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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are the political editor of the Sunday Express,

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and Tim Shipman, the political editor of the Sunday Times.

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Two political editors for the price of one. Ben Chifley being with us.

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-- thank you for being with us. Let's take a look at what the

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papers are saying in the morning. The Observer reports that US

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presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton shares Barack Obama's opposition to

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the UK leaving the EU. The Mail leads on Boris

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Johnson's anger at Mr Obama's intervention

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in the referendum campaign. The Sunday

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Telegraph says pregnant women are among those whose hospital treatment

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has been postponed ahead of the first all-out strike

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by junior doctors. The Sunday Times

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reports that this year the super-rich have suffered

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the worst decline in their fortunes The Independent carries a photo

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of one of the many events to mark the 400th

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anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Its main story is

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about a hospital in Lancashire The Sunday Express says that cold

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calling firms could face fines And the Sunday Mirror has

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a photograph of what it says are the ashes

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of the singer Prince being carried Let's crack on. The Mail on Sunday

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with a pretty striking headline, Boris rage at ridiculous weird

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Obama. It should make you think he had been desperate rude about the

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President and it is a personal attack on him, but it is more about

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what you said. He said it was a ridiculous and rude statement he

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said about our trade deal and go into the back of the queue. If you

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read inside, you get the quote which explains it better. He says no one

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in the last 48 hours has come close to answering my point. It is very

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weird that the US should tell the UK to do something they would not dream

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of doing themselves in a million years. So it is not Obama that is

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weird, but what he said. And this is another more angry intervention from

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Boris Johnson after a week which has been dominated by the President's

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visit and his statement over Brexit. Leaving aside the arguments, who has

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come out better, Boris or Obamacares I think Boris is lying on

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his back in the gutter shouting in the hope that Oscar Wilde is looking

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at the stars. -- or Obama? None of them have really got him out of that

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horizontal position. And not in the Brexit campaign think he may have

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overreached -- a lot. Good old Boris. He will keep bashing away. I

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think both sides of the argument think it is bad, with the Treasury

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putting out a document saying it will cost millions of pounds. It was

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discredited by a lot of people. Even people in the Brexit camp think that

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is cut through to the public in some way, and now the president of the

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United States is saying one of your key arguments on trade is nonsense.

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That has done a fair bit of damage. Is part of the problem that actually

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this is not about money, it is about a sense of identity, sovereignty,

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issues that don't necessarily boiled down to shillings and pence. It is

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not about facts, and for them at least, that side of the argument is

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hard. I think it is difficult, this situation is, because we're offered

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interviews all the time, when you get down to the nitty-gritty, they

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are passionate about what they are saying and this is going to mean

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this... Some of them. Yes, some of them. This is what it will mean if

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we stay in or stay out, but the truth gets lost. You can read the

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Treasury report about how much it will cost to leave. You can listen

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to argument about how much it will cost to stay. But nobody really

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knows about the economy, which is why this intervention is so

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significant because President Obama saying claims have been made that it

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will be fine and dandy and we can have this trade deal with America

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fairly quickly, and he has said no, you will go to the back of the

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queue. We have heard people say he is a lame duck resident out of

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office in January and he can't do anything about the trade deal --

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president. It was this? And then he comes galloping over the horizon.

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When Obama did his town hall meeting with the students, one of them put

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his hand up and said, could you give advice to your successor, because

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she may want to do something? Lots of applause. Most people think

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Hillary Clinton is probably likely to succeed Obama, and she is

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reinforcing the same argument he has made that it is very important

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Britain stays in the year. That is a helpful intervention for Downing

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Street and David Cameron. And going back to what we were talking about

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earlier, if you believe in the sovereignty thing, if that is your

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thing, you will vote out. If you are worried about the economy, you will

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probably vote in. The people in the middle of thinking, what happens on

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trade or immigration? It is a fluid situation. There are a lot of people

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in the middle. It is between a quarter and a third of people who

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have not made their minds up. We have been writing about this every

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week since the general election and are ready to throw ourselves off a

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cliff collectively, but a lot of people are not paying that much

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attention. Friends are intelligent and engage. A poll in your paper was

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saying that it was moving towards leave, and now we have swung back

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the other way. I suspect we have another few pendulum is to go.

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Another ten weeks of this wonderful debate to go until we go to the

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polling stations! Thank goodness we have lots of time. For now let's

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move on to a story you have written on the front of the Sunday Times

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about the doctor strike which is imminent. It is the contingency

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planning being made for the strike. We'll be strike go-ahead? -- will

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the strike? We have not seen anything on this scale, it is due on

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Tuesday Wednesday, and they will a mass walkout. There will be no

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emergency care. Pregnant women to be hit by the strike, hundreds of

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thousands of operations and appointments being cancelled. What

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is happening this evening is that the Labour Party have tried to

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broker a deal between the doctors, and are offering the guilty Jeremy

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Hunt. They have a former Tory spokesman, other former ministers

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and the BMA all on board. -- offering the deal to Jeremy Hunt.

