From Super Bowl 2022 to a figure-skating controversy at the Olympics, this week’s news changed rapidly.

Missed some of our updates? Catch up now with our weekly Breakdown.

SUPER BOWL FANS PREPARED FOR BURROW-STAFFORD MATCHUP

Super Bowl LVI will pit Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow against the Los Angeles Rams’ Matthew Stafford on Sunday, Feb. 13, after knocking out favorites, The Buccaneers’ Tom Brady and the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes. This is only Joe Burrow’s second season in the NFL, while Matthew Stafford has been in the league for 13 years.

Stafford and the Rams will have a rare home field advantage this Super Bowl Sunday, with many experts predicting that the crowd will give them the edge over the scrappy Bengals. The Rams are also the favorite to win on most sports betting sites such as Caesars Sportsbook, given that their roster includes breakout wide receivers Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr.

Super Bowl LVI flags waving outside the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles
Super Bowl LVI flags waving outside the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

CONGRESS APPROVED A SPENDING BILL

The House of Representatives passed a short-term measure on Tuesday to fund the federal government through mid-March while talks for a larger spending bill continue. The bill now heads to the Senate where it will have to be approved by Feb. 18 to avoid a government shutdown.

The Senate also passed legislation this week to end a policy that allowed workplaces to settle sexual misconduct claims behind closed door arbitrations. Many Republican lawmakers such as Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina crossed the aisle to support the legislation. The bill was sponsored by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, which she called “among the largest workplace reforms, certainly in our lifetimes.”

KAMALA HARRIS’ HUSBAND EVACUATED DURING BOMB THREAT

Doug Emhoff, Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, was evacuated from a Washington, DC high school by secret service on Tuesday after the school had a bomb threat. Students were also sent home, but security found no evidence of a bomb on the premises.

The news came after it was uncovered that Kamala Harris drove within several yards of a pipe bomb that was laid outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters building during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. She remained in the building for two hours before the bomb was eventually discovered. Both Harris and her husband were safe and unharmed.

VP Kamala Harris' husband was evacuated from a Washington, DC, school following a bomb threat
VP Kamala Harris’ husband was evacuated from a Washington, DC, school following a bomb threat. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

NEW YORK LIFTED INDOOR MASK MANDATE

As the federal government remains quiet regarding plans to fight Covid-19, many states around the country have taken measures into their own hands. Daily cases have been decreasing within the last few weeks as the Omicron surge died down, prompting New York state lawmakers to lift the indoor mask mandate.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced the end of the policy and cited declining Covid-19 infections. States such as New Jersey, Oregon, and California will likely follow suit within the next few days. Unvaccinated residents will still be required to wear masks indoors and businesses can still have indoor mask mandates should they choose to implement them.

NATHAN CHEN WON GOLD AT BEIJING WINTER OLYMPICS

American figure skater Nathan Chen triple-axel-jumped his way to a gold medal in Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first male figure skater from the United States to win since 2010. The 22-year-old skated to “Rocket Man” by Elton John and completed a quad flip and triple toe loop, among many other dazzling feats.

“It’s just a whirlwind right now. Everything’s just happening so fast, but I’m so happy,” Chen told ABC News reporters following the win. “I feel amazing… I truly never thought I’d make it this far in skating.”

Outside of Chen’s win, the Winter Olympics this year has been very difficult for competitors, marred by Covid-19 requirements, a potential doping scandal, and a disappointing finish from U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

American figure skater Nathan Chen took home the gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
American figure skater Nathan Chen took home the gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

MULTIPLE ROYALS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Prince Charles, 73, tested positive for Covid-19 this week, according to inside sources for Buckingham Palace. He met with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, only two days ago, putting the country on high alert. The British monarch has been staying at Windsor Castle due to her health conditions and is particularly vulnerable to infection at the age of 95. She is being closely monitored, People reported.

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, 85, also tested positive this week, as well as Spain’s King Felipe VI, 54, who is showing “mild symptoms.” Both will remain in isolation and are expected to recover completely. This is Prince Charles’ second time with Covid-19, following his infection back in March 2020 when the global pandemic first escalated.

SPOTIFY DEFENDED KEEPING JOE ROGAN

After removing over 100 episodes of Joe Rogan‘s podcast due to misinformation and use of racial slurs such as the “N-word,” Spotify continued to defend the controversial podcast host from those calling for him to be removed from the streaming platform. Despite the controversy, Joe Rogan still has 11 million average listeners.

CEO Daniel Ek claimed that Spotify is a platform for creatives and that it did not have editorial control over its properties unlike Gimlet or The Ringer. “Even though The Joe Rogan Experience is an exclusive, it is licensed content,” he stated, adding that, “There are many things that Joe Rogan says that I strongly disagree with and find very offensive.”

'The Power of the Dog' star Kodi Smit-McPhee, director Jane Campion, and co-stars Kirsten Dunst and Benedict Cumberbatch (left to right)
‘The Power of the Dog’ star Kodi Smit-McPhee, director Jane Campion, and co-stars Kirsten Dunst and Benedict Cumberbatch (left to right). Photo Credit: Shutterstock

2022 OSCAR NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

The 2022 Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning with Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kristen Stewart among many actors nominated for the first time in their celebrated film careers. The Power of the Dog, the Netflix film in which married couple Dunst and Plemons both star, led with 12 nominations.

Kristen Stewart, who played Princess Diana in Spencer, was also nominated for the first time, as well as Troy Kutsor, who became the first deaf actor to be nominated for his role in CODA. Beyoncé was nominated in the category of Best Original Song for “Be Alive” from King Richard. She will square off against Lin-Manuel Miranda’s quest for an EGOT. The Oscars will take place on March 27.

KYLIE JENNER GAVE BIRTH TO HER SECOND CHILD

Kylie Jenner and musician Travis Scott welcomed their second child together this week. Fans soon went crazy trying to figure out the baby boy’s name. Online sleuths were convinced the name was Angel. But it turns out it’s Wolf Webster!

He was born just one day after Stormi’s fourth birthday, pictured on Instagram holding hands with her new baby brother. “She has been wanting to give Stormi a sibling for a while,” a source close to Kylie told People.

Wishing Kylie and Travis all the best!