THE BIG STORY
Prosecutors have had six months to go after the Capitol mob. Here's what they have so far.
The Capitol riots may seem like a lifetime ago now. But Tuesday was only the six-month mark since thousands of Donald Trump supporters toppled and streamed past police barriers onto the grounds of the US Capitol, sending lawmakers, staffers, and journalists scrambling to take shelter.
The Department of Justice has promised a comprehensive investigation — and the one that has begun shows no sign of stopping. New arrests have been unsealed in federal court every week since the riots. The FBI hasn't stopped soliciting tips from the public on identifying hundreds of suspects.
And in the biggest sign that there is more to come, a handful of plea deals made public so far confirm that investigators are working with cooperating defendants to build other cases.
A brief overview of the numbers:
👉 More than 535 arrests.
👉 Around 70 defendants in jail.
👉 Around 289 people charged with at least one felony count.
👉 Around 60 people charged with a weapons-related offense.
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Brent Stirton / Getty Images
STAYING ON TOP OF THIS
Britney Spears' court-appointed attorney is resigning from her conservatorship
Two weeks ago, the world heard Britney Spears make explosive comments about the legal arrangement that has put her father and lawyers in control of her life for more than a decade. She pleaded to get out of the arrangement.
Now, Samuel Ingham, her court-appointed attorney since the start of the conservatorship, has informed the courts that he is resigning.
During her statement, Britney said she had not known that she could petition to end the legal arrangement — a claim that has put additional scrutiny on Ingham.
Britney has reportedly pushed to end the conservatorship for years. According to the New York Times, Ingham made about $373,000 for his work with her in 2019. He has never filed a petition to terminate the arrangement.
Sha'Carri Richardson won't be competing in the Olympics after she tested positive for cannabis. After her positive test disqualified her from the 100-meter race, Richardson was left off the USA Track and Field Olympic roster that was released Tuesday, eliminating her from the competition.
Eric Adams has won New York City's Democratic mayoral primary. For the first time, New York City used ranked-choice voting to decide the mayoral primaries. Eric Adams, the Brooklyn Borough president, will likely be the next mayor of the country's largest city after the fall's election.
TikTok is testing letting you pay for a video from creators. Shoutouts could become a Cameo competitor. The feature will let you pay for a custom video from creators, but it is only currently available in select regions.
LOVE IS NOT TOURISM
They're vaccinated, but they still can't travel to see loved ones
Right now, the Biden administration prohibits entry to the US of any noncitizens who have been in one of 33 select countries for 14 days prior to entry — a list that includes China, India, and the United Kingdom.
There are exemptions for green card holders and immediate family of US citizens, which includes spouses but not, for example, unmarried partners, as well as tens of thousands of Europeans who live, work, and pay taxes in the US on nonimmigrant visas.
These visa holders aren't able to reunite with their families back home because they'd be barred from reentry, risking their livelihoods — all while Americans are now free to party in Europe and return without a problem.
We talked to the founder of the #LoveIsNotTourism movement, a vast network of people from all over the world attempting to gain exemptions to various pandemic travel bans for their families. Their stories are heartbreaking.
THE LIMITS OF LANGUAGE
How autistic people are showing the limitations of person-first language
You may have noticed the increase in person-first language in the news you're reading. The idea came from disability activists who objected to the stereotypical and dehumanizing way people with disabilities were historically written and spoken about.
But since that start, it's grown to encompass a variety of phrases that place a person above their condition; For example, "a person experiencing homelessness" paints a fuller picture than simply "a homeless person," since it acknowledges that housing insecurity is not a permanent characteristic.
But it's not a one-size-fits-all prescription. Many style guides point out that when it comes to autism, the preference among autistic people is for identity-first ("an autistic person") language over person-first language (like "a person with autism"). For this reason, our current style is to use the phrasing "autistic person" over "person with autism" unless it appears in a direct quote.
Read Emerson Malone as he thinks through how our copy desk has navigated this — it's a really interesting look into the kinds of questions they repeatedly ask.
Turn towards the things that make you feel confident in your abilities today,
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Six months after the mob
Britney's lawyer resigns, Sha'Carri Richardson left off the team, vaccinated but still can't travel