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secondary of state mike pompeo was also on the trump ukraine phone call. >> rudy giuliani gives his first response to a house subpoena in the trump impeachment inquiry. 70 years of communist rule in china, marked by a parade in beijing in protest, right now in hong kong. college athletes could get paid under a bill just signed in california. but will the ncaa play ball? welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it's tuesday, october 1st. 4:00 a.m. in new york. 4:00 p.m. in hong kong. 11:00 a.m. in kiev. we begin in the nation's
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capital with the latest on the whistleblower scandal. mike pompeo was on the call between president trump and the ukrainian president, zelensky. the state department has not responded for cnn's request for comment. here's what pompeo told abc news about that call last week. >> what do you know about those conversations? >> you just gave me a report about a whistleblower complaint, none of which i've seen. pompeo has not addressed the call with the ukrainian leader or rudy giuliani's dealings with ukraine. this is what pompeo said last week at the u.n. >> to the best of my knowledge, and from what i've seen so far, each of the actions that were undertaken by state department officials was entirely appropriate and consistent with the objective we've had, certainly since this new government has come into office.
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>> the chairman of three house committees have subpoenaed pompeo over his failure to produce documents related to ukraine. president trump's personal attorney rudy giuliani will think he will look for documents that have been subpoenaed. he writes, it raises significant issues concerning legitimacy and constitutional and legal issues. subpoena will be given appropriate consideration. he was just as noncommittal on fox news. >> i don't know. i'm weighing the alternatives. i'll go through it. i'll get my evidence together and get my charge. >> giuliani was mentioned by mr. trump in his call with the ukrainian president. rudy giuliani was to be the ukraine president's contact in
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the investigation of joe biden and his son. president trump tweeting last night, quote, who changed the longstanding whistleblower rules just before submittal of the fake whistleblower report. drain the swamp. other republicans say this allows second hand or hearsay information that it says the ukraine complaint relies on. >> i can't believe we're talking about impeaching the president on hearsay. what about the changing of the rule of using hearsay. >> he had no firsthand knowledge. he heard something from someone that may have heard something. >> his sources were firsthand knowledge. you don't need firsthand knowledge to be a whistleblower. >> used to. but they changed the form. >> in a statement issued
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yesterday, michael atkinson said the complainant had direct and access knowledge. and the a.g. found other information supported the complainant's allegations. meantime, president trump made clear he still wants to know the whistleblower's identity. >> mr. president, do you now know who the whistleblower is, sir? >> we're trying to find out about a whistleblower. when you have a whistleblower that reports things that are incorrect. >> the identity of a whistleblower is protected by law. >> cnn has confirmed that in a recent phone call, president trump pressed australian prime minister, scott morrison, to help bill barr's investigation, into the origins of the russia probe. back in april, barr raised a lot of eyebrows when he testified he believed the trump campaign had been spied on. >> i think that spying did occur.
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yes, i think spying did occur. the question is whether it was adequately predicated. i'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicated. but i need to explore that. >> the white house has released a statement on the call to the prime minister. it was publicly announced months ago to uncover exactly what happened. the d.o.j. simply requested that the president provide introductions to facilitate that ongoing inquiry. and he did so, that's all. the australian spokesman says his country is always ready to assist with matters that help with an investigation. mitch mcconnell says his hands will be tied and a senate impeachment trial will be the next step. >> if the senate rule related to impeachment, that could take 67 votes to change. i would have no choice but to take it up.
