January 16th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #727

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  1. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  2. bakocarl says:

    Pelosi hasn’t cancelled the SOTU message. She can’t.
    Pelosi hasn’t clearly said “You can’t have the SOTU in the House.”
    Pelosi suggested PTrump work with her for another suitable date.
    Nothing really hard and definitive. Lots of wiggle room.

    Again, this is the opening gambit by Pelosi.
    King’s pawn to e4.

    I eagerly anticipate PTrump’s response.
    The game is afoot!

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  3. Perot Conservative says:

    New John Solomon article at The Hill. Two items.

    “When the annals of mistakes and abuses in the FBI’s Russia investigation are finally written, Bruce Ohr almost certainly will be the No. 1 witness, according to my sources.

    The then-No. 4 Department of Justice (DOJ) official briefed both senior FBI and DOJ officials in summer 2016 about Christopher Steele’s Russia dossier, explicitly cautioning that the British intelligence operative’s work was opposition research connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and might be biased.

    ADVERTISING

    Ohr’s briefings, in July and August 2016, included the deputy director of the FBI, a top lawyer for then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a Justice official who later would become the top deputy to special counsel Robert Mueller.

    “At the time, Ohr was the associate attorney general. Yet his warnings about political bias were pointedly omitted weeks later from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that the FBI obtained from a federal court, granting it permission to spy on whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia to hijack the 2016 presidential election.”

    Solomon later mentions a few officials I hadn’t heard of before.

    “TORYX
    TheHill

    OPINION | WHITE HOUSE
    January 16, 2019 – 07:20 PM EST
    FISA shocker: DOJ official warned Steele dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased
    BY JOHN SOLOMON, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR 2,014
    The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill
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    When the annals of mistakes and abuses in the FBI’s Russia investigation are finally written, Bruce Ohr almost certainly will be the No. 1 witness, according to my sources.

    The then-No. 4 Department of Justice (DOJ) official briefed both senior FBI and DOJ officials in summer 2016 about Christopher Steele’s Russia dossier, explicitly cautioning that the British intelligence operative’s work was opposition research connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and might be biased.

    ADVERTISING

    Ohr’s briefings, in July and August 2016, included the deputy director of the FBI, a top lawyer for then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a Justice official who later would become the top deputy to special counsel Robert Mueller.

    At the time, Ohr was the associate attorney general. Yet his warnings about political bias were pointedly omitted weeks later from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that the FBI obtained from a federal court, granting it permission to spy on whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia to hijack the 2016 presidential election.

    Ohr’s activities, chronicled in handwritten notes and congressional testimony I gleaned from sources, provide the most damning evidence to date that FBI and DOJ officials may have misled federal judges in October 2016 in their zeal to obtain the warrant targeting Trump adviser Carter Page just weeks before Election Day.

    They also contradict a key argument that House Democrats have made in their formal intelligence conclusions about the Russia case.

    Since it was disclosed last year that Steele’s dossier formed a central piece of evidence supporting the FISA warrant, Justice and FBI officials have been vague about exactly when they learned that Steele’s work was paid for by the law firm representing the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

    A redacted version of the FISA application released last year shows the FBI did not mention any connection to the DNC or Clinton. Rather, it referred to Steele as a reliable source in past criminal investigations who was hired by a person working for a U.S. law firm to conduct research on Trump and Russia.

    The FBI claimed it was “unaware of any derogatory information” about Steele, that Steele was “never advised … as to the motivation behind the research” but that the FBI “speculates” that those who hired Steele were “likely looking for information to discredit” Trump’s campaign.

    Yet, in testimony last summer to congressional investigators, Ohr revealed the FBI and Justice lawyers had no need to speculate: He explicitly warned them in a series of contacts, beginning July 31, 2016, that Steele expressed biased against Trump and was working on a project connected to the Clinton campaign.
    Ohr had firsthand knowledge about the motive and the client: He had just met with Steele on July 30, 2016, and Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS, the same firm employing Steele.

