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Sen. Bernie Sanders Do NOT Vote For ... My 'Hotline Bling' Moves

11/4/2015 12:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sen. Bernie Sanders ain't afraid to get his "Hotline Bling" on, but he's terrified at the thought of someone actually VOTING for him because he gets turnt on the dance floor.

The presidential candidate was in D.C. Wednesday ... riding the popularity wave of the viral video Ellen DeGeneres made this week of Bernie doing his best Drizzy.

So, check this out ... the senator is clearly aware his clip's now a thing on the Internet -- and it might help him reach a new audience. It's also clear that if he wins the White House we won't be watching him whip, nae nae, stanky leg or hit the quan ... in the Rose Garden.

And that's good.   

Ron Harper Defends Michael Jordan Kareem's Got Him All Wrong

11/4/2015 9:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jordan's former Chicago Bulls teammate is coming to his defense ... with Ron Harper telling us Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's criticism of MJ is simply unfair ... he ABSOLUTELY cares about people over shoe sales. 

Kareem went after MJ during an event in D.C. last week for an incident that went down back in '92 ... when Jordan reportedly refused to help black democrat Harvey Gantt in his campaign to unseat racist republican senator Jesse Helms because "Republicans buy sneakers, too."

Kareem said, "You can’t be afraid of losing shoe sales if you’re worried about your civil and human rights. [Jordan] took commerce over conscience. It’s unfortunate for him, but he’s gotta live with it."

But Ron isn't buying what Kareem is selling -- claiming MJ is a "very conscientious kind of guy."

"He may not come out and tell the world [what his values are] ... but he's one of the smartest guys I've ever been around."

"Some of the stuff he do may not get on TV on camera like some other athletes like to portray themselves as, conscientious Americans, but my boy MJ ... he knows what he's doing in life. Michael Jordan is caring."

LAPD to Quentin Tarantino We Have Your Back Even If You Don't Have Ours

11/4/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1103-quentin-tarantino-tmz-getty-02Quentin Tarantino called the cops 13 days before whipping a crowd up into a frenzy over when he called police murderers, asking them to come over and deal with someone who broke onto his property.

Law enforcement tells TMZ, Quentin was at his L.A. home October 11th at around 2 PM when he noticed someone in his backyard. We're told Quentin asked the guy to leave but he refused. Either Quentin or a member of his staff then called 911 and asked cops to come help.

We're told cops arrived minutes later and talked to the intruder who left without incident.

Just 13 days later, Quentin addressed a crowd at a NYC rally against "police terror," and fired them up by saying, "When I see murders, I do not stand by ... I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers."   

Quentin just clarified his comments, saying he was not referring to all cops as "murderers."

A member of the LAPD hierarchy tells us the word going around the Dept. is that the famed director is "an ass but [they] will still respond to calls for service at his home in a professional and timely manner."

Bill Cosby D.A. Election Makes Prosecution More Likely

11/4/2015 6:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Voters in a Philadelphia suburb have spoken and made Bill Cosby a bigger target for prosecution.

Kevin Steele was just elected District Attorney of Montgomery County, where an investigation has been reopened in connection with claims made by Andrea Constand that Cosby drugged and assaulted her.

Steele was running against Bruce Castor, who served as the D.A. when the case was initially rejected back in 2005. Castor had said Constand's credibility was questionable, and during the campaign Steele blasted Castor for his decision, squarely addressing it in TV campaign ads.

During his victory speech, Steele said, "You made a choice to take it forward, to fight for victims, to fight for people who have been the subject of crimes."


NFL Lineman Steps Up Marijuana Campaign ... Legalize My Pot Farm

11/2/2015 9:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Big week for Arizona Cardinals lineman Frostee Rucker -- who is set to own 1 of only TEN legalized pot farms in Ohio ... IF voters move to legalize weed during a statewide election tomorrow!!! 

Rucker teamed up with NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson to co-own one of the ten approved farms that would grow all of the state's legal pot. Nick Lachey owns another one of the farms. 

If the vote passes, Rucker stands to make a fortune ... but the 32-year-old tells TMZ Sports it's not about the money.

"This is not a shot to get rich," Rucker says ... "It's a movement to help the infrastructure of Ohio."

If the vote passes, Rucker says the legal weed industry will create thousands of jobs and save the state FORTUNE in money used to prosecute weed crimes. 

As for the NFL, Rucker says the league has always told the players to think about life after football -- and says this seemed like a perfect (and legal) investment. 

Rucker says his agent did reach out to his team and told them about his business -- but says it in NO WAY affects his play on the field.

"When I play football, I focus purely on that. I dedicate myself to my day job."

When asked if he's getting support from teammates or other players in the league, Rucker says the guys don't really talk about it ... "It's a non-issue."

Rucker says he's hopeful the vote goes his way tomorrow -- saying, "Groundbreaking things will come out of Ohio if it passes. More research and more importantly more opportunities come within this new industry."

Warren Sapp Chris Christie Is Fat and Stupid

11/2/2015 7:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Safe to say Warren Sapp probably won't be voting for Chris Christie ... 

The NFL Hall of Famer and convicted domestic abuser decided to get political this morning -- lashing out at Christie, presumably reacting to comments CC made about the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Over the weekend, Christie said the movement encouraged "lawlessness" -- adding, "I don't believe that movement should be justified when they are calling for the murder of police officers."

Enter Sapp ... who tweeted, "Fat Christie that's it just yell stupid stuff. Really how many get charged, damn prosecuted??"

Warren, fine if you wanna be critical -- but you really wanna fat shame? Really? 


