White House Silence on Trump’s Health Fuels Wild Rumors and Worry Among DC Diplomats

Foreign diplomats are scrambling to figure out how the iconoclastic American President will cope with his COVID-19 diagnosis and hospitalization, chasing rumors from the ridiculous — that he might somehow put his daughter in charge — to darker fears that U.S. adversaries like Iran or China might take advantage of this turbulent moment.



a man standing on top of a grass covered field: Members of the U.S. Secret Service wear protective masks as Marine One, with U.S. President Donald Trump on board, departs the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2, 2020.


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Members of the U.S. Secret Service wear protective masks as Marine One, with U.S. President Donald Trump on board, departs the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2, 2020.

Trump’s hours-long silence after tweeting his positive diagnosis early Friday morning fed rumor and disinformation, foreign officials and Republican advisors both say. For several hours on Friday, a White House defined by Trump as its master, if not sole communicator, seemed frozen and slow to respond to queries even from Trump’s inner circle, the two GOP advisors say.

Video of Trump walking to Marine One to fly to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and his tweeted video message to well-wishers may reassure some, but his pale demeanor and infamously rocky relationship with the truth has laid the groundwork for skepticism toward the White House claims late Friday that the President was “fatigued” and only being moved to the hospital for “tests.” That language mirrors official statements from the British government when Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital for “routine tests” as a “precautionary measure” before later admitting to the British public that he nearly died.

The President’s “loose association with the truth isn’t just a domestic problem, clearly it’s a huge foreign national security problem,” one of the GOP advisors says. “People just don’t trust this Administration.” The advisor said she was met with ominous silence when asking for talking points, when someone like Vice President Mike Pence should have been “giving full-throated updates” throughout the day.

The second advisor, who was waiting for his own test results and quarantining because he recently met with the President, was also frustrated that the Administration went so quiet. While he says it was helpful that Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released statements that they are both healthy, signaling continuity of government, for several hours on Friday morning, the White House was not providing Trump’s campaign surrogates with talking points to help reassure Americans or foreign allies. In the information void, he says the rumors and disinformation were running rampant: One ambassador from a very sophisticated country actually said, ‘Is there any way Trump could finagle his daughter to be President?’”

As world leaders like Jordan’s King Abdullah tweeted their good wishes for the President and First Lady Melania’s recovery, their representatives in Washington spent Friday glued to news coverage to glean the most up-to-date information. Some resourceful nations sent direct missives to the West Wing, as a roundabout way to make polite contact with a White House gone mostly mum.

Three current diplomats in Washington downplayed the lack of communication, saying they hadn’t

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Vegas House Crammed With Wild Decor Is the Week’s Most Popular Home

A suburban Las Vegas home filled to the brim with a chaotic collection of statues, mounted animal heads, and baroque furniture drew curiosity seekers on social media. The residence jampacked with knickknacks earned a ton of clicks and is the week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.

Aside from the bright magnolia exterior, the home looks like any other suburban, single-family house. But the interiors are a whole different story.

Hundreds of sets of eyes follow you from room to room—there are life-size mannequins, dolls, moose heads, and religious statuary throughout. Even the furniture in the photos appears to have been transported from a different time and place. All of these things must have meant a great deal to the owner, which is perhaps what makes these particular pictures so appealing. It’s a peek into someone else’s strange and private world.

You also clicked on the most expensive home in Kansas, a wild converted schoolhouse in Colorado, and a fancy Ohio spread being sold by a local auto magnate.

If there’s a common thread to be found throughout this week’s list of most popular homes, it’s the idea that home can be a world you create all your own.

But don’t take our word for it—scroll on down and survey these 10 popular properties for yourself.

Price: $192,500
Why it’s here: With peppy pink exterior paint and the sweet moniker of Harmony Acre Farm, this property comes with its own self-sustaining garden, orchard, and greenhouse. You’ll also find a barn, two-story outbuilding, and garage. The main house was built in 1908 and has been well-maintained over the decades. It features a custom kitchen, hardwood and tile flooring, and a new roof.

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Price: $285,000
Why it’s here: Known as the Crosby house, this mansion from 1867 is a slice of local history. Elegant and light-filled, the eight-bedroom home retains many original details, including the hardwood floors, banisters, crown molding, and French doors. The quarter-acre lot features mature landscaping and a heated pool.

