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OPINION: David Shribman

David Shribman's weekly National Perspective column takes a decidedly apolitical view of American politics. Mixing historical analysis with his keen journalistic insight, Shribman makes sense of the chaotic world of Washington, D.C. Covering everything from health care to presidential history, Shribman's National Perspective is a must-read for anyone who wants an unvarnished take on the state of the U.S. government.

We are pleased to add his columns to our opinion page.

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  • SHRIBMAN | The Choice of Cleveland

    SHRIBMAN | The Choice of Cleveland

    Monday, July 21 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-07-21 11:19:30 GMT
    The Republicans have made a choice, and it's the last easy one they will have for the next 23 months. They will hold their national political convention in Cleveland.More >>
    The Republicans have made a choice, and it's the last easy one they will have for the next 23 months. They will hold their national political convention in Cleveland.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The Worst President

    SHRIBMAN | The Worst President

    Monday, July 14 2014 7:50 AM EDT2014-07-14 11:50:46 GMT
    By David M. ShribmanWDRB Contributor from Pittsburgh Post-GazetteWow. A reputable poll shows that the public believes Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II. Worse than Richard M. Nixon, driven from the presidency by Watergate? Much. Worse than Jimmy Carter, for decades the very symbol of the feckless chief executive? Loads. Worse than George W. Bush, still a lightning rod on the left and a symbol of disappointment on the right? Definitely.These startling poll results set loos...More >>
    By David M. ShribmanWDRB Contributor from Pittsburgh Post-GazetteWow. A reputable poll shows that the public believes Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II. Worse than Richard M. Nixon, driven from the presidency by Watergate? Much. Worse than Jimmy Carter, for decades the very symbol of the feckless chief executive? Loads. Worse than George W. Bush, still a lightning rod on the left and a symbol of disappointment on the right? Definitely.These startling poll results set loos...More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Times Are Tough As Usual

    SHRIBMAN | Times Are Tough As Usual

    Monday, July 7 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-07-07 11:56:27 GMT
    David M. ShribmanWDRB Contributor from Pittsburgh Post-GazetteMilitants have formally declared a new Islamic state consisting of parts of Syria and Iraq. Russia, loaded with nuclear weapons and resentment, is looking menacingly at Ukraine. China is rich and restive. Israel is in upheaval over the deaths of three teens. There is no reason to believe Iran is refraining from pressing forward with nuclear-weapons research. North Korea is unpredictable and unreliable. Things are pretty bad.Now let...More >>
    David M. ShribmanWDRB Contributor from Pittsburgh Post-GazetteMilitants have formally declared a new Islamic state consisting of parts of Syria and Iraq. Russia, loaded with nuclear weapons and resentment, is looking menacingly at Ukraine. China is rich and restive. Israel is in upheaval over the deaths of three teens. There is no reason to believe Iran is refraining from pressing forward with nuclear-weapons research. North Korea is unpredictable and unreliable. Things are pretty bad.Now let...More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The Morphing of Mississippi

    SHRIBMAN | The Morphing of Mississippi

    Saturday, June 28 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-06-28 04:05:11 GMT
    Do not for a minute think that Tuesday's Senate runoff in Mississippi is about Thad Cochran.More >>
    Do not for a minute think that Tuesday's Senate runoff in Mississippi is about Thad Cochran.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Defining the Obama Years

    SHRIBMAN | Defining the Obama Years

    Monday, June 16 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-06-16 11:56:48 GMT
    Everything today is faster than it used to be, but this seems astonishing: Historians already are shaping their assessments of Barack Obama's presidency.
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    Everything today is faster than it used to be, but this seems astonishing: Historians already are shaping their assessments of Barack Obama's presidency.
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  • SHRIBMAN | Looking back to go forward

    SHRIBMAN | Looking back to go forward

    May 23, 2014 04:00 PM2014-06-16 11:56:48 GMT
    In almost every period of our history, the national focus has been on the future.More >>
    In almost every period of our history, the national focus has been on the future.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Fifty Years After Freedom Summer

    SHRIBMAN | Fifty Years After Freedom Summer

    Monday, June 16 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-06-16 11:56:16 GMT
    50 summers later, we now recognize that this was one of the signature episodes in America's long story of racial strife and racial reconciliation.More >>
    50 summers later, we now recognize that this was one of the signature episodes in America's long story of racial strife and racial reconciliation.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Lincoln's Three Campaigns

    SHRIBMAN | Lincoln's Three Campaigns

    Monday, June 9 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-06-09 12:12:41 GMT
    The word "campaign" has its origins in 17th-century battles, the term referring to an army's field operations.More >>
    The word "campaign" has its origins in 17th-century battles, the term referring to an army's field operations.
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  • SHRIBMAN | Who Is Qualified To Be President?

