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Chuck D Meek Should Make 'Message' Music ... His Fans Will Follow

4/25/2018 8:34 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chuck D says Meek Mill is not the same man -- or artist -- he was when he first went into prison 5 months ago ... and, as such, his music should reflect it going forward.

We got the Public Enemy MC Tuesday at LAX on the heels of the news Meek was being released from prison, and Chuck thinks the Philly rapper is a changed person for the better now that he is back on the outside. 

Our photog asks if this will inspire Meek to start putting out tracks that will carry a message. Based on his answer (and also his own personal history) ... we're assuming Chuck wouldn't be mad if he started speaking for the people. 

Melania to Prez Trump Fine, I'll Hold Your Hand in Public!! But, I Ain't Gonna Be Happy

4/25/2018 6:40 AM PDT

Melania Trump pulled a France -- appropriately before her first State dinner -- and fully surrendered her right hand to President Trump. Vive la France!

The First Lady and POTUS posed for pics Tuesday night before breaking baguettes with French Prez Macron and his wife at the White House. Unlike earlier in the day, the Prez and Melania got a grip ... of each other's hands.

When the Macrons arrived, Melania had subtly -- and hilariously -- shunned Trump's attempts to hold her hand.

She might not have been smiling Tuesday night, but at least they reached an accord -- which apparently requires him to gush over Melania's dinner on Twitter.

We're kidding. We're sure he means it.

See, Trump can reach across the aisle, if absolutely necessary.

Congressional Baseball Game GOP's 1st Practice Since Shooting ... No Sign of Scalise

4/25/2018 6:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Congressional Republicans came together this week to play some baseball -- the team's first reunion since a shooting last year that almost left Rep. Steve Scalise dead.

The GOP held its first Congressional Baseball Game practice Tuesday at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, VA, where different members made some opening remarks at a podium ... including lobbyist Matt Mika, who was shot multiple times last summer by James Hodgkinson.

Mika thanked one of the paramedics on the scene who helped save his life, which was followed by a round of applause. We also ran into Senator Jeff Flake, who was reportedly at bat when Hodgkinson opened fire during an early morning practice.

He says it's emotional to come back onto the field, but also tells us he's looking for a win during this year's actual game. Scalise himself did not appear at Tuesday's practice.

Damian Lewis First Crack at Playing Rob Ford ... Nailed It!!!

4/24/2018 11:04 AM PDT

"Billions" star Damian Lewis looks totally unrecognizable on set, which is a good thing ... because he's playing Toronto's former crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford.

Lewis was spotted in character on the set of "Run This Town" in Toronto on Monday, after spending nearly 7 hours in makeup to transform into the disgraced ex-Mayor ... and the resemblance is uncanny.

The film will focus on Ford's last year of his mayoral term, which was rocked by scandal when he was caught on video smoking crack in 2014 and took a leave to go to rehab.

Those involved with the movie have referred to it as "historical fiction," instead of a Rob Ford biopic ... but it certainly has that biopic look.

As we reported ... Ford died in 2016 after a battle with cancer.

Lewis is known for his Emmy-winning performance as Nicholas Brody on "Homeland" and as cocky hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod on "Billions."

Donald Trump Attempt to Hold Melania's Hand Is Sad ...

4/24/2018 9:31 AM PDT

Donald Trump really wanted to get Melania to hold his hand at a White House event honoring French President Emmanuel Macron ... but man, he had to work for it. 

Trump was standing next to his wife in the Rose Garden when he tried to slickly coax her hand into his ... but what ensued was a painfully long battle of wills.

It's clear Melania was trying to avoid the hand-hold ... but Trump and his pinky finger were persistent ... eventually wearing down her defense until she submitted. 

True love, huh?

David Hogg & Cameron Kasky Prom Pose Pic was Just for Fun ... We're Not Dating

4/24/2018 9:28 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Parkland student leaders David Hogg and Cameron Kasky have nothing but love for one another, but they're not actually going to prom together ... TMZ has learned.

Cameron's tweet Monday of this photo with the caption "Prom 2018" led many to believe the 2 were announcing their prom plans ... but their parents tell us it's not true.

David's mom, Rebecca Boldrick, tells us David has another date for the prom, and the photo with Cameron was taken during a video shoot Monday for U2's RED campaign the high schoolers were working on.

Cameron's dad, Jeff Kasky, tells us ... "Cameron and David love each other very much, as do the 20 or so other kids that are part of their group, but not in a romantic type of way."

We're told Marjory Stoneman Douglas High just has a senior prom -- and Cameron's only a junior -- so while he could go if he gets invited by a senior like David ... they're just friends.

Trump to Emmanuel Macron We're Great Pals, Huh? Lemme Get That Dandruff, Bro

4/24/2018 8:42 AM PDT
Breaking News

President Trump and Emmanuel Macron are so tight, they have no problem wiping the dirt off each other's shoulder in front of cameras ... or dandruff, for that matter. 

