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Ronda Rousey Surfaces at Vegas Gun Store ... Applies for Concealed Permit

1/24/2017 12:24 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0124-ronda-rousey-travis-browne-gun-shop-tmz-sports-02Ronda Rousey has come out of hiding with a bang -- surfacing at a Las Vegas gun store where she applied for a concealed carry permit ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The UFC superstar and her boyfriend, Travis Browne, hit up The Range 702 gun store on Sunday where our gun enthusiast witnesses at the store say Ronda took a special course required to get a concealed carry permit.

Once Ronda applies for the permit, it usually takes around 90 days before she'll get her card in the mail.

We're told Ronda did some shooting at the range -- which is also required for the test -- using a blue Glock 43 9mm pistol.

It's the first time we've seen Ronda out in public since her big loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207

At the time, Ronda had said she was going to take some time to "think about the future." 

Taboo We'll Keep Fighting Trump & Dakota Pipeline

1/24/2017 12:45 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Black Eyed Peas singer and rapper Taboo is pissed about President Trump's decision to reopen the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline debate, but thinks new protests should take a specific approach.

We got Taboo at LAX Tuesday hours after the president signed 2 executive orders that will allow construction on the Dakota and the Keystone XL pipelines to move forward.

Taboo, who is part Native American, is a staunch supporter of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation's fight against the DAPL. It's clear, he has serious questions about Trump's ability to lead.

Just this past weekend, he was part of a rally at the Sundance Film Festival for Standing Rock -- and Taboo says he will fully continue protesting in N. Dakota ... if it's done the right way. 

WorldStarHipHop Founder Dead at 43

1/24/2017 11:27 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0124-lee-q-odenat-remembering-launch-tmzWorldStarHipHop founder Lee O'Denat -- known as "Q" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Q, the face and CEO of WorldStar, died in his sleep Monday night.

Q founded the premiere hip-hop website in 2005 when he started posting mixtapes, which gradually progressed into a mash-up of hip-hop videos, fight clips and other outrageous camera footage.

An autopsy is scheduled for later Tuesday ... although one source tells us Q died of a heart attack.

He was 43.

RIP

Trump Inauguration Pic Wrong Date ... Alternative Fact

1/24/2017 9:33 AM PST

0124-donald-trump-inug-photo-wrong-date-twitter-03President Trump proudly flaunted a photo from his inauguration, but there's one problem -- it has the wrong date on it!

The portrait -- by Panoramic Visions Photography -- touts "The Ceremony of President Donald J. Trump" going down on January 21st, 2017. Juuust a bit outside. It actually went down on Jan. 20 -- as it always has since 1937.

Chalk it up to alternative facts. Maybe that's why the prez says he's hanging it in the Press Hall.

Panoramic Visions tells us the flub's being corrected.

  

Donald Trump Inauguration Ticket Holders Turned Away Mass Chaos

1/24/2017 9:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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Donald Trump may have been closer to his crowd estimate for his inauguration than first thought ... at least by a few dozen people, but maybe even more.

Turns out a bunch of people with general admission tickets were instructed to go to various security checkpoints, but the checkpoints were chaotic and people were sent from one to the next, and eventually either gave up or were told it was too late to enter.

We're also told some of the ticket holders couldn't get in because protesters were blocking security checkpoints.

That said, it's doubtful the people thwarted by the security snafus would have filled up the National Mall.

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Justin Bieber Nacho Average Night at the Movies

1/24/2017 9:05 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0124-justin-bieber-movie-theater-solo-fun-art-GETTY-TMZ-03Justin Bieber had a hot date night at the movies ... with himself.

Justin took in the 7 PM showing of "Split" Monday at the iPic Theaters in Westwood. Sources at the theater tell us he came alone, aside from his bodyguards -- but they waited outside the theater. Biebs was ushered to his seat, and they kept the one next to him open for privacy.

We're told he ordered off the menu -- nachos -- but the kitchen whipped some up anyway. He also had 3 Jack & Cokes, plus flatbread and croquettes (on the menu). The makeshift nachos were not a hit. Justin sent them back, we're told.

He appreciated the effort though -- tipping $20 on his $60 tab. Cheap date, but we have one question: NO POPCORN???

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President Trump Grateful for 'Loyal Tom Brady' ... Ignore the Haters, Bro

1/24/2017 9:04 AM PST
Breaking News

President Donald Trump has a message to his friends, Tom Brady and Tiger Woods, who have been getting crap for their friendship with the Commander in Chief -- HATERS GONNA HATE!!!

Trump's mouthpiece, Kellyanne Conway, went on "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday and directly addressed the "blowback" that came after the QB defended his friendship with Donald on a radio interview. 

"President Trump is just so grateful that friends like Tom Brady are loyal and can ignore the shrapnel, the verbal shrapnel," Conway said.

She also said Trump appreciates Patriots owner Robert Kraft -- calling him a "good friend ... a fabulous man and leader in this country."

So, guessing he's rooting for New England? 