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>> the mcconnell comment raises the possibility of a senate impeachment trial just as the presidential primaries and caucuses are set to begin in early 2020. a cnn poll shows americans evenly split about impeachment. and support is growing among republicans and independents. overall, just about half, 47%, say president trump should be impeached and removed from office. that's up from 41%. and a cnn poll in may. 45% oppose impeachment, down from 54% in may. support for impeachment and removal, has jumped 11 points. and has risen eight points to 14%. president trump has used the stock market as one of the best ways to measure his administration's policies. trading ended higher, all averages recorded the worst quarter of the year. the s&p 500 is up 31%. stocks were stronger at the same
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point under president obama, as the economy recovered from the financial crisis. goldman sachs predicts volatile october, since 1928, goldman says. that's not just a coincidence. we believe it's a critical period for companies that manage performance from calendar year-end. the u.s. is looking for additional leverage, ahead of the next meeting of chinese leaders in the american negotiators october 10th. chinese state media warns that investment curbs would have added repuercussions. the president -- >> nothing is simple. >> on the annual number, it's interesting to flesh out that, you know, 31%, that sounds good. 44% under obama. and it's more like trump is more along the lines of ronald reagan, in terms of stock market returns. good, but not the best. >> context is important here. ahead, a tale of two cities
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on china ease national d's nati. a military parade in beijing, protests in hong kong. we'll take you there next. i'm alex trebek here to tell you
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the president of ukraine says he is willing to open up an investigation into the investigation into joe biden and
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his son. for the whistleblower scandal from ukraine, let's bring in matthew chance. matthew? >> reporter: thank you very much. the ukrainian president is having to walk a thin and delicate diplomatic line here. he wants to placate the trump administration and he doesn't want to alienate future administrations. and he's mindful of the fact that the election is in 2020 and there could be a new administration in charge, and it could be joe biden. he's walking that delicate line. he's saying we're not going to relouis the ukrainian version of the transcript. and thereby avoiding any comparing of the two versions so there's no discrepancy. he's throwing a bone at the trump administration. saying, we're going to reopen the investigation into the gas company where hunter biden worked when the whole controversy took place. and joe biden had the prosecutor
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to be discussed. it's up to law enforcement agencies. they're doing it not because of pressure, but they want to make sure, as the newly incoming, newly elected ukrainian government, that all laws are being abided to. it's a way of placating the trump administration and making sure that the future relationship is not alienated. >> thanks, matthew. china, meanwhile, celebrating 70 years of communist rule while protesters are taking to the streets of hong kong. look at the huge national parade in beijing. there's more than 100,000 participants with 2,019 of them carrying a giant flag. china's military might on full display here. while hong kong remains engulfed in protesters, demonstrators were out early this morning, shutting down the city subway
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system. will ripley live on the ground in hong kong, with the latest. this started with the controversial extradition bill. what are they protesting now? >> first, they wanted the withdrawal of the extradition bill. that's happened. they have four other demands that remain unmet. the biggest of which, is the right to choose their leaders. something that many of the young people out here say they will continue to be out, continue to protest, continue to fight until they get something that beijing has said will not happen. i want to show you what is unfolding. we're outside the hong kong government complex. this has been a flash point. you see, all of the bricks that have been pulled up from sidewalks, are being stacked here by the protesters. the front liners, the government calls them radicals. we saw them earlier. they've been taking down street signs to use as shields and what they view as confrontation with police. there's a water canon that's
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pulled up behind the walls there. in the past, we've seen them fire the canon in this direction. they're guarding themselves with umbrellas. they're actually using a traffic cone to unload more tribricks, e ammuniti ammunition, that they intend to use. they've been using molotov cocktails that set fires across the city. we haven't seen that flare up just yet. you can see, by the growing number of people, not necessarily the peaceful, larger crowds. but the smaller -- the front liners, out here preparing for a fight, things could get hot pretty quickly here in the coming hours, dave. >> they could, indeed. stay safe out there. >> the china and the hong kong images. >> remarkable. defying the ncaa, california governor, gavin newsom signed a bill to allow college athletes to sign contracts and make money
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for endorsement deals. athletes can profit from their name and likeness. it's set to go into effect in 2023. it's an attempt to bring fairness and let players share in the wealth they create for their schools. expect the court challenges. it could upend the world of collegiate sports. >> that was the hbo show, "the shop," that lebron james produces. california, just like with emissions, they can change an entire industry. that's what they're trying to do here. more than 20 division i schools out there. the ncaa will fight this. they will do everything in their power to fight this. they do not want to break the model. an airport cart spiraling dangerously out of control. see how one man saved the day, next. sometimes your small screen is your big screen.
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rudolph threw for two touchdowns. 1-3 on the season are the steelers. cincinnati drops to 0-4. a quick-thinking employee stopped an out-of-control catering truck from crashing into a plane at o'hare on monday. american airlines say the accelerator on the truck became stuck and it started driving wildly in circles, right toward a plane. that's when a worker crashed into it with only a second to spare, knocking it over on its side. no one was hurt. american airlines says it is investigating the incident and appreciates the quick action of that employee. >> looks like it was about to hit that plane. well done there. ahead, the secretary of state was also on the trump ukraine phone call. we'll have the latest, next.
