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Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Sky News on Sunday that failing to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union on Oct. 31 was a matter of "deep regret" for him and that he would apologize to the Conservative Party, according to the AP.

Why it matters: Johnson repeatedly promised to deliver Brexit by Oct. 31 during the party leadership race that brought him to power in July, at one point stating that he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than ask the EU for an extension.

Context: Johnson was hindered by a law passed by opposition lawmakers — as well as some rebels whom he later kicked out of his own Conservative Party — that required him to request a three-month Brexit extension until Jan. 31 after Parliament failed to pass his Brexit deal.

Between the lines: Johnson's apology comes as British parties begin to campaign for a snap general election on Dec. 12, in which all seats in the 650-seat House of Commons are up for grabs. Johnson and the other parties in Parliament voted to call the election after it became clear once again that the divided chamber would not be able to resolve the Brexit impasse.

  • Johnson hopes to win a Brexit-friendly majority that could immediately pass his deal once the new House of Commons is seated.

Of note: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, who was a lead campaigner in the 2016 referendum and has been a thorn in the side of the Conservative Party, said that he would not seek a seat in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Farage said he can better serve his party by traveling throughout the U.K. supporting Brexit Party candidates.

  • However, he vowed that the Brexit Party will contest every seat against the Conservatives unless Johnson drops his proposed Brexit agreement, which Farage believes is too soft.
  • Farage and other hardline Brexiteers favor a "clean break," or "no-deal" Brexit, which experts warn could have a devastating effect on the British economy.

Go deeper: Boris Johnson's path to victory resembles Trump's in 2016

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New York Times columnist David Brooks' resignation from a paid gig at a think tank on Saturday is the latest in a flurry of scandals that America's biggest and most successful newspaper company has endured in the past year.

Driving the news: Brooks resigned from the Aspen Institute following a BuzzFeed News investigation that uncovered conflicts of interest between his reporting and money he accepted from corporate donors for a project called "Weave" that he worked on at the nonprofit.

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Nearly halfway through President Biden's first 100 days, data shows that Americans are learning to wean themselves off of news — and especially politics.

Why it matters: The departure of former President Trump's once-ubiquitous presence in the news cycle has reoriented the country's attention.

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Republicans in at least 25 states have introduced over 60 bills targeting transgender children — a legislative boom since January that has beaten 2020's total number of anti-trans bills.

Why it matters: LGBTQ advocates say the unprecedented push was catalyzed by backlash to Biden's election and the Supreme Court ruling that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender.