From the new Gillette ad and Trump's fast-food buffet to furloughed government workers, there were plenty of stories to keep up with this week.
Gillette, the men and women's razor brand, released a new ad Monday telling men to stand up to toxic masculinity with the message "The Best a Man Can Be," a twist on the brand's traditional slogan, "The Best a Man Can Get."
Although polls show that the ad has generally been received favorably, it has also been met with backlash. Critics say it's not the place of the company to get political and have thrown away all their Gillette products.
The government shutdown is reaching the end of its fourth week and has set the record for the longest shutdown yet.
Government workers are still going without pay, and both Democrats and Republicans are holding firm in their positions, as is President Donald Trump, who is asking for funding for the border wall between Mexico and the United States.
The White House hosted the national champion Clemson Tigers college football team for dinner Monday night. Team members were welcomed with a fast-food buffet, which Trump claims to have paid for since the White House kitchen is closed during the shutdown.
Trump later tweeted that there were "over 1000 hamberders." They typo went viral, and the tweet was later reposted without it.
In Britain, the Brexit stalemate continues. British Prime Minister Theresa May's European Union divorce deal was rejected by parliament.
May then narrowly defeated a no-confidence vote. Many commentators say she is in a bind, since her Conservative Party supporters don't think the deal was strict enough, while opposers think it was strict enough.
The next Brexit blueprint is set to be published Monday, Jan 29.
Campaigns for the 2020 election are gearing up, and lots of talk surrounds the Democratic Party's potentially large number of candidates.