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Donald Trump Pardons Boxer Jack Johnson ... Thanks to Stallone!

5/24/2018 10:29 AM PDT
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Donald Trump announced he was posthumously pardoning the first black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson on Thursday ... and it seems a lot of credit goes to Sylvester Stallone!!

Johnson was convicted more than 100 years ago of violating the Mann Act by transporting a white woman across state lines.

The conviction, largely seen as racist and an abuse of the legal system, has been urged by many in the boxing community to be pardoned for years.

But, per POTUS, it was Rocky himself who swayed him to make the full pardon, tweeting back in April:

"Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!"

On Thursday, Trump made that happen.

And just a few minutes ago, Sly and boxing studs Lennox Lewis and Deontay Wilder celebrated the move with a punchy photo op in Washington D.C. 

Stormy Daniels Eat Your Heart Out, Trump ... I Got a Key to WeHo!!!

5/23/2018 5:19 PM PDT

'Stormy Daniels Day' is official in West Hollywood -- the mayor just declared it, the porn star thanked the crowd after receiving a key to the city ... and yes, this is real news.

Stormy was honored in front of Chi Chi La Rue's Wednesday by Mayor John J. Duran and Mayor Pro Tem John D'Amico -- who peppered in a "joke" before presenting her with the key.

Daniels then gave a quick thank you speech and praised the community for its principles of treating everyone with fairness and dignity ... and standing up to bullies.

Clearly, that part was meant to tweak President Trump -- something Stormy has plenty of experience doing. Allegedly.

NASCAR's Martin Truex Jr. Trump's White House Was Awesome ... I'd Never Boycott!

5/22/2018 6:27 AM PDT

NASCAR champ Martin Truex Jr. says his White House visit Monday to meet President Trump was "amazing" ... calling it a huge honor he would NEVER consider passing up. 

It's a MUCH different opinion than some NBA and NFL players -- but Truex tells TMZ Sports he considers NASCAR to be "very patriotic" and he's proud to be an American. 

Truex was invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. after winning the 2017 Cup Series title -- and on his way out, he RAVED about the experience. 

"Oh my God, it was amazing. The president was an unbelievable host. He showed us everything that he didn't have to show, so it was really cool."

We mentioned the controversy with other athletes boycotting Trump's White House -- and Truex said the thought of turning down Trump never crossed his mind. 

"I mean, I think it's a huge honor. Huge honor for me and my team and for them to invite us was amazing, so I would never pass it up."

During Truex's visit, Trump once again brought up the anthem protests, saying "One thing I know about NASCAR and I will tell you, they do indeed stand for the playing of the national anthem."

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

5/19/2018 12:28 PM PDT
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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.

President Trump Invites Eagles To White House Team Coordinating Trip

5/17/2018 4:03 PM PDT
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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.

NFL's Derrius Guice If Trump Invited Me To White House ... I'd Go!

5/17/2018 6:32 AM PDT

Washington Redskins rookie RB Derrius Guice says he wouldn't be opposed to Donald Trump attending his games and says visiting the White House would be the "chance of a lifetime."

The former LSU star touched down at LAX for an NFLPA Rookie Premiere event ... rockin' his brand new Young Money diamond chain, given to him by Lil Wayne (he's signed to Weezy's agency).  

But since Guice will be playing in D.C., we asked if he had any strong feelings about the President ... and he made it clear he has no animosity towards the guy. 

"I mean he's running this country. Whatchu want me to do, hate a guy who's running this country? I stay in my lane, he stay in his."

When asked if he would accept an invite to visit the White House if Washington wins the Super Bowl, Guice explained why he would. 

"If I get the chance, yeah. That's the chance of a lifetime," Guice said ... "They got a lot of history in that White House."

Obviously, Washington has to win games first ... but with Alex Smith at the helm and Guice in the backfield, you never know!

Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Accused of Pulling a Trump ... Ex-Law Partner Sues

5/16/2018 5:35 PM PDT

Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, is making a name for himself by going after President Trump, but now he's facing his own lawsuit ... and he's accused of doing something very Trumpian.

According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Avenatti's being sued by Jason Frank, a former partner at Egan Avenatti ... Michael's law firm, because he claims Avenatti stiffed him out of a couple mil.

Frank alleges Avenatti pulled a Trump in 2016 by refusing to hand over his firm's tax returns. Frank says he needed that data to figure out how much money he was owed under their deal when he left the company ... which he says is 25 percent of firm profits, plus a cut of client fees.

According to the docs, filed by attorney Eric George ... Frank and Avenatti's firm eventually duked it out in arbitration, and the firm settled with him for $4.85 million.

Problem is, according to Frank, when it came time to fork over the first $2 mil payment ... the firm stiffed him. Now he's suing to get Stormy's lawyer to pay up.

Avenatti tells us, "Jason Frank is trying to get attention for himself. His allegations are baseless and fraudulent."

Waffle House Hero Appreciates Prez Trump But, Phone Call Was 'Lackluster'

5/16/2018 1:53 PM PDT

President Trump's call to Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. left a lot to be desired ... according to James.

We talked to him Wednesday on the heels of his $241k donation to the Waffle House shooting victims and their families ... and his Monday phone call from the White House. While James was quick to thank the Prez for reaching out, he also described the conversation as "lackluster."

