Taylor Swift Literally Lit the 2018 American Music Awards Stage on Fire

Taylor Swift may have done something bad—but watching her do it felt so good. The singer, who just wrapped the U.S. leg of her Reputation tour, opened the 2018 American Music Awards with a very fiery performance of her song “I Did Something Bad.”

In a long-sleeved, sparkly bodysuit and thigh-high black boots, and accompanied by a troupe of dancers, the singer lit up the AMAs stage—but she had some help. Her performance was enhanced with stunning pyrotechnics as she belted out the track’s dance-y chorus.

The entire performance was punctuated by the appearance of a giant cobra rising out of the set behind her, a nod to the snake motif that has characterized the entire Reputation era. This performance marks Swift’s first time performing at an awards show since the release of her latest album. Her last awards show performance was over two years ago, at the Grammys in 2016. Meanwhile, she hasn’t hit the stage for a song at the American Music Awards since 2014.

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But this isn’t the only time Swift snagged the spotlight this week. She made headlines for posting an unprecedented political statement to Instagram on Sunday, in which she endorsed Democrats Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives in the upcoming midterm elections in the state of Tennessee. She ended her statement by encouraging her fans to educate themselves about the upcoming election and make their own voices heard by voting. “Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”

One day later, her comments appear to have had a significant impact on voter registration. But the post also prompted several harsh responses from several conservatives, including President Donald Trump, who declared that he now likes her music “25% less.”

We, on the other hand, would watch this performance over and over and over again if we could. Below, see a GIF recap courtesy of GIPHY.

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Cardi B’s 2018 AMAs Gown Needs to Be Admired From Every Angle

While the rest of us have busy prepping for fall by filling our closets with long sleeves and muted colors, Cardi B is leaning into the florals—hard. On Tuesday, the rapper attended the 2018 American Music Awards wearing a jaw-dropping technicolor gown, complete with a matching headpiece, that made us want to hold on to the blooming prints for a little longer.

Cardi’s Dolce & Gabbana ballgown-style dress featured a fitted, spaghetti-strapped bodice and poufy, structured skirt with a dramatic slit. It was printed with a brightly-colored floral pattern, with a handful of poppy-esque embellishments to create a 3-D effect. (Even her heels had flowers on them!)

It’s a look that needs to be admired from every single angle. So behold, from the front…

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And from the side…

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And finally, the back…

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Cardi accessorized with a fascinator made from the same floral-print material as her gown. She styled her dark hair in an elegant bun at the nape of her neck.

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The “Taki Taki” singer also sported bright red lipstick, coordinating scarlet eyeshadow, and crystal-encrusted red nails.

Cardi B is up for eight awards at the 2018 AMAs, including Video of the Year and New Artist of the Year, tying with Drake for the most nominations at this year’s show. She’s set to take the stage to perform her hit single “I Like It” with collaborators Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

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The Best Looks From the 2018 American Music Awards Red Carpet

There are many, many reasons not to sleep on the 2018 American Music Awards. Taylor Swift is performing. Tracee Ellis Ross is hosting once again—and when she did so in 2017, she wore 10 (10!) different outfits throughout the night. Selena Gomez showed up on the red carpet as a blonde last year. Point is, this award show is known for its surprises. And it always brings together a bunch of your favorites (Taylor Swift, Kelsea Ballerini, among others) for a pretty major red carpet. Within the first hour of the 2018 show, we already had looks from designers like Pyer Moss, Cushnie, and Balmain. So as you wait to see how many wardrobe changes Ellis Ross has in store for us this year, check out the absolute best looks from the 2018 American Music Awards red carpet.

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Dove Is Officially PETA-Certified Cruelty Free

When news broke last month that California had motioned to ban all cosmetic animal testing by 2020, it felt like the first good thing to happen in months. Not only was it a bright spot within a dark news cycle, but thanks to the size of California’s economy, it seemed like the bill would effect real change in the beauty industry. Now animal lovers have another reason to celebrate: Unilever, the parent company of a handful of major drugstore brands, just announced it’s ramping up its efforts to bring an end to animal testing.

In a press release from the company, representatives wrote that Unilever is supporting a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics and collaborating with the Humane Society International (HSI) to make it happen. For an idea of how significant this news is, Unilever owns 57 beauty and personal care brands alone. Those include drugstore mainstays Dove, Simple, Love Beauty & Planet, Suave, and Clear, to name just a few. And in no accident, the release notes that Unilever’s news coincides with Dove officially gaining PETA accreditation as a cruelty-free brand.

