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January 13, 2009

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"I get the feeling that the 24-hour news networks are like the bus in the movie 'Speed.' If they stop talking for a second, they think they'll blow up."

--Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, 2008 (Thanks to alert WORDster Ross Martin)

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At Whit’s End: Spears looking better, but the spark is gone

By Whitney Schulte

December 10, 2008 | Is there anyone out there who doesn't know that Britney Spears released a new record last Tuesday? Circus is Britney's newest attempt at a comeback and apparently it's working for her. As of Dec. 5, Circus was projected to sell almost 500,000 copies in its first week. Also, for the first time in over four years, Ms. Spears is embarking on a 29-stop world tour.

Circus was released on Britney's 27th birthday. To celebrate, Spears performed on Good Morning America where she was given a huge circus-themed birthday cake. Many fans seemed to be a little "underwhelmed" by Spears' performance, but excited that she looked happier and healthier. Spears performed the song Womanizer and the title-track Circus. She seems to have lost that special spark she had every time she was on stage, but her signature dance moves are definitely back with a vengeance.

In the midst of all of Britney's "comeback" excitement, there's also been a lot of personal drama going on with her ex, Kevin Federline. Federline told People magazine that Britney went behind his back with the divorce, and that he was completely blindsided.

Of the January night Britney was taken to the hospital against her will, he says, "That whole night is a blur. You want to talk about one of my lowest points of depression, that was probably one of them. I was very, very worried for her 'cause I care about her. That's the mother of my children. Just because I'm not in love with her doesn't mean that I don't love her. I'm definitely rooting for her. There's nothing more that I want than for her to be in the best health and doing what she loves to do."

Federline also says that things are now turning around and that the two parents both have the same sort of structure for the kids.

Even though Federline tried to shine a nicer light on Spears by the end of the interview, Spears dishes out a thinly veiled insult to Glamour magazine. She says, "In five years I would like to be married and have a father figure for my kids, someone who is a provider and can be really stable. It's hard doing it on your own."

Despite anything either of the two parents have to say about each other, I'm just glad things are getting better for the kids' sake. It's also great to see Britney looking happier and healthier. When asked about her New Year's resolution Spears says, "I would like to stop worrying so much, because I worry all the time. And to learn how to be happier, just in general. I have to learn to take things not so seriously."

Sounds like a perfect fit for Britney.

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