It's worth noting, the call came 22 days after James heroically wrestled an AR-15 from a gunman ... saving countless lives. He acknowledged, Trump's a busy guy.

James also revealed he's having trouble at his job due to one giant misperception about him. Still, he says he's focused on his mission -- he just started a community service group in Nashville.

Long-term goals include winning a Nobel Peace Prize, and a sit-down with Oprah or the Obamas. Who's gonna say no to this guy?

Moby Little Advice, Trump ... WWJD Re: Jerusalem Embassy?

5/16/2018 12:40 AM PDT

Moby thinks he knows how a conversation between Jesus and President Trump would go down ... and it ain't pretty. 

We got him Tuesday at L.A.'s Little Pine restaurant, and the iconic DJ/producer was heated about the deadly violence this week following the U.S. embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. At least 60 Palestinians were reportedly killed during protests.

Moby admits he has no religious skin in the game, but he's still pissed about what he sees as the rationale behind the move -- namely the second coming. Really.

He laid into Trump and his disciples, saying they've got Jesus seriously twisted. Moby offered some advice, although, for his sake ... we hope he's not holding his breath. 

Rudy Giuliani Trump Apology to McCain? ... Next Question

5/15/2018 10:22 AM PDT

Rudy Giuliani stonewalled our photog who had a simple question ... shouldn't Trump apologize for the despicable remark one of his employees made about Senator John McCain?

Giuliani arrived at Reagan National Airport Tuesday and our guy -- like millions of Americans -- wanted to know how a decent person wouldn't say "I'm sorry" after an employee HE PICKED would say something so disgusting ... writing off an American hero struggling with brain cancer by saying he's "dying anyway."

Giuliani -- who has had no problem in the past speaking to the media on street corners, airports and other places -- shut our photog down, saying the airport wasn't the place to talk about it.

Kumail Nanjiani Bends the Knee to Meghan McCain ... In Fight Over Her Dad

5/14/2018 7:44 AM PDT

Meghan McCain UNLOADED on "Silicon Valley" star Kumail Nanjiani Monday morning for essentially saying her father, John McCain, didn't do enough to stand up for victims of bigotry. 

So, how did Kumail respond? With one of the nicest compliments ever. 

Backstory ... Meghan was pissed over a tweet Kumail posted about the White House aide who caused outrage last week when she joked that John's opinions didn't matter because he's gonna die soon anyway. 

"What was said about McCain was vile," Nanjiani wrote ... "but I wish the McCain’s had been as offended and vocal when vile stuff was said about other people/races/nationalities."

"Perhaps we wouldn’t be in this moment right now."

Meghan -- John's daughter -- was deeply offended and fired back Monday morning with a heated note and a video showing her dad shutting down anti-Obama supporters at a 2008 rally. 

"You mean like he did here? I could give you literally thousands of examples of my father speaking up against bigotry of all kinds but this video sums it up pretty concisely," Meghan wrote.

"You know nothing about my family or my father Kumail, nothing."

Kumail responded a short time later ... 

"Meghan, I did not mean to offend you. I could explain my point further but instead I will just say something I truly believe: if we had more politicians like your father, the world would be a better place."

Meghan thanked Kumail for his response -- and he wished her family well. 

Christie Brinkley Uptown Girl Gettin' Down with Stormy Daniels' Lawyer

5/13/2018 1:19 PM PDT

Christie Brinkley's been divorced from Billy Joel for decades, but it seems she still likes big shots ... this one in the form of Stormy Daniels' lawyer.

Christie got super cozy Saturday night with Michael Avenatti. Christie and her brood were dining at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, NY, when Avenatti pulled up a chair toward the end of the meal. Everyone else left, but Christie and Mike stuck around to chat, laugh and be merry.

It's unclear what exactly they were discussing, but we imagine one subject might've come up -- Donald Trump. She's claimed Trump hit on her while he was married to Ivana Trump, and when she was dating Billy. She said Trump invited her to Aspen on his private jet ... she declined.

Avenatti tells us he and Christie are friends. He says she's a "classy, smart woman with great insight."  

Michael Avenatti ... he hangs with women who banged Trump and women who didn't.

President Trump You're Late on White House Rent ... 1 Year Costs Ya $240k!

5/10/2018 1:00 AM PDT

President Trump is SUPER late on his White House rent -- about a couple hundred grand in the hole, in fact -- according to a new lawsuit. Bear with us ... okay?

A dude named William Feegba is trying to take Trump to court over an alleged landlord tenant breach -- suing the Prez for the 1 full year he's been staying at the White House, and demanding he fork over $240k in unpaid rent at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. at a rate of $25k/month. You read that right ... we couldn't make sense of the math either.

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Feegba claims to be a descendant of George Washington, which he seems to think gives him ownership of the WH. Absurd as it sounds, that's his story -- and he's been sticking to it since Jimmy Carter's days ... kinda. 

Feegba started filing retroactive suits just last year against every president since 1977 -- and he says everyone from Jimmy to Trump owes him back rent ranging from $12k to $100k. None of the complaints have been successful, btw ... and now it's Donnie's turn.

Only time will tell if he'll collect from 45. No word yet on any potential eviction proceedings. 

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