    “I certainly told the FBI that Fusion GPS was working with, doing opposition research on Donald Trump,” Ohr told congressional investigators, adding that he warned the FBI that Steele expressed bias during their conversations.

    “I provided information to the FBI when I thought Christopher Steele was, as I said, desperate that Trump not be elected,” he added. “So, yes, of course I provided that to the FBI.”

    When pressed why he would offer that information to the FBI, Ohr answered: “In case there might be any kind of bias or anything like that.” He added later, “So when I provided it to the FBI, I tried to be clear that this is source information, I don’t know how reliable it is. You’re going to have to check it out and be aware.”

    Ohr went further, saying he disclosed to FBI agents that his wife and Steele were working for the same firm and that it was conducting the Trump-Russia research project at the behest of Trump’s Democratic rival, the Clinton campaign.

    “These guys were hired by somebody relating to, who’s related to the Clinton campaign and be aware,” Ohr told Congress, explaining what he warned the bureau.

    Perkins Coie, the law firm that represented both the DNC and the Clinton campaign during the 2016 election, belatedly admitted it paid Fusion GPS for Steele’s work on behalf of the candidate and party and disguised the payments as legal bills when, in fact, it was opposition research.

    When asked if he knew of any connection between the Steele dossier and the DNC, Ohr responded that he believed the project was really connected to the Clinton campaign.

    “I didn’t know they were employed by the DNC but I certainly said yes that they were working for, you know, they were somehow working, associated with the Clinton campaign,” he answered.

    “I also told the FBI that my wife worked for Fusion GPS or was a contractor for GPS, Fusion GPS.”

    Ohr divulged his first contact with the FBI was on July 31, 2016, when he reached out to then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI attorney Lisa Page. He then was referred to the agents working Russia counterintelligence, including Peter Strzok, the now-fired agent who played a central role in starting the Trump collusion probe.

    But Ohr’s contacts about the Steele dossier weren’t limited to the FBI. He said in August 2016 — nearly two months before the FISA warrant was issued — that he was asked to conduct a briefing for senior Justice officials.

    Those he briefed included Andrew Weissmann, then the head of DOJ’s fraud section; Bruce Swartz, longtime head of DOJ’s international operations, and Zainab Ahmad, an accomplished terrorism prosecutor who, at the time, was assigned to work with Lynch as a senior counselor.”

    “Ahmad and Weissmann would go on to work for Mueller, the special prosecutor overseeing the Russia probe.”

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  4. duchess01 says:

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  5. Jason Ross says:

    I would expect Trump’s SOTU address to highlight how great the American economy is doing, while hinting how he alone has torched the economies of Canada, China and Europe, and lured their domestic manufacturers onto our shores.

    No longer do we have a leader who prostrates himself the second he steps off the airplane so he can rim out a long line of foreign dignitaries, while they pilfer our jobs and steal our trade secrets.

    This newfound exceptionalism is completely absent from the American media. But the traces of the real truth can be found by piecing certain business articles and figures together. Good things are happening. No, GREAT things are happening.

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  6. duchess01 says:

    ???

    DECEMBER 6, 2018 4:11PM
    Center for Immigration Studies Overstates Immigrant, Non-Citizen, and Native Welfare Use

    By ALEX NOWRASTEH

    https://www.cato.org/blog/center-immigration-studies-overstates-immigrant-non-citizen-native-welfare-use

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  7. duchess01 says:

    Stricken with Pneumonia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Cancels Event Set for January 29, 2019

    AN EVENING WITH JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG – JANUARY 29, 2019 – CANCELED

    By Stan Greene
    Observer Staff Write

    The 85 year old cancer survivor fights for her life after contracting Pneumonia

    https://www.smobserved.com/story/2019/01/15/news/stricken-with-pneumonia-ruth-bader-ginsburg-cancels-event-set-for-january-29-2019/3780.html

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    • snarkybeach says:

      she’s got lung cancer and pneumonia? that’s not good…

      Liked by 1 person

    • covfefe999 says:

      I think that’s a very unreliable source of info. Nobody else is publishing any info about Ginsburg suffering from pneumonia.

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    • romy911 says:

      State of the Union Address is the evening of Jan 29. RBG has an event scheduled that evening?

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      • duchess01 says:

        Had, romy – it has been cancelled – due to ill health – but, yes – I thought that was strange, too – wasn’t the SOTU originally scheduled for the 22nd and changed to the 29th?

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      • jebg46 says:

        Shows her contempt for our President. To the bitter end she will protest him. One look at her condition before her broken ribs and lung surgery would tell you there is a high probability that she has a real fight to live battle. She’s very underweight, me too, which means she has nothing in reserve to fight with. Add her new medical issues and it sure isn’t promising. With broken ribs and missing 2/3 of a lung means she can’t cough to fight pneumonia without heavy pain meds so there’s no way she’s reading briefs. My bet is she’s on a ventilator at this point.

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    • dallasdan says:

      I would like to have seen a legitimate source quoted to affirm her having pneumonia. The publication touts its earlier reporting of her lung cancer as the primary reason the reader should believe the onset of her latest life-threatening condition.

      All indications point to her near-term death. The official cause will be of only informational value.

      The notion of her having already died and the information withheld approaches the level of incredulity now associated with the DOJ and FBI.

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      • duchess01 says:

        Only her doctor can give a definitive diagnosis and/or present status – and they are bound by patient confidentiality –

        However, thinking logically, subsequent to lung surgery – there is a high probability the patient can contract pneumonia – because breathing is labored and shallow – just my understanding from experience –

        Accordingly, at this point, privacy laws may prevent even her family from disclosing her present condition.

        The fact that the media reports the opposite of what is true – some articles said she was in recovery without quoting sources, too – so…

        Only God knows where Ruthie is and how she is doing right now – 🙂

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        • dallasdan says:

          You are correct on all points, as usual 🙂

          I will wait for nature to take its course versus getting caught-up in the drama.

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          • duchess01 says:

            I am not big on the drama, either, dan – I found one article that listed all of the LSM articles that tried to convince us RBG was perfectly fine – I find that hard to believe – an 85-year-old is not going to bounce right back and work from home – recovery is going to take a long time – so all of that was designed to defer from the inevitable – she is in God’s Hands now – and whatever happens is up to Him – period.

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  8. VinceWhirlwind says:

    Between 1525 and 1866, in the total history of the slave trade to The New World, a total of 12.5 million slaves were trafficked to America.

    According to the Global Slavery Index, there are CURRENTLY 40.3 million people in some form of modern slavery. In North America, trafficked slaves arrive either by airplane or through the southern border.

    President Trump, please help fight this modern scourge, in part by securing our southern border. Tell the American people these numbers. Also remember to prosecute the people here, who are aiding and abetting this modern travesty right under our noses.

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  9. Perot Conservative says:

    New AOC CLASSIC!

    “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mocked her critics in a Washington Post interview, telling them to “enjoy being exhausted for the next two years ***while we run train on the progressive agenda.***” ”

    “According to Urban Dictionary — not always a reliable source, but useful in this case — “run train” is colloquially defined as “to gangbang” someone with “several friends.”

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    • snarkybeach says:

      so is she hinting that is something she has experienced when she was Sandy from the Block?

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      • duchess01 says:

        She certainly learned the local lingo – even though she did not grow up in the hood –

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        • snarkybeach says:

          still, not something a woman should joke about.

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          • duchess01 says:

            She has hoof in mouth disease, snarky – her hoof is lodged in her mouth – and she does not engage the brain (if she has one) before speaking – not only are her ideas idiotic – but, she acts and speaks like a child who has no idea what she is saying…while there are many adults in the House who make no more sense than she does – she is out there in the limelight making an utter fool of herself – she is an embarrassment to all Americans!

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            • jebg46 says:

              Pretending to be someone you are not. She grew up privileged, going to elitist schools. Working in the service industry gave her a window into the hood so she’s trying to absorb their identity. It’s only in her head not in her up bringing so it doesn’t go very deep. It’s all about feeelings.

