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Tucker Carlson: Goldman Sachs specializes in hypocrisy

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Goldman Sachs is one of the largest investment banks in the world. It’s also America’s largest underwriter of initial public offerings, the often lucrative moment when a private company goes public

Goldman Sachs has always chosen its IPOs based on financial criteria and what was the best possible business decision. But not anymore. Goldman has decided to join the revolution. The company has announced it will no longer underwrite IPOs for companies whose boards contain too many white men, because white men are bad.

Except, apparently, for the white men who run Goldman Sachs. They’re the exception. They’re great.

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Confused? Well, it gets even more muddled. Goldman Sachs has also announced that its new diversity policy will not apply to Asia. The leadership of Chinese companies tends to be utterly and completely homogenous. Diversity is definitely not their strength. And that’s fine with Goldman Sachs. In other words, homogenous boards are a sin when they happen here in America, but in China, they’re totally fine, not to mention highly lucrative.

Well, if all of this seems inconsistent, even hypocritical, don’t be surprised. Goldman specializes in that. The company’s website, for example, contains this preachy little sermon on gender diversity: “Goldman Sachs believes that when women lead, everything changes. In today’s world, gender equality is an economic imperative and supporting women’s economic empowerment and leadership opportunities will drive growth for our clients, our communities, our people and our shareholders.”

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Great, but they don’t mean it. How do we know? Well, Goldman’s Board doesn’t have parity between men and women. When the company’s previous CEO, Lloyd Blankfein stepped down in 2018, they didn’t pick a woman to replace him. No, they picked David Solomon, who looks very much like Lloyd Blankfein.

Solomon didn’t have to take the job. He could have stood aside and let a woman run Goldman Sachs for the first time in 150 years. Or even better, he could have stepped down from his job. He could do it tonight, and then he should demand that a non-binary person replace him immediately and donate his severance to Black Lives Matter.

Needless to say, he won’t do that. Diversity for thee, but not for me. That’s the real motto at Goldman Sachs.

The irony is that Goldman Sachs was founded by a man named Marcus Goldman, who fled precisely this type of dehumanizing dystopian politics, the kind that obsesses over which people or which race or gender or ethnicity are doing too well and need to be pulled down by force.

America, unfortunately, has not been immune to that kind of hatred. But for most of our history, we’ve avoided its worst excesses. Now Goldman Sachs seems determined to stoke the hate, and the goal is pretty obvious. Outsourcing and financialization have made most Americans far worse off over the last 30 years, while at the same time, Goldman Sachs and its employees have grown spectacularly rich.

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So far, they’ve bought off Washington’s lawmakers and its think tanks to ensure that status quo doesn’t change. Now, they’re peddling race hatred to make sure that when, for example, Bernie Sanders tells them to pay more in taxes, they can plead “wokeness” and ask for a pass.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, Goldman Sachs is feeding the mob in hopes it will eat them last. It won’t work. It never does. But in the meantime, it will hurt America and it will help China, just like so many things Goldman Sachs has done over the past 30 years.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Jan. 24, 2020.

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Largest Veterans organization demands apology after Trump said traumatic brain injuries from Iranian attack are ‘not very serious’

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MSNBC’s Ari Melber says Dems didn’t ‘provide enough evidence’ to prove Trump obstructed Congress

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Very little criticism has been heard on MSNBC of the Democratic House managers during their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, but anchor Ari Melber argued Friday that the managers didn’t make the case for one of the two articles of impeachment.

Much of the focus on the third day of opening arguments from the House managers was on the article accusing Trump of obstructing Congress.

During a panel discussion, Melber, an attorney, said Democrats made a strong argument for Trump’s abuse of power, but a weak one on obstruction.

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“I saw overwhelming, factual evidence and first-person accounts to support constitutional abuse of power by the president to potentially cheat in the election, undermining democracy itself — very strong,” Melber said. “As we are now here… I do not see an overwhelming case and overwhelming evidence by these Democrats to support convicting on obstructing Congress.”

Melber said that “in every other case, including (President Richard) Nixon, we know the rule has been the president is allowed to fight within the law, is allowed to deny, and, yes, ‘defy,’ all the way up until the Supreme Court, which takes often more than a year.

