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Trump Tower Security's Not Leaving Even When Melania and Barron Do!!

4/28/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Trump Tower will remain what resembles a police zone -- barricades and all -- even after June when Melania and Barron Trump pack up and move to the White House.

NYPD sources tell TMZ ... security detail will remain mostly unchanged. A spokesperson said the security detail would be "adequate," but would not elaborate.

Short story ... the building will still be crawling with cops and Secret Service, there will be barricades outside the building and police outside will be ready for protests that get out of hand.

Fact is ... Donald Trump hasn't returned to NYC since he was inaugurated, favoring Mar-a-Lago on weekends. Once Melania and Barron make their move, the top penthouse will remain largely vacant for the duration of Trump's tenure as prez.

But our sources say it's still the president's home and the Secret Service and NYPD are aware he's extremely controversial and the building has become the place to go in NYC for protests ... protests that can easily get out of hand.

Law enforcement is also concerned if they let up on security it will send a message that the building is an easy target.

As for cost ... it's steep. The price tag for protection is around $100k a day, and it triples when Trump comes to town. It won't be much different after the entire family packs up and leaves.

John Legend Running for Office? I'm Not That Guy!

4/27/2017 4:53 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Legend will talk politics anytime you want, but do NOT talk to him about getting into politics!

The singer, and frequent political activist, flew back into L.A. on Thursday, and we asked if he's ready to do more than dabble in the political world. Fact is, John's been one of the most vocal opponents of everything President Trump has done ... so we wondered if that was motivating him to run for office.

His answer is direct and to the point. In other words ... totally not like a politician.

In other news ... he's happy to talk poop emojis!

Barack Obama Finally Disses Trump ... Tweet Storms Ain't the Answer!

4/27/2017 3:17 PM PDT
Breaking News

Barack Obama took his first shot at his predecessor since inauguration day, lightly jabbing President Trump's speedy Twitter fingers ... and reportedly made a ton of money while doing it.

The diss came Thursday in NYC while the ex-prez was speaking to a crowd of A&E Network's advertisers. While presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin interviewed Obama, she asked how he handled frustrating moments in the White House.

Barack coolly replied, "For starters, by not having a Twitter account."

It was an expensive joke for A&E ... which according to the NY Post, paid Obama $400k for the speaking engagement. He's reportedly making that same amount to speak at an upcoming Health conference put on by Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald.

Michelle's no slouch herself ... she spoke Thursday at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Florida. Not to mention the huge advances both she and Barack got for their memoirs.

Make money money, make money money ...

'The Simpsons' Spoofs Trump's First 100 Days ... Kill Spicer, Put Ivanka On SCOTUS

4/27/2017 7:49 AM PDT

"The Simpsons" envision Ivanka Trump as a Supreme Court Justice, and Sean Spicer killing himself ... at least in the show's version of Donald Trump's first 100 days in office.

The spoof airs on Sunday's episode, and even the staunchest Trump haters would have to say it's super dark -- Spicer hanging himself in the White House Press Room, Ruth Bader Ginsburg getting 86'd for Ivanka, while hawking robes and the prez himself weeping over ... well, you gotta watch.

Of course, Trump's made no secret of his love for FOX News. Gotta wonder if he'll be watching the mother ship Sunday night.

Charlamagne Tha God Colin Kaepernick Is Getting Screwed

4/27/2017 6:22 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If Colin Kaepernick was on fire ... next to a burning American flag ... which one would you put out?

That's what Charlamagne tha God wants to know -- and if you even hesitate before answering, CTG says it tells him everything he needs to know about you as a person.

The MTV star -- and best-selling author of 'Black Privilege' -- is clearly pissed Colin hasn't been signed by an NFL team yet and doesn't mince his words about why that is.

"[He's] being punished for doing the right thing ... standing up for the rights of human beings."

By the way, Charlamagne knows Colin -- they've worked together as part of the Know Your Rights Camp campaign.

Kendrick Lamar Praised By LAPD Commish We Bonded At Clippers Game

4/27/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Something crazy went down at the Clippers game ... Kendrick Lamar forged a real, powerful friendship with the LAPD commissioner. 

K-Dot's lyrics haven't exactly been pro-cop over the years -- he rapped about hating the po-po on "Alright" and once performed the song on top of a burned up police car. 

Which is why it was shocking when he posed for a pic Tuesday night at the Clippers game with LAPD commish Steve Soboroff ... one of the top cops in L.A.

We spoke with Soboroff who says it wasn't a cheap PR stunt -- the guys are REALLY friends and have a mutual respect and understanding for each other. 

"Do I support anti-police sentiment and speech?" Soboroff said ... "No, of course not. He expresses through his art form his feelings, and I respect that. And I think he respects – or I hope he would respect – how seriously we take community policing and understanding people’s views."

Soboroff says the two are on such good terms, Kendrick helped him buy tickets to the rapper's upcoming concert at Staples Center for his son (Steve's more of a Sinatra guy). 

Bottom line ... "I consider him a friend, and I think he considers me a friend."

