Extra, Extra

Mom Genes: “A Tennessee man and his mother were convicted on Tuesday of charges that they stormed the Capitol, where they brought plastic zip-tie handcuffs into the Senate gallery as a mob attacked the building, court records show.” (I mean, in a weird way, it’s nice that a mother and son like to do things together.)

+ Taylor’s Version: “Adam Moskowitz, the lawyer handling a class action lawsuit against FTX promoters like Shaquille O’Neal and Tom Brady, said Taylor Swift was one of the only celebrities to check if the exchange was selling unregistered securities.” Taylor Swift did her homework on FTX and dodged a bullet. (This would make a good Taylor song: My FTX boyfriend.)

+ Speed Bump: While case of the leaked military docs has been solved, WaPo is still combing through the contents. “The Chinese military could soon deploy a high-altitude spy drone that travels at least three times the speed of sound… a development that would dramatically strengthen China’s ability to conduct surveillance operations.” (We’re gonna be nostalgic for the days of slow moving balloons.)

+ Gold? Don’t Rush: “The notion that there’s a mother lode beneath the California peak, which is about 100 miles northeast of Barstow, was popularized in the 1930s by a miner who claimed to have seen it during a daring, four-day voyage. But he and his contemporaries never extracted any treasure from the mountain. These days, a different mining outfit is trying — on land it leases from a private company that owns the property. The miners are led by an 84-year-old who has spent more than half his life looking for the bonanza beneath 6,038-foot Mt. Kokoweef.” LA Times (Free Article): Is gold hidden under a California peak? This treasure map says so.

+ Joe Dough: “President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, made $579,514 last year and paid $137,658 in federal income taxes. That works out to a 23.8% tax rate, more than the average of roughly 14% for all U.S. households.” (Oh, man. We have a president who pays taxes now? This country is going to hell.)

+ Cat’s Cradle: “A children’s cat-hunting competition in New Zealand has been cancelled following backlash against the event.”

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