Aurora, IL
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Price: $269,000
Why it’s here: A potential candidate to appear on HGTV’s “Home Town,” it’s ideal for a buyer who wants to settle down and entice Ben and Erin Napier to do a televised refresh.

This four-bedroom home in the heart of Laurel was built in 1920 and has 10-foot ceilings throughout, an elevator, and a grand entryway. The lower level is highlighted by a formal dining room as well as a sunroom. Upstairs, the master suite includes a sun porch.

Laurel, MS
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Price: $299,900
Why it’s here: Go modern in the country’s heartland. For a style-seeking buyer in Iowa, this brand-new, three-bedroom ranch sits on a half-acre. The residence has an open floor plan with oversize windows plus a back deck overlooking a wooded yard.

Davenport, IA
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Price: $149,900
Why it’s here: Built in 1940 and recently updated, this three-bedroom cabin sits on 3 wooded acres near nature trails, campgrounds, and wineries. A new owner can choose

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A Garden Designed to Run Wild

In “To the Small Celandine” (1815), William Wordsworth marvels at the itinerant nature of the flowering plant: “Careless of thy neighbourhood, / Thou dost show thy pleasant face / On the moor, and in the wood.” The ode is one of three the poet wrote to his favorite flower — commonly known as the lesser celandine or fig buttercup and recognizable for its glossy, egg-yolk-yellow blooms — which is also a persistent weed. This fact, that what some see as a flicker of natural brilliance is to others a nuisance to be removed, puts the lesser celandine, along with many other wildflowers, in a precarious position. And indeed, so many gardeners come down on the side of “nuisance” that to cultivate wildflowers purposely, to allow them to be the focus of one’s labors, even, is something of a rebellious act.

This is an idea that has captivated Caroline Kent, the founder of the British stationery company Scribble and Daub — which offers letterpress cards hand-drawn with vibrant pen-and-ink illustrations — ever since she first encountered the gardens at Great Dixter in East Sussex, England, an ongoing source of inspiration for her, almost a decade ago. The historic estate consists of a mid-15th-century timber-framed manor house that, in the early 20th century, the architect Edwin Lutyens, acting on commission from the house’s owner, Nathaniel Lloyd, combined with a 16th-century yeoman’s hall; Lutyens also laid out a six-acre garden. In 1954, Lloyd’s son Christopher, who had always loved working in the property’s garden with his mother, Daisy Lloyd, and who had recently been working as a lecturer in horticulture in Kent, returned to the family home to open a plant nursery on the grounds, which are now preserved by a trust. Working from Great Dixter until his death in 2006, Christopher became one of Britain’s most pre-eminent gardeners and garden writers — he completed 25 books and had a longstanding weekly column in Country Life magazine. He was known for his willingness to deviate from tradition, once telling the horticultural writer Rosemary Verey, “a garden is a garden [and] whether it looks English or not, I wouldn’t care.”

“Upon entering the property, you see stately York sandstone flags and an ancient gate,” says Kent. But then these elements give way to something wilder: In tension with the considered architecture of Lutyens’s gardens, done in an Arts and Crafts style consisting of a series of distinct “rooms,” Lloyd’s plantings are profuse, bold and joyfully informal — as he put it, there are “shrubs, climbers, hardy and tender perennials, annuals and biennials, all growing together and contributing to the overall tapestry.” He, along with his mother, until her death in 1972, also tended to the property’s various swaths of dedicated meadowland, from which, come the warmer months, wildflowers, including orchids, yellow rattle and buttercups, emerge at random. “Many traditional gardeners find it outrageous,” says Kent. (This is, after all, the same country where she once witnessed a neighbor trim the edges of a flower

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Wild Thistle Kitchen: Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Slow cooker apple butter. Photo by Anita Parris Soule. Courtesy Wild Thistle Kitchen.

This slow cooker apple butter could not be easier. I got the inspiration and the itch to make some apple butter from seeing so many of my foodie friends making it once fall arrived. So I started scouring the internet and Pinterest for apple butter ideas and quickly decided to take matters into my own hands.

My biggest problem with most apple butter recipes is that they are LOADED with sugar. If you use the right kind of apple, you really don’t need any sugar at all. I went with some local Empire apples that have just the right balance of sweet and tart. I used maple syrup to add just a bit of sweetness — still a fraction of the amounts most recipes call for. That and a few cinnamon sticks and you are on your way to a delicious batch of apple butter.

