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Donald Trump Alleged Wannabe Assassin has Strong 9/11, Hillary Ties

1/18/2017 2:33 PM PST

0118-dominic-puopolo-getty-04The man who said on video he planned to assassinate Donald Trump at Friday's inauguration once spoke harshly about the 9/11 terrorists ... in no small part because his mom died on one of the planes.

Dominic Puopolo's mom, Sonia, was on American Airlines flight 11 from Boston to L.A. when it was hijacked and flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

The family made news back then because Sonia's hand with her wedding ring was found in the rubble. 

Then-senator Hillary Clinton eulogized Sonia during her funeral in Boston. Clinton knew Sonia through work at the Red Cross. She was a big Hillary supporter.

After the attacks Dominic flew to Hamburg where he attended the trial of 9/11 mastermind Mounir El Motassadeq.

Donald Trump Inauguration Rehearsals Begin For Make America Great Again Celebration

1/18/2017 1:55 PM PST
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0118-trump-rehearsal-photoa-launch-4Rehearsals are under way for Thursday's free-of-charge Make America Great Again celebration at the Lincoln Memorial and TMZ got some pics.

Jon Voight was front and center rehearsing his speech. Check out the tunnel underneath the stage so tourists can still access the memorial. The podium for Trump's speech looks like it's been there since the memorial was built in 1922.

Here goes.

Tony Romo Surfaces at Trump Hotel In D.C.

1/18/2017 2:49 PM PST
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0118-tony-romo-trump-international-twitter-mcgreertownHe ain't got practice this week ... so Tony Romo got on a plane and flew out to Washington D.C. -- where he was spotted hanging out at the Trump International Hotel. 

The Dallas Cowboys QB has been praised by Trump in the past -- back in 2015, Donald called him a "great guy" and said he knows him personally.

We don't know if Romo's specifically there for the inauguration ... but it seems like a good bet at this point. Especially since he was also spotted out in a fancy party suit. 

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Donald Trump Inauguration Civil Disobedience on Minds of Free Legal Reps

1/18/2017 12:56 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Legal groups offering free representation for inauguration protesters are ready to defend anything ... and believe civil disobedience will fall under that umbrella.

King Downing, Director of Mass Defense for the National Lawyers Guild, says there's a very real possibility for civil disobedience when Donald Trump takes the oath. Downing says there's a growing number of people who feel their voices haven't been heard by the President-elect, and they intend to change that on Friday.

TMZ broke the story ... The Partnership for Civil Justice, the NLG and other orgs have a game plan to hit the streets, monitor police conduct, and provide counsel for protesters who get cuffed. 

Downing encourages anyone arrested at the inauguration to call (202) 670-6866 and says if you witness an arrest, dial (866) 798-6444.

Donald Trump FL Man Arrested for Assassination Threat

1/18/2017 12:49 PM PST
Breaking News

A man who posted a video threatening to kill President-elect Donald Trump at the inauguration has been arrested in Florida.

Miami Beach PD arrested Dominic Puopolo Tuesday at a Subway restaurant. He had recorded and tweeted a video on Monday ... saying he intended to go to Washington D.C. on Friday and kill Trump. He said he was "following orders" and challenged the Secret Service to stop him.

Puopolo also referred to himself as Lord Jesus Christ.

He's being held on a million dollar bond. Police say he will undergo a mental evaluation.

Story developing ...

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President Obama Fiesta De Pijamas ... At My Spanish Ambassador's Crib

1/18/2017 12:03 PM PST
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0118_obama-rental_google_maps-2President Obama will stay at the Palm Springs home of one of his ambassadors ... TMZ has learned.

The Obamas will be unpacking their suitcases late Friday at the abode of outgoing US ambassador to Spain James Costos and his husband -- an interior designer -- Michael Smith, who's been the WH's decorator since '08.

The house is in Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs, inside the Thunderbird Heights gated community ... perched at the top of the development and spread over 8 acres. It's been completely gutted and renovated since 2011 ... and looks brand spanking new.

The Obamas have stayed at James and Michael's home 4 times prior to this visit.

There will be lots of restrictions for anyone coming in or out of the property. Security wants to keep the number of people to a minimum at entry ... they'll be checking IDs too.

Even when Obama's out ... he's still getting the presidential treatment.

Egypt Soccer Legend Put on Country's Terror Watch List

1/18/2017 11:59 AM PST
Breaking News

0118-Mohamed-Aboutrika-gettyOne of Egypt's most famous soccer players EVER has been put on the country's terror watch and no-fly list over allegations he contributed money to the Muslim Brotherhood. 

The player is Mohamed Aboutrika -- who was an absolute STUD before retiring in 2013. In fact, he was named African Footballer of the Year FOUR TIMES!

But now, Egypt is putting the screws to Mohamed -- after officials say he helped finance the Brotherhood. 

