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if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." women. >> an early happy thanksgiving. if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." breaking you news. severe weather outbreak, 120 million americans are in the path of danger right now as a major weather system cuts across the midwest. at least two tornadoes have been confirmed in illinois. more are expected as the storms move east and intensify. we're live with the latest. good sunday afternoon. i'm craig melvin. you're watching msnbc. also today, obama care rollout fallout. >> this thing is failing, but this is failing much faster than they expected. >> his less ggacy -- >> i'm less concerned about his
legacy than i am about the people in my state and around the cup who are being hurt. >> democrats stand tall in support. also ahead, the than who knew lee harvey oswald personally gives us an intriguing look inside the mind of a killer. but we start with the severe weather. tornadoes slamming the midwest at this hour. tornados have touched down in several communities in central illinois. some damage has baeeen reported. you can see from the pictures here. and some communities, a great deal of damage. no firm reports of death or serious injuries. in chicago, parts of soldier field had to be evacuated, the chicago bears game was delayed we're told that the players are going to return to the field here at some point here in the very near future.
nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer has been tracking the storm activi activity. where is it headed? >> the storms are heading in to indiana. so we are almost done with it completely in illinois at this point as these storms are racing into indiana. they are moving at 70 miles per hour. that is highway speed racing towards indianapolis. and also up into western michigan. that's where the line of strongest storms is. so we have this pds tornado watch issued, those are all of the shaded red boxes. and they are no longer in effect through wisconsin and into illinois. pds standing for potentially dangerous situation meaning that we are in prime conditions here for these storms to be powerful and from the damage we've seen already, you know that they certainly are pow herful. the shaded in boxes, the bright yellows and reds, yellows indicate where you have the severe thunderstorm warnings. keep in mind even though those are not tornado warnings, they are still storms capable of
producing wind gusts upwards of 80 miles per hour. those are yourtopple trees and power lines. red box is where the tornadoes warping are issued. some moving in to western indiana and also southeastern illinois. the tornados obviously have morrmore rotation and they can cause a lot of damage which we have already seen in areas like washington, illinois which is just ten miles east of peoria. these storms will continue to race through michigan and race through indiana and then they will move into ohio. they are holding together very well. that's why we did have all of those tornado warnings in illinois that are now still holding together flew indiana and most likely will hold together through ohio, but they should get there within another hour or so. that's how fast these are moving. so we certainly are keeping an eye on them. even the severe thunderstorm warnings, take them as seriously as you would a tornado warning because we are going to see a lot of damage with these storms.
we'll continue to track them. >> what do you know -- do we know anything about a ground stop allepage at o'hare? >> i know delays were running about an hour and a half, but i'm sure things will start improving. the bearing game will get underway now that things have cleared out of the chicago area. >> and we're also being told that the bears game at soldier field, we're told the game will get you said way at 2:25 this afternoon. when you again, massive storm, 53 million people across ten states are going to be affected by this. we tip to mondon to monitor the. but right now, let's get back to politics. there are new signs that fixing the affordable care act will not necessarily fix the political problems facing president obama. let's get to the brain trust on this.
