, USACE was also tasked to lead planning, coordination, and integration efforts to support Puerto Rico with the restoration of the electrical power grid due to impacts caused by Hurricane Maria. USACE is managing this effort as the lead for Emergency Support Function #3 – Engineering and Public Works, in close coordination with DOE. DOE has a responder deployed to coordinate with FEMA as well as seven subject matter experts from the PMAs to provide technical support to USACE with restoration planning, cost estimates, validation, and quality assurance. Additionally, through DOE-funded projects, we are leveraging the expertise of our National Laboratories to develop potential long-term solutions to improve the resiliency of the Puerto Rican infrastructure. I want to assure the Committee that DOE will continue to support the work needed to restore power to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Mr. Ray Alexander, Director of Contingency Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: FEMA has identified $1.7 billion in Mission Assignments for the Corps to assist in Hurricanes Irma and Maria response and recovery (45 Mission Assignments totaling $176.3 million for Hurricane Irma and 34 Mission Assignments totaling $1.5 billion for Hurricane Maria). Currently, the Corps has over 1,243 personnel deployed in various locations supporting the recovery missions. As of October 31, 2017, the Corps and its contractors have completed 740 of 827 requested pre-installation inspections (for temporary generators) and 392 generator installations in Puerto Rico. In order for the Corps and its contractors to install temporary covering (blue roof), the government and its contractors require validated rights of entry. In Puerto Rico, the Corps and its contractors have completed 3,986 blue roof installations and collected over 17,000 rights of entry. As of October 31, 2017, the Corps has removed approximately 141,000 cubic yards of the estimated over 1 million cubic yards of debris in the U.S. Virgin Islands and 62,500 cubic yards of the estimated over 6 million cubic yards of debris in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, Corps Dam and Levee teams inspected 17 priority dam locations and Guajataca Dam was the only site deemed in critical condition. Hurricane Maria caused a significant rise in the water level of the dam, and resulted in overflow of the spillway. The spillway structure was compromised and the surrounding area began to erode, posing immediate risk to 70,000 residents. Corps teams placed over 500 Jersey barriers and over 1,300 super sand bags to cease any further erosion and allow for long-term repair of the spillway. Additionally, the Corps teams cleared existing outflow conduits and are positioning to place piping and pumps to further reduce the water level in the dam. When the water level reaches 25 feet below the spillway, more substantial repairs will begin. On September, 30 2017, the Corps was given a FEMA Mission Assignment, within the authority of the Stafford Act, to assist the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) in further repairing the power system to its pre-storm condition. The Corps is conducting this mission.

Mr. Thomas Fanning, President and CEO, Southern Company, on behalf of The Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council: This hearing comes in response to a series of devastating events. In August, Hurricane Harveys high winds, torrential rains, and storm surge caused significant damage and catastrophic flooding in parts of Texas and Louisiana. Days later, Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Caribbean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and portions of Puerto Rico, and brought unprecedented damage to the southeastern United States. Every county in Florida was impacted by the storm, as well as parts of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. 5 Following Irma, Hurricane Maria developed in the Atlantic Ocean as one of the strongest hurricanes on record. After impacting the U.S. Virgin Islands, Maria passed directly over Puerto Rico, knocking out power to the entire commonwealth. The work to restore power in Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands continues. Most tragically, each of these events resulted in the loss of life. Maria was the second Category 5 storm of the 2017 season and caused widespread destruction to all infrastructures on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including the energy grid. Power restoration has been, and will continue to be, a challenging and complicated effort. The entire electric power industry continues to closely coordinate with its federal government partners to support these efforts. Unlike Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, mutual assistance has yet to be triggered in response to Maria. Mainland electric companies are ready to support the restoration and rebuild of Puerto Ricos infrastructure and provide any expertise, resources, crews, or materials needed to turn the lights on for our fellow Americans.

Mr. Ramon Luis Nieves, Attorney at Law, former member, Senate of Puerto Rico: In order to guarantee that federal funds to build a new energy grid are properly used and allocated, I propose that the Revitalization Coordinator and the PR Energy Commission be given sole authority over PREPA. PROMESA already mandates that the Revitalization Coordinator will work with the PR Energy Commission, so this proposal is a logical step. Neither Puerto Rico, nor the U.S. government, needs another Whitefish situation. Thank you for this opportunity. The people of Puerto Rico urgently need to turn the lights back on. But we also demand the resources to create a new energy model. Our lives depend on it.