What does this mean for your body wash? Likely, not much outside of PETA’s cruelty-free logo showing up on Dove’s labels in January 2019. According to Dove director Amy Stepanian, the brand didn’t previously test on animals and has been using alternative methods for 30 years. What the new initiative does enforce, however, is the prohibition of animal testing by governments on the brand’s behalf. (In layman’s terms: A country can’t go behind Unilever’s back and test their products on animals before they hit shelves.)

That’s NBD for Europe, admittedly: Ever progressive, the EU banned animal testing back in 2013, says David Blanchard, Unilever’s chief research and development officer. But by adding Unilever’s official cosign, Blanchard says the brand hopes it’ll put further pressure on the beauty industry and markets that require animal-testing (like China) to adopt more ethical safety testing.

The press release also mentions that through supporting the HSI, Unilever will join its #BeCrueltyFree initiative, which is leading animal testing legislative reform in multiple countries around the globe. Within Unilever, Love Beauty & Planet and Simple are in the midst of applying for PETA accreditation, Stepanian says.

It’s a small step, but one that means we’re closer to getting more global regulation around the way our makeup and skin care is tested. And on the heels of California’s animal-testing ban being signed into law on September 6, that’s looking sooner than ever.

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Best Thigh-High Boots: Black, Suede and Over-The-Knee

Tall boots, particularly thigh-high styles, are very in. Which could have something to with pants being very out. Just two weeks ago Prada and Gucci sent models down the runway in only their underwear, while celebrities like Ariana Grande have pioneered the no-bottoms movement, opting for oversized sweatshirts worn with only thigh-high boots.

If you’re someone who generally prefers to clothe your bottom half, however, no fear: Pairing thigh-high boots with skinny jeans, tights, leggings, and dresses or skirts of all lengths easily make fall outfits feel a little cooler.

A basic black thigh-high boot will never not deliver but, this season, there are some exciting options out there worth looking into. From crisp white styles to bold colors (red, anyone?) and prints like plaid, see below to shop our picks, many which are on sale right now. Ariana would approve.

Hillary Clinton Says The White House Undermined The Supreme Court With Brett Kavanaugh’s “Political Rally”

Hillary Clinton is criticizing controversial remarks President Donald Trump made during a confirmation ceremony for embattled Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Monday.

After Kavanaugh was officially confirmed to the Supreme Court over the weekend, the White House arranged a public ceremony for him that gave Trump the opportunity to apologize to Kavanaugh for “pain and suffering” that he had “been forced to endure” after multiple women, including Christine Blasey Ford, accused him of sexual misconduct.

Speaking with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Clinton derided the public gathering for Kavanaugh and called it a “political rally” that “undermined the image and integrity of the court.”

“What was done last night in the White House was a political rally. It further undermined the image and integrity of the court,” Clinton said of Monday’s event. “And that troubles me greatly. It saddens me. Because our judicial system has been viewed as one of the main pillars of our constitutional government. So I don’t know how people are going to react to it. I think, given our divides, it will pretty much fall predictably between those who are for and those who are against.”

Trump spoke positively about Kavanaugh both during and after the ceremony. His comments came just days after he had mocked the testimony Ford made at a widely publicized Senate hearing, during which she detailed her account of being assaulted by Kavanaugh at a party when they were both in high school.

“On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure,” Trump said on Monday. “Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation. Not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception. What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process.”

Trump also added that in the U.S., every individual is “innocent unless and until proven guilty”—a comment that drew the ire of many social media users, who pointed out that Kavanaugh was never on trial and had not been proven innocent or guilty.

“The President’s been true to form,” Clinton told Amanpour. “He has insulted, attacked, demeaned women throughout the campaign — really for many years leading up to the campaign. And he’s continued to do that inside the White House.”

After being sworn in, Kavanaugh began making preparations to join his fellow justices on the bench on Tuesday for the first time. Kavanaugh reportedly got to work just after he had been confirmed by a 50-48 Senate vote on Saturday and turned to four female clerks he has hired. He is now the first Supreme Court justice in history to have an all-female staff—something he promised during his Senate confirmation hearings.

However, the move isn’t enough to win over protesters, who gathered outside of the Supreme Court on Saturday. Police arrested at least 164 people for acts of civil disobedience.

Earlier this month at the Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C., Clinton had discussed Kavanaugh and made light of his accusations that the sexual misconduct claims against him had been a result of “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.”

“It deserves a lot of laughter,” she said. “I wasn’t watching when he said that; I was having to be somewhere else and away from a TV and even my phone. And so I heard about it later. I thought it was just part of the whole of his very defensive and unconvincing presentation. And I told someone later, ‘Boy, I’ll tell you, they give us a lot of credit.'”

