Amy Coney Barrett bus tour features conservative Christian activist who was exposed to coronavirus at White House

But instead of isolating herself at home in Washington, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the conservative activist is traveling the country. Since Wednesday, she has been boosting Barrett from a pastel pink bus bearing the nominee’s face and the words “Women For Amy” as it makes its way through a dozen swing states this month.

So far, the tour — officially put on by Nance’s group, Concerned Women for America — has kicked off with Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) near Atlanta, hosted college students in South Carolina, and met with Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) in Raleigh, with nearly 30 more stops planned.

At all the stops so far, attendees have posed for photos while standing shoulder to shoulder, with few masks in sight, according to social media posts. (Loeffler, who also attended the White House ceremony, said she has since tested negative for the virus.)

It is unclear if Nance or others on the bus have been tested for the coronavirus, which has killed more than 212,000 people in the United States. Her organization declined to comment to the Guardian on the apparent lack of masks and social distancing at its events, and did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post.

Nance is far from the only person potentially exposed in the Rose Garden, The Post reported, who has since scattered around the country with little oversight and no systematic contacting tracing efforts. On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr., who accompanied his father to the presidential debate and said he tested negative, held a packed campaign rally inside a Florida hotel.

In its focus on rallying support to confirm Barrett, a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, Concerned Women for America will tour several states in the coming days that have been reporting a surge in infections.

“If we’ve learned anything from the confirmation process of Brett M. Kavanaugh, it’s that the left will stoop to anything,” Nance said in a video on Instagram. “The attacks on her faith, the anti-Christian bigotry isn’t just attacks against her. It’s an attack on you. That’s why Concerned Women for America is going to hit the road.”

As Barrett draws scrutiny from liberals over her involvement in People of Praise, a small Christian organization where she once served as a “handmaid,” the bus tour points to how antiabortion activists are citing her faith to rally behind her.

“What a historic moment for conservative Christian women,” Nance said in the video. “We get to sit on the sidelines of history and witness the confirmation of one of our own: a conservative Christian constitutionalist appointed by President Trump to the Supreme Court.”

Senate confirmation hearings start Monday, and with nearly all Republican senators having committed to supporting the Trump nominee, she is expected to be voted through as soon as Oct. 22. Nance’s bus, however, is set to keep traveling around the country through the end of the month, looping from Pennsylvania to the Midwest and

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Ina Garten gives a tour of her kitchen, shares design tips for optimal cooking

It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with some comfort food, and Ina Garten has some tips to make your fall and winter cooking as easy as possible.

The Barefoot Contessa, as she’s known in her popular Food Network show, stopped by TODAY’s fourth hour on Tuesday to show co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager around her East Hampton kitchen and offer some design advice.

“When I’m designing a kitchen … I think of setting the stove, the sink and refrigerator in a triangle so you can move around really well,” she explained, adding that in her own kitchen, these three appliances are “really close together, but they also have a lot of workspace in between.”

“I always like the sink to have a really nice view,” Garten, 72, continued. Her kitchen sink points to her beloved garden where she grows fresh produce and hosts outdoor dinner parties.

The “Modern Comfort Food” author also showed how she leaves her everyday items out on the counter but arranged “in a neat way.”

“I’ve got all the utensils … I have silver spoons for tasting and stirring, and whatever ingredients can just sit out, and knives,” she said.

But her design genius doesn’t stop there: The former White House budget analyst also provided some know-how on putting together a stunning cheese board — with the ingredients she had on hand.

Ina Garten’s Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese by Ina Garten

“You can go into your pantry and see what you have,” Garten said. “I always like something right in the middle as a block, and then I put things around, colorful things like apricots. I’ve got two different cheeses, one creamy, one blue.”

“I think very often people put apricots everywhere and then they put figs everywhere, but you want to do blocks of color and then it’ll look really gorgeous,” she added.

Even with all her expertise, the self-taught chef still orders takeout from time to time, she revealed to Hoda and Jenna.

“At some point I just couldn’t do it anymore,” she said. “I thought, ‘I can’t cook breakfast, lunch and dinner and still get my work done.’ So I said … we have to do takeout, and it just changed my life.”

