President Trump on Tuesday granted clemency to Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr , and his son Steven — whose case spurred armed militants led by Ammon Bundy to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 41 days in 2016 “The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” the White House said in a statement “The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges “ The statement went on to accuse the Obama administration of overzealous prosecution of the father and son “At the Hammonds’ original sentencing, the judge noted that they are respected in the community and that imposing the mandatory minimum, 5-year prison sentence would ‘shock the conscience’ and be ‘grossly disproportionate to the severity’ of their conduct As a result, the judge imposed significantly lesser sentences,” the statement continued “The previous administration, however, filed an overzealous appeal that resulted in the Hammonds being sentenced to five years in prison This was unjust.” The White House noted that Dwight Hammond, 76, had already served about three years behind bars and that his son Steven, 49, had served nearly four years in prison The pair had also coughed up $400,000 to settle a civil suit with the feds. “The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond,” the statement said. On Jan. 2, 2016, militants seized the headquarters of the wildlife refuge in Harney County to protest the Hammonds’ prosecution and sentencing Bundy was also part of the the 2014 standoff at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. The Hammonds have been locked up since Jan 4, 2016, after they were re-sentenced following their 2012 conviction for arson on public lands Their case spurred outrage in ranching communities across the West, with critics slamming the federal government for their aggressive tactics The Hammonds said the fires they had set on their own property to fight invasive plant species had accidentally spread to public lands Clemency does not erase their convictions, but vacates the remainder of their prison sentences It was unclear when they would be released.
>>OH, MY GOSH.
>>THAT’S CATCHY. >>BEFORE THE BREAK WE TOLD YOU
ABOUT THE EFFORTS FROM THE STATE OF MARYLAND AND WASHINGTON,
D.C., TO SUE THE PRESIDENT, ACCUSING HIM OF PAYMENTS FROM
FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS. JOINING US NOW FROM CAPITOL
HILL, DEPUTY WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF FOR “TIME” MAGAZINE ALEX
ALTMAN. HIS NEW COVER STORY DETAILS HOW
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WASHINGTON, D.C., HOTEL IS RAISING AN
INCREAING AMOUNT OF ETHICAL CONCERNS AND HE WRITES IN PART
THIS. THIS IS THE NEW TOWN SQUARE IN
DONALD TRUMP’S WASHINGTON. TOURISTS PERCH ON THE BLUE
VELVET SOFAS IN THE LOBBY, SNAPPING CELL PHONE PICTURES AS
POWER PLAYERS STREAM ACROSS THE DARK MARBLE FLOORS AND CREAM
CARPETS. IN THE PAST, PRESIDENTS HAVE
OFTEN GONE TO GREAT LENGTHS TO ASSURE THE PUBLIC THAT THEY
AREN’T MIXING THE NATION’S BUSINESS WITH THEIR OWN.
TRUMP HAS TAKEN A DIFFERENT APPROACH.
HE HAS STEPPED AWAY FROM THE OPERATIONS OF HIS BUSINESS, BUT
HE HAS NOT RELINQUISHED OWNERSHIP.
CRITICS SAY THE APPROACH FALLS FAR SHORT.
HE IS ONE GREAT BIG EXAMPLE OF EXPLOITING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR
PRIVATE GAIN, SAYS KATHLEEN CLARK, A LAW PROFESSOR AT
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS, WHO TRAINS GOVERNMENTS
AROUND THE WORLD IN ETHICS AND ANTI-CORRUPTION PRACTICES.
OF COURSE IT’S A SCANDAL. >>SO, ALEX, IS THIS A GUY THAT
KNOWS HOW TO GO RIGHT UP TO THE LINE BUT NEVER CROSSES IT OR DO
YOU THINK IN YOUR INVESTIGATING THAT ACTUALLY THERE IS SOMETHING
THAT THESE STATES ATTORNEYS GENERALS MAY BE ABLE TO SINK
THEIR TEETH INTO? >>WELL, ONE QUESTION WITH THE
LAWSUITS IS GOING TO BE STANDING.
THE PRESIDENT HAS TRADITIONALLY HAD A GREAT DEAL OF LATITUDE
FROM THE CONGRESS AND FROM THE SUPREME COURT IN TERMS OF WHAT’S
I THINK THE PRESIDENT’S LAWYERS MAY BE ON SOLID GROUND IN SAYING
NOTHING THAT HE’S DONE HAS CROSSED THE LINE.
