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Jeff Bezos is giving $100 million to CNN contributor Van Jones. Bezos made the announcement during a press conference following his 11-minute space flight on Tuesday.
Bezos also gave $100 million to Chef José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides free meals during natural disasters.
"They can give all to their own charity or they can share their wealth. It's all up to them," Bezos said.
Jones and Chef Andrés Bezos are recipients of Bezos' Courage and Civility Award.
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An emotional Van Jones thanked the Amazon founder for betting on him.
"Lauren and Jeff don't do nothing small, man, they don't do anything small, they just don't do it. They dream big, they love big, and they bet big. And you bet on me, and I appreciate it," Jones said at the news conference on Tuesday.
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Bezos made headlines on Tuesday when he and three others flew into space on his unmanned Blue Origin spacecraft.
The phallus-shaped spacecraft launched at 9:12 a.m., as millions watched around the world.
Although the spacecraft never entered earth's orbit, the capsule landed in a Texas desert just 11 minutes later.
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Van Jones is still sweet on Kim Kardashian - even though she rejected him because she's not completely over her ex-husband, Kanye West.
Kim, 40, is busy preparing for the next chapter in her storybook life after the spotlight fades. She already has a great job reference - from her boss, Van Jones.
Jones gushed that Kim will be an "unbelievable attorney."
Jones made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which airs on Monday, May 24. Host Ellen was quick to ask how well Kim is doing as an apprentice at Van's non-profit organization Dream Corps JUSTICE.
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"She's doing amazing," Jones gushes.
"I think she has used her platform to help people behind bars. Her dad was a lawyer and she always wanted to be a lawyer. Once she got a taste of what she could do using her platform, using her brain, she hasn't let up, so I think she's going to be an unbelievable attorney. She's already I think one of the best advocates that we have in criminal justice."
In an interview with Good Morning Vogue earlier this year, Kim revealed she's already halfway through law school
"I have two years under my belt," she said.
"I actually am not doing an essay and doing this interview instead, so I'm gonna have to get up really early tomorrow to write, like, a two-hour essay..."
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The single mom-of-four was forced to cut back on her legal lessons last year, due to Covid, which she described as a "forced halt." She added she had no intention of slowing down.
"Even the work schedule, I would have worked non-stop and I would've done anything and everything at all hours and never taken into consideration just slowing down at all. This was a forced halt."
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As news of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's impending divorce broke on social media Tuesday, rumors spread that CNN reporter Van Jones was the reason for the breakup.
According to multiple sources, Kim and Van have been discretely seeing each other for over a year now.
Van met Kim at the White House when she asked President Donald Trump to pardon Alice Johnson in 2018.
Van reportedly gushed about Kim to his CNN colleagues and to Andy Cohen during an appearance on "Watch What Happens Live" in 2019. He said Kim will make a great lawyer because she is "incredibly persuasive and persistent."
Van also told friends that he keeps in touch with the married woman "a couple of times a week."
Kim, 40, began studying law and working as an intern at a law firm in California shortly after meeting Van.
They both have a lot in common: Kim likes Black men and Van prefers Caucasian women.
Theirs is a match made in Heaven -- if the rumors are true.
The paparazzi have already taken up their positions outside Van's residence. But, so far, there have been no sightings of Kim coming or going.
Van, 52, separated from his wife of 14 years, Jana Carter, in 2019.
The coast was clear for Van to date Kim after Kanye checked out of their marriage last year and moved to a sprawling ranch in Wyoming.
Van resigned as former President Barack Obama's Special Advisor for Green Jobs in 2009 after he used colorful language at a lecture on green energy that February.
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The wheels of Change go 'round and 'round, thumpity thump, up and down:
Barack Obama's Green Jobs adviser Van Jones has quit amid allegations that he accused the same government he works for of murdering 3,000 Americans on 9/11 just to start a war with Iraq.
Jones submitted his resignation this morning. And in doing so, he saved his friend, Obama, the embarrassment of having to fire him.
In his resignation, a bitter Jones accused health care reform opponents of mounting a vicious smear campaign against him. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide," he wrote.
That must be the same type of vicious smear campaign brought against FOX News host Glenn Beck by Colorofchange.org -- which was founded by Jones. The smear campaign resulted in many of Beck's advertisers boycotting his show. How ironic that Jones' own smear tactics came back to bite him in the end.
In videos posted on the Internet, Jones, an avowed communist and racist, called Republicans "assholes" and referred to George Bush as a "crackhead." Jones also released an album a few years ago containing anti-American rhetoric and racist, violence inciting lyrics. Links to that album can be found all over the Internet.
Are we surprised that the Obama administration didn't properly vet Jones who has a police record in two states?
And why are we surprised that Jones was so virulently anti-American? Isn't Obama also anti-American and hasn't he always surrounded himself with radical, anti-American zealots like Van Jones, Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright?
Is it any wonder then that Obama slipped this nutcase through the back door of the White House by making him a 'czar' instead of a cabinet member -- knowing that Jones would never get Senate confirmation because all cabinet members must be approved by the Senate?
Glen Beck is somewhere smiling right now.
It sure appears so. In 2004 Oakland activist and attorney Van Jones didn't have a clue that he would one day hold a cushy job in the White House when he signed his name to a petition.
Jones' name appears on a "Truthers" petition for 911truth.org accusing high level government officials within then president George Bush's administration of allowing the September 11th attacks to occur.
Conspiracy theorists have an annoying habit of ignoring actual facts and evidence and just going by their gut instincts, which is so often just plain wrong.
So fast forward to 2009 and Jones finds himself appointed the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White house.
When right wing bloggers dug up Jones' signature on the Truthers petition, Jones at first claimed to have no idea how his name got on that document in 2004.
A simple check with the 911 Truthers organization proved he was lying.
Mike Berger, a spokesman for 911Truth.org, told the Washington Times via phone that all of the signers had been verified by their group. “No one’s name was put on that list without them knowing it,” he said.
Bowing to intense pressure from the media, Jones had no choice but to come clean.
Thursday evening, Jones apologized for signing the 2004 petition and said he doesn't feel that way today and never has had such thoughts about the government causing 9/11.
Of course he's lying. But it doesn't matter because Jones is already halfway under the wheels of that proverbial yellow bus.