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'Dump Pelosi' Plays Right Into Republican Hands

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:28
Paul Begala, CNN
The movement among some Democrats shines a light on their unloveliest instincts : self-loathing, scapegoating and a desire for quick-fixes rather than hard work, writes Paul Begala.
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The Left's Overreach Extends to a Blogger's Notebook

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:20
Scott Johnson, City Journal
My former law partner John Hinderaker and I founded the website Power Line over Memorial Day weekend in 2002. Once we attracted a few readers, we found it a helpful vehicle through which to continue our collaboration, writing commentary for newspapers and magazines, that we had taken up as a sidelight to our law practice in 1992. Over the past 15 years, Power Line has carried us on a magic carpet ride, opening just about every door we ever dreamed of walking through. This spring, to take one prominent example, I was invited to attend President Trump’s 100-day reception for conservative...
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The Power of Repurposing a Slur

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:20
Simon Tam, New York Times
My first real lesson on the power of language was at the age of 11. On the basketball courts at school in San Diego, I was tormented by other students. They’d throw balls, punches, rocks and insults, while yelling “gook” and “Jap.” One day, I had enough. I threw back, “I’m a chink, get it right.” Stunned, they didn’t know what to do. Confused, they stopped.
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Why the Stock Market Keeps Going Up, Up, Up

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:20
Charles Gasparino, New York Post
All news is good news, apparently â?? at least if you judge by the stock market. US economic growth is sluggish, consumer confidence is down and President Trump's tax reform is stalled. And yet, the â?¦
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They Call Us Right Wing--I Call Us Mainstream

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:20
Rush Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh Show
You know, I have to tell you something here, Carl. I haven’t said this a lot, but over the course of the many years of this program I have on occasion said that the truth of the matter is that this program is actually — and the people that listen to it — is actually the mainstream of America. They try to marginalize you and me by categorizing us as the so-called extreme right or the far right or right wing, which is done to denigrate anybody who’s not liberal. They always tar them
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Can Trump Destroy Obama's Legacy?

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:20
Peter Baker, New York Times
When the judgment of history comes, former President Barack Obama might have figured he would have plenty to talk about. Among other things, he assumed he could point to his health care program, his sweeping trade deal with Asia, his global climate change accord and his diplomatic opening to Cuba
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Trump 2020 Is No Joke

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:20
Roger Cohen, New York Times
President Trump is holding the first fundraiser of his 2020 re-election campaign later this month at the Trump International Hotel near the White House. That is now a normal sort of sentence. It may be true or it may not (in fact it is). There’s no enormity about it. Already, on the 154th day of this presidency, Americans are suffering from incredulity fatigue. Oh, we just sold $12 billion of fighter jets to Qatar a few days after Trump accused Doha of being a major funder of terrorism — that kind of thing.
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The Outlook After the Special Elections

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:20
Michael Barone, Washington Examiner
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The More Dems Scream About Trump, the More He Wins

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:20
Piers Morgan, Daily Mail
‘Democrats lose again (0-4),’ gloated President Donald Trump last night after his party won Georgia’s vacant 6th Congressional District. Then he added an extra ball-spiking slam: ‘Total disarray.’ Unlike some of Trump’s public statements, this was one that no Democrat could legitimately contest for factual accuracy. They really HAVE lost all four special House elections since he won the White House.
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The Perverse Presidency of Donald Trump

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:20
Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine
I was mulling, as one does, over this presidency, and something crystallized in my head that I had not quite grasped before. Its policies are best described as simply perverse. The new Senate health-care bill is just the latest shining example. As Peter Suderman explains, it certainly isn’t based on any serious conservative ideas about reforming health care; it has no vision of how it wants health care to be organized; the loss of health care for the working poor will be most intense in Republican districts; and, just as important, a huge amount of it is simply kicked into the future...
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Reject Republicans' Hasty & Harmful Health Bill

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:20
Sen. Kamala Harris, Los Angeles Times
We should listen to Rhett when he tells us, “Don’t repeal the Affordable Care Act, improve it!” The ACA isn’t perfect. And I’m ready to work with anyone who really wants to make it work better. So let’s stop playing politics with public health and people’s lives. Let’s reject this hasty and harmful legislation and work together to actually strengthen our healthcare system.
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Potemkin Progressivism

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:20
Roger Kimball, American Greatness
It often has been observed that philosophy really got going when people started thinking seriously about the distinction between appearance, on the one hand, and reality, on the other. Plato is full of meditations on this theme, from the stick that appears bent when
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Poll: Majority Feel Russia Hysteria Is Distracting Congress From More Important Stuff

Townhall.com - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00
Oh, and its hurting the country too.
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Comey testimony forces investigation into collusion — between Clinton and Obama’s DOJ

The Blaze - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 07:53

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released a letter indicating that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is under investigation for suspicion that she might have interfered with an FBI investigation.