THERE’S NOT JUST THE QUESTION OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST BUT THE
QUESTION OF THE APPEARANCE THEREOF.
WE’VE NEVER HAD A PRESIDENT TAKE OFFICE WITH A GLOBAL EMPIRE,
FOREIGN OUTPOSTS AND A TROPHY HOTEL ON PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE
RIGHT IN THE SHADOW OF THE WHITE HOUSE.
>>AND HE GOES TO ALL OF HIS FACILITIES JUST ABOUT EVERY
WEEKEND. THIS WEEKEND.
THERE HAVE BEEN PROMISES THAT HE MIGHT SHOW UP AT WEDDING
RECEPTIONS. THIS WEEKEND HE DID SHOW UP AT A
WEDDING RECEPTION AT ONE OF HIS HOTELS.
>>YEAH. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HE HAS
DONE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF HIS CAMPAIGN.
YOU KNOW, REPORTERS AND HIS PRESS CORPS CAN RECALL BEING
DRAGGED ALONG TO TRUMP PROPERTY AFTER TRUMP PROPERTY.
I MEAN I CAN RECALL VISITING ONE OF HIS GOLF COURSES IN SCOTLAND
RIGHT BEFORE THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION, WHICH STRUCK A LOT
OF PEOPLE AS ODD. AS YOU NOTE, IT IS SOMETHING HE
HAS CONTINUED DURING THE PRESIDENCY.
HE DECAMPS FOR HIS GOLF COURSE IN VIRGINIA AND NEW JERSEY ALL
THE TIME. HE’S BROUGHT FOREIGN LEADERS TO
MAR-A-LAGO, HIS FLORIDA ESTATE, AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT HE’S
>>AND THE DUES ARE UP AT MAR-A-LAGO.
THEY RAISED THE PRICE. >>THAT’S CORRECT.
I BELIEVE THEY RAISED THE INITIATION FEE FOR NEW MEMBERS
FROM $100,000 TO $200,000. >>OKAY.
HOW’S THAT NOT BENEFITING? PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WASHINGTON,
D.C. HOTEL ISSUE COULD BE PART OF A LARGER ETHICS ISSUE.
LET’S BRING IN ANDREW RICE. HIS NEW PIECE ASKS THE QUESTIONS
IS TRUMP INC. HIS GREATEST VUBLNER ABILITY.
EVEN AS REPUBLICANS LIKE LINDSEY GRAHAM STARTED TO TALK ABOUT
INVESTIGATING TRUMP’S FINANCES, IT BEGAN TO OCCUR TO MANY PEOPLE
THAT THE PRESIDENT’S DEFIANT REFUSAL TO SEPARATE HIMSELF FROM
HIS TANGLE OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS INTERESTS MIGHT
REPRESENT SOMETHING MORE OMINOUS THAN MERE STUBBORNNESS, THAT HIS
INVETERATE HUCKSTERISM MIGHT NOT BE A SIMPLE PERSONALITY QUIRK OR
AN IMPLAUSIBLE SELLING POINT OF HIS SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN, BUT THE
FATAL WEAKNESS OF HIS PRESIDENCY.
>>AND THE BELIEF OF A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HE’S IN IT FOR THE
MONEY. HE’S GOING TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY
AS HE CAN IN OFFICE AND OUT OF OFFICE.
>>THIS GOES TO THE CENTER OF THIS UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION
THAT WE FIND OURSELVES IN AS A COUNTRY, IN THAT, YOU KNOW,
TRUMP HAS NOT DIVESTED HIS BUSINESS INTERESTS.
YOU KNOW, THE CONFLICTS ARE REAL.
I MEAN THERE’S A RECENT REPORT IN “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL” OR
IN “THE DAILY CALLER” SAUDI ARABIA SPENT $270,000 DURING THE
TRANSITION AT THIS WASHINGTON HOTEL.
SO THAT’S AN EXAMPLE OF LIKE A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT PUTTING A
QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS INTO THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION’S
POCKETS. >>THAT’S ACTUALLY WHAT I WAS
GOING TO ASK YOU AND ALSO TO ALEX AS WELL, THIS $270,000 TAB
COINCIDING WITH A SAUDI LOBBYING PUSH AGAINST LEGISLATION TO
ALLOW VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS TO SUE FOREIGN
GOVERNMENTS THAT CAME OUT OF 9/11, DIPLOMATS FROM BAHRAIN, WE
WERE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER, THE WAY THE PRESIDENT TALKS TO THOSE
NATIONS AS COMPARED TO OUR ALLIES.