FYI, Egypt has designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terror organization. American politicians have introduced legislation to deem it one in the U.S. as well. 

For his part, Mohamed DENIES the allegations and his lawyer says he will appeal.

Jackie Evancho Transgender Sister Undergoing Reassignment

1/18/2017 10:53 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jackie Evancho's transgender sister will undergo surgery to begin reassignment the same week Jackie belts out the national anthem at Donald Trump's inauguration ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the Evancho family tell us Jackie's sister, Juliet, "can finally be herself" after she goes through the procedure in Philly. We're told the surgery had been in the works for months, and her absence from the inauguration is NOT in protest to Trump or Mike Pence's stance on LGBTQ rights.

We caught up with Jackie Wednesday in D.C. ... where she talked about Juliet's big day.

Michelle Obama Look, Sunny's Not So Vicious ... I Swear It

1/18/2017 10:45 AM PST
Breaking News

Michelle Obama did some serious doggy spin with Sunny just over a week after the bitch bit the face of a White House guest.

FLOTUS posted what we're guessing is supposed to be an adorable clip of her walking around the White House with Sunny and Bo one last time before they move out on Friday.

You gotta see Michelle call for the pooches in this video -- one of them barked and nipped at the other. Hint: it wasn't Bo.

TMZ broke the story ... Sunny drew blood when she bit the young woman, who had to get stitches. 

The First Lady's caption said, "one last walk through the People's House" ... but it could've said, "Please don't take Sunny, we promise she's sweet."

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George H.W. Bush In ICU with Pneumonia Barbara Also Hospitalized

1/18/2017 10:25 AM PST
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0118-george-barbara-bush-getty-01George H.W. Bush was just admitted to intensive care unit with pneumonia and his wife, Barbara, was also admitted.

H.W.'s office says he's in stable condition, but as a precaution doctors performed some sort of procedure to clear his airway. He received anesthesia and was moved into the intensive care unit.

H.W.'s resting comfortably where he will remain, at least for the short term.

Meanwhile, Barbara Bush was also admitted to the Houston hospital Wednesday morning after experiencing what H.W.'s office says is fatigue and coughing.

Story developing ...

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Donald Trump Lawyers Say We'll Rep Jailed Protesters for Free

1/18/2017 8:03 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-innauguration-art-tmz-getty-4Lawyers are ready to represent demonstrators who get arrested for protesting Donald Trump's inauguration ... TMZ has learned.

The Partnership for Civil Justice, the National Lawyers Guild, D.C. Law Students in Court and other orgs have a game plan to hit the streets Friday, monitor police conduct, and provide free representation for many demonstrators who may get cuffed and taken to jail.

An official from the Partnership for Civil Justice tells TMZ, they are worried police will cross the line and arrest protesters who are exercising their constitutional right of free speech.

We're told the laws in D.C. have changed recently because of police illegally taking demonstrators into custody. Now, protesters cannot be arrested for demonstrating without a permit. Cops can't encircle groups of protesters merely to prevent an uprising, and cops can't go after an entire group because a handful of demonstrators violate the law.

One of the lawyers organizing the group says she thinks the D.C. cops may show more restraint now that the laws have changed, but she's worried about the 5,000 National Guard troops and 3,000 cops from various jurisdictions that might overreact.

We're told dozens of D.C. area lawyers have committed to free services during inauguration day.

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'Hamilton' Star & Creator Pisses Off NYPD Honcho by Toasting Obama's Controversial Prisoner Release

1/18/2017 6:52 AM PST
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0118-miranda-rivera-getty-02Lin-Manuel Miranda's vowing to return to "Hamilton" in honor of President Obama commuting the sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera -- who was convicted for conspiracy against the U.S. government -- and some cops are outraged.

Miranda said he'd be honored to play Alexander Hamilton if Rivera goes to see the play in Chicago after his release in May. Rivera has been serving a 70 year sentence since the '80s for involvement in the FALN -- a Puerto Rican liberation organization that conducted fatal bombings in NYC and an attack on NYPD headquarters.

The argument for Rivera's release has been that he was never convicted of killing anyone, and only for seditious conspiracy, but a high-ranking member of NYPD tells TMZ, "It's a slap in the face of every hard working NYPD officer that the President would commute the sentence of a terrorist, and for [Miranda] to honor a terrorist is appalling."

Miranda, who quit "Hamilton" last summer, is of Puerto Rican descent and tweeted Obama to thank him for shortening Rivera's sentence before leaving the White House.

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Waka Flocka Flame Wipes Ass With Trump Jersey

1/18/2017 6:22 AM PST

Waka Flocka Flame made a big stink when he decided to wipe his ass at a concert ... using Donald Trump's name to do it. 

Waka was performing at the Georgia Theatre when he noticed a fan wearing a Trump jersey. Waka's a known anti-Trump guy, but still ... what happens next is gag worthy.

For the record, it looks like all cloth and ... No Hands. At least he's consistent.

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