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  2. <rss version="2.0" xmlns:atom=""><channel><title> Truth-O-Meter rulings from National</title><link></link><description>The latest statements has reviewed</description><atom:link rel="self" href=""></atom:link><language>en-us</language><lastBuildDate>Tue, 21 May 2019 16:58:27 -0400</lastBuildDate><item><title>Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrong that Joe Biden abandoned Scranton</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False  |   Donald Trump wrong that Joe Biden abandoned Scranton
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  4. &lt;p&gt;At a rally in Montoursville, Pa., President Donald Trump took issue with the Pennsylvania cred of former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his possible 2020 Democratic challengers. At the May 20 rally, Trump criticized Biden for abandoning his birthplace, Scranton, located 80 miles east of Montoursville. Here&amp;rsquo;s what Trump said: &amp;quot;And don&amp;#39;t forget Biden deserted you. He&amp;#39;s not from Pennsylvania. I guess he was born here, but he left you, folks. He left you for another state. Remember that, please. I meant to say that. This guy talks about oh, I know Scranton. ... Well, ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/21/donald-trump/donald-trump-wrong-joe-biden-abandoned-scranton/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Tue, 21 May 2019 16:58:27 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Steve Bullock - Fact-checking Steve Bullock on decline of the American Dream</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True  |   Fact-checking Steve Bullock on decline of the American Dream
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  6. &lt;p&gt;Montana Gov. Steve Bullock -- a late entry into the Democratic race for the 2020 presidential nomination -- decried the withering of the American dream in a recent interview with CNN&amp;rsquo;s Jake Tapper. &amp;quot;You look at today, only half the 30-year-olds are doing better than their parents were at age 30. When I was being raised, it was 90%,&amp;quot; Bullock said in the May 19 interview. Is that correct? Basically, yes. The talking point is supported by a study on income published in 2016 and co-authored by six economists affiliated with the University of California-Berkeley, Harvard University, and ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/21/steve-bullock/fact-checking-steve-bullock-decline-american-dream/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Tue, 21 May 2019 14:40:00 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Wayne Messam - Fact-checking Wayne Messam on Florida law, mayors discussing gun reform</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False  |   Fact-checking Wayne Messam on Florida law, mayors discussing gun reform
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  8. &lt;p&gt;Democratic presidential candidate Wayne Messam said he&amp;rsquo;d make the prevention of mass shootings his No. 1 priority if elected to lead the nation. Messam, a city mayor in the same county where the 2018 Parkland school shooting happened, claimed that his abilities are restrained now, because a Florida law prohibits him from even talking about changing gun laws. &amp;quot;Last year, I sued the state to allow local leaders to protect our residents from gun violence because in Florida, it&amp;rsquo;s illegal for mayors to even bring up gun reform for discussion,&amp;quot; Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Fla., said on his ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/20/wayne-messam/fact-checking-wayne-messam-florida-law-mayors-disc/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Mon, 20 May 2019 14:17:18 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Amy Klobuchar - Yes, U.S. suicides have risen by 30% in past decade and a half</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: True  |   Yes, U.S. suicides have risen by 30% in past decade and a half
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  10. &lt;p&gt;During a Fox News town hall, Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar made a pitch for greater attention to mental health services. She cited the mental-health difficulties experienced by farmers and veterans, and she told the story of her father&amp;rsquo;s struggle with alcoholism. She summed up by telling her audience that &amp;quot;we&amp;rsquo;ve had a 30% increase in suicides in this country in just 15 years.&amp;quot; (It&amp;rsquo;s around the 25:00 mark.) That&amp;rsquo;s a sizable increase. Is she correct? We didn&amp;rsquo;t hear back from her campaign, but we found data that supports the statistic. A look at the numbers The ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/20/amy-klobuchar/yes-us-suicides-have-risen-30-past-decade-and-half/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Mon, 20 May 2019 12:04:08 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Cory Booker - Cory Booker points to Connecticut, where he says a tough gun law led to fewer deaths</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True  |   Cory Booker points to Connecticut, where he says a tough gun law led to fewer deaths
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  12. &lt;p&gt;If he wins the presidency, Democratic Sen. Cory Booker says he will fight to deliver tougher gun control laws. In an interview on ABC This Week, the senator from New Jersey pointed to what he said was the success of a gun licensing law in Connecticut. &amp;quot;When Connecticut did licensing, their shootings dropped, their murders dropped 40%. Suicides dropped 15%,&amp;quot; he said. &amp;quot;These are things that have been tried and done and that work.&amp;quot; We found that he correctly cited two studies, but experts said more research is needed to draw definitive conclusions. Connecticut&amp;rsquo;s 1995 gun licensing law ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/20/cory-booker/fact-checking-cory-bookers-statistic-about-connect/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Mon, 20 May 2019 10:33:22 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Donald Trump - Who pays for US tariffs on Chinese goods? You do</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: False  |   Who pays for US tariffs on Chinese goods? You do
