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biden's big bet. a $2 trillion plan to rebuild america's infrastructure and overhaul the u.s. economy. >> it's a once in a generation investment in america. it's big, yes. it's bold, yes. and we can get it done. plus, georgia strikes out. baseball moves its all-star game because of the state's new voting restrictions. >> it is really probably the first of many boycotts of our state to come.
>> major league baseball may be scared of stacey abrams, joe biden and the left, but i am not. >> and millions more inoculated, but health officials warn a new covid surge may be here. >> we have so much to look forward to, but right now i'm scared. >> we'll talk to nih lead vaccine developer. welcome to "inside politics sunday." i'm abby phillip. to our viewers in the united states and around the world, thank you for spending part of your easter sunday about us. joe biden campaigned for the white house as a transformational candidate, a bridge to the next generation of american leaders. but in his first months in office, he's governed as a president with far bigger ambitions. and with infrastructure week finally here, his $2.3 trillion plan is one of the most sweeping presidential proposals in decades. >> it will create millions of
jobs, good-paying jobs. it will grow the economy, make us more competitive around the world, promote our national security interests and put us in a position to win the global competition with china. i'm convinced that if we act now, in 50 years people will look back and say this was the moment that america won the future. >> the american jobs plan spends hundreds of billions on traditional infrastructure priorities like modernizing the nation's crumbling highways and bridges, replacing lead water pipes and major investments in subways, railroads and airports, but biden's definition of infrastructure is broad. it also includes huge investments for in-home health care, affordable housing, clean energy and high-speed internet. he promises to pay for it by raising taxes on big companies and renewing his pledge not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year. but republicans say it's a sham.
>> it's like a trojan horse. it's called infrastructure, but inside the trojan horse is going to be more borrowed money and massive tax increases. i'm going to fight him every step of the way because i think this is the wrong prescription for america. >> joining me now with their reporting and insights is politico's ryan lizza and cnn's lauren fox. thanks both of you for being here this morning. so lauren, you heard senator mcconnell saying this is a trojan horse. in some ways it's not entirely off base to say this is not your grandmother's infrastructure bill. this is a bill that has more than just roads and bridges and shovel-ready projects. it's a lot of other things too. >> that's exactly right. it's an ambitious plan. i think that what you have seen over the last several days is democrats have been responding and trying to defend the
president's plan here is that they are looking forward to the fact that biden sees infrastructure as beyond roads and bridges. he sees this as part of the care economy as well. this is just a piece of what biden is going to roll out. in a couple of weeks we expect to see a broader families plan which will be even more on that human infrastructure side and that means that the price tag is going to be a lot bigger. you're starting to hear from some progressives that they wish this first plan would have been larger than it was. i was on a call with representative jayipal a few days ago and she wished there was more spending but there's going to be pushback from moderate democrats on the other side because you are talking about spending $2.3 trillion on this piece of the package, potentially another $2 trillion on the next piece of the package. add in that the fact that we just passed a massive covid relief bill a couple of weeks
ago, you're starting to get up there in terms of what biden is doing in terms of reimagining what the government can do for america. >> and we'll get to some of the potential roadblocks that he could face from both the moderate wing of his party and the left wing of his party, but, ryan, you spent some time talking to the chief of staff ryan -- ron klain this past week. take a listen to what he had to say about that. >> we want to move forward if at all possible on a bipartisan basis. i think there's some hope for that. in the end let me be clear. the president was elected to do a job. part of that job was to get this country ready to win the future. that's what he's going to do. we know it has bipartisan support in the country so we'll try our best to get bipartisan support here in washington. >> so bipartisan support in the country but maybe not on capitol hill. what does that really look like when it comes to actually
getting a bill like this passed? >> first of all, it looks like i haven't moved or changed since thursday when i did that interview. >> you haven't aged a day from thursday. >> i have left this stool. well, reading between the lines of that interview, they're not defining victory as bipartisanship. they are really driven by the lesson of 2009 when arguably barack obama did define victory by bipartisanship and he had to because he didn't have reconciliation for everything he needed so that was interesting. they're continuing this argument that they started with the covid relief plan by citing polling, citing republican mayors and some governors who support some of this infrastructure or who are at least open and saying republican voters support this, republican politicians out in the states support this.