    SHRIBMAN | Who Is Qualified To Be President?

    Monday, May 19 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-05-19 04:41:37 GMT
    What does it take to be ready, to be qualified, to be president of the United States?More >>
    What does it take to be ready, to be qualified, to be president of the United States?More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Long-Term vs. Short-Term

    SHRIBMAN | Long-Term vs. Short-Term

    Sunday, May 11 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-05-11 04:01:34 GMT
    He's not running for re-election, but his Democrats face the voters in November's midterm congressional elections, and then his political heirs do so again in the presidential election two years hence.More >>
    He's not running for re-election, but his Democrats face the voters in November's midterm congressional elections, and then his political heirs do so again in the presidential election two years hence.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | History's Uncertain Lessons For Ukraine

    SHRIBMAN | History's Uncertain Lessons For Ukraine

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-05-06 18:34:12 GMT
    Most American presidents are reluctant warriors.More >>
    Most American presidents are reluctant warriors.
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  • SHRIBMAN | Can Obama Carry the GOP?

    SHRIBMAN | Can Obama Carry the GOP?

    Monday, April 28 2014 8:27 AM EDT2014-04-28 12:27:16 GMT
    President Barack Obama asked for a national debate on health care, and he got his wish.More >>
    President Barack Obama asked for a national debate on health care, and he got his wish.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Let Loose the Purse Strings

    SHRIBMAN | Let Loose the Purse Strings

    Monday, April 7 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-04-07 14:27:05 GMT
    The Supreme Court has the capacity to structure the politics of the other two branches, and it did so last week.
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    The Supreme Court has the capacity to structure the politics of the other two branches, and it did so last week.
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  • SHRIBMAN | Learning From Obamacare

    SHRIBMAN | Learning From Obamacare

    Monday, March 31 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-03-31 18:52:34 GMT
    A historic deadline beckons Monday. Most Americans without health insurance must have started to apply for coverage by that deadline or face a financial penalty. It's the first time that health insuranceMore >>
    A historic deadline beckons Monday. Most Americans without health insurance must have started to apply for coverage by that deadline or face a financial penalty. It's the first time that health insuranceMore >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Et Tu, Quebec?

    SHRIBMAN | Et Tu, Quebec?

    Monday, March 24 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-03-24 12:05:09 GMT
    Last week the French newspaper Le Devoir published a poll showing that 37 percent of Quebec voters supported the separatist party and 37 percent supported the Liberals, who oppose an independent Quebec.
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    Last week the French newspaper Le Devoir published a poll showing that 37 percent of Quebec voters supported the separatist party and 37 percent supported the Liberals, who oppose an independent Quebec.
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  • SHRIBMAN | Now it's LBJ's Turn

    SHRIBMAN | Now it's LBJ's Turn

    Monday, March 17 2014 7:40 AM EDT2014-03-17 11:40:17 GMT
    An unusual battle for history is now underway, pitting American memory against the historical legacy of an American president.More >>
    An unusual battle for history is now underway, pitting American memory against the historical legacy of an American president.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Van Buren or Muskie

    SHRIBMAN | Van Buren or Muskie

    Monday, February 17 2014 7:44 AM EST2014-02-17 12:44:45 GMT
    Hillary Clinton is a pretty good bet to be the Democratic presidential nominee. If she runs.More >>
    Hillary Clinton is a pretty good bet to be the Democratic presidential nominee. If she runs.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The Audacity of Hopelessness

    SHRIBMAN | The Audacity of Hopelessness

    Monday, February 3 2014 11:03 AM EST2014-02-03 16:03:51 GMT
    There was more to President Obama's State of the Union speech last Tuesday than met the eye or ear.More >>
    There was more to President Obama's State of the Union speech last Tuesday than met the eye or ear.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The Paradox of Secrecy

