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The American Prairie (AP), a conservation project in Montana, has quietly scooped up more than 450,000 acres of land with the help of its billionaire donors and the federal government.

The little-known project aims to create the largest “fully functioning ecosystem” in the continental U.S. by stitching together about 3.2 million acres of private and public lands, according to the American Prairie Foundation, which founded the reserve more than 20 years ago. The group has recorded 34 transactions spanning roughly 453,188 acres of land throughout central Montana — much of which were once used for farming and grazing — since 2004 and continues to aggressively expand.

“Our mission is to assemble the largest complex of public and private lands devoted to wildlife in the lower 48,” Pete Geddes, AP’s vice president and chief external relations officer, told Fox News Digital in an interview. “For comparison, about 25% larger than Yellowstone.”

“We’re not asking the federal government to create anything, we’re not asking the federal government for any money,” he added. “Instead, we’re engaged in private philanthropy and voluntary exchange by buying ranches from people who would like to sell that to us.”

The American Prairie Foundation has raised tens of millions of dollars in recent years, according to recent tax filings, thanks in large part to its donors, which include well-known Wall Street and Silicon Valley magnates. Hansjoerg Wyss, a Swiss financier and mega-donor of liberal causes, deceased German retail mogul Erivan Haub, John Mars, the heir to the Mars candy fortune, and Susan Packard Orr, daughter of the Hewlett-Packard Co. co-founder, have all donated to AP, Bloomberg previously reported.

The AP said about 3% of its contributions have come from international donors.

“It’s an area that doesn’t have a lot of people in it and has been depopulating for a long, long time,” Geddes said. “So, the thinking was, perhaps there’s greater potential for less conflict over conservation in this part of the world.”

However, AP’s plans have faced increasing pushback from top state officials and local ranchers who argue such a nature reserve would remove key land from production and negatively impact surrounding privately-owned lands. Using its donor funds, the group has purchased about 118,000 acres of private land and leased another 334,000 acres of public land owned primarily by the federal government.

“Those donors are able to write those contributions off as a charitable donation, so they don’t have to live with the consequences of what they’re doing to these communities,” said Chuck Denowh, the policy director at the United Property Owners of Montana (UPOM), a group made up of local ranchers opposed to AP’s plans.

“It’s really concerning that we have such an amount of foreign money coming into AP to buy up our ag land,” he told Fox News Digital. “For the future of food security of this country, we need to take a close look at that.”

Denowh said the vast majority of locals throughout the surrounding counties who have looked after and conserved the land for decades are opposed to the AP’s plans. The region is almost entirely dependent on the agriculture industry.

Opponents of AP have focused their ire in particular on one of the group’s chief proposals to release wild bison onto the property, giving visitors “a chance to witness the majestic species.” UPOM has expressed concern that free-roaming bison may infect surrounding livestock with brucellosis, an infectious disease commonly found in bison and elk populations, which could be extremely costly for ranchers if spread to their cattle.

The foundation requested permission from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the federal agency responsible for managing 245 million acres of public lands, to allow bison grazing on portions of the leased property in 2017 and again in 2019. The agency announced Thursday that it had approved the AP’s request for bison grazing across 63,500 acres of federal property.

Gov. Greg Gianforte and a series of state agency heads penned letters to BLM late last year urging the agency not to approve the request. Montana Department of Agriculture Director Christy Clark said the plan would remove “large chunks of land from production agriculture,” likely decrease agricultural production revenue and harm support industries in the area like machinery sales and ranch laborers.

“It’s just flatly illegal,” Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen told Fox News Digital in an interview. “This is federal land that is specifically — by the Taylor Grazing Act, by federal law — set aside for livestock grazing. Bison are not livestock, even under federal law.”

“That’s the part that everyone just seems to be ignoring here,” he continued. “AP doesn’t want to admit that, certainly the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Interior don’t want to admit that. But that’s just the fact.”