My last little twist is to add some acidity. Balanced flavors are so important to me and to my style of cooking. In an effort to create a more balanced apple butter — and to put my little twist on it — I add a splash of apple cider vinegar. It’s a subtle difference, but so worth it.

Make this on a lazy weekend day and enjoy the slow process and the wonderful aroma that will fill your house as it cooks. And while you’re at it, make some homemade bread so you have something to slather this apple butter on when it’s done. Might I suggest my homemade Honey White Sandwich Bread? That is the loaf pictured here and it is truly the best!

I like to lightly toast a nice thick slice, spread on some good, salted butter and then add the apple butter on top. It is so, so good!

 

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Ingredients

4 lbs. apples, cored and chopped (choose a sweeter variety such as Empire, Fuji or Gala)

1/4 cup real maple syrup

2 cinnamon sticks

1 split vanilla bean

1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

1 cup apple juice or cider

1 cup water

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Instructions

Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours, until apples are very soft and falling apart. Remove cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean.

Transfer apples and juices to high-powered blender or food processor. Make sure to work in batches and do not overfill or you will risk burning yourself once you start blending. Blend until you have a nice, smooth consistency. I really let it go because I prefer a very smooth apple butter.

Once it is all blended, return to slow cooker and cook another 2 to 4 hours uncovered, stirring occasionally, until you have a thick, jam-like texture. It will firm up more after chilling as well.

Transfer apple butter to jars or containers of your choice. I chose 6 8-ounce jars.

Notes

  • No need to peel the apples!
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Amy Sherman-Palladino Sends ‘Gilmore Girls’ Fans Wild With Her Home Decor at the Emmys

Amy Sherman-Palladino Sends ‘Gilmore Girls’ Fans Wild With Her Home Decor at the Emmys

Oy with the poodles! Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino took fans to Stars Hollow during the semi-virtual  72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. Both were nominated this year for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but fans of the couple’s other hit show, Gilmore Girls, got excited after catching a glimpse into their home. 

Before the winner was announced, host Jimmy Kimmel joked, “The key match-up to watch here is Amy Sherman-Palladino versus her husband, Dan. Will a marriage crumble before our eyes?”

The camera then cut to the Palladinos, who were seated together in front of their mantle at home amid the semi-virtual show. While many focused on the fact that Sherman-Palladino outdid herself in the hat department, others noticed the massive Dragonfly Inn sign hanging above the couple’s fireplace. 

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The Dragonfly Inn was featured in Gilmore Girls as the inn renovated and reopened by Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy) in season 4 of the show. It served as the setting for many of the show’s famous scenes through season 7 and into the show’s Netflix reboot, A Year in the Life

Here’s how Gilmore Girls fans reacted online.

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Waffle House investigating wild brawl that allegedly broke out over unpaid tickets and customer’s phone

Waffle House is currently investigating the circumstances behind a wild fight that broke out between employees and customers at an unidentified restaurant.

Footage of the brawl shows at least seven individuals involved in the melee, one of whom loses her top while repeatedly striking a worker in the head.

WARNING: Footage of the brawl contains profane language and nudity. Viewer discretion is advised.

“We’re currently investigating to gather all the facts and details … and to determine what actions need to be taken, if any,” said Njeri Boss, Waffle House’s director of public relations, in a statement to Fox News.

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Video of the incident was first shared to Twitter on Saturday, where it has since amassed over 4.3 million views. In it, three customers — two female and one male — can be seen arguing with staff at the register, asking them to give the male back his phone, which was allegedly being held behind the counter.

The footage, which is contains profane language and partial nudity, shows at least seven individuals involved in the melee, one of whom loses her top while repeatedly striking a worker in the head.

The footage, which is contains profane language and partial nudity, shows at least seven individuals involved in the melee, one of whom loses her top while repeatedly striking a worker in the head.
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“Can I please get my g—d— phone?” the male customer says.

One of the female customers can also be heard saying something about trying to pay, at which point a male employee appears to indicate there was a discrepancy with the group’s tickets.

The male customer then walks around the counter and into the kitchen area, where employees attempt to restrain him. The two women soon follow and join the violent fracas. One of them even rips a landline out of a female employee’s hand, presumably to prevent her from calling the authorities.

