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40,000 new laws take effect in 2014
CNN, by Jake Tapper, Shaneika Dabney-Henders

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/1/2014 12:40:40 AM

(Video) It may have been the least productive year for Congress in history, at least in terms of passing laws – fewer than 60 of which made it through the House and Senate and were signed by President Barack Obama. Across the country, however, state lawmakers were busy getting more than 40,000 bills passed, ones that tackle everything from drones to food stamp benefits. In Illinois for example, teenagers will no longer get to use tanning beds without a doctor´s note. If you live in Delaware, visit the shark fin buffet while you can, a new law will make it illegal to own, sale, or distribute the controversial delicacy.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: thewarden, 1/1/2014 1:05:54 AM     (No. 9675023)

I don´t know about you, but that´s 40,000 too many. Am I right? Good grief, Charlie Brown.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/1/2014 1:38:46 AM     (No. 9675032)

Truly amazing. They had time to pass 40,000 new laws but can´t seem to balance the budget.

How many laws were vetoed ?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/1/2014 2:18:20 AM     (No. 9675044)

My guess is most of these laws are more tools for the government to micromanage your lives with or gouge you for more taxes and or fees.The left is obsessed with trying to punish business anyway they can because they want controlled capitalism,where the business person is allowed to stay in business as long as they knee and bow before Zod.

Most liberals wouldn´t know where to start on starting a business and having to meet payroll all the time but they somehow have superior knowledge for the people who do.

So we´ll have Chinese style controlled capitalism with Europe´s social benefits.

Life can´t be any better.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: curious1, 1/1/2014 2:42:29 AM     (No. 9675051)

This will continue as long as people agree the federal government somehow was given the authority to meddle in private business - they weren´t. Our ancestors failed us when the didn´t immediately drag the commies from office (when they first started doing this) and hang them from the nearest horizontal structure.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/1/2014 7:32:20 AM     (No. 9675129)

Progressives will never stop in their quest for control. The last thing they want is a free people making decisions regarding their own lives. We are living under creeping tyranny that has been allowed to flourish during the past few years. The progressives are drunk with the power to control our every move and keep pushing forward toward their socialist utopia. There is a solution but I am not sure modern Americans have the stomach for the fix.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MMC, 1/1/2014 7:45:21 AM     (No. 9675137)

Cash is king! More cash only businesses... American ingenuity will follow.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Poobah, 1/1/2014 7:56:14 AM     (No. 9675142)

In the video, Alan Dershowitz says that ObamaCare will result in more access to medicine for the poor. I believe that ObamaCare will result in the poor having more access to insurance. But I’m not sure they will have more access to medical care.

We had a system of emergency-room care that was always available. It was terribly expensive, but the poor couldn’t afford the cost and didn’t pay it. So, in some sense, they received good care for free. So it isn’t really a question of life or death for the poor, it’s a question of whether we are establishing the best delivery system for our healthcare industry and whether that industry will flourish or diminish under the new system.

European governments have tried socialized medicine and the results were poor. Those who could afford it came to the United States for treatment. I believe ObamaCare will cripple our system at least as much as the European socialization has crippled theirs.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mikkins2, 1/1/2014 8:20:22 AM     (No. 9675166)

I am certain each one was completely necessary and was considered without bias to be fair to all Americans and businesses they will be protecting. None of them are frivolous, and the political establishment, along with their benefactors, will not be exempted from any of them.

Why would any American think differently?

Got Tea?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: franq, 1/1/2014 8:27:36 AM     (No. 9675179)

If there´s any up side to this, it shows how absurd the federal government has become. But we already knew that.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 1/1/2014 8:47:55 AM     (No. 9675209)

Posters, these rules are just laws and bureaucratic claptrap. They can be legally rescinded by effective legislators.

We seem to worry like they have amended our Constitution. We need brooms and shredders.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/1/2014 8:49:54 AM     (No. 9675216)

ally demented, elected commissars throughout the many States in America, have loaded the citizenry down with 40,000 more burdensome taxes, on the road to totalitarian socialism fascism communism, whatever you want to call it. But, PLEASE, Rinctum, Ann Coulter, Rush Charles, PLEASE DON´T CALL IT PROGRESSIVISM ! OR LIBERALISM !
Falsely using these two great words as a cover up for
taxing away freedom, IS a semantic crime against all Americans innocently pursuing happiness.
Liberal literally means freedom. Try to remember, no matter how painful it may be for you, try to remember that each time you call a Marxist either of those two good words, you are setting back the good life one more small step!
Overcome either your fear, or your ignorance, and call these people who are destroying our lives, call these people what they actually ARE. Get up the nerve, practice using words like socialist statist, collectivist, communist, commie. If it was good enough for Ayn Rand
Ronald Reagan, Milton Friedman, Murray Rothbard, then it´s good enough for you! Dare to be a clear citizen !