so if 50 republican senators don't like it, that's fine, it's still bipartisan. i didn't -- i don't see -- i'm sure lauren has a view on this. i really don't see any republicans right now who are stepping forward and are enthusiastic about what's in this package. joe biden is going to have some republican senators over to the white house and, you know, we'll get a little bit more of a sense of where the moderates in the republican party are on this. but right now all the signs point to the democrats using that arcane budget process known as reconciliation to push this through the senate with 50 votes rather than 60. >> so let's say that it's just a democratic-led effort. you have another problem for joe biden. you've got actually a group of moderate democrats who maybe they're the moderates that don't like the price tag but there are some moderates who want this
bill to repeal what's called the s.a.l.t. tax, which affects high-income states like new york and new jersey and a handful of moderates say we want this repealed, otherwise this bill doesn't fly. where does this situation stand right now in terms of negotiations? >> well, i think that the moderate democrats feel like they had to put a line in the sand very early as they start having these negotiations with their leadership. i talked to representative josh gotheimer about his position and he said, yes, this does affect high-income earners but it also affects middle class earners in high tax states, california, new jersey, new york. those are places where middle income family get hit by the fact that they cannot just deduct all of their state and local taxes, they can only deduct up to $10,000. this was a major issue for democrats back when there was the trump fight over the tax bill that the -- they got
passed. you are saying you'll raise taxes on corporations but you're saying you're okay when it comes to s.a.l.t. >> they'll have to pay for it at some point, right? >> yeah. >> lauren, i want to get to what happened on capitol hill on friday. yet another terrifying and tragic incident in which the capitol was attacked. there was a loss of a capitol police officer. there are now these conversations happening again about what more needs to be done. the capitol police union chair said that they are struggling to meet existing requirements for staffing on capitol hill. there's a sense that morale is extremely low. where do we go from here? what are lawmakers going to do to beef up perhaps their own security but really to protect these capitol police officers who are on the front lines? >> just a couple of weeks ago that fencing, the outer
perimeter of the capitol, it started to come down. i think there was a sense we were getting back to normal. obviously what happened on friday was a reminder that this threat is ongoing. and when you're dealing with someone who's a lone wolf or someone who has just their own agenda, it's very hard to track any movements. i think that that is part of the unpredictability here. you can beef up your ability to monitor situations, you can make sure that you have all the intelligence, but you can't control for every situation. and morale is incredibly low among the capitol police force. >> do you get the sense that the fencing might stay or come back? >> obviously that's going to be a question that lawmakers are going to have to discuss when they get back from recess, because right now it just feels like this threat has not gone away. >> thanks, lauren fox, for being here and we'll see ryan in just a few minutes. coming up next, corporate america rises up in opposition to georgia's new voting restrictions.
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allows the state to take over a county election board. it also expands early voting times in some parts of the state but at least 200 companies have criticized that georgia law and it was driven in part by an open letter signed by a dozen prominent -- dozens of prominent black executives urging more to speak out. they wrote, quote, as business leaders, we cannot sit silently in the face of this gathering threat to our nation's democratic values. we call upon our colleagues in corporate america to join us in taking a nonpartisan stand for equality and democracy. and joining me now is one of the ceos who organized this letter, former american express ceo ken chenald. ken, thank you for being here. we were discussing what a historic moment this seems to be, but i want to start with what is going on in georgia with major league baseball. it's such a big move for that
organization to do that. do you think that they made the right decision to move the all-star game and draft out of atlanta, georgia? >> i think what's very important here, abby, is it's not just the issue in georgia, in fact there are proposals in 43 states. but with respect to major league baseball taking the action to move the all-star game, it really is a direct consequence of the action taken by the georgia legislature to restrict voting. i want to be clear that our group does not favor boycotts. what we are asking as you stated is that corporations publicly oppose this type of legislation that restricts voting. i think it's unfortunate, but i can understand the major league baseball's move. but we certainly wish it did not
have to happen. but what we need to focus on in america is the fundamental right to vote. we cannot compromise on that right. >> your open letter did spark more business leaders to speak out not just against the law in georgia but against, as you said, voting bills considered in other places like texas. you know, there's just an extraordinary characteristic of the letter. it's more than 70 black executives, a real critical mass of firepower here. do you believe that this pressure had to come from black executives like yourself for the rest of corporate america to follow and speak up and maybe put their money where their mouth is when it comes to issues like this? >> let me say very clearly, abby, this did not need to come from black executives, but we
