Senator Claire McCaskill -- who grilled Dr. Oz like a cheeseburger during Tuesday's hearing -- was incredulous over the Doc's "miracle pill" because she's walked the walk ... sources connected to the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection tell TMZ.
McCaskill lost a ton of weight in 2011 ... actually more like 50 pounds. She did it the old fashion way -- diet and exercise -- and she was proud of it. We're told she thinks diet shortcuts are ineffective and often fraudulent.
So when Oz came to The Hill ... we're told McCaskill was locked and loaded for a showdown over Oz touting green coffee beans as a miracle drug. One of McCaskill's staffers tells TMZ ... this was not a vendetta against Oz, and others have told us the same -- that she just thinks these quick fixes are harmful, especially when they're endorsed by credible people.
For Oz's part ... we're told he and his staff privately acknowledged he went too far on the air, and pulled back on the hyperbole several years ago.
Fetched Coffee for Halle's Crew
... Welcome to Hollywood!!
6/18/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sources on the set of Halle Berry's new TV show "Extant" ... tell TMZ 15-year-old Malia Obama got very little special treatment during her week-long stint as a production assistant.
We're told Malia spent most of her day going on runs for coffee and drinks for the cast ... like every other no-name peon. She also helped the crew by blocking people from walking through scenes during shooting.
Of course, MO did get something not even Halle got -- Secret Service protection. We're told a few agents were always on set, but they gave her space.
Best of all, we're told one person innocently chatted up Malia one day about sports -- just to be friendly -- but never realized who she was.
Kinda cool that she never blew her cover.
Let’s Hear It for the Boy Toy! (VIDEO)
6/17/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The GOP Supports Gay Marriage
Who Said We Didn't?
6/14/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Stacey Dash is a rare breed ... not only is she a loud and proud Hollywood Republican, she also believes her party, as a whole, is a big supporter of same-sex marriage.
Stacey gave us her spin on GOP politics while hiking Friday -- in a Mexico World Cup jersey -- and flaunting 25-year-old model Michael Evers ... her reported new BF.
Stacey is a new contributor for FOX News Channel -- and perhaps, based on this clip ... a new voice for the Republican party.
Performs 'Cop Killer' Again
6/13/2014 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ice-T's thrash metal band Body Count reunited Thursday night in New York and this awkward moment happened -- the "Law and Order: SVU" detective performing "Cop Killer."
The group recently started doing a few shows to promote the release of a new album ... and last night at the Gramercy Theatre they dusted off their most controversial song.
There was a ton of controversy surrounding the '92 release of "Cop Killer" ... Vice Prez Dan Quayle and President Bush blasted the song -- and police organizations across the country rallied against the band and its record label.
Ice-T eventually agreed to pull the song from the record and replaced it with a song called "Freedom of Speech."
George H. W. Bush
for His 90th Birthday!
6/12/2014 9:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Read our lips: George H.W. Bush went skydiving today to celebrate his 90th birthday.
The elder Bush made the parachute jump near his home in Kennebunkport, Maine. He celebrated his 80th and 85th birthdays with jumps as well.
According to Bush's camp, it was the eighth time he's done it ... the first one being when his plane was shot down by the Japanese over the Pacific during World War II.
The man has lived.
It's a wonderful day in Maine -- in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump.— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) June 12, 2014
Secret Service Left Holding the Doggie Bag
6/10/2014 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
President Obama was so heavily guarded by an elite Secret Service team as he left a Virginia burger joint ... even his doggie bag got protection.
Check out our video of POTUS and Education Secretary Arne Duncan and others as they surprised diners Tuesday afternoon at FireFlies in Alexandria, VA.
The Prez ordered the American Way Burger with cheese, lettuce, tomato and mustard ... and fries and a side salad. Total bill -- $73 ... Obama left a $50 tip.
As for running with the doggie bag ... it's a job any Secret Service agent would relish.
'Body By Jake'
Prez Obama Can Pump Some Iron!
6/6/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
President Obama wasn't going soft with those puny dumbbells, he was going smart -- at least according to the fitness guru behind "Body By Jake."
