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Nancy Pelosi Lays Into ‘Shameful’ Facebook In Blistering Remarks

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At the end of her weekly press conference on Thursday, a reporter asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) if she thinks Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg wield too much power.

Facebook makes a fortune knowingly and intentionally disseminating political lies and misinformation, and that was clearly on Pelosi’s mind as she delivered a frank and damning response.

“The Facebook business model is strictly to make money,” she said. “They don’t care about the impact on children, they don’t care about truth, they don’t care about where this is all coming from. And they have said even if they know it’s not true they will print it.”

Fact check: True.

“I think that they have been very abusive of the great opportunity that technology has given them,” Pelosi continued.

“All they want are their tax cuts and no anti-trust action against them. And they schmooze this administration in that regard because so far that’s what they have received.”

Pelosi then alluded to the role Facebook played in the last presidential election, and warned that this time around, the company will knowingly play a similar role.

“They have said very blatantly, very clearly, that they intend to be accomplices for misleading the American people, with money from God knows where. They didn’t even check on the money from Russia in the last election. They never even thought they should.”

Fact check: Also true. As part of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, a Kremlin-backed troll farm that called itself the “Internet Research Agency” paid for at least 3,000 divisive political ads on Facebook. The company accepted payment for the spots in Russian rubles.

Those ads were in addition to other Russian efforts to sway public opinion on social media in favor of Donald Trump. A 2018 Senate Intelligence Committee report found thousands of covert Russian accounts on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and Pinterest amassed millions of followers and hundreds of millions of social engagements.

Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Missing Polish farmer, feared dead, believed to have been eaten by pigs: reports

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Polish investigators fear a pig farmer, last seen on December 31, may have been devoured by his own livestock after a neighbor discovered bones on the property, reports say.

Lubin District Prosecutor Magdalena Serafin told Gazeta Wrocławska that remains believed to be that of the farmer, who was said to be in his seventies, were found eight days after the man was last seen on his farm in Lubin, a town about 260 miles west of Warsaw.

MISSING MAN WAS EATEN BY HIS OWN ‘AGGRESSIVE’ DOGS, POLICE SAY 

‘We do not know the exact date, but in the period between December 31 and January 8 the victim was eaten by pigs,” Serafin said, according to a translation.

A neighbor reportedly called law enforcement after discovering the remains of a man while going to fetch water from a well nearby.

It was not immediately clear how the man died – officials suspect either a heart attack or a fall– but it reportedly was clear that the pigs fed on him. The animals were said to simply roam freely through the yard.

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According to Gazeta Wrocławska, the body was almost entirely eaten, with just a few bones and skull fragments remaining.

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GOP Senator Dodges Impeachment Questions, Calls Reporter A ‘Liberal Hack’

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Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) apparently didn’t feel like answering questions about President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on Thursday.

But she did feel like flinging insults at CNN reporter Manu Raju.

Raju tweeted footage of himself asking the Republican lawmaker if she thought the Senate should consider new evidence in Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial.

McSally retorted: “You’re a liberal hack. I’m not talking to you.”

Raju continued: “You’re not to going to comment about this?”

“You’re a liberal hack,” McSally sneered.

As a result of the encounter, Raju started trending on Twitter. Fellow media professionals pointed out that he was doing his job.

McSally responded to Raju’s tweet by tweeting out a video of the encounter from her angle, but it still shows Raju politely but firmly asking a question that all senators, regardless of party, were being asked.

Raju’s fellow CNN journalists chimed in to defend him.

McSally’s reaction to a simple and fair question may have unintended consequences for her reelection campaign.

A few hours after the tweet, the name of her Democratic opponent, former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, became a trending term on Twitter, with many users citing McSally as the reason. 

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Trump Hopes Trade Deals Will Boost Growth. Experts Are Skeptical.

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WASHINGTON — Cabinet secretaries and White House officials have predicted that President Trump’s initial trade agreement with China and his revised accord with Mexico and Canada — slated for final passage this week — will deliver twin jolts to the economy.

But outside forecasters, including some economists who have welcomed the China agreement in particular, have predicted much more modest gains — and, in some cases, no gains at all.

“We now have U.S.M.C.A.; that’s going to pass the Senate this week,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday on CNBC, referring to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. “We have China Phase 1, there is a deal with Japan, a deal with Korea. These are all going to have significant positive effects on the 2020 economy.”

