Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says what's happening in Australia shows the compounding effects of climate change ... and it has young people -- including her -- stressed about their future ... even giving them pause to have children of their own.
We got AOC on Capitol Hill Wednesday night and she touched on Australia's "horrifying" wildfires, telling us, it's just the latest example of climate change becoming an all-out crisis before our eyes.
The Congresswoman says we should all be working toward a remedy for the future, but obviously ... it's more important to younger people who will be living in this world longer. As she points out -- the stakes are higher the younger you are.
AOC adds people her age are anxious about having children due to looming threat of climate change ... and it shouldn't be like that. She says we have to take immediate steps to make the future safe for our kids.
As for what she thinks President Trump should be doing to help ... AOC has some bold ideas, but it doesn't sound like she believes he's up for it.
The United States conflict with Iran has had Americans freaked the f**k out lately -- and, accordingly, they've been looking far and wide to burrow themselves underground.
TMZ spoke with some of the best bunker retailers in the biz, and wouldn't you know it ... they say their sales and window shoppers have gone through the roof over the past week or so as missiles and nuke threats have been flying back and forth in the Middle East.
Let's start with Rising S -- which hawks pretty pricey shelters, ranging from $45k to a whopping $1 million. They tell us bunkers have been selling like hotcakes since Trump took out Gen. Soleimani. RS says they've sold 17 bomb shelters since then. A recent uptick of 150%.
Sasha Obama decided against rushing a sorority at the University of Michigan ... despite being the it girl on campus.
We've called around Ann Arbor ... the first round of rushing began Tuesday, and multiple sorority members tell us Barack Obama's youngest daughter wants no part of it.
For those unfamiliar ... rushing is the process of exploring all of a university's sororities, and interested students at Michigan must register before a deadline. We're told Sasha did not register.
TMZ broke the story ... at the beginning of last semester, UM sororities were champing at the bit to recruit Sasha in the spring, and she was dubbed a "rush crush."
All signs were pointing to Sasha rushing and pledging Alpha Chi Omega (AXO) -- she stayed at AXO's house once before enrolling, and her close friends from high school are members there -- but now she's following her mother's and sister's footsteps by not rushing.
Looks like Sasha is looking for a similar college experience.
Andrew Yang is looking to get a King's endorsement for his 2020 presidential campaign ... telling TMZ Sports he wants LeBron James on his side!!
Considering Yang's a big NBA fan, we asked -- hypothetically -- which baller he'd most want as his running mate ... and it took him like, a millisecond to give us his answer.
"I'd have to go with LeBron James," Yang tells us. "He's already shown he's got a heart of gold and loves the American people."
Yang showers the Lakers superstar with praise and throws some major shade at President Trump in the process ... saying, "He certainly could do better than the guy who's currently there."
Of course, Bron has shown support for Hillary Clinton in the past ... and even introduced her at a rally in Ohio.
LBJ has also made his feelings about POTUS crystal clear ... calling him a "bum" and a clown since #45 began his presidency.
Yang thinks LeBron would be a great addition to his team ... and gives him a personal message.
"LeBron, if you're watching ... let's work together."
The Clemson vs. LSU championship game on Monday will be one of "the more secure places in America" -- with fighter jets patrolling the skies -- so says Sen. Marco Rubio.
With Iran vowing revenge on the U.S. -- and reportedly offering an $80 MILLION bounty on President Trump -- some people are concerned the Superdome could be a major target, especially since Trump is scheduled to attend the game.
But, Rubio isn't concerned one bit ... in fact, he believes Trump's presence will ensure top-notch safety efforts and insists fans should focus on enjoying the game.
"[Trump] being there will probably make it one of the more secure places in America for those 3 hours that he's there," Rubio tells TMZ Sports.
"It's already tight security to begin with because of the size of the event, but him being there will be even more so."
Rubio continued ... "I kind of understand what he travels with in terms of security and all of the things he brings with it. The whole airspace is restricted. They'll have fighter jets up there. So, not your typical event."
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the U.S. Secret Service is aware of George's remark, and we're told they're working to see if his words carry any legitimacy as a threat.
We're being told part of the process in making this determination will include an interview with GL in some fashion, preferably a face-to-face. One source tells us George can probably expect a knock on his door soon, and he'll be finding agents on the other side.
