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Are Men Still Unnecessary?

NYT‘s Maureen Dowd published the outspoken book, Are Men Necessary, in 2005, detailing the sexual battlefield between men and women and “mysteries and muddles of sexual combat in America.” But that’s not stopping The Atlantic and Slate‘s Hanna Rosin, who’s out with The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, perhaps taking the subject matter one shovel full of dirt further into the ground. Rosin explores many of the same topic areas that Dowd did seven years ago, including crime, marriage politics and more. She argues that men are no longer the dominant sex.

Here’s Rosin’s pitch letter that’s making the rounds:


I am writing to let you know about the publication of my new book, THE END OF MEN, which has been named by the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York magazine and the Huffington Post as one of the books most looked forward to for the fall. As a loyal supporter of Slate and DoubleX, I wanted to let you know before the book is officially out.

The book chronicles an unprecedented moment: Women are no longer merely gaining on men–they have pulled decisively ahead. I show how the radically different ways men and women earn, learn, spend, work, marry–even kill–have turned society upside down, not just in the U.S., but around the world. And I help readers see how both men and women can adapt to the new reality and channel it for a better future.In the book I address, among other things:

What we misunderstand about the hook-up culture, and how women use it to their advantage. Read my excerpt in the Atlantic: “Boys on the Side

Why men are having a harder time adapting to the changing economy. Read my New York Times magazine cover story: “Who Wears the Pants in this Economy.”

How marriage in American is undergoing a radical transformation, in ways we never expected.

How women can get over the final hurdles and make it to the top.

I would love to meet you at one of the stops on my national book tour, which begins Sept. 11. The major tour stops and dates are listed below.  If you run an organization interested in these issues, I would love to come speak to you. To find out more, please visit my website at If you want to order the book, please visit [here].  


Hanna Rosin

Fishbowl Summer Superlatives – THE RESULTS Part Deux

On Thursday, we began rolling out the results of our Summer Superlatives and today, you get to meet the rest of the winners. Thanks for voting.

Today’s results kicks off with the Best Dressed category. This cage match was between Politico’s Ken Vogel and Kate Nocerra, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, RCP’s Erin McPike, and CNN’s Kate Balduan. This contest wasn’t even close. While we had a feeling Capehart would be the clear winner, he was a very distant second to Kate Balduan! Congrats, Kate. Your prize is a $1 gift card to Fashion Bug!

Moving right along, we asked you to name Washington’s Best Writer. Your choices were The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, NJ’s Major Garrett, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, Ashley Parker and Maureen Dowd, WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty, HuffPost’s Eliot Nelson, and Washingtonian’s Luke Mullins. This one was a close one to call. It was a two-man race between Garrett and Labash, but in the end, Major Garrett came through and was voted the winner. It should be noted that today is Garrett’s birthday.

Which Washington journo is Most In Need of a Salad? We asked you to choose between Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Jonathan Martin, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, HuffPost’s Peter Cherukuri and Jason Linkins, FNC’s Bob Beckel and Bret Baier, and author and former TWTer Rich Miniter. This was another category where it wasn’t even close. The FNC team of Bob Beckel and Bret Baier were the heavy favorites and waddled walked their way to an easy victory.

Next up, we had the category that saw more votes than any other, Sexiest. Your sultry selections were AP‘s Steve Peoples, Atlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett, Real Housewives of D.C.’s sassy stylist Paul Wharton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, NBC4′s Doug Kammerer and Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince. The winner by a slim, sexy (and consenting) majority was Brianna Keilar.

On the other side of the coin, we have Who is Most In Need of a Makeover? Your choices were CQ Roll Call (the entire publication), The Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle, TWT’s Stephen Dinan, DCRTV’s Dave Hughes and Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher. Once again, this was a two-man race between Christopher and Boyle. While Christopher just looks generally disheveled, the overall train wreck that is Matthew Boyle was voted the winner. Congrats, Matt. We hear that Paul Wharton may be available to help turn you into a beautiful swan.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Best On-Air Personality. The heavy-hitters on this list were ABC’s Jake Tapper, The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, CBS’s Bob Schieffer and Nancy Cordes, HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, and WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson. At the end of the day, the experience of Schieffer couldn’t keep up with your winner, Jake Tapper!

Congratulations to all of our winners.


Incest Desk: Politico Contributor to Pub’s Defense

Politico‘s Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen had many journalists around town bristling last week after they slammed the NYT and WaPo for being biased against Mitt Romney and favoring President Obama in their coverage.

Over the weekend, Keith Koffler, who writes the typically unfiltered, gritty, wrote up his take on the Politico story that caused anxiety in the Washington Press Corps. His headline: “Politico Nails Mainstream Media for Liberal Bias.” In it, he has two full disclosure type announcements: 1. He personally knows these “brave” men VandeHei and Allen. He writes, “I can tell you, VandeHei and Allen – both of whom I know personally – have done a brave bit of work here and made themselves no new friends within the Washington journalism establishment.” 2. He’s a paid contributor to Politico. 3. On a good note, at least he includes the disclosures. But what’s he doing writing this type of story? He doesn’t critique them. In fact, he cozies up and takes their side, saying he hopes this will make the media be more sensitive to bias, but he doubts this will happen.

Journalists angered by Politico‘s story pointed out that the Roslyn-based pub heavily aggregated the WaPo story they knocked. As bad luck or fate would have it, on the day the story came out, the NYT had an editorial against Obama. And in a weekend column, Maureen Dowd brought Obama down a few rungs.

UPDATE: It appears Koffler is upset that we put him on the Incest Desk. He wrote me to say that I have “impugned” his character to the world. He also insists that Politico never asked him to write the favorable post, even though we never accused him of that in the first place. But so be it. Here’s what he has to say: “What a low blow. I tried to be very careful about disclosure. … The reason I wrote the piece is that I thought my readers would be interested to know that a major mainstream media publication would flag liberal, pro-Obama bias in other such publications. I thought it was a very rare and important thing. I did not think my association with Politico should be a reason to keep this story from my readers, which is why I was careful to note the association to them. Nobody at Politico – in fact, nobody at all – ever suggested or insinuated that I should write the piece I did. …I have not done anything unethical or even unusual.”

The FishbowlDC Interview With WaPo‘s Rubin

When she’s not harassing her liberal counterpart Greg Sargent on Twitter, Jennifer Rubin helms the conservative “Right Turn” blog at WaPo. “I love mixing it up with liberals,” Rubin says of the Twitter wars she throws herself into with valiant force. “For too long too many of them have never been forcefully challenged,” she said. “They talk to and write for liberals and rarely get called on to defend their assumptions.”

Rubin joined WaPo in 2010, replacing Dave Weigel, who resigned under the weighty Journolist scandal and moved over to Slate. Before that she wrote for Commentary for several years. And before that she worked as a labor lawyer in California for 20 years. Rubin has a BA in history from UC Berkeley and a JD from Boalt Law School.

Throughout the Republican presidential primary Rubin faced criticism for showing signs that she might be in the tank for Mitt Romney. She doesn’t really deny it. “Oh pish-posh,” she said (yes, she said pish-posh). “I was simply ahead of the curve in spotting the fatal flaws in a series of challengers who would have crashed and burned in the general election.” Rubin said, however, that she actually would have preferred Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over Romney.

Let’s begin.

If you were a combined carbonated beverage, which would you be?

Jolt Cola

How often do you Google yourself?

Hardly ever.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?

A previous editor: “You can’t call Maureen Dowd ‘a harpy.’” Seriously, I’m sure I was on the receiving end of worse but I’ve blocked it out.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?

Don’t all journalists work? Well, Jake Tapper hands down. He’s smart and fair and tough.

Do you have a favorite word?


You’re walking down a dark alley and you run into a group of people, all of whom you’ve insulted on your blog. What do you do? What do you say? And do you activate your mace?

I’d say a friendly ‘Hello.’ No mace!

Who would you rather have dinner with – WaPo’s Erik Wemple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi or Hilary Rosen? Tell us why.

Erik certainly!

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) or former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Who do you choose? (Neither is not an option.)

Sorry, but the world will have to muddle through on its own.

What swear word do you use most often?


You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.)

Candy Crowley, PJ O’Rourke, John Bolton and AEI President Arthur Brooks.

Now for a really serious moment: What is your dream job, money and practicalities aside?

My ideal career would be to keep my current job and have a new “Crossfire” with James Carville.

Find out what Rubin pigs out on when no one’s looking…

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Quotes of the Day

“Yogurt spilt on President Obama tonight.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczyinski with the accompanied picture above. The incident occurred at The Sink, a restaurant and bar in Boulder, Colo. From the White House Pool report by TWT‘s David Boyer: “While greeting people outside, a young woman spilled yogurt on the president. It appeared to hit his pants. The president wiped himself off with a towel and made a wry comment about the Secret Service, but pooler couldn’t  hear his exact words. He did say to the woman, ‘Getting yogurt on the president, you’ve got a story to tell.’ She said, ‘I’m very embarrassed.’” The woman appeared on NBC’s TODAY show this morning.

Deep thoughts with Politico‘s Epstein

“Some will win. Some will lose. Some will smell of sweet perfume.” — Politico‘s Reid Epstein. (Actually it’s lyrics from “Don’t Stop Believing,” a Journey song played at a a Mitt Romney bash last night.)

Ted Johnson, Deputy Editor of Variety on why the stars enjoy attending Nerd Prom: “I really do think that the appeal is to be there and to be among the political elite. That means something. …Here, there is a chance that you’re not only going to see people from the White House you probably already know … but you’re probably going to also see people from the other side of the aisle, the unexpected Republicans who attend the dinner. There are those encounters that probably have a great sense of appeal.” Read Politico Patrick Gavin‘s full story here. Really? The wayward Republican who attends the dinner is the exotic allure? Johnson may need to get out more.

John Edwards according to Maureen Dowd

“Everyone’s arguing whether Edwards is a swindler or merely a swine. He’s certainly the latter.” — NYT‘s Maureen Dowd on the ex-Sen. John Edwards trial. Read full column here.

What’s driving the day: “Do you know when you should toss out ketchup, mustard and other condiments?” — WTOP has hints that may save you a few stomachaches. And this from the AP…”Whale found dead in Wash. had swallowed golf ball.” What was found in the whales stomach? “The stomach examination Monday found the shrimp, woody debris, algae, pieces of rope and plastic, the golf ball and some flat spongy material.” Best line…“The garbage was minimal and not the cause of death, which remains under investigation.”

Better Late than Never: Spotted at Nationals vs. Miami last Friday night: In first row behind third baseline, NBC’s Luke Russert, Politico’s Jake Sherman and Bo Blair, owner of Smith Point and The Bullpen.


