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President Trump boarding AF1. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

It's only his fourth day on the job as the White House's de-facto communications director — he was just announced as President Trump's deputy chief of staff for communications — and former Fox News executive Bill Shine will ride on Air Force One with Trump to his Montana rally tonight, per a White House official familiar with the hiring process.

Why it matters: By bringing Shine to Montana, Trump could easily veer off-script and instead make the rally — which is supposed to be about GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale — about himself and his new hire.

A source close to Donald Trump Jr. told Axios' Jonathan Swan that Don Jr. is also planning to attend the rally and will give a speech about Rosendale. He recently raised $130,000 for Rosendale at a GOP fundraiser.

Shine is perfect for this event. All of President Trump's rallies since taking office have been television-worthy — something Shine knows a lot about producing.

  • He's the president's latest staff pick who doesn't have previous political experience, but who aligns with him personally — NYT notes he is close with Kellyanne Conway and Mercedes Schlapp, two women in Trump's inner circle.

The bottom line: He's diving into the job head-first. Riding on Air Force One with the president this early into the gig is a clear sign of their mutual allegiance.

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Simone Biles won't compete in individual vault or uneven bars Olympic finals

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Simone Biles will not compete in the individual vault or uneven bars finals at the Tokyo Olympics, USA Gymnastics announced Friday.

Why it matters: USA Gymnastics said Biles, who previously withdrew from the individual all-around and team finals to prioritize her mental health, will continue to be evaluated to determine if she'll compete in the balance beam or floor exercise events.

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American Katie Ledecky wins Olympic gold in women's 800m freestyle

USA's Katie Ledecky reacts after taking gold in the final of the women's 800m freestyle race. Photo: Odd Anderson/AFP via Getty Images

American superstar swimmer Katie Ledecky grabbed her second gold medal of this year's Olympic Games, winning the women's 800-meter freestyle race Saturday in Tokyo.

Driving the news: Ledecky, who holds the world record in the 800m freestyle, is considered one of the best women swimmers of all time. Saturday's final marks her third straight Olympic gold in the event.

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Caeleb Dressel breaks world record in men's 100m butterfly, wins 3rd gold in Tokyo

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American swimmer Caeleb Dressel broke the world record in the men's 100-meter butterfly final in Tokyo on Saturday, picking up his third gold medal of this year's Games.

The big picture: Dressel finished with a time of 49.45 seconds. Hungary's Kristóf Milák won the silver, and Switzerland's Noe Ponti took the bronze.