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They are saying roll out the contract, but don't do it

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everywhere, do a pilot scheme. And talk about these people dying out

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weekends. The BMA have dug themselves into a hole, and the

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government are in a sticky position. The BMA are in a sticky position is

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if people start dying Outlook support the doctors will drop. The

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idea that people will die because of a lack of doctors in emergency is a

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scary prospect. We have seen some effects, but this is on a different

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level. The thing to remember is that the previous strikes have just been

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junior doctors walking out, and still preserving emergency care. My

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step father and husband were both taken to hospital during the last

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strike and was still seen to, although it took longer. There were

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both down with. This is an all out strike, said people in emergency,

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those doing the most critical care cover, and will not be there. There

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is a great sentiment from Conservatives and Labour that Jeremy

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Hunt has not managed this well. Are you getting the impression among

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Conservative MPs that notwithstanding they might see the

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argument, moving to a seven-day NHS, which is already seven-day, but the

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screening and back office services and operations taking place, they

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believe in that, but they think the way they have got themselves into

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this confrontation has been a mistake. They have been at

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loggerheads. To see somebody try to offer a situation that could get

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them both off the hook without losing too much face in political

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terms is significant. So you can still say I have the new contract.

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The other thing that is interesting is you have seen the Labour Party

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since Jeremy Corbyn became leader, which is consigned itself to arguing

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internally. Jeremy Corbyn pursues his own agenda but doesn't often

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seem to engage with the political sphere and trying to affect what is

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happening. But this is interesting, Labour bringing people together.

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This is the Shadow Health Secretary. She is trying to find a way that

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might satisfy Jeremy Hunt and the BMA. That is a difficult thing to

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do. In the next couple of days we might find out if this will go

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ahead. The first bit of constructive opposition we have seen for a while.

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And face-saving on both sides, which is politically important. That is on

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the front of the Telegraph as well, but I am struck by this story with

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the little photograph of Philip Hammond. This one really has

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potential to be incendiary. This is the situation that British ground

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forces might be said to be beyond. There has been lots of mood music

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that this may or may not be on the agenda, and we think special forces

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to some extent Tom at the SAS are already embedded. It depends what

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you consider graduates are. We change the law in Britain so we

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cannot send in troops will go to war will do anything without the consent

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of Parliament. So it is significant here is saying this in his own

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terms. He is also making astonishing warnings about British cruise liners

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and commercial shipping being warned to avoid the coast of Libya. Even

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some of the big cruising companies do go very close to the coast. All

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round, a very worrying development. We have troops probably already in

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there. Until now, we have had talk about sending people to train and

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assist. Hammond has been over to Libya. President Obama asked for

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what he learned there. My impression from Downing Street is that the

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people running Libya at the moment I trying to do their own thing and

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don't necessarily want to be seen to be bringing in Western troops -- are

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trying. They want to get something in place that maybe they can assist

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with logistical support and training and advice, but it is obviously

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significant if he is really out -- ruling out sending ground troops. We

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have had this statement from Michael Fallon saying that the promise

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William Hague made at the end of last Parliament that the government

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would legislate, put in more that Parliament has to give its consent

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before troops are deployed, was not going to happen. They want to

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maintain flexibility. It is like an irregular verb. You consent to this

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device, -- UK and -- you can send troops to advise. It is pretty well

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established that the SAS are there in significant numbers. But they

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won't talk about it. They has been suggestion of escalation and they

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won't talk about that either. Interesting. Let's end on your

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paper, Caroline. I would like to talk about cold callers. But we will

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leave that. I have to ask you about this top story, why are we losing so

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many stars in 2016? It says Siebe pages eight and nine -- see pages

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89. It is a stellar lineup. You have David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Victoria

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Wood, Paul Daniels and Prints. The reason they are at buying is the

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stars. Apparently the planets are all aligned a certain way, which is

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not happened for the last 13 years, and apparently the last time, we

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lost James Cagney, Kerry Grant and Orson Welles. The sad news is that

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they will be more of the same until the end of the year -- Carey Grant.

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We could do some more. But then it will not happen again until 2045

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when we'll see another year of great tragedy. If you are a celebrity,

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hide in the cellar for the rest of the year. Early nights. Don't stay

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up for the paper review. Stop joking and you will be fine. Thank you both

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for being with us. That is it. Coming up now it is The Film Review.

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Without. -- good night.

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