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U.S. Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill I Was Bumpin' The Game Before Killing Bin Laden

2/24/2018 11:33 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The U.S. Navy SEAL who's credited with firing the kill shots on Osama bin Laden says he listened to a banger the night of the raid, and we gotta say ... it's an excellent choice.

We got retired Navy SEAL, Robert O'Neill, heading into the Gaylord National Resort near D.C. Saturday, and asked if he's had to pay for a drink since taking down the man behind 9/11 ... he has, but only by choice.

Our guy then asks Rob if he jammed to any special music that night in May 2011, and he tells us he bumped "Red Nation" by The Game ... and he'd love to meet the rapper.

Rob also addresses a popular conspiracy theory about what happened to bin Laden after his death with a definitive answer ... check it out.

Florida Shooting Survivor Trump Jr. Bullied My Bro Why Isn't Melania Going After Him?

2/23/2018 3:41 PM PST
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Melania Trump's all bark and no bite, according to a Florida school shooting survivor who says the First Lady whiffed on a chance to denounce cyberbullying from her own own family member ... Donald Trump Jr.

Lauren Hogg tells TMZ ... Melania's failed to step up after Trump Jr. hit the "like" button on a pair of tweets bashing Lauren's brother, David ... who also survived the shooting. The tweets accused David -- who's been very vocal about the need for new gun laws -- of running damage control for the FBI, and being a tool for mainstream media.

Lauren's adamant ... the First Family owes the Hogg family an apology "because (Donald Jr.) in a way kicked a wound that hasn't healed yet." She also finds Melania's silence odd, considering she tours the country talking about the need to stop bullies.

She adds, "I absolutely think it is cowardly for the first family to not condemn the accusations and trolls who are cyber bullying us.”

Michael Steele Trump's Idea of Arming Teachers 'Beyond Not Good'

2/23/2018 11:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele actually likes one of President Trump's ideas, but that doesn't mean they're on the same page ... at all.

We got the popular Republican pundit at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center near D.C. Thursday and asked him about Trump's pitch to pay teachers a bonus to carry guns in schools ... he likes exactly half of that plan.

Steele tells us there should be absolutely no guns in the classroom, and sounds pretty miffed it's even being considered. As he puts it ... it's bad policy and "opens up a Pandora's box of problems this country just does not need."

Michael suggests there are better alternatives, and it's up to elected officials to start listening to the young people speaking out for gun control to make it happen. He also makes a good point about the NRA ... check it out.

President Trump Yup, I Got A Bald Spot ... I 'Try Like Hell' To Hide It

2/23/2018 8:03 AM PST
Breaking News

Donald Trump has NEVER been self-effacing ... which makes this clip shocking.

Trump actually poked fun at himself and his bald spot, which becomes the center of attention depending on which way the wind blows.

Trump was speaking at CPAC at the Gaylord Convention Center in Maryland. An image of 45 popped up on screens next to the stage, and The Prez took a moment to admire himself, turned around so the audience could behold the sight of hair that covers a massive bald spot.

He didn't have to do it, but he did a callback to the epic photo that unmasked his follicularly-challenged head as he boarded Air Force One in the middle of a windstorm.

Check out what he says. Highly uncharacteristic.

Florida Shooting Survivor If Gun Laws Stay The Same Gov't Will Have Hell to Pay

2/23/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lauren Hogg, a survivor of the Florida shooting, has a strong message for President Trump and lawmakers ...  change, or else. 

Lauren lost 4 of her friends in the attack last week and is laser-focused on putting an end to the violence. She believes her generation will be the one to step up and do what adults have blocked ... impose strict gun laws ... especially on assault rifles. 

The 14-year-old makes one thing very clear -- she believes the majority of the nation is behind her cause, and if politicians don't listen up, their jobs are at stake.

Lauren's brother, David Hogg, has also been extremely vocal since Wednesday's massacre, appearing on numerous shows and squaring off with the NRA in promoting change.  

Jackie Kennedy Death Suit All the Rage with Fashion Models

2/22/2018 7:37 AM PST

Jackie Kennedy was a fashion icon for the 3 years she reigned as First Lady, but Jackie imitators in the fashion world have chosen one specific outfit that has JFK's blood all over it.

Check out these models at the Moschino Women's Fall/Winter 2018/2019 Collection Fashion Show in Milan, Italy.   

They're wearing knockoffs of the Chanel dress and pillbox hat Jackie wore in Dallas on November 22, 1963 -- the day her husband had his head blown off by an assassin.

The models may not even have had a clue as they walked the runway ... and, speaking of runways, Jackie wore the blood-stained dress as she accompanied her husband's body to a mortuary after Air Force One landed that night in Washington D.C.  

Jackie later said she wore the dress to show people the horror of the assassination.

Trump, Putin, Kim Jong-un Human Rights Ads Banned from D.C.

2/22/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Three super provocative ads featuring President Trump, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un won't see the light of day -- at least not in our nation's capital ... TMZ has learned.

Amnesty International USA wanted to place the ads in metro stations in the D.C. area. The org tried making the deal on February 12, but it got nixed 4 days later. 

The point of the ad campaign ... "a message of protecting human rights around the world" that coincided with its annual conference in nearby Bethesda, MD.

We had heard the objection to the ads was the unflattering pic of Trump, but upon further digging we were told the ads violate a D.C. ordinance prohibiting political ads on public transit, which is interpreted to include metro stations. 

The law specifically prohibits advertisements intended to influence public policy.

Margaret Huang, the Exec Director of Amnesty International USA, is fiercely opposed to banning the ads, telling us the ads are all about upholding human rights, which is neither a partisan nor political. 

She says the law is all the more misguided because it makes advocacy ads difficult to post in the most important place ... where policies are made.