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Voter Registration Deadlines by State

If the current state of politics has you fired up, there’s one thing you can do about it: Vote.

The midterm elections are right around the corner, which means you will soon be able to vote for the candidate of your choice to represent your interests in government. But, there’s one more thing you must do before your voice is heard. And that is to ensure you’re actually registered to vote in the first place.

As we reported in this guide to voting, the majority of states—along with the District of Columbia—require voters to register before casting ballots in local, state, and federal elections. North Dakota is the only state that allows voters to cast a ballot without registering.

Each state also has its own deadline for registering to vote, however, most of those deadlines fall in the month of October. Seventeen of the states even share the deadline of Tuesday, October 9.

Here are the deadlines for registering to vote in each state:

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Registration deadline for Texas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, and Indiana. Oct. 9 is also the deadline for in-person registration in Louisiana (the deadline to register online for Louisiana residents is October 16).

Wednesday, Oct. 10: Registration deadline for Missouri.

Friday, Oct. 12: Registration deadline for Oklahoma, New York, and North Carolina.

Saturday, Oct. 13: Registration deadline for Delaware.

Monday, Oct. 15: Registration deadline for Virginia.

Tuesday, Oct. 16: Registration deadline for Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, and West Virginia.

Wednesday, Oct. 17: Registration deadline for South Carolina and Massachusetts.

Friday, Oct. 19: Registration deadline for Nebraska.

Monday, Oct. 22: Registration deadline for Alabama, California, and South Dakota.

Monday, Oct. 29: Registration deadline for Colorado and Washington.

States that allow election day in-person registration include: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Before you register to vote make sure to check out your state’s voting requirements, here. And, if you’re looking to skip the voting lines, you can in most states by requesting a mail-in ballot through early voting.

And when it comes down to November 6, you should also know your rights just in case you run into trouble at the polls.

As Glamour’s senior political reporter Celeste Katz writes: Knowing the rules, and even bringing them along, can help: VoteRiders makes wallet-size info cards for every state. If polling hours end while you’re on line, don’t assume that automatically means you can’t vote—and given how close elections can be, don’t quit even if pundits (or candidates) call a winner before you cast your ballot. If you think you’re being cheated out of your vote or pressured to vote a certain way because of how you look, get out your phone. You have many options: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law takes voter questions and complaints in multiple languages. The ACLU fields reports of intimidation and discrimination, as does the Justice Department.

Know where to go. Know about getting time off from work to vote—and plan ahead to avoid a wait. If you need help or information at the polls, ask.

And above all, make sure your vote counts.

In a pivotal election year, Glamour is keeping track of the historic number of women running (and voting) in the midterm elections. For more on our latest midterm coverage, visit www.glamour.com/midterms.

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14 Skin Care Tips That’ll Transform Your Complexion

Getting a handle on your skin is hard. It sounds obvious, but it’s the truth—and whether the internet, drugstore, Sephora, or Ulta is your resource of choice, there are thousands of products out there swearing to solve whatever bugs you. If you luck out and find a product that works, it feels like you’re finally in control of your skin’s destiny. Alas, it’s the rare find that makes a difference, and any dermatologist will jump to explain that more often than not, you need to visit a doctor’s office to find life-changing results—which isn’t always a possibility if you don’t have the time or money to spend. Add to all the misinformation out there on the Internet, and navigating your way to clearer, healthier skin can feel like a minefield.

Our editors are by no means doctors, but we have spent our fair share of time around them, both for interviews and for our own personal skin care struggles. On any given day someone in the office always has new wisdom to share. Since it’d be a shame just to keep that knowledge confined only to the halls of Glamour HQ, we asked the team to offer up the best skin care tips they’ve ever received. Consider their advice a jumping off point to finding a routine that works for you.

Do Less

“I have hyperpigmentation, so I used to worry about any sort of bump or breakout—and thought squeaky clean skin was the answer to the problem. If I don’t get a bump, I can’t get the dark spot. After visiting an aesthetician at my derm’s office, she suggested I wash my face less. She said gentle, non-foaming cleanser at night was good, and just water in the morning. Later, a different facialist recommended a toner or micellar water in the morning, but also stressed the one wash. Ultimately the squeaky clean skin was causing more damage, so my skin was dry, flaky and irritable. Thanks to that, plus a focus on hydration, my skin has far less issues. I still get dark spots on occasion, but they don’t last nearly as long.” —Christina Draper, credits editor