Knudsen slammed AP for what he called its surreptitious plan to create an “American Serengeti” where “liberal coastal elites can come and hang out and look at the pretty animals.” The attorney general added that his office is closely reviewing the Biden administration’s decision Thursday to determine its next steps to protect ranchers and the state’s interests.

The Taylor Grazing Act, which Congress passed in 1934, is designed to prevent overgrazing by allowing local ranchers to lease public land for livestock grazing and raising forage crops. The bill was approved to increase food and livestock production on land that had, for years, been severely mismanaged.

While AP has argued the law allows for bison grazing, the group has also acknowledged its plans are primarily centered on conservation, not production. For example, the group boasts on its website that its land acquisitions have already led to the retirement of 63,777 acres of cattle grazing leases in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, allowing federal authorities to “restore the habitat primarily for wildlife use.”

“We don’t think of it as non-productive use,” Geddes told Fox News Digital. “Those bison are playing very productive roles. It’s absolutely true they’re not a commercial livestock production, but they’re productive in the sense of what they do for that prairie ecosystem.”

“Yeah, some of that land is going out of production, but land is going out of production everywhere, all the time,” he continued.

An estimated 800 bison currently roam on some of AP’s property, a number the group hopes will swell to “several thousand” as part of its wildlife restoration plan.

AP currently leases out some of the land it oversees to cattle ranchers, who, amid a major regional drought, are desperate for grasslands available for livestock grazing. Geddes said those ranchers have been made well aware of AP’s plans to eventually push them off reserve property once bison are allowed to roam on that leased land.

“Let’s say in a couple of years, we have 1,200 head of bison. In the seven counties in which we work, there are probably half a million head of cattle,” he added. “This critique that we’re somehow dropping the neutron bomb and wiping out agriculture in this area — it’s just nonsensical.”

Montana’s $4.72 billion agriculture industry is among the state’s largest sectors and supplies the U.S. with a large supply of wheat, hay, lentils, corn and meat, according to the Montana Department of Agriculture. As of January, Montana ranchers operated an inventory of 2.2 million cattle, making it one of the few states with more cattle than people.

Overall, cattle inventories have declined in Montana and across the country over the last several years, a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service showed.

“AP is working to buy up as much land as they can to take as many cattle off the landscape as they can and, ultimately, drive those folks out of there,” Denowh told Fox News Digital. “Those lands were created in the first place to ensure an adequate and consistent supply of protein for the country.”

“That’s probably one of the bigger dangers from AP,” he said. “If they can set this new precedent with BLM, we think that [non-governmental organizations] throughout the West are going to be buying up land to take control of these grazing leases and take them out of production. This is really bigger than AP.”

  • PAULETTE says:


  • Randie says:

    Just saw this. Has anyone seen Sri Lanka, the Netherlands farmers were fighting back hard. The Great Reset, Liberal New World Order, WEF plan to take meat away from the Masses. Have us eat Bugs. Someone is allowing the Sale of Billions of Land from us to Communist China close to Military Installations. Biden no doubt since he and his Crime Family are owned by the Communists. It is all Frightening and evil.

  • Kadok says:

    This just shows you how out of touch these people are, bison are like wild flowers, left on their own they will multiply and eventually take over everything. While they are pretty to look at, they are also very invasive and once established are very hard to get rid of. The same goes for bison, beautiful and marvelous creatures to behold, but they are dangerous unpredictable creatures beyond comparison, and once established can grow herds enormous in size, depleting grasslands and causing ecological disasters, but again when you have people with money who have no common sense, you get a democrat…

  • George Rowe says:

    Perhaps it is time to reclassify some of those wild animals as livestock.

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    Early this year, a story that seemed to capture little notice was published by Just The News describing at great length the history of the law firm Latham & Watkins, where Cheney’s husband, Phillip J. Perry, is a partner.

    While the congresswoman was criticizing China, the report said, “her husband’s law firm was working on behalf of companies linked to China’s military, intelligence, and security services.”

    Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told the outlet at the time that Cheney would “have a lot of explaining to do to the Wyoming voters,” adding, “It’s the kind of say one thing do another that Americans hate in Washington, D.C.”

    While Perry didn’t work directly on these accounts, “as a partner at the firm, he benefits and profits from all its work,” Just the News noted. That’s important to remember for all of this to connect.

    Approximately six months after the report on Latham & Watkins, Josh Boswell of the U.K.’s Daily Mail began work on an article detailing a 2014 meeting between then-Vice President Biden and Chinese energy executives and one of the attendee’s connections to Hunter Biden’s firm.

    “A client of Hunter’s company Seneca Global Advisors partnered with Wanxiang in 2012 on a $1.25billion natural gas plant in China. The ceremony for the signing of the deal between Hunter’s client GreatPoint Energy and Wanxiang was attended by then Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping,” Boswell wrote, establishing a connection between the Bidens and Chinese firms.

    In the course of this story, Boswell contacted Hunter Biden’s attorneys for comment. He was greeted with what he called a “surprising” response from Christoper Clark of Latham & Watkins.

    The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway connected the dots: Clark works for the same firm where Cheney’s husband is a partner.

    “Meaning, Liz Cheney’s husband is making money from Hunter Biden,” she said in a Friday tweet.

    Axios and The National Law Journal reported Clark’s hiring in 2021.

    “In December, Hunter Biden hired former federal prosecutor Chris Clark, a partner at the firm Latham & Watkins. The president’s younger son is said to be under investigation for possible tax and money laundering activities, with a potential counterintelligence component,” Axios wrote.

    Phillip Perry is a partner at Latham & Watkins, therefore he benefits and profits from all of its work with all of its clients, even those represented by his fellow partners — therefore so does Cheney.

    The reports have been out for months, in some cases years. So why is it only now that these pieces are coming together?

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    FBI Issues ‘Subpoenas or Paid Visits’ to Multiple Republican Lawmakers: Report



    Federal law enforcement officials reportedly “delivered subpoenas or paid visits” to several Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers this week following their raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence at Mar-a-Lago.

    PennLive reported that at least some of the state lawmakers who received subpoenas were told that they were not the targets of an investigation.

    The contact from federal authorities centered around U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) and alleged efforts to use fake pro-Trump electors to give the state’s electoral votes to the former president so he could stay in power, according to PennLive.

    FBI agents seized Perry’s phone this week while he was traveling with his family as part of their criminal investigation into the alleged attempt to overturn the results of the election.

    “This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone,” Perry said in a statement. “They made no attempt to contact my lawyer, who would have made arrangements for them to have my phone if that was their wish. I’m outraged — though not surprised — that the FBI under the direction of Merrick Garland’s DOJ, would seize the phone of a sitting Member of Congress.”

    “My phone contains info about my legislative and political activities, and personal/private discussions with my wife, family, constituents, and friends. None of this is the government’s business,” he added. “As with President Trump last night, DOJ chose this unnecessary and aggressive action instead of simply contacting my attorneys. These kinds of banana republic tactics should concern every Citizen — especially considering the decision before Congress this week to hire 87,000 new IRS agents to further persecute law-abiding Citizens.”

    FBI agents took numerous boxes and documents from former Trump’s home in Florida this week as part of their criminal investigation into allegedly mishandled classified information.

    Agents were reportedly at the property the entire day and were dressed in plain clothes, leading staff believe that they were U.S. Secret Service agents, which is why the news of the executed search warrant did not leak.

    Trump’s Secret Service agents were notified about the raid shortly before it occurred. Trump had lawyers present during the raid while he was at his residence in New York City.

    The raid happened after Trump reportedly delayed returning approximately 15 boxes of material over to the National Archives until after there became a serious threat that the feds were going to forcibly retrieve them. Some of the documents were reportedly marked as “top secret.” Agents executed the search warrant because they reportedly believed that even after Trump returned the material that he withheld turning in all of it.