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THERE ARE ALLIES USING THE HOTEL AND HOW
THE PRESIDENT TALKS ABOUT THESE COUNTRIES AND HIS OWN BUSINESS
INTERESTS? >>I THINK CLEARLY, YOU KNOW,
THERE’S A LOT OF EVIDENCE, JUST SMALL THINGS ON SOCIAL MEDIA,
LIKE THE AMBASSADOR OF GEORGIA TWEETING OUT A PICTURE OF THE
TRUMP HOTEL AND SAYING BEST DINING EXPERIENCE I’VE EVER HAD,
ET CETERA. YOU KNOW, THESE SEEM LIKE SMALL
THINGS. BUT WE KNOW THAT TRUMP IS, AS
NORM EISEN, THE HEAD OF CREW, WHO IS BRINGING THESE — THIS
EMOLUMENTS LAWSUIT, HE’S INFLUENCED BY THESE MINOR FORMS
OF TRIBUTE SEEMINGLY FROM THE PUBLIC RECORD.
IF YOU’RE A DIPLOMAT AND YOU HAVE A CHOICE BETWEEN THE FOUR
SEASONS AND THE TRUMP HOTEL, WHY NOT STAY AT THE TRUMP HOTEL.
>>ALEX, THE UNITED STATES’ FOREIGN POLICY, THE PRESIDENT
HAS TREATED OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE BADLY AND EMBRACED TYRANTS IN
TURKEY AND IN THE PHILIPPINES, WHERE TWO HUGE TRUMP PROPERTIES
EXIST. >>THAT’S RIGHT.
NOT ONLY DOES IT RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY THE PRESIDENT IS
SAYING AND DOING THE THINGS THAT HE’S DOING WITH RESPECT TO
GEOPOLITICAL HOT SPOTS, BUT JUST ANSWER THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.
WE’VE ALSO SEEN POWERFUL DOMESTIC INTERESTS TAKE AN
INTEREST IN PATRONIZING THE PRESIDENT’S PROPERTY.
DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION, THE HERITAGE
FOUNDATION, WHICH IS IS A POWERFUL CONSERVATIVE THINKTANK
HERE IN D.C., PERHAPS ONE THAT’S DONE MORE THAN ANY OTHER TO FORM
THE TRUMP POLICIES, THANKED DONORS WITH A GALA AT THE TRUMP.
WE’VE SEEN A BANQUET, PUT UP POWERFUL INTERNATIONAL CLERICS
AT THE TRUMP HOTEL. THESE ARE ALL CAUSE FOR CONCERN.
>>IT’S UNSEEMLY, IT HAS THE APPEARANCE OF CONFLICT OF
INTEREST. MY HUNCH IS YOU’RE NEVER GOING
TO BE ABLE TO SHOW QUID PRO QUOS SO I DON’T THINK ULTIMATELY THIS
DOG WILL HUNT BUT IT CREATES THE PERCEPTION OF AN ADMINISTRATION
THAT ISN’T DEALING WITH THE WHITE HOUSE, THIS SOUNDS CORNY,
AS CHERISHED AS IT IS. IT’S AN UNBELIEVABLE
RESPONSIBILITY AND OBLIGATION AND HONOR TO BE THERE, AND ONE
JUST JUST SENSES THERE’S BEHAVIOR
THAT’S INCONSISTENT. >>STEVE, WHAT’S SO REMARKABLE
ABOUT THIS, HERE WE ARE AGAIN, SIX MONTHS AFTER A CAMPAIGN,
NINE MONTHS AFTER A CAMPAIGN. FOCUSED ON A POLITICAL CANDIDATE
WHO USED HER POSITION IN GOVERNMENT TO SOME PEOPLE
ACCUSED HER OF GETTING MONEY INTO THEIR FOUNDATION, WOULD
CHANGE POLICIES, HER HUSBAND WOULD GO GIVE SPEECHES, AND
INSTEAD OF GETTING HIS 250,000, AND ONCE SHE BECAME SECRETARY OF
STATE, GET THE 500,000. I’LL BE DAMMED IF WE’RE NOT IN A
POSITION NOW WHERE IT’S THE SAME THING.
