Sen. Ted Cruz plans to inhale this weekend ... Season 3 of "House of Cards."
Cruz was leaving the Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C. when our photog asked him about the show, which dropped at midnight. The senator from Texas told our guy ... he's a big fan of the show, but an even bigger fan of Robin Wright ... and he wasn't talking about her acting.
As for how the show compares to real life D.C. politics ... he did point out one major area where the show gets it wrong ... murder.
Donald Trump already has supporters for his 2016 White House run ... including Terrell Owens -- who tells us ... if Trump's hiring a staff, HE WANTS A JOB!
The "Celeb Apprentice" star appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Reelz .. and told the gang he thinks his former boss definitely has presidential qualities ... but wants to hear more about his plans for the country.
"I think he's a great negotiator, this guy is very business savvy," T.O. said .. adding, "There's gonna be a lot of hot topics that he's gonna be prepared for and really can he deliver on his promises?"
How does it feel to have the President of the United States pick YOU over Chris Paul in a "Who's The Better Player" debate??
Exactly how you think it feels.
At least that was the take away when we asked that very question to Tony Parkerlast night -- since it was revealed that Barack Obama had his back in a friendly dispute on the issue with his former personal aide Reggie Love.
In fact, Love wrote about the dispute in his new book -- saying he and Obama went back and forth for years -- with POTUS eventually dropping the "RINGS" argument ... since Parker has 4 and Paul has 0.
Of course, Parker was politically correct on the subject while leaving Giorgio Baldi last night ... but look at his face -- that smile says it all.
Sarah Palin hilariously confronted hecklers after the "SNL" after-party early Monday AM, explaining to them that she's clearly won the war of words because they're on the wrong side of the velvet rope.
Sarah -- who braved the cold sans coat to show off her duds -- alternated between taking selfies and dishing out insults.
Some of her critics were pretty stupid ... using high school tactics like telling her she looked like crap. But Sarah had some pretty good comebacks.
Chicago hip-hop legend Twista tells TMZ Sports the decision to strip Jackie Robinson West of their U.S. LLWS title wasn't about following rules and ALL about one thing ... racism.
Team J.R.W. became the darlings of the 2014 Little League World Series, becoming the first all-black squad to take the U.S. crown ... earning them instant celebrity status and even a visit with President Obama.
When it was announced earlier Wednesday that the tykes had been stripped of their title due to a falsified boundary map, some people called B.S. ... including Twista.
We spoke to Twista -- one of the most celebrated rappers from the Windy City -- and he tells us that he thinks the whole thing was totally about discrediting an all-black team.
"I'm outraged. You don't see this extensive of an investigation happen unless it happens to black people."
Twista also says that there's a legit reason why some of the boys traveled out of district and that the higher-ups at Little League headquarters just don't care.
"There was a park in the Dolton area that got torn down, that made the kids have to even play at Jackie Robinson. No one pays attention to what they have to go through to play baseball."
He didn't stop there ... Twista essentially says America is still uncomfortable with a group of black kids succeeding in the country's celebrated pastime.
"It's the friendly game of baseball ... no one is comfortable when a group like them does something positive in that. They rush to tear them down."
Clint Eastwood said something really weird Monday night about "American Sniper" ... appearing to agree with his harshest critics.
Clint was leaving Dan Tana's in West Hollywood when our photog asked what he thought about Bill Maher and Michael Mooreblasting the portrayal of military sniper Chris Kyle as a hero. You'll recall, Moore called snipers "cowards," and Maher said Kyle was a "psychopath patriot."
Clint seems to hear and then process the question before he responds ... with agreement.
Basketball didn't work ... but the future of U.S., N. Korean relations could rest in the hands of an American ping pong player ... TMZ Sports has learned.
We know ... several members of the N. Korean team struck up a friendship with American table tennis player Adam Bobrow last month at an international tournament in Dubai.
Bobrow -- whose "excessive ping pong celebration" made him an Internet sensation -- tells us at first, the North Korean team was exceptionally reclusive ... keeping their distance from other teams and other players.
"I felt like there was this bubble around them that nobody was willing to penetrate. Like they were off limits to talk to ... and I thought to myself, 'They're people just like me. Why can't I talk to them?'"
Eventually, Bobrow says he approached the N.K. players and asked for a photo together -- and to his surprise (considering the political climate), they agreed.
"Everyone smiled and that started the silent friendship ... because I don't speak a lot of Korean and they don't speak a lot of English."
However, the official N.K. translator spoke PERFECT English -- and Adam says they began engaging in friendly conversation ... with the translator eventually giving Adam a "gift" as a token of their friendship.
"He gave me some books ... including a sports magazine from N. Korea. He also gave me a book of transcribed speeches of Kim Jong-un and said, 'Here are some words from our leader.'"
Adam says the speeches -- which were translated into English -- were mostly "words to pump up and inspire the nation. He talked about the history of the country and how they will stay strong."
"Everything in the book was reasonable," Bobrow says ... "No outrageous claims. I don't remember anything that struck me as bizarre or unusual."
But here's the kicker ... Bobrow says before they parted ways, he invited the N. Korean team (through the translator) to compete in the U.S. Open of Table Tennis in Las Vegas in June.
"He didn't seem opposed to it," Bobrow says ... "He said he would bring it to the N. Korea Association and see what they think."
Bobrow says the team rep explained that he didn't have an email address -- but said he'd give his answer at the next tournament they both attend.
"I think we were on the same page about it ... it could be a very positive thing for international relations."
"Empire" creator Lee Daniels says the inspiration for the show's main character didn't come from a famous hip-hop mogul ... it came in part from the Kennedy matriarch.
Lee was heading out of Equinox when he shot down rumors P. Diddy or Jay Z may have been the germ of the idea for the show. There were multiple inspirations ... a little here, a little there, but it seems the Kennedy influence loomed large.