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Caeleb Dressel in Tokyo. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

American swimmer Caeleb Dressel snagged his second gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics Thursday, winning the men's 100-meter freestyle race and setting a new Olympic record.

The big picture: It's his first individual Olympic gold of his career. He won gold earlier this week in the men's 4x100m medley relay, and brought home two gold medals for relays in Rio.

  • He is set to swim in two more individual races and likely multiple relays in the coming days.
  • Australia's Kyle Chalmers won the silver in Thursday's 100m freestyle race and Russian Kliment Kolesnikov took the bronze.

Go deeper: Caeleb Dressel could join the ranks of Olympic swimming legends in Tokyo

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Tampa Bay makes a big splash in the Keys' Swim for Alligator Lighthouse

The Alligator Reef Lighthouse. Photo: Brenda Altmeier/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Tampa Bay dominated the Swim for Alligator Lighthouse over the weekend.

  • The 8-mile open-water swim in the waters of Islamorada raises college scholarship funds for Keys students interested in competitive swimming.
  • The yearly race also raises money to restore the 148-year-old Alligator Reef Lighthouse and other aging Keys lighthouses.

Our winners: Connor Signorin, 29, of Tampa, beat out more than 460 participants to finish in a little over three hours — 3:05:37, to be exact, per the AP.

  • Brooke Bennett, a three-time Olympic gold medalist from Clearwater, finished as the top woman at 3:19:20.
  • Andrew Lashlee and Robert Skaggs of Tampa were the fastest in the two-person relay division at 4:03:58.

House passes $768 billion defense spending bill

Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The House approved a $768 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2022 fiscal year in a bipartisan 316-113 vote on Thursday.

Why it matters: The annual bill, which authorizes Pentagon spending levels and guides policy for the department, would require women to register for the military draft, among other provisions.

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Republicans’ secret lobbying

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have been privately courting their Republican colleagues to pass the measure in the House.

Why it matters: House GOP leaders are actively urging their members to oppose the bill. The senators are working to undercut that effort as Monday shapes up as a do-or-die moment for the bipartisan bill.