    SHRIBMAN | The Paradox of Secrecy

    Monday, February 3 2014 11:05 AM EST2014-02-03 16:05:51 GMT
    Something happened to Barack Obama on the way to the White House. He became the president.More >>
    Something happened to Barack Obama on the way to the White House. He became the president.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The Future is Florida

    SHRIBMAN | The Future is Florida

    Saturday, January 18 2014 11:30 AM EST2014-01-18 16:30:06 GMT
    For a generation, American political scientists looked to California for a glimpse of the politics of the future. Before long they very likely will look to Florida.
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    For a generation, American political scientists looked to California for a glimpse of the politics of the future. Before long they very likely will look to Florida.
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  • SHRIBMAN | Anomie or Achievement

    SHRIBMAN | Anomie or Achievement

    Friday, January 10 2014 12:30 PM EST2014-01-10 17:30:22 GMT
    New year, new challenges. These challenges come for a political system that is in disrepute, in a world that is in upheaval, in a society that is undergoing fast and fundamental change.More >>
    By David M. Shribman WDRB Contributor from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette New year, new challenges. These challenges come for a political system that is in disrepute, in a world that is in upheaval, in a societyMore >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Scrub the Windows

    SHRIBMAN | Scrub the Windows

    Saturday, January 4 2014 12:45 PM EST2014-01-04 17:45:08 GMT
    And so a new year begins, and we are haunted by some of the old questions.More >>
    And so a new year begins, and we are haunted by some of the old questions.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | A World of Information

    SHRIBMAN | A World of Information

    Saturday, December 28 2013 12:30 PM EST2013-12-28 17:30:07 GMT
    From the World Almanac to the World Wide Web and back again. More >>
    From the World Almanac to the World Wide Web and back again. More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The Forgotten War of 1812

    SHRIBMAN | The Forgotten War of 1812

    Dec 11, 2013 05:12 PM EST2013-12-20 14:04:36 GMT
    At the distance of two centuries, confrontations like the War of 1812, itself a sideshow to the Napoleonic Wars, seem like quaint artifacts of another time,More >>
    At the distance of two centuries, confrontations like the War of 1812, itself a sideshow to the Napoleonic Wars, seem like quaint artifacts of another time.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Eulogy for Madiba

    SHRIBMAN | Eulogy for Madiba

    Monday, December 16 2013 9:03 AM EST2013-12-16 14:03:44 GMT
    The eulogy, a celebration spoken at death, nonetheless is one of the great art forms of life.More >>
    The eulogy, a celebration spoken at death, nonetheless is one of the great art forms of life.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | The Steady Hand of Gerald Ford

    SHRIBMAN | The Steady Hand of Gerald Ford

    Monday, December 2 2013 1:25 AM EST2013-12-02 06:25:35 GMT
    We reach an American landmark on Friday that will be noted by few and celebrated by none. It is the 40th anniversary of the confirmation of Gerald R. Ford as vice president.More >>
    We reach an American landmark on Friday that will be noted by few and celebrated by none. It is the 40th anniversary of the confirmation of Gerald R. Ford as vice president.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | When I Was Young

    SHRIBMAN | When I Was Young

    Tuesday, November 19 2013 7:00 AM EST2013-11-19 12:00:59 GMT
    The lessons of the Kennedy years have stuck with me, with a stubborn vividness, far more so than anything from the years of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. More >>
    The lessons of the Kennedy years, both the triumphs and the tragedies, have stuck with me, with a stubborn vividness, far more so than anything from the years of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | If JFK had lived

    SHRIBMAN | If JFK had lived

    Tuesday, November 12 2013 10:37 AM EST2013-11-12 15:37:25 GMT
    We are haunted almost as much by what might have been as by what happened.More >>
    We are haunted almost as much by what might have been as by what happened.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN | Lincoln vs. Hitler

    SHRIBMAN | Lincoln vs. Hitler

    Monday, November 4 2013 9:44 AM EST2013-11-04 14:44:19 GMT
    Coupling the Gettysburg Address and Kristallnacht is a columnist's construct, admittedly contrived and forced.More >>
    Coupling the Gettysburg Address and Kristallnacht is a columnist's construct, admittedly contrived and forced.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | What's Not Being Said