a senior fellow at the energy for american progress, reporter at the "washington post," and former white house political director for george w. bush. good to see all of you. the controversy is raising some new questions about the viability of the remaining years of the obama administration. this is what the "washington post" dana milbank wrote. in a narrow sense, there may well be enough time to salvage obama care, but on the broader question of whether obama can rebuild an effective presidency after this debacle, it's starting to look as if it may be game over. is it game over and if not, how does the president come back from this? >> well, one, it's a little frustrating that we kind of pundit this and talk about it as if it's a game but because health care is actually about real people's lives. so i want to lead with that point. in terms of the obama legacy, at the end of the day, obama care and his legacy is going to be
about helping people, about protecting consumers from predatory insurance companies, about making sure that no matter who you you are, no matter how much income you have, you are not going to be financially strapped because you you are in poor health. and we have to remember that congress has not been with the house particularly not willing to work with the president on anything. obama care or anything else for that matter. so i don't think that this is about the demise of his legacy moving forward. i think the house will continue to be as hostile as it's always been. >> matt, i would imagine your take on this is somewhat different. >> well, i don't know if we can say that the effectiveness of the obama presidency is over. his biggest critical problem is the fact that this question on whether the american people view him as honest and trustworthy. when you have two polls that show that more than 50% about of the american people are questioning his honesty, that's a big problem. for previous presidents that got to that point, they never did recover. for the president i worked for, george w. bush, he really had to
move away from the big agenda that appealed to more the right side of things. and one of the things i think his second term is mostly known for is his initiatives in africa with the initiatives on malaria and aids and how we do foreign aid. it was something of a mch more centrist issue. but a great laeat legacy. so -- >> is your suggestion to follow the bush model? >> no, my suggestion is that he reach across the aisle on some issues that he hasn't wanted to to date. >> and as you would expect, nancy pelosi defended the president this morning telling nbc news democrats running for re-election in 2014 would stand behind him. take a listen. >> this is an issue that has to be dealt with. but it doesn't mean, oh, it's a political issue so we'll run away from it. no. it's too valuable for the american people. what is important about it is that the american people are well served. not who gets relaegted. >> how does the minority leader,
how is what she's saying there jive with what you're hearing on the ground covering lawmakers especially in their home districts? >> well, she's having to do this because 39 of their colleagues voted with republicans on friday on that proposal to basically allow people to keep their insurance. i talked to a few that voted yes with republicans on it, and they said, look, i understand that this promise so far hasn't been fulfilled, and that my constituents are very upset. i'm someone who prefers to keep my word and so i'm looking for ways to sort of restore those plans if people do indeed want to keep them. there are 39, most who vote that had way are fresh men in very difficult re-election races. suburbs of chicago, two from new hampshire, several out in california which will have a series of fight races next year. they have to be seen as sort of tr transcending politics. this past week it was exposed there are concerns about people losing their health care. and they say i will tip to look
for ways to fix the law. i want to work, but i understand it's not perfect. so you can expect steps of democrats will continue voting with republicans on these bills. >> the president acknowledged that some of the trust that he had built with the american public, some of that credibility had in fact become eroded. how does he go about getting that back? what does he need to do to get that back? i hear what you're saying about not getting a great deal of help from the other side of the aisle, but in terms of what this president can do, what can he do. >> he needs to fix the website. that's the first priority. look, folks are talking about obama care's demise as if it it's a policy that didn't work. and that's not the case. the problem that we're seeing here is not with policy. it's with the process. so the first thing he can do is fix the website like he said he was going to do by the end of november. have january 1st jump off with
folks with having really great health care plans. and then i think we'll start to see people being really pleased with what they've gotten. >> the brain trust will be back later in the hour. thanks, guys. i do want to get back to that breaking news that we've been covering here. we continue to watch the severe weather racing across the midwest. joining me live on the telephone, director of the illinois emergency management in spring field. jonathan, first of all, what damage at this point are you aware of so far in illinois specifically in central illinois where we saw a tornado touchdown a short time ago? >> absolutely. so we have a lot of issues happening. overall confirmed with the national weather service we have t ten independent touchdowns across the state, most significant hitting washington, illinois. there we had several dozen homes that were significantly damaged or destroyed completely. we do have confirmation of one
fatality which is actually further southern illinois. so significant damage statewide. several communities are impacted. and really it cut a swathe through the state that was almost 200 miles long. so very, very significant. >> i want to make sure i understand that correctly. you come confirm there have been ten tornadoes touchdown? >> that's right, that's what we confirmed with the national weather service and the expectation is as we dig through the additional reports, likely that will increase. >> one death. any word of injuries? >> we definitely have injuries. we're still assessing the number and severity. but certainly we'll be in the double digits in terms of injuries. s . >> we're hearing reports of spec taet tors sheltering in place at soldier field. what can you tell us about that? >> soldier field is something we wanted to make sure we took care of right away because that's a they have sven concentration of people in a very exposed area.c people in a very exposed area.
