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Country music legend’s son battling for life, delivers message to fans

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Ernie Lynn has had one heck of a tough year as he has battled serious and life-threatening health issues, including kidney failure.

The most recent scare came two weeks ago when, after checking into the hospital in early May, his wife, Crystal Lynn, revealed that he had to have a procedure done. Crystal has been consistent with updating fans and friends on her Facebook page, but Saturday brought a rare appearance from Ernie, who updated everyone for the first time post-surgery.

“Hey, for all y’all that have been praying for me and stuff, I appreciate it and love y’all for it,” he said in a video posted to Crystal’s Facebook account. I’m getting better. I just had some heart surgery and stuff. I’m getting a little better every day. Thank y’all for praying for me. God bless you.”

You can see the video here.

It is great news to hear from Ernie himself for those that have followed the story.

Ernie Lynn, 69, is the son of late country music legend Loretta Lynn.

The family announced in January, via Loretta’s social media accounts, that Ernie was in the hospital and undergoing a “critical” surgery as he battled kidney failure. And for a time in January things did not look good for him. But he made a miraculous recovery and returned home where he appeared to be doing well until two weeks ago.

Crystal Lynn shared then on social media that Ernie was back in the hospital facing a couple of procedures as doctors tried to get to the bottom of some of the issues he was dealing with. It has been a rollercoaster in the days since but it appears the latest news is positive, and things are headed in a good direction.

She provided an update, too, two weeks after his surgery.

“I know that social media has made it easy for us all to share things that we normally wouldn’t,” she wrote on Facebook. “However in this instance I’m going to keep the details of his healthy private out of respect for him, as well as because not everyone out there means well and might misuse the information.”

She did provide a few more details, though.

“That being said, Ernie continues to make small improvements each day and will hopefully be able to be discharged soon so that he may return home to continue healing,” she wrote. “He has a long road ahead of him, as you’ve seen, but he is a fighter and God is fighting for him as well, so I’m confident that he will pull through these unexpected adversities.”

She asked that anyone who sees him “out and bout” please be respectful of his space as he heals.

“We have to be very gentle with him right now as well as keep him as healthy as possible,” she wrote. “Although it might not be hard on you, a simple cold, Covid, the flu, etc… could be fatal to him. In addition to that, he had major surgery. He is still healing. He has open wounds… so as happy as you are for him right now, a simple pat on the back or a hug could cause him to experience extreme pain right now, so again, we appreciate you respecting his space.”

She added that he will be “surrounded by family who will carefully provide the delicate support that he needs.”

“In closing, I thank you all for respecting our wishes and even more so, I thank you for your continued prayers and support,” she continued. “God is great!! He has provided life to us, and it will be life well lived that (will) not be taken for granted.”



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Eden Golan primed to be the new face of Israeli fashion powerhouse

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A mere fortnight after delivering the performance of a lifetime on the Eurovision stage and clinching fifth place, star singer Eden Golan is already on the brink of landing her first fashion campaign.

Israeli fashion powerhouse FOX is in the final stages of sealing a deal with the singer. For the fashion house, no one fits the bill better than Golan, who has captured the heats of the nation after facing a torrent of bullying, hatred and ridicule from the European audience and her fellow contestants in the hostile Swedish city of Malmö.

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Should these negotiations conclude successfully, Golan will become the brand’s new face. This won’t be her first venture into the world of endorsements—since her triumphant return from Sweden, she has already been featured in a campaign for the hair care brand Natural Formula.

(Eden Golan performing ‘October Rain’ in central Tel Aviv for hostage families)

Back in January, it was first reported that FOX was bidding farewell to its previous presenters: Maya Wertheimer, Maor Schweitzer and Ofer Hayun, after a collaboration of two and a half years. Another long-standing presenter, Dana Frieder, also stepped down alongside them.

As of now, it remains uncertain whether Golan will headline the campaign solo or be joined by other models.





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Donald Trump makes big promise about cryptocurrency

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Donald Trump announces clear support for cryptocurrency, unlike Joe Biden. — AFP
Donald Trump announces clear support for cryptocurrency, unlike Joe Biden. — AFP

Former US president Donald Trump is also seeking support of the cryptocurrency traders for his November 2024 White House bid, stating categorically what he thinks about the “burgeoning industry”.

On his social media post Truth Social, the Republican presumptive nominee wrote ahead of his Libertarian National Convention appearance: “I am very positive and open-minded to cryptocurrency companies, and all things related to this new and burgeoning industry. Our country must be the leader in the field.”

“There is no second place,” the 77-year-old said who wrote his post in all capital letters.