“So is there enough evidence to support the immediate removal of a president — three months and you’re gone as a precedent ? I haven’t seen them land that,” the host of “The Beat” said.

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After getting pushback by a panelist, Melber doubled down, saying that while it is “bad for democracy” for Trump to defy Congress, it’s “not a removable high crime” based on what Democrats presented at the Senate trial.

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WATCH LIVE: Trump Defense Lawyers Begin Their Case For Acquittal On Senate Floor

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The floor of the U.S. Senate now belongs to President Donald Trump’s lawyers as they push the Republican-led chamber for an acquittal on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress.

The president’s attorneys will begin their arguments Saturday in the impeachment trial and are expected to insist the president did nothing wrong when he asked Ukraine’s leader to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

The attorneys have foreshadowed an aggressive, wide-ranging defense that will assert an expansive view of presidential powers and paint Trump as besieged by political opponents determined to undo the results of the last election and ensure his defeat in the next one. They are also expected to try to put Biden on the defensive as he campaigns for a first-place finish in the Iowa caucuses next month.

“They put their case forward. It’s our time next,” said Trump attorney Jay Sekulow.

The opening of the defense’s case comes after a three-day presentation by House Democrats, who as they wrapped up Friday warned that the president will persist in abusing his power and endangering American democracy unless Congress intervenes to remove him before the 2020 election. They implored Republicans to allow new testimony to be heard before they render a final verdict.

“Give America a fair trial,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead Democratic impeachment manager. “She’s worth it.”

Schiff closed Democrats’ case after three days of methodical and impassioned arguments detailing charges that Trump abused power by asking Ukraine for politically motivated probes of political rivals, then obstructed Congress’ investigation into the matter. Trump’s lawyers get their first chance to defend him Saturday, and are expected to argue that he was within his rights as president when he asked Ukraine for the investigation.

In making their case that Trump invited Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election, the seven Democratic prosecutors peppered their arguments with video clips, email correspondence and lessons in American history. Republicans who found the presentation tedious and redundant can expect differences in tone and style from Trump’s lawyers, who plan to attack the impeachment as much on political as legal grounds.

“It’s really trying to remove the president from the ballot in 2020. They don’t trust the American people to make a decision,” Sekulow said.

Defense lawyers have signaled that they’ll cast Trump as a victim not only of Democratic outrage but also of overzealous agents and prosecutors. They’ll likely invoke mistakes made by the FBI in its surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide in the now-concluded Russia probe. In response to allegations that he invited foreign interference, they’ve already argued that it’s no different than Hillary Clinton’s campaign’s use of a former British spy to gather opposition research on Trump in 2016.

With acquittal likely — Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, and a two-thirds vote would be required for conviction — the defense team is also arguing to an American public that heads to the polls in 10 months. Trump, eyes on the audience beyond the Senate chamber, bemoaned the schedule in a tweet, saying it “looks like my lawyers will be forced to start on Saturday, which is called Death Valley in T.V.”

Arguments are scheduled for just a few hours Saturday in what defense lawyers called a sneak preview. They’ll continue Monday.

The president is being tried in the Senate after the House impeached him last month on charges he abused his office by asking Ukraine for the probes at the same time the administration withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid. The second article of impeachment against Trump accuses him of obstructing Congress by refusing to turn over documents or allow officials to testify in the House probe.

The Senate is heading next week toward a pivotal vote on Democratic demands for testimony from top Trump aides, including acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton, who refused to appear before the House. It would take four Republican senators to join the Democratic minority to seek witnesses, and so far the numbers appear lacking.

“This needs to end,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a Trump confidant. He said he doesn’t want to hear from Bolton or the Bidens.

Like a prosecutor speaking to jurors for the final time before deliberations, Democrats moved Friday to preempt anticipated arguments from Trump’s lawyers, attacking lines of defense as “laughable.”

Those include that he had a legitimate basis to be concerned about potential corruption in Ukraine and to pause military aid to the country. One of the president’s lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, is expected to argue that an impeachable offense requires criminal-like conduct, even though many legal scholars say that’s not true.

With Chief Justice John Roberts presiding, the final day of the Democratic arguments opened with Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, a former Army ranger, saying the only reason Trump eventually released his hold on the aid Ukraine desperately relied on to counter Russian aggression was because he had “gotten caught.”