HOW DO YOU PROVE SECRETARY CLINTON CHANGED U.S. POLICY, BUT
IT DID JUST SO HAPPEN TO BILL CLINTON GET HALF A MILLION
DOLLARS FOR A 30 MINUTE SPEECH. AND, AGAIN, HOW DO WE PREVIEW
ANYONE IS GOING IN THERE. IT’S SLEAZY ON BOTH SIDES.
>>THE STUFF DONALD TRUMP WAS GOING AFTER HILLARY CLINTON FOR
A LOT OF REPUBLICANS WERE GOING FOR HILLARY CLINTON.
A LOT ARE SILENT NOW WITH STUFF MUCH MORE GLARING.
IT COMES BACK TO THE ELECTION WITH HIM.
HE GOT THROUGH THE CAMPAIGN. NOT PUTTING OUT HIS TAX RETURN.
THUMBING HIS NOSE AT THE CROWD ON THE TAX ISSUE.
HE FEELS HE GOT ELECTED AND IT’S VINDICATION AND SO THIS SAME
ETHICS CROWD COMES OUT OF HIM. DIVESTING, BLIND TRUSTING.
I THINK HE SAYS I GOT AWAY WITH THE CAMPAIGN ON TAXES, I’LL GET
AWAY. >>JOE BRINGS UP A GREAT POINT
ABOUT THE CLINTON PRACTICES WHICH I WILL SAY I WAS KIND OF
ALONE. I BROUGHT IT UP IN REALTIME.
I’VE GOT THOUGHT IT WAS SLEAZY TOO.
THE CLINTON PRACTICES AS IT PERTAINS TO SPEECHES SET THE
PRECEDENT FOR DONALD TRUMP NOW. REALLY HARD TO NAIL DONALD TRUMP
ON THIS. DIALING IT RIGHT BACK TO HOW THE
CLINTONS PRACTICED THEIR FINANCIAL GAINS AND KIND OF PUT
THAT I RECALL GRIPS ON A LARGE SECTOR OF SOCIETY THROUGH THEIR
FOUNDATION. BY USING THE SAME.
>>AS GEORGE STEPHEN WOULD SAY. YOU GIVE THEM MONEY BECAUSE YOU
WANT TO BUY ACCESS. IF HE WAS SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW
FOREIGN LEADERS WERE SAYING THAT.
BY THE WAY, HOW IS THE CLINTON FOUNDATION DOING NOW THAT
THEY’RE OUT OF OFFICE. >>I WOULD SAY THE ONE THING,
THERE’S A SUBTLE DIFFERENCE HERE FROM NORMAL CORRUPTION CASES.
WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE CAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION.
ABSOLUTE PROHIBITION ON TAKING BENEFITS FROM FOREIGN
GOVERNMENTS. DON’T HAVE TO PROVE HE DID
ANYTHING IN RETURN FOR THIS MONEY, ALL YOU HAVE TO PROVE SU
THAT HE HAS BEEN ACCEPTING. >>WOULDN’T A JUDGE HAVE TO LOOK
AT IT AND SEE HE’S GETTING MORE THAN FAIR MARKET VALUE.
IF THEY BUILD A HOTEL AND PEOPLE GO VISIT HIS HOTEL, YOU CAN’T
GET HIM FOR THAT, BUT IF THERE SEEMS TO BE A PATTERN OR E-MAILS
OR HERE WE ARE LOOKING FOR E-MAILS AGAIN OR EVIDENCE THAT
THERE’S A QUID PROQUO THAT’S FINE.
IF THEY’RE GETTING FAIR MARKET VALUE FOR A HOTEL IN WASHINGTON,
D.C., IT BECOMES DIFFICULT. THE WORDING IS PRETTY CLEAR.
YOU CAN’T TAKE A PROFIT WHATSOEVER.
YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TAKE PAYMENTS.
>>HE WAS TAKEN. IF HE BASICALLY IS ONE STEP
REMOVED AS OTHER PEOPLE ARE RUNNING THE BUSINESS, DOESN’T
THAT GIVE HIM A CHINESE WALL THAT PROTECTS HIM FROM THIS
ARGUMENT. >>HE SET UP SOMETHING A DONALD
J TRUMP TRUST.
REVOCABLE. HIS KIDS RUN IT.
IT’S NOT PARTICULARLY ARM’S LENGTH.
