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Marco Rubio Defends Colin Kaepernick ... Belongs In the NFL

5/21/2018 3:21 PM PDT

Sen. Marco Rubio is once again breaking from Donald Trump ... defending Colin Kaepernick's right to protest and telling TMZ Sports why he absolutely SHOULD be on an NFL roster. 

"Look, I support his right to stand for what he does," the republican senator tells us ... "I don't agree with what he did but I support his right to do it." 

"But if we're just talking football ... there aren't 63 better quarterbacks in the world."

FYI, Rubio is assuming there are 64 quarterbacks currently on NFL rosters. 

Rubio said he's not sure if the NFL owners actually colluded against Colin, as Kaep is alleging in his case against the league ... but he certainly believes Colin has the talent to play with the best in the world. 

Obviously, Donald Trump feels MUCH differently ... repeatedly saying players who don't stand for the national anthem should be fired. 

Barack And Michelle Obama Lock Multi-Year Deal with Netflix

5/21/2018 9:33 AM PDT
Breaking News

President Barack and Michelle Obama could be walking the red carpet at the next Oscars and Golden Globes ... and not as guests, but nominees.

Netflix confirmed Monday in a tweet they're partnering up with the Obamas on a multi-year agreement where Barack and Michelle will produce films and series for the company. The announcement says the deal could potentially also include "scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features." Basically, anything is game.

Rumors began to swirl in March that 44 and the former First Lady were in talks with Netflix, but the terms of the deal were still unclear.

The Obamas have always been champions of the film industry and at once had close ties with Harvey Weinstein before all his sexual assault allegations surfaced. Their daughter, Malia, even had an internship at the Weinstein Company.

Hillary Clinton Don't Have a MosCOW, Donald But, This Hat's for You!!!

5/21/2018 7:07 AM PDT

Hillary Clinton's sticking it to President Trump and this time she's got props. Take that, Carrot Top!

Hillary spoke at Yale's Class Day over the weekend and, as is tradition, all the students were rocking goofy hats ... and she joined in by whipping out one of those furry Russian hats. As she wryly put it, "If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em!" 

The bit went over ... well ... watch. It was definitely a Hill-friendly crowd, but still -- 18 months later, this gag might be the definition of old hat. 

Fun fact: the hat's called a papakha and h/t to the Cossacks, who first made 'em fashionable way back in the 19th century. 

Donald Trump It's Great to Have Melanie Back Home ... I Mean Melania

5/19/2018 12:28 PM PDT
Breaking News

President Trump gave the First Lady a warm welcome back to the White House ... by misspelling her name.

Trump tweeted out the good news Saturday -- Melania's back home after spending several days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering from a kidney procedure -- but called her Melanie in the process.

The Prez was quick to fix the typo after several of his 52 million Twitter followers called him out for the error, but the damage was already done.

Trump's known for typos, grammatical mistakes and an occasional covfefe in his tweets ... but he always gets the names of family and friends right.

Guess there's a first time for everything.

Welcome home, Melania ... we're glad you're back home and feeling better.

Anderson .Paak Meek Should've Met with Trump ... We Need Prison Reform!!!

5/19/2018 12:20 AM PDT

Rapper Anderson .Paak thinks Meek Mill made a mistake backing out of President Trump's prison reform summit, because he believes Meek has power right now to get changes made.

The subject hit close to home for Anderson -- he told us Friday in NYC, his mother was locked up for more than 7 years -- and he strongly believes Meek should've stuck with his gut and attended the White House meeting.

TMZ broke the story ... Meek pulled out after Jay-Z and a couple other people counseled him. Ultimately, Meek decided it wouldn't be the best look for him -- but Anderson says Meek's own prison stint is the best evidence to convince Trump to make some sweeping changes to the system.  

He admits it would be tough to go against Jay's advice, but adds ... even though Kanye West infamously plugged Trump, he's still gonna buy his music.