The comedian made headlines this weekend after leaving a controversial comment on an Instagram account which regurgitated a story that Iranian officials supposedly recently put out an $80 mil offer for DT's life. GL responded to the news, "We'll do it for half."
He came under fire from both sides of the aisle -- especially conservatives -- with many saying he'd crossed a line with his quip. And, even if he was joking, as he later claimed, the death of an American President is obviously no laughing matter.
Once again, the feds feel the exact same way.
Ricky Gervais wants Hollywood to shut up and just sing or act ... and to stay the hell out of politics ... but Billy Porter's vowing to speak out whenever and wherever he wants.
We got the "Pose" star at LAX -- where he was flying out of town after Sunday's Golden Globes awards -- and asked what he made of the host jokingly telling the stars to lay off politics while onstage ... 'cause they're not really educated on the issues.
ICYMI ... Ricky pretty much said nobody really gives a crap what actors and singers have to say on social or political issues, so they should avoid them during acceptance speeches. Funny enough, several winners did NOT take the note.
In a wild coincidence Monday in NYC, both the NBA Hall of Famer and the Governor of New York came upon a couple of scary incidents ... and jumped to action to help out.
Sources tell TMZ ... Shaq was driving through the East Village when he noticed a woman passed out on the ground. He hopped out of his car and, along with a few other caring citizens, helped stop traffic and waited with the woman until an ambulance arrived.
We're told the woman may have been diabetic and fainted in the crosswalk.
Meanwhile, on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway ... Gov. Cuomo was leaving an event for A Better New York when he came across a vehicle involved in an accident. He reportedly helped cut the passenger out of his seat belt and, as you can see in the video ... helped pull the guy out to safety.
Fortunately, it seems like both people are going to be okay ... thanks to the assists from Shaq and Cuomo.
The common thread in both incidents -- impatient people honking their horns to speed things along.
Hold your horses, New Yorkers ... heroism takes a little bit of time.
12:09 PM PT -- According to reports, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad -- where Soleimani was killed -- has been hit in a rocket attack. It's said to have been the second such attack in days. No word yet on any American casualties, but civilian casualties have been reported in the area.
Iran has already given a taste of its promised retaliation against the U.S. for killing one of its top military generals -- and it seems more and more threats are pouring in by the day.
For starters, a U.S. government website for the Federal Depository Library Program appeared to have been hacked Saturday by folks claiming to be working on behalf of Iran. They posted a photo-shopped pic of Trump getting punched by an Iranian fist, leaving him bloodied.
The hackers also left an ominous message on the page ... "Hacked By Iran Cyber Security Group HackerS ... This is only a small part of Iran's cyber ability! We're always ready."
Adam Carolla is so funny ... he can make a World War entertaining!!!
We got Adam leaving the Laugh Factory in WeHo early Sunday AM, and raised the looming prospect of a WWIII. The premise of the question -- that the U.S. would have to reinstitute the draft.
In case you've been living under a rock, Iran has promised retaliation after U.S. forces killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani -- a brutal leader who has killed or maimed thousands of Americans in terrorist attacks around the world.
Adam says there's trouble ahead because today's culture is not conducive to service. Adam makes solid and possibly irrefutable points about the ailments young people will conjure up to get a deferment.
Keeping it real ... scary times.
Colin Kaepernick has some thoughts on the United States taking out a top Iranian officer with a drone strike ... calling it classic American imperialism via our military.
The ex-NFL quarterback posted some scathing remarks Saturday about the international move that's got everyone here at home worried about a so-called World War III -- and he didn't hold back in criticizing it to the max, likening it to an attack on people of color.
Colin wrote on Twitter, "There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism." He didn't stop there.
CK adds the perceived escalation of tensions has been resorted to in the U.S.A.'s playbook time and again. He says, "America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad. America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world."
Trump's order to kill Qasem Soleimani has gotten mixed reactions -- with some calling it necessary and imminent, as the guy is said to have been responsible for taking American lives while waging destructive and deadly tactics there in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Others say Donald Trump's administration acted in haste by signing off on the strike, not considering the ramifications and the possibility of war. Congress hasn't even been formally briefed yet.