The letter was released Friday and was signed by other members of the committee, including Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

According to the letter, the committee is investigating “alleged political interference by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch during the FBI’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.”

The committee cites the testimony from former FBI Director James Comey where he indicates that he had lost faith in the credibility of the Department of Justice. “I struggled, as we got closer to the end of it, with — a n.umber [sic] things had gone on,” the letter quoted, “some of which I cannot talk about yet, that made me worry that the Department leadership could not credibly complete the investigation and decline prosecution without grievous damage to the American people’s confidence in the justice system.”

The committee also discussed intelligence collected from the Russians by U.S. spy agencies indicating correspondence from a DNC staffer expressing confidence that Lynch would shut down any investigation into Clinton. Reports indicate that U.S. intelligence agencies believe this was false information planted by the Russians to increase skepticism about the Department of Justice.

The Russian intelligence indicated that then-DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in an email that Lynch was in contact with senior Clinton staffer Amy Renteria about the assurance that no investigation would go anywhere. The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know from Lynch if she has ever been in contact with Renteria.

President Donald Trump had decried Lynch during his presidential campaign by often criticizing her “tarmac meeting” with former President Bill Clinton.

A.G. Lynch made law enforcement decisions for political purposes…gave Hillary Clinton a free pass and protection. Totally illegal!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2017

Does anybody really believe that Bill Clinton and the U.S.A.G. talked only about "grandkids" and golf for 37 minutes in plane on tarmac?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2016

Many speculated that the “number of things” that had lessened the credibility of the Department of Justice to Comey in his testimony referred to the infamous “tarmac meeting.” Lynch claimed the that it was a short meeting and they only discussed their grandkids.

Trump and his allies insinuated that Clinton used the meeting to press Lynch to end the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

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WaPo: Obama Knew Of Russian Meddling; Did He Drop The Ball?

Townhall.com - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 04:00
Did he drop the ball....again?
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Lara Trump: ‘This has never happened in this capacity to any other president’

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:03

President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump slammed the Democrats for their rancorous rhetoric against the president, saying that no other president had faced such criticism. She made the comments on Sean Hannity’s show Friday.

“What’s very fascinating to me is,” Hannity said, “you know, I don’t hear Nancy Pelosi saying, ‘guys, everybody on my side of the aisle stop,’ I don’t hear Hillary saying it, I don’t hear any real Democratic leaders saying it. Why are their voices so quiet in all of this because I gotta believe that if it was them, they would be very outspoken and probably attacking every conservative and demanding that they denounce it.”

“Well let’s be very clear,” she said, “this has never happened in this capacity to any other president.”

.@LaraLeaTrump on anti-@POTUS sentiment: “This has never happened in this capacity to any other president.” #Hannity pic.twitter.com/5GdJCwtWj4

— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 24, 2017

“It is happening to Donald Trump because he is Donald Trump,” she explained, “because their candidate failed because they have nothing else to say. They have no platform, they have no real leader, they have no real message.”

“And so the only thing they can do, is pile on the president,” she continued. “And unfortunately it’s to the detriment of this country, and instead of trying to be proactive and help pass legislation that might be beneficial to people of this country, instead it’s just all anti-Trump.”

“I actually think the real reason behind this is he is a threat, to the establishment, to the deep state, to the swamp. And there are so many real swamp creatures, Democrat and Republican, Lara, I mean they’re all over the map.”

Democrat leaders did come out after the terrible shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and others in Alexandria, Virginia, but they appear to have resumed using inflammatory rhetoric against Republicans.

Thursday Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said that Republicans were accepting “blood money” to let Americans die over their health care bill. Friday former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton named the Republicans the “death party,” implying that they were aiming to kill Americans with their health care bill.