    Newsweek reported that the FBI specifically targeted three rooms at former President Donald Trump’s residence — a bedroom, an office, and a storage room — and that the information used to obtain the warrant “was based largely on information from an FBI confidential human source.”

    The report said that the confidential informant told the bureau which documents were taken and where the documents were located.

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    Eric Trump Speaks Out About Mar-a-Lago Raid, Claims 30 Agents Refused to Hand Over Warrant



    Eric Trump, son of former President Donald Trump, claimed on Tuesday that the dozens of FBI agents who raided his father’s Florida home refused to give their lawyer a copy of the search warrant, instead allegedly forcing the lawyer to take a look at the warrant from about 10 feet away.

    Trump’s Florida residence at Mar-a-Lago was raided by the feds on Monday morning — though news broke about the incident in the evening. Agents reportedly went into numerous offices, checked safes, and took boxes of documents.

    “There’s 30 agents there,” Eric told the Daily Mail. “They told our lawyer (Christina Bobb) … you have to leave the property right now. Turn off all security cameras.”

    “They would not give her the search warrant,” the businessman alleged. “So they showed it to her from about 10 feet away. They would not give her a copy of the search warrant.”

    Eric seemed to question to the Daily Mail if the feds indeed had a valid search warrant.

    Bobb has spoken out about the raid, too, telling Real America News on Tuesday that she initially did not receive a physical copy of the warrant and was unable to see what the probable cause was that persuaded a judge to sign off on the warrant.

    “When I arrived and kind of announced myself as the legal representation for President Trump, I asked to see a copy of the warrant,” she recalled.

    “Initially they refused and said, ‘You know, we don’t have to show it to you,’” Bobb claimed. “And there was a little bit of an exchange about whether it was appropriate to withhold the warrant when you’re searching the residence of the former president, who’s likely to be the Republican nominee in the next election, though they conceded and let me see it.”

    The feds “did not give me a copy of it right away, but they did let me see it,” she added.

    It’s unclear if Bobb is currently in possession of a copy of the warrant.

    “It was very, I would say, thin,” she added. “And as you can tell from public records, the affidavit, the supporting documentation of what the probable cause was to obtain the warrant has been sealed.”

    Later in the interview, Bobb called the federal raid “a weird flex.”

    “This was a completely unnecessary power flex,” she said. “It was a weird flex. It’s quite honestly sad to see what they have done to our country.”

    Even more curious, as highlighted by The Daily Wire, Trump claimed on Wednesday that the Department of Justice and the FBI asked the former president’s legal team in June to put an extra lock on the door to safeguard the classified documents.

    That lock was allegedly busted during the raid on Monday.

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    Judge Orders DOJ to Respond to Requests for Trump Raid Warrant



    A federal magistrate judge has ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to respond to requests to make public the warrant authorizing the FBI’s unprecedented Monday raid of former President Donald Trump’s residence.

    Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart ordered the DOJ to “file a Response to the Motion to Unseal” the warrant Wednesday following requests made by the Times Union, a news outlet located in Albany, New York, and the conservative legal action group Judicial Watch. Reinhart said the DOJ must respond no later than August 15.

    According to Trump attorney Christina Bobb, Reinhart signed off on the warrant application for the FBI raid. Before Reinhart became a judge, he was as a defense attorney and at one time worked on behalf of several individuals connected to the late sex offender and trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

    The FBI sent roughly two dozen agents and technicians to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida resort, on Monday morning to carry out a search warrant reportedly over classified documents the former president improperly took with him from the White House in January 2021.

    “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before,” Trump said in a statement Monday confirming the raid. “The political persecution of President Donald J. Trump has been going on for years, with the now fully debunked Russia, Russia, Russia Scam, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and so much more, it just never ends. It is political targeting at the highest level!”

    Trump was in New York at the time of the raid. New York Attorney General Latisha James deposed Trump on Tuesday in connection with her office’s ongoing civil investigation into his business and tax affairs. Trump pleaded his Fifth Amendment protections to all of James’ questions but one: confirming his name.

