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President Biden during a White House event on Friday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Biden told U.S. Olympians during a virtual meeting Saturday evening that they "made me so damn proud" and invited the athletes to visit the White House in the fall.

Driving the news: "You handled yourself with such grace and such decency," Biden told the athletes, noting during the call from his home near Wilmington, Delaware, alongside first lady Jill Biden, they had to overcome disruptions like the pandemic, which delayed the Tokyo Olympic Games by a year.

Of note: Biden told gymnastics superstar Simone Biles that she "gave an example to everybody" when she withdrew from several events to prioritize her mental health.

  • "You had the courage to say, 'I need some help,'" Biden said.
  • "And guess what, by the way, you got back up on that damned beam!" the president added, referring to Biles' decision to compete in her final Tokyo Olympic Games event — which saw her win a bronze medal.

What she's saying: Biles noted during the Zoom call that her decision to focus on her mental health was "probably be one of my greatest accomplishments."

  • "If you would have asked me in my younger years I would have probably been too stubborn," Biles said. "But at that point I knew that I just had to take a step back, let the other girls go up and do their job and I’m very proud of the way the handled everything."

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President Biden received a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine booster shot on live television on Monday, while also urging Americans to get vaccinated.

Driving the news: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week recommended Pfizer booster shots for millions of people, including those 65 years and older and individuals at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

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Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.