Ms. Catherine Kennedy, Vice-President, National Nurses United: National Nurses United (NNU), with the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), sent 50 registered nurses (RNs) to Puerto Rico to assist with Hurricane Maria disaster relief from October 4 to October 18, coordinating with a 300-union member relief delegation of the AFL-CIO. RN volunteers observed that, without access to power, basic medical services were down in many areas of Puerto Rico and not fully functioning in most others. An acute public health crisis has developed, including lack of refrigeration for medicine, exacerbation of respiratory illnesses, limited to no access to money or insurance for prescriptions, spread of dangerous waterborne bacterial disease, and failing generators in hospitals. Without power, people have had trouble accessing food and clean running water even if supplies are available because water treatment plants are not fully functioning and many electronic banking systems are inoperable. Lack of power created barriers for Puerto Ricans seeking FEMA aid and aid applications because aid applications and FEMA announcements rely on text, email, and web-based communications. RNs witnessed first-hand the dire conditions for Puerto Rican residents and the insufficient response from federal relief agencies in this disaster. NNU urges Congress to take the following actions immediately to prevent further erosion of public health conditions in Puerto Rico and to put the island back on a path to recovery.

During the question and answer section of the hearing, several members asked the witness panels about the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) role in the restoration efforts.  Chairman Upton questioned to Mr. Alexander about the relationship the Corps has with PREPA. Upton stated that How has that gone? This committee has tried to contact PREPA by email and phone, there is no heartbeat. Mr. Alexander answered by saying that their mission is to restore the grid.  The Corps is working in collaboration with them to have well defined areas of operations and not working in each others areas. We are working with PREPA, not for PREPA, and for FEMA in coordination with PREPA, Alexander added.

Mr. Alexander continued his testimony throughout the hearing stating that the Corps was neither consulted nor aware of the Whitefish contract. When asked if he trusted PREPA, Alexander said that I do not have any reason to not trust them. In providing an estimated timeline for power restoration in Puerto Rico, Alexander stated that their goal is 50% by Nov. 30, 75% by Jan. 31. Alexander emphasized that the authority of the Corps stems from the Robert T. Stafford act, which only gives the Corps authority to restore the grid to its pre-storm form. Several members continually asked if the Corps is taking measures to rebuild the power grid in a more resilient manner, to which Alexander stated that they are not and that is under the Department of Energys authority.

During the hearing, the members had several questions that none of the witnesses could answer because there was not anyone representing FEMA. When Alexander was asked who was in charge of the situation in Puerto Rico, he answered: FEMA.

The Department of Energy is looking into long-term improvements to the grid; however any actual financing goes to the local utilities and the government of Puerto Rico.

Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), after questioning the panel stated: We all know the history behind PREPA, bankruptcy, and their questionable practices. Throughout the hearing, PREPAs handling of the situation was heavily criticized. Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA) stated: The idea that our citizens are going to go 3 more months without electricity is unconscionable.

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) said that, Congress has an overarching responsibility to protect the tax payer from future losses by building a more resilient, modern, distributive grid with better technology. Hoffman stated that there needs to be an ability to work closely with PREPA to discuss what opportunities are available to modernize and rebuild the grid.

When addressing the death count in Puerto Rico, Ms. Kennedy stated that in her opinion the number of deaths would be on the higher side of 59 that the government says. In addition, Mr. Nieves says that the number of deaths around 59 deaths is misleading. Death toll in my view is in the hundreds, he added, People are dying today, not because of Hurricane Maria, but Hurricane PREPA.

I would call that criminal negligence, added Rep. Shimkus when referring to PREPAs inability to go through the standard procedure to ask for help and instead awarding the Whitefish contract. Nieves stated Congress needs to mandate where the tax payer money goes, bypassing PREPA and the government of Puerto Rico. Throughout the hearing, the common denominator among the witnesses and the members was the lack of transparency that PREPA has had with the federal government, and the need to address this issue in the future.

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President Trump Orders Hundreds of Millions More Aid

President Trump late yesterday reduced the Puerto Rico share of infrastructure rebuilding costs from damage done by Hurricane Maria to 10% from 25%. The amendment to his original declaration providing for disaster assistance could mean hundreds of millions of additional dollars for the effort to repair damaged or destroyed public works in the territory.The basic Federal disaster assistance law sets Federal-local cost-sharing for infrastructure repair at 75%/25% but authorizes the President to waive the local share. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) infrastructure repair assistance is generally provided on the 75%/25% basis. FEMA policy is that communities should have to pay at least 10% of repair costs for their infrastructure. After the last hurricane that caused serious damages throughout Puerto Rico in 1998, President Clinton lowered the local cost share to 10%.