felt it had to come from us. again, a fundamental right to vote is critical, but the path to the right to vote for black americans has been torturous. and voting is very, very precious. so this is about all americans, but we felt as black americans given the history and the struggles to gain the right to vote that we could not remain silent. and we are very encouraged by the response that we're getting from our colleagues in corporate america who recognize that this is all about preserving the american democracy because voting is the life blood of a democracy. >> there has, however, already been some backlash to these businesses voicing their opposition. some members of congress are threatening to strip away major league baseball's antitrust exemption. and in georgia, state lawmakers
tried and may repeal a tax break for delta, which also spoke out this past week. you have people like senator marco rubio saying why are corporations speaking out about this but not speaking out about china. what's your response to that? and are you concerned at all about the retaliation from republican lawmakers to corporations that do decide to make a statement like the ones that we've already seen? >> here's what i think is very important, abby, is that what we are simply saying and what these corporate leaders who have taken this position are saying is the most -- one of the most basic rights in america, is the right to vote. it is a fundamental pillar of our democracy. and we have to stand against i didn't forces that are going to restrict the right to vote.
and so the reality is this retaliation, when people say why don't you go on this issue versus this issue, tell me a more basic issue than the right to vote. and i think, frankly, this is one where companies recognize to preserve democracy, to preserve our society, we have to stand up for the right to vote. this is important for all americans. >> i want to ask you before we go about what we're all watching this month, the trial of derek chauvin. the minneapolis cop who is accused of murdering george floyd. since floyd's death last year, have you noticed a shift in how companies speak up on social justice issues? and how did this trial as we're all watching it impact you personally? >> so first, let me say that this -- the trial and what happened with george floyd, the
murder of george floyd, impacted me deeply personally because i had two friends who were killed by police. now, let me be clear, i support police, but i cannot condone obviously what has happened. it was a sickening feeling. an absolute sickening feeling to see this man murdered and for the world to see. and if not for those cameras, we in fact would not know what had happened. what i have seen since the george floyd murder is corporate america stepping up.
and i think that it's not just the awareness, it's the understanding that corporations exist because society allows us to exist and we need to do what it takes to improve society and the recognition that race is america's greatest unsolved problem. we need all stakeholders in our society to be focused on bringing about true racial equality and economic opportunity for all. and justice for all. >> ken chenault, former ceo of america express, thank you for being here and sharing that with us. this trial, i know, has brought up so many painful feelings in so many americans, you know, whether you've experienced what you've experienced with your friends who were killed by
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parties promising to limit washington's influence. >> we have worked to give the american people smaller, less bureaucratic government in washington. and we have to give the american people one that lives within its means. the era of big government is over. >> but president biden has promised to usher in a new paradigm of economic policy. his bet is that in the era -- in the post-pandemic era, americans want more from their government. biden's $2.2 trillion jobs plan is exhibit a. >> it's not a plan that tinkers around the edges, it's a once in a generation investment in america. unlike anything we've seen or done since we built the interstate highway system and the space race decades ago. in fact, it's the largest american jobs investment since world war ii. >> joining us now with their
reporting and insights, "washington post" economics columnist catherine rampell and ryan lizza. catherine, there is obviously an attempt on the biden administration's part to turn reagan economic era politics and policies on its head and the coronavirus is a big part of this. take a look at this tweet sent by one of the top covid advisers in the white house. it really links this idea of the number of vaccinations hitting 4.1 million vaccinations this weekend to how government is operating. he says people who say government can't do anything just have the wrong government. does biden have a chance here to really maybe stop reaganism in its tracks for the first time in several decades now? >> i think to an extent it is true that americans do have a much larger appetite today for
bigger government, more muscular government than was the case in the past, certainly in the reagan era. some of that predates president biden, to be clear. gallup, for example, has been serving people for something like 30 years asking do you want the government to do more to solve big problems or do less and leave more to the troprivat sector? last september was the first time they found more than half said we want the government to do more. so this is partly about biden's rhetoric. this is partly about the fact that you've heard that there are no atheists in a foxhole, there are fewer libertarians in a pandemic and people are looking to government to solve big problems. if you look at polling on the recently passed american rescue plan, that $1.9 trillion fiscal relief plan, that was very popular, even when people were told -- actually it was more popular when people were told the price tag and the same for this infrastructure package.
