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Van Jones Credits Kim Kardashian With Passage Of Criminal Justice Bill

Political commentator Van Jones credits the reality TV star for ushering in a major step forward in the fight for criminal justice reform.

Who would have thought that Kim Kardashian-West would be on the forefront of criminal justic reform in America? That would be political commentator Van Jones, who credits the reality TV maven for ushering in a major step forward in the fight for criminal justice reform.

Like many on Capitol Hill and in the rest of U.S., Jones is celebrating Wednesday's (Dec. 18) passage of the First Step Act, which the Senate voted on 87-12. While the bipartisan bill will be reviewed by the House at a later date, ultimately it will reportedly help "decrease recidivism rates among federal prisoners who make up a reported 10 percent of America's prison population."

Jones, who has been actively lobbying for the bill's passage, tips his hat to Kardashian and credits her for this major leap of progress. He says that the First Step Act wouldn't have been passed if she hadn't channeled her star power into the cause, and urges doubters of her impact and influence to "look at the scoreboard now."

"If Kim Kardashian had not gone to the White House and talked to Donald Trump, we would not have passed this bill," Jones told TMZ. "We would not have 50,000 people fewer in federal prisons because of this bill, 100 percent of people who are locked up in the federal prisons can come home a little bit earlier if they stay out of trouble, 50 percent of them can come home a lot earlier if they work hard, 100 percent of women are not going to be shackled and mistreated. Why? Because Kim Kardashian was willing to put her celebrity on the line for people she didn't even know."

Hear all of Jones' glowing praise of Mrs. Kardashian-West below.

READ MORE: Senate Passes Criminal Justice Bill Benefitting Federal Prisoners

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Be The First Guest On Showtime's 'Desus & Mero'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic U.S. Representative and Bronx native, will be the first guest on Desus & Mero's new show. The number one show in late night will have its first episode on Showtime on Thursday, Feb. 21.

In the promo for the episode, Ocasio-Cortez says, "I am proud to announce that I will be forming an exploratory committee to be the first guest on Desus & Mero!” The hilarious duo pop up, and start hyping her and the show up. Ocasio-Cortez ends the clip with a resounding "yerrrr," because if you know.

It was announced in mid-2018 that the Bodega Boys would be ending their show's Viceland run after two seasons for bigger and better things. When the Showtime deal was announced, the network's president and CEO praised the Bronx natives and said they're a welcome addition to the family.

"We have waited a long time to enter the talk show space, and we were only going to do it if we felt like we had the next big thing,” he said in a release. “Desus and Mero feel like exactly that: They have knockout comedic voices, they’re brilliant interviewers and they always have a unique take on culture both high and low."

Upcoming guests on the show this season reportedly include Vince Staples, Pusha T, Issa Rae and Ben Stiller.

BREAKING NEWS from @SHODesusAndMero & @AOC

— Desus Nice (@desusnice) February 13, 2019

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Donald Trump Reportedly Does His Own Makeup

As the American people enter their third year with President Donald Trump, many still have questions. Will he receive funding for his U.S-Mexico border wall? Will he get impeached? How is it that in the unforgiving cold temperatures of February, he's still able to maintain his orange glow?

No one can predict the future but Vanity Fair has spoken to sources close 45 who allege in regards to his skin tone, he applies his own makeup. Originally, the New York Times query was pursued as a matter of Trump's health, to which a senior administration officially attributed his  orange hue to "good genes."

Former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman penned in her tell-all book that Trump travels with a tanning bed. The pale skin around his eyes helped to bolster the allegation, making many believe he wore goggles while tanning. However, sources confirm there is no tanning bed on Air Force One or inside the White House.

Instead, Trump is known for applying his own translucent powder before making appearances and speeches, and also adjusts the lighting at events within the White House to not appear too citrus-y.

The president's complexion has been a source of Internet fodder and a running punchline since his election. Along with his makeup routine, the president also goes through a detail-oriented grooming process for his swooping blond hair.

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Cardi B Invited To Speak To Young Democrats At Iowa Caucus

Rapper Cardi B has recently been using her platform to speak out on the political issues affecting this country and has caught the attention of Democrats in Iowa, so much so that they have invited her to speak at their reception.

The invitation was extended to the Money rapper via the Polk County Democrats Twitter, where other prominent figures of the Democratic party were mentioned as well.

As the center of the IA Caucuses, we have been honored to host @TeamPelosi, @CecileRichards, @KamalaHarris, @SenGillibrand, @PramilaJayapal, @Grace4NY, and many powerful women leaders.

It only makes sense to invite @iamcardib to a reception of her choice while she’s here in May.

— Polk Co. Democrats (@polkdems) January 29, 2019

Cardi B has since responded to the invitation through her Twitter account.

Should I ?

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 31, 2019

The invitation was extended to Cardi for any date in May when her Invasion of Privacy tour reaches Des Moines. Chair of the Polk County Democrats Sean Bagniewski expressed why they have an interest in Bronx native. "She speaks to the new activism in the Democratic Party," he said. "It's a long shot, but a little bit of her presence would go a long way."

If Cardi decides to accept the invitation, it would be a political stance following many others she has made in the past couple of weeks on social media. One of the most standout moments included clapping back at conservative, ex-host of The Blaze Tomi Lahren as well as responding to critics of her "Twerk" music video, who questioned how the video empowered women.

"It says to women that I can wear not wear what ever I want," the rapper said in the tweet. "Do w.e I want and that NO still means NO."

It says to women that I can wear and not wear what ever I want. do w.e I want and that NO still means NO. So Stephanie chime in..If I twerk and be half naked does that mean I deserve to get raped and molested ? I want to know what a conservative woman like you thinks 🤔

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 22, 2019

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