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Former Obama admin official admits they ‘sort of choked’ at this foreign threat

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:56

A former senior Obama official reportedly told the Washington Post that the previous administration did know that Russia was meddling in the election, but they “sort of choked” in response. The Post published the report Friday.

“It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend,” the official said. “I feel like we sort of choked.”

The report says that the Obama administration knew that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin himself had ordered the alleged cyberattacks in order to trip up Democrat Hillary Clinton and aid Republican Donald Trump.

CIA Director John Brennan first notified the president, and their assessment was verified by the other intelligence agencies in the subsequent weeks.

The Post says former President Obama considered many different retaliatory measures against Putin, even to the point of releasing damaging information gathered by the CIA to embarrass Putin, and imposing sanctions to derail the Russian economy.

But in the end, he ordered very modest measures against the Russian Federation.

In December the government shut down known Russian spy compounds on American soil and imposed light sanctions targeted against specific Russian government officials and operatives. The Post reported in May that the Trump administration was considering returning the compounds to the Russian government.

Obama had also told the press in December that he had personally told Putin to “cut it out” on the meddling in the election.

“What I was concerned about in particular was making sure [the DNC hack] wasn’t compounded by potential hacking that could hamper vote counting, affect the actual election process itself,” the president said at a press conference. “So in early September when I saw president Putin in China, I felt that the most effective way to ensure that that didn’t happen was to talk to him directly and tell him to cut it out and there were going to be serious consequences if he didn’t. And in fact we did not see further tampering of the election process.”

Obama’s former deputy national security adviser, Tony Blinken, acknowledged that warning from Obama to Putin, saying that they believed they deterred him from further meddling, but that the “damage was done.”

“We made massive efforts so they couldn’t do that,” Blinken said to CNN’s Kate Bolduan. “This led to two things: President Obama issued a very stark warning to President Putin in September at the G-20 conference in China. What we saw, or thought we saw, after that, it looked like the Russians stopped their efforts. But the damage was already done.”

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Fixing crime in America is a complicated issue

HotAir - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:31

Jazz has a pretty good piece looking at why more cops on the street isn’t a bad thing. His premise is based along a The Washington Post op-ed by Danielle Allen looking at the U.S.’ prison population, and the fact President Donald Trump is promising to be a “law and order” administration. It should be pointed out the Bureau of Justice Statistics released statistics in March which said the U.S. prison population was just under 4M people in 2015. Jazz spends a lot of time looking at Allen’s belief it would be best to end the War on Drugs. I think it’s pretty much been a failure, but I’d rather focus on his suggestion of more law enforcement.

The crux of Jazz’ argument for more police has to do with the crime rates in Chicago and Baltimore. Statistics from earlier this month said there were around 150 murders in Charm City, while the Windy City had close to 200 murders at the start of May. The theory may be more cops on the streets would solve the problem, because the bad guys would be locked up. But Chicago wants to raise its police force to 13,500, while Baltimore’s police force is right around 26-2700. But it’s interesting to see Chicago gang members suggest more cops won’t do anything. From Fox News:

Tracy Cannon – once associated with the Vice Lords – says it won’t matter. “I don’t care how many police they bring in. It’s not going to stop, man.”

Guys on the street say law enforcement made a bad situation worse. “They locked up these gang chiefs and everything went haywire,” says Charles Winters. Large organizations like the Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords subdivided over unresolved disputes. Absent leadership, cliques within the same gang will often do battle. “Ain’t like it used to be,” says Cannon. “Back then we had structure. Older guys would make us go to school. Even though we was gang banging, we would still go to school.”

Now, it’s a bullet-ridden free for all, with gangsters trying to gain respect by proving themselves to be ruthless. “Kids only care about nice clothes, fast money and how many kills they can get,” says [Rashad] Britt. “When they get a certain amount of kills or when they hurt a certain amount of people, they feared. They got the fear factor going on. The kids nowadays in Chicago, that’s what they want.”

Britt also said he got involved in a gang because he was worried for his own life as a kid. The Fox report also suggested the gangs served as a replacement for families.

