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President Obama Teary and Angry Guns are Killing Our Children

1/5/2016 9:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

President Obama choked up and wiped tears from his eyes as he talked about children getting murdered in the wave of gun violence.

Obama took a moment to compose himself as he unveiled a series of executive orders on guns, including expanding mandatory background checks for some private sales. 

Obama called on the majority of gun owners to grieve with the nation and demand change.

'Making A Murderer' Prez Obama Needs to Step Up ... Says 'Empire' Star

1/5/2016 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"Empire" star Adam Rodriguez thinks Steven Avery, the man at the center of "Making A Murderer" ... should be set free, and President Obama needs to make it happen.

Adam was leaving the gym Monday in Venice when he unloaded on our photog about the Netflix documentary. Adam says you can count him among the 250k people who've signed a Change.org petition asking Obama to give Avery a presidential pardon.

And he thinks it shouldn't stop with Obama. Check out the clip ... you can feel his outrage. 

'Making a Murderer' Steven Avery You Framed Me and Stole My Gas!!!

1/4/2016 2:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Steven Avery, the man at the center of the incredible documentary, "Making A Murderer," filed legal docs saying the cops violated his civil rights by damaging his car and using too much gas.

Avery, who's serving a life sentence for the murder of Teresa Halbach, claimed in court documents -- filed in 2012 and obtained by TMZ -- that the cops damaged his 1993 Pontiac Grand Am when they seized it for the murder trial.  

Avery, who repped himself, claimed when the car was returned, it was in disrepair. He says the alternator and battery needed replacing, the shifter on the transmission was bent and had to be repaired, and "the gas tank was missing 3/4 of a tank of gas when it had been full before it was taken."

The now-famous defendant was asking for $455 for the damage and "used gas." He also asked for $250,000 in punitive damages. He lost the case.

In a separate case he sued for seizing his wood cabinet book case, 4 paperback books, a handset for a cordless telephone and an AC power cord.

You'd think he'd have bigger fish to fry.

Bill Cosby I'm Fighting the Charges It's All Political!

12/30/2015 3:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1230_bill_cosby_tmzBill Cosby says he's the victim of a district attorney trying to make a name for himself in a meritless case.

Cosby's attorneys are indignant, making it clear their client was the centerpiece of a hotly contested election for D.A. in Montgomery County, PA.  

It's interesting ... Kevin Steele, who went before reporters Wednesday to announce the sexual assault charge is not even the D.A. yet ... he takes office Friday, and he ran on a platform of prosecuting Cosby.

Cosby's legal team says they plan to mount a "vigorous defense against this unjustified charge."

Enrique Iglesias Sri Lankan Prez Wants Enrique Show Promoters Beaten

12/28/2015 11:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena is so outraged female fans threw their bras at an Enrique Iglesias concert in his country ... he wants the show's promoters savagely beaten.

Sirisena has already chosen his weapon of choice ... poisonous stingray tails.

Sirisena was royally ticked after last week's performance ... when women in the crowd removed their bras and tried kissing Enrique.

Sirisena says, "I don't advocate that these uncivilized women who removed their brassieres should be beaten with toxic stingray tails, but those who organized such an event should be."

Live Events, which produced the show, apologized Monday, saying security failed badly.

The Clintons Hot Coat-Ture in NYC

12/28/2015 5:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

122815_hillary_clinton_splash_v2Hillary Clinton high-jacketed the moment as she and her family took a stroll Sunday in an unseasonably warm NYC.

Hillary was wearing a coat which looks like the one she got a dozen years ago in Afghanistan. In case you didn't notice, Hillary's a co-gripper as she and Chelsea push 1-year-old Charlotte along in a stroller.

Bill's in the background along with Chelsea's hubby, Marc Mezvinsky.  

The men know their place.

David Spade Obama ... Thirstiest Prez Ever

12/27/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

David Spade thinks President Obama and Michelle have gone over the deep end and are becoming downright embarrassing to the office.

David was leaving Craig's when he groused about the President appearing on a reality TV show, GQ and Michelle becoming a staple on "Ellen."

Listen carefully to what David's saying ... sounds like he thinks this is all a prelude to what we'll see when they leave office.

Robert Downey Jr. I'm No Role Model ... But I Deserve a Pardon

12/24/2015 2:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Robert Downey Jr. says prison may have saved his life -- explaining to a judge that he's 100% rehabilitated from his drug addiction ... and says his time behind bars helped get him on the right path. 

The "Iron Man" star wrote a letter to an L.A. County Superior Court judge asking him to consider giving him a formal pardon for the drug convictions he racked up between '96 and '02. 