I THINK THAT’S SOMETHING THAT ULTIMATELY LITIGATION WILL
DETERMINE. THIS IS LIKE WHY CREW AND OTHER
ORGANIZATIONS ARE BRINGING SUITS.
ARE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THEM. IT WILL ALSO GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY
FOR TRUMP’S OPPONENTS OR ETHICAL ADVOCATES TO GET INTO HIS TAX
RETURNS TO GET INTO THE DETAILS OF HIS FINANCES.
>>IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY TOUGH TO PROVE THIS.
JUST AS TOUGH TOLL PROVER QUID PRO QUO.
>>YOU CAN READ THE HIS PIECE IN THE NEW ISSUE OF “NEW YORK
TIMES.” >>>DEMOCRATS STRUGGLE TOLL GET
ON THE SAME PAGE. STEVE KORNACKI, DEEPENING
DIVIDE. >>>ALSO AHEAD, POLITICAL BATTLE
LINES ARE BEING REDRAWN ACROSS EUROPE.
EMMANUEL MACRON PARTY IS POISED FOR AN UNBELIEVABLE WIN IN
FRANCE. WHILE PRIME MINSTER THERESA
MAY’S FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN IN THE UK.
AND AS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S COMMENTS ABOUT LONDON’S MAYOR
DRAWS BACKLASH S THE WHITE HOUSE CONSIDERING POSTPONING OR
CANCELLING AN UPCOMING TRIP TO ENGLAND.
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Supermodel Karlie Kloss and her boyfriend Joshua Kushner are engaged after six years of dating! A source close to the couple confirmed their engagement to PEOPLE, saying “He proposed a few weeks ago during a romantic weekend together in upstate New York ” The source adds, “They’re both overjoyed and happily celebrating. Their hearts are full and they’re excited to build their future together ” Kloss confirmed the news on Instagram posting a sunset selfie of her new fiancé “I love you more than I have words to express,” she wrote. “Josh, you’re my best friend and my soulmate I can’t wait for forever together. Yes a million times over 💍” The 25-year-old model and founder of Kode with Klossy, who is the face of brands including Swarovski, Adidas and Estée Lauder, has been dating the entrepreneur and venture capitalist since 2012 But despite such public profiles, they’ve managed to keep their relationship relatively out of the spotlight – attending just a handful of red carpets together (including this year’s Met Gala) and sharing a few Instagram snaps of one another (like the adorable pic Kloss posted last month) And though she has said she likes “having a more private life,” she did share a sweet sentiment on Kushner’s 33rd birthday, writing “Happy Birthday to my love + my best friend in the Universe Love you more than I can ever express @joshuakushner ❤️.” Kloss told PEOPLE in 2013 that she appreciated that Kushner was “so not in fashion It’s really refreshing to leave all the fashion shows and shoots and chaos totally behind ” And they do so by jetsetting all over the world – in April Kloss posted an Instagram of the two riding an ATV in Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert with the caption “My ride or die ❤️“ Kushner is the younger brother to Jared Kushner, a senior advisor to President Trump and brother-in-law to Ivanka Trump Kloss doesn’t speak publicly about her political soon-to-be in-laws, but has said she voted for Hilary Clinton in the 2016 election Prior to their engagement, a source tells PEOPLE that Kloss converted to Judaism in early June (a step Trump also took before her engagement to the elder Kushner brother) “She’s never been one to make decisions lightly,” the source says. “She spends a lot of time reflecting and learning ” Right now the couple is off “happily celebrating” their engagement by vacationing in Italy, where they were spotted hanging with A-listers David Geffen and Sir Paul McCartney
John David Duggar has found his forever match! The Counting On star, 28, is engaged to Abbie Burnett, the couple announced Wednesday in a joint statement on the family website “Wow! We are engaged! This feels even more real than before! It was a special moment to share together,” Duggar and Burnett said “The proposal and the ‘YES’ really solidified that we want to spend the rest of our lives together One of the most amazing things about following Christ is being able to trust Him to direct your path and lead your life,” they continued “We are so thankful that He led us to one another. Now we need to start thinking about a wedding!” Their engagement comes a month after the pair revealed the news of their courtship in a TLC video “We’ve known of each other for several years, but we didn’t meet ’til…” Duggar said as Burnett, who works as a nurse, chimed in, “John flew in for a church event here in Oklahoma where I’m from We really got connected then.” “We fell in love very quickly,” said Duggar. “And it’s been a wonderful journey thus far and taking the next step to move onto a courtship ” In a sweet TLC video after Duggar popped the question — he got down on one knee in an airplane hangar in front of a sign that reads “Abbie, Will You Marry Me?” — the beaming pair showed off Burnett’s gorgeous ring and explained how engagement is different from courtship “Engagement is very different than a courtship because engagement actually says, ‘Okay, I’m committed to this person to marriage for life,’ ” explained Duggar “A courtship is more of a I’m getting to know this person with the idea of the possibility of marriage But now it’s actually that commitment towards marriage.” “We’ve been ready for this step for a little while, but it was really just I had a lot of things I wanted to get done to make it really special,” said Duggar “I don’t know if I succeeded or not, but it was a lot of things.” “He succeeded,” said Burnett, who added that they’re now “looking forward to planning a wedding so that we can get married!” Counting On returns July 30 at 9 p m. ET on TLC.