FishbowlDC Interview with Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis

Say hello to The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis. He is a senior contributor for The Daily Caller. He is also editor of ‘The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin In Her Own Words.’ More often than not, you can find the unquestionably friendly reporter with dimples on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz on Sunday. His colleagues find him “helpful and knowledgeable” around the office. We asked his boss, Tucker Carlson, what kind of human being Lewis is. He replied, “Matt is a great guy: low-key, hard working, relentless honest and decent.” Previously, Matt was a columnist for the now defunct Politics Daily, and before that, he was a blogger for Matt grew up in Frederick County, Md., and graduated from Shepherd College (now University) in Shepherdstown, WV. Like any blogger, he can fall prey to the occasional bad mood. “If you’re a blogger, your mood is contingent on whether you have written anything good lately,” he tells me in a phone conversation this afternoon. “If too much time elapses and I haven’t written anything I’m proud of, I start to get a little testy, which is totally not good.” He does see his glass half full: “Any day as a writer beats working at a fast food restaurant.” This is a fate he escaped narrowly just after college when he worked briefly at a Roy Rogers in Frederick, Md. He was earning $30,000 a year in  management program. “I was utterly miserable doing it,” he said. “I ended up quitting. I’ve come to learn, whether it s a relationship or a job, you usually know within the first day whether or not it’s going to work. It took me a couple of months to figure it out, but I finally did pull the plug on that.” Moving on to other topics, I wondered about Lewis’s thoughts on the hoodie. “I actually like hoodies and I wear them all the time,” he said. “I was going to tape an episode of bloggingheads the other night. I literally had to take off a hoodie and put on another shirt because I was afraid people were going to think I was mocking it. They’re very comfortable. It’s a brilliant invention.” Lewis wasn’t always a reporter. He started off doing campaigns. He initially thought his calling was to be a political operative. In 1998 he managed a campaign for a male candidate running for the Maryland State Senate. He became the youngest and the first Hispanic Republican ever elected to the Maryland State Senate. “That’s the part I love, the passion, the romance of being a kind of revolution and beating the machine,” he said. But the more entrenched he got into politics, he began to see that at the professional level “they suck the excitement out of it. You know the type…the douchebag type,” he said, explaining that he started his own blog in 2004 and began writing for Human Events. His first paying writing job was for, where he worked for two years. “It took me an evolution to find myself and find my calling.”

If you were a combined carbonated beverage, which would you be? Too personal. Next question.

How often do you Google yourself? I Googled myself twice while answering these questions. But this is because I am paranoid and needy – not because I’m narcissistic – there’s a difference.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? I’ve found it’s best not to directly confront editors. Instead, it’s best to sneak into their offices and move things around on their desks until they slowly go insane.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Kirsten Powers has been doing terrific work of late. Her columns on important issues like sex trafficking and liberal hypocrisy regarding misogyny have been both eloquent and heroic.

Do you have a favorite word? Milieu.

Who would you rather have dinner with – Salon’s Joan Walsh, WaPo’s Ezra Klein or Maureen Dowd. Tell us why. Maureen Dowd. She can be funny. She has a flirty quality about her that’s utterly likeable. And I’m willing to bet that, off the clock at least, she’s capable of dropping the partisan BS for an evening. (Call me, MoDo!)

What’s your funniest TV blooper moment? Fortunately, most of my bloopers have occurred off camera. But I once narrowly averted appearing on NBC’s “Today” show as a medical expert (when an intern escorted me from the MSNBC green room to the wrong set).

What swear word do you use most often? Without a doubt, the f-bomb. But now that I have a little boy, my wife is trying to break me of that f-ing habit.

Now for a really serious moment: What is your dream job, money and practicalities aside? I’ve always wanted to pretend to be an architect.

When you pig out what do you eat? Dark chocolate.

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. If it’s a certain kind of underwear we don’t want to know about it. Two words: Sweater vest. Or else… I do have a pair of cowboy boots I got in Austin that I’m pretty proud of. (Pictured here.)

Pick one: Kim, Khloe, or Kourtney? Kourtney.

Have you ever had a tarot card reading? Never.

Have you ever had a near-death experience? I’ve had several close calls: There was the time I caught a gas can on fire. There was the other time when I was riding my lawn mower up a steep hill (with the blade engaged) and it popped a wheelie. And there was the time the lifeguards had to pull me out of the water at Ocean City, Md.

