Ciara Shares Video Filmed Before Daughter’s Arrival

Ciara and Russell Wilson‘s baby daughter Sienna Princess was born on Friday, and on Sunday the singer has posted a gorgeous black-and-white video she had filmed prior to her arrival.

The 31-year-old singer shared the intimate clip on Instagram, writing “You Bring Us Peace ❤️.”

The video featured Ciara and Wilson, 28, swinging on the beach, walking hand-in-hand and Wilson posing his still-pregnant wife for photos. The pair are dressed in breezy clothing, and Wilson is seen putting his hand on her tummy.

When announcing their baby’s birth, Ciara and Wilson had both posted a touching photo, which appears to be from this video’s session, dedicated to Sienna.

They wrote, “Dear Sienna Princess Wilson, No matter how big the wave, we will always be your calm in the storm. We Love You. Love, Mommy & Daddy. 7:03 pm 7 lbs 13 oz. 4.28.2017 Photo By Daddy ❤️.”

Throughout her pregnancy, Ciara has been sharing snaps of her growing baby bump in everything from little black dresses to nothing but her Calvins. On April 20, she posed outdoors on a court in a form-fitting black dress and platform sneakers.

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“Mamma Can Still Drop It Low,” she captioned one snap of herself crouching down.

Capitol Hill lawmakers finding common ground on $1 trillion plan to keep gov’t open

Top Capitol Hill negotiators are reporting progress toward a long-sought agreement on a massive $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through Oct. 1.

Aides say lawmakers closely involved in the talks have worked through many sticking points in hopes of making the measure public as early as Sunday night. The House and Senate have until Friday at midnight to pass the measure to avert a government shutdown.

The catchall spending bill would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during President Donald Trump’s short tenure in the White House. It denies Trump a win on his oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but gives him a down payment on his request to strengthen the military.

It also rejects White House budget director Mick Mulvaney’s proposals to cut popular programs such as funding medical research and community development grants.

Most of the core decisions about agency budgets have been worked out, but unrelated policy issues — such as a Democratic request to help the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico with its Medicaid burden — were among the final holdups.

The aides required anonymity because the talks are not final and the measure has yet to be released.

Democrats have denied Trump a big-picture win on obtaining an initial down payment for his oft-promised border wall with Mexico, while anti-abortion lawmakers didn’t even attempt to use the must-pass measure to try to cut off federal money for Planned Parenthood.

Details are closely held, but Trump and Capitol Hill defense hawks have procured a $15 billion infusion of cash for Pentagon readiness and won funding for other border security accounts, such as detention beds for people entering the country illegally.

Democrats praised a $2 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health — rejecting the steep cuts proposed by Trump — as well as additional funding to combat opioid abuse, fund Pell Grants for summer school and additional transit funding.

A provision extending health care for 22,000 retired Appalachian coal miners and their families was on track to provide permanent health benefits, a priority of Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other Appalachia region lawmakers.

Democratic votes will be needed to pass the measure, so even though Republicans control both the White House and Congress, Democrats have been actively involved in the talks, which appear headed to produce a lowest-common-denominator measure that won’t look too much different than the deal that could have been struck on President Barack Obama’s watch last year.

Republicans had pressed for policy wins with so-called riders related to other abortion-related issues and blocking environmental regulations such as Obama’s sweeping expansion of the Clean Water Act.

They also hoped to chuck new financial rules. But Democrats pushed back and were hopeful that the measure would not contain many items they deemed “poison pills.”

 

Kelly Ripa Announcing New Co-Host Monday

The search is finally over.

Kelly Ripa tweeted on Sunday that she’ll announce her new Live! co-host on Monday following nearly a year of speculation after Michael Strahan‘s spring 2016 departure.

The host teased the announcement on Twitter on Saturday, sharing a video of herself sipping from a Live with Kelly mug with a question mark drawn on it.

“Tune in tomorrow,” Ripa says after taking a sip. “Trust me!”

A slew of celebrities have joined Ripa on the daytime talk series, with some of the top contenders including Jerry O’Connell and Fred Savage.

Last April, Strahan announced that he’d be leaving Live! for the Good Morning America after four years – news that surprised viewers and Ripa.

Before Strahan’s final show in May, sources told PEOPLE that co-hosts would be brought in and out before a final decision was made. “They’ll do the same thing they did when they found Michael … they’ll rotate a bunch of people in,” the insider explained.

