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Melania Trump Topless Mural Takes Dig at Hillary

7/24/2016 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0724-melania-trump-im-with-her-SPLASH-01Melania Trump's going topless Down Under on a giant mural ... and it doesn't look like the artist is much of a Hillary Clinton fan.

Melbourne street artist "LushSux" slapped up the potential future First Lady on an alley wall, and jacked Clinton's unofficial campaign slogan -- "I'm with her" -- for the piece.

The boobs DO appear to be Melania's and not Michelle Obama's

If the work looks familiar that's because "LushSux" previously did a version of Kim Kardashian's naked selfie in a different alley. 

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Barack Obama His Own Blood's Voting for Trump

7/24/2016 7:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0724-malik-obama-barack-obama-donald-trump-TMZ-GETTY-02Prez Obama's half brother is jumping ship -- he's disappointed in Barack's administration and says he'll be casting a vote for Donald Trump.

Malik Obama, a longtime Democrat, says he won't back Hillary Clinton for several reasons ... including her email scandal, same sex marriage and Moammar Khadafy. Malik -- who lives in Kenya -- told the NY Post he blames Clinton and his brother for killing the Libyan dictator, who he considered a close friend.

Malik thinks Clinton "should have known better" than to use her personal email for classified material -- and says he feels like he's more Republican now because he doesn't support same sex marriage.

The President's bro used to live and work as an accountant in Maryland, and says he's still registered to vote there.

Lou Holtz I'm NOT A Racist Regrets Immigration Joke

7/23/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0722-main-lou-holtz-gettyLou Holtz says he regrets making a crack about foreigners at an event during the Republican National Convention ... telling TMZ Sports it was meant to be a joke, nothing more. 

The controversy began when Holtz was talking about immigration and said -- "I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team!”

We spoke with Coach Lou ... who tells us he's sorry for SOME of what he said.

"I like to joke. I wished I hadn’t said, ‘I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, and cheer for your soccer teams.’ It was said in jest. But I stand by the rest of what I said about coming to America to become us."

Holtz says he strongly believes that immigrants who come to the U.S. should learn English and adapt to American culture -- and for that, he will not apologize. 

"All 4 of my grandparents were immigrants. They all came through Ellis Island. When they wouldn’t want me to know what they were saying, they’d speak Ukrainian. I’d ask them to teach me Ukrainian. They’d say, ‘No, you live in America. You speak English.'"

The coach is also adamant he's NOT a racist or a bigot -- "I challenge you, I defy you to find one person who I’ve ever been racist toward."

When asked if he was bothered by the criticism, he replied -- "It doesn’t bother me. I know who I am. It bothers my wife. She’s very upset."

Hillary Clinton Visits Pulse And Victims' Families

7/22/2016 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0722_hillary_clinton_pulse_nightclub_launch_2Hillary Clinton paid her respects and read dozens of memorials Friday at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

The presidential candidate delivered a bouquet of white roses before sitting down with the families of the 49 mass shooting victims.

She also met with city and LGBTQ community leaders. 

Donald Trump 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' ... Really?

7/22/2016 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump's speech was all fire and brimstone ... loud and confident, and that made the choice of exit music more than a little perplexing.

Trump finished big Thursday night at the RNC, and as he took his bows, "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was pumped through the arena.

It's a bizarre message after a candidate lays out his platform. But it may not be a message at all. One high-level campaign source tells TMZ, it was "just a song on the playlist."  

At least it wasn't "Sympathy for the Devil." 

Donald Trump There Goes the Son

7/22/2016 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0722-main-barron-trump-getty-01Donald Trump captivated just about everyone at the RNC with his 1 hour 16 minute speech ... except his son.

Barron Trump started out strong, but faded midway through the longest acceptance speech in 44 years.

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The 10-year-old tried toughing it out but lost the battle toward the end.   

Father forgive him ...