so she gthey got the shelter in placed on. right now the game is scheduled to resume in about 15 to 20 minutes with the worst of the weather already passing through the chicagoland area and now moving either way into northwest indiana and western michigan. >> what are conditions like right now, weather conditions like right now there on the ground? >> right now the hard part is just trying to account for all the damage that we've seen because it's such a significantly widespread area. it's making it difficult to make sure we can getting a raes reports of the extent of damage and where the injuries are located and where folks need help. but the most significant was in the washington community. so we sent in two technical rescue teams for search and rescue. there are several more headed into that area to make sure they get the assistance that they need. and we do expect that tonight we will likely need to shelter some folks that have damaged or destroyed homes. >> we'll let you get back to it. keep us up-to-date on the effort. but again, in illinois, one
death so far, ten tornados confirmed in illinois. his words, we can expect injuries there to be j tin the double digits. we'll continue to monitor the situation. the swathe of storms continues to move east. the big story of course at this point, the wind we're told at some point upwards of 70 miles per hour. but we're looking at tens of millions of people affected in about ten states over the next few hours. we'll take a quick break. hi honey, did you get the toaster cozy?
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weather. we found out from an emergency official in illinois that according to emergency officials on the ground there, ten tornados touched down this afternoon. so far one person dead. they are expecting multiple injuries. we just got this video in just a few moments ago from milwaukee, wisconsin, as well. as you can see, flooded streets in wisconsin. this is a scene playing out across much of the midwest. dylan dreyer telling us a few moments ago that the storm itself starting to move towards the indianapolis, indiana area. we continue to monitor the weather. we'll update you on what's happening in a few moments. right now, also topping the sunday headlines, a russian passenger plane has crashed kellikell i killing all 52 on board. it was trying to land. the cause is not known. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is causing a potential
deal a bad one. >> the proper be with the partial deal is that you reduce the sanctions, let out a lot of pressure and iran is practically giving away nothing. it's making a minor concession which they can reverse in weeks. you endanger the whole regime. so it's an exceedingly bad deal. >> netanyahu will meet with john kerry this week. there is a new book out and it's generating a lot of buzz that might even make you feel the buzz of your cell phone in a whole new way. it's a fantastic read about a small michigan up to where word breaks out that people are getting phone called from deaded loved ones. it's the latest from mitch albom, famous for his career as a sports album and it's called the first phone call from heaven. i talked to him recently and asked him why despite his back
gro ground in sports he was drawn to write about the afterlife. >> i think after tuesdays with morrie and watching somebody die in front of me, a lot of the questions about what really matters in life became parra mount to me. and i wrote tuesdays with morrie, a lot of people teamed to come to that book and those themes have been with me every since. >> how much does your personal faith inform your writing? >> faith not so much. more that i hear people talk about these subjects and they into me. in this particular one, first phone call from helaven, people were talking to me about the pressure issuesness of the human voice. after people lose somebody, they happening on to the voice mail messages, won't erase them because they love the sound of the voice. i lost my mother's voice 3 1/2 years ago, she suffered a stroke
and she hasn't spoken since. and to sit with her and hold her hand but not be able to hear her say anything is a whole different relationship. i know a lot of people go through that. so these kinds of things become the subjects of my books. it's not so much baesed off of a faith or anything, it's the kinds of things people care about and talk to me about. >> unique aspect of the book in addition to the voice that you were just talking about, this idea that you intertwine the fiction natural characters that you have with real life story of alexander graham bell inventing the telephone, you write the very first telephonic conversation between bell and thomas watson standing in separate rooms contained these words. come here. i want to see you. in the unaccountable phone conversations since then, that concept has never been far from our lips. in lovers, long distance friend, grandparents talking to
grandchildren, come here, i want to see you. why is the history of the phone so important to this story? >> well, i use it to contrast what was going on because the stories about this town where the phones start rippinging and people are calling from heaven, it only happens in this little town and people start flocking to it, but when the phone causes actually invented, i did a lot of research, the same reactions almost happened when it first came out. a lot of people didn't believe that it could function. they thought it was some kind of trick or whatever they were hearing on the other he said was somebody playing a joke just leak they sort of do in my book when they think the voices are coming from heaven. and alexander graham bell was trying to help his wife who was deaf learn how to speak. i invented it kind of by accident. but i always like to think it was invented from love because he was trying to help somebody he loved in his before.
