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Sway Black Voters Need to Call Out Candidates ... I'm with Diddy!

9/13/2016 3:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Diddy nailed it when he challenged the black community to demand more from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ... and Sway seconds that motion.

The BET, VH1 and SiriusXM host (in your face, Seacrest) joined us on "TMZ Live" to break down Diddy's call for a sort of boycott. There's some debate about whether Puff meant don't vote at all ... or just hold the candidates' feet to the fire before you do vote.

We got into it with Sway, who added -- regardless of race -- it's hard to believe ANY politician.

#Preach

NFL's Carson Wentz Endorsed By Joe Biden ... 'Get On the Wentz Wagon!'

9/13/2016 2:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

President Obama says his #2 is ALL IN on the Eagles rookie QB -- with Joe Biden advising POTUS to get on the "Wentz Wagon" ASAP. 

Obama was stumping for Hillary Clinton out in Philly earlier Tuesday -- when he talked about how impressed his Vice President was with Carson Wentz when he attended the Eagles game over the weekend. 

"He told me, 'Barack, you gotta get on the Wentz Wagon!'" 

It's pretty funny ... but Obama says there's NO WAY he'll root for the Birds -- "I explained, 'Joe, I am a Bears fan and we play Philly next Monday night. So, I gotta stick with my team!"

FYI, Biden's a HUGE Eagles fan -- and even took pics with the team after Wentz led the team to victory on Sunday. 

Bill Clinton Hillary's Fainted 'Frequently' ... CBS Edits Remark

9/13/2016 9:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar1:50 PM PT -- CBS tells us the Evening News clip was "edited purely for time while on deadline for the live broadcast."update_grey_gray_barHillary Clinton has "frequently" fainted due to dehydration, according to Bill Clinton ... but for some reason CBS removed that comment from its initial airing of the interview.

Charlie Rose sat down with the ex-Prez to discuss the candidate's health, and Bill tackled the question head-on. CBS released quotes from the interview where Bill said, “... because frequently -- well not frequently, rarely -- but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing happened to her when she got severely dehydrated.” 

The "frequently" part was edited out of Monday's evening news. What's interesting is ... it was left in when a longer version aired Tuesday on "CBS This Morning."

It's only 3 seconds ... so, seems odd it would have been removed for time purposes. 

Kid Rock 'F*** Colin Kaepernick'

9/13/2016 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kid Rock ain't a fan of Colin Kaepernick's protest. 

The rocker was performing "Born Free" at Fenway Park in Boston over the weekend -- when he stopped mid-song to tell the crowd, "Man, f*** Colin Kaepernick!" 

(Skip to :50 seconds) 

The crowd loved it. 

Colin Kaepernick Gets 'South Park'd' With 'Cops Are Pigs' Anthem

9/13/2016 6:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem protest has made it to "South Park" -- where the guys spoofed the controversy with a "Cops Are Pigs" version of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

In a 30 second teaser for Wednesday's show, a bunch of the characters are singing the Anthem at a sporting event with the following lyrics ...  

"Colin Kaepernick is brave ... cops are pigs, cops are pigs

Wait, someone just took my stuff, I need to call the cops 

Oh no, I just said 'Cops are pigs' ... who's gonna help me get my stuff?

Why did I listen to Colin Kaepernick, he's not even any good

Oh I just got my stuff back, cops are pigs again, cops are pigs

Colin Kaepernick's a good backup ..."

This should be good.  

Hillary Clinton Hollywood's Big Donors Left Hanging

9/12/2016 11:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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1:01 PM PST -- TMZ has confirmed Bill Clinton will appear at both events on Hillary's behalf.

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Hillary Clinton's campaign charged up to a hundred thousand dollars for fundraisers in L.A. she may well not attend. 

It's a big deal ... the rich and famous were expecting to rub elbows with Hillary at Seth MacFarlane's home. There was also an "intimate dinner with Hillary" at billionaire Barry Diller's estate.

For lunch at the "Family Guy" creator's pad -- donations start at $5k ... $10k gets you "co-host" status with preferred seating ... and for a whopping $33,400 you get a photo with HRC.

Dinner at the home of Barry and Diane von Furstenberg's a tad steeper -- $100k per couple.

The campaign said Monday Hillary will be back on the campaign trail by the middle or end of the week ... and it's likely she'll miss the 2 fundraisers due to pneumonia.

We're told the donors have already shelled out the money and received Secret Service clearance.

There's buzz Bill Clinton could end up showing up ... but that's not the point.

