John A. Tures

John A. Tures

John A. Tures is an professor of political science at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. I am a political mythbuster of sorts. I write political columns for LaGrange Daily News and Southern Political Report. Occasionally, I get something published in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, or magazines like Miller-McCune Magazine or Like The Dew (a journal of the South and politics).
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BA, Trinity University; MA, Marquette University; Ph.D, Florida State University


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  • Should We Impeach Barack Obama Over the Border Crisis?
    Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin called for President Barack Obama’s impeachment over the recent border crisis. It’s worth reading about the laws, appropriations proposals, and the GOP response first.
  • Texas Murders Show More Need for a Rational Gun Policy
    We can’t stop Ronald Lee Haskell from killing the sister of his estranged wife and her family. But maybe we can make it harder for people like Haskell who repeatedly threaten others with violence to get a gun. Read this to see how.
  • Will the Democrats Retake the House of Representatives in 2014?
    Democrats have only held the House of Representatives briefly since 1994. They would like to win it back on the 20th anniversary of their historic defeat, but this year, it seems like a bit of a longshot for them.
  • The Inconsistent Attack on Confederate General Robert E. Lee
    A new biography by Michael Korda, and his defenders, attacks Robert E. Lee both for being too good at his job, and being too ineffective at his job. In reality, he’d make a pretty good role model for today’s Southerner.
  • Five in Politics Who Think Slavery was Better for Blacks
    As we commemorate Independence Day and the anniversary of the Civil War battles like Gettysburg, there are some who argue that slavery was better for African Americans than today’s society. Here are the top five from the world of politics.
  • Ten Tips for Future AJC Peachtree Road Race Runners
    On Friday, July 4, 2014, I went from Yahoo News freelancer to runner to investigate the 2014 Peachtree Road Race. Here are some tips if you plan on running in the race for the first time next year.
  • The Truth Behind Declaration of Independence Myths
    Around the Fourth of July, you’ll find lots of items that push for patriotism, but provide historical inaccuracies that undermine the message.
  • Tea Party Hero Chris McDaniel Voted in a Democratic Primary
    We now know Chris McDaniel, the ardent Tea Party Conservative, actually voted in Democratic Primaries and skipped Republican Primaries, after denying these charges. His excuses aren’t supported by the data. Is he a closet Democrat?
  • Do African American Republicans Do Well in Elections?
    For years, pundits considered African American candidates to be little more than sacrificial lambs to strong Democratic candidates. But races in South Carolina and Oklahoma could give Republicans twice as many African American Senators.
  • How the Atlanta Hawks Will Be the Next San Antonio Spurs
    Most of the focus in the NBA is where stars will play, and who will coach them. No one is thinking about who the next San Antonio Spurs team will be. But it’s likely to be the unheralded Atlanta Hawks.
  • Why We Won’t Have Two African American GOP Senators
    T. W. Shannon could have been the second sitting African American Republican, if he had just done one simple thing that black candidates can do to improve their chances of winning a governor’s mansion or senate race.
  • The Georgia Senate Runoff in Eric Cantor’s Shadow
    Rep. Jack Kingston is holding an 11 point lead against businessman David Perdue. But those polls were taken before economics professor David Brat shocked the political establishment by beating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
  • No, Obama is Not the One Who Ruled Against the Redskins
    Rush Limbaugh, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, and others are falsely blaming Obama for the ruling against the Redskins. Instead of scoring points, they are helping undermine any trust for conservatives.
  • 2014 Independence Day Celebrations in West Georgia
    Georgia has a proud connection to July 4, 1776, and it shows in annual celebrations. You can find running races, fireworks, parades, a circus, military reenactments, hot dog eating contests, movies under the stars, and so much more, in the Peach State.
  • The Best Two-Sport Athlete, Tony Gwynn, Died Today
    When you think of two-sport athletes, you might thing of Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, Charley Ward and even Jameis Winston. But Tony Gwynn, who passed away today, was the best, for his skills on the baseball field and basketball court.
  • Five Myths About the Fourth of July Tested
    Was Washington present at the signing of the Declaration of Independence? How many signers were killed by the British? What did Jefferson call Americans? Did the author of the Declaration of Independence pass away at a future July 4 event?