Fred Thompson Ex Senator & 'Law & Order' Star Dies

11/1/2015 3:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1101-fred-thompson-getty-01Former U.S. Senator and longtime Hollywood actor Fred Thompson died in Tennessee today after battling cancer.

Thompson famously co-starred in tons of big budget movies, like "Die Hard 2," "The Hunt for Red October" and "Cape Fear" -- before going on to win office as a U.S. Senator for Tennessee.

Thompson served in the Senate from 1994 to 2003. He was also an attorney and was appointed minority counsel for the Republican Senators who were on the Watergate Committee.

After his time in office Thompson went back to acting, and most notably starred in a couple of "Law and Order" TV series as D.A. Arthur Branch.

In 2007, he briefly jumped back into politics ... attempting to win the Republican nomination for President. He eventually dropped out of the race in early 2008.

His family said he died peacefully in Nashville, surrounded by loved ones. They said he'd been battling lymphoma.

Thompson was 73.


Donald Trump Bomb Threat Triggers Criminal Investigation

10/31/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1030-donald-trump-tmz-02A man hell-bent on getting something from Donald Trump is now under criminal investigation for a bomb threat.

Law enforcement tells us a guy called the West L.A. law firm of  Manatt, Phelps & Phillips last month and demanded to speak with a rep for Trump. Apparently he knew the firm had represented Trump in the past. The receptionist told the man the firm no longer did work for Trump and sent him to voicemail. 

Law enforcement says the guy went nuclear, calling back and telling the receptionist he had sent a letter to Trump and he needed to get it back, then threatening, "If I don't get it back, I will blow the place up!"

LAPD cops came and did a full sweep of the building, but found nothing. The LAPD is investigating.

It's interesting ... Manatt, Phelps & Phillips is a powerhouse in the Democratic party ... the lawyers are super connected. It's unclear if the firm dumped Trump or vice versa after he announced his run for Prez. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger I Won't Say if My Son Should Run ... But John Kasich Will

10/31/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John Kasich was true to his word Friday, trying to insert himself in interviews ... even with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Arnold showed up at the Montage hotel in Bev Hills for a Kasich fundraiser, when our photog asked if his super good-looking son Patrick would ever run for a political office ... after all, he's a Kennedy.

Arnold was guarded, and that's when Johnny jumped in with his 2 cents, which honestly made it a little entertaining.

Arnold got trumped. 

Hillary Clinton Saved by Usher From 'Black Lives' Protest

10/30/2015 4:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It was Usher to the rescue when Hillary Clinton's campaign stop was nearly derailed by protesters yelling and singing through her speech.

It went down Friday afternoon in South Carolina ... where Clinton was joined by Usher, Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Young. Just as she took the podium ... a group of young people marched in and started chanting, "black lives matter!"

It gets pretty tense in the video as Hillary's followers tried to drown out the haters. But witnesses tell us Usher eventually pulled the protesters aside, and convinced them to listen to his candidate before judging her.

Usher. Future diplomat?

George W. Bush Kanye For Prez? That's Pretty Damn Funny

10/29/2015 5:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

George W. Bush doesn't have as much confidence in Kanye West to lead the free world as President Obama -- or Kanye, for that matter -- in fact, seems pretty comical to him. 

We caught up with the former Prez in D.C. Thursday night to get his reaction to Kanye's early declaration for 2020 ... and his reaction is classic Dub-ya. 

In fairness, it's kind of a loaded question, considering Yeezy and Bush's history -- the whole hating black people thing after Hurricane Katrina.

Fair to say, this is one vote Kanye does NOT have in the bag.

Conor McGregor 'F**k You & The Queen' For Questioning My Irish Pride

10/29/2015 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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UFC superstar Conor McGregor just went off ... blasting people who claimed he was insulting his Irish heritage by wearing a poppy on his shirt -- telling his critics, "F**k you and the Queen."

FYI -- the poppy is traditionally worn in British Commonwealth nations around Remembrance Day (November 11th) to honor soldiers who died in combat. 

But in Ireland, wearing the poppy is controversial ... with some saying it represents the oppression by the British Army after World War One, the Black and Tans and the occupation of Northern Ireland. 

Recently, an image of McGregor wearing a poppy began to circulate on social media ... with critics ripping him as a "sellout" and disrespectful. 

1029-mcgregor-facebookSo, moments ago ... Conor finally responded in a passionate Facebook entry:

"I know where my allegiance lies and what I do for my country. I don't need a stupid little flower with a 100 different meanings to tell me if I do or do not represent my country."

"Check the facts of its original meaning. ALL soldiers. ALL wars. I have the blood of many nations on my gloves. Fought and beat on the world stage.  You have a pint in your hand and a Celtic jersey on in your local. F*ck you and the Queen."


Donald Trump Buys Back Slogan Free to 'Make America Great Again' ... Again

10/29/2015 12:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0813-donald-trump-check-sub-TWITTER-4Donald Trump just opened his checkbook to settle the trademark war over his campaign slogan -- but the real winner here is St. Jude Children's Hospital.

As TMZ first reported ... radio host Bobby Estell swooped in and filed a trademark application for "Make America Great Again" before Trump's team could do it -- giving Bobby the exclusive right to sell gear with Trump's slogan.

Well, Bobby just posted a pic of a check from Trump Marks LLC, made out to St. Jude's ... meaning Trump answered his demands.

As we told you, Bobby said he'd transfer rights to Donald if he got a face-to-face meeting, and a $100,000 donation. Bobby whited out the amount of the check, and it's unclear if he got the sit down ... but he did thank Donald and say, "have your slogan back."

A classic win, win, win. 

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