He and other officials have good reason to hope: Mr. Trump is up for re-election, and the economy appears to have grown by just over 2 percent in 2019, a dip from 2018 and well short of the administration’s forecasts of growth above 3 percent for the year.

The administration has yet to publish an official 2020 growth forecast. Mr. Mnuchin said on Sunday that he expected the economy to grow between 2.5 percent and 3 percent this year, though he cautioned that growth could fall to the lower end of that range because of troubles at the aerospace giant Boeing.

Other forecasts were less optimistic. The World Bank said last week that it expected the United States economy to grow by 1.8 percent this year. The first phase of the China trade deals and the U.S.M.C.A. are not expected to have much of an impact on the more pessimistic predictions.

“I have not changed my forecast as of yet and don’t expect to materially,” said Rubeela Farooqi, chief United States economist for High Frequency Economics. She expects the nation’s economy to grow by 1.8 percent this year.

The China agreement, she said, “is a step in the right direction, but tariffs remain in place, and I’m not sure they will be rolled back imminently.”

The Phase 1 agreement could affect American growth in two ways, and administration officials are counting on both to deliver.

First, the deal calls for China to begin purchasing what the administration says will be $200 billion worth of American crops and other exported goods and services. Those purchases should increase exports from the United States to China, which, all else being equal, would promote growth.

Second, and perhaps more important, administration officials appear to be counting on the agreement to revive business investment in the United States, which has fallen in recent quarters after surging in the first half of 2018. The uncertainty that Mr. Trump and the Chinese sowed as they imposed escalating tariffs on each other’s imports was largely to blame for that sluggishness, many companies and economists have said.

The bullish case for the China agreement is that it will ease that uncertainty. Some economists say the U.S.M.C.A. could do the same. For months, administration officials have touted a study by the United States International Trade Commission that predicted that the North American trade deal could raise growth by 0.35 percent, largely by reducing uncertainty over trade in digital services.

Andrew Hunter, senior United States economist at Capital Economics, backed that assessment on Tuesday. “The gap that opened up last year between investment and corporate profits suggests that tariff uncertainty has caused firms to delay” investment plans, he wrote in a research note. He added, “With the U.S.M.C.A. deal signed and the threat of further tariffs on Chinese goods seemingly off the table, that drag should now be fading.”

Many economists have praised the agreements for reducing uncertainty, but few have raised their growth forecasts because of them. That is in part because they say the deals still leave a large number of tariffs in place — particularly those against China, but also on some steel, aluminum, solar panels and washing machines imported from other countries.

They also noted that Mr. Trump had waged his trade wars on fronts well beyond North America and China. New trade battles loom this year, including one between the United States and France over a French push to impose a new tax that hits American tech giants like Google and Amazon.

Mary Lovely, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said the Phase 1 agreement was “good news for the U.S. and the world economy.” But, she said, “there remains considerable uncertainly for businesses using China as a platform for products destined for the U.S. market, and we will continue to see the impact of this in slower investment and higher business costs.”

Lewis Alexander, chief United States economist at Nomura, revised his 2020 growth forecast up by 0.1 percentage points in late fall to reflect the suspension of a new round of tariffs that had been set to take effect in December. He said he did not expect a material gain in business investment because of the deals.

Several economists expressed optimism that a “Phase 2” deal with China that rolls back more tariffs — coupled with a long stretch of trade peace on other fronts — could deliver more benefits to the economy. But administration officials appear to have ruled out such a deal before November.

“Yes, there is some upside risk to our outlook if things go better than we expect,” Mr. Alexander said. “But in general the direct effects of tariff changes are not large, and to really change the tone, a lot of things about the U.S.-China relationship would have to be settled in a way that seemed durable. It’s hard to see how that could be achieved in an election year.”

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Senate Votes to Pass Revised NAFTA, Sending USMCA to Trump’s Desk

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WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday gave final approval to President Trump’s revised North American Free Trade Agreement, handing the president his second trade victory of the week as the Senate prepared to try him for high crimes and misdemeanors.

The 89 to 10 vote in the Senate on implementing legislation for the revised United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will send the measure to Mr. Trump, who is expected to sign it next week. The vote came just one day after Mr. Trump signed a long-awaited trade deal with China, giving the president two trade wins in a single week.

The unusual show of bipartisan support for the North American trade deal came just before the House impeachment managers formally presented the charges against Mr. Trump, offering a striking contrast.

