Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin ventured out Monday to do some shopping around Anchorage without any makeup on ... and found a sly way to slip photogs the finger.
Once a maverick, always a maverick.
Congress to Goodell:
Stop BS'ing America
Come Clean On Ray Rice Tape
9/10/2014 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The United States Congress has inserted itself in the Ray Rice scandal ... the House Judiciary Committee has just fired off a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ... demanding that he come clean.
The letter -- signed by 12 members of the Committee and obtained by TMZ Sports -- notes that Goodell has said he had requested the video but never got it. But the Committee is skeptical, writing, "To our knowledge the public has not been informed as to specifically how and in what context the request was made, and specifically how relevant law enforcement responded."
TMZ has reported ... Goodell's request was to law enforcement but NOT the Casino, which would have gladly anted up the video. And we reported Rice's lawyer had a copy.
The Committee goes on, "Nor has there been a full explanation as to whether the video was requested of others, such as Mr. Rice's attorney or the casino where the incident occurred (and if not, why not), or whether any employees, agents, or consultants of the league or any of its teams outside of your office had access of the video prior to September 8."
The Committee is demanding "greater transparency and explanations on these matters."
GOODELL HAS 'CREDIBILITY ISSUES'
Should Call Condoleezza for Help
9/10/2014 8:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Senator John McCain says Roger Goodell has serious "credibility issues" ... and should get Condoleezza Rice on the phone ASAP to help clean up his mess.
McCain was out in D.C. Tuesday when he was asked how he felt about the Ray Rice video and how the NFL was handling the situation -- and that's when McCain fired the shot at Goodell.
As for talk that Condoleezza could replace Goodell as NFL Commish, McCain doesn't exactly sign off on that -- but says Rice "would be a good person for [Goodell] to call in and have a discussion with."
He adds, "I think she could help him."
FYI -- Condoleezza is a huge football fan and has expressed interest in the NFL job before. She's currently on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.
As for McCain, he took one last parting shot ... at his beloved Arizona Diamondbacks.
No Tee Time for You!
Dissed by Trump Golf Course
9/10/2014 7:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
President Barack Obama's ongoing rivalry with Donald Trump may have hit him where it really hurts -- the golf course ... as the Prez was reportedly denied a tee time at one of Trump's famous courses over Labor Day weekend.
Obama tried to get tee times at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, NY -- but his advance team was turned away ... according to WNBC. A couple of other top notch courses -- the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge -- also refused the Commander-in-Chief.
WNBC says the club managers explained that giving the President a tee time would require shutting down the whole course and stiffing their own high-paying members.
But c'mon, Trump would have made an exception ... if Barack had a birth certificate on him.
Mother's Road To Presidency Gets A Bump
9/9/2014 1:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chelsea Clinton's baby bump is getting bigger and bigger ... which means her mother's decision to run for President could be getting closer and closer.
Hillary Clinton famously said she wants to wait until becoming a grandma before declaring her candidacy for the highest office in the land ... and this pic shows that call may be coming sooner rather than later.
Of course, as far as we can see, the most important soon-to-be grandchild in the free world (sorry, Prince George) has no security anywhere in sight.
Somebody get that kid a secret serviceman ... and a publicist ... STAT!
Ray Rice Is Not a 'Real Man'
9/9/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Real men don't hit women ... so says President Barack Obama -- who issued a scathing statement against domestic abuse in the wake of the Ray Rice elevator video posted on TMZ Sports.
Moments after Rice was cut from the Baltimore Ravens Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest issued a statement saying, "The President is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society."
"Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that's true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors."
"Stopping domestic violence is something that's bigger than football – and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it."
Sen. Marco Rubio
Ray Rice Is a Liar
Doesn't Deserve 2nd Chance
9/8/2014 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice should be BANNED FOR LIFE from the NFL ... not just because he beat the crap out of his then-fiancee ... but because he LIED about it as well ... this according to Senator Marco Rubio.
Rubio [R-Florida] FL] tells TMZ Sports he's outraged by the footage of Rice belting Janay Palmer in the face and says -- "He should be suspended for life. There's no place for someone like that in the National Football League."
