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Despite Side Deal Report, Support Lines Up for Iran Deal

"Support lines up? One NY Congressman. Seems like two key northeastern Senators (both Dems) in two weeks is more compelling evidence of an anti-deal groundswell."

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Mandating a 50-Percent Reduction in Oil--at What Cost?

"California’s 100,000 electric vehicles are the most electric vehicles in any state, however, the other 97% of California’s 30 million vehicles that DO NOT run on electricity or other alternative fuels are consuming more than 40 million gallons of transportation fuels, gasoline and diesel, excluding jet fuel, EVERY DAY. Sounds like a lot of fuel, but it equates to just more than 1 gallon per day per vehicle. California motorists and businesses are major consumers of fossil fuel products. Even though there is a both projected growth in population from our current 38 million citizens, AND an increase in vehicle registrations from our current 30 million, the fuel demand is projected to decline slightly from the current 40 million gallons per DAY of gasoline and diesel, mostly as a result of continuous improvements in fuel efficiencies, and a slight impact by the 3% of vehicles that run on electricity or other alternative fuels. We already have AB32 and the LCFS in effect to control GHG emissions. REQUIRING California’s 38 million citizens to change their lifestyle appears to be bad public policy and possibly unenforceable on abusers that do not reduce their usage by 50%. It appears that a reduction from the current 40 million gallons of transportation fuels down to 20 million a day in just 15 years would be a drastic lifestyle change that could severely impact one of the world’s largest economies."

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An Engineered Drought

"Now I'm not here to necessarily defend agriculture- but are you accounting for all the reductions they have had to make in recent year's prior to the Governor's executive order? I thought they were cutting before the rest of us. water crops as much as needed, water lawns sparingly."

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Carly Fiorina jumps in GOP presidential race: Can she win? (+video)

"The only thing Carly can aspire to is a cabinet post. So she has to decide what realistic nominee she will ultimately support. At some time, she will go with Jeb."

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An Engineered Drought

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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 Support for $15 state minimum wage gives huge boost to organized labor
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 Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins asks Democrats to hold off vote to replace her
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 California, US seek permits for state's giant water tunnels
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 California lawmakers approve equal pay protections for women
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 Joe Dunn's Formal Press Release Announcing His Congressional Campaign
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 A Californian on the National Ticket?

Only one Californian—actually a former Californian—is even given an outside chance of appearing on one of the major party presidential tickets. That would be Carly Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard who while a resident of this state ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina
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 Passports, Religions and Wolves

With apologies to the late, great Los Angeles sports journalist Allan Malamud, here are some late-summer notes on the California scorecard. Passports The LA Times recently declared that a combination of state laws granting benefits and ... »Read
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 AB 465: Trial Lawyers' Attempt to Enrich Themselves

The final weeks of the legislative session have arrived, and that means it is silly season in the State Capitol. At this time of year, trial lawyers use every trick they have to expand litigation and make sure our state’s lawsuit system continues ... »Read

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Bills: AB 465,
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 Olympics to LA?"Could there be a Referendum?

Can the Olympics and democracy co-exist? It’s a question being asked again this summer after Beijing won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Beyond the fact that the International Olympic Committee put the biggest event in winter sports in a ... »Read

In this article: referendum
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 Stop Sign Cameras In Mountain Parks May Take A Hike

The Santa Monica Mountains are home to nearly 400 species of birds, more than 50 threatened or endangered plants and animals, and seven threatened or endangered photo-enforced stop signs. State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) wants to save the ... »Read

In this article: Robert Huff, Legislature, Fran Pavley
Bills: SB 218,
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 The Note: The Speeches Bill Clinton Wasn't Allowed to Give

What we learned about Bill Clinton in new State Department emails. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Newt Gingrich, John McCain, Barack Obama, Early Primary, water
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 CA egg prices skyrocket

For partly predictable reasons, egg prices in California have skyrocketed. An unexpected wave of disease has exacerbated increases brought on by Golden State policymakers. “While the avian flu outbreak this spring that resulted in the killing ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Proposition 2
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 Essential California: Which celebrities aren't saving water in this drought

Good morning. It is Friday, Aug. 28. One man sailed around Echo Park Lake in a tequila barrel, which is now for sale on EBay. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Conservation: It's working ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Jean Fuller, Robert Huff, Mark Leno, Patt Morrison, water
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 Liberals Are Wrong to Separate Race from Class

After shutting down a Bernie Sanders speech at a Seattle rally for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Black Lives Matter activist Marissa Johnson  »Read

In this article: Employee Free Choice Act, John Lewis
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 Today: Biden Is No Ordinary Joe

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Time Is on His Side Will Joe Biden run for the presidency? Conventional wisdom might say it's too ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Drought, minimum wage, water
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 The Anti-Birthright Citizenship Brigade

For the past several years, the issue of birthright citizenship has slowly worked its way into the Republican agenda. Bills to end birthright citizenship for undocumented immigrants have routinely cropped up in Congress. So-called 'anchor babies' ... »Read