Criticising his rival, President Joe Biden, Donald Trump claimed that the incumbent leader of the US wants the crypto industry to “die a slow and painful death, that will never happen with me!”

Donald Trump claims Joe Biden wants to kill crypto industry slowly. — Reuters
Donald Trump claims Joe Biden wants to kill crypto industry slowly. — Reuters

The businessman changed his stance on cryptocurrency as he had been critical earlier for such decentralised modes of digital exchanges, compared to the US dollars.

During an interview in 2021 with Fox Business, Trump said: “The currency of this world should be the dollar. And I don’t think we should have all of the Bitcoins of the world out there. I think they should regulate them very, very high.”

According to CNBC, Trump’s campaign said that it is accepting donations made in cryptocurrency.

The press release said last week that people can donate using “any cryptocurrency accepted through the Coinbase Commerce product”.



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Showbiz in deep grief over acting great Talat Hussain’s demise

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Legendary actor Talat Hussain. — X/@YusraSAskariPaki
Legendary actor Talat Hussain. — X/@YusraSAskariPaki

Pakistani entertainment industry expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of legendary actor Talat Hussain, who passed away at the age of 83 after a long illness this morning.

The veteran’s daughter, Tazeen Hussain shared the news of his death with “profound grief and a very heavy heart” and asked people to pray for the thespian’s forgiveness.

Various figures from the show business and actors expressed sorrow over the loss of a gem of an artist

Famous actor Adnan Siddiqui reacted to Tazeen’s post with a comment, saying a prayer and expressing deep grief on Hussain’s demise.

He also offered condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for Hussain’s eternal peace.

“Passing away of Talat Hussain sahib feels like a personal loss. He was there not as a co-actor but guiding force when I did my first-ever play, Khwabon Ki Zanjir. Another of the greats gone,” Siddiqui separately wrote in an X post.

Actors Laila Wasti, Shahzad Sheikh and Tooba Siddiqui also commented on the Instagram post, praying for the deceased and his family.

Meanwhile, seasoned actor Rubina Ashraf took to her Instagram to mourn the “huge loss”. She shared a picture of Hussain and wrote that he was not just an accomplished actor but a teacher and “an academy” where many of the people in the industry received their first lessons.

“Another great gone,” Ashraf said, adding that Hussain will live in people’s hearts forever.

Actor Bushra Ansari took to Instagram to offer her condolences. “What a loss,” she wrote in her post.

Meanwhile, speaking to Geo News, Bushra said that her heart is sad. “Talat was an elegant and civilised actor,” she said.

Showering praise on his voice, she said that Hussain used to speak beautifully. She added that he was a person with a great personality.

Actor Humayun Saeed expressed his sorrow on Instagram Stories, calling Hussain “a legend and an icon”.

Legend gone: Showbiz in deep grief over acting great Talat Hussain’s demise

“Deeply saddened to learn about Talat Hussain sahab’s passing… May Allah bless his soul,” Saeed wrote in the caption.

Meanwhile, Nabeel Zafar, who has worked with Hussain in various popular drama serials during the late 1990s, said that the veteran actor will be deeply missed.

Aijaz Aslam paid homage to Hussain, saying that the deceased actor’s legacy would live on through the lives he touched.

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz also joined the list of mourners by offering condolences and sympathies with Hussain’s survivors.

“CM Maryam Nawaz Sharif while paying tribute to the artistic services of Talat Hussain said that Talat Hussain held a unique distinction in the art of acting,” a statement released by the Chief Minister’s Office read.

The deceased actor was laid to rest after a funeral prayer this evening in Karachi’s DHA. Several showbiz personalities and politicians including Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori attended the funeral.

Meanwhile, Senator Faisal Javed Khan expressed grief over Hussain’s passing, saying: “A legendary actor and an academy himself, Talat sab was a star whose brilliance, flawless acting and natural expressions were recognisable across the generations.”

Javed also recalled the time when he worked with Hussain on some voiceover projects. 



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At least 8 people are dead after tornado-spawning storms strike the Central US Memorial Day weekend

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At least eight people, including children, are dead, after suspected tornadoes struck the central United States overnight, as severe storms caused power outages and forced residents to shelter in-place on Memorial Day weekend.

Meanwhile, more than 110 million people across broad swaths of the US are under threat of large hail, damaging winds and a fierce twisters Sunday, mainly throughout the mid-Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee River valleys. As the storms move east, the Storm Prediction Center warned of “violent tornadoes, extreme hail and corridors of widespread wind damage.”

The start of the 108th running of the Indianapolis 500 was delayed and prerace festivities were paused Sunday afternoon, as fans were asked to exit the grandstands due to extreme weather.

