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Hillary Clinton

I'M IN!!!

4/12/2015 12:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Hillary Clinton thinks the second time's a charm, because she's in the race to become the second President Clinton.

Hillary personally made the announcement in a campaign ad, which clearly is targeting the middle class and taking aim at people at the high end of the financial spectrum. She makes the announcement at 1:34 in the video.

Hillary's campaign chairman announced her candidacy minutes before the video was released.  Chairman John D. Podesta emailed campaign donors saying, "I wanted to make sure you heard it first from me – it’s official: Hillary’s running for President."

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This time it's going to be different.  She's softening her image to become more voter-friendly and her focus is in the middle, as in class.  She tweeted, "Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion."

President Obama stopped just short of endorsing her, saying she was a great Sect'y of State, good friend and worthy of becoming President.

So we gotta ask ... 

Kim and Kanye

Crowd Loses Control

Outside Genocide Memorial

4/11/2015 7:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Kim and Kanye have turned Armenia upside down ... creating pandemonium among fans, photogs and soldiers.

The video is insane.  They were leaving the genocide memorial when everyone just went nuts.   It's weird ... the most moving symbol marking the 100th anniversary of the genocide looks more like a Hollywood event.

Listen to the crowd as Kim and Kanye get in their SUV.  The language differences are fascinating, especially the way everyone refers to them.

President Obama

Strikes Lightning Pose

... With Usain Bolt

4/10/2015 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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President Obama just met with the most powerful man in Jamaica ... Usain Bolt ... who made such an impression on POTUS, the guy struck Bolt's famous lightning pose. 

You gotta watch the clip, Obama is totally geekin' out over meeting the fastest man on the planet. 

In fact, he gushed about Bolt to the room ... saying, "Nobody's ever been faster than this man ... EVER ... of all the billions of people."

Obama is supposedly in Jamaica on political business ... but it looks like it's all a cover to get to Usain. 

MORE FIYAH!!!!!!

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Kim and Khloe

Hey Prime Minister

Nice to Meet Ya!

4/9/2015 8:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Kim and Khloe Kardashian had a meeting Thursday with none other than Hovik Abrahamyan, the Prime Minister of Armenia.

The P.M. heaped praise on the Kardashian girls for staying in touch with their Armenian roots and remembering the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

0409-sub-kardashians-prime-twitter-01It's unclear if "KUWTK" cameras were rolling during the visit, but there was plenty of video so the girls are in luck. They apologized for not speaking the Armenian language but promised to learn it ... or at least give it the ol' college try.

The Prime Minister gave them a flower arrangement that symbolizes the anniversary.

Just wow.

Kim and Kanye

Arrive in Armenia

To GIANT Crowd

4/8/2015 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got the full diplomat treatment as they arrived in Armenia to the cheers of an enormous crowd and tons of media.

Although their trip is just days short of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Kim's rep says it has nothing to do with the commemoration. Kim says she simply wants to get in touch with her Armenian roots.

North and Khloe were also there -- as they were greeted by women in traditional Armenian garb, who presented the fam with bread and salt ... a tradition for greeting dignitaries. They all left the airport together in a minivan.

They plan to visit the genocide monument, museums, meet with politicians and they will reportedly go to the town of Gyumri ... where relatives of her dad may live.

WNBA's Brittney Griner

I Wouldn't Play In Indiana

'I Don't Want to Be Discriminated Against'

4/8/2015 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

WNBA superstar Brittney Griner is taking a hard stand on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana -- saying if the Women's Final 4 was in the Hoosier State, she would've BOYCOTTED. 

Griner -- who's openly gay and set to marry her GF Glory Johnson later this year -- was at LAX last night when she told us, "If the Women's Final Four was there, I damn sure wouldn't have went."

She added, "I wouldn't want to be discriminated [against]."

Griner says she's happy that powerful people like NCAA president Mark Emmert have openly opposed the Indiana law -- saying, "It definitely helps. When people are quiet and don't say anything about it, it doesn't help. People think it's OK."

Rihanna

Puts Indiana On Blast ...

Your Law Is Bulls**t!!

4/6/2015 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rihanna knows where Indiana lawmakers can stick their Religious Freedom Restoration Act -- and basically told 'em to their faces during a performance in the state capital.