According to FEMA, Trump authorized the additional assistance “conditioned upon having extra controls on project cost estimation and project management in place to facilitate the expeditious rebuilding of Puerto Ricos infrastructure, to allow for cost-effective activities that reduce risk of future damage, hardship, or suffering from a major disaster, and to ensure sound stewardship of federal tax dollars – in part an allusion to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authoritys now-being-investigated and now-cancelled $300 million power lines repair contract with a two-person Montana company named Whitefish.

The recent disaster funding laws authorization for $4.9 billion in loans to Puerto Rico and the neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands included $150 million for the Puerto Rico share of matching costs. Between that and the Presidents action yesterday, Puerto Rico may not have to fund much, if any, of the costs of repairing public infrastructure.

 

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7:09 PM 11/2/2017 – Exclusive: Trump agrees to pick up 90 percent of Puerto Rico rebuilding costs
 

Exclusive: Trump agrees to pick up 90 percent of Puerto Rico rebuilding costs

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed to expand the use of disaster aid to rebuild Puerto Ricos power grid and other infrastructure wrecked by Hurricane Maria, a senior White House official told Reuters.
Under the plan, the federal government will pick up 90 percent of the costs – up from the typical level of 75 percent – and allow for funds to be released in a faster, more flexible way, an approach that recognizes the massive devastation on the island and its dire financial problems, the official said.
The plan, agreed with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, provides for third-party advisers to estimate how much money is required for projects and how it is spent – a provision aimed at protecting taxpayer dollars in what is expected to be a massive, long-term effort to rebuild the island.
Were doing it in a way that grants flexibility, but also imposes a mutually agreed upon set of controls, the official said in an interview.
Puerto Rico is in bankruptcy, struggling with $72 billion in debt. Its finances were put under federal control last year.
Six weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, only about 30 percent of Puerto Ricos power grid has been restored.
Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Cynthia Osterman
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Thousands of Puerto Ricans flee hurricane-ravaged island for mainland, including Arizona
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As Puerto Rico’s Economic Secretary Manuel Laboy recently said, “We have this historic opportunity: Instead of going with incremental changes, we can go and push the envelope to really transform the infrastructure. That is the silver lining opportunity 
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On Tuesday, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s CEO Ricardo Ramos, in a letter to power industry groups Edison Electric Institute and American Public Power Association, requested additional Florida and New York-based companies to step in to help …
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LNP Exclusive: Desperation, defiance remain in Puerto Rico’s central mountains 1 month after Hurricane Maria – Montrose Daily Press
 


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Since 1953, the U.S. has refused any inquiry into Puerto Rico’s political status stating that all Puerto Rican matters are within the purview of the U.S. and it is considered an internal matter. As we will see below, the U.S. colonial relationship with 
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Palmer Report: George Papadopoulos isnt the only Trump-Russia player whos cut a deal with Robert Mueller

At the start of this week, it was revealed that former Donald Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos had cut a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. That’s not what should scare Trump the most. If Trump has enough marbles left to even understand what’s going on at this point, he’s truly scared because he’s figured out that Papadopoulos isn’t the only one.

Mueller had the FBI arrest Papadopoulos all the way back in June. That means Mueller was able to pull off an indictment, secret arrest, guilty plea, detailed confession, release, and ongoing cooperation in exchange for a minimal sentence although without any of it becoming public until he chose to announce it this week. Furthermore, Mueller only revealed the Papadopoulos deal because it was strategically aligned with Paul Manafort’s arrest.

More importantly, the Papadopoulos deal only gives Mueller a finite number of avenues for flipping people higher up the food chain. The confession allows Mueller to seek deals with Manafort, Sam Clovis, and Jeff Sessions but those are only three names out of several key players. Mueller can’t use Papadopoulos to get to Michael Flynn, or Jared Kushner, or Donald Trump Jr, or any of a number of other people. Instead he needs to flip other small fish in order to move on them and we know that in at least one instance, he already has.