Five fatalities were reported in Cooke County, Texas, including three in one household, Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington told CNN on Sunday morning. Two children in the area were reported missing and are still unaccounted for as of Sunday morning.

Another person was killed in Benton County, Arkansas, the county’s safety administrator told CNN.

In northeast Oklahoma, two people were killed and at least 23 were injured as a result of severe storms overnight, local officials told CNN.

After severe storms tore through Northeast Oklahoma Saturday night, 23 people were injured, electrical substations were downed and the city of Claremore was left with no operating gas systems, Claremore City Manager John Feary said.

Among the injured, 19 were transported to hospitals, three with potentially critical or life-threatening injuries, Feary said.

Inside a Shell gas station in Northeast Texas, 60 to 80 people were trapped until the storm blew over, Sappington said. Multiple injuries were reported at the station, but none were life-threatening, he added.

Many vehicles were damaged and destroyed, leaving about 40 people stranded. They were transported by bus to another gas station in Gainesville, where they were picked up by family members.

City of Denton (Texas) Fire Department shares photo of damaged building following severe weather reported in area.

In north Denton County, Texas, a possible tornado injured an unknown number of people, damaged several homes, overturned 18-wheelers, downed trees and knocked out power lines on Saturday night, authorities said early Sunday. Deputies responded to multiple locations, including “homes and RV trailer parks,” Dawn Cobb, a county spokesperson, said in a news release.

“Multiple victims” were reported in Ray Roberts after severe weather struck the area overnight, City of Denton fire officials said, adding medics and other resources have been sent to the scene.

Damage to several homes was also reported in the neighboring city of Celina, where officials said the city was affected by “apparent tornadic activity” on Saturday.

The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth issued several tornado warnings for multiple North Texas cities late Saturday night, telling residents to seek shelter immediately as a tornado was seen heading east between Valley View and Sanger around 10:40 p.m.

Lake Ray Roberts Marina in the city of Sanger in Denton County sustained damage to boats, boat houses and the fuel dock by the severe weather Saturday night. Despite reports of people rescued after being trapped in overturned RVs, there are no reports of serious injuries.

“There is so much damage, we don’t even know where to start,” the marina said in a Facebook post Sunday morning.

“We know the boat houses are heavily damaged, all have lost walkways, and most boats are damaged,” the post said. “We lost our fuel dock and offices along with our dock cat, Ginger.”

In Bentonville, Arkansas, crews are working to respond to power outages and emergency medical calls, according to Mayor Stephanie Orman.

“We have crews mobilized throughout the city. We have power lines, down– about 10,000 probably out with power. We’ve got trees across roads, we’re really encouraging individuals to stay off the roads as we tried to clean up those road systems. We also have signals down,” Orman said. “We have had over 20 EMS calls and so those are currently being worked.”

Across state lines, damage was also reported throughout Rogers County, Oklahoma, after a possible tornado swept the area, downing power lines and trees and damaging homes. In the city of Claremore, officials said there was “a lot of damage” and electricity will be out for much of the city “for an extended period of time.”

Severe storms tore through buildings and parking lots in Benton County, Arkansas, on May 26.

Nearly 400,000 customers across six states were without power by Sunday afternoon, including more than 100,000 outages in both Missouri and Arkansas, according to the tracking website poweroutage.us.

Storms that developed overnight in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri are now moving east toward the lower Ohio River Valley, triggering a new tornado watch for parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee until 10 a.m. CT, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

Northwest Arkansas, Eastern Kansas, Western Missouri and Northeast Oklahoma are also still under tornado watch until 5 a.m. CT.

There is a Level 3 of 5 risk of severe thunderstorms over parts of the Mississippi and Ohio valleys into Monday morning, and EF2 to EF5 tornadoes and wind gusts of 74 mph are possible, according to the Storm Prediction Center. A Level 4 of 5 risk of severe thunderstorms also exists in parts of the Central and Southern Plains through Sunday morning.

Robust thunderstorms will continue over parts of the Mississippi Valley through Sunday morning before gradually losing their strength. But a new round of damaging storms is expected to arrive quickly after.

Thunderstorms will develop over parts of the Midwest by Sunday afternoon and grow farther south and east through the evening and overnight hours. Powerful storms could ultimately stretch from the Great Lakes to the South Sunday night.

Storms will move toward the East Coast Monday, bringing disruptive high winds and large hail from DC through the southeast.

The travel hubs of Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Nashville could have to contend with damaging storms, leading to delayed or canceled flights.