Texas School Shooting Parkland Students Respond Slam Trump, Politicians, NRA

5/18/2018 9:55 AM PDT
Breaking News

12:30 PM PT -- Texas Governor Greg Abbott has confirmed at least 10 dead and 10 more wounded in this morning's attack. In addition to the two guns the shooter brought with him -- which were owned by the suspect's father -- he had also planted multiple explosive devices in his home, vehicle, and at the school.

The suspect has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. The Governor claimed the student had admitted to initially intending to take his own life, however he was taken into custody alive.At least 8 people have been brutally killed at a high school in Texas after yet another mass shooting in America ... and Parkland, FL students are venting their anger and frustration.

President Trump responded to the shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday morning by tweeting, "School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!"

Those words didn't sit well with students Jaclyn Corin and Cameron Kasky, who accused the President of treating the tragedy "like a game" ... instead of doing something to stop them.

Emma Gonzalez made a an immediate call to action, saying Santa Fe High deserves "more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices."

David Hogg called out other politicians for simply "acting like they give a s**t." Several students have blasted the NRA as well.

Trump just addressed media at the White House, saying, "Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe."

Meek Mill Jay-Z Convinced Him to Cancel Trump Visit

5/18/2018 7:12 AM PDT

9:50 AM PT -- A Jay-Z source says Jay did not force or even convince Meek to cancel the White House trip, adding Meek made the decision after talking to several people.Meek Mill bailed on a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Friday after a late-night call from Jay-Z ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story ... Meek agreed to travel to the White House to discuss prison reform. President Trump is hosting a Prison Reform Summit. Participants include members of Congress, various activists and, clearly, people who have become victims of the system.

We're told Jay called Meek Thursday night and made it clear ... meeting with Trump would be problematic for his image and for the cause.

We're told other high-profile African-Americans also called Meek and voiced serious concern.

Meek tells us, "I was originally scheduled to be part of a panel on Prison Reform at the White House to help shed light on the issues within the system. Unfortunately, the focus turned to the President and Myself which concerned me that it might take away from creating a positive result from today’s discussions."

He continues, "As a result, I decided not to attend so that the focus would be solely on fixing our prison system. Most importantIy I remain fully committed to improving our criminal justice system."

Meek Mill Scheduled to Make White House Visit

5/17/2018 9:37 PM PDT

7:00 AM PT -- Meek Mill has decided to back out after all. We're told he will not attend the prison reform summit.Meek Mill is scheduled to go to the big house Friday, but this time it's the White House.

Sources connected with Meek tell TMZ, a meeting is set for Friday. We do not know if it's with President Trump or someone else at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  

We're told the subject is prison reform ... something near and dear to Meek's heart. He's still dealing with a judge in his probation violation case whom he believes is unfair and out to get him. 

Multiple sources also tell TMZ, some celebrities have contacted Meek urging him not to go.

YouTube Star Nicole Arbour I'm Sorry, Childish Gambino For Appropriating 'This is America'

5/18/2018 6:59 AM PDT

YouTube star Nicole Arbour finally realizes her timing was total crap when she released her version of "This Is America" ... and she's apologizing to Donald Glover -- aka Childish Gambino.

We got Nicole at The Laugh Factory on Thursday in WeHo where our guy straight-up asked her how she's dealing with the allegation she whitewashed Gambino's music video with her "This Is America: Women's Edit" version.

ICYMI ... Nicole posted this video last week, equating the women's struggle with racism and gun violence black America faces. The backlash was swift ... with one person tweeting her, "Yep. This is America alright. Black person creates then it's appropriated."

Another person tweeted, "Nicole Arbour's 'This Is America' parody is proof white people think black pain & oppression is funny. They're constantly joking about things they dont experience because they lack empathy. They laugh at our pain & deny our oppression, while stealin our culture for money. #Evil."

