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American Airlines LA-to-Chicago flight diverted to Albuquerque over unruly passenger: report

American Airlines said Wednesday a Los Angeles-to-Chicago flight was forced to divert to Albuquerque because of a disruptive passenger, according to a report.

Flight 967 from LAX to O’Hare landed in Albuquerque just before 3 p.m. and was met by law enforcement officials at the gate before taking off again a short time later, Chicago’s WMAQ-TV reported.

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An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Chicago was forced to divert to Albuquerque on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2020 because of a disruptive passenger.

One inconvenienced passenger claimed on Twitter that the suspect struck a flight attendant, removed his pants and kicked seats, according to KOB in Albuquerque.

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It was unclear what charges the suspect would face.

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Americans Are Shrugging Over Trump’s Big New Trade Deal

The U.S. Senate is set to pass a new trade deal orchestrated by President Donald Trump between the United States, Mexico and Canada this week, but it might not have a major political impact.

The USMCA deal, which would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, has earned the backing of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest group of labor unions and traditionally an opponent of trade agreements.

That’s scrambled the politics surrounding the deal, leading to a split among Democratic presidential primary contenders and hope among vulnerable congressional incumbents in both parties that the deal could boost their political fortunes.

But Americans’ opinions of the USMCA trade deal are the survey version of a tolerant shrug, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds: 44% favor it, 11% oppose it and 44% are unsure. Fewer than a quarter report holding a strong opinion on it. 

Much of the public is barely aware of the deal or of which politicians have backed it. Just 19% say they’ve heard a lot about the agreement, with about a third saying they haven’t heard about it at all. 

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Only 42% of Americans are aware that Trump backs the deal, with even fewer aware of the positions taken by some of his Democratic presidential rivals. Just 15% and 13%, respectively, know that former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also support the agreement, and just 23% know that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) opposes it. 

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Americans are also about evenly split on which party they trust more to handle trade issues, with partisans overwhelmingly favoring their own party and independents mostly unsure.

Overall, 21% of registered voters say that trade issues will be very important to their vote for president this year (by contrast, following the airstrike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, about half said the same of foreign policy). 

Americans say, 43% to 20%, that trade agreements between the U.S. and other countries have been a good thing for the U.S., with 37% not sure. Opinions on trade aren’t marked by the vast partisan gulf that characterizes many other issues: Republicans are only 7 percentage points likelier than Democrats to say trade agreements are generally a good thing.

But those results reflect a significant underlying change since Trump’s ascent to the presidency. In the summer of 2016, Democrats’ opinions of trade agreements were relatively positive, while Republicans’ were firmly underwater.  In a December 2018 HuffPost/YouGov poll, both parties were more supportive ― part of a larger apparent trend away from isolationist thinking ― but the difference was especially stark within the GOP. This year’s survey is the first since at least 2016 to find stronger support for free trade among Republicans than Democrats.

That change may reflect Republicans’ confidence in Trump’s ability to craft more advantageous trade deals than previously existed.

Both the variability and the high level of “not sure” responses also suggest, however, that many people don’t have strongly held opinions on trade ― and that the topic itself hasn’t become consistently polarized. 

The deal had an unorthodox crew of backers: Trump, who finished negotiating the agreement with Mexico and Canada more than year ago, wants to fulfill a campaign promise to craft better trade deals for the country; moderate House Democrats wanted to show their constituents they could work with Trump on important issues even while impeaching him; and the AFL-CIO, which argues the deal is an improvement on NAFTA for American workers.  

The deal sailed through the House last month on a 385-41 vote after negotiations between House Democrats and Trump resulted in a revised version of the deal that won the AFL-CIO’s backing. (The Senate is expected to vote on Friday, while Mexico has already approved the deal and the Canadian parliament’s House of Commons is expected to vote on it soon.)

Environmental groups have largely lined up in opposition to the deal, arguing it does little to stop climate change. Some unions, most prominently the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, have broken with the AFL-CIO to oppose the deal.

During Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, Sanders cited the opposition of those groups to explain why he remained opposed to the agreement. Warren backed it, arguing it was a marginal improvement for workers that could be revised later. That created a relatively rare policy split between the two leading progressives in the presidential race.

