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Gene Simmons F*** Yeah We'd Play North Korea

1/10/2018 7:46 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Gene Simmons would love -- LOVE -- to play North Korea, and Russia too, for that matter.

We got the KISS frontman Tuesday at LAX and he groused about music boycotts ... in particular, bands that are refusing to play in Israel in the wake of Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Gene thinks the concept of isolationism in music is absurd, because it's what binds people together.

And Gene calls out one song by name that universally unites people from all countries.

James Carville Laughs Off Trump's Claim He'd Beat Oprah

1/10/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

James Carville reacted with sounds and not words when he heard President Trump claimed he could beat Oprah's butt in 2020. 

We got the man who engineered Bill Clinton's White House victory at LAX Tuesday and asked about Oprah's possible presidential run ... he chuckles, but seems down with it. The "Ragin' Cajun" tells us he can't help her, though ... he's too old for that stuff.

Another topic that tickled James' fancy was ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio -- who's running for Arizona's Senate seat. No surprise ... Carville has an opinion. 

He has some frank advice for voters, too.

Donald Trump's Attorney Sues Buzzfeed Over Russian 'Dossier'

1/9/2018 5:31 PM PST
Breaking News

6:35 PM PT -- A spokesperson for BuzzFeed News tells us the dossier is "the subject of active investigations by Congress and intelligence agencies" and is obviously of public interest. The rep says, "This is not the first time Trump's personal lawyer has attacked the free press, and we look forward to defending our First Amendment rights in court."One of Donald Trump's attorneys claims the so-called "dossier" that attempts to tie him and the Prez to Russian officials is total BS ... so much so, he's suing the news outlet that posted it.

Michael Cohen is suing BuzzFeed over its Jan. 10, 2017 article headlined, "These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties to Russia." The reports, purportedly gathered by a former British intelligence agent, were referred to as the infamous dossier.

According to the suit, obtained by TMZ, Cohen is particularly pissed about the dossier claim he used his wife's and her father's Russian ties -- she was born in the Ukraine -- in order to set up a meeting with a Russian property developer. Cohen denies the allegations.

He also refutes the dossier report claiming he met with Russian officials while in the Czech Republic. Cohen says he's never even been to the country.

In docs, Cohen says even though BuzzFeed admitted the "collection of memos" contained unverified information ... it still defamed him merely by republishing the bogus information.

Cohen calls the reports a collection of "muckraking statements" designed to harm his reputation, and connect him to alleged criminal contact between the Trump administration and Russian officials.

Oprah Winfrey Oprah 2020 Gear on Sale Already With Limitless Options!!!

1/9/2018 2:24 PM PST

For those ready to hop on the Oprah for President train -- even though she hasn't announced she's running -- the time is now to make it official by scooping up some merch to wear or plaster on your car.

TMZ did a quick search for Oprah 2020 gear online and found so many items for sale already -- hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, tanks, buttons, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, pencils, glassware, handmade bags and then some!

Some of the clothing items even suggest a running mate for O ... Tom Hanks!

Product demand's only going to increase as the hype around an Oprah candidacy does, so get 'em while they're hot.

Just don't go to Oprah2020.com for your gear ... it's not ready yet.

Oprah Winfrey Owner of Oprah2020.com Says, 'I'll Sell It for 6 Figures!!!'

1/9/2018 11:38 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Oprah Winfrey better pony up the dough if she wants to own Oprah2020.com for her possible presidential run ... because the dude who's got it wants a huge chunk o' change to unload it.

We spoke to the guy who bought the domain around 2 years ago in 2016 who tells us it came cheap -- but he's willing to sell it for a whole lot more -- at least 6 figures.

The man tells us he bought the domain when he realized Donald Trump had the potential to upset Hillary Clinton. Figuring another huge celeb could run in the future, he put his money on Oprah and pounced.

While the owner of the domain says he's yet to be contacted by anyone from Oprah's team to buy it ... he's all ears.

And if you're wondering, the guy says Oprah's got a chance for his vote, too. Get ready, Donald.

Donald Trump I'd Beat Oprah If She Challenges Me in 2020

1/9/2018 10:44 AM PST

Donald Trump says he's not worried about Oprah running for President in 2020, because if she does he'd kick her butt.

Trump reacted Tuesday to a groundswell of interest in a Winfrey candidacy, saying he doesn't think she'll pull the trigger and run, but if she does he'd beat her.

Trump's comments follow a morning where Oprah's best friend, Gayle King, continued to fuel the rumors by saying O is "intrigued" by the prospect of becoming a candidate. Up to now King and Oprah herself have always nixed talk of a Presidential run.