The competing narrative of a president who has achieved big economic wins while facing accusations of misdeeds while in office may wind up being Mr. Trump’s lasting legacy.

“Our farmers and ranchers expect us to move on this,” Senator Joni Ernst, Republican of Iowa and a prominent advocate for the deal’s passage, said at a news conference on Tuesday.

“Folks back home, they don’t care what’s going on in this bubble surrounding impeachment. They just simply want to know are we doing the work that’s important to them,” she said.

While U.S.M.C.A. sailed through both the House and Senate, its approval was far from guaranteed a year ago, when Mr. Trump initially signed an agreement with Mexico and Canada.

A core group of House Democrats, working with their Senate counterparts, spent months negotiating new language that ultimately strengthened labor, environmental, pharmaceutical and enforcement provisions. The length of those negotiations pushed the House vote to December, less than 24 hours after the chamber voted to impeach Mr. Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Lawmakers initially suggested that a Senate vote on the pact would be delayed until after the trial, which will begin in earnest on Tuesday and eat into the Senate’s time for legislative work. But when Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California decided to delay sending the articles of impeachment, senators seized the opportunity to move on the trade pact.

Within nine days, six Senate committees had given the implementing legislation seals of approval, allowing for the vote to occur Thursday morning before the impeachment trial formally began.

“Undaunted by those who set to throw him out of office since day one, President Trump forges ahead for the good of the American people,” Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said. “Passage of U.S.M.C.A. is better late than never.”

The bipartisan support for the deal came at a moment when partisan politics have stymied most legislative efforts. In part because of the Democratic stamp on the pact’s terms, 37 Democrats joined 51 Republicans in voting for the deal, including opponents of the original North American Free Trade Agreement and others typically averse to trade pacts.

“I never thought I’d be voting for a trade agreement during my Senate tenure that I wrote a big part of,” said Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, whose vote for the pact was his first for a trade agreement in a quarter century. Mr. Brown embraced the measure after labor enforcement language that he and Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, crafted was included in the final agreement.

Robert Lighthizer, the United States trade representative, sat with members of his staff in the Senate gallery looking on as senators cast their votes. At least one senator, Republican Rob Portman of Ohio and a former trade representative, walked upstairs to chat with him during the vote.

In 1993, NAFTA passed the Senate on a 61 to 38 vote, and the deal has since been criticized by lawmakers across Capitol Hill for enabling the flow of American jobs to Mexico. A substantial part of the new agreement is dedicated to updating that original text, adding revised guidelines for food safety, e-commerce and online data flows, as well as anti-corruption provisions.

But there are significant changes in the deal negotiated by Mr. Trump’s trade staff and Democrats, including higher thresholds for how much of a car must be made in North America in order to avoid tariffs. It rolls back a special system of arbitration for corporations that has drawn bipartisan condemnation, and also includes additional provisions designed to help identify and prevent labor violations, particularly in Mexico.

Support from a number of prominent labor voices, including the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s first endorsement of a trade agreement in 18 years, helped firm up the support of Democrats like Mr. Brown, Mr. Wyden and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The only Republican to vote against the deal was Senator Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, who on Wednesday criticized it as “a badly flawed agreement, an agreement that restricts trade rather than expanding trade.”

Democrats who opposed the plan did so mainly out of concern about the deal’s lack of provisions to combat climate change. Those voting against the pact included Senators Kamala Harris of California, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, another presidential contender, and Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader. Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Jack Reed of Rhode Island rounded out the nine Democrats who voted against the deal.

“When it comes to climate change, the agreement still contains many of the same flaws of the original Nafta, which I voted against,” Mr. Schumer said in a statement on Thursday.

Ms. Harris had expressed similar concerns, saying in a statement earlier this week that “by not addressing climate change, the U.S.M.C.A. fails to meet the crises of this moment.”

But the majority of lawmakers argued that the deal was enough of an improvement over the original Nafta, which was first passed over a quarter century ago, to warrant their support.

In a rare gesture for a Thursday in the Senate — typically the final day of the weekly session, when senators are rushing to catch flights back to the district — lawmakers remained in the chamber after the vote.

Instead of leaving for the weekend, they took their seats to wait for Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the lead impeachment manager, to begin reading aloud the articles of impeachment.

