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John McCain Britney Spears is My Jam

8/26/2016 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Senator John McCain literally melts when he talks about his favorite female celeb ... one Britney Spears.

Our photog got the 79-year-old Republican from Arizona at LAX Thursday, and he makes it clear ... he's not just paying lip service -- he's hardcore Brit.  

He also has a favorite male celeb, who's a bit more predictable.

Hillary Clinton Gets Goofy with Justin and Jessica

8/23/2016 2:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0823-justin-timberlake-hillary-clinton-jessica-biel-instagram-01Hillary Clinton got mugged at a Hollywood fundraiser ... with the help of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.

The luncheon was held at Justin and Jessica's home, and hosted by the two of them, Scooter Braun and wife Yael Cohen, Tobey Maguire and wife Jennifer Meyer and Shonda Rhimes.

0823-jennifer-aniston-twitterA bunch of stars showed, including Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx.

Everyone shelled out $33k a head ... and Hillary made off with a fortune. They served chicken.

Our spies say Justin and Jessica intro'd Clinton. Someone asked why she was in the race, and she said she's motivated by helping people. The crowd gave her a standing O. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar More Athletes Should Run for Office 'They Have the Popularity'

8/23/2016 11:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Steve Largent did it ... so did Heath Shuler and Jack Kemp -- and now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is calling on MORE pro athletes to run for political office. 

The NBA legend recently appeared on "SI Now" and made the case for Dwyane Wade to run for mayor of Chicago ... claiming he's smart and tuned into the city and could really make a difference.

So, when we saw KAJ in NYC Monday -- he told us it shouldn't stop with Wade -- saying people like Kobe Bryant should also consider politics ... because athletes have the popularity to be great leaders. 

Soooo .... is President LeBron James out of the question?? 

Magic Johnson House Party for Hillary Clinton ... With Sam Jackson!

8/23/2016 6:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0823-magic-johnson-hillary-clinton-instagram-02It was "Showtime" at Magic Johnson's house Monday night -- when the NBA legend teamed up with Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson to throw a massive fundraiser for Hillary Clinton.

The presidential candidate was escorted to the house with a full police escort and was greeted by Magic's entire family -- including his reality star kids EJ and Elisa.

0823-magic-johnson-hilary-clinton-instagram-01During the shindig, Magic gave Hillary a tour of the house including his Lakers trophy room.   

Magic has been a HUUUGE Clinton supporter for years -- and reportedly raised more than $1.3 MILLION at his party last night. 

Clinton's got a busy schedule -- she's expected to hit up Justin Timberlake's home Tuesday for ANOTHER star-studded fundraiser. 

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John McLaughlin Political Commentator Dead at 89

8/16/2016 1:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0816-John-McLaughlin-facebookLegendary political commentator Dr. John McLaughlin -- whose long-running show inspired famous 'SNL' spoofs -- has died ... just days after missing his program for the first time ever.

"The McLaughlin Group" -- a round table political discussion -- has been on the air for more than 34 years, and John hosted every weekly episode. During the airing this past weekend ... the show began with a slate explaining McLaughlin was "under the weather" and would not appear on the panel. His voice was heard though saying the familiar ... "Issue one."

McLaughlin was an ordained priest with a PhD in philosophy, who had also been a speech writer for Richard Nixon ... before his TV show launched in 1982.

The show released a statement announcing his passing, but did not specify what caused it.

Dana Carvey famously played the irascible host in a recurring "Saturday Night Live" skit.

McLaughlin was 89.

Egyptian Judo Fighter Refuses to Shake Israeli Opponent's Hand ... After Losing

8/12/2016 8:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0812-el-shehaby-rio-olympics-egyptian-hand-shake-AP-01An Egyptian judo fighter refused to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent after losing a 100kg match Friday at the Olympics in Rio.

The Egyptian is Islam El Shehaby -- who was defeated with about 90 seconds left in the match when his opponent Or Sasson completed a dominating 2nd takedown. 

After the match, Sasson approached El Shehaby to shake his hand -- customary in Judo matches -- but El Shehaby refused. 

People in the crowd reportedly booed. 

It's unclear why El Shehaby refused the handshake -- he could have been pissed from losing -- but there are reports that it was more politically motivated. 

Some powerful Egyptians had called for El Shehaby to withdraw from the fight in the first place to avoid having to compete with an Israeli opponent.  