In this article: John Eastman, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee
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 Top House Democrat talks Iran deal during California visit

A top house Democrat usually in charge of whipping votes for the minority party hasn't decided if he will support an agreement designed to curb Iran's nuclear program. »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Xavier Becerra, Julia Brownley, Ted W. Lieu, Nancy Pelosi
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 The House's Odd Mix of Anti-Iran Deal Democrats

The lawmakers willing to buck President Obama on a signature foreign policy issue don't have much in common. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Nancy Pelosi, Brad Sherman, Juan Vargas
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 Thursday's Sports In Brief

NBA … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Rafael Nadal, water
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 Prospective monuments to executive overreach

We wish Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., were more jealous of Congress’ constitutional powers, instead of being eager to cede them to the executive branch. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that she is “pushing to bypass Congress and ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Tom McClintock, Barack Obama
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 Recall supporters claim supervisor mailer intimidates voters

A war of words is heating up in Yuba County, where supporters of a recall against Supervisor Andy Vasquez claim he's intimidating voters with his mailers and breaking election laws. »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Jay Alan Wierenga
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 AM Alert: Lawmakers continue California transportation talks

State of Jefferson organizers reach out to Placer County residents … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Julia Brownley, Jimmy Gomez, Brian Kelly, Legislature, Henry Perea
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 San Lorenzo library reopens with latest in tech

The expanded San Lorenzo Library has space for meetings and is filled with computers, tech features. »Read

In this article: Wilma Chan, redevelopment agencies
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 Friday's TV Highlights: 'Great Performances' on KOCE

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Carly Fiorina, Rafael Nadal, Dana Rohrabacher
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 Minimum-wage hike and oil-drilling ban are among state bills shelved for the year

State lawmakers shelved bills Thursday to raise the minimum wage, ban oil drilling off the coast and provide work permits to agricultural laborers who are in the country illegally. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Drought, Jean Fuller, Jimmy Gomez, Ed Hernandez, Robert Huff, Legislature, Mark Leno, minimum wage, Senate Republicans, water
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 Foster Farms under fire for water use during drought

New numbers released Thursday show most people in California are doing a good job in saving water, but one Central California city is lagging behind. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Drought-shamed Los Angeles County cuts supervisors' car washes

After a very public drought shaming, Los Angeles County employees may soon be driving dirtier cars.On Thursday, Supervisor Don Knabe called for a once-monthly limit that could affect all county departments. Officials also limited the Board of ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Senator after state audit: Caltrans should cut 3,500 jobs

A new state audit released Thursday revealed California is wasting millions of tax dollars, including paying a Caltrans workers to play golf on tax payers' dime. »Read

In this article: John Moorlach, Will Shuck
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 Kentucky clerk defies order to issue same-sex marriage licenses

A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday, in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage, William Smith
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 Big month for conservation: Californians cut water use by 31% in July

After Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 25% reduction in urban water use statewide, regulators spent much of the spring chastising water districts for not conserving enough during California's stubborn drought. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Legislature shelves minimum wage hike and oil drilling ban*

<p>Thursday was a make-or-break for over one hundred bills this session.  Legislation to raise the minimum wage, ban oil drilling off the California coast and create a guest worker program for agricultural workers all failed to get out of ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Jean Fuller, Robert Huff, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Legislature, Chris Lehane, Mark Leno, Tony Mendoza, minimum wage, John Moorlach, Senate Republicans, Will Shuck, Thomas F. Steyer, water
Bills: AB 266, SB 277, SB 792,
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 State Looks on as San Jose Reaches Watered-Down Pension Deal

San Jose City Council passed a new pension deal with police and firefighter unions this week, essentially gutting the pension reform measure that San Jose voters passed overwhelmingly in 2012. We?ll discuss the deal and why the action could have ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Dave Low, Chuck Reed
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 As California legislative session nears end, leadership drama spikes

Jean Fuller of Bakersfield replaces Bob Huff of San Dimas as Senate Republican leaderAssembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, urges Democrats to hold off replacing her until January … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, John Casey, Jean Fuller, Robert Huff, Legislature, Senate Republicans
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 Senate Republicans elevate new leader earlier than expected

Republicans in the state Senate have elevated a new minority leader, months ahead of schedule. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jean Fuller, Robert Huff, Legislature
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 Long Beach hopes to hold events if LA chosen as 2024 Summer Olympics host city

Locals in Long Beach are hoping that if Los Angeles is chosen to host the 2024 Summer Olympics their city can be a location for a few of the sporting events. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Robert B. Garcia
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 Bill to raise California minimum wage stalls in Assembly

Proposal to raise state’s hourly rate will be considered next yearFinance committees also hold measures on oil drilling, whistleblowers … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jimmy Gomez, Legislature, Mark Leno, Melissa Melendez, minimum wage, state budget
Bills: AB 289, SB 3, SB 788,
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 California lawmakers shelve bills on minimum wage, immigrant work permits

