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I'll Campaign for Kanye ...

But I Can't Vote for Him

10/2/2015 5:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West's presidential campaign for President is picking up steam fast -- he could have a campaign manager in rapper Noreaga, who's ready to get out the vote ... up to a point.

We got N.O.R.E. leaving 1 OAK nightclub on Sunset, and he was showing Yeezy a ton of love -- first, for North's nickname. Earlier this year, Kanye joked that he calls her Norrie as a tip of the hat to the rapper.

But N.O.R.E. really started gushing about Kanye in 2020 ... pushing his clear choice for prez, but he is gonna have one BIG problem when it comes time to vote.

At least he can laugh about it. 

NBA Commish Adam Silver

Breaks Out The Big Guns

... Hires 4-Star U.S. General

10/2/2015 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1002-dempsey-silver-getty-01The NBA just added some serious firepower to the front office -- hiring the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to be Adam Silver's new special adviser. 

The league just announced Ret. General Martin E. Dempsey -- the highest ranking U.S. military official for the past 4 years -- will step into his new role effective January 1st. 

So, what's he gonna do exactly? 

The NBA says Dempsey will "provide the NBA with counsel on leadership and service, while continuing to support the league's military and youth basketball initiatives." 

In a statement, Gen. Dempsey added ... "After 4 decades of service in the United States Armed Forces, I look forward to working with the league to help improve communities and positively impact the children of civilian and military families."

As for Silver -- the NBA commish says he's "honored" to have Gen. Dempsey on board. 



Pope Francis

I Don't Support Kim Davis

10/2/2015 8:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1002-francis-davis-getty-02The Vatican is using the "smoked but didn't inhale" excuse when it comes to Pope Francis' meeting with anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis ... acknowledging their meeting but denying there was any exchange of support.

Davis, who was jailed for not granting same sex marriage licences in Kentucky, told reporters the Holy Father was in step with her stance, and told her to "stay strong."

Now the Vatican is saying the meet and greet between the Pontiff and Davis was so brief, the Pope never discussed the details of Davis' complex situation.

A Vatican spokesman says there were several dozen other people in the room, so Davis was not granted a "real audience" with Pope Francis -- and "his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position."

Carl's Jr. Tex Mex Commercial Model

It's Not Racist ... It's Delicious!

10/1/2015 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Carl's Jr. Tex Mex commercial featuring hot babes in a standoff in a volleyball game on the Texas-Mexico border is NOT RACIST ... so says one of the models in the commercial.

Our photog spotted Kara Del Toro, who reps Team Mexico in the ad, and she sorta says you can look at anything and come up with a Grassy Knoll theory, but really the commercial is about burgers and babes.

Kara also dispels any myths about models not eating the burgers they hawk ... or does she? 


Ben Carson

I Used to Outrun Cops

Before They Shot You ... JK!!

9/30/2015 3:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

ben_primary_v3Ben Carson flashed some energy and personality on the campaign trail Wednesday ... by cracking a joke about cops shooting black kids.  

The good doctor was stumping in New Hampshire, and reliving his childhood -- telling a story about how he and pals used to throw rocks at cars and run from the police.  

Innocent enough tale about his wayward youth, and then he said ... "That was back in the day before they would shoot you." 

Hard to tell if the GOP presidential candidate's comment was truly off-the-cuff or planned, but considering the current climate ... it seems like a risky door to open.

Especially for a guy who's moving up in the polls.

Pope Francis

Yes, It's True ...

I Met with Kim Davis

9/30/2015 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0930-pope-francis-kim-davis-getty-01Pope Francis is finally copping to having a sit down with controversial Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis during his U.S. visit.

Davis' attorney went public about last week's meeting in Washington, DC on Tuesday night -- and Davis herself has talked about it Wednesday. The Vatican was slow to confirm the meeting, but finally told the NY Times it did happen.

Reporters -- who didn't know about the meeting at the time -- had asked the Pope last week what he thought about Davis' refusal to grant marriage licenses to same sex couples. The Pontiff said he didn't know her story, but generally supported someone's right to conscientiously object.