“We more like a family than a gang… brothers,” says Kevin Gentry – associated with the Vice Lords. In the gang, someone was kind to them. Their role models sold drugs, had money, clothes cars and girlfriends. “The gangs have become family for a lot of young men here in Chicago and across the United States. They gravitate toward the guys with charisma. They gravitate toward the guys that might protect them. But they really are not protected out there. Too many people are being killed, it’s a false sense of security,” says Tio Hardiman from Violence Interrupters, a group that attempts to predict and prevent gangland shootings.

The comments on why people join gangs are pretty interesting. It could be another example of the breakdown of the family or people just having nowhere else to go as why people join gangs, versus staying at home. It is true gangs (or bandits) have existed in world history for centuries, so it’s questionable whether an influx of police officers will suddenly get people to start living the straight and narrow. This doesn’t mean cities should just roll over and ignore where the gangs are, but it’s an extremely complicated issue which cops alone won’t solve. The solution is for people, not the government, to support groups like Violence Interrupters in hopes of quelling gang violence before it starts. But it’s only part of the solution.

Let’s remember, Chicago and Baltimore are home to extremely tight gun laws. Chicago banned gun sales in the city until a judge struck the law down in 2014. There had also been a ban on handguns in Chicago, which was struck down in 2010 by the U.S. Supreme Court. People still have to register with the state to own a weapon. Maryland requires a “good and substantial reason” for people to get a conceal carry, and people also have to get a “Handgun Qualification License” to own a firearm. These laws make things difficult for innocents to protect themselves, and should be repealed so people can protect themselves without having to wait for the police. It’s just part of the solution, and leaves a lot more which can be accomplished.

There’s also the fact Chicago and Baltimore, plus the states they’re in, have too many laws to begin with. Underground gambling is huge in Chicago, and was subject to a crackdown by former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. Chicago also has regulations on massage parlors, and a May raid of 84 shops found only six were busted for prostitution. But the city still shut down ten to eleven shops, instead of the ones only associated with prostitution. Others were fined for not having the license to operate. Baltimore has it own rules and regulations on various vices, plus business regulations, and has used them to shut down establishments which run afoul of the rules. Even if you want to keep gambling and prostitution illegal, should there be so many regulations on businesses that they get shut down for not having a license, or is there a better way to go about it? Aren’t there organizations like the Better Business Bureau which work to shine the light on bad actors? It seems odd to have the government pick winners and losers, when there are already individual groups out there doing it.

The elephant in the room is the relationship between Chicago and Baltimore police and the people they serve. It’s completely understandable why the community has such a low trust in both departments. Seven Baltimore police officers are under federal indictment for racketeering. The City Council has paid millions to settle police abuse lawsuits, including $220K to a woman whose cell phone was destroyed by a cop. Chicago has paid over $200M to settle lawsuits against their department, including $9.5M to someone who was gruesomely injured after being Tased. Chicago Police’s “black site” for interrogations is also a stain on the department’s reputation. This doesn’t mean Baltimore cops were right to “stand down” during the 2015 riots, and it also doesn’t mean all cops are bad. A vast majority of police officers across the country, and in Baltimore and Chicago, are good guys, who want to protect the public from those who would do them harm. But if the city isn’t willing to crack down on bad cops, and investigate when there are allegations of misconduct, then the community mistrust won’t stop and police are less likely to have people help them in investigations. Cities, citizens, and the press need to keep their police departments accountable. They’re only shooting themselves in the foot when they don’t, but it’s again just part of the solution.

It should also be pointed out justice reform techniques in Texas and Georgia have worked, saved money, and kept crime at an all-time low. There is something to be said about enacting sentencing reform at the state and federal level. I’ve written this before, but there are plenty of conservative groups (FreedomWorks and Right On Crime) out there who are pushing justice reform because it works. Those who choose to focus only on California, whether it be critics or proponents of justice reform, are ignoring states where it’s worked (the aforementioned Texas and Georgia). It’s just part of the solution to a complicated problem, but still a solution.

There needs to be honesty in how “law and order” is debated and preserved in America. Just releasing all the drug addicts isn’t a cure-all, nor is repealing every single gun restriction in the U.S. or making drugs, prostitution, and gambling legal. Sending out more and more cops won’t solve the issue either. The good news is there are steps to take which can reduce crime and increase freedom and liberty. It’s something not every activist or politician will admit, but it can be done.