When the conversation turned to hosting socially distanced dinner parties, Garten said she sometimes will serve pizza outside. “It’s just great, and you see your friends and you have a good time and … it’s so satisfying. I still want to hug them, though.”

Asked by a viewer who her dream dinner party guests would be, she extended an invitation to Hoda and Jenna, which they happily accepted, her husband, Jeffrey, and Taylor Swift, “if she would come for dinner,” Garten quipped.

She previously told TODAY Food that she always listens to music when she cooks. Her go-to artist? “I’m gonna surprise you, Taylor Swift, cranked up on the tunes,” she said.

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We Got An Exclusive Tour of Kristin Cavallari’s Gorgeous Kitchen

Cookbook author, designer, and TV personality Kristin Cavallari welcomed us into her home for an exclusive tour of her stunning kitchen—and we’re obsessed.

Prominently displayed on her counter is Cavallari’s new collection of natural, wholesome, healthy comfort food recipes, True Comfort.

The brand new cookbook couldn’t have come at a better time. As the weather cools off and the leaves begin to fall, we’re inspired to try all of the cozy creations (Oat Crust Chicken Pot Pie, anyone?).

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“There’s been this stigma that comfort food is really fattening and heavy, like a cheat meal,” she says. “But I actually disagree. I think if you mix in really healthy ingredient swaps you can eat that stuff every single day.”

Here are some other highlights:

  • A classic copper tea kettle (Cavallari says she gravitates toward copper kitchen accessories) and a simple Le Creuset dutch oven ($290, sit atop her spacious stovetop. We’re pretty sure the kettle comes from Cavallari’s very own home, jewelry, and apparel brand, Uncommon James, but you can find some slightly cheaper options online ($50,
  • Cavallari subscribes to Dry Farm Wines, which sells natural, organic, or Biodynamic wines. We hadn’t heard of this company until recently, but we’re super intrigued (and we think you will be too). Read more about Dry Farm Wines here.
  • Cavallari’s three kids have no problem helping her in the kitchen, thanks in part to this handy dandy kitchen helper stool ($169, The adjustable Guidecraft product, which helps small children reach the countertop, creates a safe and fun environment for tiny chefs.

Thanks so much for the tour and the kitchen inspiration, Kristin! Keep up with Kristin on Instagram and explore Uncommon James here. Plus, don’t forget to check out her new cookbook!

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Rachael Ray Gives a Tour of the Guest House Where She’s Been Staying Since Her House Fire

Rachael Ray is giving fans an inside look at her current living situation after losing her home.

The celebrity chef, 52, who lost her New York home in a devastating house fire in August, has been living in her guest house with her husband John Cusimano ever since. On the latest episode of The Rachael Ray Show, airing Thursday, she gives world-renowned French chef Jacques Pepin a tour of the space.

After the fire, Jacques and Gloria Pepin, were “the only friends” who offered up their guest house to Ray and Cusimano to stay, she says on the episode. Ray wanted to assure Pepin that she is doing okay by giving him a tour of the space, which is decorated with Pepin’s artwork.

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Ray describes the guest house as a miniature replica of her now-destroyed home. “Although we lost our home, this is strangely homey because it is literally a small version of our house,” Ray says in a clip from her talk show.

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Throughout the tour, Ray points out specific design features to Pepin, like the gorgeous dual-sided stone fireplace in the middle of the house, and the open-floor layout. “Basically, I designed the house so you can see everything that’s going on in the house from the kitchen,” Ray explains.

Due to restrictions on the property, the square-footage on the guest house is rather small, but to make it appear bigger it was built upward with extremely high ceilings.

RELATED: Rachael Ray Shares First Look at the Aftermath of Her August House Fire

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Ray rounds out the tour with the pantry space, which is massive compared to typical pantries despite the square-foot restrictions — and she managed to build a sleeping loft above it to utilize more space.

In September, Ray opened up about the catastrophic fire on The Rachael Ray Show.

“On August 9th, my house burned,” she said. “15 years of memories; 40 years of notebooks, drawings, thoughts, my life’s work. In the years that I lived here, I learned an awful lot. In the few weeks since it burned, I think I’ve learned even more. Today, we’re going to share what’s left of our home with you.”