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This same woman later loses both her wig and her shirt and is seen punching a female employee while her own breasts are exposed. She also appears to remark that the group has “coke” so they need to leave.

In the background, a male employee has the male customer in a chokehold, while someone from the dining area yells, “Put that boy to sleep!”

The clip ends in the middle of the fight.

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On Monday morning, Boss confirmed to Fox News that Waffle House was only made aware of the incident following an online report (likely this one from The New York Post), and wasn’t even sure yet of the location of the incident.

Viewers, meanwhile, appeared to have more than enough material to begin making endless jokes.

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Wildfires, wild horses among top concerns Utah’s ag community brought to Interior chief

SALT LAKE CITY — The looming threat of catastrophic wildfires, the overpopulation of wild horses and rangeland conditions for livestock were among the top concerns the agricultural community aired with Interior Secretary David Bernhardt during a Friday roundtable discussion in Utah.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said the conversation — and complaints — did not go unheeded by Bernhardt, who grew up in Colorado and was visiting Utah for a number of events.

“He’s very familiar with Western issues,” Lee said. “These are controversial and difficult issues. … He has not lost sight of Westerners.”

Bernhardt, in a telephone interview after the roundtable, said one of the chief complaints raised by livestock producers is the need for better management of rangeland to prevent wildfires or degradation from wild horses.

“The reality is they would like to see more active management of our rangeland, which would minimize devastating wildfires, which is exactly what the president is proposing and doing,” he said.

The Interior Department, in fact, is on the cusp of making significant management changes for how some fuels are addressed, he said.

“We are about to finalize a (new rule) for rapid treatment related to pinion juniper that will be very significant for the state of Utah,” he said.

That rule would allow the agency to do more vegetation treatments on a yearly basis, he added.

Lee said the action is critical given the impacts of catastrophic wildfires to property, life and livestock producers who have seen the charred bodies of the animals they care for.

“It really is a heart-breaking issue and a deep concern to everyone,” he said, pointing a finger at federal policies he says have fostered neglect of landscapes over the years.

“It ends up being an environmental disaster on top of everything else.”

Brian Steed, director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, attended Friday’s roundtable on agricultural issues and said it was a fruitful discussion, especially when it came to rangeland management, wild horses and grazing.

“We have been working together with the wildlife community and agricultural producers over the years and that is the benefit of reducing catastrophic wildfire through these partnerships,” he said.

Noting that wildfires don’t respect geopolitical boundaries, Steed said it is critical that the state and federal government play well together.

“We have a pretty good working relationship with our federal partners in the BLM trying to identify those areas most likely to burn,” he said.

The number of wild horses in Utah — far beyond the established federal limit — was raised as a concern from both the grazing community and Steed’s agency, which has oversight of wildlife such as deer and antelope.

“Wild horses are always something we are concerned about,” he said.

Within the Interior Department, the Bureau of Land Management has oversight of wild horse and burro populations in Western states.

Greg Sheehan, director of the Utah BLM, said the agency has been successful this year at removing a number of wild horses in the state,

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Australians are going wild for a sell-out Christmas ornament TROLLEY

Shoppers are going wild for a sell-out Christmas ornament TROLLEY that will keep your festive season decor perfectly organised

  • Christmas is four months away but Australians are preparing for the holiday now
  • Many have purchased the pricey Balsam Hill Deluxe Rolling Ornament Chest 
  • The $449 96-piece organiser has already sold out but there is a 120-piece one
  • It prevents adornments from getting coated in dust and broken ahead of Xmas 

Australians are preparing for Christmas by purchasing a hugely popular ‘ornament trolley’ that promises to keep your adornments safe during the Yuletide season and beyond.  

The largest retailer of artificial Christmas trees Down Under, Balsam Hill, are selling a 96-piece and 120-piece Deluxe Rolling Ornament Chest for $449 and $469 respectively – and the former is already sold out.

‘This rolling storage box is specially designed to make decorating quick and easy, and help preserve the lustre of your ornaments for years to come,’ the website read.

