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Fri Sep 25, 2020, 11:52 PM

Follow Marc E. Elias: We had THREE major wins tonight in TEXAS, MONTANA and SOUTH CAROLINA!

Each time we knock down a suppressive voting law, we get a little closer to a free and fair election.Scales

Check out @DemocracyDocket and join our fight!







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Reply Follow Marc E. Elias: We had THREE major wins tonight in TEXAS, MONTANA and SOUTH CAROLINA! (Original post)
Lock him up. Sep 2020 OP
Thekaspervote Sep 2020 #1
Lock him up. Sep 2020 #2
MFM008 Sep 2020 #4
Cha Sep 2020 #6
Gothmog Sep 2020 #7
bigtree Sep 2020 #22
Gothmog Sep 2020 #25
LisaM Sep 2020 #3
Cha Sep 2020 #5
lagomorph777 Sep 2020 #8
bigtree Sep 2020 #9
lagomorph777 Sep 2020 #10
bigtree Sep 2020 #12
lagomorph777 Sep 2020 #14
bigtree Sep 2020 #16
lagomorph777 Sep 2020 #19
bigtree Sep 2020 #21
Gothmog Sep 2020 #26
George II Sep 2020 #30
Cha Sep 2020 #35
Lock him up. Sep 2020 #11
lagomorph777 Sep 2020 #13
bigtree Sep 2020 #15
lagomorph777 Sep 2020 #17
bigtree Sep 2020 #20
Lock him up. Sep 2020 #23
George II Sep 2020 #31
Gothmog Sep 2020 #27
Gothmog Sep 2020 #28
George II Sep 2020 #29
Gothmog Sep 2020 #37
bigtree Sep 2020 #18
Gothmog Sep 2020 #24
FakeNoose Sep 2020 #32
bigtree Sep 2020 #33
bigtree Sep 2020 #34
Gothmog Sep 2020 #36
bigtree Sep 2020 #38

Response to Lock him up. (Original post)

Fri Sep 25, 2020, 11:55 PM

1. Yeah!! I have followed him for some time..just a brilliant legal mind

He will also serve as one of Biden’s 600 attorneys to deal with any post election shenanigans

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 12:01 AM

2. I like the positivity the RESULTS of his (and their) hard work brings!

Everyone who cares about saving the country by winning, winning, winning for Democracy helps!


donny "hannibal" dRumpf plans to murder MILLIONS to please his Russian overlord.

Donate, volunteer, work the phones, register new young voters who want to help save democracy!

G.O.T.V.
VOTE.HIM.OUT
LOCK.HIM.UP!

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Response to Lock him up. (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 01:28 AM

4. BLOTUS

resembles Mason Verges far more than Hannibal Lector.

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 01:34 AM

6. Oh Fun Fact to know about Marc E Elias being

one of the 600 Lawyers for Biden & Democracy.. but of course!

I just followed him.. been reading him on DU for awhile. For some reason I get a pleasant feeling when I see his name.

TY

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:10 AM

7. I was part of the Clinton Victory Counsel program

I have been following Marc for a very long time

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #7)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:51 AM

22. was thinking about your own efforts

...greatly appreciated, of course.

I was reading about Marc the other day, and I had heard the Biden camp was organizing legal defense teams and his efforts looked very much like what I'd expect from all of that.

It's very interesting and I'd like to see more.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #22)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 12:02 PM

25. As part of the Victory Counsel Program, we reviewed 7000 lawsuits involving trump

Marc's firm put the pleadings for 7000+ cases onto a protected web server and a couple hundred volunteer attorneys reviewed these cases. That research endedu up in the DNC war room https://politicalwire.com/2019/09/08/inside-democrats-2020-trump-war-room/

“The DNC research team has mined thousands of lawsuits from nearly 50 states as part of a massive new trove on President Trump that will be weaponized through pols and reporters in key battlegrounds,” Axios reports.

