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Barack Obama Rough Waters Ahead

6/26/2017 6:37 AM PDT

President Obama was NOT the captain of this ship ... and he's totally cool with it.

The former Prez and Michelle took Malia and Sasha along for their latest vacation in Bali ... where they did some white water rafting. Based on Sasha's smile we're guessing these were class II rapids at best.

The Obamas also toured a rice terrace as they kicked off a 10-day trip that will end in Jakarta. Barack is making a speech there to the Indonesian Congress. Barack spent part of his childhood living in the country, so it's a bit of a homecoming.

He's going back in style -- reportedly staying at the Four Seasons in Bali where rooms can run several thousand per night.

Their $60 mil book advances should cover it.

Chance the Rapper at BET Awards Calls for Justice in Black Community ... Thanks Michelle Obama

6/25/2017 7:56 PM PDT

Chance the Rapper had everyone at the BET Awards on their feet and cheering after he gave one HELL of an acceptance speech demanding justice in the black community ... and Michelle Obama even gave him a shout out.

Chance took home the BET Humanitarian Award Sunday in L.A. for all his work helping out the Chicago public school system and its students -- with money, shows and engagement in his hometown.

During his acceptance speech, Chance made an impassioned plea to the federal government, juries and courts and a number of other institutions to deliver justice to black people ... those locked up for minor drug offenses; those killed by police; and schools getting screwed by higher-ups. 

Like we said ... the crowd loved it. And if that wasn't enough ... Michelle had some kind words for Chance before he stole the show himself.

Justin Trudeau Joins Toronto's Pride Parade

6/25/2017 12:19 PM PDT

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did what Donald Trump has refused to do for all of June ... walk among his LGBT citizens to honor Pride Month. 

Trudeau joined in on Canada's largest Pride parade in Toronto Sunday, where he took to the streets to march with members of the LGBT community. He made many stops along the way ... shaking hands and talking to reporters. 

President Trump has failed to formally acknowledge June as Pride Month -- unlike President Obama, who did so almost every year over his 8-year term. 

Looks like the PM is keeping up with the tradition up north. 

Congressman Adam Schiff Blames Obama and Trump for Russian Hacking

6/25/2017 7:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Congressman Adam Schiff blames former President Obama for not standing up to the Russians while they were hacking Hillary Clinton's emails during the election, but he thinks Trump is a shameless hypocrite for taking swipes at the former Prez when Trump himself was gleefully using the info.

Schiff was in D.C. Sunday when our photog asked about where to cast blame over Russian interference in the election.  Schiff uses a great metaphor to express his disdain for Trump, but then throws shade on Obama.

The only principal who escapes Schiff's critique ... well, she lost. 

John Salley Axing Rodman From HOF Is 'Crazy' ... Focus On Real Issues

6/24/2017 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Salley 100% has the back of his old Bad Boys teammate Dennis Rodman ... saying the human rights organization calling for revoking The Worm's Hall Of Fame status is full of B.S.

As we previously reported ... The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is upset with Dennis over his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Those concerns were of course made worse by the recent death of U.S. student -- and former NK prisoner -- Otto Warmbier.

The group has called for Rodman's Hall of Fame status to be stripped ... something Salley said was a insane waste of time when we got him out in Beverly Hills.

"This world is going through a tough, tough time. We don't have time to talk about the Hall of Fame."

John didn't stop there, saying that not only has Dennis not damaged the integrity of the hall (grounds for removal, according to the rules) but his offbeat behavior has only made basketball better.

"Dennis Rodman's antics and ways have literally given leeway and flavor for the guys to be able to do what they do today. So the fact that somebody wants to remove the good he's done is literally crazy."

Hillary Clinton Attacks Healthcare Bill ... GOP Is the 'Death Party'

6/23/2017 5:00 PM PDT
Breaking News

Hillary Clinton jumped off the political sidelines and fired a shot at Republicans over the new healthcare bill ... saying, in not so many words, it's gonna kill Americans.

The former candidate said the GOP will be "the death party" if they pass the proposed healthcare measure. In her tweet, she referenced an article citing Harvard researchers. Their study says the Senate bill could result in "18,000 to 28,000 deaths in 2026."

She also urged her followers to speak out against the bill. 

Johnny Depp I'm Sorry, Mr. President ... I Made A Bad Joke

6/23/2017 11:43 AM PDT
Breaking News

Johnny Depp is apologizing for his joke about assassinating President Trump, saying he didn't mean any harm by it.

Johnny released a statement admitting the "bad joke" he told Thursday to the Glastonbury Festival crowd was in poor taste.