so i weave that story in between this one and it worked out really well. >> before i let you get out of here, i would be remiss if i didn't ask you about the state of america's new favorite pass time, football. with all that's happened with regards to concussions and now brett favre coming out,passtime. with all that's happened with regards to concussions and now brett favre coming out, with the bullying, the har ten case that continues to make headlines, what is football going to look like 10, 15 years from now compared to today?headlines, wh going to look like 10, 15 years from now compared to today?cont what is football going to look like 10, 15 years from now compared to today? >> there is so much money in it that i can't possibly believe that it wouldn't be away in some form. i think whoever invents a helmet that can absorb the blows will probably become one of the richest people on the planet, but they will do everything they possibly can to find a way to continue this game because it is just too big a business for too many people. >> mitch albom, the name of the book is the first phone call from heaven. he is always for folks who may not be familiar with his
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the string of storms has already killed one person. it has injured according to officials on the ground in illinois, it has already injured several others. there are some 83,000 people at least without power in central illinois alone. and that storm is headed east. this is video from soldier field that we got in a short time ago. we're told that the game there between the bears and ravens has just resumed after a lengthy delay. a number of those fans were told to shelter in place at soldier field. but again, that game is about to start. in addition to the one death and number of injuries and power outages, as well, we can tell that you storm is headed east. some 50 plus million people are expected to affected by the storm in some way.you that stor.
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information officer. i don't know, what is the scene leak on the ground in indianapolis? >> well, it's nasty. we're asking people to stay inside and take cover. >> any reports of tornados in or around the indianapolis area? >> we've had some reports of some pretty severe weather in spotty parts of the state as the front moves through. we've had a county in the western part of the state. >> and watches and warnings are in place for where? >> all over the state in different parts. >> are there power outages? >> we're expecting it over 9 next few hours. we've gotten preliminary reports we're in the 15,00020-to-20,000 range as far as power outages.0
range as far as power outages.- range as far as power outages.t range as far as power outages. range as far as power outages.2 range as far as power outages. range as far as power outages. >> and again how much of the state are we talking about? >> we're talking about two thirds of the state that is in the warpiwarping warning or wat situation and just pay attention to media reports. >> but again at this point no reports of fatalities or injuries. so what should folks in their homes do if they suspect there is a tornado approaching?
>> they should get to a baechlt or interior room with no windows. and stay there up the storm passes. >> all right. as we were talking here, we just got this picture in from our indianapolis affiliate there in indiana. it's tough to make out there, but you can see that 18 wheeler on its side on a highway there. again, this is from our indianapolis affiliate wthr. scenes like this i imagine are starting to play out automatic over the area? ? absolutely. higher profile vehicles have to get to a safe spot because they're more susceptible to getting caught in the wind. >> okay, again, folks, if you're in your homes, that is where you you need to stay. john, thank you for your time.
we continue once again to monitor those storms. we'll go back to the weather in a minute. i want to get back to politics. does ucla have more ncaa championships than black male fresh men? a group of students released this video to call attention to a lack of diversity on campus especially among black male fresh men. >> when we have more national championships than we do black male fresh men, it's evident that our only purpose here is to improve your winning percentage. so you tell me i should be proud to be a bruin. >> according to ucla, statistics with more than 28,000 students enrolled on campus, about 3.8% are black. that amounts to just over 1,000 students. direct tour of african american studies at the university of connecticut, and the senior
editor of the chronicle of higher education. say remar say remarks r sarah, just 75 black male fresh men. is this a trend that we're seeing an cross the country? >> in states like california where colleges complaint consider race in admissions, that's been since the mid '90s, the campuses in those states have seen declines in the percentage of black and hispanic students.in those states have s declines in the percentage of black and hispanic students. >> they passed a new law that bans the state schools from considering race, again der, ge ethnicity. in the first year the law took effect, ucla's african american student accept taps rate falls froms from 488 students to 292
students. is this the kind of effect that similar laws have had nationwide? >> this is part of a much bigger trend. p on the one hand there is the ucla question. and then on the other happened the hand, there is a broaderscious . we saw the fisher case be september back down to lower courts. and they're still fighting that out. this is a threat that may reemerge in terms of a national difficulty for higher education. the other thing i'll say, when they talk about the small number of black men on college campuses, this is partly about ucl chlt a, but it's also a pipeline problem.