“This new plan shows what Democrats think Trump’s biggest vulnerabilities will be. And unlike in 2016, Trump now has a policy record.”

“The research includes roughly 7,000 lawsuits, as well an extensive document detailing every time then-candidate Trump told supporters at his 2016 campaign rallies that Mexico would pay for the wall.”

“A source familiar said this document will likely find its way to local reporters, groups and Democrats in battleground states as Trump diverts funds from the military to pay for his border wall.”

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Response to Lock him up. (Original post)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 12:35 AM

3. He's great!

It's like playing whack-a-mole with these election suppression tactics all over.

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Response to Lock him up. (Original post)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 01:30 AM

5. TY.. I just did as per your suggestion.. Rt!

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Response to Lock him up. (Original post)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:12 AM

8. Specifically what? No clue in the Twit post!

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #8)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:14 AM

9. try Elias




SC:

South Carolina COVID-19 Election Relief
August 9, 2020

On behalf of individual voters, the South Carolina Democratic Party, the DNC and the DCCC, we challenged South Carolina’s vote by mail restrictions. The state requires a witness signature on absentee ballots, does not provide pre-paid postage, and has an Election Day cut-off of not counting ballots received after 7:00 PM on Election Day. South Carolina also makes it a felony for a candidate or paid campaign staff to assist voters with returning their voted absentee ballots to elections officials. These voting hurdles, especially during the unprecedented public health crisis caused by COVID-19, disenfranchises voters in South Carolina and particularly burdens African American voters. As part of the lawsuit, South Carolina agreed to provide prepaid postage to all absentee voters in November 2020, likely saving voters over $1 million on postage in November.

https://www.democracydocket.com/cases/south-carolina-covid-19-election-relief/

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Response to bigtree (Reply #9)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:18 AM

10. I don't do Twit. It's Putin's Platform.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #10)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:21 AM

12. that's not going to elicit any meaningful help

...I'd like to help you, but I'm going to need to use my time and effort which involves visiting twitter and going directly to the source of the info, most political players are posting there and can be reasonably accessible.

I edited the post and provided a link to Elias' web site. Hope that helps.

here: https://www.democracydocket.com/take-action/

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Response to bigtree (Reply #12)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:23 AM

14. Yeah, it turns out the story isn't there.

Oh well. I thought it was too goo to be true.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #14)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:34 AM

16. I posted more for you below

...and this is tiresome.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #16)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:38 AM

19. Yes, it is tiresome; I had already dug pretty deeply in the site, including what you posted and more

There is no connection to the Twit headline at all; no hint what the cases actually are in the headline.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #19)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:48 AM

21. that's not true

...demonstrably false.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #19)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 12:06 PM

26. The material is there

Try opening the links and reading the material. Here is a link that you might be able to open https://newrepublic.com/article/159279/marc-elias-lawyer-democrat-stop-trump-rigging-2020-election

It’s only a few hours into Election Day, and things are already coming undone. In Michigan, Republican groups have instructed dozens of people to stand outside polling places and watch menacingly as voters enter. In Georgia, a shortage of poll workers in Atlanta leads to seven-hour lines that stretch for miles, as would-be voters try to follow social-distancing guidelines. To make matters worse, the U.S. Postal Service says it won’t be able to deliver thousands of mail-in ballots to local election offices before the midnight deadline in some states, effectively disenfranchising those voters. These are the scenarios that keep Democratic lawyer Marc Elias up at night.

The U.S. election system wasn’t in great shape even before the pandemic upended the way tens of millions of Americans cast their ballots. Now Trump and his Republican allies are working tirelessly to reduce turnout and delegitimize voting by mail. Many of these fights are playing out in courtrooms across the country as lawyers for the two major parties, voting rights groups, and individual candidates rush to shape the election before it has even taken place. Their efforts won’t necessarily decide the outcome in 2020, but they could deliver to either campaign the next best thing—namely, a decision on who actually gets to determine that outcome.

