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The crisis at the border is beginning to take over the news cycle, pulling attention and coverage away from the COVID-19 vaccine.

The big picture: The crisis at the border has proven to be a prime post-Trump topic online, particularly for conservative media.

  • Nearly all (46) of the top 50 stories about the situation at the border in the last two weeks have come from conservative media, according to data from NewsWhip.
  • In March, Fox News has spent 5x more time covering the border than CNN and MSNBC, according to Stanford's TV Cable News Analyzer.

Details: In the past few weeks, the media has increased its coverage of immigration significantly, in some cases outpacing coverage of vaccines.

  • Mentions of articles discussing immigration among 100 of the most popular U.S. news sites surpassed mentions of articles discussing the vaccines, according to data from Signal AI, an AI-platform that measures article mentions.
  • “U.S. coverage for COVID-19 vaccines largely overshadowed immigration/border issues during December 2020 and January 2021," says Christos Fountas, Strategic Insights Analyst, Signal AI.
  • "However, news of Biden’s new rules for ICE caused a surge in coverage for immigration in early February 2021," he adds. "Coverage has continued to rise through February and March 2021, and is the highest it has ever been, largely driven by news on the ongoing migrant children crisis.

Be smart: The partisan nature of the border crisis is fueling engagement on social media broadly.

  • Stories about the border in the past two weeks have generated an average of 651 social media interactions, per NewsWhip.
  • By comparison, stories about vaccines have generated 182, the Atlanta spa shootings  generated 458 and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have generated 594 interactions per article.

What to watch: The media has been struggling to get access to facilities housing migrant children. Lawmakers from both parties have begun urging the Biden administration to grant the press more access.

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Updated 39 mins ago - Sports

U.S. swim team wins 6 Tokyo Olympics medals, including 1st gold

Chase Kalisz of Team United States celebrates after winning the Men's 400m Individual Medley Final on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Swimmer Chase Kalisz has become the first Team United States Olympian to win gold at the Tokyo Games.

The big picture: The Rio 2016 silver medalist's winning time in the men's 400 meters Individual Medley Final was 4 minutes 9.42 seconds. His teammate Jay Litherland took silver, .86 seconds behind him.

Golfer Bryson DeChambeau will miss Olympics after testing positive for COVID

Bryson DeChambeau of the United States on the 18th tee during Day Two of the 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club on July 16 in Sandwich, England. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Golfer Bryson DeChambeau has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Tokyo Olympic Games, USA Golf announced late Saturday.

What's happening: "Patrick Reed will replace DeChambeau and is undergoing the requisite testing protocol" Sunday and Monday before his expected departure for Japan, per a USA Golf statement.

In photos: Scenes from some of the worst fires raging in the U.S.

A home explodes into flames as the Dixie Fire rips through the Indian Falls neighborhood of unincorporated Plumas County, California, on July 24. The blaze started near the origin of the deadly 2018 Camp Fire and has churned burned over 185,000 acres. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Out-of-state crews went to Montana to tackle a wildfire that wounded five firefighters as Australia sent a large air tanker to help Californian firefighting efforts, as 88 large blazes raged in the U.S. Saturday.

The big picture: Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) tweeted his thanks to Utah and California for sending crews over the weekend, as the two states battle their own blazes. The Australian tanker arrived in Calif., this week, where Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) proclaimed a state of emergency for four northern counties Friday.

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