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Dennis Rodman

I'm NOT Meeting With ISIS

9/20/2014 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0920-dennis-rodman-tmz-02Dennis Rodman is NOT en route to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to engage in peace talks ... contrary to a ridiculous report that almost seemed believable ... because ... well ... he's Rodman.

Earlier this week a story surfaced saying Rodman told was on his way to the airport to leave for the Middle East when he said, “I think if I could just talk with the leaders of ISIS they would see the errors of their ways."

But Rodman's rep says the report is total crap ... telling TMZ Sports the retired basketball player is in Hong Kong for business meetings.

So, if you're keeping score at home ... North Korea, yes. ISIS, no.

Clinton, Obama, Clooney

Lawyer Who Photoshopped Them Faces Discipline

9/18/2014 5:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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An L.A. lawyer apparently thinks she can attract clients by making it seem like she's a celebrity magnet -- rubbing elbows with the likes of George Clooney, Obama, Clinton, Jamie Foxx, Dr. Phil, and on and on. Problem is ... she Photoshopped them all, and now the State Bar is coming down on her like a hammer.

Svitlana Sangary plastered a bunch of pics on her website, touting her celeb friends. Gotta say ... she did a great Photoshopping job. But clearly it didn't amuse the likes of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Eva Longoria, Brooke Shields, Ellen, Shaq and others. 

The State Bar considers the pics false and deceptive advertising, since the pics plastered all over her website are clearly designed to attract clients.

So she now faces a 6-month suspension from the State Bar.

FYI ... Her Yelp reviews aren't great. Users call her "scum" and an "unethical crook."

Shakespeare ... you said what?

NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

MAKES CASE FOR CONDOLEEZZA

... For NFL Commish

9/18/2014 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE



The whole "Condoleezza Rice for NFL Commissioner" movement is picking up some serious steam ... and now NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is making the case for why Condi should get the job. 

Kirsten was out in D.C. where she made it clear that Condoleezza is a serious contender -- especially with all of the drama surrounding the current commish, Roger Goodell

When asked if the Senate would be "taking a look" at the NFL scandals ... Gillibrand said she wouldn't be surprised. 

As for Rice, John McCain already said he believes she could help the NFL ...  especially because Goodell has some serious "credibility issues."

Miley Cyrus

Mexican Flag Ass Stunt

Triggers Criminal Investigation

9/18/2014 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Miley Cyrus
 could go to jail for getting her ass whipped on stage ... with a Mexican flag.

Miley was performing Tuesday night -- on Mexican Independence Day, mind you -- in Monterrey, Mexico when one of her dancers slapped her prosthetic butt with a Mexican flag.

Apparently Mexican officials are super sensitive about disrespecting national symbols so the congress of the state of Nuevo Leon wants her prosecuted. The crime of desecration carries a $1,200 fine and a 36 hour jail sentence.

It wouldn't be the first time a singer crossed the line South of the border. Paulina Rubio was fined $4K for appearing naked in a mag ... draped in a Mexican flag.

Will Miley's butt ever learn?

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Sarah Palin

Making Up Is

Hard to Do

9/16/2014 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0916-sarah-palin-gym-splashFormer Alaska governor Sarah Palin ventured out Monday to do some shopping around Anchorage without any makeup on ... and found a sly way to slip photogs the finger.

Once a maverick, always a maverick.

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Congress to Goodell:

Stop BS'ing America

Come Clean On Ray Rice Tape

9/10/2014 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The United States Congress has inserted itself in the Ray Rice scandal ... the House Judiciary Committee has just fired off a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ... demanding that he come clean. 

The letter -- signed by 12 members of the Committee and obtained by TMZ Sports -- notes that Goodell has said he had requested the video but never got it. But the Committee is skeptical, writing, "To our knowledge the public has not been informed as to specifically how and in what context the request was made, and specifically how relevant law enforcement responded."

TMZ has reported ... Goodell's request was to law enforcement but NOT the Casino, which would have gladly anted up the video. And we reported Rice's lawyer had a copy.

The Committee goes on, "Nor has there been a full explanation as to whether the video was requested of others, such as Mr. Rice's attorney or the casino where the incident occurred (and if not, why not), or whether any employees, agents, or consultants of the league or any of its teams outside of your office had access of the video prior to September 8."

The Committee is demanding "greater transparency and explanations on these matters."

John McCain

GOODELL HAS 'CREDIBILITY ISSUES'

Should Call Condoleezza for Help

9/10/2014 8:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



Senator John McCain says Roger Goodell has serious "credibility issues" ... and should get Condoleezza Rice on the phone ASAP to help clean up his mess. 