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secretary of state mike pompeo was also on the trump ukraine phone call. rudy giuliani gives his first response to a house subpoena in the trump impeachment inquiry. 70 years of communist rule in china, marked by a parade in beijing, and protests, right now, in hong kong. college athletes could get paid under a bill just signed in california. but will the ncaa play ball? lebron james, hanging out with the governor of california. welcome back to "early start." i'm dave briggs.
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>> i'm christine romans. we begin with the latest on the whistleblower scandal. cnn has confirmed that mike pompeo was on the call between president trump and ukraine president zelensky. the state department has not responded to cnn's request for a comment. here's what pompeo told abc news last week about the call. >> what do you know about those conversations? >> you just gave me a report about a whistleblower complaint, none of which i've seen. pompeo has not addressed the call with the ukrainian leader or rudy giuliani's dealings with ukraine. this is what pompeo said last week at the u.n. >> to the best of my knowledge, and from what i've seen so far, each of the actions that were undertaken by state department officials was entirely appropriate and consistent with
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the objective we've had, certainly since this new government has come into office. >> the chairman of three house committees have subpoenaed pompeo over his failure to produce documents related to ukraine. president trump's personal attorney rudy giuliani will think he will look for documents that have been subpoenaed. he writes, it raises significant issues concerning legitimacy and constitutional and legal issues. subpoena will be given appropriate consideration. he was just as noncommittal on fox news. >> i don't know. i'm weighing the alternatives. i'll go through it. i'll get my evidence together and get my charge. >> giuliani was mentioned by mr. trump in his call with the ukrainian president. rudy giuliani was to be the ukraine president's contact in his push to have ukraine investigate joe biden and his
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son. the watchdog is debunking the conspiracy theory about the whistleblower complaints. president trump tweeting last night, quote, who changed the longstanding whistleblower rules just before submittal of the fake whistleblower report. drain the swamp. other republicans say this allows second hand or hearsay information that it says the ukraine complaint relies on. >> i can't believe we're talking about impeaching the president based on an accusation based on hearsay. what about the changing of the rule of using hearsay? >> he had no firsthand knowledge. he heard something from someone that may have heard something. >> his sources were firsthand sources. you know as well as i do, you don't need firsthand knowledge to be a whistleblower. >> you don't need to now because they changed the form. used to. but they changed the form. >> the inspector-general said
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none of that was true. in a statement issued yesterday, michael atkinson said the complainant had direct and access knowledge. the whistleblower had more than firsthand access. and the i.g. found other information supported the complainant's allegations. meantime, president trump made clear he still wants to know the whistleblower's identity. >> mr. president, do you now know who the whistleblower is, sir? >> we're trying to find out about a whistleblower. when you have a whistleblower that reports things that are incorrect. >> the identity of a whistleblower is protected by law. cnn has confirmed that in a recent phone call, president trump pressed australian prime minister, scott morrison, to help bill barr's investigation, into the origins of the russia probe. back in april, barr raised a lot of eyebrows when he testified he believed the trump campaign had been spied on. >> i think that spying did occur. yes, i think spying did occur. the question is whether it was adequately predicated.
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i'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicated. but i need to explore that. >> the white house has released a statement on the call to the prime minister. it was publicly announced months ago to uncover exactly what happened. the d.o.j. simply requested that the president provide introductions to facilitate that ongoing inquiry. and he did so, that's all. the australian spokesman says his country is always ready to assist and cooperate with items that shed light with matters that help with an investigation. mitch mcconnell says his hands will be tied and a senate impeachment trial will be the next step. >> if the senate rule related to impeachment, that could take 67 votes to change. i would have no choice but to take it up. >> the mcconnell comment raises the possibility of a senate impeachment trial just as the presidential primaries and caucuses are set to begin in
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early 2020. a cnn poll shows americans evenly split about impeachment. and support is growing among republicans and independents. overall, just about half, 47%, say president trump should be impeached and removed from office. 45% oppose impeachment. support for impeachment and removal, has jumped 11 points. and has risen eight points to 14%. bernie sanders released an income inequality tax plan aimed at closing the gap between ceos and their employees. it kicks in when a company pays its top exec more than 50-times their median worker. walmart would have paid $800 million more and jpmorgan chase would be paying almost $1
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billion more. sanders called out mcdonald's, walmart, american airlines and say they pay the workers too little and so little that some of the workers qualify for food stamps. the way he points out, the taxpayer is helping the employees. mcdonald's stopped lobbying against a hike in the federal minimum wage. amazon and disney raised the wages for their lowest income paid workers. next, a tale of two cities on china's national day. a military parade in beijing, protests in hong kong. we'll take you there live. i'm alex trebek here to tell you about the colonial penn program.