State lawmakers on Thursday shelved some 100 bills for the year, including proposals that would have raised the minimum wage, banned oil drilling off the coast and provided work permits to agricultural workers who are in the country illegally. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Jimmy Gomez, Mark Leno, minimum wage, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Housing, Climate, Gasoline, Drought, Exit exams, Graffiti

… Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Drought, global warming, Dan Walters, water
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 Trump doesn't compare to Reagan, or Schwarzenegger

Comparisons of GOP frontrunner to former president and governor don’t hold upReagan was optimist, Trump is scowling nativistSchwarzenegger was generation ahead of fellow Republicans … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: John Burton, Legislature, Joe Rodota, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stem cell research
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 Manson Family killer granted parole for fourth time, but release not assured

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Bruce Davis, an associate of 1960s mass murderer Charles Manson, was granted parole on Thursday for the fourth time, although previous such decisions have all been reversed. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Widow of slain deputy again presses for changed immigrant custody laws

Bill would mandate more communication between cities and prosecutors … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Legislature, Sharon Runner, Jeff Stone
Bills: SB 57,
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 Key Committee Fails To Take Up California Minimum Wage Bill

A proposal to raise California's minimum wage and tie future increases to inflation was not taken up in time by a key state legislative committee, likely stalling the effort for this year. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jimmy Gomez, Mark Leno, minimum wage
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 Parole recommended for Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis

After 43 years in prison, parole officials again say it is safe to free Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Key committee fails to take up California minimum wage bill

A proposal to raise California's minimum wage and tie future increases to inflation was not taken up in time by a key state legislative committee, likely stalling the effort for this year. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jimmy Gomez, Mark Leno, minimum wage
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 Audit reveals California state employees' misconduct

Caltrans engineer went golfing during work hours 55 times in 19 monthsAbuses of state time and resources a common theme throughout auditSome employees quit with no record of offense in their files … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Elaine Howle
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 Joe Dunn's Formal Press Release Announcing His Congressional Campaign

The cardinal sin of this news release announcing Joe Dunn’s candidacy is it lacks a date, so we have no way of knowing if this is a new announcement or an old one, but the details have actually been out in the public domain for a couple of ... »Read

In this article: Joseph Dunn, Loretta Sanchez
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 Minimum wage bill stalls in Assembly

Legislation to raise California’s minimum wage to $13 an hour stalled Thursday in an Assembly appropriations committee. The committee chair, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, said his intention is to revisit the bill next year. Gomez said in a statement ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jimmy Gomez, Mark Leno, minimum wage
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 Poor kids' school aid diverted

Schools got extra money for ‘high-need’ studentsACLU study suggested funds going elsewhereSchools chief Torlakson says they can go to salaries … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Tom Torlakson
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 Manson follower Bruce Davis granted parole, not likely to be released from prison

LOS ANGELES >> For the fourth time, a state parole board granted parole Thursday for former Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis, who was convicted of the murders of two men in the summer of 1969, but it's unlikely he will actually be released from ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 California lawmakers approve equal pay protections for women

California's state Assembly on Thursday approved legislation aimed at closing the wage gap between women and men through what proponents describe as the strongest equal pay protection in the nation. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cristina Garcia, Nancy McFadden, Kristin Olsen
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 California, US seek permits for state's giant water tunnels

California and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are seeking permits for a key part of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed water tunnels. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Vogel, water
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 Mayor Eric Garcetti has 200-worker 'battle plan' to house the homeless

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti said today his 'battle plan' to help house the city's homeless involves having more than 200 outreach workers citywide.'We need to have, literally, instead of a couple dozen people who are outreaching to the ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Hilda L. Solis
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 State auditor: Agency failed to seek competitive bid, wasted millions

The state agency charged with improving health care for inmates in California prisons failed to seek competitive bids and wasted over $3 million of state funds, according to a state audit released Thursday. Instead of using a competitive bidding ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California prisons, Richard Pan
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 Californians cut water without state imposing fines

For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said Thursday. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California cut water use by 31 percent in July amid drought

California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor's statewide mandate to conserve. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Support for $15 state minimum wage gives huge boost to organized labor

Sixty-eight percent of California voters said they support the idea of a $15 minimum wage, according to a Field Poll released Thursday. Labor activists spearheading a $15 minimum wage voter initiative said they were unsurprised by the results of ... »Read

In this article: Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, minimum wage, SEIU
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 California's Water Districts Top Conservation Targets

California’s urban water districts exceeded conservation targets for a second straight month, drawing praise from state officials, who cautioned that residents will need to keep making sacrifices as a four-year drought drags on. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Eric Cantor endorsing Jeb Bush

Despite his historic loss, the former House majority leader maintains close ties to Virginia's GOP and business communities. »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Kevin McCarthy, Early Primary
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 Judge won't toss charges in Chinatown racketeering case

Attorneys for Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow filed a motion Tuesday that claims the FBI has evidence of San Francisco officials accepting illegal money, but federal prosecutors refuse to go after them. »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Legislature, Leland Yee
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 Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins asks Democrats to hold off vote to replace her

Letter seeks January voteSpokesman says Atkins wants fewer distractions during session’s closing weeks … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, John Casey
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