Rachael Ray Show Instagram; Taylor Hill/WireImage Rachael Ray’s home

Following news of the blaze in August, Ray thanked her fans on Twitter for their well wishes, and showed gratitude to the firefighters who helped extinguish the flames.

“Thank you to our local first responders for being kind and gracious and saving what they could of our home,” she wrote at the time. “Grateful that my mom, my husband, my dog… we’re all okay.”

She added: “These are the days we all have to be grateful for what we have, not what we’ve lost.”

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You Can Virtually Tour This House to Benefit Charities Supporting Children and the Homeless

Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch
Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch

From House Beautiful

For over 45 years, the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse has been one of the country’s most illustrious showcases of design—but also an important fundraiser for the Bronx-based Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Over the past few decades, luminaries including Mario Buatta, Bunny Williams, Sheila Bridges, and more have outfitted a townhouse in New York City, which visitors tour with proceeds going to the clubhouse in support of the programming it offers to New York City kids. This year, while the New York showhouse was sadly cancelled due to COVID, the event moved to Dallas, where this week, the first ever Kips Bay Dallas showhouse opened to the public.

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Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch

In light of the ongoing pandemic and subsequent social distancing guidelines and travel restrictions, this year, the Dallas showhouse will be the first ever to offer virtual tours—meaning that, no matter where you are, you can “visit” the 12,000 square foot home in Dallas’s Preston Hollow and see rooms by 27 designers in 3D. But even better, the $20 virtual ticket will provide much needed funding not only to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, but to Dallas-based Dwell with Dignity, an organization providing transitional housing to formerly homeless, incarcerated, or abused women and families (read more about Dwell with Dignity here).

Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch
Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch

“Each room of the house will be showcased along with a two minute narration of the space by each designer,” explains Jean Liu, who is an avid supporter of Dwell with Dignity and a vice-chair of the house along with Chad Dorsey and chairs Jan Showers, Christopher Peacock, and Veranda’s Steele Marcoux.

On the tour, you’ll be treated to delightfully inventive rooms by the likes of Mark Sikes, Michelle Nussbaumer, Lauren Rottet (whose entry shown above, was inspired by the nearby botanical garden), Traci Zeller, and many more—all decorated in just a few short weeks, and in the midst of a pandemic, no less!

Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch
Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch

“Every designer who participated in this year’s event deserves exceptional praise,” says Liu. “Their grit and commitment to delivering top notch design during these uncertain times has been inspiring to witness these past few months.”

Want proof? Take the virtual tour now—or, if you’re in Dallas, purchase tickets for (safely-distanced and mask mandatory) in-person access here.

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Tour a New Jersey Kitchen with a “Men’s Club Aesthetic”

Tudor homes are as famously dark and moody as the late-medieval British epoch in which the architecture was born—but that’s just the way the owner of this Montclair, New Jersey, abode likes it. “He’s an old-school guy, so we came up with a men’s club aesthetic,” says his designer, Birgitte Pearce, who is originally from Denmark. “A timeless kitchen doesn’t have to be white!”

The client has a basement workshop “that’s his palace,” Pearce says, and one goal was to bring back the basement stairs. The new stairwell’s line of walnut dowels with brass standoffs ended up as muse for the entire remodeling project. Now, the living metal supplies its burnished charms everywhere, from the drawer pulls to the range hood.

Carrying these tones throughout the house allowed the designer to visually connect the adjacent rooms without opening up walls, a move that would have left the Tudor bereft of its inherently boxy appeal. “Not everyone loves an open floor plan. This guy is one of those people,” Pearce says.

Extra-thick Calacatta Viola marble and soapstone countertops cast a storied spell. “In my own kitchen, I have a lot of marble, and it’s honed and has scratches. I embrace that like I would an old French bar that’s been there a hundred years but looks fantastic,” Pearce says. “I try to find ways to bring soul into a kitchen, where you have so many glossy finishes and hard appliances to warm up.”

Like the copper pots hung from an Ann-Morris rack, the finish on the Lacanche range’s custom brass hood with a Miele insert will change as time marches on. Faucet, tile and hardware: Waterworks. Pendant: Roman and Williams Guild.