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all right. some breaking news. protesters taking to the streets of hong kong, as china celebrates 70 years of communist rule. that, of course, tear ggas bein fired by police. hours ago, a huge national parade in beijing. 100,000 participants, with 2,019 of them carrying a giants national flag. china's military might on full display here. while hong kong remains engulfed in protesters, demonstrators were out early this morning, shutting down the city subway system.
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will ripley live on the ground in hong kong, with the latest. will, looks like things are getting testy. what are you seeing? >> reporter: we had more teargas. i can hear the shots. not sure where they're landing. we had some landing right next to us, which is why i have this gas mask on. the police are right there on that overpass. this is right across from hong kong's legislative council building. protesters are trying to storm up the escalator. protesters are racing towards the position where riot police are stationed. police are fighting at close range at the protesters. get in there, rusty. protesters with umbrellas have gone up the escalator. wow. i've never seen them fire that close range at the protesters, who are now pulling back. i have to tell you, this is exactly the kind of split-screen
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moment that a central government in beijing didn't want to see. you have a celebraselcelebratio beijing. and you have this on the streets. you have violent confrontations. as carrie lam works right here. she was celebrating along xi jingping that she sees the city he runs, 7 weeks of consecutive protests. looks like somebody is receiving first aid here. we have somebody injured on the ground here. you see this person being carried off right now. looks like one of the protesters was hurt. it is cutt utter chaos on the ss of hong kong. this is october 1st. it's a big day for china.
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from the discussions we had with the young protesters who are out on the streets, they say this fight does not end here, doesn't end today. they say they will keep fighting. a fight that has grown violent. a fight that has continued to escalate and no end in sight, as far as i can see right now, dave. >> some trying circumstances. we apologize to follow up with you. but that fight specifically for what, will? >> reporter: there's five things that the protesters want the. the extradition bill to be withdrawn. that bill has been withdrawn. they have four other demands that haven't been met. they want a investigation into excessive force. they want all of the protesters to be released and exonerated. the protesters to be called -- reclassified because the government considers them rioters right now. they say they're not rioting, they're protesting. and the number one demand, the
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most difficult demand, unlikely to ever be met according to beijing, is universal suffrage, the right to elect leaders. this is something the young people say they will fight for until they get it. it's hard to see a way out of this at this point. >> it is, indeed. will ripley live for us in the midst of some now-turning violent protests, teargas being shot there in hong kong. 4:46. thank you, will. t >> the markets in hong kong and shanghai are closed because of the holiday, the 70th anniversary of chinese rule. clearly, this is another remind er that this financial hub, this capital, is going through difficult times to maintain independence of mainland china taking more control. >> this is teargas as we speak.
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12 hours later there in hong kong. it's not clear what action precipitated the firing of the teargas. it didn't look like violent protesters. but the teargas is coming. will ripley will stay with it and we'll check back with him. the president of ukraine said his country is willing to open an investigation in the so-far unproven claims into joe biden and his son. but he says he won't take orders to do so from anybody. let's bring in matthew chance live. i can imagine that leaders there are in a tricky position. they want to be allied closely to this administration. so much military aid comes from the united states. at the same time, they don't want to look like puppets of the united states. >> reporter: that's right. they are stuck between a rock and a hard place. they don't want to alienate the
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current administration in the u.s. and they want to maintain a good relationship with future administrations. they're being careful not to offend any democratic sensibilities. ukraine has a war its fighting in the east of the country against pro-russian rebels. it's fighting to get territory that was annexed by russia in 2014. and it relies on the united states, to give it the military pa backing and the diplomatic backing to do that. it's mortified at the idea that it's been dragged into this divisive american political crisis. they're doing everything they can to not make matters worse. officials have been tight-lipped, trying to navigate the various conflicting demands of this administration and others, in the american political circle. they're saying they won't release the ukrainian version of the transcript, of the july 25th phone call. seen a white house version of that transcript. they're saying they're not going
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to issue a ukrainian one. there can't be a comparison of discrepancies between what was said in that phone call and what was released from the white house. they're saying they're prepared to consider opening an investigation into the various role the gas company played. they're saying, look, they're not doing that because of pressure. want to make sure ukrainian law has been abided to. >> now, we know the developments overnight. we know mike pompeo, the secretary of state, was on that call, listening in on that call. that's a new development. the call at the center of all of this. matthew chance, thank you so much. back here, defying the ncaa, gavin newsom signed a bill allowing college athletes to hire agents and make money under endorsement deals.