so we have the 65% of the students being in athletics and that is because people are able to go out and pursue people who will be good athletes, increase their winning percentages and the number of titles that they bring in and so on. i teach at the university of connecticut. we've seen this, as well. but the problem is that that's not controversial. it is controversial to seek out a student who may be particularly good in biology, a student who may be a star english major potentially someone who will be a great person in science and mathematics. that has become much more controversial. >> why is that? >> it's about the politics of resentment, first off. we talk about black kids playing basketball, stereo typically, no problem with that. but when we have the idea that there may be a black kid in the academic slot, we wonder culturally is this a slot that has been taken away from a worthy white student and is it something that white people are losing by having a black or
latino student in that position. >> we should note that ucla did issue a statement saying in part, quote, we remain committed to working with our partners on and off campus to do everything possible within current laws to increase the diversity of each incoming class, especially by helping to create additional pathways to uc education for prospective african american students. with laws like this in place, what realistically can be done to increase minority enrollment at universities? >> you know, in states where colleges can no longer consider race in admissions, they have tried to step up outreach for example sending students and faculty members into low performing students to start talking to high school fresh men about setting their sights on college. they have done things like have summer programs on campus.
and some kenhave tried to look socioeconomic factors in admissions. >> there is one thing i want to say about this. another issue is not only getting students on to campus, but retention. this is something at the university of connecticut, we've had experience with. so in talking with the deans who are the front lines, a lot of things need to be done. there is peer to peer mentoring which we've seen works really well on our campus. we've seen kind of academic targeted programs for first generation students who disproportionately likely to be students of color. there are lots of things schools can do, but it has to be proactive in order to make sure that we don't wind up with that situation. >> thank you so much for coming back on. want to talk about something else that a lot of folks in the country tip to talk about. head injuries inful. it's getting more and more attention lately and the nfl, former players like tony doe to
door door set have encephalopathy. it's a brain condition.one tony door door set have encephalopathy. it's a brain condition.ne tony r door set have encephalopathy. it's a brain condition.e tony d door set have encephalopathy. it's a brain condition.tony doo door set have encephalopathy. it's a brain condition. believered to be caused by the men hits they have taken. in an interview matt lauer, brett favre questions whether he would let his son play the sport. >> i would be real leery of him playing. that sounds in some respects i'm almost glad i don't have a son because much the pressures that he would face. >> worries like that are having an effect on the nation's largest youth football program. pop warner participation dropped nearly 10% between 2010 and 2012. that's the largest two year decline sense they started keeping those statistics. the organization's chief medical officer says concerns about head injuries is mainly driving the decline.
dr. robert reneker and his team have created something that they say could change the game when it comes to protecting players on the field. it's today's big idea, as well. doctor, your guys is designed to give coacheswarning signs. how does that work? >> so we're currently developing two different devices, one is a device that is commercially available through bio subpoenas that measures changes in the acceleration of the head associated with impacts. a second device quantifies changes in the brain so let us know if somebody is impaired. right now following a hit you don't know. so one guy may be on the ground and the other pops right up and goes right back into the game. and the question is the guy that popped right back up, is he impaired and he is more likely
to have a major brain injury because he's back in the game. >> hold up that device one more time so our viewers at home can get a good look at it. and what is it called again? >> this is a neuro triage system. we do a series of visual tests that measure pupils and pupil dilation times and how the brain responds to different light patterns to allow us to quantity guy changes in the brain state. so the players will do the test before the game and then after we detect a high impact. and if the status changes, we can go ahead and take them back in the locker room and do a more full assessment to see if they need to come out of the game or if they can go back in the game. >> there are as you know a lot of parents who are concerned about kids playing football. a lot of adults, as well, who play the sport themselves coming out with reservations. there are approximately 67,000 diagnosed concussions in high
school football every year. 5% of high school players report suffering a concussion every season. the numbers themselves seem staggering. when you look at them like that. do you think we've seen an uptick in concussions or do you think that the reporting has just gotten a lot better? >> i think the reporting has gotten a lot better. i think we now as neuro scientists and neurologists understand that it's not just the acute injury. it's not just the concussion. it's the brain reorganizes and changes following these injuries. the question is can we prevent that. so by being aware, we may be able to develop therapies to prevent chronic damage such as depression or memory issues, things like that. so i really think that part of this is just an awareness. >> and that device that you got there, how close is to getting to market? >> so right now what we're doing is instrumenting two high school
teams in dallas with accelerometers, this one was made at texas instruments. it's a sensor that says your athlete took a hit. this will be ready in the fall for us. but you can buy these commercially right now. the neuro triage system that we're working on, what we're doing is taking five clinical devices that you would see in a neuro optimalogist office and let then measure them. >> keep us up for speed on what's happening there in dallas with the guys. it sounds like it could do a great deal of good. thank you, sir. and do you have a big idea? tell us about it. my asthma's under control. i get out a lot... except when it's too cold. like the last three weekends. asthma doesn't affect my job... you missed the meeting again last week!