Other repeat guest hosts have included Jimmy Kimmel, Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper.

Opening up to PEOPLE last year about finding the right match, Ripa explained, “You want somebody working there who’s comfortable working there. That’s how you figure it’s like a puzzle. It’s very much like an equation, an algorithm. Let’s see, if we put somebody here and somebody there, and, ‘Oh, this guy really likes to talk about this,’ or, ‘This guy’s really good here,’ or, ‘This lady is amazing,’ or, ‘She was great last time, let’s give her another shot.’ ”
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Addressing the prolonged search in December during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Ripa further explained, “We really didn’t set a timeframe for ourselves, we just wanted to wait until we found the right person.”

She continued, “What we didn’t anticipate was that we would have such an outpouring of interest, so our list got very long very quickly. So we’ve been trying to keep it as narrow as possible, but then people pop up.”

Report: Sebastian Gorka to accept role outside White House

Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Trump, will soon accept a position outside the White House, two sources told The Washington Examiner on Sunday.

Gorka’s new role will deal with the “war of ideas” involved in countering radical Islamic extremism and will entail an appointment to a federal agency, , a senior administration official said.

Gorka has served for months on the Strategic Initiatives Group, an internal organization within the White House, and as a national security adviser. His exit from the White House comes amid increased speculation that a reported lack of a security clearance prevented him from fully performing in his job.

But a source told the Washington Examiner that Gorka’s role in SIG was always meant to be temporary and suggested he had been placed there while administration officials created a terrorism-related position for him elsewhere in the government. An official said Gorka has been in a “holding pattern” while he waited for the position, which will not be at the State Department, to be established.

A spokesman for the National Security Council said he did not “personally know” the details about Gorka’s move.

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Ilena Ros-Lehtinen: Longtime Florida rep to retire from Congress

Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is retiring from Congress, Fox News learned Sunday.

Ros-Lehtinen has been a House member since 1989 and will not seek re-election next year. She is a former chairwoman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The Congresswoman explained her decision in an interview with The Miami Herald on Sunday. She called it “a personal decision based on personal considerations.”

“The most difficult challenge is not to simply keep winning elections; but rather the more difficult challenge is to not let the ability to win define my seasons.”

Ros-Lehtinen’s congressional district will be a battleground in 2018. Democrat Hillary Clinton won it over Donald Trump by 20 percentage points, and Ros-Lehtinen was able to win it by 10 percentage points.

She said she’s confident that she would be re-elected if she chose to run again.

“I will not allow my season in elected office be extended beyond my personal view of its season, simply because I have a continuing ability to win. We all know, or should know, that winning isn’t everything. My seasons are defined, instead, by seeking out new challenges, being there as our grandchildren grow up, interacting with and influencing public issues in new and exciting ways.”

Ros-Lehtinen is considered a moderate Republican, who has not supported House Republican leadership’s recent ObamaCare overhaul plans and is not a strong supporter of President Trump.

Born in Havana, she is well-known for being a fierce critic of Cuban politics. The late Fidel Castro nicknamed her “la loba feroz” or “the big bad she-wolf.”

For years, Ros-Lehtinen represented the Florida Keys, including gay-friendly Key West, and advocated for LGBTQ rights. Eventually, her transgender son, Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, made his way into the public spotlight. Last year, he and his parents recorded a bilingual public-service TV campaign to urge Hispanics to support transgender youth.

In her remaining 20 months in Congress, Ros-Lehtinen said she will keep pushing for one of her long-running goals for Germany to offer restitution to Holocaust victims.

“And I will continue to stand up to tyrants and dictators all over the world,” she told The Miami Herald. “I take that as a badge of honor, when they blast me and don’t let me in their countries.”

News of her retirement swept through Florida political circles.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee used her announcement to criticize her party. “It’s been clear for years that the Republican party was out of step with the values of Miami families, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s retirement announcement is testament to the fact she recognized how wide that gap had grown.”

“Illeana Ros-Lehtinen is simply a force of nature,” said Ohio GOP Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which helps get party members elected and re-elected to the House. “She represented her South Florida district well and she will be dearly missed in Washington. I wish her and her family the best.”

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., called her a “trailblazer.”