“We can do much better than a Trump-led trade deal,” Sanders said during the debate.

But the polling provides little evidence Sanders’s stance will be a significant political winner: 42% of Democrats back the deal, while 15% oppose it. But roughly two-thirds of Democrats said they were unsure of Warren’s and Sanders’s stances on the deal ― though the poll was conducted before the debate brought more attention to the split. Just 17% of Democrats said trade issues would be “very important” to their presidential vote this year.

Use the widget below to further explore the results of the HuffPost/YouGov survey, using the menu at the top to select survey questions and the buttons at the bottom to filter the data by subgroups:

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Jan. 9-11 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

HuffPost has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling. More details on the polls’ methodology are available here.

Most surveys report a margin of error that represents some but not all potential survey errors. YouGov’s reports include a model-based margin of error, which rests on a specific set of statistical assumptions about the selected sample rather than the standard methodology for random probability sampling. If these assumptions are wrong, the model-based margin of error may also be inaccurate. Click here for a more detailed explanation of the model-based margin of error.

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In Huawei Battle, China Threatens Germany ‘Where it Hurts’: Automakers

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BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel and Premier Li Keqiang of China settled into the back seat of a driverless Volkswagen van, fastened their seatbelts and went for a spin around a disused airport landing strip in central Berlin.

“There is nothing like seeing in practice what’s possible,” Ms. Merkel beamed when they returned.

That was July 2018, when economic cooperation between the two countries looked limitless — combining Germany’s powerful auto industry and China’s technology giant, Huawei.

Eighteen months later, Germany is embroiled in a tortured debate over whether to allow Huawei to help build its 5G next generation mobile network. But with German automakers, including Audi and Daimler, already working closely with Huawei, it may be China who sits in the driver’s seat.

Whatever Germany decides will shape its relations with China for years and reverberate across the Continent. It will send a powerful political signal on how united, or fractured, Europe will be in the digital age of rivalry between Washington and Beijing.

Germany, like all of Europe, is under tremendous pressure to ostracize Huawei by the American government, which fears that it is a Trojan horse that would allow the Chinese to spy on or control European and American communication networks. The pressure remains even after President Trump signed an initial trade deal with China on Wednesday.

But for Germany that decision is especially fraught. Relations with the Trump administration are infused with threats of tariffs against German automakers and mounting distrust that Europeans have come to believe may permanently reshape, if not rupture, a once ironclad trans-Atlantic alliance.

China, on the other hand, is elbowing its way onto the European stage as a new strategic player and an increasingly indispensable economic partner. By far the largest market in the world, it has become the biggest source of growth for Germany’s main carmakers and the key to their dominance of the luxury car market.

It is a position that China has not been shy to weaponize.

“If Germany were to make a decision that led to Huawei’s exclusion from the German market, there will be consequences,” Wu Ken, China’s ambassador to Germany warned last month. “The Chinese government will not stand idly by.”

Konstantin von Notz, a lawmaker and member of the digital affairs committee in the German Parliament, put it this way: “The Chinese have made clear that they will retaliate where it hurts: The car industry.”

For months, German lawmakers have danced around the issue of whether effectively to exclude Huawei from the bidding process. The issue is expected to be debated in Parliament again in the coming weeks. As a decision approaches, Chancellor Merkel has found herself caught between worried German automakers, who accompanied her on a dozen junkets to Beijing, and her own wary intelligence community.

Ms. Merkel, steward of the pro-business Christian Democratic Party, is opposed to banning the Chinese company.

“It is not about individual companies, but rather security standards,” the chancellor said in November. “It is about the certification we will carry out. That should be our guiding benchmark.”

But a rebellion is brewing in Germany’s foreign policy and intelligence community — scared of American threats to limit intelligence sharing — and even among some of the chancellor’s own lawmakers, who want to submit a proposal to Parliament with tougher security criteria that would, in effect, keep Huawei out.

Ms. Merkel’s critics say the current certification process, which merely demands that companies sign a pledge not to spy, is inherently flawed because it relies on trust.

