• Politics
    The Independent

    Trump and his entourage fail to eat anything from special vegetarian menu prepared for them on India trip

    Donald Trump and his entourage reportedly failed to eat a single item of a special vegetarian feast prepared for him during his trip to India.The American president and his wife, Melania, were presented with the menu during their visit to Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, one of the former homes of the Indian independence hero.

  • Health
    INSIDER

    A woman who tripped for 34 hours on LSD after taking 550 times the normal dose said it cured her Lyme disease

    After surviving her overdose unscathed, the woman started microdosing LSD. Three years later, she no longer needed opioids to manage her chronic pain.

  • Politics
    The Daily Beast

    Donald, Melania, Ivanka, and Jared Visited the Taj Mahal. Their Poses Spoke Volumes.

    Melania Trump stood in front of the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a symbol of devotion to his wife, Mumtaz, and watched her open-mouthed husband bellow to photographers.Her high-necked, ivory jumpsuit matched the exterior of the famed marble mausoleum (CNN’s Kate Bennett identified the one piece as made by Trump’s stylist, Hervé Pierre). It came with a moss green sash made of “vintage Indian textile” that slightly clashed with her husband’s canary yellow tie. Still, the First Lady—known for looking absolutely miserable when out with her husband—appeared happy, or at least flashed a few more step-and-repeat smiles than normal. One tabloid described the pair as “loved-up,” which is as big of a stretch as the notion that burger-loving Trump enjoyed his meatless Monday in India. Still, the Trumps were able to hold hands for a while, and they stood close while watching a flock of birds fly away, like two characters from a gothic poem. Trump Taj Mahal Slashed Security. Then the Murders Started.Ivanka, too, arrived with Jared Kushner in tow, though she kicked her husband out of her own picture. In a poppy-patterned turquoise dress, which matched the reflection pool she stood in front of, Ivanka mugged with her vacant-eyed but determined smile.If you have any doubts about any future political aspirations for this “presidential adviser,” then (take a deep breath and) look at her Taj Mahal photo op. Despite all those "Unwanted Ivanka" detractors, just like the building itself, she endures. In Ivanka’s words, such resilience is “awe inspiring.” Others might call her seemingly ceaseless, free vacations (thinly) disguised as diplomacy, a horror scenario. The Taj Mahal was completed after ten years of construction in 1653, outlasting threats from the Japanese Air Force in World War II and Pakistan’s bomber pilots in the late '60s. But the historic site, frequently referenced as a Wonder of the World, has succumbed to one thing: the rich and powerful using it as a backdrop to make coded statements to the world. The tradition began in earnest with the 1992 image of Princess Diana on a marble bench, her body a lithe strip in a cherry red blazer, nearly dwarfed compared to the gargantuan building behind her. She went to the site alone, without her husband Prince Charles, implying a fissure in their not-so-storybook romance. But Diana was not the first celebrity photo op at the Taj Mahal. In 1962, Jackie Kennedy took a solo trip to India and Pakistan, at a time when First Ladies did not often dabble in foreign diplomacy. For her pilgrimage to the spot, she wore a preppy blue and green sheath, projecting the Camelot-era’s sunny confidence. Four years later, George Harrison snapped a selfie in front of the site, looking very anti-Kennedy in his counterculture duds: an unbuttoned cotton shirt and dark sunglasses. Since then, plenty of other young and famous men have come to the mausoleum in search of themselves, or at least a performative version of it.In 2015, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the Taj Mahal was an example of “what people can build—and what love can motivate us to build,” using the elegant language of a good copywriter to plug his company after paying respects. That same year, Leonardo DiCaprio visited too, while in the country working on a climate change documentary. It was a “secret trip;” DiCaprio asked tourists not to take pictures, because he was working. In 1995, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton also sat on one of the Taj Mahal’s benches for photographers, sitting close and smiling, visual code for girl power. Five years after that, the first daughter would return with her father, Bill. In wide-angle snapshots of Donald and Melania strolling in front of the Taj Mahal, the yuge building’s scope leaves the pair looking tiny, nearly as tall as the shrubs which line the monument’s grassy aisles. Trump, who’s got a thing for screaming about his own bigness, might not appreciate how tiny he looks. But for a man who views the presidency as just another prize to show off that he’s won, the Taj Mahal visit was a success. The man whose legacy was once a knockoff-named casino now has got his photo in front of the real thing, joining the star-studded ranks of those who came before him. And as we’ve seen from this optics-obsessed administration so many times before, the facade is all that matters.  Samantha Bee Explains How Ivanka Trump Made Her Grow UpRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • World
    Associated Press