At least someone in L.A. won at the Clippers game. 

Demian Bichir Do NOT Spend Chapo's Loot on the Wall!! Here's a Better Idea ...

4/26/2017 3:05 PM PDT

Demian Bichir says Senator Ted Cruz is outta his damn mind to propose El Chapo's billions fund President Trump's wall.

When we got the Mexican-born actor at LAX Wednesday, we asked him about the senator's proposed bill -- dubbed the El Chapo Act -- which would use his reported $14 billion to pay for the wall.

First off, the former "Weeds" star is clearly NOT a fan of the wall. At all.

He is, however, all about jacking the drug lord's money. Demian's concept of what to do with it though is way more Robin Hood than Cruz has in mind.

Patti LaBelle Ultimate Photobomb From Anti-Fur Protesters

4/26/2017 11:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Patti LaBelle got a taste of what Kylie Jenner and Kelly Rowland experienced when anti-fur protesters pulled a photo op sneak attack on her.

Patti was signing copies of 'Desserts LaBelle' at a Barnes & Noble Tuesday in NYC. The protesters tucked in close with her, posing as fans who wanted a pic -- then suddenly whipped their signs and started chanting, "Patti LaBelle has blood on her hands!” 

It's similar to what happened to Kelly in in New Jersey earlier this month, and to Kylie last weekend in Las Vegas.

The protesters were eventually kicked out by B&N security.

Queen Noor of Jordan Impossible To Compare Me to Melania

4/26/2017 10:51 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Queen Noor of Jordan clearly does not want to be compared to First Lady Melania Trump.

The Queen arrived at the Refugees International 38th Anniversary Dinner at Mellon Auditorium. She's big on refugee and missing persons work, as well as nuclear disarmament these days.

Our photog asked if she saw any similarities between herself and the First Lady, other than marrying men who ran a country. The Queen made a graceful exit, saying it was an "impossible" question to answer.

As for comparisons ...

-- Both women immigrated ... Queen Noor was born in the U.S. before moving to Jordan. Melania was born in Slovenia before coming to America.

-- Neither was the first wife ... Her Majesty was the king's 4th wife, Melania is Donald Trump's 3rd wife.

-- They like design ... Princeton-educated Queen Noor received a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning and worked on international urban planning and design projects in Australia, Iran, the U.S. and Jordan. Melania was a model who wore designer fashions.

Still, apples to oranges.

John Legend Trump's Worst Person Ever As For Obama's Wall St. Speech ...

4/26/2017 6:27 AM PDT

John Legend detests Donald Trump, so much so that the prez has earned a distinction -- worst person Legend has ever encountered in public life.

John's 100 day report card is predictable ... F, F, F, F, F. 

As for Obama pocketing $400k for a Wall St. speech, Legend doesn't think there's anything wrong with it ... because you can be against Wall St. corruption and not generally against Wall St.

Safe to say ... Legend has written Trump off not just for 100 days, but for 4 years.

Ted Cruz El Chapo Should Pay For the Wall Let's Make it a Law!

4/25/2017 5:14 PM PDT

Ted Cruz has the perfect solution on how to pay for Donald Trump's border wall ... pass a law to use El Chapo's billions and loot from other lords to underwrite construction.

The Texas senator introduced a new bill Tuesday called the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act -- aka the EL CHAPO Act ... which does just that.

The bill would allow the U.S. to use all cash forfeited by drug lords to pay for the wall and border security.

According to Ted ... the U.S. is already gunning for more than $14 billion in drug money and other profits that the Mexican drug lords collected, and Cruz says that will go a long way toward the estimated $20 plus billion in construction costs.

The government is on the verge of shutting down this week, in part because of funding for the border wall project. Looks like Ted's trying to get creative with a solution.

Scott Baio Backlash Over My Erin/Drugs Comments Fueled Purely by Trump Haters

4/25/2017 2:28 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Scott Baio thinks much of the backlash he's gotten for his comments about Erin Moran's drug issues is driven by his ties to Donald Trump.

Scott told us liberals have been attacking him for linking his former co-star's death to a drug overdose during a radio interview -- but says his haters' political biases are seeping through.

The attacks don't appear to faze him though. Although it turns out Erin died from cancer -- and not substance abuse problems -- he says it doesn't change his strong feelings about the dangers of drugs.

Barack Obama $400k Fee for Wall Street Speech ... Hypocrisy?

4/25/2017 2:19 PM PDT
Breaking News

Barack Obama's getting in bed with Wall Street ... he's reportedly getting $400,000 to address a group of people he once referred to as "fat cats."

Obama's signed on to be the keynote speaker at a Wall Street health care conference run by Cantor Fitzgerald, and the news has the former president's critics chomping at the bit. He's made no secret of his disdain for some Wall Street bankers.

FOX Business says Obama's signed on the dotted line, but final details are still being ironed out before a formal announcement.

Pretty sweet gig though ... that's an entire year of POTUS salary in a single day. It's also double what Hillary Clinton previously commanded on the speech circuit.

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