At her party’s annual conference in November, the chancellor’s Christian Democrats disinvited Huawei as a corporate sponsor and passed a motion demanding that only companies “which demonstrably fulfill a clearly defined catalog of safety requirements” should be allowed to bid. One key requirement would be to rule out state interference.

The motion did not name Huawei or China but the implication was clear.

“Under Chinese law companies are obliged to cooperate with the Chinese Secret Service,” said Norbert Röttgen, a conservative lawmaker who co-authored the motion against Ms. Merkel’s Huawei policy. “When you deal with Huawei you also have to accept that you might be dealing with the Chinese Communist Party.”

Cars that can steer themselves may make driving safer but they also open up opportunities for government surveillance and control.

Beyond fears of spying and sabotage, lawmakers warned that if Germany allowed Huawei to bid it would not just alienate Washington but risk undermining a badly needed united European front.

“Our only hope is to stick together as Europeans,” Mr. Röttgen said. That, he said, was also an argument for giving the 5G contract to European companies like Nokia or Ericsson.

Analysts say Nokia and Ericsson, which have won 5G contracts in Denmark and elsewhere, have the competence to build the 5G network, but it would take longer and cost more — not least because Huawei is already a huge part of the existing networks in Germany. Switching will be messy and costly.

Still, Mr. Röttgen said, given the scale of the new bid, if it went to Huawei, Europe risked permanently falling behind.

“If you let Huawei build a big chunk of the 5G network after a while you won’t understand your own system,” he said. “It would be a maximal loss of control and sovereignty.”

“Strategically it is a crystal clear case,” Mr. Röttgen said.

Others, however, say that giving the bid to Huawei may not be such a bad idea.

‘‘If we ban Huawei, the German car industry will be pushed out of the Chinese market — and this in a situation where the American president is also threatening to punish German carmakers,’’ said Sigmar Gabriel, a former German foreign minister and vice chancellor.

‘‘Just because we have an American president who doesn’t like alliances, we give all that up?’’ he said. ‘‘Why would we? Especially since he does exactly what the Chinese do and threatens the German car industry.’’

German automakers like Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW continued to record sales gains in China and to take share from rivals like Ford, even as the overall market has slumped.

“See, last year, 28 million cars were sold in China, 7 million of those were German,” Mr. Wu, China’s ambassador to Germany, added in his remarks in December, making what many in Germany interpreted as a veiled threat.

“Can we just declare German cars unsafe, because we make our own cars?’’ he said. ‘‘No, that would be protectionism.”

As Germany’s automakers have become more deeply dependent on China, they also have become more beholden to the Chinese government.

Chinese consumer preferences, and Chinese government policies, increasingly determine what models the carmakers build and what kind of technology they develop.

China also has become the stage where German carmakers develop and test new technology, often with Huawei.

Audi, the luxury car unit of Volkswagen, announced a “strategic cooperation” with Huawei on developing autonomous driving technology during Mr. Li’s visit to Berlin last year. Daimler, which is 9.9 percent owned by Chinese investor Li Shufu, uses Huawei high-performance computing. BMW and others partner with Huawei on research and development.

No car company is more closely entwined with China than Volkswagen. The company has been operating in China since the early 1980s, when the Communist government first began opening to the West.

Today Volkswagen earns almost half its sales revenue in China and has 14 percent of the Chinese car market.

“If we were to pull out” of China, Herbert Diess, the chief executive of Volkswagen, told the Wolfsburger Nachrichten newspaper in December, “a day later 10,000 of our 20,000 development engineers in Germany would be out of work.”

German carmakers deny that their dependence on Chinese sales has turned them into advocates for Chinese interests.

“We don’t want political developments to spill over into product development,” Bernhard Mattes, president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry, said in an interview in Berlin.

But Mr. Mattes conceded, “We are not operating in a politics-free space, that is clear.”

Huawei has understood as much. Its German headquarters are in Bavaria, alongside BMW and Audi and many other companies deeply embedded in China. The company has been a generous sponsor of all mainstream parties, including Bavaria’s governing conservatives.

Markus Söder, Bavaria’s conservative leader, has publicly defended Huawei’s right to bid, while also lashing out at the United States.

“To say up front that I rule it out because another partner in the world doesn’t like it,” he said, is “a bit of a problem.”