“It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice," his apology read. "I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”

Depp had joked, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?"

The White House condemned Depp for the joke and called on Hollywood to speak out against this type of violent rhetoric.

Johnny Depp Once Booted from White House Reception For Showing 'Disrespect'

6/23/2017 11:17 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Depp's disdain for the White House runs deep ... so deep he was once corralled by Secret Service agents who refused to let him shake the President's hand.

Depp, who's taking heat for his Trump assassination crack, was at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. back in January 1988 -- yeah, we know it's the '80s -- where President and Nancy Reagan held a ceremony for the fight against AIDS.

Johnny -- who was the star of "21 Jump Street," started clowning almost from the get-go. During a private tour, he picked his nose at the podium in the Press Room and flipped off the camera outside the gate.

We're told he was in the Rose Garden when he lit up a cigarette, much to the dismay of the Secret Service.

Later, during the event, Johnny was in the Blue Room when he once again lit a ciggy ... enraging the agent.

When it came time for the receiving line to meet the Prez and First Lady, the agents told Johnny he could not participate because he had shown disrespect.

Check out the PSA.

Johnny Depp White House Calls for Hollywood Backlash After Assassination Crack

6/23/2017 8:51 AM PDT
Breaking News

Johnny Depp's assassination remark about President Trump will cost him dearly ... in Hollywood ... if the White House gets its way.

Trump's been silent about Depp saying, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" -- however, a White House spokesperson just said, "President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it's sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead."

The statement continues, "I hope that some of Mr. Depp's colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official."

It's just a matter of time ... but y'know the Prez is loading up some "Pirates of the Caribbean" cracks.

Donald Trump Says Obama May Have Planted Secret Recorders In Oval Office

6/23/2017 6:46 AM PDT

Donald Trump has created an outlandish justification for suggesting 42 days ago that his conversation with then FBI Director James Comey may have been recorded ... and he's pointing the finger at Obama.

Trump said on "Fox & Friends" Friday the reason he made his now-famous oblique reference to recording Comey was that the Obama administration was so deep into surveillance it was possible his predecessor wired the Oval Office.

The suggestion ... the wiring was so surreptitious, no one noticed it when Trump moved in.

Melania was by her husband's side and made it clear ... she's all in now and doesn't miss The Big Apple.

Judge Judy Bad Form, Johnny Depp For Cracking Trump Assassination Joke

6/23/2017 6:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Judge Judy thinks Johnny Depp is in the clear for his Trump assassination wisecrack, but that doesn't mean she thinks it's ok.

Judy and hubby Jerry Sheindlin were in WeHo Thursday night leaving Craig's restaurant when our photog asked if Depp's quip violated the law. She dismisses that, but raises issues of taste.

It's interesting ... when our photog mentions Depp made the comment outside the U.S. of A., she doubles down and suggests certain matters of taste are simply universal.

Dennis Rodman to Trump: We Can Make Peace with N. Korea ... Together!

6/23/2017 7:10 AM PDT

Dennis Rodman just sent a message to Donald Trump -- call me, so we can make peace with North Korea together! 

And yeah, he's dead serious. 

The Worm -- who just got back from N. Korea -- sat down with Michael Strahan on 'GMA' and laid out why he thinks he and Trump can make real progress with Kim Jong-un

Strahan pushed Rodman about the fact Jong-un's a dictator and the mysterious death of ex-NK prisoner Otto Warmbier ... but Dennis continued to insist the North Koreans are good people who are just misunderstood.

While Rodman wouldn't personally take credit for Warmbier's release -- his agent sure did ... insisting Dennis' trip was a key factor in Jong-un's decision to free the 22-year-old American. 

Rodman's agent says he specifically asked about Warmier's release 3 times before this most recent trip -- and says, "I know being there had something to do with it."

Warmbier's family says BS -- insisting the NBA legend had nothing to do with it.

Congressman Cedric Richmond Slams Trump, NRA Philando Castile Was NO Threat to Cops

6/23/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

President Trump and the National Rifle Ass'n are stereotyping all black men as dangerous, and the proof is their silence over the killing of Philando Castile ... so says Congressman Cedric Richmond.

Richmond was on Capitol Hill Thursday when our photog asked about gun advocates like the President and the NRA ... both of which had nothing to say about the 2nd Amendment when it came to the killing of Castile, who told cops he was carrying a legal gun.

As you know, the cop shot Castile 7 times at point-blank range, claiming he feared for his life.

The congressman -- who also chairs the powerful Black Caucus -- is incredulous Trump and the NRA have not defended Castile's right to bear arms.

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