Elvis Duran is getting married! On Friday, the Z100 radio host’s longtime boyfriend Alex Carr got down on one knee and asked Duran, 53, to marry him In PEOPLE’s exclusive video of the romantic proposal, Carr creatively pops the question with the help of a black umbrella, which had the words “Elvis, Will You Marry Me?” written on it Alongside a photograph of the lovebirds standing behind the opened umbrella, Carr acknowledged that while some might not think getting engaged on Friday the 13th is a wise decision, he’s not a superstitious man “Yesterday was Friday the 13th. People believe that the day brings bad luck, but I totally disagree,” Carr wrote on Instagram “I was born on Friday, June 13th. I’ve always considered myself to be lucky and blessed, as I was when Elvis came into my life almost 8 years ago…first as my boyfriend and now fiancé!!!! They say opening umbrellas in the house brings bad luck, but this time I don’t believe it I love you Elvis Duran!” he continued. Duran also shared a photograph of the happy couple on his own social media account Letting the image speak for itself, he chose not to include a caption. Elvis Duran/Instagram The sweet news was also confirmed by Duran’s syndicated Z100 radio program Elvis Duran and the Morning Show The radio program shared the news by posting what appeared to be a screenshot from Carr’s Facebook page, informing his friends and family that the pair had changed their relationship status to engaged
Kylie Jenner sparked engagement rumours on Thursday when she posted a video that showed her entire LA mansion covered in a sea of roses, and played her babydaddy Travis Scott’s song, Hell Of A Night The reality star, 21, convinced fans that Travis – dad to their daughter, Stormi – had laid on the dramatic gesture as he had finally popped the question One follower said: “I bet u kylie jenner and travis scott got engaged, that’s why so many flowers ” Another added:”Kylie Jenner coming home to thousands of roses and candles is literally my dream pls say he proposed because that is perf ” However, turns out it was just another run-of-the-mill night at her house and that Travis likes to buy millions of red flowers like it’s no thing at all And while it was arguably very romantic, there was definitely no proposal for the two lovebirds A source told TMZ: “Travis’ gesture was to celebrate the announcement Kylie Cosmetics was partnering with Ulta Beauty stores It was also an elaborate bon voyage gift to mark the beginning of his tour. She and the baby are going with him They’ll be back December 22, just in time for Xmas . together but not hitched.” Mind you, the Jenners aren’t exactly subtle when it comes to gifts either It’s a case of more is definitely more when they splash out on presents in their family Just last week, Kylie Jsplashed out on a Ferrari 488 for mum Kris Jenner’s 63rd birthday The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star surprised the momager on with her “dream car” Video shared on Kylie’s Instagram profile shows her driving over to her mum’s house in the flashy red car, which also had a huge white ribbon on the bonnet, before handing over the keys “I am on my way to my mum’s house to surprise her with her birthday gift,” Kylie tells her 117 million fans A make-up free kris Jenner, dressed in a black and white star onesie, then appears and immediately starts to blub as she sees the gift, which is priced from $252,800 (£200,000) – small change for the TV star who is on course to become a self-made billionaire “I would have dressed cuter! What is going on?” a tearful Kris, who turned 63 on November 5, says “I don’t even know what to do. I don’t even know how to start it,” she says as she gets into the driver’s seat before boyfriend Cory Gamble steps in “I’ll teach you how to drive it tomorrow,” he tells her. “This is my mum’s dream car,” Kylie says in the clip which she captioned: “488 for the Queen ” Just moments later, sister Khloe joked underneath the video: “I guess I’ll give her my gift later lol,” along with the hashtag #SecureTheMomager Read More More on Kylie Jenner.