Stephan Weil, premier of Volkswagen’s home state of Lower Saxony and a member of the company’s supervisory board, took a similar line, urging Germany to protect its 5G network from all sides. “I wouldn’t necessarily put my hand into the fire for anyone else,” he said, without naming the United States.

When Peter Altmaier, Germany’s economy minister, recently pointed out that Germany had “not imposed a boycott” on American technology companies after it was revealed that the National Security Agency had tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone, he earned a sharp rebuke from the United States ambassador, Richard Grenell.

“There is no moral equivalency between China and the United States and anyone suggesting it ignores history — and is bound to repeat it,” Mr. Grenell said.

In July 2018, when Ms. Merkel and Mr. Li stepped out of the driverless van at Berlin Tempelhof, once the site of the Berlin airlift and a powerful symbol of Germany’s alliance with the United States, the symbolism was not lost on some.

“The truth is that, if the American security guarantee was what it used to be, we wouldn’t be having this debate,” said Mr. von Notz, the lawmaker. “But it isn’t. And now we need to find a way to defend our freedom and rule of law in this digital world.”

Christopher F. Schuetze contributed reporting.

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Want to live on remote Irish island without electricity or hot showers? Get in line

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Have you ever wanted to live off the grid on a picturesque island full of Irish heritage? Would you like to be one of the only people living on the island? Are you okay with foregoing electricity and hot showers and wifi?

The Great Blasket Island’s ad is for two people to manage the island’s three tourist cottages and one coffee shop from April through October. It received hundreds of responses from all over the world, The Independent reported.

The four-mile-long island off Ireland’s southwest coast is accessible only by boat and was mostly abandoned in 1953 due to the dwindling population and harsh winters. It is now largely state-owned, according to The Independent and The Guardian.

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“It’s intense and tough but it’s a very unique position,” Alice Hayes, who posted the ad, told Ireland’s RTE. “It’s back to basics – fires, candles, stoves, wildlife and nature.”

Hayes said there is “a little wind turbine that generates enough electricity to charge one device, so you are not completely cut off.” That’s right, one device for an entire island.

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The couple who managed the island last year, Lesley Kehoe and Gordon Bond, generated buzz for Great Blasket by documenting their experience on social media, RTE reported.

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Want to live on remote Irish island without electricity or hot showers? Get in line

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Have you ever wanted to live off the grid on a picturesque island full of Irish heritage? Would you like to be one of the only people living on the island? Are you okay with foregoing electricity and hot showers and wifi?

The Great Blasket Island’s ad is for two people to manage the island’s three tourist cottages and one coffee shop from April through October. It received hundreds of responses from all over the world, The Independent reported.

The four-mile-long island off Ireland’s southwest coast is accessible only by boat and was mostly abandoned in 1953 due to the dwindling population and harsh winters. It is now largely state-owned, according to The Independent and The Guardian.

5 OF THE WORLD’S ‘MOST CURSED’ PLACES, EXPLAINED

“It’s intense and tough but it’s a very unique position,” Alice Hayes, who posted the ad, told Ireland’s RTE. “It’s back to basics – fires, candles, stoves, wildlife and nature.”

Hayes said there is “a little wind turbine that generates enough electricity to charge one device, so you are not completely cut off.” That’s right, one device for an entire island.

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The couple who managed the island last year, Lesley Kehoe and Gordon Bond, generated buzz for Great Blasket by documenting their experience on social media, RTE reported.

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Want to live on remote Irish island without electricity or hot showers? Get in line

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Have you ever wanted to live off the grid on a picturesque island full of Irish heritage? Would you like to be one of the only people living on the island? Are you okay with foregoing electricity and hot showers and wifi?

The Great Blasket Island’s ad is for two people to manage the island’s three tourist cottages and one coffee shop from April through October. It received hundreds of responses from all over the world, The Independent reported.

The four-mile-long island off Ireland’s southwest coast is accessible only by boat and was mostly abandoned in 1953 due to the dwindling population and harsh winters. It is now largely state-owned, according to The Independent and The Guardian.

