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Greg Gianforte Wins Election Apologizes For Body Slam

5/25/2017 10:35 PM PDT

Greg Gianforte won Montana's special election Thursday night and apologized for allegedly body slamming a reporter.

Gianforte, who received 50.4% of the state's votes, took the stage after his victory, saying, "When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it, that's the Montana way. Last night I made a mistake and I took an action that I can't take back and I'm not proud of what happened. I should not have responded in the way that I did, and for that I am sorry."

Gianforte came under heavy fire Wednesday after audio surfaced of the Republican candidate allegedly body slamming a reporter from The Guardian after he was asked a question about health care.

The victory speech marked Greg's first public comments since the incident. Worth noting, 70% of the votes had been counted prior to the incident.

Democratic candidate Rob Quist received 43.8% of votes and Libertarian candidate Mark Wicks had 5.8%. 

Helen Mirren America Leaks ... I Don't

5/26/2017 12:40 AM PDT

Helen Mirren acknowledges UK leaders are angry with the U.S. government for allegedly leaking details about the Manchester bombing, but beyond that ... Dame Helen's a tough nut to crack.

We got HM at LAX ... and talked to her about the new tension with her countrymen. British police are pissed bombing evidence they shared with American leaders ended up getting plastered all over U.S. media.

Helen splits her time in both countries, so we wondered where she stands on the feud.

We'll say this ... the Dame coulda been a 00 agent. 

Greg Gianforte Sheriff Cops to Backing Him ... Politically, At Least

5/25/2017 1:27 PM PDT

The cop who cited Greg Gianforte for allegedly body slamming a reporter ... has also supported the candidate's run for Congress.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin admitted making a donation to Gianforte's campaign during a Thursday news conference. The Sheriff also said he's interacted with Gianforte socially, however he insisted it would not be relevant to how his department handled the case.

As we reported, Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after reporter Ben Jacobs accused him of the Wednesday body slam. Gianforte's gone radio silent, but through a rep he's put the blame on Jacobs.

Gootkin's news conference came smack dab in the middle of election day. Polls close at 8 PM in Montana.

Donald Trump Jr. Huntin' and Eatin' With Gianforte

5/25/2017 7:48 AM PDT

Greg Gianforte hunted and broke bread with Donald Trump, Jr. last month ... several weeks before the President's son endorsed Gianforte in his congressional run.

The pic shows Donald Jr. in Ingomar, MT, dining after "a great day of hunting" ... this according to Senator Steve Daines, who's also at the table.

Donald Jr. mugged with Gianforte outside the restaurant as well ... after an afternoon of hunting prairie dogs.

As for Jr.'s dad ... the President endorsed Gianforte in a robocall that was released hours before the body slam.

CNN's Don Lemon Loses It On Guest ... How Can You NOT Blame Trump??!!

5/25/2017 7:02 AM PDT

Don Lemon firmly believes President Trump is the reason Greg Gianforte body slammed a reporter -- and he flipped out on the air when someone dared to disagree with him.

Lemon had a panel on his show Wednesday night, and immediately stated HIS take on the Montana politician ... and clearly expected/wanted political commentator Paris Dennard to agree.

When Paris stood his ground ... Lemon went into such an attack mode, it's downright ironic.

At least this was just a verbal body slam.

UFC Champ Michael Bisping Screw Political Correctness Raid Terror Cells

5/25/2017 6:52 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC Middleweight champ Michael Bisping is outraged at the British government for putting "political correctness" in front of the war against terror.

We got the Manchester native in L.A. Wednesday where he poured his heart out over the attack, saying he cried when he heard children were targeted.

Then Michael flew into a controlled rage, claiming the British government knows where the terrorists are hiding but they aren't raiding their homes because it would appear politically insensitive.

Screw that, he says.

Montana Politician Greg Gianforte Body Slams Reporter

5/24/2017 5:22 PM PDT

9:50 PM PT -- Greg Gianforte has been cited for misdemeanor assault by local authorities. Cops found that the nature of Jacobs' injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault. Gianforte has between now and June 7 to appear in Gallatin County court.

6:20 PM PT -- Jacobs called cops after Gianforte's alleged attack to report an assault, and is reportedly getting X-rays on his elbow at a local hospital.

Gianforte's camp just released a statement ... they claim Jacobs entered the office without permission and began aggressively asking questions, and when Greg tried to grab the phone pushed in his face, Jacobs "grabbed Greg's wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground."A Montana politician running for congressional office body slammed a reporter ... and the sounds of the scuffle were caught on audio tape.