Find out Lewis’s relation to the always suave “Uncle Rico” after the jump…

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Tricks of the Trade With Bill Press

We continue our Tricks of the Trade feature with lefty radio host Bill Press. Credentials: With a name like “Press,” are the details of his experience really important? Fine. Aside from being a longtime radio host, he has authored seven books including Bush Must Go: The Top 10 Reasons Why George Bush Doesn’t Deserve a Second Term and Train Wreck: The End of the Conservative Revolution (and Not a Moment Too Soon). He started his broadcast TV career in LA and co-hosted CNN’s “Spin Room,” “Crossfire” and MSNBC’s “Buchanan and Press.” Growing up Catholic he was an altar boy and took vows. He graduated with a theology degree from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.”The Bill Press Show” airs on the liberal talk channel SiriusXM 127 from 6 – 7 a.m. ET.

1. Favorite Interview Technique: I like to loosen people up by starting with some off-the-wall question they’re not expecting. For example, I opened interview with Maureen Dowd by asking: “Are you nervous?” With [Rep.] James Clyburn [D-S.C.]: “Mr. Leader, how’s your golf game?”

2. Most Compelling Question I’ve Ever Asked: Without doubt. Asked Patti Reagan if she’d ever had sex on the rug in the Oval Office when her father was president. She said she really wanted to, but there were always too many Secret Service agents around. But she did admit she smoked pot in the White House.

3. Best Self-Editing Approach: Do your homework. Know what you want to get out of interview. Get it. And end it.

4. What to do When an Interview is Tanking: Happens all the time. Especially with people you’ve never interviewed before. You think they’re going to be a lively interview, and they bomb. Pure talking points. Only answer is: Just get out of it. Worst thing you can do is drag out a boring interview.

5. Approaching Lawmakers and other “Important People”: Don’t be nervous. Don’t be shy. They need you more than you need them. Tell them who you are. Ask for interview. Be flexible, but if they turn you down – it’s their loss, not yours.

6. Most Surprising Thing to Happen During an Interview…

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From one reporter to another

“@aburnspolitico Sorry, I can’t find the part in that story about his penis.” — Politico‘s Molly Ball to her colleague Alex Burns in a Wednesday tweet.

It’s roasting outside

“People wearing dark suits in the sous vide bath that is DC’s pre-summer swelter. Huh.” — WaPo‘s J. Freedom du Lac in a Wednesday tweet.

A Weiner joke where you least expect it

“It’s easier to get an email from Weiner than to get you on.” — Former CNN host Larry King on “The Daily Show” last night explaining how hard it was to get Jon Stewart on his program.

Weiner Parental Guidelines 101

“Prediction: Weiner child not allowed to use Internet for a lonnnng time.” — National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg in a Wednesday tweet.

New kid on the block

We came across a brand new reporter on the scene this week. His name is — get this — Michael Mayday. There are too many jokes here to boil it down to just one, but let’s just say screaming “MAYDAY! MAYDAY!” during an interview with him could prove to be amusing. So would directing you to a video like this one. Or this one. But we’re going to cut him some slack. The young Michiganian has been on the job one week. Publication: The Daily Caller. Welcome to the Fishbowl Mayday!

HuffPost Hill has quite an imagination

“Satan prepared his acting reel to audition for the part of ‘Anthony Weiner’ in the inevitable Lifetime original movie about this whole mess.” — Wednesday’s edition of HuffPost Hill Edited by Eliot Nelson. So who would play Weiner and Huma and the cast of characters in a Lifetime movie? If specific actors come to mind, let us know at or

Ezzy likes salad

“Just found out a Chop’t opened a block away from my office. Life, or at least lunch, will never be the same. #firstworldbenefits.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein in a Wednesday tweet. We’re delighted for him and now we know where to find him at lunchtime.

The name of “The Daily Show” segment on Weiner last night: “The Wangover”

Ahh memories…

“One of the bratty boys I babysat when I was 13 is apparently in prison. I remember complaining to his sad mom that he chased me with knives.” — Laura Donovan, an editor at The Daily Caller, in a Wednesday tweet.