5 OF THE WORLD’S ‘MOST CURSED’ PLACES, EXPLAINED

“It’s intense and tough but it’s a very unique position,” Alice Hayes, who posted the ad, told Ireland’s RTE. “It’s back to basics – fires, candles, stoves, wildlife and nature.”

Hayes said there is “a little wind turbine that generates enough electricity to charge one device, so you are not completely cut off.” That’s right, one device for an entire island.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The couple who managed the island last year, Lesley Kehoe and Gordon Bond, generated buzz for Great Blasket by documenting their experience on social media, RTE reported.

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Tattoo Removal Programs Help Former Inmates Wipe The Slate Clean

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Shane MacLeod is covered head-to-toe in tattoos. He says he’s tired of being pre-judged.

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Shane MacLeod spent 14 years in federal prison for armed robbery and he’s covered from head-to-toe in tattoos. The only things not covered are his butt cheeks and the tops of his feet.

Inmates often tattoo one another with makeshift tools. Some get gang-related tattoos, which they consider a matter of survival. Others, such as 41-year-old MacLeod, are simply lured by the art.

“It’s kind of weird, because once you start getting tattoos, it’s like a tattoo fever thing,” MacLeod says. “Ya just keep gettin’ ’em, and gettin’ ’em, and gettin’ ’em, and the next thing ya know, you’ve got all this skin covered, and you’re like, oh my god, what the hell happened?”

But these days MacLeod notices people’s reactions to his tattoos: they’re either repelled or standoffish.

Tattoos can be a barrier for people getting out of prison. They can make it hard to find jobs, to feel safe in certain neighborhoods, to reconcile with family and to leave the past behind. Now there are programs to help inmates with tattoos wipe the slate clean.

Mark Drevno is executive director of the California-based nonprofit Jails to Jobs, which helps former prisoners find employment. He worries about their visible anti-social tattoos, such as swastikas, knives and profanity.

“Those types of tattoos are real job stoppers,” Drevno says.

So his organization has published a national directory of more than 300 free and low-cost tattoo removal programs for formerly incarcerated people. They’re in 42 states.

Drevno says the tattoo removal is essential to finding employment, housing, safety, family reconciliation and healing.

When MacLeod was released from prison two years ago, he had trouble finding work. The problem, his case manager said, was his face and neck tattoos – bold and intricate interlocking curves above fearsome gothic images.

In the upscale Boston office of The Finery, a tattoo-removal business with a special program to remove face, neck and hand tattoos of formerly incarcerated people free of charge, MacLeod reclines with his eyes protected by goggles.

To remove the tattoos, skilled technicians use laser machines to break up the ink particles, which the body then absorbs and flushes out. Sessions are six weeks apart, to allow the skin to heal in the interim. But the process is painful.

MacLeod says it’s like grease that jumps out of a bacon-frying pan and burns your arm. He dreads the pain, but he’s sticking with the program because he’s tired of being pre-judged.

There are his kids, including 6-month-old twins. The others are 6, 16 and 22.

MacLeod’s thinking about their weddings, and school functions with other parents. He wants to blend in.

Carmen Brodie, founder and CEO of The Finery, says of the 150 people who’ve started its special program, nearly 40 have completed it.

“Our biggest difficulty, and the biggest heartbreak in the whole thing, is that a lot of time we’ll let folks into the program, but they have a hard time finishing it, they have a hard time getting here on the day that they’re scheduled for,” Brodie says.

So Brodie’s in talks with Massachusetts’ maximum security prison to bring the program’s mobile unit out there. Tattoo removal before release, she says, would be a gamechanger.

If approved, Massachusetts would join a handful of state prisons with pre-release tattoo removal programs. California is about to expand its pre-release programs from two to 21 locations in the state. The goal is to offer the service to approximately 3,000 offenders per year.

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Senators To Be Sworn In For Trump Impeachment Trial

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The Senate Thursday will take some of its first steps to prepare for next week’s impeachment trial of President Trump, just the third such trial in Senate history.

Like many congressional activities, the process begins with much pomp and circumstance and procedure and process. But little of substance will be achieved until the case for impeachment is presented next week.