“The best tip I’ve ever gotten is probably ‘Go easy on the exfoliating.’ I used to use a face scrub every day, assuming my skin broke out because I wasn’t sufficiently scrubbing all the grit and grime off. But once someone suggested I only exfoliate a few times a week, alternating with a gentler face wash, it was an utter revelation.” —Melissa Haney, digital analytics manager

“Right now skin care is such a big trend, and I think people can get caught up in doing the most possible and using all of the products. I’ve gone overboard more than a few times, and it’s left my skin looking worse than when I started. I’ve scaled back a bit, making sure not to use products I don’t need and really paying attention to how many things I’m applying on my skin in one day. Once a month, I’ll also take a week where all I do is wash my face with water. It’s like a cleanse, but it honestly gives my skin a break. And ever since I started doing it, I’ve noticed that it’s kept my breakouts at bay.” —Tara Gonzalez, associate commerce editor

Family Wisdom

“Mine is basic, but it’s real: moisturize. My mom has been using Oil of Olay since she was in her twenties. She’s now 71 and legit looks like she’s 50. Unlike her, I use a few different ones based on the weather or time of day. My go-tos are It Cosmetics’ Secret Sauce in the morning, and Kopari Coconut Face Cream at night. The Secret Sauce feels like a luxury cream that should cost upwards of $100, but it isn’t.” —Jennifer Lance, assistant editor

“My family is really into the healing power of honey (a large percentage of them live in Vermont and keep bees). Growing up, I always put raw honey on cuts and scrapes, and drank it in tea to soothe a sore throat. When I started breaking out in my tweens, my grandma told me to use honey as a face mask. To this day, I’ll slather my face in it at the first sign of a breakout. Honey is a powerful antibacterial, so it fights off acne, but it’s also a humectant, so it keeps moisture in your skin instead of stripping it. A dream come true for an acne-prone, sensitive-skinned girl like me.” —Bella Cacciatore, beauty assistant

Water Isn’t B.S.

“I’ve been hearing forever that the secret to good skin is drinking a lot of water. It wasn’t until I went through a breakup recently and made it my (distraction) mission to refill my water bottle at least six times a day. All of a sudden people were commenting on how glowy my skin looked. I don’t know if it was the water or all the ice cream I was eating (OK, probably not that), but I highly recommend.” —Sarah Olin, art director

“Hydrate on the inside, and the outside. Literally: I keep a bottle of Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Rosewater in my bag at all times. I can dry out pretty easily, especially in the winter, which means my skin looks dull and thirsty. And it is! A spray every few hours keeps my skin supple, and makes me feel fresh when I’ve been out all day.” —Christina Coleman, news and culture director

Educate Yourself

“It’s not technically advice I was given by another person, but reading labels has changed everything for me. It sounds simple, but I used to slather on anything in a cute package or with a buzzy name and wondered why my skin was always dry and dull, despite having access to great products. Turns out, I was paying zero attention to what was actually in anything. Now I read every label and if I don’t recognize an ingredient, I either Google it or ask a derm. Knowledge is good-skin power!” —Perrie Samotin, digital deputy editor

Think Outside Your Medicine Cabinet

“It’s about as basic as you can get, but I’m a big fan of using an exfoliating sponge in the shower. It makes a huge difference—whenever I’m out of sponges or simply too lazy to put a new one in the shower, I always suffer the consequences. (Read: acne.) So I pick up a cheap pack whenever I’m at the drugstore (like these) and replace them often.” —Anna Moeslein, senior editor

“It might sound crazy, but the best piece of skin-related advice I’ve been given actually has to do with my bed. Taking off your makeup is important, but for me, the biggest thing that’s helped clear up my skin has been changing my pillowcases every week. Between leftover makeup and dead skin cells, our pillowcases collect a lot more gunk than any of us would like to think. If you’re fighting off a patch of zits, or even a bad cold, swapping your pillowcases will make all the difference. You can thank me later.” —Sarah Morse, social media manager

The Tried-and-True Favorites

“When I do get pimples, they’re usually epic and somewhere very noticeable. This device is my front line zit defense. If I so much as feel a pimple coming on, I get out my blue light and torch it. The device both eliminates bacteria (which stops pimples from forming) and reduces the size of an already formed pimple. It only takes a minute or two to use per session, and it works wonders on deep cystic acne. I finish the session off with Osmia’s spot treatment.” —Michelle Sulcov, senior photo research editor