They’re engaged! Lethal Weapon star Michelle Mitchenor, 30, and actor Coley Speaks, who starred in the Netflix series Seven Seconds, are making it official this October — and Speaks says he made sure that his wife-to-be would be completely surprised by his proposal “The engagement was EPIC,” he tells PEOPLE. “It was one of the most difficult acting roles I’ve tackled thus far ” The actor says he decided to pop the question during a private screening of Mitchenor’s debut on the BET movie Tales: Trap Queens, and in order to throw her off the scent, he picked a huge (but fake) fight with her the night before “I had ZERO idea this was coming because of the fight he faked the night before,” says Mitchenor with a laugh Apparently, the fake fight ended up going a little too realistically. “It was so bad I wasn’t sure she’d want to see me again,” Speaks says “But I stayed in character all the way through and it paid off beautifully.” During the private screening, Speaks got down on one knee with a rose gold ring with one-carat around the band set with a one-carat diamond “I cried, I laughed and kept saying ‘Shut the eff up!’” says Mitchenor, who adores the ring “It’s has such a unique and vintage style to it. It stands alone and represents me perfectly ” Speaks says he knew he wanted to marry his girlfriend during their first outreach trip to Uganda, Africa, with Mitchenor’s non-profit The Mitchenor Foundation “We spent every second together for two weeks in some of the most extreme conditions,” he says “A true test. We learned a lot about each other and I saw Michelle’s purest essence and fell in love with every bit of it ” He says, joking, “Even the stinky parts.” Speaks adds, “I adore and admire her dynamism as a woman As a black woman. As a black woman professional with the heart of a Goddess.” Mitchenor says she’s enamored by Speaks’ ability to communicate “It lets me know that no matter what the situation is, we can talk through it,” she says “Also, I feel so free with him. I became even more solid in who I was as a woman with him, and he allows me to still explore and grow as an individual Allowing me to blossom and understand who I am is how I know he’s the one.” The couple are now planning an October wedding, for around 150 guests As for what’s next for the duo? “We just want to continue to love on each other, and whatever becomes of that, we trust the timing will be perfect for us,” says Mitchenor Lethal Weapon Season 3 will return to FOX on September 25.
If you hadn’t heard of Pete Davidson before, chances are you probably have now. The Saturday Night Live star is engaged to pop star Ariana Grande, just weeks after PEOPLE confirmed they had started casually seeing each other (Things heated up fast, and he even got two tattoos in her honor!) So who is the 24-year-old comedian? Here are six things to know about him 1. He was just 20 when he joined SNL. Davidson joined the cast of the NBC sketch comedy series as a featured player during the show’s 40th season premiere in September 2014 At 20, he was the first cast member to be born in the 1990s and one of the youngest cast members ever The Staten Island native had been doing stand-up comedy since his teenage years Prior to his SNL debut, he appeared on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out in 2013 and nabbed a small role in Adam DeVine’s House Party that same year He also made standup appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and guest-starred in Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2. Ariana Grande isn’t his first famous girlfriend. Davidson previously dated writer and actress Cazzie David, daughter of Larry David, for two years In mid-May, Davidson confirmed his split from Cazzie in PEOPLE’s exclusive clip of his interview with Complex’s Open Late with Peter Rosenberg “We’re not together anymore,” Davidson said of his ex, calling her a “very talented girl ” “She’ll be great and she’ll be fine,” he added. “I think she’ll be okay.” While Cazzie has yet to address the breakup, she recently made a subtle quip about her ex’s new relationship on Instagram “Been in Africa, what’d I miss?” she captioned a photo of herself. 3. He got sober last year In March 2017, Davidson revealed on Instagram that he was sober for the first time in eight years — and thanked his then-girlfriend Cazzie for her support “Just wanted to let you guys know I’m okay,” he wrote. “I know I’ve kinda been missing, on social media and on the show I quit drugs and am happy and sober for the first time in 8 years. It wasn’t easy, but I got a great girl, great friends and I consider myself a lucky man I’ll always be here for you guys, I promise.” “Remember to never give up hope because sometimes that’s all we got,” he added “We are a family and I appreciate all your love and support. It’s nice to be back in action ” Days later, he opened up about his decision during his appearance on Opie Radio “No more pot, no more shrooms, no more drinking. No more cigs. Everything,” he