“She’s been a relentless advocate for human rights, and a powerful voice on the need to address the dangerous Iranian regime, defend allies like Israel, and so much more,” he wrote. “Ileana’s retirement is well-deserved, but I’m glad we are not losing her yet. We’ve got important work to do for the American people over the next year and a half, and I know Ileana will continue to play a leading role.”

Ros-Lehtinen currently chairs the subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and sits on the intelligence committee.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this story.

‘The Godfather’ Cast Reunites at Tribeca Film Festival

‘Godfather’ Cast & Crew

The Family Reunites

… Don Corleone Insisted

4/30/2017 12:59 PM PDT

Robert De Niro made his team at Tribeca an offer they couldn’t refuse … him, Al Pacino and the rest of “The Godfather” cast and crew on one stage together again.

Bob, Al, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Diane KeatonTalia Shire and even Francis Ford Coppola himself reunited Saturday for the closing night of the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. 

De Niro got the panel together after a back-to-back screening of Part 1 & 2 of the classic mobster movies. He runs the festival after all … so it’s not like anyone was gonna tell him no. It’s also the 45th anniversary of Part 1. 

The old cast dished on stuff that went down behind the scenes of the movies — like the cat that wandered onto Marlon Brando‘s lap … or Al and Diane getting loaded after the wedding scene … or everyone mooning each other at one point on set. Oh, and Paramount’s reluctance to cast Al, of course. 

As lovely as it might have been to see these stars come together for 2 cinematic gems, the night proved long. Their whole event wrapped 9 hours later. 

Leave the double feature … take the Q&A. 

Trump invites controversial Philippines leader Duterte to White House

U.S. President Trump has invited Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte to Washington to “to discuss the importance of the the United States-Philippines alliance,” the White House said late Saturday.

The administration’s statement did not mention a timetable for a possible visit by Duterte, who has been criticized by human rights groups for presiding over extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and users as part of Manila’s drug war. However, Trump and Duterte are expected to meet in November at the East Asia Summit and the U.S.-ASEAN Summit.

Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said Sunday the friendlier ties are needed due to the military threat posed by North Korea. 

“The purpose of this call is all about North Korea,” Priebus told ABC’s “This Week.” “It doesn’t mean that human rights don’t matter.”

Duterte has taken a friendlier attitude toward Trump than he had toward President Barack Obama, who he once asked to “go to hell” for criticizing the Philippine leader’s bloody anti-drug crackdown. During Obama’s final months in office, the Philippine president moved to build closer economic ties with China and Russia while repeatedly threatening to end his nation’s longstanding military alliance with the U.S.

Duterte’s apparent dislike for Obama began when the U.S. State Department expressed concern over his drug war — which has left thousands of suspects dead — and asked Philippine government officials to take steps to stop extrajudicial killings.

At one point Duterte suggested he may even move to abrogate a 2014 defense agreement that allows U.S. military access to five Philippine military camps.

He has walked back most of those threats but has proceeded with his efforts to align closer with China.

On Sunday, three Chinese navy ships, including a guided-missile destroyer and a guided-missile frigate, were welcomed in Davao city, Duterte’s southern hometown, by officials, including presidential daughter and city Mayor Sarah Duterte, military officials said.

Asked if the rare Chinese naval visits were a sign that Duterte was backing away from Washington, Department of National Defense spokesman Arsenio Andolong said: “We are not veering away from the U.S. but rather we are expanding our relations with our fellow nations in the global community.”

Philippine presidential spokesman Ernie Abella said without elaborating that concern over North Korea came up in Trump’s talk with Duterte.

Priebus indicated that the issue was Trump’s primary concern, citing a North Korean threat “so serious” that it will require cooperation from Asian countries in the region. “So if something does happen in North Korea, … we have everyone in line backing up a plan of action that may need to be put together with our partners in the area,” he said.

Duterte suggested in a news conference Saturday that the Trump administration should back away from an intensifying standoff with North Korea, not in surrender, but to avoid risking a nuclear holocaust that could smother Asia.

“It would be good for America to just restrain a little bit and if I were President Trump, I’ll just back out, not really in surrender and retreat, but just to let the guy realize that, ‘Ah, please do not do it,'” Duterte said.

Washington, he said, should not play into provocations of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“It behooves upon America, who wields the biggest stick, just to really be prudent and patient. We know that we are playing with somebody who relishes letting go of his missiles and everything,” Duterte said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Beyoncé Looks Like She Just Walked Out Of A Priceless Painting

When Mama Tina calls, Beyoncé shows up — and she shows up perfectly dressed for the occasion.