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  14. &lt;p&gt;As President Donald Trump has upped the ante in his tariff war with China, he&amp;rsquo;s consistently argued that consumers shouldn&amp;rsquo;t be worried. Trump has slapped China with a 25 percent tariff on $200 billion of goods and floated the possibility of tariffs on $325 billion in additional Chinese goods. China, meanwhile, prepared to impose retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion in American products. In remarks at the White House on May 9, Trump said, &amp;quot;So our country can take in $120 billion a year in tariffs, paid for mostly by China, by the way, not by us. A lot ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/14/donald-trump/does-china-mostly-pay-us-tariffs-rather-us-consume/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Tue, 14 May 2019 11:24:12 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Cory Booker - Cory Booker’s claim about regulations on toy guns and not firearms misses the point</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False  |   Cory Booker’s claim about regulations on toy guns and not firearms misses the point
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  16. &lt;p&gt; Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker wants more regulations on guns, an industry he said is even less regulated than their toy imitations. Booker, a U.S. senator from New Jersey, laid out his plan for tougher gun control on Medium on May 6. In his multi-pronged plan, Booker made a case for more oversight of gun manufacturers. &amp;quot;Nowadays, there is more regulation over toy guns than real ones,&amp;quot; he wrote. Booker repeated this talking point in a CNN interview, saying that firearms are currently exempt from oversight from the Consumer Product Safety Commission: &amp;quot;We have different regulations for ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/10/cory-booker/cory-bookers-claim-about-no-regulations-firearms-m/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Fri, 10 May 2019 11:53:57 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Joe Biden - Was Joe Biden a climate change pioneer in Congress? History says yes</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: True  |   Was Joe Biden a climate change pioneer in Congress? History says yes
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  18. &lt;p&gt;Joe Biden may not be the most progressive candidate in the crowded Democratic primary field. But one thing is for certain: Among 2020 presidential candidates, he has the longest legislative record on climate change. In fact, Biden has taken this title a good deal further by claiming to have pioneered some of the earliest climate change legislation in U.S. history. &amp;quot;I&amp;rsquo;m one of the first guys to introduce a climate change bill, way, way back in &amp;lsquo;87,&amp;quot; Biden said during a stump speech in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 1. We were curious if that was accurate. A ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/08/joe-biden/was-joe-biden-climate-change-pioneer-congress-hist/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Wed, 08 May 2019 14:30:18 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title> Viral image - Fact-checking Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and Ukraine</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True  |   Fact-checking Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and Ukraine
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  20. &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp; Shady self-dealing in the Ukraine? It&amp;rsquo;s not just the Republican side that does that, says a social media meme that makes the charge against Democrat Joe Biden. The episode involved his son Hunter Biden&amp;rsquo;s work on behalf of a Ukrainian energy company at a time when the elder Biden was vice president and a key figure in U.S. policy on Ukraine. The story has been public for years, but it received new attention with Biden running strong among 2020 Democratic presidential contenders. One viral image being shared on social media used a bit of reverse psychology, asking what ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/07/viral-image/fact-checking-joe-biden-hunter-biden-and-ukraine/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Tue, 07 May 2019 14:46:46 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Bernie Sanders - Bernie Sanders says 1 out of 5 can&amp;#39;t afford prescription drugs</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True  |   Bernie Sanders says 1 out of 5 can't afford prescription drugs
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  22. &lt;p&gt;In his press to deliver Medicare for All, Bernie Sanders says the core problem with health care is that it produces enormous profits for insurance and drug companies. &amp;quot;Last year the top 10 drug companies, for example, made $69 billion in profit,&amp;quot; Sanders told CNN&amp;rsquo;s Brooke Baldwin April 30, &amp;quot;while one out of five Americans cannot afford the cost of prescription drugs when doctors prescribe medicine to them.&amp;quot; The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate often brings up the unaffordability of drugs, and the one-in-five stat he used in his exchange with Baldwin was virtually identical to his words during ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/06/bernie-sanders/sanders-1-out-5-cant-afford-prescription-drugs/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Mon, 06 May 2019 17:10:31 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Joe Biden - Joe Biden claims he was a staunch liberal in the Senate. He wasn’t</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: False  |   Joe Biden claims he was a staunch liberal in the Senate. He wasn’t
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  24. &lt;p&gt;Joe Biden is pushing back against the perception that he&amp;rsquo;s not progressive enough for today&amp;rsquo;s Democratic Party. Long seen as his Achilles&amp;rsquo; heel in this Democratic primary, Biden&amp;rsquo;s 35-year Senate voting record reveals a history of breaking with liberal orthodoxy on a variety of issues, from his vote to authorize the Iraq War to his backing of measures that led to mass incarceration. Biden, in a recent interview, sought to turn the narrative on its head by claiming progressive credentials. &amp;quot;I was always labeled as one of the most liberal members of the United States Congress,&amp;quot; the former Delaware senator ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/06/joe-biden/joe-biden-claims-he-was-staunch-liberal-senate-he-/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Mon, 06 May 2019 11:50:37 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title> The Manila Times - Claims Filipino journalists are trying to oust President Rodrigo Duterte lack evidence</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: False  |   Claims Filipino journalists are trying to oust President Rodrigo Duterte lack evidence