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down up to to the bus station for their ride back to dallas. she waiv they waved good-bye from the steps and i never saw them again. as you replay that moment, why do you think oswald shot kennedy? >> i think the answer is very simple. this was a person who thought he was underappreciated, he was destined for great things. i believe his mother brought him up to think this. he also wanted to impress his wife who was quite skeptical of his grandiose ideas. so it's a very simple matter of a little man wanting to get into the history books. >> backing up, your dad was a russian immigrant and introduced you to lee and marina. you even took russian lessons
from marina, as well. what was it like in that home? >> they lived very poorly. they lived about ten minutes from our house next to montgomery wards. lowwards. a low income neighborhood. very sparsely furnished. they lived on the margin of subsistence, i know. because i was the one who took them shopping. and drove them around town. and the most notable feature of their home was the fact that there was a "time" magazine with jfk on the cover that was on their coffee table. and that "time" magazine never moved in the two months that i visited them. >> why do you think it was there? how did they perceive president kennedy? >> well, the -- the "time" magazine allowed us -- gave us occasion to talk about jfk on a number of occasions.
and on -- on all such events, marina expressed great admiration for kennedy, for jackie. lee did not say anything to the contrary. i got from this the impression that they both were admirers of the kennedys. >> paul gregory, it is a fascinating essay. i wish we had more time to talk about it, sir. thank you so much for your time. >> you're welcome. folks, we've got our eye on the radar where a severe weather outbreak has spawned several tornadoes in the midwest. again, we heard from emergency management officials on the ground in illinois at the top of the hour. he tells us ten tornadoes touched down in illinois alone. one fatality so far. we can expect several injuries as well. this is new video of damage coming in from frankfor tht,
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at least one person is dead as severe weather moves through the midwest at this hour. tornadoes have touched down in several communities in central illinois. areas around central illinois including washington, illinois, which has seen the most damage. in addition to one fatality there, there are a number of injuries as well, we're told. nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer continues to track this storm. >> there is a line of very strong storms moving towards indianapolis. just to the northwest of indianapolis is where we have several tornado warnings at this time. and they are moving fast. you can see at the start of the show we had these storms just moving barely into western indiana. and now they are already into central indiana. already racing towards western ohio. to the north of that we have very strong storms now moving into areas like western and central michigan. that line of storms has been producing straight line wind gusts up to around 55 to 60 miles per hour. we're not seeing as many tornado
warnings posted across michigan. just a little cooler farther to the north. but just to the south-southwest of michigan, that's where we do have most of our tornado warnings in michigan. you can see there's several tornado warnings still issued across indiana. keep in mind, even where we just have your severe thunderstorm warnings, we have very strong, gusty winds. they've been creating damage of their own. toppling trees and power lines. and also we're seeing some rotation a little farther to the south across indiana. now, what we are noticing, these storms are moving at about 55 to 65 miles per hour. so they are racing through the area. but keep in mind, the storms themselves are producing wind gusts up to around 60 to 70 miles per hour. it's the combination of the fast moving, powerful storms that are creating the damage that we're seeing. so we don't have any severe thunderstorm warnings right now through indianapolis. most of the severe weather is just to the north. but there is still heavy rain moving into that area. craig? >> roughly 50 million people in some ten states are expected to be affected by this thing.
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