Kim says Pope Francis gave her rosaries and told her to stay strong. The Vatican refused to elaborate on what went down in the meeting.

Donald Trump

If Elected ...

1st Lady Will Be Scorching Hot

9/30/2015 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0930-donald-trump-splashDonald Trump is a talker for sure, but sometimes he doesn't have to say anything to get votes.

This is what you get if you elect him ... a first lady who is runway ready.

Donald and Melania were leaving the Polo Bar in NYC Tuesday night, after eating some grub. They walked a block, back to their pad at Trump World Towers. 

Less talk, more walk.


Donald Trump

Worst Protest Ever

Floral Fail!!!

9/28/2015 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A woman had a pretty creative idea ... deliver a huge batch of yellow dahlias -- the National Mexican flower -- to Donald Trump's doorstep ... but her protest fell apart in spectacular and hilarious fashion.

Estefani Mercedes struggled with her massive bouquet as she tried to navigate the revolving door at Trump Tower in NYC. She was carrying 1,000 flowers, each with a note from a Latin immigrant sarcastically thanking Trump for his views on immigration.

You gotta see the video. It looks like something Lucy Ricardo would do.

She walks away with a single dahlia, courtesy of Donald's security.

Carly Fiorina

When the Walls Come ...

Tumblin' Down

9/28/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

092815_carly_fiorina_primaryIt's curtains for Carly Fiorina's presidential campaign, that is if she believes in omens.

The GOP candidate was stumping in San Antonio Sunday night -- speaking to a female business owners convention -- when she was rudely interrupted ... by her staging falling apart.

The curtains rigged up behind her came crashing down, but you gotta see Carly's reaction. She didn't exactly run for cover -- nor did anyone run to yank her to safety.

Carly dodged a direct hit, but likely learned a lesson -- in politics, someone's always gotta have your back.

White House State Dinner

Even Zuckerberg Dresses Up!!!

9/26/2015 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0926-mark-zuckerberg-getty-01Mark Zuckerberg is one of the richest, most powerful men in the world and dresses up for no one ... except Friday night.

Zuckerberg and wife Pricilla sauntered into The White House for a State Dinner honoring the Prez of China.

Lee Daniels also showed up with his mom, and was quick to express his satisfaction with the "Empire" premiere ... not so quick to talk about the lawsuit Sean Penn filed against him.

And Donald Trump ... well, he was checkin' out the digs.

Speaker of the House

Anchor Gets a Boner

Over Resignation!

9/26/2015 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

This is hilarious, and something every news anchor in American has tried NOT to mispronounce ... the name of Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Lauren Sivan from Fox 11 L.A. clearly had in her head what she SHOULDN'T say, but it came out anyway.

As you know, the Speaker announced Friday he would be resigning.  To be fair to Lauren, that probably did give conservative house Republicans a boner.

Tommy Chong

Here's My Trump Conspiracy Theory, Man

9/26/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Everyone's got a crackpot political theory on the Presidential race -- even Tommy Chong -- who may actually be onto something ... or just on something. 

Chong was out in L.A. this week when he offered up who's really winning with Donald Trump in the race ... and who he thinks is the mastermind behind the curtain.

He also guesses which candidate is a secret stoner.

If his rationale doesn't quite track for you ... then you just don't get it, dude. 

Pope Francis

Parade Crashing Little Girl ...

Mobbed at LAX!!

9/25/2015 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The little girl who squeezed through a police barricade to hand the Pope a message about U.S. immigration ... is getting the Kardashian treatment, now that she's back in L.A. 

Sophie Cruz and her dad were swarmed by photogs at LAX, arriving from Washington D.C. where earlier this week the 5-year-old became the poster child for America's immigration issues. She's a U.S. citizen, but her parents are illegal immigrants.

When she got an impromptu audience with the Pontiff, she handed him a drawing of herself with friends of different races and the note ... "My friends and I love each other no matter our skin color." 

Sophie's become quite the spokeswoman for her cause. Check out how she addressed the crowd of scrambling photogs. We got in one question about Donald Trump to her dad. He's pretty smooth too with the media.

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