it's quite popular among democrats and republicans because government has let our physical infrastructure decay over the decades. it's true, it's popular even when people are told a higher price tag than the one that the biden administration has given. so there is a lot of support for, again, robust government intervention. >> and, ryan, who would have thought that joe biden would be the one to propose maybe $5 trillion in spending in his first year? we're hearing also biden officials talking about not tinkering around the edges, literally terminology that senator elizabeth warren popularized during the campaign. who would have thought that we would be looking at a joe biden that is being talked in the same sentence as fdr and perhaps lbj? >> yeah, he has done a really good job in bringing progressives into the tent. you know, as reporters, we're
often sort of go-to progressives because they're usually on the left edge of the party are the ones that will speak up and criticize their leadership, they tend to be the most vocal, and so far they have been very, very pleased with biden both on a personnel level and on a policy level. he's done a really good job integrating the, you know, left, right and center of the democratic party. on the -- you know, is the era of big government really over question, i think we need to wait another year to answer that question. remember in 1993 big clinton passed a big economic package, tried to push through a big health care bill. and there was similar commentary about, wow, democrats can do big things again, the reagan/bush era is over and then there was a massive backlash in the 1994
midterms. by 1996 bill clinton is talking the way that we just showed him in that clip. barack obama had something very similar in 2009. $800 billion stimulus, the aca, financial reform almost got through a big climate bill. big progressive use of government. and again, there was commentary about democrats can do big things again in 2010 he lost congress in, 2011 he's talking about deficit reduction. what is interesting this time to see so far is that the opposition, republicans don't seem to have much of a -- they haven't had much success with the libertarian small government he's going to raise your taxes argument yet. republicans are still focusing on questions of culture and dr. seuss and all of that stuff and haven't had much traction with their traditional small government argument. the thing to watch for this year
is does that change. >> one thing, though, to also watch as we talk about, okay, we've got the precedence of roosevelt, of johnson, of obama. take a look at where joe biden is in comparison to those other presidents. he has a margin of error, so to speak, in the house that is just four votes. that's compared to 95 votes for roosevelt, 77 votes for johnson and 39 votes for obama. similar story in the senate, although most of those presidents with the exception of roosevelt for whom we don't have numbers have similar approval ratings in the 60s. so, catherine, i guess i wonder from a practical perspective does joe biden just have the votes to do what he wants to do to raise taxes in order to pay for all of these perhaps transformative initiatives that he wants to go forward with? >> so the big caveat that i would make to our whole
discussion about whether big government is in is that americans are much more supportive of the shared benefits of big government, not so supportive of the shared responsibility for funding big government. >> nobody likes to be taxed. >> right. and so taxes on corporations, taxes on the rich are very popular today. that's a tradition in american history we like to raise taxes on the rich and corporations and we should in my view. their tax rates are too low. they should be paying their fair share. but if you look at the scale of the kinds of transformative government programs that biden is talking about, not just in this infrastructure package but all sorts of other social safety net services, child care, paid leave, et cetera, it's going to be increasingly difficult to fund all of those kinds of things solely on the vanishingly small segment of the population that is still defined as rich, which biden says is basically those making over $400,000 a year, which is only about 4% or 5% of the population. if you look at other countries
that have more robust social safety nets, in scandinavia, for example, their taxes are higher but also more of the middle class pays higher taxes. so it's going to be a really difficult model of government for this administration to s sustain if they keep to their pledge of putting the burden of this stuff on the very wealthy and not the middle class and also paying for everything. it's a very difficult set of constraints to keep within. and if you look at fdr, he initially started out funding his new programs by soaking the rich. he had these punitive taxes on high-income people. and eventually when he had won credibility with the public that the rich were paying their fair share, he asked the middle class to pay more as well to fund things like social security and world war ii so you may see that evolution over the years. >> it's obviously easier to sell
taxes on the rich, but that may not get you there when you have a really big price tag for a bill like this, catherine rampell, ryan lizza, thank you for being here. coming up next, it's been nearly a year since the death of george floyd sparking a nationwide reckoning on race. and now the officer accused of his murder is on trial. we're carvana, the company who invented car vending machines and buying a car 100% online. now we've created a brand-new way for you to sell your car. whether it's a year old or a few years old. we wanna buy your car. so go to carvana and enter your license plate answer a few questions. and our techno wizardry calculates your car's value and gives you a real offer in seconds. when you're ready, we'll come to you, pay you on the spot and pick up your car, that's it. so ditch the old way of selling your car, and say hello to the new way at carvana.
