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Ted Cruz Craps All Over The NFL ... Over Kneeling Protest Handling

12/10/2018 4:22 PM PST

Someone get Ted Cruz some Charmin ... 'cause the senator from Texas just took a big ol' dumparoo on the NFL over the way the league handled the national anthem demonstrations. 

Ted had touched down in D.C. when we asked if Congress should look into overseeing the way the league handled investigations ... in the wake of the Kareem Hunt situation. 

But, Cruz pivoted during the conversation and brought up the national anthem demonstrations -- and important to note, he's been strongly AGAINST players like Colin Kaepernick who took a knee. 

"I think it has been amazing watching the NFL do unprecedented damage to their brand and the way they handled the anthem protest," Cruz said. 

"I think was spectacularly harmful to professional football."

So, we asked if Congress should have stepped in and gotten involved (outside of President Trump's public critiques) ... to which Cruz replied, "At the end of the day, I trust the fans to exercise the appropriate check."

Trump had called for the league to fire players who repeatedly took a knee. Instead, the league has imposed no penalty for kneelers. 

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge Trump Didn't Pay Stormy to Keep Affair from Melania ... She Knew His Game

12/10/2018 3:47 PM PST

President Trump didn't fork over hush money to Stormy Daniels to keep their sexual liaison from his wife, because Melania knows his "history" with women ... so says U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge.

The Ohio congresswoman scoffed at the notion Trump might argue his motivation for the Stormy pact was saving his marriage. As for whether it was a cover-up for election purposes ... Fudge says it's not definitive one way or the other.   

For the record ... Trump has denied all of the affairs alleged by women since he was elected.

Our camera guy misspoke and said a court of law will ultimately decide whether Trump broke the law ... that decision, at least for now, rests with Congress. 

Donald Trump New Details of Trump Pulling the Strings ... In Stormy Daniels Hush Money Agreement

12/10/2018 8:10 AM PST

Stormy Daniels almost walked away from her secret hush money deal with Donald Trump, but Michael Cohen assured her the deal was solid and all he needed was Trump's approval ... this according to sources connected to the transaction.

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney has concluded Donald Trump ordered Cohen to pay Daniels $130,000 in return for her silence over their alleged sexual liaison. The U.S. Attorney says the payment was a felonious violation of campaign finance laws.

Our sources say, after Daniels' lawyer and Cohen negotiated the deal she signed in October 2016, days passed and Cohen had not put his pen to paper. We're told Daniels was frustrated and felt she was being double-crossed, and wanted to sell the story.

We're told Cohen assured Daniels' rep that his signature was forthcoming. We're told Cohen said the hangup was that his client was traveling, he was unable to get in touch with him and he needed final approval which he assured would happen when his client returned to New York. 

There's no question ... Cohen's client was Donald Trump.

We're told at least one of Daniels' reps recounted the story to the FBI over the summer. 

Beyonce 'Crazy in Love' ... Indian Billionaire Style

12/10/2018 6:37 AM PST

Beyonce and Hillary Clinton made the trek to India for a wedding ... and we're guessing Bey pocketed an insane amount of loot.

The shindig was thrown by the father of the bride -- Mukesh Ambani, the richest person in all of India. He owns an oil and gas conglomerate and is worth around $42 billion.

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Beyonce performed a set of some of her hits, including "Crazy in Love," "Naughty Girl" and "Perfect." 

As for why Hillary made the trip ... she and Bill are longtime friends of the Ambani fam, although Bill didn't go.

The bride, Isha Ambani, was a bridesmaid just last week when Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra got hitched.

Beyonce performed at a pre-wedding bash. These events have become cash cows for celebs -- weddings Bar Mitzvahs and such. It's not unheard of for a celeb to rake in a million bucks, and if anyone can command that kind of fee ... it's Beyonce.  

Martin Luther King Jr. 1961 'Thank You' to Sammy Davis Jr. ... Yours for 5 Figures!!!

12/8/2018 12:30 AM PST

After Sammy Davis Jr. recruited some of Hollywood's biggest stars for an event supporting the Civil Rights Movement, he got a letter of immense gratitude from Martin Luther King Jr.