Either way, it's clear where Kap stands on this one ... and it's not with the White House.
Barack Obama hates baby shark. And, mommy shark. And, daddy shark. And, ALL OF THE SHARKS!!! Which is why #44 rocked a shark deterrent anklet while paddleboarding in Hawaii!
Check out the device on Obama's right ankle -- it's called a Sharkbanz and it claims to repel Jaws from snacking on you like a piece of chum!
Look, shark attacks in Hawaii don't happen THAT often -- but they do happen -- and when you're a former President, you don't wanna go out like Samuel L. Jackson in "Deep Blue Sea."
A company spokesperson tells us ... the band uses "patented magnetic technology developed by marine biologists to deter predatory shark species."
In fact, they've got a Navy Seal Diver on record crediting the band for saving him from a potential attack ... and we all know how much Obama respects the Seals!
The good news for Obama ... he didn't get eaten during his paddleboard session, so maybe it worked!
Safe at last ... doo doo doo doo doo doo.
The U.S. drone strike ordered by President Trump in Baghdad -- which killed top Iranian military commander, Qasem Soleimani -- is captured in new footage from an independent Iraqi television network.
According to Al-Ahed channel ... the blast captured on video is the one that killed General Soleimani along with Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, though it's yet to be verified by other major news outlets.
A photo of the aftermath shows a burning vehicle near Baghdad International Airport shortly after the strike, which reportedly included 3 rockets hitting the site. The White House announced the strike had killed Soleimani Thursday night ... 6 people were reportedly killed in total.
The Trump administration viewed the Iranian commander as a ruthless killer, and the President tweeted that Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of millions of people and was plotting to kill more ... but he got caught.
Trump added the general should have been "taken out many years ago."
Of course, many lawmakers and ordinary U.S. citizens are concerned the strike will escalate tensions in the Middle East and result in retaliatory attacks ... which Iran has already promised.
Barack Obama might be a little grayer on top these days ... but his bod's looking as fit as it did before he took office way back in the 2000s.
The former Prez is still living it up in Hawaii in the new year, and he's moved from the golf course to the ocean for some paddleboarding fun ... which looks like quite a workout too.
The shirtless shots of 44 might not be as jaw-dropping as buff Barack in the Aloha State back in 2008 -- shortly before he became President -- but still ... pretty impressive.
Obama has some work to do before he becomes a pro on the paddleboard, but the important thing is ... he keeps getting back up after he takes a spill.
Obama's killing it in Hawaii ... while Trump's killing generals in Iran.
The 'Real Housewives of Orange County' star joined us on "TMZ Live" Thursday, defending her decision to snap a photo alongside Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump and questioning why it's got people in such a huff.
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Kelly was in Florida for the wedding of Fox News personality Jesse Watters and Emma DiGiovine.
As you know ... Kelly's getting dragged on social media for rubbing elbows with the President's sons -- and DTJ's GF, Kimberly Guilfoyle, at a wedding in Florida.
Kelly tells us she didn't give much thought to taking a pic with Don Jr. and Eric -- she just thought it would be cool -- and adds she's been blindsided by the backlash.
Look, Kelly's not the first person to get slammed for associating with the Trumps or the GOP these days ... and she thinks the outrage is totally un-American, for a number of reasons.
It's a pretty interesting conversation ... and Kelly even borrows one of Trump's favorite lines to explain her position.
Augustus Sol Invictus -- the guy who ran for U.S. Senate and once claimed he killed a goat and drank its blood -- has been arrested in Florida on a slew of charges including kidnapping.
Invictus was busted Monday for kidnapping, aggravated domestic violence and possession of a firearm used during a crime. The 36-year-old Orlando-based lawyer had been wanted in South Carolina on a fugitive warrant. Exact details of his alleged crimes are unknown.
According to the Miami Herald, Invictus was arrested at a mall in Melbourne, Florida. The media outlet reports he's being held without bond.
Invictus first made headlines in 2016 when he ran as a Libertarian candidate and challenged for Marco Rubio's Senate seat. During his failed campaign bid, Invictus claimed he slaughtered a goat and drank its blood as part of a pagan ritual.
The failed politician made headlines again in 2017 when he spoke at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Invictus has denied being a white nationalist.