Donald John Trump today became the 45th president of the United States, as unlikely an ascent to power as the United States has seen in the presidency. Trump was sworn in around noon today. "We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, and in every foreign capital and in every hall of power," Trump said. "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land, from this day forward it's going to be only 'America first! America first!'" Here's the full schedule of the day's events. read more
In Madrid, Spain, a life size statue of Donald Trump during an unveiling ceremony at a waxwork museum was assaulted by a topless activist from the feminist group Femen. The woman, who had the words "Grab Back" and "Grab Patriarchy by the Balls" painted on her body, reportedly pushed past security ropes and placed her hand on the statue's crotch.
Museum staff spent several minutes trying to
grope restrain the woman before eventually bundling her out through a back door. read more
The 14th-Century Persian poet Hafiz's work is not just very beautiful it is useful too. Hafiz can teach us how to get the most out of our lives, writes Daniel Ladinsky.
An Orthodox Jewish rabbi, a Reform Christian, a Zen Buddhist, and 10 other ordained ministers started taking psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, at Johns Hopkins University and New York University.
The goal of the trial, still in its early stages, is "to see if these ministers can use their spiritual practice and the vocabulary of religious study to provide insight into those sacred psychedelic moments that so often seem to transcend words."
Tucker Carlson, the veteran cable television host and conservative writer, will succeed Megyn Kelly in the coveted 9 p.m. slot on Fox News, solidifying the network's right-wing identity in prime time as it prepares to cover the administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump. Carlson's elevation means that Fox News, for the first time in its two-decade history, will have an all-male anchor lineup from 8 to 11 on weeknights, after a year in which the network faced serious questions about its treatment of female employees and in which its chairman, Roger Ailes, was ousted in a sexual harassment scandal. read more