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    • duchess01 says:

      Good Grief – AOC is like a child in a Socialist Candy Store!

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    • Robert Smith says:

      lol, AOC might be inexperienced in DC, but…

      Wow let’s enjoy her until she learns to shut up. That’s got to be a first for congress.

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      • duchess01 says:

        Sounds like you are, Robert – personally, I do not think she is amusing – I think she is uneducated, ill-mannered, and just plain simple-minded – she appears to need a great deal of attention, too – which is very immature even for a CongressCritter.

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        • Robert Smith says:

          I don’t like her either because I see so much of the characteristics of the coddled, participation trophy award generation. I don’t think she’ll go anywhere for a while though.

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          • duchess01 says:

            Exactly right, Robert – the best thing I can do right now is ignore her – she has nothing of substance or interest to me to say.

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      • LBB says:

        AOC pushing the hashtag Wheres Mitch to force him to have a vote . Curious how Turtle is going to handle her?

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    • dallasdan says:

      If she is at all considerate of her participating friends, she will provide the grocery sack for her head.

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    • Joemama says:

      So she wants to gangbang the cultural marxist progressive agenda? Wow, have at it! Let us know how it goes.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I think AOC is the epitome of what the Dem party has become. When you are dealing with a Dem, you are dealing with somebody like her. ……………{snort} Good luck!

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  10. duchess01 says:

    NOMINATIONS & APPOINTMENTS

    President Donald J. Trump Announces Nineteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees
    Issued on: January 16, 2019

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-announces-nineteenth-wave-judicial-nominees/

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  11. agentcommonsense says:

    OMG POTUS decapitates the deep state and gets the wall too !

    In advance of a possible shutdown, every department in the federal government is required to have a contingency plan, in writing, that specifically lists the department’s “essential” functions and the people who perform them. The contingency plan also lists the “non-essential” functions, and the government workers who will be furloughed if Congress is unable to pass a funding bill by the deadline.

    For example, the Department of Education’s contingency plan called for more than 90 percent of its 3,912-person staff to be furloughed during the first week of a shutdown, with “not more than 6 percent of the total staff” called back to work if the shutdown ran longer.

    The contingency plan at the Department of Housing and Urban Development said 300 people performed “essential” functions. The department has 7,800 employees. What might a ruthless CEO do with information like that? What will President Trump do with it?

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  12. Skippy says:

    Recent comments from Jeff Sessions

    by Lauren WalshWednesday, January 16th 2019
    https://abc3340.com/news/local/jeff-sessions-do-the-right-thing-everyday-and-usually-things-work-out-but-not-always

    “For the first time since former United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions returned home to Alabama after being fired, he gave ABC 33/40 an exclusive interview.
    We talked with Sessions after Monday’s inaugural activities in Montgomery. He agreed to the interview, however, he also limited what topics could be asked about.

    During a speech at Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s inaugural reception, Sessions sparked laughter through his audience.
    “Do the right thing every day and usually things will work out- but not always,” he said. “Usually they work out. I told someone at least in the United States, they fire you, they don’t shoot you.”
    Sessions limited his one-on-one interview with ABC 33/40 to only questions about the attorney general’s office in Montgomery, as we were at an event honoring Steve Marshall.
    Sessions said the office has changed since he was Alabama Attorney General, more than 20 years ago.
    “I thought it had probably grown more in numbers, but we dropped down because of a budget crisis when I became attorney general, a lot,” he said. “And they’re still lower than they were when I became Attorney General.”
    Sessions praised Marshall and his team for the work they are doing, saying he has complete confidence in the office.

    He also offered insight on America’s legal system, based on his most recent service:
    “I don’t have words to express how grateful we should be about it and how we should work to protect it,” he said.

    “If we maintain the word of law where power and politics and special influence don’t control what objectivity and fairness is the rule, this country will remain strong. If we let that get away from us, it will be a monumental reduction in our greatness of America.”

    Sessions has not said whether he plans to seek another political office in 2020, including his former Senate seat now held by Democrat Doug Jones.