  • Is Iraq About to “Go ARVN?” and is it Obama's Fault?
    Much of the shock over the speed at which a hardline Iraqi insurgency is preparing to knock off its government has come down to a partisan blame game. What this country needs is a plan to rescue Iraq from these insurgents.
  • Obama, Signing Statements and the Taliban Prisoner Exchange
    In the wake of the dramatic P.O.W. exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, President Obama’s signing statements are being questioned, especially since he issued one on Gitmo detainees. How do they compare to President Bush’s signing statements.
  • House Republicans Who Voted to Bring Back Bowe Bergdahl
    Reporters have found evidence of conservative blogger hypocrisy on the POW exchange. This article provides evidence of conservative House Republicans who co-sponsored a resolution demanding the Obama Administration bring back Bowe Bergdahl.
  • What Kind of Economic Conservative is David Brat?
    A political hurricane swept through Virginia, as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in the Republican Primary to economist David Brat, who bills himself as an economic conservative. But what kind of economic conservative is he?
  • Mississippi Mess Could Put Third GOP Senate Seat in Play
    A conservative Tea Party candidate takes down a favored moderate GOP Senator in a red state, only to lose to an experienced Democrat. We’ve seen this happen several times. The latest could occur in Mississippi in 2014.
  • Colleges Should Provide a Balance in Campus Speakers
    Critics have a point when they decry what’s happened to conservative commencement speakers. But there are some colleges that provide a balance in the ideology and political party speakers. And students should look at those when choosing a place to study
  • 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About D-Day
    Just watching a few D-Day movies won’t uncover all the facts about June 6, 1944. This article explains who lost more on that day, which president lost a son at Normandy, and how balloons and a failed businessman helped save the day.
  • Why Vick Has a Job, and Tebow is Still Unemployed
    Sure, Tebow doesn’t have a criminal history like Vick does. But research has shown that employed criminals are more appealing to human resource managers than the unemployed who are waiting for the right job. It may be the same in football.
  • Texas Rep. Hall Shows Again How Party Switchers Often Lose
    Rep. Hall lost to a Tea Party rival, but this kind of thing has been happening long before the Tea Party was formed. Research shows that in 18 congressional primary switching cases, more than 60 percent have gone on to eventually lose.
  • How My First Post-College Job Was a Recession Miracle
    USAA was rated one of the top companies to work for when I started my first job there after college. It didn’t take me long to see why. After a college friend helped me land a job there, I worked to get other college friends over there.
  • Handicapping the Democratic Candidates If Hillary Bows Out
    If Hillary Clinton, the odds-on favorite to win in 2016, decides not to run, the Democrats have other candidates. Former U.S. Congressman Glen Browder, a Democrat, is interviewed in an attempt to figure out who would be the best of them.
  • How We Used to Cope with Mass Shootings
    When shootings occurred in the past, we used to comfort the victims, and look for solutions, not delving into mean conspiracy theories. But with the passage of the background checks, the House of Representatives is now showing leadership on the issue.
  • What’s the Best Thing to Do for the VA Hospitals?
    Having a VA Secretary personally greet every patient, criticize veterans’ groups, and privatization are just a few of the ideas kicked around during the Veterans Administration scandal. But are those the best ideas?
  • Do Online Course Lessons Help College Students?
    A recent University of Miami study reveals students with better grades get more income down the road, and improve their chances of graduating from college. My research shows how online components can boost those class grades.
  • Does the Obamacare Delay Make It Unconstitutional?
    Republicans hoping to impeach Obama have cited his decision to postpone the implementation of part of the Affordable Care Act as a justification. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine investigates whether their argument is sufficient.
  • Very Bad Celebrity Dads We Should Forget on Father’s Day
    There are plenty of bad dads out there that would give the "Game of Thrones" bad parents a run for their money. From parents of sports and singers, to movie performances and politics, here’s the list of the five worst.
  • A Real Way to Honor Our Military on Memorial Day: Counting Their Votes
    Georgia held its first election under the new laws that enable military votes to be counted on time. Sure there was some grumbling, but as voters learn why the changes were made, they’ll probably appreciate the reasons why.