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A banquette in plum leather by Edelman picks up the subtle purples in the marble’s veins, while a Sub-Zero fridge is tucked behind Waterworks cabinets with brass inlay. Table: custom, by O&G Studio. Chairs: Overgaard & Dyrman. Sconces and ceiling light: The Urban Electric Co. Stair light: Allied Maker.

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Cool stainless steel didn’t jibe with Pearce’s warm antique vision, so microwave and steam ovens from Wolf were stashed behind mesh doors by Waterworks.

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When they took down the wall in the butler’s pantry, Pearce’s team discovered the home’s original dumbwaiter. The gear now makes a handsome piece of eye. candy near the espresso bar. Paint: Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac satin enamel, color-matched to NCS’s S 5040-R10B.

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When Jimmy Carter’s White House was a tour stop for long-haired, ‘torpedo’-smoking rock outlaws

Near the beginning of “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President,” the new documentary that explores the 39th president’s connection to the music community during his four-year term, President Carter offers a revelation involving one of his children, country singer Willie Nelson and what Nelson once described as “a big fat Austin torpedo.”

Jimmy Carter et al. sitting on a bench: Jimmy Carter relaxes with Willie Nelson. (Carter Presidential Library)

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Jimmy Carter relaxes with Willie Nelson. (Carter Presidential Library)

Asked about Nelson’s account of smoking marijuana on the roof of the White House at the tail end of Carter’s term in 1980, the former president lets out a chuckle.

Nelson, Carter explains in the film, “says that his companion that shared the pot with him was one of the servants at the White House. That is not exactly true. It actually was one of my sons.”

It’s a brief exchange, but the coy interaction sets the tone for this affectionate, revelatory film about the ways in which a Georgia peanut farmer, on a mission in 1976 to upend American politics, tapped a kind of political action committee of artists, stoned or otherwise, to make his long-shot run at the presidency. Once victorious, Carter opened his doors to musicians, their art and at least one illicit joint.

Directed by Mary Wharton and produced by Chris Farrell, “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President” celebrated its theatrical release on Tuesday, part of an extended rollout that will see it move from theater to on-demand in October to, ultimately, CNN at the beginning of 2021.

At one point in the film, Carter sits next to a turntable with Bob Dylan’s “Bringin’ It All Back Home’” cued up and says matter-of-factly, “The Allman Bros. helped put me in the White House by raising money when I didn’t have any money.”

Across Carter’s term, artists including Nelson, Charles Mingus, Loretta Lynn, Bob Dylan, Sarah Vaughan, Cecil Taylor, Linda Ronstadt (who had campaigned against Carter with her then-boyfriend Jerry Brown), the Staple Singers, Cher (and her then-boyfriend, Gregg Allman) and Tom T. Hall either visited or performed at the White House. Crosby, Stills and Nash once dropped by the place unannounced. Carter made time for them.

The musicians’ very presence was a grand shift. Inheriting a Vietnam War-embattled White House that for the eight years prior had been occupied by Richard Nixon and, after his resignation, Gerald Ford, Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter treated the center of power not as a fortified bunker but as a kind of People’s Park. Members of the Woodstock generation were out of college and getting haircuts. The war was over, and with it the Selective Service draft.

“We thought we were celebrating victories that we had won,” says Nile Rodgers, producer and founder of funk band Chic, of the Carter presidency. “This is at about the height of the Black Power movement, the height of the women’s movement. The gay rights movement has come out.”

“Musicians are always looking for the truth, right? That’s kind of what they do as songwriters,” says director Wharton.

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Keith Weed: The new president of the RHS gives a tour of his own garden

Keith Weed, the aptly-named new president of Royal Horticultural Society, spoke to Country Life’s gardens editor Tiffany Daneff about his love of plants, his new role — and showed her around his own garden.

It’s a broiling day in mid August when even the ducks on the pond look hot. Keith Weed, the newly appointed president of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), is out in the garden that surrounds his 15th-century timber-frame farmhouse in Surrey.

‘You’ll find him in the border,’ says his wife, Kate, an artist, who is accompanied by two border terriers, Biscuit and Bear, named — Keith tells me later — by their children, two sons and a daughter, all of whom are now grown up.

Sure enough, we discover the president crouched inside the suitably impressive herbaceous border between the cosmos and the crocosmia, obligingly clutching a vast bunch of freshly picked flowers for the Country Life photographer Dan Gould.