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  26. &lt;p&gt;On April 22, the Manila Times, a newspaper in the Philippines, published a story that claimed there&amp;rsquo;s a plot to discredit the country&amp;rsquo;s president, Rodrigo Duterte, and destabilize his government. Several media organizations are identified in the alleged conspiracy, including Rappler, a news website, and VERA Files, a nonprofit fact-checking publication. According to the story in the Times, written by Dante A. Ang, &amp;quot;there&amp;rsquo;s an obvious pattern of close coordination among some media organizations for the timely production of anti-Duterte stories.&amp;quot; Rappler and VERA Files, among others, have denied the accusation. We looked into claims they were part ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/03/manila-times/claims-filipino-journalists-are-trying-oust-presid/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Fri, 03 May 2019 13:04:58 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Bernie Sanders - Yes, millions of families spend the bulk of income on housing</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: True  |   Yes, millions of families spend the bulk of income on housing
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  28. &lt;p&gt;Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., argued in a CNN town hall that a major sign of inequality can be seen in how much people pay for housing.&amp;nbsp; &amp;quot;I believe something is wrong in America today when you&amp;#39;ve got millions of families paying 40, 50, 60% of their limited incomes to put a roof over their heads,&amp;quot; Sanders said. Are millions of American families spending more on housing than almost anything else combined? We looked into the burden of housing for American families. Sanders was talking about renters, a spokesperson for the Sanders 2020 campaign told PolitiFact. The campaign cited a ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/02/bernie-sanders/yes-millions-families-spend-bulk-income-housing/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Thu, 02 May 2019 12:11:41 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Elizabeth Warren - Elizabeth Warren says she warned about the financial crisis before it happened. That&amp;#39;s True</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: True  |   Elizabeth Warren says she warned about the financial crisis before it happened. That's True
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  30. &lt;p&gt;Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren warned about the financial crisis of the 2000s before it happened, she claimed during a CNN town hall where she pitched herself as the best option for president in the 2020 election. Warren, a former Harvard Law School professor, told an audience of college students that her whole life&amp;rsquo;s work has been &amp;quot;about what&amp;#39;s happening to working families.&amp;quot; &amp;quot;And starting in the early 2000s, the crisis was coming. I was waving my arms, ringing the bell, doing everything I could. I said families are getting cheated all over this country,&amp;quot; Warren said April 22 in ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/apr/30/elizabeth-warren/elizabeth-warren-says-she-warned-about-financial-c/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Tue, 30 Apr 2019 14:03:01 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Donald Trump - Was Donald Trump the target of a coup? No</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire!  |   Was Donald Trump the target of a coup? No
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  32. &lt;p&gt;With the bulk of Special Counsel Robert Mueller&amp;rsquo;s report now public, President Donald Trump has seized on its origins as evidence of his own victimhood. On several occasions, Trump used the word &amp;quot;coup&amp;quot; to describe efforts by law enforcement to investigate influence by Russia on the 2016 election. For example, he said this in an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News on April 25, 2019: &amp;quot;This was a coup. This was an attempted overthrow of the United States government. ... I think it&amp;#39;s far bigger than Watergate. I think it&amp;#39;s possibly the biggest scandal in ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/apr/29/donald-trump/was-donald-trump-target-coup-no/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 16:16:23 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Donald Trump - Donald Trump repeats, falsely, that doctors, mothers decide to execute live babies after birth</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: False  |   Donald Trump repeats, falsely, that doctors, mothers decide to execute live babies after birth
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  34. &lt;p&gt;President Donald Trump often weaves his opposition to late-term abortion into his speeches at rallies around the country. His April 27 event in Green Bay, Wis., followed his pattern of twisting the actual practice and circumstances of a rare event. Trump said he was shocked that Wisconsin&amp;rsquo;s Democratic governor said he would veto a bill that would punish doctors who don&amp;rsquo;t try to preserve the life of an infant born alive after an attempted abortion. &amp;quot;The baby is born,&amp;quot; Trump said. &amp;quot;The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby, they wrap the baby ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/apr/29/donald-trump/donald-trump-repeats-falsely-doctors-mothers-decid/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 16:08:48 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Tim Ryan - Does half the U.S. population have diabetes or prediabetes, as Tim Ryan claimed?</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True  |   Does half the U.S. population have diabetes or prediabetes, as Tim Ryan claimed?