  • Georgia’s Primary Day Reveals Few Races Today Are Contested
    Primary voters may have been expecting battles between Tea Party types and establishment Republicans, or liberals pitted against moderate Democrats. But as Georgia showed, few primaries were contested.
  • Getting on the Ballot: Tougher Than Winning Ballots
    This article analyzes the struggle of independent candidates to get on the ballot in many states, including a profile and interview with one of the few independent candidates to ever win elected office.
  • A Cobb County Atlanta Braves Stadium Would Be Worth it If…
    Most Atlanta Braves fans are wary of the proposed new Cobb County stadium idea, and the location. But this new stadium can still be a winner, if it does these three things.
  • Is D.A.R.E. Still Brave Enough to Target Marijuana?
    Two years ago, D.A.R.E. stopped targeting marijuana in their anti-drug lessons. But recent evidence shows that with underage kids using fraud to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, there’s a need for some anti-drug message, including marijuana.
  • Will Georgia Voters Send a Doctor to Fight Obamacare?
    Most Republican politicians are “agin’” Obamacare. But few in the Senate are from the medical profession, best able to articulate the problems with the ACA. Rep. Gingrey is trying to change that, in his bid for an open Georgia Senate seat.
  • A Benghazi Congressional Investigator Speaks About the Probe
    The recent release of a controversial email about the Benghazi, Libya attacks spurred Republicans to approve a special Congressional investigation of the scandal. Rep. Westmoreland talks about being on that committee.
  • Five Shocking Statistics About Moms
    Are there more teen moms than moms over 35? Does raising a kid really shorten mom's lifespan? What percentage of moms planned on being a mom? Which has more purchasing power: the wallet or the purse? And how many kids are Facebook friends with mom?
  • Five Things to Remember About Memorial Day
    From its origins, starting with a grieving Confederate mother, going to playing a role in our warlike spirit, Memorial Day is one of the toughest driving days, but safest holidays from homicides. Poppies play a role, along with striking steelworkers.
  • Women in the World: From Being Property to Owning Property
    We see more images of financially successful women in publications and on the air. But is this a widespread trend of women controlling their own economic destiny or a relative rarity? An economics researcher examines this.
  • Free Enterprise on the Starship Enterprise: Could It Work?
    With the Star Trek shows back in the public spotlight, and 3D printers making everything from guns to pizza, the world of a replicator could shake up our economics. Or would it? An economist explains his profession in the world of Star Trek.
  • Do States That Expunge Criminal Records Have More Crime?
    Those who committed a crime in the past often have a hard time finding work. Should their criminal records be expunged to help them? My students researched crime rates of states that expunge those records, and those that do not.
  • GOP Senate Candidate: Republicans Must Stand for Something
    Georgia Senate Candidate Karen Handel has always touted herself as a Reagan supporter. But it’s more than just an empty slogan, as her policies on fiscal matters, healthcare and optimism are downright Reaganesque.
  • Obama’s 'No Future Teacher Left Behind' Act
    With Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” Act, teachers were held accountable for standardized test scores. Now the colleges that train teachers will be under the gun, thanks to a new policy by the Obama Administration.
  • Dodging Deadly Twisters in “Dixie Alley”
    Recent research, and the author’s own experience, give us that annual reminder that Dixie Alley tornadoes may be less frequent, but turn out to be stronger, harder to see, longer, and therefore more deadly.
  • Could Canada Be a Tea Party Paradise?
    For years, the United States thought of Canada as a left wing country. But since 1993, Canadians have made the country one of the most free market members of the G7, though provincial governments and a variety of political parties.
  • How Hispanics Could Flip to the Republican Party
    The conventional wisdom says Hispanics are a fixture in the Democratic Party. But conventional wisdom is often wrong. Hispanics could easily flip to the GOP, provided conservatives don’t chase them away.
  • Dealing With the Federal Reserve on Its 100th Birthday
    The Federal Reserve was a much discussed topic at a recent economics conference in Las Vegas. Several offered the novel notion that we should ignore the Fed. Among them included a former key member of the Fed.