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | What's Not Being Said

    Monday, October 28 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-10-28 11:29:10 GMT
    The public is fed up with Congress. It's not enamored of the president. This month's fiscal follies soon will be followed by several sad reprises. The political class is in disrepute.More >>
    The public is fed up with Congress. It's not enamored of the president. This month's fiscal follies soon will be followed by several sad reprises. The political class is in disrepute.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | Putting Pen To Paper

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | Putting Pen To Paper

    Saturday, September 28 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-09-28 15:37:06 GMT
    Few issues have prompted such passionate commentary as the question of whether handwriting should be taught in the local schools.More >>
    Few issues have prompted such passionate commentary as the question of whether handwriting should be taught in the local schools.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | Cold Weather Coming

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | Cold Weather Coming

    Monday, September 23 2013 7:50 AM EDT2013-09-23 11:50:22 GMT
    There is something new but deeply unsettling about the capital as summer melts into autumn this month. More >>
    There is something new but deeply unsettling about the capital as summer melts into autumn this month. It is as if the center of gravity of the political system has shifted, or as if a system of exquisite balance has been disrupted.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | The Questions Accumulate

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | The Questions Accumulate

    Monday, September 16 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-09-16 13:25:36 GMT
    All the meetings and phone calls may provide a tentative answer to the president's quest, but raise deeply unsettling questions.More >>
    All the meetings and phone calls may provide a tentative answer to the president's quest, but raise deeply unsettling questions.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | Nixon Was OK With All Of It

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | Nixon Was OK With All Of It

    Wednesday, September 4 2013 12:08 PM EDT2013-09-04 16:08:52 GMT
    The other day the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum released the final batch of secretly recorded White House tapes, and as usual they are a treasure.More >>
    The other day the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum released the final batch of secretly recorded White House tapes, and as usual they are a treasure.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | The March of History

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | The March of History

    Monday, August 26 2013 8:06 AM EDT2013-08-26 12:06:05 GMT
    Few half-century commemorations raise as many complex and uncomfortable questions as does the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington:More >>
    Few half-century commemorations raise as many complex and uncomfortable questions as does the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington:More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | Pragmatic vs. Ideological

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | Pragmatic vs. Ideological

    Monday, August 19 2013 7:47 AM EDT2013-08-19 11:47:23 GMT
    New Hampshire: The Baldface Brook Trail runs through here. The Chandler Gorge Trail runs through here. The Slippery Brook Trail runs through here. The campaign trail to the White House runs through here.More >>
    New Hampshire: The Baldface Brook Trail runs through here. The Chandler Gorge Trail runs through here. The Slippery Brook Trail runs through here. The campaign trail to the White House runs through here.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | A Touch of Greatness

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | A Touch of Greatness

    Monday, August 12 2013 7:59 AM EDT2013-08-12 11:59:57 GMT
    Two old men, neither particularly grumpy, have been in the news in recent weeks, and their re-emergence in the public eye is a sobering reminder of how different is our civic life than even a few years ago.More >>
    Two old men, neither particularly grumpy, have been in the news in recent weeks, and their re-emergence in the public eye is a sobering reminder of how different is our civic life than even a few years ago.More >>
  • Remember the Pueblo

    Remember the Pueblo

    Monday, August 5 2013 7:37 AM EDT2013-08-05 11:37:54 GMT
    The winter of 1968 was a very bad time for the United States. The My Lai massacre. The Battle of Khe Sanh. The Tet Offensive. The individual executed by a South Vietnamese soldier and the photograph flashed around the world.More >>
    The winter of 1968 was a very bad time for the United States. The My Lai massacre. The Battle of Khe Sanh. The Tet Offensive. The individual executed by a South Vietnamese soldier and the photograph of the killing flashed around the world.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | Politicians, heal thyselves

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | Politicians, heal thyselves

    July 29, 2013 02:51 PM EDT2013-08-03 17:33:16 GMT
    One truth of our time is that presidential speeches aren't what they used to be -- not what they were in the FDR or Reagan years.More >>
    One truth of our time is that presidential speeches aren't what they used to be -- not what they were in the FDR or Reagan years.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | The New George H. W. Bush

