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Britney Spears. Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

Britney Spears asked a judge on Wednesday to end the conservatorship that has overseen her whereabouts and finances for the last 13 years, calling it "abusive," per AP.

Catch up quick: The singer has lived under a two-pronged conservatorship in California — covering her person and estate — since 2008 when she experienced a mental health episode. Her father, James Spears, then petitioned the court for authority over his daughter.

  • Confidential court records obtained by The New York Times revealed that Britney Spears raised concerns about her father’s role as early as 2014.
  • James Spears and his lawyers have said that his role remains necessary because the performer's money is vulnerable to "fraud and manipulation," AP reports.
  • "Under the law, the burden would be on [Britney] Spears to prove she is competent before the case could end," per AP.

The big picture: In her first address in open court since the start of her conservatorship, Spears said: “I haven’t been back to court in a long time because I don’t think I was heard on any level when I came to court last time.”

  • “It’s embarrassing and demoralizing what I’ve been through, and that’s the main reason I didn’t say it openly. I didn’t think anybody would believe me.”
  • “This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good," adding, “I deserve to have a life.”
  • “I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized,” Spears said.
  • “I want to end this conservatorship without being evaluated,” she noted, per AP.
  • “I shouldn’t be in a conservatorship if I can work. The laws need to change," the singer added, per the New York Times.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Sara Fischer: The #FreeBritney movement went viral following the New York Times documentary, but it was building momentum for years before, thanks to super fans taking to the internet.

  • Britney's Instagram presence has been the subject of much speculation, with fans suggesting she was sending secret messages about her conservatorship, though there has been no proof of this.

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A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.

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Authorities have declared the death of David Amess a terrorist incident, hours after the Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K. was fatally stabbed while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England on Friday.

The big picture: The Metropolitan Police has found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."

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President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The president's remarks come one day after Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon failed to show up for a deposition before the committee.