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Republicans Shrug Off Damning Developments In Ukraine Scandal

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WASHINGTON ― Republican lawmakers shrugged off a pair of bombshell stories that broke in the past 24 hours and bolstered Democrats’ argument that President Donald Trump abused his power and should be removed from office. 

On Wednesday evening, an associate of Trump’s private lawyer said on national television that Trump knew all about their schemes to push the president of Ukraine into announcing a sham investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. 

And on Thursday morning, the Government Accountability Office announced that the White House broke the law when it withheld security assistance for Ukraine in that effort to pressure Ukraine into doing Trump’s bidding.

Rep. Steve Scalise (La.), the number two Republican in the House, dismissed the news.

“Ultimately, Ukraine got the money,” he told HuffPost, adding that the U.S. assistance package included lethal weapons to fight off a Russian siege. 

“This administration’s done more to help Ukraine stand up to Russia than President Obama did in his whole eight years,” Scalise claimed. 

It’s the same thing Republicans have been saying for months, even though the White House only released the Ukraine aid after learning that someone from within the administration had filed a formal whistleblower complaint about the illegal holdup.

The GAO is a nonpartisan investigative agency that works for Congress. It examined whether it was legal for Trump to withhold the aid, which the president and his defenders said (after the fact) had been done to make sure Ukrainians cleaned up corruption in their government. 

“Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law,” the GAO said. (The watchdog’s decisions are authoritative but they can’t force executive branch agencies to take action.)

Rep. Doug Collins (Ga.), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said Thursday morning that although he hadn’t read the GAO report, he was skeptical of the conclusion. “How can money that does not need to be appropriated until Sept. 30 — and it was appropriated before Sept. 30 — how are they saying that’s illegal?” Collins said.

Senate Republicans were similarly dismissive of the developments. 

“This happened about seven other times,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Thursday, referring to other instances of the Office of Management and Budget withholding appropriated funds. “It’s a civil matter, not a criminal matter. Obviously it’s not directed at the president ― it’s the Office of Management and Budget, with whom I’ve had a few disagreements.”

Lev Parnas is an associate of Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who served as a go-between for Giuliani and various officials in the Ukrainian government. In the interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that aired Wednesday evening, Parnas said Trump was fully aware of the efforts to pressure Ukraine into announcing an investigation into Biden. 

“President Trump knew exactly what was going on,” Parnas said. “He was aware of all of my movements. I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president. I have no intent, I have reason to speak to any of these officials. They have no reason to speak to me.” 

Trump has said he didn’t know Parnas. 

“He lied,” said Parnas, who has also handed over to the House documents reflecting the Ukraine work he said he did for the president. “He knew exactly who I was.” 

As for the idea that Trump cared about corruption in Ukraine: “It was all about Joe Biden, Hunter Biden,” Parnas said. “It was never about corruption.”

In the course of its impeachment inquiry, the House interviewed several diplomats who testified that the president had perverted U.S. foreign policy for his own personal benefit. Republicans seized on the fact that few of those State Department officials had spoken to the president directly. Parnas’ statements have corroborated the diplomats’ accounts. 

But several Republicans brushed aside Parnas’ words on Thursday. Cornyn said Parnas “seems like a seedy, shady character to me.”

“Is that the indicted guy?” said Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.), the number four Senate Republican, referring to the fact that Parnas has been indicted for violating campaign finance law in a scheme to funnel foreign money into U.S. elections.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) also expressed skepticism about Parnas’ allegations, telling reporters that he takes “anything I hear from anybody who’s involved with this with a huge grain of salt.”

“What I don’t think we should be doing is going different avenues to do this. We have two articles of impeachment. I don’t think it’s the Senate’s job to open up different avenues of inquiry,” Johnson added.

Other GOP senators refused to answer questions about the trial at all. The Senate has even instituted new rules restricting reporter access to senators. When a CNN reporter asked Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) whether the Senate should hear new evidence, she called him “a liberal hack” and kept walking. 

Democrats, for their part, argued that Parnas’ allegations ought to be investigated regardless of his background and considered as part of the Senate trial.

“Everything he has said is consistent with what we have heard in the past. It just seems like an open-and-shut case to me that the president directed this scheme and Parnas’ testimony fits neatly with what we’ve already heard,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said.

The Senate trial is due to begin Tuesday, and Democrats say the Senate ought to call witnesses like Parnas who could shed additional light on the Ukraine scheme. Republicans have resisted on the grounds that the new material wasn’t included in the impeachment articles that the House approved back in December.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which drafted the impeachment articles, said it would be ridiculous to ignore things like the GAO report or the documents that Parnas has now provided. 