Chelsea Handler Shames, Bullies Melania Trump

1/24/2017 7:45 AM PST

0124-chelsea-handler-melania-trump-tmz-01Chelsea Handler insulted Melania Trump ... and it's backfiring.

Chelsea says she wouldn't interview the First Lady because "she can barely speak English."

Handler failed to mention Melania speaks 5 languages ... French, Italian, German, Slovene and, of course, English.

Chelsea, speaking to Variety, then unleashed on Melania, saying she wouldn't book the First Lady or President Donald Trump for her Netflix show because "I don't respect either one of those people."

It's unclear what grudge she has against Melania, other than proximity.

Handler's comments are essentially shaming immigrants who try to adapt to American culture, and when people bully them by making fun of their level of skill in mastering the English language it inhibits them from speaking altogether.

Choose your battles wisely.

President Obama Mysterious Palm Springs Vacay

1/24/2017 7:21 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0124-barack-michelle-obamavirgin-islands-instagram-2Barack and Michelle Obama flew from Washington D.C. to Palm Springs for a grand total of 3 days before jumping on a private jet and going back from where they came and then some ... so the question, was that the plan or was Palm Springs a washout?

Fact is ... it was raining like hell all weekend. It was also super cold for SoCal. Obama got in one round of golf and that's about it, before they boarded Sir Richard Branson's private jet and took off for the Caribbean.

On the surface it looks like the Obamas bailed because of crappy weather. But we found out their departure date was set even before the former prez left Washington D.C. We're told Palm Springs airport officials had conversations with the Secret Service about leaving on Monday, days before Branson's jet landed in the desert.

It's possible the Obamas made the decision to bail before leaving D.C. because they saw the weather report, but if that were the case why go to Palm Springs at all ... just beeline it for sunny Necker Island.

And there's this ... Sasha and Malia, who were staying in D.C. when their parents left for Palm Springs, took Branson's jet Saturday from Maryland to Palm Springs. We're assuming the girls went to the Caribbean with their parents, but we haven't see pics ... so far.

It could just be the former prez just wanted a round of golf with Larry Ellison and then blew out of town. It's what ballers do, right?

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Homeland Security We're on Swole Patrol Free Gym Memberships for ICE

1/24/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0123-homeland-security-tmz-getty-04President Trump just imposed a hiring freeze on the federal government, which makes what we found all the more surprising ... the Department of Homeland Security is shopping for gyms.

DHS filed legal docs, obtained by TMZ, in which they solicit bids for a "full-range health & fitness center" for employees who work in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

ICE is on the hunt for a gym with "state-of-the-art fitness equipment" within walking distance from one of its D.C. offices -- a quarter mile on the outside. The agency is currently taking bids from local vendors.

The document -- dated January 13, 2017 -- states ICE will foot the bill for its employees for 12 months, starting in March, with an option to extend the contract an additional 3 years.

The document sets a limit of $200,000 for the annual memberships.

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Erin Andrews Battled Cervical Cancer During NFL Season ... Didn't Miss a Game

1/24/2017 7:17 AM PST
Breaking News

0124-erin-andrews-tmz-02"NFL on FOX" star Erin Andrews has revealed she battled cervical cancer during the regular season -- which required multiple surgeries -- but she didn't miss a single game.

The good news -- Andrews says she's "cancer-free" now ... and plans on working the Super Bowl.

The 38-year-old sideline reporter broke the news to MMQB ... saying she was diagnosed back in Sept. but told doctors she didn't want to miss any work. 

She ended up missing two tapings of "Dancing With the Stars" before her first surgery in October. 

Two days after the procedure, she flew to Green Bay to shoot a segment with Packers star Jordy Nelson.

“Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,” Andrews told MMQB ... noting, "sports were my escape."

Andrews got better news on Nov. 17 -- when doctors told her she wouldn't need radiation or chemo.

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Mark Gastineau's Daughter 'The NFL Has Major F***ing Problems'

1/24/2017 6:38 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The daughter of NY Jets great Mark Gastineau is coming out swinging at the NFL -- saying the league has "major f***ing problems" when it comes to brain injuries like CTE.

Click here... it's not over yet

Donald Trump It's Curtains for Hillary Clinton!!!

1/24/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0123-president-drapes-curtains-photos-launchDonald Trump thinks Hillary Clinton was a disaster on foreign policy and health care, but he clearly thinks she knows her drapes.

One of the first orders of business for the Trump Administration was to take down the fiery red drapes that flanked President Obama in the Oval Office. The replacement ... the very same drapes Hillary Clinton chose for her husband back in 1993.

The gold fabric endured throughout the Clinton presidency, but went into storage when George W. chose a deeper color, more in the brown than gold family. President Obama went code red.

When Hillary chose the drapes, she said she picked the color because she wanted the Oval Office to be "more dynamic, to show more energy."

Trump's taste is non-partisan ... he's also re-installed Reagan's sunbeam rug and W's gold brocade sofas.

As for Trump's penchant for gold ... well, check out his NYC pad.

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