Rubio says the fact Rice lied about it -- by contending that it was mutual combat -- makes the situation even worse.
As for his punishment, Rubio couldn't be more clear -- "He has the right to work, but playing in the NFL is a privilege and I think you lose that privilege when you do something like that."
'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson
My Plan for ISIS ...
'Convert Them Or Kill Them'
9/3/2014 5:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The U.S. should deal with ISIS in one of two ways, if you ask "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson ... "convert them or kill them."
Robertson was on the Fox News show "Hannity" Tuesday night, and the topic of the recent beheadings of journalists in the Middle East came up. Robertson -- whose religious beliefs have stirred several controversies in the past -- offered up this ... "In this case you have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible."
Phil added, "I'm not giving up on them, I'm just saying convert them or kill them. One or the other."
Duck diplomacy. Hardcore.
Apologizes for 'Headless' Promos
As ISIS Video Comes Out
9/2/2014 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Sleepy Hollow" is issuing a major mea culpa for the show's #HeadlessDay promotion ... which happened to launch on the same day a 2nd U.S. journalist was beheaded by ISIS militants in Iraq.
The show is promoting its Season 1 DVD release with a series of memes cracking headless jokes as a nod to the main character ... the Headless Horseman. The memes all have the line, "Happy Headless Day from Sleepy Hollow."
Of course, the people behind the PR campaign couldn't have predicted the terrorists would release horrifying video of another execution.
The marketing agency that created the campaign says, "We apologize for the unfortunate timing of our Sleepy Hollow Headless Day announcement. The tragic news of Steven Sotloff's death hit the web as the email was being sent. Our deepest sympathies are with him and his family, and we don't take the news lightly."
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment also sent condolences to the family and added ... "We regret the unfortunate timing" of the promotion and the announcement.
The campaign has been pulled.
British Rapper Suspected
In Journalist Beheading
8/23/2014 12:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary -- a 24-year old who reportedly left home last year to fight in Syria's civil war -- used to go by the name L. Jinny ... and even had some of his music played on BBC Radio.
Bary tweeted a picture of himself holding a severed head earlier this month ... and the Telegraph says he's a suspect in Foley's execution.
According to reports ... former ISIS hostages have given him the nickname "John the Beatle" -- because of his British accent.
Cops Investigating SeaWorld Stunt
8/22/2014 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The California Highway Patrol is investigating Steve-O for breaking the law during his SeaWorld protest.
Steve-O essentially made a video confession ... giving a blow-by-blow of how he defaced a public sign on the 5 Freeway which leads to the theme park.
Caltrans was pissed ... got the CHP involved and now Steve-O could face criminal charges -- defacing public property.
Our sources say ... it's likely the case will be referred to prosecutors and Steve-O will be charged.
Steve-O tells us, "Go ahead and charge me, Sea World Sucks!"
I'm Sorry ...
I Was Stupid to Call Ferguson Rioters 'Animals'
8/21/2014 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Sorbo now says he made a bonehead move in the middle of the night by trashing Ferguson protesters.
Sorbo went on TMZ Live to address his Facebook post, claiming the rioters were using the shooting of Michael Brown, "as an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are."
But ... he didn't fully backtrack his comment that Obama was elected by Blacks.
Calls Ferguson Protesters
'Animals' and 'Losers'
8/21/2014 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Sorbo unleashed a crazy rant on Facebook about the unrest in Ferguson ... accusing protesters of using the shooting of Michael Brown as "an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are."
The former "Hercules" star, who's a die-hard conservative, said on Facebook, "Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man."
He thinks the rioters are people who failed in life and need to cast blame for their shortcomings.
He wrote, "Hopefully this is a reminder to the African Americans ( I always thought we just Americans. Oh, well.) that their President the [sic] voted in has only made things worse for them, not better."
Sorbo then proceeded to paste the contents of a recent article from the Jewish World Review entitled, "Media Clueless About the Inner City."
12:00 PM PT -- Kevin is now apologizing for his comments.