Last Friday, former CIA Director James Woolsey revealed to the media that he’s been cooperating with Robert Mueller in the criminal case against Michael Flynn. The story was then buried a few hours later when it surfaced that arrests were imminent. But it’s clear that Woolsey – who was a bit player in the Trump campaign has either formally or informally cut a deal with Mueller. It probably doesn’t stop at Woolsey, either. Mueller has surely already flipped small fish under each of the key players, and he’s keeping it all under wraps until it’s time for the arrest of those key players.

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Palmer Report: Donald Trumps allies reveal they know hes finished

When alleged career criminal Paul Manafort was informed that he was eventually going to be indicted and arrested in the Trump-Russia scandal, he didn’t suddenly try to straighten up his act. Instead he took a high paying overseas consulting job, which seemed remarkably similar to the gigs that got him into legal trouble to begin with, in an attempt to land one more big payday before he had to hunker down and fight a prolonged battle against impending criminal charges.

Manafort’s logic must have been that if he was going down for his past actions then there was nothing he could do to prevent it, and he might as well cash in one last time, so he’ll have the money waiting for him if he somehow beats the rap. There’s a lesson in there about how people like Paul Manafort tend to behave when they think they’re about to be finished. It informs us that Donald Trump’s other allies, the important ones around the world who pull his strings, are accelerating their own plans because they think that Trump is about to be finished.

Last night the crown prince of Saudi Arabia had eleven of his fellow princes arrested on what appear to be bogus corruption charges, including the wealthy and powerful Prince Alwaleed, in an aggressive power grab. Last weekend, Jared Kushner took a secret trip to Saudi Arabia. Just hours before the arrests began, Donald Trump posted a tweet about the IPO of a Saudi Arabian government oil company. We don’t know what role Trump and Kushner played in the palace coup but from their actions it’s clear they had some role in it.

The sudden actions of the Saudi Arabian crown prince seemed rushed and hasty, as if he’d been planning it all along but suddenly concluded that he’d better hurry up and go through with it before Donald Trump is finished. It’s the weakness and complicity of Trump that allows these kinds of naked aggression to play out in foreign countries. They’re now suddenly taking their best ambitious shots, revealing that they know Trump is finished. Now we see what Vladimir Putin does next, as he too inevitably concludes Trump’s time is increasingly short.

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Putins trolls targeted America, not Hillary

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The Facebook ads placed by a Russian troll farm and released Wednesday show the Russian propaganda campaign of 2016 didnt favor either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Instead, it mocked and goaded America.

This directly contradicts US intelligence assessments. We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election, the assessment released in January stated. Russias goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for Trump.

If the ads placed by the St. Petersburg Internet Research Agency, a troll collective linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Kremlin-connected restaurateur, reflect the strategy of the influence campaign, the intelligence community was wrong. The ads backed white nationalist as well as black causes. They often targeted Clinton before the election but switched to attacking Trump afterward. The ads against both were even visually similar.

A conceivable defense of the intelligence conclusion is that you cant interfere in the election after the voters have chosen, so only the anti-Clinton bias of the Russian campaign really made a difference. That argument is lame, however.

Neither the trolls with their tiny budgets (at best, hundreds of thousands of dollars compared with the hundreds of millions spent by the candidates and their US backers) nor Russian state media with their laughable reach couldve hoped to shape the election outcome. That would assume they knew more about US-based influence tools than the entire US political industry.

Even today, the best Russian experts on the political uses of the social networks believe it wouldve been impossible to tip the scales. Leonid Volkov, an Internet entrepreneur and campaign manager to Putins No. 1 domestic foe Alexei Navalny, wrote on Facebook on Thursday:

When people discuss, in all seriousness, election interference by means of $100,000 worth of Facebook ads (hundreds of times less than the Clinton and Trump campaigns spent on FB ads), when leading political publications show as proof hellish pictures the most viral of which garnered all of 200,000 views (and most got only a few thousand; 500 rubles not thousand dollars, not even dollars was spent on promoting some of them) . . . it is, above all, simply shameful.

Darn, we got a total of 2 million views for our social network ads before a rally in Astrakhan, and it cost us 20,000 rubles.

The trolls, on entry-level salaries of about $1,000 a month, are far less savvy than Navalnys. The silly mistakes they made in their English the misuse of modal verbs, the missing articles, the clumsy turns of phrase are evidence they were the lowest of info-war foot soldiers.

They werent playing to win the election, just to stir things up. They werent Republicans or Democrats: These parties dont operate in St. Petersburg. They were trolls, happy to make a dent here, create a disturbance there.