Keith Weed with Bear and Biscuit. ©Daniel Gould / Country Life

He certainly has the right garden for the job and, photograph taken, is touchingly enthusiastic to show off its various parts: the abstract topiary garden, the walled garden with espaliered fruits that he has trained himself, the raised vegetable beds with curled kale and onions and a large herb bed with lovage — ‘people never guess what the leaves are when I put them in a salad’ — not to mention the two beds that Kate has filched in order to grow dahlias. (She has 250 tubers, he reports.)

They are both keen growers, but they also employ a gardener — ‘essential when I was working full time’. In the greenhouse, the beefsteak and cherry tomatoes are ripe for the picking. The grapes hanging from the vines above Keith’s head, usually harvested for wine, are suffering a bad bout of mildew after the heat. ‘I was going to cut them all off before you came!’ he jokes.

This is an unusual appointment for the RHS, which tends to offer the role to one of its own, Sir Nicholas Bacon and Elizabeth Banks, the past two incumbents, being cases in point. Although Keith is a hands-on gardener — he even constructed a plywood template in order to accurately shear his yew topiary — and a member and fellow of the RHS, living around the corner from RHS Wisley in Surrey, his background is in the corporate world.

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Now 59, he retired from Unilever in May 2019. He had been employed there for 36 years, having worked his way up from office trainee to board member. It was at that point he decided to assemble a portfolio of roles that would best put his expertise to use: ‘I was not interested in retiring and sitting in a deckchair.’ These include being on the board of Grange Park Opera at nearby West Horsley Place, sitting on the sustainability committees for WPP (the global advertising group) and for Sainsbury’s, as well as being

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Around Town: Newport Beach Garden Tour raises more than $40K for Sherman Library & Gardens

The Sherman Library & Gardens held a summer garden party, named “The Soiree of Summer,” on Aug. 29 as part of the 24th annual Newport Beach Garden Tour, raising more than $40,000 for the nonprofit.

Attendance was capped at 200 people with only 50 people allowed into the gardens each hour. A silent auction and raffle featured prizes donated by area businesses.

Organization members, volunteers and community members helped Sherman Library & Gardens have the organization’s most successful garden tour.

“I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of our members, volunteers and the community who continue to support Sherman Library & Gardens, especially during this challenging time,” said Scott LaFleur, executive director of the facility.

Proceeds from the Newport Beach Garden Tour and the summer garden party will support children’s education programs.

Mesa Water District launches video contest for students

Mesa Water District,, is calling on high school and college students in its service area — including most of Costa Mesa, parts of Newport Beach and unincorporated Orange County — to create video entries for the district’s “2020 Mesa Water Matters Video Contest.”

Now through Oct. 31, students are encouraged to create a fun and informative 60-second video highlighting the theme “Mesa Water Matters.” Topics could address areas such as water education in local schools, participation in community events, conservation programs such as drought-tolerant gardens or Mesa Water’s role as provider of safe and healthy drinking water.

Videos must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, with the video and entry application uploaded as two separate files via Dropbox at Videos should not exceed 250 MB.

Entries will be evaluated for their accuracy and effectiveness, creativity and originality, production quality and entertainment value.

The first-place prize is $500, followed by $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Winners will be notified on or before Nov. 6 and will be recognized on Mesa Water’s website and social media channels.

Students must live in Mesa Water District’s service area (for a map, visit For official contest rules and entry requirements, visit

Decorative Arts Society grants $25K to support Blind Children’s Learning Center

The Santa Ana-based nonprofit Blind Children’s Learning Center, which helps prepare children with visual impairments and disabilities for a life of independence, recently received a $25,000 grant from the Decorative Arts Society to support its Global Infant Development program.

The program provides critical home-based early intervention services for newly diagnosed and medically fragile infants and toddlers up to 3 years of age. The goal is to maximize the development of visually impaired babies and toddlers, while minimizing developmental delays.

DARTS, which aims to improve the lives of women and children in Orange County, recognizes the importance of these early services and how life-changing such resources can be for new moms and parents.

BCLC recently expanded its Global Infant Development program, due to a growing demand for services. The grant will help serve 125 infants and toddlers in Orange County during the 2020-21

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