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A Los Angeles judge ruled Wednesday that Britney Spears can select her own attorney in her conservatorship battle.

What she's saying: The pop star broke down in tears during Wednesday's hearing, telling the judge that she was "extremely scared" of her father, James "Jamie" Spears, NBC News reports. "I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse," she added, saying, "this conservatorship has allowed my dad to ruin my life."

  • Spears called her father's 13-year-long conservatorship "abusive" last month in a revealing testimony that triggered a flood of support.
  • "I want to press charges against my father today," Spears said, per CNN. "I want an investigation into my dad."

State of play: Spears' father has had court authority over Spears since 2008 when she experienced a mental health episode. The conservatorship oversees her finances, health and whereabouts, but Spears said her father established extreme restrictions.

  • The judge on Wednesday approved her court-appointed lawyer’s formal request to step down, as well as his replacement — Spears’ chosen attorney Mathew Rosengart, a prominent Hollywood lawyer and former federal prosecutor.

Go deeper... Axios Re:cap: Britney Spears speaks out on her conservatorship

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Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
6 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Democrats' billionaires tax explained

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There is now legislative language behind the push to tax American billionaires on unrealized capital gains, as Sen. Ron Wyden last night released his 107-page plan.

Why it matters: This would be a sea change in U.S. tax policy, which has only applied to realized gains (otherwise known as income).

COP26 head warns Glasgow summit will be "harder than Paris"

Alok Sharma, U.K. COP26 president, in Milan on Sept. 30, 2021. Photo: Stefano Guidi/Getty Images

U.K. COP26 President Alok Sharma told reporters Tuesday that the upcoming talks in Glasgow, widely viewed as the last chance to avoid some of the worst consequences of global warming, will be extremely difficult.

Driving the news: Sharma sought to temper expectations and note that the agenda features some of the toughest items that negotiators have punted on at previous summits.