Under the category, 'If At First You Don't Succeed' ... the org plans to run ads in other major cities ...

Director Alejandro Inarritu Allow Passage for the 'Aleppo' Crew ... It's the Oscars, Man!

2/22/2018 7:08 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Alejandro Inarritu is going to bat for the creative team behind the Oscar nominated documentary about Syria ... posing one simple question for the feds.

We got the Academy Award-winning director Wednesday at LAX and asked if he'd heard about a hiccup the filmmakers of "Last Men in Aleppo" are having under Trump's travel ban.

We broke the story ... the directors and cinematographers of the film are trying to attend the Oscars after being nominated this year, but can't come because their country is on Trump's banned list. They're currently attempting to use party invites to gain passage.

Alejandro thinks it's absurd they're not being allowed in the country, especially since their reasons are more than legit. His point ... a ban is only warranted for criminals. 

Dallas Mayor Pro Tem I'm Getting Death Threats Over NRA Stance

2/21/2018 5:36 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Dallas' Mayor Pro Tem is telling the NRA to kick rocks ... and now his life is in danger.

Dwaine Caraway tells us he's been getting some frightening messages ... just days after telling the NRA to find a new home for its annual convention. It's slated to go down on May 4 in Dallas Convention Center, but Caraway says it's a bad idea.

He's certain the convention would draw massive protests, and fears an outbreak of violence around the event.

Dwaine said it's not easy standing up to the NRA, but insists it needs to be done ... especially in the wake of last week's Florida school shooting, and the 2016 mass shooting where Dallas police offers were killed. He says the bigger problem is getting politicians on board.

Jemele Hill I Still Think Trump's a White Supremacist

2/21/2018 11:59 AM PST
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Jemele Hill says her opinion of Donald Trump has NOT changed -- she still believes he's a white supremacist ... but she probably wouldn't ever tweet that again.

The ESPN star appeared on "The View" on Wednesday and was asked about the tweet that led to her suspension back in October.

"I still stand by what I said," Hill told Meghan McCain ... adding, "I don't think his supporters are white supremacists."

However, Hill says Trump is surrounded by people with similar beliefs -- including Steve Bannon and others who have "played footsie" with white supremacists.

Hill also said if she had to do it over again, she wouldn't have tweeted -- instead she would have gone to ESPN and asked to write a column so she could have explained her position in greater detail.

We spoke with Hill after the show and she told us ESPN has given her the green light to talk about "issues that intersect with race sports culture and politics" in her new role with ESPN's website, the Undefeated.

And since she's a pop culture fanatic, we also asked Hill about comic books and the new "House Party" remake!

Billy Graham Dead at 99

2/21/2018 6:00 AM PST
Breaking News

Billy Graham, perhaps the most famous evangelist in U.S. history, is dead.

Graham died at his home early Wednesday morning in North Carolina. He had been ill for more than a decade. His death was attributed to natural causes.

Graham got involved in evangelism at 16 and rose to fame in his 30s when he held "sin-smashing" revival meetings under a circus tent in an L.A. parking lot. He then created his own ministry -- the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Graham was at one time a segregationist but, after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Brown vs. Board of Education -- which ended segregation in public schools -- he flipped the switch and became a civil rights leader. He integrated seating at his revival meetings, and became a close ally of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. They preached together to millions who listened to their message.

He also refused to visit South Africa during the Apartheid era until the government allowed blacks and whites to sit together at his revival meetings.

Graham rubbed elbows with world dignitaries for decades, from Buckingham Palace to the White House. He was counsel to a number of presidents, from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.

And this is interesting ... Graham was a Democrat, but fiercely opposed the candidacy of John F. Kennedy because he thought no good would come from a Roman Catholic leading the country.

Graham was married for 64 years to Ruth McCue Bell, who died in 2007. They had 5 children.

Graham was 99.

RIP

President Trump Makes Move to Ban Bump Stocks Following Vegas/Florida Shootings

2/20/2018 1:55 PM PST
Breaking News

President Trump's doing something about gun control -- he says he's signed paperwork directing Jeff Sessions to get the ball rolling on banning "all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns."

Trump says this process actually started after the Las Vegas massacre in October, when he told the Attorney General to look into whether the bump stocks used by Stephen Paddock were illegal under current law.

The Prez must have been encouraged by what Sessions reported back, because now -- in the wake of the Florida school shooting by Nikolas Cruz that left 17 people dead -- he's made a big move to propose regulations almost all gun control advocates support.

It's unclear what Sessions will do from here, but steps are clearly being taken to address the gun crisis.

However, don't count on the Florida State House to follow suit. Around the same time Trump made his announcement, state legislators voted down a measure to hear a bill banning assault rifles 71-36.

Baby steps.

'Last Men in Aleppo' Filmmakers Toss Hail Mary for Travel Visas

2/20/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Desperate times call for desperate measures -- creators of the Oscar-nominated film, "Last Men in Aleppo," are hoping party invitations will convince feds to approve their travel from Syria to the United States. 

If you haven't heard ... producer Kareem Abeed, co-director Hassan Kattan and cinematographers Fadi Al Halabi and Thaer Mohamad are from Syria, and they're barred from coming to the U.S. for the Academy Awards due to President Trump's travel ban.

The filmmakers know exceptions can be made for unusual circumstances, and we're told their Hail Mary consists of securing as many Oscar party invitations as possible. They want to present the documents to local consulates Tuesday in Europe.

Their argument, we're told, will be that they have legitimate business reasons to be in L.A. before, during and after the Oscars.

Two of the guys, Hassan and Fadi, went through this last year when their documentary short, "The White Helmets" won an Oscar. They were not present to accept due to the travel ban. 

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