  • A Year After the Boston Bombing, Should We Be Afraid?
    As we approach the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, there is a question of whether we have more to fear or not. But according to a key political expert, the answer is no. Such threats tend to be overblown.
  • How Perdue Went From 1 Percent to Leader in Georgia Senate Race
    Georgia’s GOP senate primary for an open seat has seen its share of front-runners who find ways to shoot themselves in the foot. The latest is businessman David Perdue, who went from 1% to leader, but could lose it due to education comments.
  • A Couple Who Lost Their Son at the Va. Tech Shooting Speak
    Seven years ago, Jamie Bishop was killed in the Virginia Tech massacre, one of many victims that day. In an interview, his parents speak about how they've become involved in debates over gun laws and safety.
  • How Kissing Congressman Ruined Rand Paul’s Attack on Hillary
    Sen. Rand Paul has been attacking Hillary Clinton by going after her husband for the Monica Lewinsky affair. But when Rep. Vance McAllister was caught on tape kissing a staffer, she was fired and Sen. Paul has remained silent on this.
  • When Nazis Attacked America in Florida…Twice
    While moviegoers flock to see World War II era hero Captain America, it’s worth remembering 72 years ago when a Nazi submarine torpedoed an American tanker just three miles off the Florida coast, while another landed saboteurs nearby.
  • Hank Aaron’s Historic Homer on April 8: Heroes and Villains
    Hank Aaron didn't have to just deal with threats and the weight of history as he pursued Babe Ruth's home run record. He and his manager had to contend with a meddling Baseball Commissioner, who didn't even attend the event.
  • Do You Live in a High Tax State or Low Tax State?
    For several decades, the Economic Freedom of the World project has collected data on whether American states and Canadian provinces are low tax or high tax. The answers might surprise you as the April 15 deadline looms near.
  • So What’s It Like Owning a Baseball Team?
    Opening Day Baseball 2014 has shown the sport is back, in big cities with a major league team as well as smaller towns with a team of their own. And the owner of the Jacksonville Suns explains how to run an effective minor league franchise.
  • Why the Common Core Is the Domestic Political Issue of 2014
    Wyoming’s rejection of the science component of the Common Core over global warming is the latest in the seemingly partisan Common Core debate. A deeper analysis shows that the issue might split the Republican Party as well.
  • Why Some in the Republican Party Are Warming Up to Vladimir Putin
    After Russia annexed Crimea, taking it from the Ukraine, the GOP said Obama wasn’t tough enough. But it’s been nearly a month, and Congress hasn’t passed sanctions. Do Republicans actually admire Putin?
  • What’s It Like for a Pilot During the Malaysian Jet Mystery?
    With the disappearance of the Malaysian Airline Flight MH 370, airline pilots are receiving extra scrutiny, thanks to speculation about errors or terrorism. So what’s it like to be a pilot in this environment?
  • The Future of Same Sex Marriage in America
    The debate on same sex marriage goes on as we debate whether it is a sin, what a traditional marriage is, whether the freedom to marry produces economic benefits, and whether lessons on equality and legal rights changes views on gay marriage.
  • A Cobb County Atlanta Braves Stadium Would Be Worth it If…
    Most Atlanta Braves fans are wary of the proposed new Cobb County stadium idea, and the location. But this new stadium can still be a winner, if it does these three things.
  • 12 Surprising Facts About the Easter Holiday
    Did you know where the term Easter came from, how it isn’t mentioned in the bible, and who started the whole eggs tradition are all listed in this article, as well as a family tradition involving egg cracking borrowed from the Ukraine.
  • Is Venezuela Ripe for Anti-Chavez Revolt?
    Venezuela seems ready to explode into chaos, with protests and arrests for military officers accused of plotting against Hugo Chavez’s successor. An expert on Venezuela explains what’s going on, and why.
  • U.S. College Students Help in the Post-Typhoon Philippines
    Typhoon Haiyan killed many Filipinos and did a lot of damage. Even though it has been several months later, American college students have been coming over to observe and help the Philippines recover from the devastation.