Gayle King Prez Winfrey's Got a Nice Ring ... But She Ain't Convinced Yet

1/9/2018 9:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Gayle King is doubling down ... trying to clarify Stedman Graham's comment about Oprah running for President, and throwing in her own 2 cents too.

We got Gayle leaving CBS Tuesday in NYC, after she went on the air and offered a tightrope answer as to whether Oprah was serious about a presidential bid in 2020.

The co-anchor said Oprah was intrigued, but probably not actively considering it at this point -- despite folks already hitting her up to run a campaign.

Gayle got direct with us, insisting while SHE personally thinks President Winfrey is easy on the ears ... Oprah is not convinced, and is not seriously considering a run.

We also press her on Stedman's L.A. Times quote where he said, "She would absolutely do it" if people wanted her. Gayle can't handle that truth, and thinks reporters got it wrong. 

Bama's Bo Scarbrough I Didn't Say, 'F Trump'

1/9/2018 6:45 AM PST
Breaking News

Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough is adamant he did NOT fire an F-bomb directed toward President Trump before the college football national championship.

Instead, Scarbrough claims he said, "F**k Georgia."

And if you listen to the video ... sounds like he's telling the truth.

A Sporting News reporter inside the tunnel at Mercerdes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta released the video and claimed Bo said, "F**k Trump."

With Trump in attendance at the game, it made sense.

But Bo claims the reporter simply misheard him -- saying, "If y’all really listen I said Georgia smh about y’all people in this world."

Gayle King Nervously Spins Oprah for Prez Movement

1/9/2018 6:27 AM PST

Gayle King was a loyal Oprah solider Tuesday morning, trying to spin Stedman Graham's comment about a 2020 Oprah run for President ... and she did so with limited success.

Gayle begins by saying Stedman misunderstood the question posed by the L.A. Times and only meant that she'd make a good president. Gayle's co-host, Norah O'Donnell, zeroed in with a true statement -- Stedman's answer was "She would absolutely do it."

The clip is interesting ... Gayle says she talked to her best bud for a long time Monday night, and it sounds like Oprah had her locked and loaded for a spin.

At the very least ... it's clear Oprah's now noodling the idea.

President Trump Mostly Cheered At Nat'l Championship

1/8/2018 5:19 PM PST
Breaking News

7:15 PM PT -- Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough definitely wasn't in Trump's corner Monday night. He was heard yelling, "F*** Trump," before kickoff.

President Trump was met with a LOT of noise at the college football National Championship game on Monday ... and from what we heard on the broadcast, it sounded mostly positive. There were some boos, too. 

Trump waved to the crowd and had a big smile on his face at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta -- flanked by military personnel. He stayed on the field through the National Anthem.

Remember, both Alabama and Georgia were Trump states in the 2016 election.

One other thing ... Kendrick Lamar is set to perform for the halftime show. It'll be interesting to see if the rapper -- who's a huge Trump critic -- says anything to ruffle feathers.

Senator Marco Rubio Trump Would Beat Oprah in 2020

1/8/2018 4:07 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Senator Marco Rubio says despite the fact Oprah is rich and famous ... Trump's more famous and he'd beat her in a head-to-head 2020 election.

We got the Republican Senator Monday at Reagan National Airport and he conceded Oprah is loved by millions, but running for President is a whole other Oprah. He says once she starts taking positions, lots of people who liked her are likely to bail.

On the positive side, he seems to think she'd have the inside track for the Democratic nomination. He knows from experience ... running against someone super famous is tough. 

Orrin Hatch I'd Like to Help Oprah ... In 2020 Presidential Run

1/8/2018 2:13 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Senator Orrin Hatch gave us a big surprise Monday ... he said he'd like to sit down with Oprah and help her if she decides to run for President in 2020.

We got the Utah Senator -- who's retiring this year -- at Reagan National Airport in D.C., and he seemed gleeful about the Presidential buzz following Oprah's Golden Globes speech.

Mind you ... Hatch is the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, who has been super conservative over the years.

Hatch goes as far as to say she'd be a serious candidate if she handles things properly. It's interesting ... he was more overtly supportive of Oprah running than Elizabeth Warren, who deflected the question.

Senator Elizabeth Warren Sidesteps Questions About Oprah 2020 Presidential Run

1/8/2018 1:46 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Senator Elizabeth Warren loves Oprah Winfrey for sure, but it's apparent she's not ready to throw her support behind O for a 2020 Presidential run.

We got the Massachusetts Senator Monday at Reagan National Airport in D.C. and gave her several openings to echo the sentiment held by a number of people after Oprah's historic Golden Globes speech, but she wouldn't go there.

She was more direct on the subject of the current President, saying Trump has no one to blame but himself for books like 'Fire and Fury,' because his own words give credibility to Michael Wolff's claims.

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