Trump was hosting the French President and his wife, Brigitte, at the White House Tuesday for policy talks between the two countries, and at one point in the Oval Office, Trump got a little handsy with Manny ... flicking off some apparent dandruff that had built up on his jacket.

It's funny for another reason, too. DT was touting the fact that the media was reporting on his and Macron's close relationship ... which for once he said wasn't "fake news."

Hard to imagine Trump's brush-off was anything but a subtle power move. 

Of course, no meeting is complete without Trump's signature handshake ... and it appears 45 has significantly cut down on the shake's length since last year.

Kourtney Kardashian Bombarded For Selfies ... on Capitol Hill!

4/24/2018 8:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kourtney Kardashian was just like any ol' senator or congresswoman walking through the hallways of the Capitol Tuesday in a suit and on a mission to change the law ... until she was bombarded for selfies.

The eldest Kardashian didn't say much on her way to talk about regulating cosmetics and other personal care products, but couldn't resist the opportunity to get one pic in with a fan.

The 39-year-old is there with the Environmental Working Group lobbying for environmentally-friendly cosmetic products.

Gotta say Kourtney looks like she's holding her ground, so perhaps there's a future there in politics for her. Wouldn't be the first time a reality star made it far in politics.

Mitt Romney Heckles Russell Westbrook ... at Jazz Game

4/24/2018 6:00 AM PDT
Breaking News

Mitt Romney ... talking crap?!

Yep -- it all went down at the Jazz game Monday night where a man running for senator in Utah sat on the court to watch his team take on the OKC Thunder in Game 4 of their playoff series. 

When Russell Westbrook racked up his 4th foul in the first half ... Romney (wearing his own customized Jazz jersey) started talking smack ... heckling Russ from a really close distance!

Good news for Mitt ... the Jazz were able to close it out and eventually won the game 113-96 ... taking a 3-1 lead in the series.

Game 5 is Wednesday in Oklahoma City ... wonder if Mitt will fuel up the jet and keep the rivalry going?

So far, no word from Westbrook ... but ya gotta think he'll have something to say eventually.

Kourtney Kardashian Meeting With Congress To Talk Cosmetics

4/24/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kourtney Kardashian is about to dip her toes into D.C. politics ... and it's all in the name of cosmetics.

Our Kardashian sources say Kourtney will come face-to-face with several members of Congress Tuesday in hopes of helping to reform the laws that regulate cosmetics and other personal care products. We're told Kourt's teamed up with the Environmental Working Group for the trip. 

Kourtney touched down in D.C. Monday, where she was joined by the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" camera crew to capture the meetings. Our sources say the 'KUWTK' staff booked a block of hotel rooms and a conference room, as well, but it's unclear if other family members will join. 

Kourtney's been a huge promoter of environmentally safe products in the past -- and she recently teamed up with Kylie for a cosmetics collaboration -- so it seems like Kourt wants to make sure she's putting out a healthy product for users and the planet.

Sean Spicer Reuniting With A Trump ... In Wax

4/24/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sean Spicer is back to repping a Trump, but this time it's the First Lady, Melania, as a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York City. 

Spicer is launching the "Give Melania a Voice" experience at the wax museum this Wednesday. It's Madame Tussauds' first wax figure of the First Lady and it'll be interactive, which might explain why Spicer is doing the honor. 

Visitors will be able to tweet on Melania's behalf from a tweeting station nearby, which will then go live to a FLOMT (First Lady of Madame Tussauds) account. 

Spicer will also participate in a Q&A at the unveiling about his time in the White House, but is keeping it short, just like an ol' White House press conference. The whole event is expected to last 15 minutes.

President H.W. Bush Hospitalized 1 Day After Barbara's Funeral

4/23/2018 3:52 PM PDT
Breaking News

Former president George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston, just one day after his wife of 73 years was laid to rest.

A Bush rep says he contracted an infection that spread to his blood. The 93-year-old former President has suffered a variety of health problems, including pneumonia back in January 2017. He also suffers from vascular parkinsonism ... a rare syndrome that mimics Parkinson's disease. 

As for the latest health problem, doctors say their famous patient is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. 

NFL's Cameron Jordan On Kaepernick: 'There's Less Talented QBs Playing'

4/23/2018 2:56 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

When it comes to Colin Kaepernick, New Orleans Saints star Cameron Jordan says one thing's for sure -- "There's quarterbacks less talented playing [in the NFL]."

Jordan knows a little something on the topic ... he's made the Pro Bowl 3 times making life a living hell for QBs.

So, when we saw him out in Bev Hills (nice Manchester United jersey, BTW) we had to ask about Kaep's current employment status.

It's pretty clear Jordan supports Colin and thinks he belongs in the league.

Meantime, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recently said the team is still considering signing Kaep -- despite 86ing a workout earlier this month because Colin wouldn't commit to ending his kneeling demonstration.

We'll see ...

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