Elias is one of the central figures on the Democratic side. A hard-charging, Twitter-happy partner at the Perkins Coie law firm, he has served as general counsel to two presidential campaigns: John Kerry’s in 2004, and Hillary Clinton’s in 2016. He now works as counsel for the Democratic National Committee and the party’s House and Senate campaign committees. If the results are close, or the outcome uncertain, for any of their candidates on November 4, then Elias will likely be among the lawyers who swoop in to wage the high-stakes legal battles that follow—and in the process, finally answer a defining question of the Trump era: Can the legal system actually constrain a lawless president?

One of the candidates who I am supporting financially. Collin Allred, worked for Elias' firm.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #19)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 01:13 PM

30. I found the Texas information in one click from the link given.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #10)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 04:55 PM

35. No.. Twitter isn't "Putin's Platform".

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #8)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:19 AM

11. Everyone with a Twit account "Follow Marc E. Elias" or...

if without a Twit account, there's a link to the Democracy Docket website to infos for Take Action:

https://www.democracydocket.com/take-action/

G.O.T.V.
VOTE.HIM.OUT
LOCK.HIM.UP!

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Response to Lock him up. (Reply #11)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:22 AM

13. I hunted around in that site; couldn't find anything about this story.

So I have to assume there's nothing to it. Oh well.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #13)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:31 AM

15. it's not true that 'there's nothing to it'

...it's just that your abilities waned a bit in your search.

this page:

https://www.democracydocket.com/states/

screenshot:



there are three options on the page with info about what this project is doing in the states you choose:

*active cases- https://www.democracydocket.com/case_type/active-cases/
*four pillars- cases https://www.democracydocket.com/case_type/four-pillars-cases/
* impact- https://www.democracydocket.com/case_type/impact/

choose your area of interest among the three choices and click on a state. There should be some info related to the state at the bottom of the page that pops up.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #15)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:37 AM

17. I was on that page; I can light up slight variants of the color scheme, and make one state pop out,

and even get a "dashboard" for the popped out state.

No connection whatsoever to the original screaming headline.

These guys may be brilliant lawyers, but they have no clue about communication.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #17)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:45 AM

20. Marc Elias is doing yoeman's work out there for the party, the entire party

...and this poster pointed you to that work.

I nudged you further, and it appears it doesn't interest you enough to go google for yourself and discover what's going on, maybe help. That's fine. You don't have to like or accept that this man (and others) are actively working to protect your vote, but to come to this post and make a big stink about not being able to fathom what he's doing says mountains about your own interest and efforts, and nothing substantive about Marc Elias', despite repeated efforts to get you the information you said you wanted.

How about you stop trying to discredit this effort here at this Democratic message board, and just try reading, because this is important to many folks who are taking the time to discover what their party is doing to defend and protect their votes.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #20)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 10:26 AM

23. TY.

I hope everybody who can (and want to) help Democratic voters in all states does engage in positive action!

The more engaged we are, the more we'll crush the corrupt gangster regime that wants to install a stupid (or mentally ill) dicktator!

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Response to bigtree (Reply #15)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 01:16 PM

31. Yes, there's a freaking MAP of the US with each of the states in which they have cases....

...as you point out.

One only has to click on each state to get the status of their work.

Reminds me of that old saying from Confucius:

“The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?”

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #13)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 12:09 PM

27. Federal judge blocks Texas' elimination of straight-ticket voting

Here is an article that even you should be able to open https://www.texastribune.org/2020/09/25/straight-ticket-voting-texas/?utm_campaign=trib-social&utm_content=1601075880&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Less than three weeks before early voting begins in Texas, a U.S. district judge has blocked the state from eliminating straight-ticket voting as an option for people who go to the polls this November.

In a ruling issued late Friday, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo cited the coronavirus pandemic, saying the elimination of the voting practice would “cause irreparable injury” to voters “by creating mass lines at the polls and increasing the amount of time voters are exposed to COVID-19.”