  • Overcoming Georgia's "Grasshopper Generation"
    Most Republican officials talk low taxes as a solution to overcome economic troubles. Few suggest working with teachers and parents to find solutions to an economic comeback like Dalton Mayor David Pennington, a Georgia Governor candidate.
  • Hate Groups Decline Slightly Since the 2012 Election
    The good news is that hate groups have declined, according to Lecia Brooks with the SPLC. The bad news is that their numbers are still high. The SPLC Outreach Director explains why in a recent talk in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Combating Georgia's "F" Ranking in Corruption
    Georgia ranks dead last in political corruption among the 50 states. An interview with a former Inspector General of Georgia government reveals why, as well as how the problem could be solved.
  • “So You Had a Bad Bracket…”
    Say you thought American would pin an upset on Wisconsin, or that Michigan would fall, or a third of your Sweet 16 are gone. Here are a few suggestions for what a NCAA March Madness Basketball fan can do after a bad day of picks.
  • Witnessing Hank Aaron’s 715th Home Run, 40 Years Ago
    At the beginning of the 1974 season, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves needed just two home runs to break Babe Ruth’s career record. Those who attended or saw it on television remember the event in these interviews.
  • The Real Historical Example for Putin Should Be 1930s Japan
    Politicians are quick to link Putin to Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany, Josef Stalin of Communist Russia, or Benito Mussolini of Fascist Italy. Yet Japan’s military government is the better analogy, for how they waged conflict. It is a wise lesson for the
  • A Method to My March Madness for College Basketball Picks
    I run the numbers to see whether win percentage, RPI, strength of schedule or AP ranking did the best in predicting last year’s NCAA March Madness College Basketball Tournament. Then I use the numbers to make my picks this year.
  • The Best Statesman Not to Become President Died Last Night
    Reubin Askew passed away the other night. This Florida Governor was ahead of our time on integration, reducing government corruption, stopping crime, boosting education, and adopting bipartisan politics. He could have been a great U.S. President.
  • Would Economic Sanctions Work Against Russia Over Crimea?
    With Russia casting its shadow over Crimea and the Eastern Ukraine, the West prepares a series of economic sanctions, and perhaps a military show of force. Three academic experts on the region explain how it all might play out.
  • Why You Should See the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival
    Tourists annual flock to Washington, DC for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year will be no different, as the cherry blossoms survived the Winter of 2013-2014. Attached is the top ten list of must-see events for the month-long festival.
  • How Terrorists Didn’t Win the Spanish Elections 10 Years Ago
    Ten years ago, on March 11, 2004, an al-Qaeda affiliate exploded several bombs on Spanish commuter trains. Everyone assumes the terrorism influenced the election, but the attack, dubbed 3/11, didn’t. Here’s why.
  • The Common Core Is the Issue in Georgia’s Education Election
    Nationally, the Common Core is being turned into a political football. It’s no different in Georgia, though the issue is causing a split within the Republicans and Democrats, and not just between the parties in the Peach State.
  • A Perspective on the Ukraine, from Someone Who is Part Ukrainian
    Instead of responding effectively to Putin over Crimea and the Ukraine, we’ve been bogged down in partisan grandstanding. We should be unified in our economic response, and know that sanctions will punish Putin.
  • A Russian-Georgian War Survivor Comments on the Ukraine
    Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine to take the Crimea, and possibly more, isn’t the first time the powerful country has attacked its neighbor. A student of mine was present for Russia’s 2008 invasion of his native country, the Republic of Georgia.
  • How Homebuyers Can Live the American Dream, Not a Nightmare
    Owning a house is considered part of the American Dream, but it can become a nightmare for the unwary, who think watching a few home & garden television show. Follow these five tips before you buy your home.
  • Ted Cruz’s “Texas Tea” Coup Flops Badly
    The media talk going into the nation’s first 2014 primary was that Ted Cruz would control Texas politics. But his support of challengers to Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Pete Sessions failed miserably, showing the limits of his power.
  • Sierra Club Teams Up with the Tea Party on Property Rights
    An alliance between liberals and libertarians across America is emerging over NSA spying. A similar alliance is occurring between the Sierra Club and TEA Party over property rights involving water disputes.