Australians are already preparing for Christmas by purchasing a hugely popular 'ornament trolley' that promises to keep your adornments safe during the Yuletide season and beyond

Australians are already preparing for Christmas by purchasing a hugely popular ‘ornament trolley’ that promises to keep your adornments safe during the Yuletide season and beyond

The largest retailer of artificial Christmas trees Down Under, Balsam Hill, are selling a 96-piece and 120-piece Deluxe Rolling Ornament Chest for $449 and $469 respectively - and the former is already sold out

The largest retailer of artificial Christmas trees Down Under, Balsam Hill, are selling a 96-piece and 120-piece Deluxe Rolling Ornament Chest for $449 and $469 respectively – and the former is already sold out

Parents in the Christmas Mums and Dads Facebook group have been raving about the specialised trolley, saying they are are ‘absolutely loving’ how organised it helps them be.

‘It is well worth the investment if you’re as keen on Christmas as we are. So easy to pack everything away for the following year,’ one person said.

‘This is so much better than the cheaper alternatives out there,’ said another.

A third added: ‘I want one of these so badly! They had something similar at Costco last year and I totally wanted to get one but couldn’t afford it’.

Parents in the Christmas Mums and Dads Facebook group have been raving about the specialised trolley, saying they are are 'absolutely loving' how organised it helps them be

'It is well worth the investment if you're as keen on Christmas as we are. So easy to pack everything away for the following year,' one person said

Parents in the Christmas Mums and Dads Facebook group have been raving about the specialised trolley, saying they are are ‘absolutely loving’ how organised it helps them be

Some said they only wish it came with more storage options because they had hundreds of tiny baubles to stow away

Some said they only wish it came with more storage options because they had hundreds of tiny baubles to stow away

Some said they only wish it came with more storage options because they had hundreds of tiny baubles to stow away.

‘Not practical for me. It doesn’t hold enough, costs too much and is way too big,’ one person said.

‘I’d need more storage for my storage! I’m looking at the gaps between the layers on this thinking it’s such waisted space,’ said another.

The company also offers storage containers for your artificial Christmas tree, which are on sale for $299 at the moment.

All orders qualify for free shipping Australia-wide because of the price and arrive within eight working days. 

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Wild and Free: Bees in Your Back Garden

If you grow top fruit, beans, almonds, coppiced hazel or willow, flowering crops of any kind, or just have plenty of wild flowers in your garden, you will already have bees as visitors, so keeping a hive or two of honeybees would seem like a great idea. However, while my own main interest is in honeybees, my first piece of advice to gardeners thinking of taking up beekeeping is first to spend some time addressing the needs of other wild pollinators, especially bumblebees and solitary bees.

It may seem romantic to have thousands of honeybees buzzing round your flower beds, but the reality is that they are not entirely without problems. If your garden is small and urban, you may need to think carefully before placing a box of fifty thousand insects equipped with stings close to a neighbor's territory. There may be pets, children and elderly people to consider. You may want to think about how you use the space in your garden and how your activities – such as sunbathing, eating al fresco or simply hanging out the washing – may interfere with their flight-path, which at times may make Heathrow look like a quiet backwater.

I say these things not to put you off, but to encourage you to think carefully about what your real reasons for wanting to 'keep' bees may be.

The chances are that flowering plants you grow are already being pollinated quite effectively by wild bees and other insects and unless you grow such crops on a large scale, adding honeybees to the mix will have only a marginal effect on yields. Exceptions to this might include areas where neighbours routinely spray with insecticides – with the result that wild insect numbers have been drastically reduced – or places where wild bee populations have suffered for other reasons, such as heavy pollution or habitat loss. Unfortunately, in these cases, you are probably in the wrong place to keep honeybees.

Compared to most livestock, honeybees need little attention, and so can be added to a garden, homestead or smallholding without fear of creating a serious drain on your time. However, as with any other creature that comes within our care, someone must give them the right kind of attention at the right times, if only to ensure that they are comfortable, replete with stores and disease-free. Honeybees are – and will always remain – wild creatures, unimpressed by our attempts to domesticate them, so 'keeping' them is really a matter of providing suitable accommodation and allowing them freedom to roam. Beyond that – especially if you have honey in mind – you have to consider the degree and style of 'management' you will endeavor to apply.

Addressing the needs of other native bees first will help ensure that you do not cause an imbalance by flooding the area with honeybees while the local bumble population is less than optimal. Exactly how this can be assessed is yet to be fully established, but if bumblebees …

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