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it was an emotional first week of testimony in former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin's trial for the murder of george floyd. witnesses were forced to recall and reflect on the events of may 25th, 2020. >> when i look at george floyd, i look at -- i look at my dad, i look at my brother, i look at my cousins, my uncles, because they are all black. i have a black father, i have a black brother, i have black friends, and i look at that and i look at how that could have been one of them. >> cnn's omar jimenez is in minneapolis covering the trial. >> reporter: abby, this was the first week of testimony and it really shed some light on the reality of this case. on the information side of things we learned what happened before police were initially called, that it was a teenage
cashier who is wrestling over what he believed was a $20 bill or pay it out of his own pockets. we learned what happened when medical personnel first arrived. one of the paramedics had to tell officers to get off of floyd while another testified that for all intents and purposes when he arrived, he believed george floyd was dead. we learned what derek chauvin thought in the immediate aftermath after floyd had been taken away, we heard him defending himself to a bystander who took issue at what had just happened. >> i had to control this guy because he's a sizeable guy. >> yeah. >> he was probably on something. >> reporter: we also learned what his supervising sergeant at the time thought of that as he testified based on all the video that he had seen, he believed derek chauvin used excessive force on george floyd. while a separate police lieutenant testified this type of use of force in this context was completely unnecessary. but the week wasn't just about
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just him, they feel it is america on trial. and maybe it's coincidence that the verdict in this trial will likely come within weeks of the one-year anniversary of george floyd's death. this true test of criminal police accountability in the united states comes in the face of a movement only emboldened by what just happened a year ago. and when you talk to the floyd family, many of whom have been in court day in and day out, at least one representative, you take philonis floyd who was in court a few days ago, when you ask how they are handling is, they are handling it like much of america is, one day at a time. abby. >> thank you, omar jimenez, for that. up next, a rare interview with an nih. >> kizzy is right at the forefront of the development of the vaccine. the development that you're going to take was developed by
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americans have received at least one shot, but cases continue to rise, averaging nearly 65,000 a day, and concerns about more contagious variants and a possible fourth wave have health officials on high alert. >> so it's kind of like a race between getting people vaccinated and the more people on a daily basis you get vaccinated, the better chance you have of blunting or preventing that surge. every day three to four million people are getting vaccinated. that is going to be the solution. i talked to one of the scientists responsible for that development and asked her how she felt knowing she created one of the vaccines that could be responsible for stopping this pandemic. >> you know, i don't know, i haven't been able to really feel it in full, yet.