  • Why We Still Need to Talk About the Holocaust
    Iran's newly elected leaders are condemning the Holocaust which lead to the killings of millions of Jews and others. But in America, you'll still find some ignorance on the issue, as well as anti-Semitic comments. What are we doing to stop them?
  • Who Are the Best Bets to Win Oscars at the Academy Awards
    Over the last three years, there have been trends emerging in Academy Awards voting. Knowing those trends will help provide strong clues for who will win Oscars for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director in 2014.
  • “42” Reasons Why Discrimination Doesn’t Pay
    As the movie “42” comes to cable television, we can see the ugly discrimination Jackie Robinson faced. Yet some states like Arizona and Kansas seem poised to legalize discrimination against gays. But it won’t make economic sense.
  • Should Third World Countries Host International Sporting Events?
    Sochi’s 2014 Winter Olympics were a disaster and Brazil looks like an unprepared host for Fifa 2014 and the 2016 Summer Olympics. They could both learn from South Africa and South Korea, who were better developed and better prepared.
  • How Abraham Lincoln was Almost a One-term President
    Lincoln’s successful reelection in 1864 garners little public attention. Yet he nearly lost several states, which would have given Gen. McClellan, a war hero, the win. Republicans also used a lot of dirty tricks to stay on top.
  • How I Proposed in the Middle of a Tropical Storm
    Beach proposals may be popular, but not ones that involve a near hurricane bearing down on the coast. Yet that's where my wife and I found ourselves when I asked the big question twenty years ago this summer.
  • How Have Musicians like Clay Aiken Fared in Politics?
    Clay Aiken, the American Idol finalist, got the attention of the press with his candidacy for a congressional seat in North Carolina. This article looks at how many musicians have won in running for political office.
  • Will Obama Create an Executive Order 'Dictatorship'?
    Obama’s critics claim that he’s about to be a dictator, bypassing Congress and the courts and ruling by decree. To determine this, I compare Obama’s record on executive orders to those of other presidents since 1928.
  • A First-Hand Account of Political Protests in Thailand
    A pair of education professors from Georgia found themselves besieged in Bangkok for the month of January while planning a trip connecting American college students to Thai schools. They explain what’s really going on in Thailand.
  • Do Today’s Colleges Provide Diminishing Returns?
    A recent report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni claims higher education provides diminishing returns, but economic evidence shows colleges, especially private nonprofits, are providing all kinds of returns.
  • Do US Men or Women Have More Medals in Olympic Speedskating?
    When it comes to the Winter Olympics, Americans have found plenty of glory in speed skating. But have the American men brought in more gold, silver and bronze, or do the U.S. women have the edge?
  • Why You Can Actually Trust the New Iranian Regime
    Iranian President Rouhani’s charm offensive at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland was rebuffed by Israel and is being ignored by the U.S. Congress. But America, Israel and Rouhani have a common foe: the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
  • Could Blizzard Bury Gov. Deal and Atlanta Mayor Reed?
    Atlanta was hit with a “once in a decade snowstorm.” Three years later, it was hit with a similar system, and the Georgia capital seemed even less prepared than before. There are likely to be political ramifications.
  • Sochi 2014 Olympians Might Convert Glory to Political Gold
    Several U.S.A. Olympic athletes have parlayed their athletic success into political success, as governors, senators, the House of Representatives, and even as presidential candidates. Could this happen for several Sochi Olympians?
  • How a Small Southern Town Survived the 2014 Snowstorm
    Most Americans now know about the motorists stuck on interstates and kids trapped in schools in the big Southern cities. It was a different story in small towns like mine, as local leaders opted to play it safe.
  • A Canadian Coach in America on Olympic Hockey in 2014
    What was the greatest Olympic hockey game? Who is the favorite for 2014? And should professional players be in the Olympics? A former Canadian and American player and coach has some thoughts on each of these questions.
  • The GOP is Diluted, Not Deluded, in Its SOTU Response
    Republicans announced that they would “drown out” the State of the Union (SOTU) with twitter bombs on social media covering the event. But with multiple responses, the GOP likely drowned themselves out in 2014.
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