Hillary Clinton The Shoe Doesn't Fit ... But Serious Questions Linger

9/12/2016 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0912-hillary-clinton-shoes-compare-twitter-02The shoe everyone thinks Hillary Clinton left behind during her medical emergency is NOT her shoe.

Check it out ... Hillary was wearing black flats during the 9/11 ceremony, but the one pictured near the curb is some sort of leopard print.

Witnesses say she stepped out of her shoe as she fell faint and that may be the case ... but the shoe in the pic doesn't fit.

That said, Clinton's campaign is dodging questions about their initial party line ... that she was overheated and dehydrated. They made the statement before video surfaced showing the extent of the problem. Once the video circulated, they disclosed she's battling pneumonia.

Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia Friday, so her staff knew the root cause of the problem but chose not to initially disclose it. Clinton Campaign Press Secretary Brian Fallon told MSNBC ... the reason they did not disclose the underlying illness is that they were focusing on getting her better.

The medical emergency did not dampen George Clooney's support for Clinton. George was in D.C.

Ted Cruz Boycott 'Rich Spoiled Athletes' Who Protest National Anthem

9/12/2016 9:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0912-ted-cruz-tmz-02Senator Ted Cruz is furious with Colin Kaepernick and other "rich spoiled athletes" protesting the National Anthem ... and is now calling for Americans to boycott them. 

Cruz spoke out on Twitter -- after ex-NBA star Jalen Rose tweeted out a "salute" to "all NFL players & teams that peacefully did protests for change."

Cruz responded, "To all the athletes who have made millions in America's freedom: stop insulting our flag, our nation, our heroes."

Then the call for the boycott -- "Here's a peaceful protest: never buy another shoe, shirt, or jersey of rich spoiled athletes who dishonor our flag."

Of course, Kaepernick's protest has caught on with other players -- including Broncos' linebacker Brandon Marshall, Arian Foster and Kenny Stills. Other players raised a fist during the anthem including Marcus Peters and Martellus Bennett. 

Miss America Contestants Answer Tough Political Questions Trump, Clinton, Immigration

9/12/2016 6:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gotta hand it to them ... Miss America contestants broke the mold this year and answered questions on the fly about divisive issues, including Clinton, Trump, immigration and National Anthem protests.

Check out the video ... the judges were tough and the contestants only had 20 seconds each to form thoughts and deliver. 

Pretty impressive.

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Louis Lombardi Can the Outrage Over 9/11 Walmart Tribute

9/11/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

'Sopranos' and "24" star Louis Lombardi thinks people getting pissed off over Walmart's Coke can 9/11 tribute ... is un-American.

Earlier this week a Florida Walmart built a 20 ft. display of the Twin Towers and an American flag using 12-packs of Coke products. Some people appreciated the artistry, but others found it a disrespectful, commercialized abomination.

Lombardi, a native New Yorker, thinks the haters are looking at the display the wrong way.

His take? Any tribute's a good one, and there's more important stuff to bitch about on social media.

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Jeremy Roenick Anthem Protest 'Disgusting' Bench Players Who Don't Stand

9/10/2016 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NHL legend Jeremy Roenick says Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem protest is "pretty disgusting" -- and he believes coaches should be allowed to bench players who follow Colin's lead. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Roenick specifically about NHL coach John Tortorella -- who's also coaching Team USA in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. 

Tortorella recently warned his players if they sit during the National Anthem, they will sit for the entire game. Some people are pissed ... Roenick is NOT one of them. 

Roenick says the issues that Kaep is trying to spotlight are important -- but he needs to find another way to make his point without disrespecting the flag and the country.

Broncos Brandon Marshall Pulls a Kaepernick In NFL Kickoff Game

9/8/2016 5:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0909-bradon-marhsall-usatsi-01Ladies and gentlemen, meet your first regular season National Anthem protester ... Brandon Marshall of the Broncos.

The Super Bowl champs' star linebacker followed Colin Kaepernick's lead and took a knee during the Star Spangled Banner Thursday night in Denver during the league's kickoff game.

The Broncos almost immediately released a statement, saying ... “While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the National Anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision.”

As we've reported ... Kaepernick's movement has been spreading.

It's just the first game. Sunday should be interesting.

Sarah Silverman Don't Bash Hillary's Health ... She's FINE!!!

9/8/2016 7:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Die-hard Bernie Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman is now definitely "with Her" ... defending Hillary Clinton amid all the rumors about her health.

We got Sarah in Bev Hills and asked what she thought about the claims Clinton's suffering from all kinds of ailments -- from concussions to Parkinson's -- and Dr. Silverman sounded off ... very loudly.

Check out her diagnosis, and remember ... Sarah has some firsthand perspective after speaking at the DNC. 

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