Greg Gianforte -- who's gunning for a House seat in Congress in a special 2017 election -- slammed Guardian reporter, Ben Jacobs, Wednesday in Bozeman, Montana during an event ... around local TV crews, at that. He then yelled to "Get the hell out of here!"

Jacobs tweeted about the incident, saying Gianforte "broke my glasses." 

The reporter's question about the GOP healthcare bill seemed to spark the attack, but it's unclear if Gianforte faced any repercussions. Jacobs was quick to get the audio to the Guardian, which posted it soon after.

Jacobs also shared a photo of his broken glasses ... as he was being taken away in an ambulance.

Melania Trump Okay, Okay ... I'll Do It for God

5/24/2017 1:53 PM PDT

Put another feather in Michelangelo's cap -- dude got the First Lady to hold President Trump's hand.

Melania and the Prez held hands under Michelangelo's "The Last Judgment" fresco above the altar of the Sistine Chapel.

The First Couple toured the landmark Wednesday during their visit with Pope Francis.

The momentous occasion comes after Melania twice denied her husband earlier this week, when he reached for her hand in public. First in Israel and then when they landed in Rome.

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

NBA All-Star Game Back To Charlotte After Bathroom Bill Axed

5/24/2017 8:30 AM PDT
Breaking News

The NBA pulled the '17 All-Star Game from Charlotte 'cause of a controversial state law, but Wednesday said the '19 ASG is headed back to the city after the bill was repealed.

Here's the situation ... in July 2016, the league moved the game from Charlotte to New Orleans after HB2 -- a bill that forced people to use the bathroom that corresponded to their birth gender, and was widely seen as a discriminatory -- was not repealed.

At the time, Adam Silver said, "we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

The caveat ... if the bill was repealed, the NBA would consider re-awarding Charlotte with the game.

Losing the game was a big deal. The state lost a lot of revenue from fans that would've flocked to N.C. to watch the league's best players ball.

In March, North Carolina state politicians voted to repeal HB2 ... opening the door for the game to go down in Charlotte.

Today, that's exactly what the commish did ... saying "while we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law."

Trump, Pope Smiley Face Frowny Face

5/24/2017 6:24 AM PDT

Donald Trump was all grins Wednesday when he met Pope Francis at the Vatican, but the Pope seemed ... well, pensive.

Pope Francis encouraged the Prez to be a peacemaker and Trump promised to heed the message.

Melania and Ivanka stoically looked on as they all posed for pics.

The meeting lasted 30 minutes and each had a translator.

The Pope gave Trump a sculptured olive tree, telling him it symbolized peace. The Pope followed up with this ... "It is my desire that you become an olive tree to construct peace."

For his part Trump gave Pope Francis a set of 5 first-edition books by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barack Obama Rock Star in Italy

5/24/2017 7:07 AM PDT

Barack Obama and Justin Bieber have something in common ... they can't walk down a street in Italy without getting mobbed.

44 got the celeb treatment Italiano style Tuesday as he strolled the narrow streets of Bologna. People lined up to get a glimpse. He's been over there on vacay with Michelle, taking in the sights and hitting the links.

Seems even in the land of pasta and wine they've heard of Barack's baby whispering skills and it appears he hasn't lost his magic touch.

Luenell Melania Didn't Sign Up for All this Mishigas

5/24/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Comedian Luenell says it's no wonder Melania Trump swatted her Prez hubby's hand ... because she's been thrown into a life for which she didn't sign up.

The 'Borat' star touched down at LAX Tuesday and didn't hesitate to psychoanalyze the President and First Lady's relationship. She's no Freud, but she's definitely better than your average armchair shrink.

Watch the video ... Luenell thinks Melania's life was in the bag -- literally -- but it was all undone when the Electoral College voted.

Barack Obama 4-Under the Tuscan Sun

5/23/2017 3:33 PM PDT

Barack Obama can't get enough of Tuscany -- or at least its killer golf courses, 'cause he's back driving the fairways.

Obama hit the links Tuesday at the Castiglion del Bosco Resort in Siena, Italy -- and looked focused on his form. Decent follow-through, too.

You'll recall ... the former Prez also got his golf on over the weekend. While Michelle's been taking in Italy's sights, shops and restaurants ... BO's all about honing his game on this vacay.

BTW ... the Castiglion resort is all about 2 things: golf and wine. Barack's choice is clear.

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