Killer Mike Trump and Hillary They're Exactly the Same

8/12/2016 6:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Killer Mike thinks Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and neither are fit to be President.

We got the rapper at LAX Thursday and he got a chuckle out of the latest criticism of Trump, who called Obama the "founder" of ISIS. Mike seems to say Obama was partly responsible for destabilizing other countries and thereby opening the door to the terrorist org.

His words are strong. 

Rob Ford Crack-Smoking Video Released ... Trashes Trudeau

8/11/2016 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A video of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack has just been released to the public -- 5 months after he passed away from cancer.

In the video, shot in Feb. 2013, Ford hits a crack pipe while a friend trashes current Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who was elected in 2015.  

The friend says, "I'd like to get that f***ing Justin Trudeau and shove my foot as far up his ass because I'm sure it would go real far."

Ford laughs and says, "He's a fat dick."

Ford also says he's mad about the misconception that he's a right wing radical.

Important to note Ford doesn't realize he's being recorded until the very end of the video. 

The video was used as an exhibit in the extortion trial of Rob's friend, Sandro Lisi ... who was charged with trying to extort a gang member to get the clip.

The court had ordered the video to stay private while the case was underway -- but on Thursday, the extortion charge against Lisi was dropped and the video was made public. 

Ford admitted to smoking crack during his time as mayor -- though he denied he was an addict. 

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Trump Tower Climber Trump Supporter Armed with 'Important Message'

8/10/2016 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The guy scaling Trump Tower in NYC with the help of suction cups posted a video Tuesday declaring his allegiance to the Republican Presidential candidate and giving him the heads-up he'd literally be climbing the walls to deliver "an important message."

The man calls himself an "independent researcher" and makes it clear ... it is in Trump's interest to receive him when he reaches the top of the building. The guy says he's aware of the life-threatening peril but the message is just that important.

Rescue workers continue in vain to coax him down.

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Trump Tower Man Scaling Tower with Suction Cups

8/10/2016 1:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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3:40 PM PT -- NYPD just got the guy ... yanking him through an open window while he tried to fight the cops off.

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A man is scaling Trump Tower in Manhattan as a mesmerized crowd watches below.

The guy is using suction cups to scale the south side of the tower ... cops and firefighters are trying to coax him down.

As for why he's doing what he's doing ... so far, it's a mystery. There are reports he's carrying papers with Trump's name on it.

Jon Voight Trump is Awesome Haters Have Gotten Ridiculous

8/10/2016 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jon Voight is incredulous at people -- especially the media -- for even insinuating Donald Trump was suggesting violence against Hillary Clinton in his Second Amendment speech.

Jon was fierce in support of Trump at Il Pastaio in Bev Hills Tuesday, and he couldn't have been stronger ... Trump in no way suggested gun enthusiasts exercise their right to bear arms.

It's one of the strongest pro-Trump voices we've heard. Check it out.

Gigi Gorgeous Dubai Won't Let Me In Because I'm Transgender

8/9/2016 4:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0809-gigi-gorgeous-TMZ-02Gigi Gorgeous, a transgender model and Kylie Jenner's BFF, is being detained at the Dubai airport because she used to be a man.

Gigi, who became famous for documenting her transition on social media, tells TMZ she was stopped at Immigration. She says the immigration officer said, "I was told you are transgender. You cannot come into the country."

Gigi was born Gregory Lazzarato, but says her passport has been updated since she transitioned ... it now reads "Gigi Loren."

Airport police have a different story. They say the passport describes her as male and the passport photo shows Gigi as a male. Gigi tells us that's simply not true. 

We did some checking ... in Dubai the "imitation of women by men" is illegal, and violators face up to a year in jail.

She says they still have her passport, and she's trying to get out of the country.

Curt Schilling Back Off Trump He Doesn't Wanna Kill Hillary!!!

8/9/2016 3:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Curt Schilling says it's OBVIOUS Donald Trump was NOT calling for his supporters to assassinate Hillary Clinton Tuesday ... saying the whole thing was a joke that simply fell flat. 

Schilling -- an outspoken conservative Republican -- joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs tonight on FS1) and reacted to the new Trump video that EVERYONE'S talking about. 

"The one thing everybody needs to understand -- HE'S NOT FUNNY," Schilling said. "He tries to be funny and he's not."

Schilling blames the media for misinterpreting Trump's comments

He also tees off on Clinton himself -- and explains why he's still Team Trump all the way. 

Check out the ENTIRE interview tonight on FS1. 

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