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Scooter Braun Democrats Push Him To Run for Cali Governor

8/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Scooter Braun will be running for Governor of California ... if some very powerful CA democrats have their way.

We've learned a number of Democratic fundraisers and political operatives in the state have approached Braun, because they believe, as one source put it, the current candidates -- Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are flawed.

Braun, who manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Usher and Kanye, has immersed himself in the Democratic political system over the last year ... doing fundraising for Hillary Clinton.

We're told there was something of a groundswell -- Scooter for Governor -- after he gave an emotional speech at Ariana Grande's Manchester concert to raise money for the victims of the terror attack.

No word on whether Scooter is seriously considering a run, or whether he'll change his name if he does ... but there's definitely interest from the Democratic Party.

Gary Payton Backs Durant I Wouldn't Go to Trump's White House Either

8/21/2017 1:21 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Durant's getting Hall of Fame support on his decision to turn down an invitation to Trump's White House -- with NBA legend, Gary Payton, telling TMZ Sports he wouldn't go either. 

Just last week, Durant said he wouldn't go to 1600 Penn. with his Golden State Warriors teammates if Trump extended the invite ... telling us he doesn't "f*ck with" POTUS. 

So, when we saw "The Glove" leaving Craig's in West Hollywood -- we asked what he would do in the same situation. Trump ain't gonna like his answer. 

President Trump Burning Curiosity for Solar Eclipse ... Ivanka Warns Otherwise

8/21/2017 12:48 PM PDT

President Trump might have fried his eyes, 'cause he looked right at the solar eclipse without special glasses ... even though his daughter, Ivanka, did a PSA for just that.

Trump was seen checking out the eclipse Monday with Melania and his son, Barron, from the Truman Balcony of the White House ... except the Prez peeped without protection.

And he apparently did it more than once ... even though he did eventually put the glasses on.

Luckily, he only looked for what appeared to be a few seconds at a time. Still though, it's kinda funny ... especially since Ivanka was out there promoting safe viewing.

Father-daughter communication at its best. 

Elon Musk Warns Against 'Terminator 2' Robot Machine War

8/21/2017 8:10 AM PDT

Elon Musk delivered a serious warning to the United Nations that essentially goes like this ... BEWARE THE KILLER ROBOTS!!!

The genius behind Tesla, SpaceX and don't forget PayPal signed an open letter to the U.N. Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons ... the body is taking up autonomous weapons, including drones, tanks and machine guns.

Musk, who has warned about the dangers of A.I. before, said, "Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend."

Sounds like Musk doesn't want a SkyNet-style situation -- where the artificial intelligence programs become self-aware and angry ... and then humanity has to wage war with T-1000s, HK-Aeriels, etc. 

"These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways," Musk says. 

He calls the autonomous arms race a Pandora's Box which, once opened, will be tough to close. 

Musk was not alone in his concern ... 89 leaders around the world signed the open letter.

President Trump Making the Secret Service go Broke!!! (Update: Wait, Not Really)

8/21/2017 8:32 AM PDT

8:45 AM PT -- Wait, seems Alles is backtracking ... or clarifying (depending on how ya look at it). 

"The Secret Service has the funding it needs to meet all current mission requirements for the remainder of the fiscal year and compensate employees for overtime within statutory pay caps," Alles said in a new statement. 

"The Secret Service estimates that roughly 1,100 employees will work overtime hours in excess of statutory pay caps during calendar year 2017.

"Our agency experienced a similar situation in calendar year 2016 that resulted in legislation that allowed Secret Service employees to exceed statutory caps on pay."

"To remedy this ongoing and serious problem, the agency has worked closely with the Dept. of Homeland Security, the Administration, and the Congress over the past several months to find a legislative solution."

"As we work to ensure that employees are compensated for the hours they work, the Secret Service continues its rigorous hiring of special agents, Uniformed Division officers, and critical support staff to meet future mission requirements."

"The issue is not one that can be attributed to the current Administration's protection requirements, but rather has been an ongoing issue for nearly a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo."

President Trump's breaking the Secret Service's bank because he's too damn expensive to protect, this according to the guy who RUNS the agency.

Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles told USA Today the agency can no longer pay hundreds of agents tasked with protecting POTUS and his family because they've already hit federally mandated caps for salary and overtime. 

Alles says the budget for agents is supposed to last the entire year -- but more than 1,000 agents have already hit their ceiling. 

He chalks up the surge in hours to Trump's large family and travel schedule. 

Alles says the Secret Service must protect 42 people under Trump -- 11 more than the 31 who got protection under Obama

"The president has a large family and our responsibility is required in law," Alles says ... "I can't change that. I have no flexibility."

Alles says the workload has also increased with Trump traveling to his properties in FL, NJ and VA almost every weekend.

The Prez has reportedly made so many visits to his golf properties the Secret Service has spent $60k in golf cart rentals alone. It costs at least $3 mil each time Trump visits Mar-a-Lago.

Alles says the situation is so dire, some agents have started to leave -- and he's lobbying to Congress to raise the combined salary and overtime from $160k to $187k. 

We reached out to the White House for comment. So far, no word back. 

Dave Chappelle New York Governor Says Dude, You're An Inspiration!!!

8/21/2017 6:45 AM PDT

Dave Chappelle got a big honor bestowed on him over the weekend ... by the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Nika Milbrun, Cuomo's Assistant Director of Constituencies for African-American and Women's Affairs, did the honors in NYC, telling Chappelle he's been a role model and an inspiration. She mentions how charitable Dave has been, notably giving $50k to Flint and set to host a charity event with Rihanna in Sept.