“The scheme was unraveling,” Crow said. The money for Ukraine was put on hold after Trump’s July 25 call to Ukraine that launched the impeachment probe, and released Sept. 11 once Congress intervened.

Throughout the three days, Democrats balanced the legal and history lessons with plainspoken language about what they see as at stake: the security of U.S. elections, America’s place in the world and checks on presidential power. The Democrats argued that Trump’s motives were apparent, that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a “completely bogus” Ukraine theory pushed by attorney Rudy Giuliani.

“Let me tell you something. If right doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter how good the Constitution is,” Schiff said in an emotional plea to a pin-drop-quiet room. “If you find him guilty you must find that he should be removed. Because right matters.”

They argued that Trump’s abuse was for his own personal political benefit ahead of the 2020 election, even as administration officials were warning off the theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election.

The Democrats’ challenge was clear as they tried to convince not just fidgety senators but an American public divided over the Republican president in an election year.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed the public slightly more likely to say the Senate should convict and remove Trump from office than to say it should not, 45% to 40%. But a sizable percentage, 14%, said they didn’t know enough to have an opinion.

One issue with wide agreement: Trump should allow top aides to appear as witnesses at the trial. About 7 in 10 respondents said so, including majorities of Republicans and Democrats, according to the poll.

After both sides have concluded their arguments next week, senators will face the question of whether to call witnesses to testify. But that issue seems all but settled. Republicans rejected Democratic efforts to get Trump aides, including Bolton and Mulvaney, to testify in back-to-back votes earlier this week.

As for the Ukraine connections, evidence has shown that Trump, with Giuliani, pursued investigations of Biden and his son, Hunter, who served on a Ukrainian gas company’s board, and sought the probe of the debunked theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

It’s a story line many in the president’s camp are still pushing. Giuliani, in an appearance Friday on “Fox & Friends,” insisted he would present evidence on his new podcast of “collusion going on in Ukraine to fix the 2016 election in favor of Hillary” Clinton.

Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick, Alan Fram, Andrew Taylor, Laurie Kellman, Matthew Daly and Padmananda Rama contributed to this report.

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Discussion Thread: Senate Impeachment Trial – Day 6: Opening Arguments Continue | 01/25/2020 – Live, 10am EST

Today the Senate Impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues with Session 1 of President Trump’s defense counsel’s opening arguments. The Senate session is scheduled to begin at 10am EST.

Prosecuting the House’s case will be a team of seven Democratic House Managers, named last week by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff of California. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, are expected to take the lead in arguing the President’s case. Kenneth Star and Alan Dershowitz are expected to fill supporting roles.

The Senate Impeachment Trial is following the Rules Resolution that was voted on, and passed, on Monday. It provides the guideline for how the trial is handled. All proposed amendments from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were voted down.

The adopted Resolution will:

  • Give the House Impeachment Managers 24 hours, over a 3 day period, to present opening arguments.

  • Give President Trump’s legal team 24 hours, over a 3 day period, to present opening arguments.

  • Allow a period of 16 hours for Senator questions, to be addressed through Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.

  • Allow for a vote on a motion to consider the subpoena of witnesses or documents once opening arguments and questions are complete.


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Discussion Thread: Senate Impeachment Trial – Day 6: Opening Arguments Continue | 01/25/2020 – Live, 10am EST

Today the Senate Impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues with Session 1 of President Trump’s defense counsel’s opening arguments. The Senate session is scheduled to begin at 10am EST.

Prosecuting the House’s case will be a team of seven Democratic House Managers, named last week by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff of California. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, are expected to take the lead in arguing the President’s case. Kenneth Star and Alan Dershowitz are expected to fill supporting roles.

The Senate Impeachment Trial is following the Rules Resolution that was voted on, and passed, on Monday. It provides the guideline for how the trial is handled. All proposed amendments from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were voted down.

The adopted Resolution will:

  • Give the House Impeachment Managers 24 hours, over a 3 day period, to present opening arguments.

  • Give President Trump’s legal team 24 hours, over a 3 day period, to present opening arguments.

  • Allow a period of 16 hours for Senator questions, to be addressed through Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.

  • Allow for a vote on a motion to consider the subpoena of witnesses or documents once opening arguments and questions are complete.