The potential for heavy rain over parts of the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, middle Mississippi Valley, and Central Appalachians prompted the slight risk, Level 2 of 4, of excessive rainfall in those regions through Monday morning.

Cities like Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati; St. Louis; Nashville, Tennessee; and Indianapolis are among the cities included in the Level 3 threat. It’s possible the severe weather could affect the Indianapolis 500 race slated for noon ET on Sunday.

The National Weather Service office in Indianapolis forecast showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 4 p.m. ET in Speedway, Indiana, on Sunday, with an 80% chance of precipitation and gusts as high as 25 mph.

The last time rain shortened the Indy 500 race was in 2007 after 166 laps, according to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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The unofficial start of summer is also ushering in sweltering heat, reaching potentially record high temperatures for parts of the US on Monday.

Houston; New Orleans; Miami; Mobile, Alabama, Tampa, Florida; and Charleston, South Carolina, are among locations where warm weather will feel more like July than late May through the holiday weekend.

A subtropical upper-level high over Mexico will help spawn excessive heat warnings and heat advisories over southern Texas through Monday, according to the Storm Prediction Center. “The ridging will create a dangerous early-season heat wave over south Texas and southern Florida,” according to the center.

Daily high temperatures and heat index reading exceeding 115 are possible in some areas, the Storm Prediction Center noted.

Those spending time outdoors or who are dealing with a loss of power should drink enough water, dress in lightweight clothing and locate cooling centers if necessary.

CNN meteorologist Elisa Raffa and CNN’s Jillian Sykes, Joe Sutton and Chris Boyette contributed to this report.



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Suspect arrested after stabbing 4 girls at movie theater, police say

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BRAINTREE, Mass. (WBZ) – A man is facing charges after allegedly stabbing four girls at a Massachusetts movie theater. Police believe he may also have been responsible for a similar incident at McDonald’s.

The attack at the movie theater happened about 6 p.m. Saturday at an AMC multiplex in Braintree, which is 12 miles south of Boston. Police say the suspect entered the theater without a ticket then suddenly attacked four girls.

The girls, who range in age from 9 to 17, were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

“It’s so heartbreaking,” said Matteo Rojas, who was at the theater at the time of the stabbing. “That’s what I’ll be thinking about the rest of the night is seeing those kids coming down the steps and just crying. They looked really stunned, like they just saw a horror movie, not a kid’s movie.”

An AMC employee who was working the snack counter described the suspect as wearing “an oversized trench coat, sunglasses and a long blonde wig.”

After the attack, the suspect fled the scene. Police were able to obtain his license plate number from video footage and located him in Plymouth, where he was allegedly involved in a “similar assault” at a McDonald’s location.

The reported attack at McDonald’s happened around 7 p.m. Two victims, a 21-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, were stabbed. They were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say it appears the “crimes are related.”

The suspect led police on a car chase before crashing in the town of Sandwich. He was taken into custody and is being treated at a hospital.

Police have not released the suspect’s name nor the charges he is facing.

Sources say the suspect is believed to be linked to a murder investigation in Deep River, Connecticut. Police in the state had reportedly put out an alert for him earlier Saturday, describing him as dangerous and possibly armed with a 10-inch knife.



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Cyclone Remal LIVE updates | Bangladesh launches massive evacuation as cyclone Remal approaches from Bay of Bengal

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The Indian Navy has initiated preparatory actions, following existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), to mount a credible Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) response in the aftermath of Cyclone Remal. 

Coast on the intervening night of May 26 and 27. The situation is being closely monitored at Naval Headquarters, with comprehensive preparatory actions being undertaken by the Headquarters of Eastern Naval Command.

In preparation, the Indian Navy has readied two ships equipped with HADR and medical supplies for immediate deployment to ensure the safety and welfare of the affected populace.

Additionally, Indian Naval aviation assets, including Sea King and Chetak helicopters as well as Dornier aircraft, are on standby for rapid response, the Navy said.

Specialised diving teams with equipment have been stationed in Kolkata to provide prompt assistance. Additionally, diving teams with necessary equipment are on standby in Visakhapatnam, prepared for quick deployment if needed.

Two Flood Relief Teams (FRTs), along with HADR and medical supplies, are being positioned in Kolkata. In addition, two FRTs each from Visakhapatnam and Chilka are ready and on standby for deployment at short notice.

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Clarity? In this economy? – NBC News

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Professional golfer Grayson Murray, 30, dies by suicide after withdrawing from Charles Schwab Challenge

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Professional golfer Grayson Murray has died. He was 30 years old. Murray’s death comes after he withdrew Friday during the second round of the 2024 Charles Schwab Challenge, citing an illness.