RiRi went into political overdrive at the March Madness Music Fest over the weekend, and fired up the crowd by saying, "Who's feeling these new bulls**t laws they're trying to pass around here?"

Her rant continued with even more profanity as she launched into her hit, "Live Your Life." 

Check it out -- based on the crowd's reaction ... there's strong support for the proposed changes to the law. 

Indiana Pizza Guy

Homophobia Pays Big

4/4/2015 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The Indiana pizza guy who refused to cater gay weddings has made more in the last week than he probably made in years ... his supporters have almost made him a millionaire. 

Kevin O'Connor has closed shop because of numerous threats, after he drew the line on gay marriage pizza celebrations.

O'Connor supporters started a GoFundMe account where people could give money to support O'Connor's family.  The goal was to raise $25K.

As of Saturday morning ... they've hit $842,592.  Nearly 30,000 people have donated money.

When the fundraising campaign ends, all the money will go right into O'Connor's bank account.

Indiana Pizza Place

Forced to Close Doors

After Refusing to Cater Gay Wedding

4/1/2015 1:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0401-memories-pizza-closed-FACEBOOK-01Memories Pizza -- the first Indiana business to declare it would refuse LGBT business -- got blasted on the Internet and by phone, but the owner says there's been a huge misunderstanding ... sorta.

Kevin O’Connor tells TMZ he's had to temporarily close his business after he told a reporter he would refuse to cater a gay wedding under Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. O'Connor says he was immediately flooded by threatening phone calls, and social media postings.

O'Connor wants to clear up one thing: He says he would never deny service to gay people in his restaurant. However, due to his religious beliefs, he does not believe in gay marriage ... and that's why he wouldn't service one.

Meanwhile, he says the threats have been serious enough that he's closing his pizza joint ... at least until the dust settles. 

Indiana's controversial law has raised a lot of questions, not the least of which is ... what gay wedding would hire a pizza place to cater?

NFL's Donte Stallworth

I'm a National Security Reporter

'I Wanna Cover Things That Matter'

3/30/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He played in the NFL for 10 years before scoring a job as a reporter for the Huffington Post -- but Donte Stallworth says he chose politics over sports because, "I wanna cover things that actually matter."

Stallworth took a gig working the "national security" beat for the media outlet back in September ... and says he's really enjoying the experience so far. 

"The whole introduction into that has been fairly interesting," Donte says ... "Being an ex-NFL player, a lot of people have been willing to help me."

So, why not try to dip into the news world by taking on sports ... a genre where he's already got an edge over everyone else??

"I wanna cover things that actually matter. I love sports, but there's a lot going on in the world."

Ben Affleck

Really BIG Deal

... On the Hill [TMZ TV]

3/27/2015 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Gotta hand it to Ben Affleck ... he went to D.C. to talk about really important issues facing the Congo -- but turns out, he upstaged himself.

Here's the thing, Batman ... if you're so damn swoll you can't fit into your suits -- it's gonna distract people! Yes, even on Capitol Hill.

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Evander Holyfield

Mitt Romney Can Punch Me

... If He Can Catch Me

3/27/2015 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Evander Holyfield says he's giving Mitt Romney the GREEN LIGHT to pummel his face in their upcoming charity boxing match ... if the Mitt can get past his impregnable defense.  

FYI -- 52-year-old Holyfield is squaring off with 68-year-old Romney in a charity bout on May 15th in Utah to raise money for CharityVision ... which helps poverty-stricken people get blindness reversing surgeries. 

Holyfield appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" to talk about his game plan for the fight we're calling "The Altercation in Mormon Nation" ... and even though it's just an exhibition, E.H. says he's ready to take Mitt's best shot. 

Just be careful Mitt ... Apollo thought it was an just an exhibition too. 

#RIPCreed.

Ben Affleck

Support the Congo

And BTW, Their Chocolate is Awesome!

3/26/2015 1:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ben Affleck loves the people of the Congo, and really loves their coffee and chocolates.

Our photog Colin got Ben coming out of a Senate hearing where he testified about his Eastern Congo Initiative, which helps people in the region. 

Ben mused about the beans and the bars ... and acknowledged Senator Patrick Leahy who has a cameo in the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

In the hearing, Ben said to Leahy, "I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my co-star in Batman. The role is marginally smaller than; mine, but I understand you are quite good."

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