Now, that letter can be yours for a nice chunk of change. MLK Jr. sent the thank-you note on March 28, 1961 -- after the legendary performer organized a Carnegie Hall show featuring his Rat Pack pals -- Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra -- along with Jan Murray and himself.

That event happened in January, but King mistakenly wrote February in the letter.

The benefit event was considered a tribute to MLK and raised more than $22k for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Yes, that was a lot of dough back then.

The letter commends Sammy and other African-American artists of the day -- like Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier and Mahalia Jackson -- for "helping to move the struggle forward." King specifically praises Davis for being a role model and fighting for "the great cause of Negro freedom."

MLK signed it and included a handwritten P.S. asking Sammy for Sinatra's address ... so he could thank him too.

The letter's up for sale via Moments In Time for $85k.

George Lopez Off the Hook in Trump Fan Battery Case ... Alleged Victim Ghosted!!!

12/7/2018 12:08 PM PST

George Lopez won't have to answer for allegedly attacking a fan who trolled him with a Trump joke ... the case has been tossed.

A clerk at the Las Cruces Municipal Court in New Mexico tells TMZ ... the misdemeanor battery charge was tossed Thursday after a notice of dismissal was submitted. We're told it was dropped because the alleged victim did not appear in court and did not notify anyone about not showing up.

Therefore, the case is now closed.

TMZ broke the story ... the Trump fan got in George's face with a camera back in October ... prompting George to grab the guy's neck. We were told the guy had been egging on George with pro-Trump comments and yelling "MAGA."

We spoke to the guy ... who told a different story. George would later be charged and told he'd be receiving a court summons. But, it's all now a thing of the past.

George H.W. Bush Celebs Pay Respects ... At Texas Funeral

12/6/2018 9:37 AM PST

You can clearly tell just how much George H.W. Bush was liked and respected simply by the incredible number of celebs who turned out for the late President's funeral in the Lone Star State.  

Reba McEntire sang "The Lord's Prayer" and The Oak Ridge Boys gave a powerful rendition of "Amazing Grace" during the funeral services Thursday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

Everything's bigger in Texas, including Houston sports stars -- past and present -- who turned out to say goodbye to 41 ...  former Rockets centers Yao Ming and Dikembe Mutombo towered over the crowd, while Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt brought the muscle with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Naturally, Chuck Norris was there, and legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda made the trek from Los Angeles. 

Our 41st president, who died last Friday in Houston, will be buried at his Presidential Library at Texas A&M in nearby College Station. 

George H.W. Bush George W. Bush Breaks Down Eulogizing Dad at State Funeral

12/5/2018 7:45 AM PST

George H.W. Bush's state funeral just wrapped up at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. ... where his son -- 43rd President George W. Bush -- was brought to tears eulogizing his late father and former POTUS. 

Dubya delivered an incredibly emotional tribute to his dad, which ended with him choking up and having to step back from the lectern. It was a powerful moment, and fellow mourners gave 43 a big round of applause as he went back to his seat.

Presidential funerals are always extraordinary for the rare gathering of ex-Presidents. Trump, Obama, Clinton and Carter are all there ... and seated RIGHT next to each other. 

Trump's attendance was not initially a lock, but he reportedly decided to attend after discussions with the Bush family, and getting assurances he wouldn't be bad-mouthed. Interesting to note, this is the first time Hillary Clinton and Trump will be in the same space since the election. 

Also, Michelle Obama wrote in her new book she would never forgive Donald Trump for sparking the birther movement. Sooo ... tense moments.

The former President's body has been lying in State at the Capitol since Monday ... and a steady stream of dignitaries, politicians and celebrities have shown up to pay respects. 

Our 41st President died last Friday in Houston. He was 94.

George H.W. Bush Will Puts George W. and Jeb in Charge

12/5/2018 7:02 AM PST

George H.W. Bush's will has been filed in probate court and it lists two of his sons -- former President George W. Bush and former Governor Jeb Bush -- as executors. 

The will, filed in Texas Tuesday -- obtained by TMZ -- used to list Barbara as the executor, but when she died on April 17, it was turned over to George and Jeb. The two brothers are also in charge of Barbara's estate.