Making matters worse ... Nicole released a statement earlier this week and said it's "not an apology" but rather a clarification. She now apologizes ... straight to Childish Gambino.

Tomi Lahren Schlossberg's Racist Rant? Yeah, That Whole Thing's Ridiculous

5/17/2018 6:18 PM PDT

Tomi Lahren says a New York-based attorney who's gone viral for an incredibly racist rant he unleashed this week is rude ... and ridiculous.

We got the conservative talk show host Wednesday at LAX, where we showed her video of Aaron Schlossberg yelling at a restaurant manager for allowing his employees to speak Spanish to customers -- while also threatening to call ICE on the staff before storming out.

Tomi says no one deserves to be treated like that, whether they're native English speakers or not. She sticks to her guns on policy topics like assimilation and merit-based immigration ... but she says Schlossberg simply went too far here. 

BTW ... this ain't Schlossberg's first rodeo for getting into people's faces and screaming bigoted rhetoric. He's been captured in multiple videos confronting people on the streets of New York over immigration.

Also ... he was reportedly booted from his office space Thursday.

President Trump Invites Eagles To White House Team Coordinating Trip

5/17/2018 4:03 PM PDT
Breaking News

The Philadelphia Eagles have officially been invited to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win ... and now the question is -- who's gonna show up?

The folks at 1600 Penn. announced the invite Thursday afternoon, saying "President Trump looks forward to welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House on June 5th to celebrate their Super Bowl LII win.”

The Eagles seemed to accept the invite saying ... they're "working through the logistics of a trip to Washington DC, including a visit to the White House, on June 5th."

Here's the thing ... several prominent players have made it VERY clear they have no interest in meeting up with Trump ... including Torrey SmithChris LongMalcolm Jenkins and Dannell Ellerbe.

FYI -- the last team to be so outspoken about Trump -- the Golden State Warriors -- had their White House invite pulled after Stephen Curry opposed the visit.

So, while the whole team might visit the nation's capital next month ... there probably won't be perfect attendance when the players head over to Trump's crib.

Michael Cohen Stormy Lawyer Will Be 'Reckless' with Seized Docs ... NY Attorney Fears

5/17/2018 1:18 PM PDT

A NY attorney wants an order protecting the information the FBI seized from Michael Cohen's office ... because of attorney-client privilege and his fear that Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, is shady.

The lawyer's name is Peter Gleason, and he claims he's had discussions with Cohen about political corruption in NY state. He says he's uncertain if Cohen's notes about those meetings are among the seized documents, but it's clear he doesn't want Avenatti -- who's trying to intervene in the FBI's case -- to get his hands on them.

In the docs, Gleason calls Avenatti's behavior "reckless and wanton." He refers to Avenatti as having "questionable tactics" and a "fast and loose style."

As for the questionable tactics, he says Avenatti attributed certain "fraudulent" wire transfers to the wrong Michael Cohen. He also says he claimed to have bank records belonging to Cohen ... something that isn't kosher.

Gleason says he wants to keep Avenatti and Stormy a mile away from any docs collected that include his records.

Rudy Giuliani No Way Prez Trump Can Be Indicted ... Even If He Shoots Someone

5/17/2018 7:43 AM PDT

Rudy Giuliani said there's no room for interpretation -- Prez Trump can't be indicted ... even if he shoots someone.

We got Giuliani arriving at Reagan National Airport on Thursday and reminded him what Trump said in January 2016, when he was the then-GOP frontrunner. You'll recall Trump bragged that his popularity among his base was so strong he could stand in the middle of 5th Ave. and shoot somebody and not lose any voters.

With that in mind, our guy pressed Giuliani and wondered if he still thinks a President can't be indicted, even under those circumstances. Remember ... Giuliani claims a member of Robert Mueller's special counsel team acknowledged the President cannot be indicted.

Check it out ... Giuliani then lays down a step-by-step process of how Mueller's team has to handle a sitting Prez.

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