Let's be clear up front: No one knows for sure whether Archibald Butt and Francis Davis Millet were in a romantic relationship. In the times and society in which they lived, for such a thing to become known would have meant ruin. Here's what we do know. Butt never married. Millet was estranged from his wife and had a previous relationship with a man. Butt and Millet lived together in a mansion in Washington's tony Georgetown neighborhood, where they threw parties for the city's elite - including Butt's boss, President William Howard Taft. And in the weeks before they died on the Titanic, they were vacationing together in Europe. "The enduring partnership of Butt and Millet was an early case of 'Don't ask, don't tell,' " historian Richard Davenport-Hines wrote in 2012, referring to the policy that once required gay members of the military to keep their sexuality secret. A National Park Service page for the White House memorial fountain in their honor says they were "widely … [Read more...] about Two prominent men died on the Titanic – were they secretly a couple?
WASHINGTON - It's been an ugly summer for the cryptocurrency industry everywhere but on Capitol Hill. Despite a pileup of a bad news - layoffs at major companies, ongoing hacks, and the collapse of several high-profile crypto projects that have devastated Main Street investors - the sector is on a hot streak in Congress. In just the last two weeks, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a proposal to hand oversight of cryptocurrency spot markets to the Commodity Futures Trading Association, the third bipartisan bill since April that would codify a leading role for the industry's preferred regulator. Sens. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., teamed up to pitch exempting crypto used for everyday purchases, like buying a sandwich, from capital gains taxes. And that pair, along with Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., proposed limiting the reach of a provision signed into law last year that tightened tax reporting requirements on crypto … [Read more...] about Crypto finds a bright spot in a stormy summer: Congress