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Tarpley Hitt

The Complicated Love Story of Kobe and Vanessa Bryant

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In August 1999, 17-year-old high school student Vanessa Laine was leaving an all-day rap festival in Irvine, California, when a man approached her holding a camcorder. He was scouting for pretty girls to model in music videos. She fit the mold. Was she interested? 

Laine recited her name and number for the camera, and days later she started getting gigs. For a three-month stretch that fall, Laine shot videos for Krazy Bone, The Eastsidaz’ “G’d Up,”...

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Jake Adelstein, Mari Yamamoto

Japan Shows Coronavirus May Be a Gift—for Would-Be Dictators

Carl Court

TOKYO–Early in the coronavirus crisis a senior lawmaker from Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party made a speech referring to the mysterious, frightening, and fast-spreading disease. “Maybe we should think of it as a great experiment,” he said. 

But his thinking was not epidemiological—it was purely political, and in some ways as frightening as the sickness since named COVID-19.

The politician was telling the party faithful that this might be the chance to realize their...

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Alaina Demopoulos

Can AOC Inspire Female 2020 Candidates to Dress How They Damn Well Want?

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On Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) appeared on The View in a shiny $580 dress from Rickie Freeman. It was, even by nonpartisan standards, a great look. Yet, as the New York Post reported, conservatives leapt to predictably criticize Ocasio-Cortez about the outfit.

Ocasio-Cortez responded to the Post and her critics via an excellent tweet: “Yep! I rent, borrow, and thrift my clothes. (It’s also environmentally sustainable!) The...

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Anna Nemtsova

Putin Sent Her Activist Boyfriend to Siberia. Now She Wants to Go, Too.

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MOSCOW—Few people are familiar with Novaya Zemlya, a very obscure archipelago above the Arctic Circle that is controlled by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the infamous Soviet spy agency, the KGB.

Even fewer people hope to travel to those thinly populated and thoroughly militarized islands, where the Russian army tests its Arctic missile systems, and where polar bears suffering the effects of climate change dig through garbage...

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Jordan Michael Smith

If Bernie’s the Nominee, There’s a New Red Scare Coming

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Bernie Sanders looks increasingly likely to be the first self-declared socialist to head a major party in the history of the United States, especially after romping through Nevada on Saturday. The reasons for the socialist revival are clear. Inequalities are shocking, student debt levels are staggering, and living standards have been stagnant or declining for all but the 1 percent since the 1970s. Sanders’ brand of...

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Sam Stein, Lachlan Markay

The Republican Party’s Biggest State Investment So Far in 2020 Will Surprise You

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President Donald Trump is in full re-election mode, barnstorming the country with packed-to-the-roof rallies and shadowing Democrats as they meander through their messy nomination process. 

But it’s one state in particular—and an unexpected one at that—that is garnering major attention from the Republican Party as they hope to hold on to control of the White House. 

From Jan. 1, 2019, through Jan. 31, 2020, the Republican National Committee...

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Ann Givens

A Small-Town Cop’s Fight to Stop Angry Men With Guns From Killing Women

Annie Flanagan

At 27, Valerie Martinez had never known a life without fear. 

Her earliest memories were of hiding from her father in the tiny space between her daybed and the wall when he came home drunk and volatile. He once kicked Martinez’s sister so hard that she vomited, then threw her into the empty bathtub with a thud. He insulted their mother, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, with racist slurs and dared the children to contact the police when he beat her. “Call them,” he...

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Matt Lewis

Can the Center-Lane Democrats Get Their Sh*t Together and Unite? Unlikely.

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Can Bernie Sanders be stopped? 

Consider this: Sanders is on a path to winning the Democratic nomination with a plurality, but not a majority, of the delegates. On the bright side, for those of us who aren’t socialists, this means that more Democratic voters prefer a nominee whose name isn’t Bernie Sanders. So if these non-Bernie Democrats could just coalesce around one alternative, the theory goes, crisis would be averted... 

Don’t count on...

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Anna Archibald

A Day in the Life of Star D.C. Chef Kwame Onwuachi

Scott Suchman

Kwame Onwuachi is one of the most celebrated young chefs working today with his acclaimed Afro-Caribbean restaurant Kith and Kin in the InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.’s Wharf development. Last year, he won the James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Had things worked out differently, however, he may have instead become a famous rapper.