because there is this mix of is, oh my god, we did it, attached to, there is still work to be done. attached to really what is, you know, still living in a pandemic. last year, a year ago, as you were watching some of these racial disparities unfolding as the pandemic spread, how did you feel seeing black people and hispanic people being disproportionately affected and killed and suffer really severe consequences from covid-19? >> it was a very sad time for me. it wasn't just about the pandemic that is covid-19, but there was this juxtaposition with george floyd's mother and all of that, that really came together and just really put a burden on me in so many ways. and it made me get for motivated around what i needed to do as
far as getting this vaccine out. i understand that vaccines are a way to level the playing field when it comes to health disparities. for me, it was motivating, but also very sad. i think as i have looked back on the pandemic and my work and my team's work in the pandemic, i feel like it was my purpose, almost. >> reporter: tell us about the journey to get to a point where this technology was ready in time for this very specific virus. >> you know, the journey actually pre-dates me, about 20 years. people, scientists, all over the world, have been working on messenger rna technologies to deliver all sorts of therapeutics, not just vaccines, but, you know, cancer drugs and et cetera. the concept is called pandemic preparedness. we have been working on this, at least in the coronavirus field for about seven years now, so when people say i'm worried that this messenger rna technology is
going to mess with my own dna, what do you tell them? >> absolutely not. absolutely not. your cells deal with messenger rna on a day in/day-out basis. we are not telling folks to do anything they normally wouldn't do. just giving them a little extra boost to produce a different protein to you can alert the body to be protected against covid. >> you have become sort of this ambassador, not just nor the vaccine that you worked on the, the moderna one, but vaccines in general. you have been there with vice president kamala harris, jesse jackson, senior, t.d. jakes credited you with getting over hesitancy he may v. what did you say to him, for example, or to others that made a difference? >> you know what, abby, i think there is really nothing you say. it's really that we're listening. there is a subset of people who
haven't been listened to around their health issues and around, you know, technology, really. and at this point i just felt like it was time for me to sit down and empathize with an entire group of people who had been ignored. >> this last year, we've seen this pandemic really highlight what seems to be a political polarization of science, in general? what was your reaction to watching that unfold as a scientist? >> science is the truth. that's it. that's always my reaction to anything, to anyone who doesn't believe in science. science is the truth. eventually, the truth shall set you free. >> are we ready for the next one, the next big pandemic? >> we're going to get ready. we are certainly going to get ready. i think if you can ever say anything good came out of this? one thing that came out of this is all in all every scientist on the globe understands that there
are viruses that have pandemic potential and we getter get ready. >> what about that technology, do you think that gets us a head start for that vaccine to be included? >> that's what we think about it. plug-n-play. you can drop anything into messenger rna. it works beautifully as we where seeing. i think the utility towards have therapeutic, all sorts of things is to transform medicine in general. >> we want to talk about these variants that are coming up, whether the vaccines will be there to kind of combat that as quickly as we hope. what's your expectation on that front? >> right now, it looks like we have a good outlook around these vaccines. right. these variants are concerning. but this is exactly what the virus is built to do and the vaccine is eliciting such good immune responses that it's a
damper, it won't completely obliterate the response, especially on a pandemic scale. >> do you have a sense of when we might know maybe a little bit more definitively about what that looks like? can someone who is vaccinated transmit the virus and be infected, themselves, from the virus? >> you know, i can't give you a sense of when we might know that. you know, data comes out in kind of real time these days. but i think the signs of pointing in the direction that at least vaccinated people might not be able to transmit a virus because there is less shegd of the virus. which means, if you were to be vaccinated and come in contact with the virus, your body might replicate it to the point that you might spread it to someone else. i think all in all, we're very hopeful how well, this vaccine is working, not just on the disease perspective, but towards the utility towards transmission. >> one thing that is so notable about you, obviously, you walk into a room. everyone notices you are a young
woman, a young brack woman. what has it been like to be such a prominent face in this scientific effort on a personal level. >> you know, it's been fun. i will definitely admit that. i think it's been, it's been exciting to be able to be an inspiration. i'm happy to be invisible fit means that more people understand the science behind this vaccine and for vaccines to come. >> and more black and brown people are apparently applying to stem programs in medical school. during this pandemic, why? do you have any sense of why? >> i don't know. except for science is really cool. so i mean i can't blame them. you know, i think that there is a lot to be said about people seeing how science can really transform the world and how technology can really transform the world. and when people see me, i'm sure a lot of brown and black girls think they can be scientists and, for certain, you can.
because if i did it, then you can, too. >> and that's it for "inside politics sunday." join us back here every sunday at 8:00 a.m. eastern time and the weekday show as well as toon time. coming up next, state of the union with dana bash. energy secretary jennifer granholm and senator bernie sanders of vermont. thank you for sharing your day with us. pd-l1. they changed how the world fights cancer. blocking the pd-l1 protein, lets the immune system attack, attack, attack cancer. pd-l1 transformed, revolutionized, immunotherapy. pd-l1 saved my life. saved my life. saved my life. what we do here at dana-faber, changes lives everywhere. everywhere. everywhere. everywhere. everywhere.
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