Marmolejo also found that the GOP-backed law would “impose a discriminatory burden” on black and Hispanic voters and “create comparatively less opportunities for these voters to participate in the political process.”

She acknowledged the burden the decision could put on local and state election officials, who will have to recalibrate voting machines or reprint ballots. But she reasoned that the potential harm for those suing, including the Texas Association for Retired Americans, was “outweighed by the inconveniences resulting.”

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Response to Lock him up. (Reply #11)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 12:15 PM

28. I have been following Marc for a very long time

Marc has been active in voter protection efforts for a very long time

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #8)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 01:09 PM

29. Do you see the link at the bottom of the tweet?

Sheesh.....

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Response to George II (Reply #29)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 11:26 PM

37. I am amused

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Response to Lock him up. (Original post)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 09:38 AM

18. great article on Marc Elias here

https://newrepublic.com/article/159279/marc-elias-lawyer-democrat-stop-trump-rigging-2020-election

Elias is one of the central figures on the Democratic side. A hard-charging, Twitter-happy partner at the Perkins Coie law firm, he has served as general counsel to two presidential campaigns: John Kerry’s in 2004, and Hillary Clinton’s in 2016. He now works as counsel for the Democratic National Committee and the party’s House and Senate campaign committees. If the results are close, or the outcome uncertain, for any of their candidates on November 4, then Elias will likely be among the lawyers who swoop in to wage the high-stakes legal battles that follow—and in the process, finally answer a defining question of the Trump era: Can the legal system actually constrain a lawless president?

Elias is already something of a wartime consigliere for the Democratic elite. Born and raised in New York, he earned a law degree at Duke University and then moved to Washington, D.C., in the 1990s. His big break in Democratic politics came in 1998, when he represented former Nevada Senator Harry Reid in a recount fight that saw Democrats hold the seat by just 428 votes. Over the next 20 years, he steadily became a stalwart ally for top Democrats caught in dogfights: He took part in Al Franken’s successful recount battle in Minnesota in 2008, which helped create the Democratic supermajority that passed the Affordable Care Act about a year later, and in Bill Nelson’s unsuccessful effort in Florida in 2018. (After Nelson hired Elias, Trump falsely claimed on Twitter that the Democrats had “sent their best Election stealing lawyer” to commit election fraud. The president’s ire may have been personal: Elias is infamous among Republicans, because, while working for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, he hired Fusion GPS to produce the research that led to the salacious and unverified Steele dossier.)

Some of Elias’s most influential work took place in the realm of campaign finance—sometimes in ways that undercut liberal efforts to remove money from politics. After the Supreme Court’s landmark 2010 ruling in Citizens United, Elias, who was then working for a group devoted to electing Democratic candidates, was among the lawyers who asked the Federal Election Commission to issue an advisory opinion about political organizations that only made “independent expenditures.” That opinion helped usher in the age of the super PAC. And in 2014, Politico reported that he had played a key role in inserting a provision into a major spending bill that would significantly raise the cap on individual donations to political parties.

This year, Elias’s focus is filing lawsuits to expand voter access, especially when it comes to voting by mail. By early September, a few weeks after we first spoke, he was involved in 32 election-related cases in 19 states. Most of those battles revolve around what Elias calls the “four pillars” of protecting voting by mail: providing prepaid postage from states, so that voters can return ballots for free; counting mail-in ballots as long as they’re postmarked on or before Election Day; making it harder for election officials to toss out ballots if the signature doesn’t exactly match the one on file; and letting local groups gather sealed absentee ballots to submit on voters’ behalf.

more: https://newrepublic.com/article/159279/marc-elias-lawyer-democrat-stop-trump-rigging-2020-election

BTW, THIS IS A GREAT WEBSITE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
https://www.democracydocket.com

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Response to Lock him up. (Original post)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 11:58 AM

24. Marc is working hard

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Response to Lock him up. (Original post)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 01:39 PM

32. Awesome collection of info here

Some of these cases are rulings are not from the Chump era, but that's OK. For example the NY State ruling on remapping their districts goes back to 2012. Most of the cases are from the last couple years though. It's nice to see progress for the good guys!