    The FBI’s unprecedented raid against the former U.S. president, who is one of the leading candidates considering challenging President Joe Biden for office in 2024, set off a firestorm of criticism against the DOJ and Biden. The White House claimed ignorance about the raid; Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the West Wing found out about the raid in the news like the rest of the United States.

    Lawmakers and others have called for the DOJ and FBI to explain the raid against Trump, warning about the politicization of the Justice Department and the FBI’s crumbling reputation among many Americans. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the leading Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on Christopher Wray to answer questions about the raid quickly and in depth.

    “If the FBI isn’t extraordinarily transparent about its justification for yesterday’s actions and committed to rooting out political bias that has infected their most sensitive investigations, they will have sealed their own fate. The FBI’s mission and the many patriotic agents who work hard to carry it out will be forever overshadowed by the distrust the bureau has sown,” the Iowa senator said in a statement.

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    ‘Spectacular Backfire’: Biden Officials Blast FBI’s Raid on Mar-a-Lago as Report Reveals Rat on Inside



    Some Biden administration officials in the U.S. Justice Department slammed the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago this week, saying that the situation backfired big time and the bureau ended up creating the very situation that it sought to avoid.

    Newsweek reported that the FBI specifically targeted three rooms at former President Donald Trump’s residence — a bedroom, an office, and a storage room — and that the information used to obtain the warrant “was based largely on information from an FBI confidential human source.”

    The report said that the confidential informant told the bureau what documents were taken and where the documents were located.

    The report said that federal officials waited until Trump was out of state to execute the search warrant at the property because they wanted to be as low-key as possible. Agents were reportedly at the property the entire day and were dressed in plain clothes, leading staff to believe that they were U.S. Secret Service agents, which is why news of the executed search warrant did not leak.

    “What a spectacular backfire,” a DOJ official told the publication. “I know that there is much speculation out there that this is political persecution, but it is really the best and the worst of the bureaucracy in action. They wanted to punctuate the fact that this was a routine law enforcement action, stripped of any political overtones, and yet [they] got exactly the opposite.”

    Another senior U.S. official told the publication that the FBI “created the very firestorm they sought to avoid” by “ignoring the fallout.”

    The agents rooted through the personal belongings of former first lady Melania Trump as they executed the search warrant.

    Lawyers for the Department of Justice present during the raid reportedly informed Trump’s representatives that the search warrant gave them “full access to everything” on site.

    Reports have claimed that Trump’s lawyers were not allowed to observe agents searching the property, although this has not yet been confirmed.

    Federal agents executed the search warrant because they reportedly believed that Trump withheld turning over all the classified material that he was supposed to send back to the National Archives earlier this year.

    Federal prosecutors opened a grand jury investigation back in May into Trump over whether classified material that ended up at his home in Mar-a-Lago was mishandled.

    The main purpose of these types of investigations is usually for federal authorities to determine if any classified material was compromised so that intelligence officials can take steps to protect sensitive sources and methods. Prosecutors are seeking to learn every aspect of how the documents were handled from the time the documents left the White House until they were returned to the National Archives.

    For prosecutors to be able to prove that a crime was committed, they would need evidence showing that the parties involved in removing the documents from the White House knew that the documents were classified and knew that removing them would violate the law.

    “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump said in a statement. “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”

    “They even broke into my safe!” Trump said. “It is political targeting at the highest level!”

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    WATCH: Video Emerges Showing Massive Explosion Blowing Up Indiana Home — 3 Dead, 39 Homes Damaged



    A video emerged late Wednesday evening that showed a massive explosion completely leveling a home in Evansville, Indiana, killing at least three people and damaging at least 39 homes.

    It was not immediately clear what caused the massive explosion. A spokesperson for the Evansville Fire Department told Tristate that the gas and electric company CenterPoint made no detection of gas after arriving on the scene. The spokesperson added that 11 of the houses affected will be uninhabitable.