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | The New George H. W. Bush

    Saturday, July 20 2013 3:00 PM EDT2013-07-20 19:00:02 GMT
    Bush left office 20 years ago, and his appearance in the East Room last week in mismatched red-and-white-striped socks was a poignant symbol of the passing of time, and of what time's passing can do to a presidency.More >>
    Bush left office 20 years ago, and his appearance in the East Room last week in mismatched red-and-white-striped socks was a poignant symbol of the passing of time, and of what time's passing can do to a presidency.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | Pennant Fever Grips the 'Burgh, Again

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | Pennant Fever Grips the 'Burgh, Again

    Saturday, July 13 2013 12:01 AM EDT2013-07-13 04:01:19 GMT
    They are falling in love with the Pirates - there hasn't been a postseason baseball game here since the presidency of George H.W. Bush.More >>
    They are falling in love with the Pirates - there hasn't been a postseason baseball game here since the presidency of George H.W. Bush.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | The Age of Surveillance

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | The Age of Surveillance

    Thursday, July 4 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-07-04 13:00:13 GMT
    Now our 44th president, Barack Obama, 10 years old when the burglars entered the Watergate suite, is engulfed by questions about secret surveillance of an entirely different magnitude.More >>
    Now our 44th president, Barack Obama, 10 years old when the burglars entered the Watergate suite, is engulfed by questions about secret surveillance of an entirely different magnitude.More >>
  • DYCHE OPINION | Supreme Court DOMA Decision Dangerously Wrong

    DYCHE OPINION | Supreme Court DOMA Decision Dangerously Wrong

    Monday, July 1 2013 8:38 AM EDT2013-07-01 12:38:32 GMT
    There are right ways and wrong ways to reach desired political results.More >>
    There are right ways and wrong ways to reach desired political results.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | Before and After Gettysburg

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | Before and After Gettysburg

    Friday, June 28 2013 9:11 AM EDT2013-06-28 13:11:18 GMT
    We are met on a great battlefield of the Civil War.More >>
    We are met on a great battlefield of the Civil War.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | Freedom Versus Security

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | Freedom Versus Security

    Saturday, June 22 2013 2:00 AM EDT2013-06-22 06:00:09 GMT
    What is the balance between freedom and security? More >>
    What is the balance between freedom and security? More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | America Slips Its Bonds

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | America Slips Its Bonds

    Sunday, June 16 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-06-17 03:45:35 GMT
    There has never been an American moment quite like Project Mercury.More >>
    There has never been an American moment quite like Project Mercury.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | As the World War II Veterans Depart

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | As the World War II Veterans Depart

    Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-06-05 14:09:55 GMT
    The death this week of the Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat and World War II veteran from New Jersey, brings to an end an important chapter in American politics.More >>
    The death this week of the Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat and World War II veteran from New Jersey, brings to an end an important chapter in American politics.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | Longing for Senates Past

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | Longing for Senates Past

    Friday, May 31 2013 11:50 AM EDT2013-05-31 15:50:10 GMT
    All the assumptions once brought to bear on congressional Republicans are out of date. Dead. Relegated to the deep, dark past.More >>
    All the assumptions once brought to bear on congressional Republicans are out of date. Dead. Relegated to the deep, dark past.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | Patience is a Virtue ... And a Political Strategy

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | Patience is a Virtue ... And a Political Strategy

    May 28, 2013 08:27 AM EDT2013-05-29 13:54:58 GMT
    Don't be spooked by the dateline. Nothing going on here. Presidential race hasn't started. No cause for worry about debates, delegate counts, stump speeches. Not for a long time, maybe a very long time. Read on without peril.More >>
    Don't be spooked by the dateline. Nothing going on here. Presidential race hasn't started. No cause for worry about debates, delegate counts, stump speeches. Not for a long time, maybe a very long time. Read on without peril.More >>
  • SHRIBMAN OPINION | Crossing Sacred Lines

    SHRIBMAN OPINION | Crossing Sacred Lines

    May 20, 2013 10:43 AM EDT2013-05-29 12:43:55 GMT
    You don't have to be a member of the tea party to be outraged over the Internal Revenue Service's special and unwarranted scrutiny of conservative groups. I'm not, and I am.More >>
    You don't have to be a member of the tea party to be outraged over the Internal Revenue Service's special and unwarranted scrutiny of conservative groups. I'm not, and I am.More >>
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