As for H.W.'s financial situation, the docs don't get specific -- everything was put into a trust -- but the amount is listed as more than $50,000 ... a number that surely downplays 41's actual worth.

H.W. died in Texas Friday ... his health was declining in recent years and was in and out of the hospital several times. He was admitted to ICU at the Houston Methodist Hospital back in January 2017 due to pneumonia. Barbara was also admitted with her own health issues.

As we reported ... his former service dog, Sully, has been by his casket at several places leading up to George Sr.'s funeral Wednesday. 

Peyton Manning, Jack Nicklaus Pay Respects At George H.W. Bush Memorial

12/4/2018 2:37 PM PST
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Sports legends from all over the country gathered at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to pay tribute to George H.W. Bush

Those in attendance include Peyton Manning, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Mike Krzyzewski, Chris Evert, Jim Nantz, Fred Couples and Jim Calhoun

The body of the 41st President of the United States is lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda until his funeral service on Wednesday morning at the Washington National Cathedral where his son, former President George W. Bush, will deliver the eulogy.

After the service, Bush's remains will go to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and then to a ceremony at a church in Houston before he's finally laid to rest at a family plot at his Presidential Library in College Station. 

Bush was big into sports -- he played baseball at Yale and was a huge fan of the Houston Astros. He also played a lot of golf and horseshoes, and famously enjoyed skydiving. 

Bush was 94. 


Michael Avenatti Said Something Nice About Prez Trump!!! (Well ... Nice-ish)

12/4/2018 12:04 PM PST

Michael Avenatti didn't skip a beat as he paid President Trump a compliment. Yes, you read that correctly, but we admit it was a pretty backhanded one.

We got Avenatti hitting up Craig's Monday night in WeHo and wanted to get his 2 cents about Trump's plan to attend Wednesday's memorial service for former Prez George H.W. Bush. As you know ... Trump also paid his respects Monday in the Capitol Rotunda.

Trump is not expected to speak at Wednesday's service, but will meet privately with the Bush family. Still, the fact he's decided to honor President Bush has Avenatti -- perhaps the most harsh Trump critic -- giving 45 props. We're pretty sure it's the first time ever.

Also, it's official now ... we won't see them go head-to-head in 2020, because Avenatti said he's decided NOT to run after his family asked him to stand down.

Of course, he still vows to keep fighting for Trump's ouster from the White House ... and to rep Stormy Daniels "and others against Donald Trump and his cronies."

George H.W. Bush Service Dog Sully Won't Leave His Side

12/4/2018 9:11 AM PST

Prepare to have your heart melted ... yes, that's Sully, the still loyal companion to President George H.W. Bush, remaining by the late President's side after a last-minute change of plans kept the pup in D.C. 

Sully showed up Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol, sitting in front of Bush's casket at the Capitol Rotunda, along with people who benefited from the ADA passage under our 41st President. 

Seems Sully couldn't bear to leave Bush just yet ... as we reported, the service dog was supposed to be returned to America's VetDogs and head up to New York to prepare for his next assignment after flying with Bush's casket from Houston to D.C.

But, Sully shocked everyone -- in a good way -- when he pawed his way into the Capitol, where Bush is lying in state.  

Just look at that super cute tail wag. Yes, Sully is still a very good boy. 

T.I. 'Madman' Trump Making World Laugh At Us

12/4/2018 12:50 AM PST

T.I. is doubling down on his hatred of President Trump, but it's not personal ... instead, Tip's concerned the "madman" is turning the U.S.A. into an international laughingstock. 

T.I. sat down with our Raquel Harper for Tuesday's episode of "Raq Rants" on BET, and she asked what his biggest issues are with America under Trump's administration. T.I. ran through his list of grievances so smoothly, it was almost like a freestyle. 

Bottom line for the Atlanta emcee ... America will no longer be the greatest nation on Earth if we don't start making some changes. 

For the full interview ... watch "Raq Rants" Tuesday at 11 PM on BET. On the West Coast, if you have Dish or DirecTV, it's on at 8 PM.

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