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  36. &lt;p&gt;If elected president, Democratic congressman Tim Ryan says he&amp;rsquo;d focus on a health care system that not only covers people when they are sick, but also keeps them healthy. Most of the health care costs are for chronic diseases that can be prevented, Ryan claimed in New Hampshire. &amp;quot;Half the country today has either diabetes or prediabetes,&amp;quot; Ryan, a U.S. representative from Ohio, said at an April 11 WMUR town hall in Manchester. &amp;quot;A diabetic costs 2.3 times as much as every other patient. That is going to sink the health care system.&amp;quot; Research from the American Diabetes ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/apr/29/tim-ryan/does-half-population-have-diabetes-or-prediabetes-/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 11:09:27 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Justice Democrats - Progressive Democratic group&amp;#39;s attack on Joe Biden&amp;#39;s voting record needs some context</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True  |   Progressive Democratic group's attack on Joe Biden's voting record needs some context
  37. &lt;br/&gt;
  38. &lt;p&gt;As soon as former Vice President Joe Biden announced his run for the presidency, he drew fire from the more progressive side of the Democratic Party. Justice Democrats, a group that backs Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and other new faces in Congress, issued a tweet thread laying out why Biden is not their candidate. &amp;quot;Joe Biden stands in near complete opposition to where the center of energy is in the Democratic Party today,&amp;quot; the group wrote April 25. &amp;quot;We don&amp;rsquo;t need someone who voted for the Iraq War, for mass incarceration, and for the Bankruptcy Reform Act, while ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/apr/26/justice-democrats/biden-draws-barbs-progressive-democratic-organizat/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Fri, 26 Apr 2019 12:01:46 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>John Delaney - Is most home care paid by government programs?</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True  |   Is most home care paid by government programs?
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  40. &lt;p&gt;For the aging and those with long-term care needs, receiving care at home is more affordable than institutionalized facilities like hospitals or nursing homes. But presidential candidate John Delaney argued on Twitter that even with jobs growing in the home care industry, workers are struggling with low wages because &amp;quot;most of home care is paid by government programs, which don&amp;rsquo;t pay enough.&amp;quot; Is home care really funded mostly by government programs? We decided to check. Delaney, a former Maryland congressman, got his numbers from a factsheet from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, his campaign spokesperson Will McDonald ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/apr/25/john-delaney/most-home-care-government-funded/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 15:22:09 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item><item><title>Pete Buttigieg - Is Pete Buttigieg&amp;#39;s time as mayor more executive experience than Mike Pence&amp;#39;s time as governor, VP?</title><link></link><description>The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False  |   Is Pete Buttigieg's time as mayor more executive experience than Mike Pence's time as governor, VP?
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  42. &lt;p&gt;At a CNN town hall, the first question posed to Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., gave him a chance to answer criticism about his qualifications to serve in the Oval Office. The audience member began with a reference to the host of Comedy Central&amp;rsquo;s &amp;quot;The Daily Show&amp;quot; and to President Donald Trump. Then there was this exchange: Question: &amp;quot;So, in a recent comedy piece, Trevor Noah said that you were the exact opposite of Trump in many regards, going so far as to say that you were the anti-Trump. However, ...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/apr/24/pete-buttigieg/pete-buttigiegs-8-years-mayor-more-executive-exper/"&gt;&gt;&gt; More&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:32:36 -0400</pubDate><guid></guid></item></channel></rss>

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