Donald Trump 'Here Comes the Sun' Infuriates George Harrison Estate

7/22/2016 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ivanka Trump was one of the stars for sure at the RNC, but putting a star next to a song about the Sun creates problems.

George Harrison's estate is furious "Here Comes the Sun" was used for Ivanka's big entrance. They say, "The unauthorized use of #HereComestheSun at the #RNCinCLE is offensive and against the wishes of the George Harrison Estate."

The statement goes on, "If it had been Beware of Darkness, then we MAY have approved it!  #TrumpYourself."

Point made.

Peter Thiel Proud to be Gay, Proud to be Republican

7/21/2016 6:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel delivered a few lines at the Republican National Convention Thursday that were met with a surprising and even shocking reaction from the crowd.

Thiel is the first openly gay speaker at a Republican convention who addressed LGBT issues. He conceded the party platform was not his vision. In fact, the platform, which among other things seeks to repudiate the right of gays to marry, is considered by many draconian and hostile to the LGBT community.

Nevertheless, when Thiel presented himself to the crowd as a proud gay man, he was received warmly and, arguably, embraced by the crowd.

NBA How's This for a Bathroom Break? We Won't Play All-Star Game in Charlotte

7/21/2016 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The NBA is officially saying goodbye to North Carolina ... the 2017 All-Star Game will be moved to a state more friendly to the LGBT community.

The catalyst for the decision ... the North Carolina law that requires people to use bathrooms that correspond with their birth gender. The move to repeal the law failed.

The game -- which was originally scheduled for February 19, 2017 at Timer Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte -- will now be moved to another city ... as yet undetermined.

An NBA official says, "We do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2." 

All hope isn't lost for basketball fans in Charlotte ... the NBA says they HOPE to reschedule the ASG for 2019 ... providing Charlotte lawmakers 86 the bill.

Ted Cruz I'll Be Watching Trump Tonight

7/21/2016 1:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ted Cruz hasn't settled on who's getting his vote, and maybe that's why he told our photog he'll be on a couch in front of a TV watching Donald Trump's acceptance speech.

Our photog got Cruz at the Cleveland airport, beating a hasty retreat after Wednesday night's speech.

We also asked Cruz ... by going back on his word to support the nominee, has he earned the name "Lyin' Ted?"

President Obama Props to the K.C. Royals ... But Your Nicknames Suck!

7/21/2016 9:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The K.C. Royals got some real talk from President Obama Thursday -- who gave 'em all sorts of props for winning the World Series ... but told 'em their nicknaming skills are pretty weak. 

The Royals got to visit 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. as personal guests of POTUS -- and Obama did his usual thing ... roasting the team with some friendly zingers. 

Among the topics ... nicknames, hashtags and Fetty Wap. 

Congrats to the champs! 

CNN's Chris Cuomo We're Not Anti-Trump And We Do it BEST

7/21/2016 8:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo scoffed at the notion CNN is anti-Trump, despite the absence of coverage of Gov. Mike Pence's speech on the homepage of the network's website.

Our photog got Chris out Thursday after his morning show, and the anchor was strong, saying his network's coverage of the election is fair and unparalleled. He takes a shot at TMZ as a fringe player, but is still pretty gracious.

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Fact is ... check out CNN's homepage first thing Thursday morning. Lots of stories about Cruz and "Donald Trump's Dreadful Night," but nothing about Pence.  

There is one story about the Vice President -- "'Veep' Actor Disqualified from Emmy."

Phil Robertson Don't Be an Odd Duck, Cruz ... Get On Board with Donald!

7/21/2016 9:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson's got some advice for Ted Cruz -- get off the tracks, the Donald Trump express is coming through. 

We got Phil on his way out of the RNC Wednesday night and he was fired up about "Lyin' Ted" going rogue -- refusing to endorse Trump during his speech.

Check out Phil's take -- it's interesting because he admits he was a Cruz man ... until Cruz got crushed by Trump. He's moved on, and thinks it's time for Ted to do the same. 

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