In the letter, obtained by TMZ, Downey starts off: 

"My reason for asking that I be granted a Certificate of Rehabilitation is twofold, prompted in part by  the extremely fortunate position I have found myself in since 2004, when I fully accepted responsibility for my addiction."

"First, it is to spare my family the unfavorable conditions a father and husband convicted of felony charges often (and sometimes rightly) faces."

"Second, I can now say without reservation that I am rehabilitated from my previous condition, that of a practicing addict."

Downey says he credits the 12-step program and Judge Lawrence Mira -- who told him in 1996 that he would lock him up if he violated his probation.

"When I relapsed, I was given the upper term, and served 16 months at Corcoran State Correctional Facility from 1998 to 2000."

Downey says he was able to undergo a "deep personal shift away from the diseased condition that had plagued me for years, cost me my freedom, and prevented the simple and profound privilege of being a productive member of society."

"I do not consider myself a 'role model,' but i sincerely believe the limitations imposed by my past digressions are not in line with the way I have conducted myself in this second life."

Downey says he deserved a pardon -- adding, "I do not feel I am entitled to anything that I have not earned."

Ultimately, the judge was clearly moved by the letter and granted Downey his pardon. 

Robert Downey Jr. Governor Issues Pardon for Drug Convictions

12/24/2015 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Robert Downey Jr. just got a formal pardon from the Governor of California ... a pardon for Downey's drug convictions.

We've learned Downey initiated legal proceedings to get a pardon for his felony drug convictions.  The D.A. recommended that a "certificate of rehabilitation" be granted by an L.A. County Superior Court judge and the judge granted the request in October.  By law the judge's order is forwarded to the Governor. 

Governor Jerry Brown just granted the pardon, which means Downey now has all of his rights restored, including the right to vote.  Brown said in granting the pardon that Downey has led an "honest and upright life" since his convictions and exhibited "good moral character."  Brown also says he's been law-abiding and demonstrated "good conduct in the community."

Downey served 1 year and 3 months in prison and was on parole for several years in connection with multiple drug convictions between 1996 and 2002.

Barack Obama Trail Blazer Hiker Begs Prez for Legal Weed

12/23/2015 12:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

President Barack Obama ran into an impromptu weed lobbyist in Hawaii Tuesday -- when a hiker came face to face with the Commander In Chief and asked him to "legalize it on your way out!"

Hard to gauge Obama's reaction -- but we think we heard him chuckle a bit as he continued on his way. 

It's no secret Obama smoked a ton a weed back in the day -- but says he's not a fan of the ganja anymore and has told his daughters it's a bad idea. 

Still, watch the clip ... it'll make you giggle -- whether you're stoned or not. 

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Safyre Terry Christmas Greetings From The White House!!!

12/22/2015 11:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1221-girl-facebook-katy-perry-burned-christams-card-facebook-5Safyre Terry's Christmas card collection just got the Presidential seal of approval ... she just got a card from President Obama and the First Lady!!!

The envelope arrived Tuesday -- just in time for Christmas -- with a signed photo of the First Family and their dogs, Bo and Sunny.

FLOTUS also wrote a personal message for Safyre, who lost her family and was badly burned in a 2013 fire. "With your kind heart and courageous spirit, we know there is no limit to what you can achieve in your life," wrote Michelle. "So always dream big dreams, and remember that we believe in you."

Safyre's still holding out for her dream card from Katy Perry, but the White House ... pretty awesome.

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Chelsea Clinton My Daughter's Gonna Have Company!!!

12/21/2015 1:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1221_Chelsea-Clinton_gettyChelsea Clinton is expanding her brood ... another baby is on the way.

Chelsea and hubby Marc Mezvinsky, who already have a daughter, will welcome another baby just a few months before the Presidential election.  

Hillary has used grandmother-dom as a tool in the campaign, so this can't hurt.

Chelsea and Marc already have a one-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

NFL's Shawne Merriman Tom Brady Is Right ... Trump's The Man!!!

12/18/2015 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-NFL superstar Shawne Merriman says he and Tom Brady are on the same page -- backing Donald Trump ... saying straight up he's the BEST candidate out there! 

The 3-time Pro Bowler says he's been good friends with Trump for a while -- and he's NOT scared off by Donald's recent proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

"He's a good friend of mine," Merriman tells TMZ Sports ... "He's a little bit more honest than others."

So, if you're keeping score ... Trump has Merriman, Brady, Herschel Walker, Dana White and Mike Tyson

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