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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #32)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 03:26 PM

33. thing is, some of them are continuations

...of suits brought, expanded, and joined by different Democratic committees where Marc Elias and others have been working for decades.

Here's a victory reported today which was a long time in the works and the result of many collaborations

Federal Judge Smacks Down GOP Attempt To Make Voting Harder For Minorities In Texas

In a decision announced late Friday, a federal judge smacked down a Republican attempt in Texas to discriminate against Black and Hispanic voters in the upcoming presidential election.

According to the Texas Tribune, “Less than three weeks before early voting begins in Texas, a U.S. district judge has blocked the state from eliminating straight-ticket voting as an option for people who go to the polls this November.”

As the report notes, “Democrats sued the state in March to overturn the Texas Legislature’s removal of straight-ticket voting.”

The judge found that the Republican law would “impose a discriminatory burden” on minority voters in Texas.

More from the Texas Tribune:

In a ruling issued late Friday, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo cited the coronavirus pandemic, saying the elimination of the voting practice would “cause irreparable injury” to voters “by creating mass lines at the polls and increasing the amount of time voters are exposed to COVID-19.”

Marmolejo also found that the GOP-backed law would “impose a discriminatory burden” on black and Hispanic voters and “create comparatively less opportunities for these voters to participate in the political process.”

She acknowledged the burden the decision could put on local and state election officials, who will have to recalibrate voting machines or reprint ballots. But she reasoned that the potential harm for those suing, including the Texas Association for Retired Americans, was “outweighed by the inconveniences resulting.”

https://www.politicususa.com/2020/09/26/federal-judge-smacks-down-gop-attempt-to-make-voting-harder-for-minorities-in-texas.html


here's the case back in October with Marc Elias and others serving as counsel:

In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Austin, the Texas Democratic Party — joined by the Democratic campaign arms for the U.S. House and Senate — alleges that the state’s move to effectively end the use of what were known as temporary or mobile early voting sites is unconstitutional because it discriminates against young voters by shrinking their access to the ballot box.
https://www.texasdemocrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Texas-Mobile-Voting-Filed-Complaint.pdf

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #32)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 03:43 PM

34. here's Marc Elias on the case of NY redistricting in 2012

...

03/05/2012
Judge Mann asks legislature's lawyers why on earth redistricting should protect incumbents

On Monday afternoon, in a crowded federal courtroom in Brooklyn, Magistrate Judge Roanne Mann peppered a series of attorneys with distinctly skeptical-sounding questions about why the court should consider incumbency when drawing the state's new congressional lines.

Mann, who was appointed by a three-judge panel of district judges to oversee the congressional redistricting process, must chart the court's course somewhere between a set of maps submitted by Common Cause, which deliberately ignore where existing legislators live, and a couple of competing plans offered by state legislators, which seek to minimize competition among current office-holders.

Mann sat quietly through the first few presentations, which mostly argued for a "Unity Map" drawn by a coalition of minority groups, but she began to pipe up when Marc Elias—who represents a group of voters in overpopulated districts, but also has close ties to Democratic congressional committees—began to argue that the court should not start from scratch, but instead use the existing congressional map as a guide.

He argued that there were good policy reasons for considering incumbency, and that the court needs an anchor from which to work.

"It's not a very good anchor when you have to carve out two districts," replied Mann, referring to the state's need to eliminate two of its 29 congressional seats after New York registered a relative decrease in population in the last census.

more: https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2012/03/judge-mann-asks-legislatures-lawyers-why-on-earth-redistricting-should-protect-incumbents-000000

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Response to Lock him up. (Original post)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 11:25 PM

36. Yet more litigation

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #36)

Sun Sep 27, 2020, 06:02 AM

38. kick

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