The campaign was not tied to election timelines: Its permanent, and it will go on while the United States and Russia are adversaries. Elections and government changes that do nothing to alter the relationship between countries are just a useful background for propaganda, disinformation and sheer trollery because they politicize the audience and draw its attention to the divisive issues that propagandists exploit. Instability and confusion are the primary goals, and theyre easy to achieve on the cheap.

The Kremlins goal was not to promote either candidate. Though Putin made no secret of his special dislike for Clinton, he was never short-sighted enough to trust Trump and no one in a position of power in Russia ever indicated that he did. The influence campaigns real goal was to amplify Americas organic discord and undermine trust in institutions.

The hearings about the Facebook, Twitter and YouTube ads, with angry senators and squirming corporate lawyers hoping to avoid heavy-handed, misguided regulation, serve this purpose even better than the original ads did. US legislators look powerless; the Americans who were supposedly taken in by the cheap, badly made ads look ignorant.

US intelligence agencies look politicized and incapable of serious analysis, let alone an effective resistance, when it comes to Russian active measures.

The fit of US self-flagellation likely goes beyond the trolls and propagandists wildest dreams. A great nation, with the worlds best-funded and most professional media and an institutional framework other nations could only dream of, ought to be able to ignore the Russian propagandists pitiful, incompetent efforts.

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Very Frustrated Trump Becomes Top Critic of Law Enforcement

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Mr. Trump has made clear that he sees the attorney general and the F.B.I. director as his personal agents rather than independent figures, lashing out at both for not protecting him from the Russia investigation.

In May, he fired the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, who later testified that he had refused Mr. Trumps demands that he pledge loyalty and publicly declare that the president was not personally under investigation. In July, Mr. Trump told The New York Times that he would never have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known that Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the investigation.

While his lawyers have for now persuaded Mr. Trump not to publicly attack Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, the president has not ruled out firing him, a scenario that other presidents facing special prosecutors considered virtually unthinkable. Asked on Friday whether he might fire Mr. Sessions if the attorney general does not investigate Democrats, Mr. Trump left open the prospect: I dont know, he said.

The presidents Twitter posts and comments drew rebukes from Democrats and some Republicans. Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who served for six years under President Barack Obama, said Mr. Trumps comments make the job of law enforcement officials more difficult.

Combined with his improper attempts to influence Department of Justice actions, this demonstrates that he is a president who is willing to flout those norms that protect the rule of law, Mr. Holder said in an interview.

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, a Republican who has broken with Mr. Trump, said the Justice Department should be free of political interference.

President Trumps pressuring of the Justice Department and F.B.I. to pursue cases against his adversaries and calling for punishment before trials take place are totally inappropriate and not only undermine our justice system but erode the American peoples confidence in our institutions, he said.

Some conservatives defended Mr. Trumps right to exercise oversight of the countrys law enforcement agencies, saying that it would be dangerous to have an attorney general and an F.B.I. director who were not answerable to elected leaders.

The notion that law enforcement, in particular, is somehow to be insulated from political influences and therefore inevitably insulated from political accountability is a horribly dangerous idea from the standpoint of civil liberty, said David B. Rivkin Jr., a White House and Justice Department lawyer under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

However, Mr. Rivkin added, That doesnt mean you exercise your authority to direct those things in a crude and obscene fashion. You have to exercise some politesse about it.

Other presidents have been criticized for political intervention when they spoke out about continuing criminal cases. Peter J. Wallison, who was the White House counsel under Reagan, said his president at times spoke out on cases of interest, including the investigation of Reagans onetime adviser Michael K. Deaver.

I would try to discourage him, for all the good reasons people in the White House are probably trying to discourage Trump, but it was to no avail, Mr. Wallison said. Trump is doing the same, except to a greater extent.

Mr. Wallison noted that Mr. Obama at times commented on investigations, recalling statements denying wrongdoing by the Internal Revenue Service when conservative groups found their tax exemptions targeted for scrutiny. Presidents say these things because they are human beings and have emotions, he said. Nevertheless, there is little evidence that public statements have any effect on outcomes.

Before Watergate, presidents were less reluctant to intervene in law enforcement. The administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson had the F.B.I. wiretap the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. President Richard M. Nixon had the bureau eavesdrop on the telephone calls of reporters.

But in the past four decades, no president has sought to publicly pressure law enforcement as much as Mr. Trump.

