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the weekend that was

the week ahead

Where is Congress this week? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said senators can head home for the August recess, but should be ready to be called back if things develop on the stimulus front. Same thing goes for the House, which is still out. 


Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin will hold primary elections on Tuesday, and voters in Georgia will cast their ballots in a runoff for a US House seat and other hotly contested positions.

Stargazers unite! The beloved annual Perseid meteor shower peaks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If you miss the show, don’t worry. It will still be visible for several days after that. 

A new set of Title IX rules put forth by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos go into effect on Friday. The rules give more protections to those accused of campus sexual harassment and assault. They’ve already caused controversy on college campuses, and will surely continue to do so now that they’re officially in play. 

just watch

It’s Shark Week!

The pop culture phenomenon kicks off Sunday on the Discovery Channel at 8 p.m. ET. Among the many hours of deliciously dangerous shark programming, legendary boxer Mike Tyson will go head-to-head with one of the ocean’s top predators in “Tyson Vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef.” (Don’t worry, no sharks — or athletes — were harmed.)


New to Netflix this week

Check out the final season of “High Seas,” a Spanish mystery period telenovela aboard a luxury ship. Season 3 — released on Netflix August 7 — has Eva attempting to hunt down a scientist who’s developing a deadly virus he plans to release on the ship.


If telenovelas aren’t your thing, check out “Tiny Creatures.” Released on August 7, these cute and furry ducks and mice are among the adorable critters that star in this nature documentary series.

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Because it’s August, enjoy roaming around the world with this 1989 B-52s song, since some of us — who aren’t back in school — are wishing we could. (Click here to rock out)


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