The Articles of Impeachment brought against President Donald Trump are:


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Trump’s appearance at March for Life meant ‘everything’ to marchers, Rachel Campos-Duffy says

President Trump’s decision to attend the 47th-annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on Friday “bodes well for him in 2020” with pro-life voters, Fox Nation host Rachel Campos-Duffy said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Griff Jenkins, Lisa Boothe, and Pete Hegseth, Campos-Duffy said the president’s appearance meant “everything” to the pro-life marchers.

“They have been so ignored for so long on that march and here comes the president, really edifying them,” she said.

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Trump became the first sitting president to both attend and address the march. In 2018, he spoke to the crowd of 100,000 over a video message.

The president, who for years was pro-choice, has since embraced a pro-life position and made clear on Friday that he plans to continue that agenda as he seeks reelection in November.

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President Donald Trump speaks at the “March for Life” rally, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In an interview backstage on Friday, he told Campos-Duffy that he recognized that the pro-life movement has been “under siege” for a long time.

“And, I said, ‘You know, I’m in Washington. Maybe I will just — instead of making a tape, I will go over,'” he said. “Now I didn’t know this was going to be this big of a deal, but they have a lot of people out there. And, it turned out to be very successful. The most successful one by far.”

“We want to do what we feel is right,” said Trump.

‘The fact that President Trump came here sent an incredibly strong message that he has not only been a great president, [but] maybe the most pro-life president ever in policy…the fact that he is standing here side-by-side with these tens of thousands of people…” Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., remarked backstage on Friday.

During his address, the president told an uproarious crowd that unborn children have “never had a stronger defender in the White House.”

“Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting,” he added.

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The president also panned Democrats’ stances on abortion as “extreme,” accusing many of supporting “taxpayer-funded abortion all the way up until the moment of birth.”

“I think the most important he says in that speech was he said ‘they are coming after me because I’m fighting for you,'” Campos-Duffy remarked, noting that it was likely a reference to the impeachment trial in the Senate.

” I think he completely has their love and gratitude and joy [and] has their vote,” she said. “When I looked at that crowd, I also realized he recruited an army of volunteers because — again — they felt so grateful that he acknowledged them in such a  bold move.”

“It’s never been done before,” Campos-Duffy concluded

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Trump Senate impeachment trial live updates: Trump’s team makes its case

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President Trump’s legal team on Saturday is making its case before the Senate impeachment trial for why Trump should be acquitted.

It comes after the Democratic House managers wrapped up their final arguments late Friday.

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Regional Elections In Italy: Can The ‘Sardines’ Win Against Populism?

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European Union officials will be closely monitoring results of local elections in Italy Sunday that are seen as a bellwether for the fate of the national government.

Polls suggest that the far-right populist League Party could win control of a region that has been a leftist bastion for 75 years.

The northern region of Emilia-Romagna is home to Parmesan cheese, Prosciutto and luxury car makers. It’s a poster-child for good government and social services.

At 5%, unemployment here is half the national average.

And yet, polls suggest the incumbent Democratic Party Governor Stefano Bonaccini is running neck and neck with the little-known right-wing candidate Lucia Bergonzoni– for whom the League Party secretary, Matteo Salvini, has been campaigning nonstop.

Last Saturday, Salvini came to Maranello – home of Ferrari sports cars – cheered by enthusiastic middle-aged supporters like Silvana Valdinocci. She embraces Salvini’s “Italians-First” slogan and anti-migrant policies.

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“I’m proud of him, he loves Italians. Those people in power today don’t respect us, they hate Italians. They pass laws against Italians. But Matteo Salvini is fighting for us.”

Salvini makes his entrance, wearing a red baseball cap with Ferrari’s prancing horse logo. He moves through the exuberant crowd, shaking hands, pausing for selfies.

As he passes close to her, Simona Qualtieri can’t hide her emotion. “Matteo is unique, he’s everything for me,” she says, “even bigger than a rock star!”

With the crowd cheering and shouting his name – “Matteo, Matteo!” – over and over, Salvini takes the stage.

Flanked by Bergonzoni, Salvini tells the crowd that their regional vote on Sunday will have repercussions on the national political stage. “Our beautiful victory here on Jan. 26 will be historic,”Salvini shouts, “it will totally change this country. With our victory, you will evict the government in Rome and send the Democratic Party packing!”