In a barrage of a dozen tweets on Thursday night and early Friday, Mr. Trump railed at law enforcement agencies for not investigating Democrats. He cited Tony Podesta the brother of Hillary Clintons campaign chairman, John D. Podesta who stepped down from his firm this week amid scrutiny of his lobbying business by Mr. Mueller. And he cited a book excerpt by Donna Brazile, the former interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman, who wrote that last years primaries were tilted by a fund-raising agreement that the committee made with Mrs. Clinton.

Im really not involved with the Justice Department, Mr. Trump told reporters before leaving on a 12-day trip to Asia. Id like to let it run itself. But honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats. They should be looking at Podesta and all of that dishonesty. They should be looking at a lot of things. And a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Trump tweeted that Mrs. Clinton stole the Democratic Primary from Bernie Sanders and asserted that there was major violation of Campaign Finance Laws and Money Laundering.

At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper, Mr. Trump wrote.

Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isnt looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems, he also tweeted.

Mr. Trumps interest in directing law enforcement decisions extends beyond his political opposition but carries its own risk. The presidents support for capital punishment for the New York terrorism suspect, Sayfullo Saipov  SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY, he tweeted  could pose problems for prosecutors and help defense lawyers who could argue that their client cannot get a fair trial.

Mr. Trump also weighed in again on Friday on the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty to desertion and endangering other troops by walking away from his base in Afghanistan and getting captured by the Taliban. Mr. Trump, who last year called Sergeant Bergdahl a dirty rotten traitor who should be executed, expressed outrage when a military judge on Friday gave the sergeant a dishonorable discharge but no jail time.

The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military, Mr. Trump tweeted.

But Mr. Trumps own outspokenness may have helped lead to the very result he was condemning. The judge did not explain his reasoning on Friday but last week said he would consider the presidents past comments as evidence for a lighter sentence.

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The Sleazy Case Against Muellers Probe

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Well before any public knowledge of these events, Sipher notes, Steeles report identified multiple elements of the Russian operation including a cyber campaign, leaked documents related to Hillary Clinton, and meetings with Paul Manafort and other Trump affiliates to discuss the receipt of stolen documents. Mr. Steele could not have known that the Russians stole information on Hillary Clinton, or that they were considering means to weaponize them in the U.S. election, all of which turned out to be stunningly accurate.

(After this column went to print, The Times reported that Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page met with Russian government officials in a July 2016 trip to Moscow, something he has long denied. This further confirms another claim made in the Steele dossier.)

Theres more of this, but you get the point: The suggestion that the Steele dossier has been discredited is discreditable to the point of being dishonest.

This brings us to the second anti-Mueller contention, which is that his indictment of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort for tax fraud connected to his political work in Ukraine, along with news of the guilty plea entered by Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos for lying to the F.B.I., is merely evidence of the slimness of the special counsels case.

The nonchalance about Manaforts illicit ties to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine is almost funny, coming from the same people who went berserk over Chinas alleged meddling on behalf of Democrats in the 1996 presidential campaign.

But if nothing else, the Manafort indictment underscores the Trump campaigns astonishing vulnerability to Russian blackmail.

Did that vulnerability explain the campaigns bizarre intervention (denied by Manafort) to soften the Republican Party platforms language on providing help to Ukraine?

Why did the campaign pursue a course of semi-secret outreach to Russia through George Papadopoulos, giving him just enough visibility to let the Russians know he was a player but not so much visibility as to attract much media attention?

What else about Trumps obsequious overtures to the Kremlin might similarly be explained by the contents of the Steele dossier?

These questions require answers, which is what makes calls to remove Mueller from his job or have Trump pardon Manafort, Papadopoulos and even himself both strange and repugnant. Since when did conservatives suddenly become conveniently bored with getting to the bottom of Russian conspiracies?

As it turns out, theyre not bored. They just want the conspiracies to involve liberals.

Thus the third Trumpian claim: That the real scandal is that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee paid for the Steele dossier. Somehow thats supposed to add up to collusion between Clinton and the Russians, on the remarkable theory that Steele was merely retailing Kremlin-invented fables about Trump.

Yet how else was Steele supposed to investigate allegations of Russias ties to the Trump campaign except by talking to Russian sources with insight into the Kremlin? If Clinton was the beneficiary of the Kremlins designs, why did it leak her emails? And why would Putin favor the candidate most hostile to him in last years election but undermine the one who kept offering improved relations?

You already know the answers. The deeper mystery is why certain conservatives who were once Trumps fiercest critics have become his most sophistical apologists. The answer to that one requires a mode of analysis more psychological than political.