“It’s totally within the power of the Senate, and I would argue within the duty of the Senate, to take all the relevant evidence,” Raskin said. “It’s only if they don’t care about the evidence that they would exclude it.”

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Former Clinton impeachment manager: Senate Dems want witnesses because House ‘did not do its job’

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Bob Barr, who served as a House manager in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, said Democrats want to call witnesses and are pushing for additional evidence to be presented in Trump’s impeachment trial because the House of Representatives “did not do its job.”

“Back in 1999 the Senate made very clear to us that they were not interested in handling this at all,” the former Georgia congressman said Thursdsay on “America’s Newsroom,” minutes before the Senate formally received the articles of impeachment,

“This time around there does seem to be more interest on the part of the Democrats to extend the trial and the evidence and the witnesses because the House did not do its job. It did not present a full, robust case, so the Democrat senators now realize that they better do that and that’s why they’re pushing so hard for witnesses and additional evidence,” Barr continued.

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL BEGINS AS ARTICLES FORMALLY PRESENTED TO SENATE

Shortly after Barr made the statements on “America’s Newsroom,” House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving led a procession of Democratic “managers” across the Capitol and the upper chamber formally received the two articles of impeachment against Trump for charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for his dealings with Ukraine.

The proceedings marked the formal start of the Trump impeachment trial a day after the House transmitted the articles of impeachment to the Senate following one month of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withholding the articles.

Barr weighed in on the one-month delay, acknowledging the House had been dillydallying, something that he said did not happen when he was an impeachment manager more than two decades ago.

“We have certainly seen it now in the weeks that have gone by between the House passage of the two articles of impeachment and finally appointing House managers and conveying the articles over to the Senate,” Barr said. “That is not something that we did or even considered back in 1998 and in 1999.”

“We believed at the time that precedent and good procedure required that as soon as the House took action, we would then move to appoint the managers and send it over to the Senate,” he continued. “We didn’t wait around for public opinion to shift or for new evidence to come forward, we went over there right away so that the Senate could start its work.”

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Barr also said he expects Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has not yet revealed the rules governing the process, to mirror the procedures during the Clinton impeachment trial.

“By everything I’ve seen so far he seems to be moving in the direction of mirroring the procedures in 1999, which was to have a bifurcated trial,” Barr said.

“You have arguments first, some questions, and then the House, the Senate decides if they want witnesses.”

Barr said McConnell could choose to avoid a “procedural mess” by allowing the Senate Judiciary Committee to handle the impeachment case, adding that Senate rules allow for such a move.

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“Under Senate rules, a committee of the Senate has the power to call witnesses and take testimony without any additional votes on the part of the Senate. So that would be a way to shift the venue so we don’t take up all of the time of the Senate and they don’t have to deal with all of the messes involved,” he added.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Meghan Markle’s best friend Jessica Mulroney shows off her tan after seemingly supporting ‘Megxit’

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Meghan Markle’s good friend Jessica Mulroney followed a message of support for the Duchess of Sussex on Instagram with a flattering shot of herself to promote her new TV show.

Mulroney took to Instagram on Wednesday to share an image of herself smiling in a low-cut blue floral dress. The image shows off her impressive tan skin and provides audiences with a little teaser of her upcoming Netflix show, “I Do Redo.”

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“Nothing like a little work on set with friends and some vitamin D,” the image’s caption reads.

In the snap, she sits with her legs and arms crossed as she looks down and smiles.

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As People notes, the promotional snap comes days after Mulroney, who is good friends with Markle and previously hosted her baby shower, posted a note of apparent support after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their historic and surprising announcement that they plan to “step back” from their royal duties and become financially independent of the crown while they divide their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

In support of her friend, Mulroney shared a quote from Gina Carey that read: “A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.”

As the royal couple prepares to set up a permanent residence in Canada, it’s possible they’ll opt for Toronto. Not only does Jessica and her husband, TV host Ben Mulroney, call the city home, but it’s where Markle lived for years while filming the USA Network series “Suits.”

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Markle has been spotted in Vancouver since the announcement, but it’s unclear where the royal duo plan to ultimately settle down.