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Newtsche, 1/1/2014 9:03:18 AM     (No. 9675239)

So it´s now officially impossible not to be a criminal, ignorance being no excuse.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: saucy, 1/1/2014 9:05:29 AM     (No. 9675243)

Now gender-free bathrooms in schools in Calif.

How many gang rapes do the girls in high school have to endure before the IDIOTS in SaCRAPimento wake up??!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 1/1/2014 9:11:42 AM     (No. 9675253)

There are stories like this EVERY year. Tens of thousands of laws to do nothing but make us slaves of local, State and Federal governments. Remember the story about the frog in the pot? Altogether now....RIBBIT!!!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Arby, 1/1/2014 9:33:08 AM     (No. 9675292)

Lawyers´ paradise.

The left believes that the purpose of the legislature is to legislate. If they´re not making laws all the time, they´re failing. However, our Montesquieu-inspired system of checks and balance had a different goal: equilibrium. Let´s hear it for equilibrium in 2014.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Me_Opinionated_Nah, 1/1/2014 9:59:11 AM     (No. 9675340)

Way back when, there was a popular comic strip called “There oughta be a law!” Today, a comic strip called “There ought nota be a law!” would probably be as successful as its predecessor. Nowadays, given the oppressive atmosphere of governmental control under which we find ourselves forced to live, maybe even more successful. Do you find it more difficult to remember that once there was a time in America known as “the good ol’ days?” I certainly do.

Best we fasten our seatbelts. Looks like 2014 is gonna be a bumpy year.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: uno, 1/1/2014 10:02:51 AM     (No. 9675358)

This is the New Communism of Unnecessary, Over-Reaching, Over-bearing, High-Handed, Autocratic Regulation brought to you by the Øbamboozler and the Leftist, Progressive Rats!
Let the Sucking begin!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: chicodon, 1/1/2014 10:06:37 AM     (No. 9675361)

Here in California we have over 800 new laws dreamt up by big city liberals. Another reason why many of us in rural areas are urging our counties to secede.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: spahrkl, 1/1/2014 10:20:44 AM     (No. 9675382)

I am interested in reading these laws.

There are more of us than those that run the government, so if we all agree there needs to be a change, let´s do it.

Progressive agendas date back to Woodrow Wilson, who was a liberal Democrat, who was so concerned about civil rights he initiated separating the blacks from the whites in the military. This after the Civil War made this against the law. But then, as usual, if a Progressive, Liberal, Democrat does it, well, rest assured, it is quite acceptable.

So, making laws that are convenient for the Democrats while in power is nothing new but just as unacceptable.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 1/1/2014 10:39:38 AM     (No. 9675404)

“Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against—then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures.

We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it.

There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens?
What’s there it that for anyone?

But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted—and you create a nation of lawbreakers—and then you cash in.

Now that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

Atlas Shrugged

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Reply 21 - Posted by: M2, 1/1/2014 11:02:46 AM     (No. 9675432)

So these were State laws that were passed? I sure hope some of them benefited those in private sector business who can use some relief from the overburdened regulatory mania of politicians.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: NotaBene, 1/1/2014 11:17:20 AM     (No. 9675463)

In Los Angeles as of today plastic bags are forbidden and paper bags will cost 10 c at the supermarket.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 1/1/2014 11:28:04 AM     (No. 9675489)

This socialism thing sure worked like a charm in Detroit, no? You can´t make this stuff up - a town saturated with laws and no people to enforce the laws on. Yep, that socialism gig really is good for us.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: stryker714, 1/1/2014 11:55:29 AM     (No. 9675529)

I once complained to my father that the Georgia Assembly was on this crusade to pass laws day in day out, in downtown Atlanta, while the rest of us worked, were unaware what they were doing. He explained a concept that no law should be passed w/out another law being repealed. Great idea. Like the above poster references-all man made laws are artificial, not natural. Just bc the state passed another law doesn´t mean we have to obey.