Milbrun said Dave has been a big influence in helping African-American entertainers, and the award syncs up with Dave's August residency at Radio City Music Hall where he fills the stage with African-American entertainers. 

She also joked that there were times Chappelle pushed the line, but all was good.

For his part, Dave was humbled by the honor and talked about his connection to the Big Apple.

Matthew Modine 'Stranger Things' Actor Says We Live in Great Times!!!

8/20/2017 8:07 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Matthew Modine does not think Charlottesville and other terrorist attacks are a harbinger of bad things to come ... to the contrary he thinks we are living in the best of times.

We got the "Stranger Things" villain Saturday at M Cafe in Bev Hills, and he blames the perception that our world is crumbling on a 24-hour news cycle that obsesses over the negative.

He thinks there are definitely bad apples, but clearly doesn't believe they spoil the whole bunch.

Ice Cube Pep Talk to Seahawks Includes National Anthem Advice

8/19/2017 4:01 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ice Cube dished out some life lessons as the guest speaker during a Seattle Seahawks team meeting, but the gist of his speech echoed one of his hit tracks -- Do ya thang!

The rapper made a surprise visit to the Seahawks' facility Saturday along with NBA legend Allen Iverson -- the 2 are in town for the BIG3 playoffs Sunday at KeyArena -- and coach Pete Caroll let Cube address his squad.

Among the topics he broached was the choice to sit or stand during the National Anthem, a hot-button issue for the NFL. Ice made his stance pretty clear -- all players have the freedom to make their own decision.

The team meeting changed pace afterward when a free throw contest broke out between A.I. and cornerback Richard Sherman. Check out the vid for 'the answer' of who won.

Boston 'Free Speech Rally' Thousands of Protesters Take Over ... Sans Violence

8/19/2017 10:34 AM PDT

The "Free Speech Rally" in Boston Saturday has turned into a massive demonstration by counterprotesters -- thousands and thousands of them -- condemning the alt-right, white nationalists, racists, fascists and neo-nazis.

Exactly one week after the Charlottesville attack, a rally by conservative activists -- who attempted to distance themselves from white nationalists -- has been dwarfed by a diverse group of counterprotesters who believe the "free speech" rally is a guise for hate speech.

As of Saturday afternoon, there have been no reports of major violence as the rally at the Boston Common has been surrounded by thousands holding signs and chanting messages of anti-racism.

As we reported ... James Alex Fields Jr. plowed his car into a group of counterprotesters last Saturday in Charlottesville after a day filled with violence. He was charged with second-degree murder.

Matt Damon Watch Out Alt-Right March at Your Own Peril in Boston

8/19/2017 12:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Matt Damon clearly thinks everyone has a right to exercise free speech in this country, but the alt-right may be in for a surprise Saturday in Boston.

We got the Boston native at LAX Friday and he never suggested the marchers would be met with physical resistance, but listen not just to his words but how he says them.  

It's interesting ... organizers of the rally have denounced the Charlottesville violence and racist message, claiming they are a conglomerate of libertarians, progressives, conservatives and independents. But police are worried this will become a rally laced with racism.

Matt knows a thing or 2 about being Boston strong, so maybe the marchers should keep that in mind.

Arnold Schwarzenegger I Wear 'Anti-Hate' Message On My Chest

8/19/2017 7:21 AM PDT

Arnold Schwarzenegger continued his anti-hate campaign, but this time he didn't say a word. 

The Terminator sported his "Terminate the Hate" shirt that's being sold around the country. Proceeds go to the Simon Wiesenthal Center -- a major human rights org.

Arnold took son Patrick to lunch as he strolled around, clearly for everyone to catch the message.

Schwarzenegger posted a message to the neo-nazis Thursday night, explaining that those before them went directly to hell for their hateful messages.

Green Beret Nate Boyer I Fought So Marshawn Can Sit But I Disagree With Protest

8/19/2017 12:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nate Boyer -- the former Army Green Beret who played briefly with the Seahawks -- says he doesn't exactly agree with Marshawn Lynch's national anthem protest ... but he fought for his right to do it! 

Boyer's story is legendary ... he served 6 years with the U.S. military doing multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before returning and walking on to the University of Texas football team. 

After college, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2015 -- and went through camp with Marshawn and Michael Bennett ... guys he really likes and respects. 

So, we figured he was the perfect guy to talk to about Marshawn and Bennett both sitting for the anthem during the NFL pre-season games. 

"They have every right to do what they're doing. I don't necessarily agree with it but it's their right and it's the right that I fought for."

He continued ... "They're not hurting anybody. They're not hitting women like some of these people in the league are doing."

Boyer -- who also consulted Colin Kaepernick about his controversial protest last season -- says what's more problematic to him is the state of the country.

"I think as a service member, it's more upsetting for me to come back from fighting for my country overseas to see how divided we are and how angry we are at each other as a country, I'm more hurt by that than somebody sitting down during the anthem."

Steve Bannon Out as White House Chief Strategist

8/18/2017 9:51 AM PDT
Breaking News

10:22 AM PT -- Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, has just released a statement, saying, "White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best."

Steve Bannon had to know his days were numbered when Trump threw shade a few days back, and now it's come to pass.

Bannon is out as Chief Strategist, and it also appears it was Trump's doing ... not Bannon's.

There's one report Bannon had submitted his resignation August 7, but the announcement was being held because of the violence in Charlottesville.

Bannon has been the chief architect of Trump's most draconian policies since January 20.

There's a working lunch with Trump and 20 administration officials Friday at Camp David ... Bannon was not on the list.

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