Growing up in New York, Onwuachi had a turbulent childhood, spending a couple of years with relatives in Nigeria for...

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Jesse James Returning to Reality TV with 'Monster Garage' Reboot

The monster is back in Jesse James' garage ... he's returning to reality TV after a 14-year hiatus with a reboot of his hit show. Jesse is coming back to Discovery Channel with a brand new season of "Monster Garage" ... and he's coming in hot too.…

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Dustin Diamond Says Screech Should be in 'Saved by the Bell' Reboot

Dustin Diamond's pleading his case to the makers of the "Saved by the Bell" reboot, saying his character is synonymous with the show ... and he hopes his former castmates band together to make it happen. The man who played Screech in every episode…

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TMZ Staff

Kobe Bryant And Gianna Memorial, Thousands To Pack Staples Center

Thousands of Kobe and Gianna Bryant mourners are just hours away from packing Staples Center for a ceremony celebrating the Mamba and Mambacita's lives ... and TMZ Sports will livestream all of it. The event is expected to be incredibly moving and…

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Holly on 'Land Of The Lost' 'Memba Her?!

Massachusetts-native Kathleen "Kathy" Coleman was only 12 years old when she gained fame for her role as the young time-hopping survivalist, Holly Marshall -- who dodges grumpy Tyrannosaurs and befriends dopey Brontosaurs -- in the thrilling '70s…

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'Beverly Hills Cop' Actress Giving Pit Bull New Home After Mauling

Heather Elizabeth Parkhurst -- an actress who's appeared in "Alpha Dog" and "Beverly Hills Cop III" -- is finding a new home for one of her pit bulls that damn near ripped her arm off. TMZ broke the story ... Heather ended up in the hospital with…

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Marlow Stern

John Oliver Urges the Country to Not Vote for Mike Bloomberg: ‘Don’t Even F*cking Think About It’

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One week after going in on Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) over her delusional defense of her Trump impeachment vote, John Oliver kicked off Last Week Tonight with a blistering tirade against Democratic candidate Mike Bloomberg—a man with an estimated net worth of $63.7 billion who’s purchased his way up the polls.

After referring to the Democratic primary—which Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is running away with—as “a fun contest where the winner gets a new nickname from the president...

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If You Thought Trusts Were Just For Rich People, Think Again

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Early 2000’s reality television was dominated by “trust fund babies,” spoiled heiresses running around in small skirts with smaller dogs and even smaller brains. So you’d be forgiven if you thought that trusts were for the mega-wealthy, people whose fortunes would fund generations of selfie-taking offspring.

Outside of TV, the truth is that a lot of people could benefit from a trust – if you own property, it’s a pretty good idea to have one. Still...

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Justin Bieber Gives Emotional Performance With Kanye West's Sunday Service Choir

Justin Bieber is lending his vocal talents to Kanye West's Sunday Service choir. The singer joined the famed choir on Sunday to sing Marvin Sapp's song "Never Would Have Made...

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Laura Bradley

‘The Walking Dead’ Premiere’s Bizarre Sex Scene Might Foreshadow a Death

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This post contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 10, Episode 9, “Squeeze.”

The Walking Dead might be an unevenly written drama, but I’ll give its producers this: They really know how to sear a cursed image right into your brain. In most cases, we’re talking garden variety gore—a water-logged well zombie splitting in half here, an eyeball popping out of a socket there. But this time they’ve gone too far. Sunday’s midseason premiere...

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The One Tree Hill Cast Reunites: See All the Nostalgia-Inducing Photos

Alexa, play "I Don't Wanna Be", by Gavin DeGraw. It's been 8-years since the last episode of One Tree Hill aired and yet when the cast reunited on Saturday in Tree Hill,...

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Spencer Ackerman

Bloomberg Killed the Best Chance at Justice for the 9/11 Attacks

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If it wasn’t for Mike Bloomberg, the alleged perpetrators of the worst terrorist attack in American history would likely have been convicted of mass murder by now.

According to all the evidence available both at the time and in the nine years since Bloomberg’s intervention, a federal court almost certainly would have convicted the five co-defendants. A judge would have had to reckon with the torture the CIA inflicted on them, barring the prosecution from using...

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