Extra, Extra

Wrecks and Balances: Trump is such a complete lowlife that we’re actually debating which of his crimes he should be arrested for first. It’s not a surprise that he’s greeted news that he’ll soon be arrested in connection with the Stormy Daniels payoff with calls for protesters to take to the streets (that, after all, is the subject the much more substantial charges against him). The bigger (and probably more disturbing) story to watch is how is enablers like Kevin McCarthy are looking to call Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg in for questioning by the House. This is a classic element in the authoritarian playbook. We covered the spread of these tactics a couple weeks ago. And it’s happening wherever Trump is being charged.

+ Happiness is as Happiness Polls: “Global happiness has not taken a hit in the three years of the Covid-19 pandemic. Life evaluations from 2020 to 2022 have been ‘remarkably resilient,’ the report says, with global averages basically in line with the three years preceding the pandemic.” Humans are either really resilient or really bad at polling happiness levels. Once again, Finland tops the world’s happiest countries. Plus, how do you take a picture of happiness? We asked photographers to surprise us.

+ Suisse Army Knife: UBS has acquired Credit Suisse in the latest fallout from the banking crisis. It didn’t go well for bondholders.

+ Pill Kill: “Wyoming on Friday became the first US state to outlaw mifepristone, commonly known as the abortion pill, outside of an overall abortion ban. Wyoming’s ban is just one of several new efforts across the nation to ban access to abortion — or severely punish those who seek abortion care.”

+ Twit for Brains: Antisemitism on Twitter has more than doubled since Elon Musk took over the platform. (Weird. I wonder if it has anything to do with letting all the antisemites back on the platform?)

+ Cockpit Boss: “This time, the planes’ lendee, a disgruntled flight school operator, was on-site — and drunk as all hell. As Hill prepped the planes, the man charged toward him with a 2×4 and started swinging. ‘I had to have a complete knee replacement because of that,” says Hill. ‘But I still got both airplanes out of there.'” The man who repossesses multimillion-dollar airplanes.

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