McCain was out in D.C. Tuesday when he was asked how he felt about the Ray Rice video and how the NFL was handling the situation -- and that's when McCain fired the shot at Goodell. 

As for talk that Condoleezza could replace Goodell as NFL Commish, McCain doesn't exactly sign off on that -- but says Rice "would be a good person for [Goodell] to call in and have a discussion with."

He adds, "I think she could help him."

FYI -- Condoleezza is a huge football fan and has expressed interest in the NFL job before. She's currently on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. 

As for McCain, he took one last parting shot ... at his beloved Arizona Diamondbacks. 

#TruthHurts

President Obama

No Tee Time for You!

Dissed by Trump Golf Course

9/10/2014 7:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0910-obama-golf-gettyPresident Barack Obama's ongoing rivalry with Donald Trump may have hit him where it really hurts -- the golf course ... as the Prez was reportedly denied a tee time at one of Trump's famous courses over Labor Day weekend. 

Obama tried to get tee times at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, NY -- but his advance team was turned away ... according to WNBCA couple of other top notch courses -- the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge -- also refused the Commander-in-Chief. 

WNBC says the club managers explained that giving the President a tee time would require shutting down the whole course and stiffing their own high-paying members. 

But c'mon, Trump would have made an exception ... if Barack had a birth certificate on him.

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Chelsea Clinton

Mother's Road To Presidency Gets A Bump

9/9/2014 1:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Chelsea Clinton
's baby bump is getting bigger and bigger ... which means her mother's decision to run for President could be getting closer and closer.

Hillary Clinton famously said she wants to wait until becoming a grandma before declaring her candidacy for the highest office in the land ... and this pic shows that call may be coming sooner rather than later.

Of course, as far as we can see, the most important soon-to-be grandchild in the free world (sorry, Prince George) has no security anywhere in sight.

Somebody get that kid a secret serviceman ... and a publicist ... STAT!

President Obama

Ray Rice Is Not a 'Real Man'

9/9/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Real men don't hit women ... so says President Barack Obama -- who issued a scathing statement against domestic abuse in the wake of the Ray Rice elevator video posted on TMZ Sports

Moments after Rice was cut from the Baltimore Ravens Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest issued a statement saying, "The President is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society."

"Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that's true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors."

"Stopping domestic violence is something that's bigger than football – and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it."

Sen. Marco Rubio

Ray Rice Is a Liar

Doesn't Deserve 2nd Chance

9/8/2014 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ray Rice should be BANNED FOR LIFE from the NFL ... not just because he beat the crap out of his then-fiancee ... but because he LIED about it as well ... this according to Senator Marco Rubio.

Rubio [R-Florida] FL] tells TMZ Sports he's outraged by the footage of Rice belting Janay Palmer in the face and says -- "He should be suspended for life. There's no place for someone like that in the National Football League."

Rubio says the fact Rice lied about it -- by contending that it was mutual combat -- makes the situation even worse. 

As for his punishment, Rubio couldn't be more clear -- "He has the right to work, but playing in the NFL is a privilege and I think you lose that privilege when you do something like that."

'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson

My Plan for ISIS ...

'Convert Them Or Kill Them'

9/3/2014 5:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

090314_phil_robertson_hannity_launchThe U.S. should deal with ISIS in one of two ways, if you ask "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson ... "convert them or kill them."

Robertson was on the Fox News show "Hannity" Tuesday night, and the topic of the recent beheadings of journalists in the Middle East came up. Robertson -- whose religious beliefs have stirred several controversies in the past -- offered up this ... "In this case you have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible."

Phil added, "I'm not giving up on them, I'm just saying convert them or kill them. One or the other."

Duck diplomacy. Hardcore.

'Sleepy Hollow'

Apologizes for 'Headless' Promos

As ISIS Video Comes Out

9/2/2014 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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"Sleepy Hollow"
is issuing a major mea culpa for the show's #HeadlessDay promotion ... which happened to launch on the same day a 2nd U.S. journalist was beheaded by ISIS militants in Iraq.

The show is promoting its Season 1 DVD release with a series of memes cracking headless jokes as a nod to the main character ... the Headless Horseman. The memes all have the line, "Happy Headless Day from Sleepy Hollow."

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Of course, the people behind the PR campaign couldn't have predicted the terrorists would release horrifying video of another execution.

The marketing agency that created the campaign says, "We apologize for the unfortunate timing of our Sleepy Hollow Headless Day announcement. The tragic news of Steven Sotloff's death hit the web as the email was being sent. Our deepest sympathies are with him and his family, and we don't take the news lightly."

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment also sent condolences to the family and added ... "We regret the unfortunate timing" of the promotion and the announcement.

The campaign has been pulled.

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