Schultz gets emotional about Weiner and wife, Huma

“For me and for many of us behind the scenes producing, the Anthony Weiner story is undoubtedly as sad as it gets.” — MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on his Wednesday night program. Schultz has called for Weiner’s resignation. “Please resign. Please do it. …the fact that your wife is pregnant is awesome.”

Weiner’s ex-girlfriend attacks Maureen Dowd

“For the record, a blackjack dealer and porn star are not lesser people than an aide to Hillary Clinton, as Maureen Dowd disgustingly claims.” — The Daily Beast Columnist, Fox News Democratic Political Analyst and Weiner Ex-Girlfriend Kirsten Powers in a Wednesday tweet. This is what Powers found so offensive in Dowd’s NYT column this week: “The weenie Weiner married up to Hillary Clinton’s aide, the glamorous and classy Huma Abedin, and only 11 months later got caught e-dating down with a Vegas blackjack dealer, a porn star and a couple of college students.”

BREAKING: WaPo’s Martel Steps Down from Style

The controversial top editor of WaPo‘s Style section Ned Martel is stepping down from his post.

He just announced the news to Style staff. Sources tell us the news was expected by Style watchers who witnessed the storied features and arts section’s precipitous decline under Martel.

Martel was brought into the section in 2009 but things haven’t gone as smoothly with staff as top brass would have liked. He is not leaving the publication.


UPDATE: We’re getting overwhelming reports that Martel was pushed out by Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli. When Martel came on board, Brauchli teamed him up to run style with Lynn Medford. There are reports of the pair repeatedly clashing over the years. Brauchli has always denied publicly that Martel is problematic. Privately is another matter. “Ned is absolutely brilliant,” Brauchli told Washingtonian‘s Harry Jaffe in February of this year. “He has exactly the right idea of what Style should be.” But reporters past and present are telling us that Martel forced Robin Givhan out as well as a number of other Style writers who did not want to work for him because he has a rep for having a  “demeaning” management style. As we reported last week, Richard Leiby jumped ship for another section after working for Style for 20 years. According to an ex-Postie, it’s nearly impossible to get fired after you’re there nine months: “So typically they move you to horrible beats or some such until you quit. I wonder what they’ll do with him.”

What will they do with him? Well, we’re hearing strong reports that Martel is far from fired. In fact, he’s headed for something allegedly big and “exciting” at the Post that will surprise and impress people when announced. The announcement is expected within the next 24 hours.

Martel was first recommended to Publisher Katharine Weymouth by a close friend, NYT‘s Maureen Dowd.

We’ve reached out to Martel for comment. So far, he’s quiet as a mouse.

The FishbowlDC Interview With WaPo’s Fashionista Janet Bennett Kelly

Say hello to WaPo‘s Janet Bennett Kelly. She just moved over to WaPo Magazine where where she will, among other tasks, help write a new Style column, work fashion week and write wedding vignettes. She grew up on Great Neck, Long Island, where her mother indoctrinated her early on into the “creativity of clothing, what it means to have a good eye and the wonders of discount shopping at Loehmann’s.” She tells me, “I often find myself thinking when I put together some outfit or other, ‘What would Mom think of this?” What she likes best about her job so far: “I just started this past Monday and work with an extremely talented pool of people, who are not only smart but generous with their time.” She hasn’t always been into writing or fashion. In fact, her dream years ago was to be a Classical archaeologist. She says, “the connection between now and then is, I guess, that I love digging up new things.”

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? I prefer non-carbonated, but if I had to pick, it would be Pellegrino.

How often do you Google yourself? I’ve Googled myself twice.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? You must be joking!

Who is your favorite working journalist? I have a few: Robin Givhan, Hadley Freeman, Maureen Dowd.

Do you have a favorite word? minimalism

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? None of those. I’d like to have dinner with Tina Fey.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Marimba

When did you last cry and why? When I saw the film “Inside Job” and realized what pain so few had inflicted on so many.

Find out why Tim Gunn was her favorite interview of all time and why Kelly McGillis wasn’t after the jump…

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