Last September, in a rare political miscalculation, Salvini walked out of the national governing coalition, hoping to trigger early elections. Instead, the Democratic Party took the League’s place in the cabinet.

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In a bid to return to national power, Salvini mobilized his social media accounts with nonstop promotions of Emilia-Romagna products — tortellini and local wine – all the while pushing his anti-immigrant and anti-European Union themes.

Filippo Taddei, professor of International Economics at Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, says Salvini’s nationalist to Italians message is to count only on themselves.

“The obvious consequence of all that political discourse is that if I can trust only myself, then I should not be inclusive. I should close the country. I should protect my border, my society, the root of my country.”

Salvini and his rightwing allies have been gaining ground across the country and they have won eight regional elections since mid-2018. He’s betting another League victory would destabilize the Rome government.

That alarmed a group of 30-somethings who in November mobilized an anti-Salvini flash mob in Bologna.

This was the birth of the Sardines ⁠— a liberal grass-roots movement promoting diversity and civility.

Since then, tens of thousands of people have rallied against Salvini, packing squares across the country tightly – like a can of sardines.

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Last Sunday, some 40,000 people of all ages gathered in Bologna. The mood was festive and serene. Many wore a toy fish on their heads, while organizers welcomed the Sardines “into the open seas.”

Pensioner Roberto Martelli was pleased the Sardines ignited a resistance movement.

“They were able to take people out from their home,” he said. “Before there was no participation for nothing.”

Nadia Urbinati, who teaches political theory at New York’s Columbia University, says the Sardines have given many individuals the sense that they do have power.

“Which power? The power to have a word, to be listened to, to be capable of expressing their vision. Against whom? Against leaders like Salvini who occupy the entire domain of opinion formation and the domain of media,” Urbinati says.

Mattia Santori, one of the Sardines movement founders, contrasts the Sardines’ strategy with that of the populist League.

“On the digital side, the populists are really strong. They have a great organization. They have good money. They know how to do this job. But we also know that we are really strong on the street, on the square. It’s kind of a war between physical reality and digital reality.

A war in which these young activists are telling voters that on Sunday they can chose an alternative to populism.

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Meghan Markle highlights her charity work prior to meeting Prince Harry on Sussex Royal Instagram

Meghan Markle reminded fans that she began humanitarian work before she even met Prince Harry and became a royal.

Taking to the couple’s official Sussex Royal Instagram account on Friday, the 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex shared a variety of photos from her charity efforts over the years, dating back to March 2016, months before she and Harry met on a blind date.

The post was in honor of International Day of Education, and the caption explained that Prince Harry and Markle “highlight the importance of access to education for all.”

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One photo shows Markle smiling in front of a young girl in Rwanda in what appears to be a classroom. The same photo first appeared online in 2016 when it was shared by World Vision, a global relief and advocacy organization. On its website, the foundation explained Markle was “able to see firsthand the impact that clean water has on the lives of children and communities in Africa.”

Meghan also reportedly was seen doing charity work in Delhi and Mumbai, India in 2017.

The caption reads: “The Duchess of Sussex has focused on this both prior to becoming a member of the Royal Family and now as patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (@The_ACU_Official). Working closely with CAMA, both the Duke and Duchess recognise the benefit both personally and to society at large when a young girl has access to education. On their recent tour to Southern Africa, The Duke supported the initiatives of @Camfed on the ground in Malawi.”

The post explained that Meghan had previously traveled around the world to support education in developing communities, with a focus on helping to support young girls.

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“Over the years, The Duchess has worked in developing communities, such as in Rwanda and India, to find the hindrances to girls’ ability to go to school and furthermore to stay in school. These can include lack of access to clean water, stigma surrounding MHM, cultural taboo, and many more reasons.

“As President and Vice President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess thank all those who are working to give access to education for all.”

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Other snaps in the post feature Prince Harry and Markle in Malawi last September and in South Africa, also in 2019.

The social media post about Meghan’s pre-royal life comes on the heels of the couple announcing their plan to “step back” as senior royals and earn their own living. This week, Harry reunited with Markle and their son, Archie, 8 months, in Canada.

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