Lotion P50 1970, made by Biologique Recherche, is the one product that makes a huge difference for my skin. My facialist, Lori Hollingworth, swears by it for its hydrating and exfoliating properties, which rebalance your skin. That way every other product or treatment you do after that will be absorbed properly. That’s so important for me, since I’m doing a lot of on-camera appearances and going to events, and it feels like people are literally thisclose to your skin. It also helps because I’m traveling a lot, not getting enough sleep, etc., so this helps ‘rebalance’ my skin when I otherwise can’t.” —Jessica Radloff, west coast editor

All That Said… Pros Really Do Make a Difference

“One word: Accutane. After 10 years of struggling with acne, the ‘last resort’ from my dermatologist worked miracles. My skin went from shit to supermodel status in three months. Full disclosure: It’s an intense medication and isn’t for everyone—you have to have your dermatologist prescribe it, get monthly blood work done, and take an online quiz every month before a prescription refill. But the result it had on my skin overall was amazing and worth the hassle. I didn’t have any side effects, except my lips got incredibly chapped and dried out, a minor drawback that Burt’s Bees remedied. Texture, pigmentation, glow, it changed everything.” —Alex Pisauro, communications associate

“I’ve probably interviewed 100+ dermatologists and besides good daily skin maintenance (including, yes, sunscreen), they all believe in the power of a reset—a pore-clearing acid peel, a series of brightening IPL treatments or skin-tightening laser resurfacing sessions. My latest thing is Clear + Brilliant. I’ve done a few sessions recently under the recommendation of Dr. Ellen Marmur and suddenly, I no longer need to wear foundation. My pores look smaller, my brown spots are more like beige spots, and my skin is just glowier overall. I’m recommending it to everyone I know.” —Ying Chu, executive beauty director

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Fans Have a Theory Linking Taylor Swift’s Political Statement and Her AMAs Performance

On Sunday (October 7), Taylor Swift made a rare political statement, denouncing a Republican candidate running for Senate in her voting state of Tennessee. Unsurprisingly, her call to action subsequently had a massive effect on voter registration in the state. Another effect? A fan theory involving Swift’s upcoming American Music Awards performance.

As brought to our attention by BuzzFeed, Swift announced earlier this month that she’d be opening the American Music Awards—airing Tuesday night—with the Reputation banger “I Did Something Bad.” On a surface level, the song selection is a bit out of left field, as “I Did Something Bad” was never released as a single from the album and might not be known by casual Swift listeners. But as BuzzFeed outlines, the first few lyrics of the song are as follows: “I never trust a narcissist, but they love me / So I play ’em like a violin / And I make it look oh so easy.”

That “narcissist,” fans reckon, refers to Donald Trump, who responded to Swift’s political statement with a statement of his own, saying he likes Swift’s music “25 percent less” now, according to multiple reports. Fly, meet trap? Fans sure seem to think so, just in time to make a statement at the awards show—something Swift is very fond of.

In her Sunday statement, Swift endorsed Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives, respectively, while urging citizens to vote against Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn. “As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” Swift wrote on Instagram. “She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values.”

Remember readers, midterms are next month, and the AMAs are in just a few hours.

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Serena Williams Shared a Rare Photo of Her Daughter to Celebrate an Instagram Milestone

To celebrate reaching 10 million followers on Instagram, Serena Williams shared a photo of herself and her 13-month-old daughter, Alexis Olympia, playing in a sandbox. In the photo, baby Alexis is wearing an adorable onesie that reads “More Issues Than Vogue,” while Williams looks on lovingly in the background. It‘s just the latest glimpse into Williams’s life as a mom with her daughter. “For my 10 million followers. Thank you,” she captioned the photo.

Since giving birth, the tennis icon has been extremely candid about how difficult it’s been trying to juggle her career with being a mother. “It’s been so hard balancing being a mom and starting my clothing line, as well as playing a professional sport!” Williams told People recently. “However, it is the challenge that makes it fun!”

She’s also revealed how becoming a mother has changed her perspective on a variety of important issues, including domestic abuse. “Having a daughter changes your outlook on so many things in the world,” Williams told Elle earlier this month. “The last year has really changed my already passionate mind-set. There’s a lot of other women out there that could be my daughter or my sister that are in an [abusive] situation. You never know—sometimes you meet a person and they’re amazing, and a week later or a month later or a couple years later they turn out to be something different, and it’s not [your] fault.”

That newfound perspective is what made Williams partner up with Purple Purse, an organization that’s dedicated to ending domestic violence through financial empowerment. “[Victims] can’t leave their situation[s], because they cannot financially afford to,” she told Elle. “We want to make them aware that’s not OK…and provide victims a safe way out of violence through financial tools and resources.”

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