First though, there are some housekeeping measures. To start, the seven House managers named by Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday will be escorted to the well of the Senate chamber, and formally read the resolution appointing them, and the two articles of impeachment approved by the House last month.

Sometime after that, the Senate will move to take up the articles, notifying the House and Chief Justice John Roberts of the time that will occur. Roberts will then cross First Street from the Supreme Court building over to the Capitol, and be escorted into the chamber by the Senate president pro tempore, the most senior member of the majority, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Grassley will swear in Roberts to be the presiding officer during the trial, and Roberts will then swear in the 100 Senators to act as jurors.

Senate rules say the president is then summoned and given a chance to respond. President Trump will be primarily represented by two attorneys, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, a private attorney who represented Trump in the Russia investigation.

But that is expected to be the extent of the “action” this week. Senators will likely head home for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, and the essence of the trial will get under way next Tuesday.

Senators may chafe at some of the conditions they’ll have to deal with once that happens. They are expected to be seated at their desks, and will have to refrain from talking to one another during the arguments.

They’ll need to rise when Chief Justice Roberts enters and exits the chamber, and should votes occur, they’ll have to stand then too.

Perhaps most difficult of all, senators will be separated from their cellphones while in the chamber, and have to check them in their cloakrooms.

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Today on Fox News: Jan. 16, 2020

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Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem; U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark; Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst and more

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The Fox News Rundown podcast: “Articles Delivered: Historic Trump Impeachment Trial Set to Begin” – The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate paving the way for the long-awaited and historic Senate trial after weeks of delay. 2020 Democratic candidate Tom Steyer weighs in on impeachment, the upcoming Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire primary, his surge in a recent Fox News poll and how he plans to take on the president by using the economy against him.

Also on the Rundown: Last week¸ Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., shocked many when he sided with House Democrats by voting in favor of the War Powers Resolution. The measure was seen as a rebuke to President Trump and a way to restrict his authority to strike Iran without congressional approval. Rep. Gaetz, who is one of the president’s biggest supporters in the House, joins the Rundown to explain why he made the controversial decision to split with the White House.

Plus, commentary by Jimmy Failla, head writer for “Kennedy” on Fox Business.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Chris Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday,” U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and more.

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry: Will Prince Charles still help out?

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One of the many lingering questions following “Megxit” is whether Prince Charles will continue to provide monetarily for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

When they announced that they plan to “step back” from their royal duties, Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, also said that they’re working to become “financially independent” as well, which means they won’t be living on the taxpayer’s dime.

In the past, Prince Charles, 71, has received income from the Duchy of Cornwall which he then divides amongst himself, his wife, his sons and his daughters-in-law to support themselves and their philanthropic work.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the Duchy of Cornwall brought in over 20 million pounds last year.

According to Shannon Felton Spence, former head of Politics and Communications for the British Consulate-General of Boston, the Sussexes claim that the Duchy of Cornwall covers 95 percent of their costs, while the remaining comes from the Sovereign Grant.

If Harry and Meghan were to no longer receive money from the Duchy of Cornwall, it wouldn’t go to waste.

“If the Prince of Wales no longer provided the funds for the office of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — as they have stated in their desire to be ‘financially independent,’ the Prince would then be able to allocate that money towards the philanthropic efforts of the remaining senior members of the Royal Family,” Spence said to Fox News. “Namely himself, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”

One of the rumors swirling about is that Charles will charge Harry and Meghan rent to live in Frogmore Cottage, the home that recently underwent a taxpayer-funded renovation to better suit a family with a small child.

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Spence, however, feels that will not happen.

“The palaces of London contain many different apartments and cottages than members of the Royal Family are gifted by HM The Queen,” said Spence. “This doesn’t mean they own that residence, but rather, they are allowed to live there rent-free.”

Spence pointed out that Princess Eugenie and her husband live in a cottage at Kensington Palace very close to Harry and Meghan’s original home (before Frogmore) despite not being considered working members of the Royal Family.

Julie Montagu, herself a member of the British nobility known as Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, told Fox News that the Duchy of Cornwall is similar to a trust fund for Charles and his family, Harry included.

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“Charles could do with [the money] what he wants to do with it,” said Montagu. “No doubt there will be talks about how much Megan and Harry get.”

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.

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