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House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds the speaker's gavel after being elected speaker as the U.S. House of Representatives meets for the start of the 116th Congress inside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington.    REUTERS/Leah Millis

House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds the speaker's gavel after being elected speaker as the U.S. House of Representatives meets for the start of the 116th Congress inside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. REUTERS/Leah...more

House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds the speaker's gavel after being elected speaker as the U.S. House of Representatives meets for the start of the 116th Congress inside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) takes a selfie with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). 

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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) takes a selfie with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) takes a selfie with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is applauded by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and other members as she is nominated for House Speaker. 

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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is applauded by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and other members as she is nominated for House Speaker. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is applauded by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and other members as she is nominated for House Speaker. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Representative-elect Ilhan Omar (D-MN) arrives inside the House Chamber. 

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Representative-elect Ilhan Omar (D-MN) arrives inside the House Chamber. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Representative-elect Ilhan Omar (D-MN) arrives inside the House Chamber. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) poses for photos with Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), Representative-elect Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Representative-elect Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) (L-R). 

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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) poses for photos with Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), Representative-elect Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Representative-elect Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) (L-R)....more

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) poses for photos with Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), Representative-elect Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Representative-elect Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) (L-R). REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) before a ceremonial swearing-in picture. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) before a ceremonial swearing-in picture. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) before a ceremonial swearing-in picture. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) poses with a Koran for a ceremonial swearing-in picture.    REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) poses with a Koran for a ceremonial swearing-in picture. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) poses with a Koran for a ceremonial swearing-in picture. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) poses with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for a ceremonial swearing-in picture. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) poses with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for a ceremonial swearing-in picture. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) poses with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for a ceremonial swearing-in picture. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) reacts inside the House Chamber. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) reacts inside the House Chamber. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) reacts inside the House Chamber. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) stands to register her vote for Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for House Speaker. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) stands to register her vote for Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for House Speaker. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) stands to register her vote for Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for House Speaker. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is embraced by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) inside the House Chamber. 

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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is embraced by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) inside the House Chamber. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is embraced by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) inside the House Chamber. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the first Palestinian-American elected to the House, poses with supporters outside her office at the Longworth House Office Building. 

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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the first Palestinian-American elected to the House, poses with supporters outside her office at the Longworth House Office Building. Adam Shapiro via REUTERS

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the first Palestinian-American elected to the House, poses with supporters outside her office at the Longworth House Office Building. Adam Shapiro via REUTERS
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Members of the 116th Congress are sworn in.

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Members of the 116th Congress are sworn in. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the 116th Congress are sworn in. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Vice President Mike Pence officiates the ceremonial swearing in of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the Old Senate Chambers. Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

Vice President Mike Pence officiates the ceremonial swearing in of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the Old Senate Chambers. Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

Vice President Mike Pence officiates the ceremonial swearing in of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the Old Senate Chambers. Jack Gruber-USA TODAY
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Members of the House are sworn in.

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Members of the House are sworn in. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the House are sworn in. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney speaks with outgoing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). 

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney speaks with outgoing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney speaks with outgoing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gestures after being elected as House speaker.

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House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gestures after being elected as House speaker. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gestures after being elected as House speaker. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is applauded after being elected to the speakership. 

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House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is applauded after being elected to the speakership. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is applauded after being elected to the speakership. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is handed the gavel by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after being elected as House Speaker. 

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House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is handed the gavel by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after being elected as House Speaker. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is handed the gavel by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after being elected as House Speaker. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) participates in a mock swearing-in with Vice President Mike Pence. 

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) participates in a mock swearing-in with Vice President Mike Pence. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) participates in a mock swearing-in with Vice President Mike Pence. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) participates in a mock swearing-in with Vice President Mike Pence. 

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) participates in a mock swearing-in with Vice President Mike Pence. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) participates in a mock swearing-in with Vice President Mike Pence. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) arrives. 

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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) arrives. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) arrives. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Rep. Deb-Haaland (D-NM) poses with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for a ceremonial swearing-in picture. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Deb-Haaland (D-NM) poses with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for a ceremonial swearing-in picture. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Deb-Haaland (D-NM) poses with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for a ceremonial swearing-in picture. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) holds his daughter Kathryn. 

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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) holds his daughter Kathryn. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) holds his daughter Kathryn. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) participates in a mock swearing in with Vice President Mike Pence.

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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) participates in a mock swearing in with Vice President Mike Pence. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) participates in a mock swearing in with Vice President Mike Pence. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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House Democratic leader and Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gesture.

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House Democratic leader and Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gesture. REUTERS/Leah Millis

House Democratic leader and Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gesture. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Sen. Jacklyn Rosen (D-NV) participates in a mock swearing-in. 

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Sen. Jacklyn Rosen (D-NV) participates in a mock swearing-in. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Sen. Jacklyn Rosen (D-NV) participates in a mock swearing-in. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Outgoing House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) greets Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). 

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Outgoing House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) greets Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Outgoing House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) greets Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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House Democratic leader and House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) votes for herself next to Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) after being nominated to the speakership.

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House Democratic leader and House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) votes for herself next to Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) after being nominated to the speakership. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

House Democratic leader and House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) votes for herself next to Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) after being nominated to the speakership. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Outgoing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) looks on after his Democratic opponent, House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), was elected to the speakership. 

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Outgoing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) looks on after his Democratic opponent, House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), was elected to the speakership. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Outgoing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) looks on after his Democratic opponent, House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), was elected to the speakership. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Representative-elect Jahana Hayes (D-CT) talks with Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

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Representative-elect Jahana Hayes (D-CT) talks with Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Representative-elect Jahana Hayes (D-CT) talks with Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) tally votes for the new speaker of the House after being nominated to the speakership.

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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) tally votes for the new speaker of the House after being nominated to the speakership. REUTERS/Leah Millis

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) tally votes for the new speaker of the House after being nominated to the speakership. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) before a ceremonial swearing-in.  
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Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) before a ceremonial swearing-in. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) before a ceremonial swearing-in. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) poses with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for a ceremonial swearing-in. 
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Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) poses with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for a ceremonial swearing-in. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) poses with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for a ceremonial swearing-in. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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A plaque displayed with the name of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is placed at the Speaker's office on Capitol Hill.    REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

A plaque displayed with the name of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is placed at the Speaker's office on Capitol Hill. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

A plaque displayed with the name of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is placed at the Speaker's office on Capitol Hill. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduces his daughters to Vice President Mike Pence. 

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduces his daughters to Vice President Mike Pence. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduces his daughters to Vice President Mike Pence. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) embraces Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) near Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE).   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) embraces Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) near Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) embraces Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) near Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are sworn in by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).  
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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are sworn in by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are sworn in by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (TOP R) holds a sleeping child. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (TOP R) holds a sleeping child. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (TOP R) holds a sleeping child. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds the speaker's gavel after being elected speaker. 
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House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds the speaker's gavel after being elected speaker. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds the speaker's gavel after being elected speaker. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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