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Donald Trump has two Hail Mary plays left fire Mueller, or start war with North Korea: Burman

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Feeling cornered and under siege, an angry Donald Trump has embarked on a crucial trip to Asia, the longest foreign tour of his imploding presidency.

Increasingly, Trump is acting like a man who sees only two ways to survive. Given that, the only remaining question for him in his desperation may be this: What should I do first?

Will he fire Robert Mueller as the special counsel investigating Trumps ties to Russia, which now seems only a matter of time, even though it is certain to trigger a constitutional crisis?

Or will he first try to regain popular support by risking a catastrophic nuclear war with North Korea, now closer than ever in the absence of any genuine diplomacy happening, even though it would inevitably result in hundreds of thousands of casualties?

This is a dangerous period in the turbulent Trump presidency, and for the world.

When the history books are written about this era, it is hard not to conclude that this weeks developments will loom large. This was the week we learned the first strong indications that to put it in Trumps vernacular the jig is up.

The announcement from the Mueller team last Monday was a bombshell. Two senior Trump campaign officials have been indicted and a third Trump adviser has pleaded guilty. The 12-count indictment laid out the first charges in Muellers investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with last years U.S. election including the headline charge of conspiracy against the United States.

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Even as a tiny fraction of what the Mueller team now undoubtedly knows, the court filings drew a staggering portrait of how Trumps world operated last year. It revealed how Russian intelligence successfully penetrated Trumps campaign operation at different levels.

For several months, including during the Republican convention of last summer, Trumps campaign was run by Paul Manafort, who operated in secret as a foreign agent of a regime friendly to Russias Vladimir Putin. Before Manafort joined Trump in an official capacity, the charges indicate he laundered tens of millions of dollars for the Ukrainian strongman Viktor Yanukovych.

Perhaps even more ominous for Trump is the unexpected guilty plea of former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos  once described by Trump in an interview with The Washington Postas an excellent guy. Papadopoulos admitted to lying to the FBI about his attempts to set up meetings with Kremlin contacts in search of dirt on Hillary Clinton.

This weeks developments, as an opening volley from the Mueller team, provide an indication of what their strategy is. They are pressuring Manafort to co-operate and reveal what he knows about Trumps role. They have already done a deal with Papadopoulos to tell them what he knows about who else was involved.

As Trump himself must know, it is widely accepted that Mueller has Trumps tax returns in his possession. This means that Muellers team is able to pull together a complete picture of Trumps financial relationship with Russians including the years well before he announced for the presidency.

There have been numerous reports that Trump and his associates have been heavily financed by Russian oligarchs and mobsters, including those involved in money laundering, extortion, drugs and racketeering. If so, this would help explain why Trump has been so obsessively reluctant to be critical of Putin or of Russia since being elected president.

More than anyone, Trump would know the extent of his involvement with Russia although Mueller, by now, may be a close second. Therein lies the danger for Trump. He knows that Mueller has the potential to destroying his presidency.

So if youre Trump Mueller, somehow, has to be gotten rid of. The only question is when. Neither Trump nor his associates have ever acknowledged this, although Trump once described it as a red line if Mueller ever started examining his financial holdings. Mueller has certainly crossed that line.

It is widely accepted in Washington political circles that Trump is seeking an opportunity to fire Mueller. To this end, many of his media boosters at Fox News are working overtime in trying to come up with ways to discredit Mueller and his team.

Yes, the risks for Trump in this are enormous. Any firing of Mueller not unlike the fabled Saturday Night Massacre by Richard Nixon in 1973 would trigger a constitutional crisis. But in Trumps mind, that would be a risk worth taking if the stark alternative as a response to Muellers eventual findings is impeachment.

This drama is only beginning.

Tony Burman is former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News. Reach him @TonyBurman or at tony.burman@gmail.com.

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If the ads placed by the St. Petersburg Internet Research Agency, a troll collective linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Kremlin-connected restaurateur, reflect the strategy of the influence campaign, the intelligence community was wrong. The ads backed white nationalist as well as black causes. They often targeted Clinton before the election but switched to attacking Trump afterward. The ads against both were even visually similar.

A conceivable defense of the intelligence conclusion is that you cant interfere in the election after the voters have chosen, so only the anti-Clinton bias of the Russian campaign really made a difference. That argument is lame, however.