said “It sucks. It really blows. … The days are so long. Everything sucks. Movies aren’t as good I can’t listen to rap.” Davidson, who had previously been open about using marijuana to treat his Crohn’s disease, also said he was getting tired of having the “drug guy” reputation at SNL and thanked the cast for being supportive The current status of Davidson’s sobriety is unclear; some of his recent Instagram photos have featured alcohol and cigarettes 4. He has Borderline Personality Disorder. In September 2017, Davidson revealed he has borderline personality disorder in an interview on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast The comedian explained that the symptoms of the disorder were behind his decision to check into a rehabilitation program in December 2016, initially thinking that the mental breakdowns he was experiencing were due to heavy marijuana use “I’ve been a pothead forever,” Davidson said. “Around October [or] September last year, I started having these mental breakdowns where I would, like, freak out and then not remember what happened after Blind rage.” He decided to take a break from SNL and start rehab. “I never really did any other drugs, so I was like, ‘I’m gonna try to go to rehab Maybe that’ll be helpful,’ ” he said. “So I go and I get off weed. They’re like, ‘You might be bipolar,’ and I was like, ‘Okay ’ So they’re like, ‘We’re gonna try you on these meds.’ And then I got out [of rehab], and then I started smoking weed again — and I’m on meds ” In February 2017, he “just snapped” and had another “really bad” mental breakdown, so he cut out marijuana completely (hence his Instagram post celebrating his sobriety) But three months later, Davidson was still struggling and went back to his doctors “I found out I have BPD, which is borderline personality disorder,” he revealed “One of my psychiatrists [diagnosed me]. He was always saying before this big meltdown, ‘You’re probably bipolar or borderline, we’re just going to have to figure it out ’ ” “It is working, slowly but surely,” he continued. “I’ve been having a lot of problems This whole year has been a f—ing nightmare. This has been the worst year of my life, getting diagnosed with this and trying to figure out how to learn with this and live with this ” 5. He lost his father in the 9/11 attacks. Davidson’s father Scott, a firefighter with Ladder 118 in Brooklyn, was on duty and responded to the call after a second hijacked airliner struck the World Trade Center during the Sept 11, 2001 attacks. He was last seen at the Marriott World Trade Center hotel, which was destroyed when the twin towers collapsed Davidson has said that losing his father at age 7 to the terrorist attacks had a huge impact on his mental health “My big thing is trust,” he said on Maron’s podcast. “One day he was here, and the next day he was gone ” 6. He loves Harry Potter. Davidson and Grande dressed up like Hogwarts students (complete with robes) while confirming their relationship on Instagram “The chamber of secrets has been opened,” the comedian joked about the big reveal And in 2015, he live-tweeted his marathon of all the magical movies.
Love is in the air! Joe Jonas and fiancée Sophie Turner were spotted sharing a sweet kiss on the lips while attending the annual U S. Open tournament in Queens, New York, together on Friday. The Game of Thrones star, 22, wore a plunging plaid suit jacket, which she paired with a pair of matching trousers Keeping things simple, she accessorized her business casual look with two necklaces The musician, 29, also opted for a monochromatic ensemble, wearing a black shirt with a pair of matching trousers with a sporty checkered pattern on the side Jonas went on to share a short clip of the night’s most anticipated match on his Instagram Story, as Serena Williams took on — and eventually defeated — her sister Venus Williams Earlier this month, Turner shared a touching Instagram post in honor of her soon-to-be sister-in-law Priyanka Chopra, who is engaged to Joe’s younger brother Nick Jonas “First I’m blessed with an incredible future brother-in-law, and now such [a] beautiful, inside and out, future sister-in-law,” Turner wrote on Instagram alongside a shot of the engaged couple Jonas proposed to Turner in October 2017 after the pair had been dating for a year Turner opened up in April about how much she’s enjoying her time with her husband-to-be “It’s lovely to be engaged,” the young actress told Marie Claire. “Not like I achieved anything, but I found my person like I’d find a house that I love and want to stay in forever ” “There’s a sense of peace that comes with finding your person,” Turner added She also shared that even though “there’s this misconception that being married is the greatest thing that’ll ever happen to you,” she thinks her career is a bigger deal “I’ve always found that my career is something I work for,” Turner said. “And when I achieve something, there’s a sense that this is the greatest thing I’ll do in my life ”