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US ambassador ‘surprised’ North Korea didn’t send threatened ‘Christmas gift’ as nuclear deadline closed

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea said Thursday he was “surprised” and “glad” that North Korea failed to deliver its threatened “Christmas gift” to the U.S. after Kim Jong Un’s end-of-year deadline to settle nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration passed without a compromise.

“You can say that I personally was surprised. But I’m glad also … there was no Christmas gift,” Ambassador Harry Harris told reporters in Seoul. “Washington was ready for any eventuality, and we were all glad that there was no ICBM test or nuclear test.”

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Kim’s regime wanted sanctions eased by the end of the year and warned that its “Christmas gift” to the U.S. would depend on what action Washington took in the talks.

The warning was seen as a vague threat of a potential year-end provocation that prompted speculation of a new missile test, possibly of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.

Pyongyang hasn’t conducted any new weapons tests despite the U.S. not meeting the Kim-imposed deadline to make concessions.

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Harris said he was surprised and pleased that North Korea did not give the U.S. an unwelcome “Christmas gift” because of stalled nuclear disarmament talks, and that President Donald Trump is still confident it will denuclearize. (Heo Ran/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Harris said Trump believes Kim will live up to the Singapore pledge made during the leaders’ first summit in 2018 to complete total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and build a lasting peace between the nations.

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“President Trump … is still confident that Kim Jong Un will meet the commitment that they both made together in Singapore,” Harris said. “We should focus on President Trump’s view that there is room for discussion here.”

The two subsequent summits and other low-level meetings, however, have not progressed the agreements and prospects for a restart of diplomacy are unclear.

Harris said both Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in “are keeping the door open to negotiations and hoping Kim Jong Un will walk through that door.”

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“So the ball is in his court,” he said.

Kim began the new year with a warning, threatening that if the U.S. maintained its “hostile policy” toward North Korea, “the world will witness a new strategic weapon.”

Fox News’ Judson Berger and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Queen Victoria’s dress, boots, stockings and underwear discovered in cabinet

A treasure trove of garments belonging to Queen Victoria has been discovered in a cabinet in England for 100 years and could sell for a pretty penny at auction later this month.

Included in the items are a pair of her underwear, boots, skirts and other clothes, British news agency South West News Service (SWNS) reports. They were given to royal photographer Alexander Lamont Henderson after she died in 1901 and eventually passed down through generations until Hendersons’ great-great-grandson, Roderick Williams, inherited the collection.

“Queen Victoria’s clothing and boots are family heirlooms which were originally given to my great-great grandfather, Alexander Lamont Henderson,” Williams, 63, said in comments obtained by SWNS. “He worked as a royal photographer for Queen Victoria up to her death in 1901 and we think the clothes were probably given to him by servants in the royal household, perhaps in return for taking photographs of them.”

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Queen Victoria on enamel hand-colored by AL Henderson. Jan. 16, 2020. Queen Victoria’s skirt and bodice, bloomers, stockings and leather boots – almost a complete royal outfit – have been unearthed from a wardrobe after more than 100 years. (Credit: SWNS)

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Emma Carberry of Hansons with the royal outfit and boots. (Credit: SWNS)

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“When my great-great grandfather died in 1907, the clothing was passed down through the generations,” he added. “It’s been kept in a wardrobe. I’m selling it now as I need to make some space.”

Also included in the lot are cream and red stockings, a chemise, black shirt and two pairs of handmade leather ankle boots made by J Sparks-Hall of London; the shoemaker is credited with creating the Chelsea boot.

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Queen Victoria clothing that is coming up for auction – ankle boots. The items include cream and red stockings, a chemise, black skirt, bodice, bloomers and two pairs of handmade leather ankle boots by J Sparks-Hall of London – a shoemaker credited with the design of the Chelsea boot. (Credit: SWNS)

“Famously, after the death of her beloved husband Prince Albert in 1861, she wore black for the rest of her life and the bodice and skirt we’re selling are black,” said Hansons Auctioneers’ auctioneer Charles Hanson, who is handling the sale. “Her leather ankle boots show how dainty and narrow her feet were.

“Though she was only 4 ft. 11 inches and petite when she became queen at 18, she liked her food and her waist expanded to 50 inches over the decades – a fact demonstrated by the ample size of the bloomers,” Hanson told SWNS.

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Emma Carberry of Hansons in the bloomers. (Credit: SWNS)

The lot is expected to sell for nearly $20,000 when it goes up for auction on Jan. 21.

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