Neither the trolls with their tiny budgets (at best, hundreds of thousands of dollars compared with the hundreds of millions spent by the candidates and their US backers) nor Russian state media with their laughable reach couldve hoped to shape the election outcome. That would assume they knew more about US-based influence tools than the entire US political industry.

Even today, the best Russian experts on the political uses of the social networks believe it wouldve been impossible to tip the scales. Leonid Volkov, an Internet entrepreneur and campaign manager to Putins No. 1 domestic foe Alexei Navalny, wrote on Facebook on Thursday:

When people discuss, in all seriousness, election interference by means of $100,000 worth of Facebook ads (hundreds of times less than the Clinton and Trump campaigns spent on FB ads), when leading political publications show as proof hellish pictures the most viral of which garnered all of 200,000 views (and most got only a few thousand; 500 rubles not thousand dollars, not even dollars was spent on promoting some of them) . . . it is, above all, simply shameful.

Darn, we got a total of 2 million views for our social network ads before a rally in Astrakhan, and it cost us 20,000 rubles.

The trolls, on entry-level salaries of about $1,000 a month, are far less savvy than Navalnys. The silly mistakes they made in their English the misuse of modal verbs, the missing articles, the clumsy turns of phrase are evidence they were the lowest of info-war foot soldiers.

They werent playing to win the election, just to stir things up. They werent Republicans or Democrats: These parties dont operate in St. Petersburg. They were trolls, happy to make a dent here, create a disturbance there.

The campaign was not tied to election timelines: Its permanent, and it will go on while the United States and Russia are adversaries. Elections and government changes that do nothing to alter the relationship between countries are just a useful background for propaganda, disinformation and sheer trollery because they politicize the audience and draw its attention to the divisive issues that propagandists exploit. Instability and confusion are the primary goals, and theyre easy to achieve on the cheap.

The Kremlins goal was not to promote either candidate. Though Putin made no secret of his special dislike for Clinton, he was never short-sighted enough to trust Trump and no one in a position of power in Russia ever indicated that he did. The influence campaigns real goal was to amplify Americas organic discord and undermine trust in institutions.

The hearings about the Facebook, Twitter and YouTube ads, with angry senators and squirming corporate lawyers hoping to avoid heavy-handed, misguided regulation, serve this purpose even better than the original ads did. US legislators look powerless; the Americans who were supposedly taken in by the cheap, badly made ads look ignorant.

US intelligence agencies look politicized and incapable of serious analysis, let alone an effective resistance, when it comes to Russian active measures.

The fit of US self-flagellation likely goes beyond the trolls and propagandists wildest dreams. A great nation, with the worlds best-funded and most professional media and an institutional framework other nations could only dream of, ought to be able to ignore the Russian propagandists pitiful, incompetent efforts.

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6:09 PM 11/4/2017 Leading Democrat calls for Puerto Rico water investigation after CNN report

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Congressman Benny Thompson has asked the Department of Homeland Security if the agency knew Puerto Ricans were drinking water from a federally designated hazardous-waste site. CNN’s Ana Cabrera and Ed Lavandera have the story

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A Miami Herald probe into Floridas juvenile justice system reveals that guards are provoking incarcerated adolescents to be violent. A recent series by the newspaper, called “Fight Club,” shows them beating the teenagers and forcing or bribing them to fight one another. Carol Marbin Miller, a senior investigative reporter for the Miami Herald who co-authored the series, joins Hari Sreenivasan.

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1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (69 sites): CBSNewsOnline’s YouTube Videos: President Trump embarks on first trip to Asia

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President Trump is embarking on his first trip to Asia, the longest presidential trip to the region in decades. Mr. Trump will attempt to ease allies’ growing concerns over North Korea. He’s also expected to talk about the United States’ role in trade. Isaac Stone Fish, senior fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, joins CBSN to discuss the president’s trip.

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‘America’s News HQ’ panel weighs in on major political stories.

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1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (69 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Florida State fraternity suspended after pledge dies

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20-year-old was found unresponsive the morning after a party.

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1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (69 sites): PBSNewsHour’s YouTube Videos: Study questions whether stents relieve chest pain

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A new medical study questions whether the hundreds of thousands of Americans with clogged heart arteries who choose to implant stents to relieve chest pain will actually feel any benefits. The study, recently published by The Lancet, found that while the mesh wire did improve blood flow, patients were still hurting. Dr. Ajay Kirtane, director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Columbia University Medical Center, joins Hari Sreenivasan to talk about its implications.

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