Tina Knowles Lawson hosted the inaugural Wearable Art Gala on April 29 at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and her daughters, Beyoncé and Solange, attended the formal fête. Bey took the mission of the evening to heart, and donned a headdress that’s just as extravagant as the one she wore for her fine art-infused 2017 Grammy Awards performance.

Beyoncé shared photos of the ensemble on her website, which show off the headpiece — a rosy collection of butterflies, flowers, twigs, and one or two bedazzled dragonflies — and her simple, striking red gown.

As Beyoncé’s been cataloging her maternity style on Instagram since she announced that she and Jay Z are expecting twins, chalk this up as another iconic look from a woman who’s a walking work of art — a masterpiece, really — herself.

Ja Rule ‘Relieved’ Fyre Festival Attendees Are Home

Ja Rule announced that attendees of the first-ever Fyre Festival in the Bahamas have safely returned home after the event was postponed indefinitely when guests arrived to chaotic conditions.

“Relieved to share that all guest are safe, and have been sent the form to apply for a refund,” the co-creator of music festival that was billed as the next Coachella wrote. “Our deepest apologies…”

The inaugural event, which the rapper co-created with business partner Billy McFarland, was touted as a unique, multi-day luxury music and arts festival with celebrity chef-catered meals and impressive accommodations. Tickets ranged from $1,500 to $12,000, with those who bought VIP passes getting access to a yacht.

In reality, however, the festival appeared to be half-finished when attendees started arriving on Friday and many bands — including headliner Blink 182 — had dropped out of the lineup. Festival-goers shared images on social media of their disappointing meals — cheese splayed on bread with a small salad for dinner — and their accommodations, which were little more than relief tents and mattresses. Attendees also complained about the lack of services and overall chaos involved in trying to get to the actual festival.

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Ja Rule previously insisted the “luxury concert” was not a scam despite the sub-par accommodations.

“We are working right now on getting everyone of [sic] the island SAFE that is my immediate concern,” he wrote in a tweet on Friday. “I will make a statement soon I’m heartbroken at this moment my partners and I wanted this to be an amazing event it was NOT A SCAM as everyone is reporting I don’t know how everything went so left but I’m working to make it right by making sure everyone is refunded.”

He continued: “I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT… but I’m taking responsibility I’m deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this…”

This isn’t the first poorly executed business venture from Ja Rule and his business partner, McFarland. The pair previously founded Magnises, an “elite credit” card that had a $250 annual fee for discounted access to exclusive events — but customers claim that the card never delivered on the perks it was advertising.

Eddie Vedder Covers Talking Heads, The Who at Boston Benefit

While fans watched Pearl Jam’s induction into the Rock Hall on HBO, Eddie Vedder performed a covers-filled set featuring tracks by Talking Heads, the Rolling Stones and the Who – as well as familiar renditions of Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd and Neil Young songs – at the annual Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert at Boston’s Paradise Club.

Vedder’s set opened with three Pearl Jam songs – “Corduroy,” “Not for You” and “Elderly Woman” – before launching into a marathon of covers that included a pair of Who tracks (“The Kids Are Alright,” ” I Can’t Explain”), Talking Heads’ “Love -> Building on Fire,” the Stones’ “Waiting on a Friend” and Squeeze’s “Another Nail in My Heart,” to name a few.

Covers that sometimes pop up on Pearl Jam setlists – Springsteen’s “Bobby Jean,” Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” and Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” – also made the cut.

For the concert, Vedder played alongside a band that boasted members of Letters to Cleo, Buffalo Tom and Belly. Near the tail end of the concert, Vedder performed Pearl Jam’s “Wishlist” alongside baseball analyst Peter Gammons:

Cubs president and former Red Sox curse-breaker Theo Epstein, a friend of Vedder’s, spearheads the Hot Stove Cool Music gig, which benefits his Foundation to Be Named Later. The Hot Stove shows are held annually in Boston and Chicago; Vedder also played at the 2016 all-star benefit.

Vedder is a lifelong Cubs fan, penning an anthem for the team and even appearing in a commercial with the Cubs’ Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. Still, at one point during the Boston concert, the singer swapped his beloved Cubs cap for a Red Sox hat.