A day after Murray’s death rocked the larger sporting world, his parents announced in a statement through the PGA Tour that he died by suicide. 

“We would like to thank the PGA Tour and the entire world of golf for the outpouring of support,” Eric and Terry Murray said. “Life wasn’t always easy for Grayson, and although he took his own life, we know he rests peacefully now.”

An undeniable talent, Murray was the second-youngest golfer in history to make the cut on the Korn Ferry Tour before turning eventually pro in 2015. He bounced up and down between the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA Tour over the course of his career, becoming a polarizing figure at times because of frequent outbursts on the course.

Still, his potential consistently flashed as he won twice on the PGA Tour — capturing the 2017 Barbasol Championship and 2024 Sony Open in Hawaii — and three times on the Korn Ferry Tour.

When he won the Sony Open, it seemed as if Murray had turned a corner after battling anxiety, depression and alcohol abuse throughout his young career. He said in January that he had been sober since early 2023. He also shared that he was unprepared for life as a pro when he first got out of college and began traveling.

“Yes, I would drink during tournament weeks,” Murray said after his Sony Open win. “It was my outlet. I thought I was invincible coming out here as a 22-year-old, winning as a rookie, played three days hungover when I won. Best thing and worst thing that ever happened to me was winning my rookie year — but also feeling like I was invincible.”

Murray cited his faith and his fiancee as helping ground him, and he spoke about his road to recovery. 

“It took me a long time to get to this point,” he said. “… I’m a different man now. I would not be in this position right now today if I didn’t put that drink down eight months ago.”

Murray added: “People who don’t know me, I’ll have to show it through my actions, and they’ll get back on Grayson’s side. My demeanor is so much better. It’s really a lot of fun now. I really don’t live and die by a golf shot anymore. I’m not going to sit here and say it’s going to be all glory and roses, but it’s going to be a lot better.”

The PGA Tour considered postponing play at the Charles Schwab Challenge as the golf world was rocked by Murray’s death. However, his parents insisted the tournament continue as scheduled as it was what their son would have wanted.

“We were devastated to learn — and are heartbroken to share — that PGA Tour player Grayson Murray passed away this morning. I am at a loss for words,” said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan in a Saturday statement. “The PGA Tour is a family, and when you lose a member of your family, you are never the same. We mourn Grayson and pray for comfort for his loved ones.

“I reached out to Grayson’s parents to offer our deepest condolences, and during that conversation, they asked that we continue with tournament play. They were adamant that Grayson would want us to do so. As difficult as it will be, we want to respect their wishes.”

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Murray attended Wake Forest, East Carolina and Arizona State where he played golf before turning pro. In 141 career PGA Tour starts, Murray had 10 top-10 finishes, including those two victories.

The PGA Tour has sent grief counselors to both tournament sites this week and made others available virtually for its members.





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Billionaire GOP donor Stephen Schwarzman backs Trump in ‘vote for change’ | Politics

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(CNN) — Billionaire businessman and lifelong Republican Stephen Schwarzman said Friday he will support the candidacy of Donald Trump with a “vote for change” after years of declining to back a particular GOP presidential candidate.

In a statement, Schwarzman said, “The dramatic rise of antisemitism has led me to focus on the consequences of upcoming elections with greater urgency. I share the concern of most Americans that our economic, immigration and foreign policies are taking the country in the wrong direction. For these reasons, I am planning to vote for change and support Donald Trump for President. In addition, I will be supporting Republican Senate candidates and other Republicans up and down the ticket.”

The move represents a decided shift for Schwarzman, the CEO of the private equity firm Blackstone, who made comments critical of Trump in the wake of the 2020 election and suggested in 2022 that the Republican Party needed to seek a “new generation” of leaders.

But that new crop of leaders did not materialize. Schwarzman declined to back Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in May 2023 after a meeting with the Republican presidential hopeful left Schwarzman uninspired.

Schwarzman supported Trump in the 2016 election and became a trusted adviser once Trump took office. The private equity mogul chaired a prominent business advisory council that weighed in on economic and trade issues and projected a public image of support from corporate America. But the group disbanded after Trump said that a violent Charlottesville white nationalist rally had good people “on both sides.”

“Bigotry, hatred and extremism are an affront to core American values and have no place in this country,” Schwarzman said at the time.

Other top executives at Blackstone, which manages $1 trillion, have backed Democrats. Jon Gray, the firm’s chief operating officer, supported Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020. Gray, the billionaire heir apparent to Schwarzman, has hosted fundraisers for President Joe Biden in the 2024 cycle.

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