    Fire Chief Mike Connelly said in a news conference that there could be more victims found as the search continues. “There could be other victims; we have not completed our search. The buildings are not yet safe to enter,” Connelly said, adding, “Initial survey of the damage is that 39 houses have been damaged from either severe to minor damage.”

    “Our thoughts are with those closely involved with the explosion that happened on N. Weinbach this afternoon,” the Evansville Police Department said in a statement. “As more information becomes available the respective agencies investigating will be able to provide more information. N. Weinbach between Columbia and Oak Hill will be shut down for the foreseeable future, please plan an alternate route.”

    Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke visited the scene with first responders and shared photos on his Facebook account.

    People near the scene described their homes and businesses shaking when the explosion happened. Vincent Taylor told 14 News that he was working on the roof of a house two blocks away from the blast when he heard the explosion and saw debris falling from the sky. Taylor said he got to the scene moments later and described it as “total devastation.” “Their houses are totally gone. It’s bad,” he remarked.

    According to officials, most of the homes in the neighborhood were unoccupied at the time of the explosion other than some pets. Eight different agencies were on the scene Wednesday afternoon, and Connelly said an arson investigation had been launched.

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    WATCH: 4-Year-Old Biological Girl Declares ‘Boy’ Identity at Pride Parade — and Crowd ‘Cheered Him on’



    A 4-year-old biological girl announced a “boy” identity at a Pride Parade in Canada recently as a cannon blasted blue confetti into the air and an adoring crowd cheered.

    The New York Post — citing South West News Service — reported that Charlie Danger Lloyd “was assigned female at birth but from a young age expressed he was a boy, his mom said.”

    Video from the Vancouver Pride Parade shows Charlie dressed in a transgender flag cape alongside “Grammy,” who was wearing a rainbow pride flag as a cape, in the middle of a street firing the blue confetti-filled cannon.

    “Once they closed the road, Charlie strutted out with Grammy, and they faced the sidelines and after a short struggle, the cannon exploded with blue smoke and biodegradable confetti,” Charlie’s mom, 27-year-old Alaina Bourrel, told SWNS, according to the Post.

    With that, Charlie ran into Mom’s arms.

    “Charlie jumped with joy as the crowd cheered him on. He couldn’t believe the love and support he was shown from the bystanders,” Bourrel added to SWNS, according to the Post.

    Bourrel also told the outlet she’s been attacked online by those who call her a “pedophile, groomer, and rapist” due to Charlie’s transition, the Post reported.

    But Bourrel noted to SWNS that Charlie began expressing different gender needs at the age of 2, constantly telling family about wanting to be “growing to look just like daddy” and “I’m a boy,” the Post said.

    Charlie’s mother told the outlet the Pride Parade idea came after Charlie was told the family held a previous gender reveal prior to Charlie’s birth — and the smoke didn’t work properly, the Post reported.

    “When we told him the story, he asked for a re-do … at the Vancouver Pride Parade — so we bought him a smoke cannon and tucked it away for this day,” Bourrel said, according to the paper.

    ‘He wasn’t your typical little girl’

    “He wasn’t your typical little girl. He would play with other boys and the parents would say he was more of a boy than their own children,” Bourrel recalled, the Post said, adding that by the end of 2021 Charlie didn’t want to shop in the girls’ section and wanted short hair.

    “He refused to shop in the girls’ section but was too nervous to shop in the boys’,” Charlie’s mother added, according to the paper. “After lots of expressing his feelings and emotions with me, he decided that he wanted a new wardrobe, so we set out to find our new style.”

    Charlie got a haircut “at Big Bros Barbershop, a trans-owned and operated salon in East Vancouver,” Bourell added, the Post said. “After leaving the salon that afternoon, Charlie was a completely new child.”

    Bourell also told the outlet that family and friends have been supportive of Charlie: “His choices were not questioned, and he was congratulated and everyone began using new pronouns.”

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