    Desperate to stop virus' spread, countries limit travel

    Officials scrambled Tuesday to halt the spread of the burgeoning new virus, from northern Italy where troops were dispatched to enforce quarantines and schools were shuttered, to South Korea, where some neighborhoods in a city of 2.5 million were brought to a near standstill. New clusters of the illness popped up far from its apparent point of origin in China, fueling apprehension in world financial markets and political institutions. The spread fueled an increased sense of urgency among officials in some of the wealthiest nations in Europe and Asia, as well as in countries like Iran, with far fewer resources to stem the disease.

  • Entertainment
    The Wrap

    ‘The Bachelor': Chris Harrison Explains Reason for ‘Awkward’ Fantasy Suite Living Situation Between Final Three Women

    “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison is spilling the tea on why Peter Weber’s final three women were forced to live together during Fantasy Suite week.In a conversation with former Bachelorettes Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin on an episode of their Bachelor Happy Hour podcast, Harrison explained the reasoning for the unprecedented decision.For those not familiar with standard Bachelor Nation practices, Fantasy Suite week is traditionally the first opportunity the contestants get to spend the night with the Bachelor alone and off-camera. By this time in the competition, the remaining contestants have moved out of the Bachelor mansion and are allowed to live by themselves so that they’re kept in the dark about the status of the other relationships. But on Monday night’s episode, producers opted to make the final three contestants, Hannah Ann, Victoria and Madison, stay in the same living quarters together — meaning that they have to awkwardly return home the morning after their date and look each other in the eye knowing that one of them had probably just been intimate with everyone’s communal boyfriend.Also Read: ABC Offers Rose to Senior Citizens in Search of Love in New 'Bachelor' SpinoffHarrison says the move was a necessary one to force Weber’s hand into making a necessary decision.“There are times when, no matter how great you are — and you both were great Bachelorettes — you can’t get out of your own way. And that’s part of why you’re single,” Harrison told Kufrin and Lindsay. “And Peter, for example, has trouble making decisions. I don’t know if you guys have noticed that,” he laughed.“He is the king of kicking the can down the road. Heaven forbid you make a decision. So there are things that we do as producers that will force you into this uncomfortable zone and force you into making a decision,” he continued.Also Read: Ratings: 'The Bachelor' Fantasy Suites Silence 'The Voice' Season Premiere“Sometimes we do it for your behalf, sometimes we do it for the guys or the girls. This situation was pretty extraordinary because Peter had kicked the can down the road, but also, this time, also Madison had. And so this was to force a situation that had to happen, and it had to happen this week.”If you’re not caught up on Weber’s season, the current drama is that Madison, a 23-year-old foster parent recruiter from Auburn, Alabama, has been hiding the fact that she’s saving herself for marriage from her potential beau. Harrison explained that by putting her in such close proximity to the other women who are presumably sexually active, it would expedite her virginity conversation with Weber.“If we get to proposal week, then this guy is really screwed and there’s no chance this works. We gotta figure this out, and there’s really only one way to do it,” Harrison said. “So yeah, it was tough love, and it was really awkward. As you know, in the history of the show, I don’t know if we’ve ever done this. But we decided to do it this week because these are conversations that needed to be had. And it was because of, I think, the double standard and the things that Peter was going to deal with, we kind of needed the women’s perspective on this. We needed Madison to face Victoria and Hannah Ann and have them express their emotions on this because, again, it’s just this guy and his perspective and I don’t know if that’s the greatest thing right now.”Read original story ‘The Bachelor': Chris Harrison Explains Reason for ‘Awkward’ Fantasy Suite Living Situation Between Final Three Women At TheWrap