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Hillary Clinton tweet shamelessly attacks Republicans, gets brutal response

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:19

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton snubbed the call for a bipartisan de-escalation of heated rhetoric and instead tweeted a message calling Republicans the “death party” Friday.

Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party. https://t.co/jCStfOaBjy

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2017

The tweet read, “Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party.”

It appeared to reference the controversy over “death panels” that conservatives feared would be instituted in the Obamacare legislation passed by Democrats. While the media and the left called it hysteria on the part of Republicans, Clinton seems eager to employ even worse rhetoric against the health care bill just released by Senate Republicans.

Her tweet linked to a study by left-wing think tank claiming that their analysis of the CBO scoring of the Republican bill indicated that between 18,100 and 27,700 deaths would result from decreases in health care coverage in 2026.

The study also claimed the Republican bill would result in 217,000 deaths over a decade.

Clinton’s “death party” tweet was met with ire on social media, including that from conservatives who thought it was inappropriate to tweet such an incendiary message after the Scalise shooting.

Beneath contempt. But absolutely mainstream in Democratic politics today. https://t.co/T7gd5JxMS1

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 23, 2017

2020 Hillary Clinton: "Forget death party. If Republicans win in November, they will sacrifice your children to Satan in the Oval Office." https://t.co/fHZsQrxOMv

— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) June 23, 2017

Says the woman who had Gaddafi killed and threw his country into chaos (Libya). Now they have open air slave markets thanks to you. https://t.co/sBtX28d4M3

— Lee Junn (@Lee_KGB_Junn) June 23, 2017

That's weird considering someone from your party literally just tried to murder a bunch of Republicans a week ago… https://t.co/JjbARhLOta

— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) June 23, 2017

Yes PLEASE keep saying that Republicans want everyone to die. That's really sane rhetoric that I'm sure everyone takes really seriously. https://t.co/9CV8vEL1QY

— Nick McIntyre (@Nick_McIntyre) June 23, 2017

Says the woman who won a Lifetime Achievement Award from an organization that dismembers babies https://t.co/J0uvfsRR6Z

— Daniel Darling (@dandarling) June 23, 2017

OFFICIAL DEATH PARTY THREAD
What are you bringing to the death party?

I'm bringing a map to Wisconsin and a case of Coors Original https://t.co/EfKMyYg2gS

— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 23, 2017

Everybody who is not me is literally coming to murder youhttps://t.co/QMuUAMjN3X

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 23, 2017

"Death party" — one week after GOP targeted for assassination, from a party that supports abortion on demand. Media will shrug. https://t.co/XjgQbMJBML

— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) June 23, 2017

Out: It's time to tone down the rhetoric in Washington. (from last week)

In: The GOP is literally going to kill everyone you've ever known! https://t.co/fPF1Zo9XUk

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) June 23, 2017

The tweet comes just a day after fellow Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts was similarly brutalized on social media over her tone-deaf tweet.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) is still recovering from the nearly lethal shooting. His condition has improved to fair, and he was able to leave the intensive care unit Thursday.

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Kellyanne Conway and CNN host get into extremely heated exchange, host becomes irate

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:50

CNN host Alisyn Camerota simply refused to stop interrupting Kellyanne Conway after asking Conway the same four questions, even though Conway responded four times.

During a Friday interview, Camerota asked Conway what The White House was planning on doing to thwart further alleged Russian hacks into the United States electoral system.

Conway patiently answered the question in varying ways three times, but Camerota was not satisfied.

“My question for you is ‘What is The White House’ — what is President Trump now doing to prevent Russia from doing this again?” Camerota pressed.

Conway responded, “He has been very clear, on the record, that he believes in any type of numbers of measures to make sure that democracy flourishes, and that voter integrity is intact.”

Conway went on to continue, but Camerota interrupted her once again and said, “Such as? … What is he doing, specifically, to try to stop this?”

“Alisyn, I realize that we just like to say the words ‘Russia, Russia’ to mislead the voters and I know that CNN is aiding and abetting this nonsense as well, but you’ve asked me this same question three times now and I’ve answered it.”

Clearly triggered, Camerota exclaimed halfway through Conway’s remarks, “Kellyanne!”

See the full exchange in the video below.

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