Jake Steinfeld weighed in on Obama's now famous workout in Poland -- and while a lot of people are giving the Prez crap ... Jake's giving him props for hitting the gym at all.
When we spotted Jake in Bev Hills ... he was quick to defend B.O. pumping iron with light weights ... because he says sometimes it's better to go for higher reps when you're squeezing in a quick workout on the road.
As for the President's chosen exercises and form -- you gotta hear why Jake was actually impressed.
He also reveals who he considers our "most fit" Commander-in-Chief ever.
Hint: It's NOT William H. Taft.
Working Out in Poland
6/4/2014 12:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There was a major Secret Service breach this week in Poland ... because someone was able to sneak video of President Barack Obama working out at the gym ... and it's not pretty.
Obama, who is in Poland to rally Eastern European support against Russian aggression, was filmed working out in a hotel in Warsaw ... and somehow whoever took the video managed to do so without being made by Secret Service.
The workout is a little scattered -- some arms, some legs, some shoulders -- and his form could use some work.
But hey, as long as he's still commander-in-chief of the biggest army in the world ... who cares how much he can bench?
'Big Time Rush' Star
POSSIBLE DRONE SIGHTING
At Secret Service Golf Tourney
6/4/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
What do Secret Service members do when they're not protecting the President ... or boozing in Colombia?? THEY GOLF!!!
And at a recent Secret Service charity golf tournament in L.A., there was definitely some sort of drone keeping watch from the sky.
TMZ Sports has obtained footage showing a fast-moving flying object hovering over the event -- where stars like Kendall Schmidt -- the lead singer from "Big Time Rush" who joined current and past agents on the links at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes.
We're told the event raised a ton of cash for families of former agents ... including $2,500 from Schmidt, who sponsored the first tee.
As for the U.F.O. ... our sources on the course tell us the drone hovered over the area throughout the day, zipping around the sky. Unclear if was it was keeping watch over the agents ... or just recording the action for fun.
Getting Trashed on the Internet ...
Is Just Like War
5/29/2014 9:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gwyneth Paltrow is comparing meaningless Internet insults to the ravages of war -- real war -- claiming she's been dehumanized by widespread Internet trash-talking ... the same way a real-life soldier is dehumanized by blood, guts, bullets, night terrors, watching his friends die, and PTSD.
Shortly before her appearance at the Code tech conference this week, Paltrow said, "You come across [comments] about yourself and about your friends, and it’s a very dehumanizing thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it."
Paltrow -- whose most recent life struggle was probably a scuffed nail -- added, “My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.”
It's basically like that empty statement Tom Cruise made comparing acting to war ... minus all the physical exertion.
Paltrow added, "It’s taken me a long time to get to the point where I can see these things and not take it as a personal affront and a hurt. I see myself as a chalkboard or a whiteboard or a screen, and someone is just putting up their own projection on it."
Cindy McCain -- the wife of John McCain (an actual veteran) -- has already torn Paltrow to shreds on Twitter, writing, "Gweneth Paltrow [sic] is a joke ... Perhaps Gweneth Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess!"
And other veterans agree -- a rep for Veterans for Peace tells TMZ, "She doesn't understand what it means to be in real danger ... Not someone talking to you on the Internet, but actually having bullets shot at you."
The rep adds, "I've gone to war and had that kind of fear. She's not in a situation where she can compare the two. She hasn't had to fear for her life and not know whether she'd make it home."
at the White House
5/23/2014 1:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
You're a security officer at the White House. It's the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. You probably have BBQ on the mind. The only thing that could possibly ruin your day could be if ... oh, we don't know ... some guy strips down naked and puts up a fight.
So it went this afternoon ... when that exact scenario played out in a very public and touristy spot at the White House.
According to the Secret Serivce, the man in question was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries suffered when the security at 1600 Pennsylanvia Ave. had to carefully subdue him.
A rep for the Secret Service said the man gave no reason for why the he decided to strip down naked.
He was eventually charged with two counts of assault and one count of indecent exposure.