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athletes can profit from their name and likeness. it's set to go into effect in 2023. newsom says it's an attempt to bring fairness and let players share in the wealth they create for their schools. expect the court challenges. it could upend the world of collegiate sports. what follows, new york has a similar bill they are considering. south carolina has a bill. and a florida state rep has started a bill. california is a trend setter and it will spread. >> the athletes are basically paid via scholarship, right? >> yes. >> free education. but the universities are able to make all of this money off of their names and likenesses, ticket sales and the like and they don't share in that. >> the ncaa will fight this. an a.d. at ohio state said they won't be part of the ncaa if california passes this. we'll be right back.
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4:55 eastern time. prince harry wrapping up his solo trip to malawi to a u.k. and u.s. supported health center. and meghan markle will be talking to young women about the challenges they face with higher education. max foster is in johannesburg with what to expect. max, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dave. a lot of security concerns around this visit. these engagements aren't preannounced. so, when the duchess arrives at events like this, you have people, they're all lined across the bridge there earlier on, really taken aback by what they
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were seeing. she went into the university. she got involved in a roundtable discussion. it was about women's empowerment. that won't surprise you. and people were taken aback by what she said. she was talking about the fact she went to university, as well, and how that was a struggle, to get together the finances to go to university. and she's in a role running a commonwealth. she took over the patron of that initiative from the queen, which is commonwealth universities and getting support for them. she announced a grant relating to that. when they all came out, one student said she was struck by hearing someone who looks like her talking about big issues that she can actually change. i think that's one of the reasons why the duchess is resonating here. she's going on to another group and a discussion about violence that is suffered by women. she's going to make comment there's. that will be quite powerful.
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later on, prince harry joins them all. united as a family for a series of events we bring you tomorrow. >> meghan is a long way from home. you can hear the screams. max foster live for us in johannesburg. let's look at business this morning. looking at global markets. you can see a mixed performance around the world. markets in china and hong kong are actually closed for the holiday there. on wall street, the futures are leaning higher here. the stocks ended the third quarter quietly. they closed higher on the last day of september. all of the major averages recorded their worst quarter of the year, barely moving. last month, investors shrugged off the news of an impeachment inquiry. wework officially postponing its plan to go public after its ceo stepped down. the space provider was going to make a wall street debut in september. but it faced a barrage of
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scrutiny about its losses and the ceo's conflicts of interest. he stepped down last week. the new ceo says we have every intention to work as a public company. we look forward to revisiting the public equity mafshrkets ine future. a new york federal judge handed the trump administration a win, dismissing a lawsuit against the president's salt cap. the attorneys general of new york, new jersey and maryland, was unable to prove that it had exceeded its authority where it had the tax deduction. the deduction was capped to pay for lower tax rates for individuals and companies. andrew cuomo says the state disagrees and is evaluating all options, including an appeal. something felt keenly in massachusetts, connecticut. >> seemed political. "early start contin" contin
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right now. we're now learning secretary of state mike pompeo was also on the trump ukraine phone call. rudy giuliani gives his first response to a house subpoena in the trump impeachment inquiry. 70 years of communist rule in china, marked by a parade in beijing, and protests, right now, in hong kong. now a law in california. >> lebron james joins california's governor, signing a bill to let college athletes get paid. will the ncaa play ball? welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. let's begin with the latest on the whistleblower scandal.
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cnn has confirmed that mike pompeo was on the call between president trump and ukraine president zelensky. the story was first reported by "the wall street journal." the state department has not responded to cnn's request for a comment. here's what pompeo told abc news last week about the call. >> what do you know about those conversations? >> you just gave me a report about a whistleblower complaint, none of which i've seen. pompeo has not addressed the call with the ukrainian leader or rudy giuliani's dealings with ukraine. this is what pompeo said last week at the u.n. >> to the best of my knowledge, and from what i've seen so far, each of the actions that were

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