In the meantime, Rino Gov Bill Haslam made sure he did his patriotic duty to tax and spend, to push a new Tn law to collect taxes on internet purchases, with Amazon in the sites. So the "You´ve Got Mail" type small book stores backed him saying, "yup this is necessary to level the playing field so we´s won´tz go out of business". Oh sure. They sure didn´t mention there is already an extra tax on internet purchases called shipping and handling. So now maybe now I won´t buy from either source-short circuit the law and the "revenue" as well.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Tom Kilbride, 1/1/2014 12:05:13 PM     (No. 9675543)

These are gifts from legislators who believe that just one more chain will set you free.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Butch59, 1/1/2014 12:08:16 PM     (No. 9675550)

And as #15 stated, all of these new laws will be a lawyers paradise. Just think of all the lawsuits that will be filed because of them. And the huge piles of money to be made (for lawyers of course). And ultimately, the entire costs will be borne by the taxpayers. Isn´t that the way it´s done nowadays?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Janjan, 1/1/2014 12:48:42 PM     (No. 9675623)

CNN believes that only 60 new laws passed in Congress is ´unproductive´.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/1/2014 1:19:33 PM     (No. 9675685)

And the legal profession rejoices.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: steph_gray, 1/1/2014 2:26:16 PM     (No. 9675777)

Many on this thread seem to assume the 40,000 laws are federal - the article says they are not, only state and local. This is somewhat encouraging in that all of us have a chance to fight them locally. A friend of mine in 2013 practically single-handedly prevented the town next door to mine from passing an outright gun ban; she spoke out eloquently against a crazed moonbat on the council, and she won. So she stopped socialism by 1 local law. If more of us could do this, maybe we can start fighting the tide.

On the other hand, I would not be surprised at all to discovered that the Communist Feds instituted even more than 40,000 new regulations with all the force of law but none of the democracy. :-(

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Reply 30 - Posted by: absalom, 1/1/2014 3:12:43 PM     (No. 9675812)

While our Founders were exposed to and familiar with the notions of the French Enlightenment; they escaped the heresies of the French Revolution. Nevertheless by mid-nineteenth century, progressive and socialist nostrums were all the rage within the European intelligentsia and had found their way into our universities. By the time of our Gilded Age, the GOP was the vehicle for our current progressive politics; the D´s embraced it under Wilson in ´12. Cold reality is simple. We do NOT have a principled conservative party and never did; in the English tradition of Pitt and Palmerston. More are beginning to finally grasp this which is why the Tea Party is the future not the corrupt republicrat party now in power.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: byzantine, 1/1/2014 3:15:43 PM     (No. 9675816)

40,000 new laws... And no end in sight...

You know this can all be summed up rather quickly.. and that simply put is; Whenever a new law is written, another freedom dies.

And that is the message which needs to be driven into every ignorant reactionary American´s head.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Megrits, 1/1/2014 3:30:42 PM     (No. 9675840)

Its only gonna take two more, the two our communist in chief wants the most. Open borders and the complete inability of the american people to defend themselves. He´s already stolen our right to control our own bodies, our healthcare. I know I sound depressing, and that´s because I am. I never thought the american people would be stupid enuf to let this happen, but obviously, the scales have tipped and Americans don´t know what liberty is anymore. Too many illegals voting, the voter fraud on the commie side and the intentional dumbing down of our young people in what is supposed to be education. We HAD the best health care system in the world, created by the best and the brightest, stolen right out from under us by people who shouldn´t be trusted making a health care decision for a rabid squirrel, much less another free human being. Take a look at government education; this is what government "health" care is going to look like. A bunch of unqualified, affirmative action, politically correct morons dictating life and death decisions. It´s very difficult for me to speak to members of my own family, who voted for this thieving charlatan, they´re much to old to have known better.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: gilbi, 1/1/2014 10:40:54 PM     (No. 9676135)

What we need in this country are election laws that give the right to vote only to people who pay income tax.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 1/1/2014 11:04:26 PM     (No. 9676159)

We are deliberately being overwhelmed by immigrants who come here knowing nothing about the country and immediately are voting and making decisions. They are told that the Democrats are for the "little peoople". The Republicans are for the rich. They vote accordingly. First generation Americans are not Americans. It takes three generations to make an American.

The Labour Party in Britain broke up the unity of the people by flooding the country with immigrants. Our Democrats are doing the same here. The melting pot has not been able to work, defeated by the fiction that everyone should retain their own culture.

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Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it." After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, "let me say to those ´quote survivors,´ my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You´re truly, truly inspiring." The audience sat in stunned silence until Biden declared, "I´ve never heard anything so beautiful than

Casual marijuana use linked with
brain abnormalities, study finds

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Fox News, by Loren Grush    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 6:12:53 PM     Post Reply
Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual

Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Progressive Insurance
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National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 10:08:10 PM     Post Reply
How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
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WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

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