Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Britney Spears’ video attack, government shutdown, and more

Britney Spears is dealing with a critical attack in her new Netflix documentary, which was released Friday, and that’s not all happening in Washington this week. We’ve got a few of the items you might have missed.

1. Could there be another government shutdown? With an extension until Feb. 28, one group of senators wants to beat that deadline. “The Democrat majority on the Senate Appropriations Committee gave a letter today that presents a potential path toward avoiding a second shutdown before we actually hit Feb. 28,” said Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “I think there’s a meaningful chance of avoiding a shutdown.”

2. “Anonymous” has told all. Andrew Sullivan, author of “The Tragedy of Anonymous: Betrayal and Confusion in the Age of Codependency,” details the new version of the “post-truth” narrative that’s spread across society.

3. Tear it down: The Capitol Police have urged the public to sign a petition to install a new security checkpoint at the Supreme Court. If it passes, one of the most famous buildings in America would get new security measures. Just over 100,000 people have already signed the petition to support the proposal.

4. Coming soon: In an interview with Andrea Mitchell, President Trump talked about a visit he made earlier this week to the border, saying that there were scenes that he compared to war. He also said the relationship with North Korea is at an all-time high, “We’re really getting along, I think, really well.” But when asked if he saw a long-term strategy for ending war in the region, he said, “No, we will be seeing, but I’m really optimistic.”

5. Below the belt: Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is launching a new initiative that will try to educate lawmakers about sexual assault. The congressman, who was a victim of racial discrimination in 1960s Mississippi, will “write, organize and raise funds to preserve and promote the black narrative on the topic,” according to a release.

This week in “Everything Happens at the Movies:”

“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”: A memoir chronicling the rise and fall of legendary cartoonist John Callahan.

“Eighth Grade”: Jason Ritter stars as an awkward teen battling his eventual suicide.

“Little Pink House”: The Sundance and Grand Jury Prize winner is a half-hour drama about a woman who struggles to reclaim her life after her brother’s accidental drowning.

“The Week Of”: Writer Adam McKay returns to the director’s chair with his first film since “The Big Short.” The ensemble cast includes a collection of a-list actors, including Rosario Dawson, Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Robert De Niro, Kate McKinnon, Michael Keaton, and Emma Stone.

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