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  13. Paul says:

    JOHN SOLOMON Breaking…

    FISA SHOCKER; DOJ Official warned Steele Dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased.

    FISA shocker: DOJ Official warned Steele dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased.
    Bruce Ohr reached out to:
    1. Andrew McCabe
    2. Lisa Page
    3. Peter Strzok
    4. Andrew Weissmann…working with Mueller
    5. Bruce Swartz
    6. Zainab Ahmand…working with Mueller

    https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/425739-fisa-shocker-doj-official-warned-steele-dossier-was-connected-to-clinton

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  14. duchess01 says:

    BREAKING: Georgia Muslim Arrested For Planning Attack On White House … Using IEDs, Anti-Tank Rocket

    Posted by Kane on January 16, 2019 9:06 pm

    https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/breaking-georgia-muslim-arrested-for-planning-attack-on-white-house-using-anti-tank-rocket/

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  15. litlbit2 says:

    Do you wonder why according to MSM airplanes will start falling out of the sky, grandma is being thrown off the cliff, medical patients will be denied prescription drugs or why Khashoggi was murder as talks became friendly with SA, or those really behind the above as well as the Vestbomber murders of USA service personnel after President starts the withdraw from Syria of our brothers and sisters in harms way?
    Sorry not allowed to think/speak who is really pulling the strings over fear of loosing control of their power structure without a confession, written confession!

    However might look to the new control of the House 2019 or owner of OWS/BLM/Antifa employees, COC/Swamp or MSM, WSJ, WP. The War mongers for profit using our men/women as pawns in their greatest desire for a war with. Russia, ME, China crap just anyone dumb enough to sign up!

    Think for yourself!🇺🇸🇺🇸
    How many more swamp funded bombers hired?

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/01/16/rand-paul-donald-trump-pledged-to-end-u-s-wars-in-syria-afghanistan-spend-wasted-resources-at-home/

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    • mashall says:

      If the Congressional Black Caucus is so Al-American and Inclusive why can Steve King join?
      How about the Hispanic Congressional Caucus?

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      • litlbit2 says:

        These are things that should be attacked by the Deplorables. Such as the Statues being removed, Common Core under another name still being taught, the pledge in schools etc as only a few ever walk out into the light afraid of being exposed or called a name. Time to get it on. Knowing OWS, BLM, Antifa etc are just paid for bodies for chaos.

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  16. Jason Ross says:

    The federal government experiences a shut-down once or twice a decade. This is the first to require soup kitchens on the Beltway, hyperbole about planes falling from the sky and food becoming poisoned across the heartland, federal dog-catchers and cat-catchers huddled under newspapers out in the frigid cold, all-around mass hysteria.

    The sob stories on CNN and MSNBC are the height of absurdity.

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  17. Arthur says:

    I never suspected in 2012 that this POS could be so small and perfidious.

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  18. duchess01 says:

    Nothing better to do?

    Democrats Prepare Hearings on “Rightwing Extremism”
    January 16, 2019

    by Kurt Nimmo, Another Day in the Empire

    https://www.sgtreport.com/2019/01/democrats-prepare-hearings-on-rightwing-extremism/

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  19. duchess01 says:

    Alternative Media Companies Unite in Inspiring Rally Against Corporate, Gov’t Censorship
    January 16, 2019

    by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project

    https://www.sgtreport.com/2019/01/alternative-media-companies-unite-in-inspiring-rally-against-corporate-govt-censorship/

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  20. duchess01 says:

    Why?

    Blackwater Founder: Private Contractors Could Replace US Troops in Syria
    January 16, 2019039

    from The Anti Media

    https://www.sgtreport.com/2019/01/blackwater-founder-private-contractors-could-replace-us-troops-in-syria/

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  21. The video quality is poor. But the impact is powerful. Saddam Hussein dealing with his Swamp in 1979.

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  22. Here it is. The video quality is poor. But the impact is powerful. Saddam Hussein dealing with his Swamp in 1979.

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