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President Biden and first lady Jill Biden. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

First lady Jill Biden is embarking on a solo Pacific tour Wednesday, leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympics in Tokyo between domestic stops in Alaska and Hawaii.

Why it matters: This is Biden's first solo trip abroad as first lady. She has had an aggressive domestic travel schedule in support of her husband's administration.

  • The first lady's show of support for U.S. athletes comes after Japanese officials said the Games will be held without spectators due to a COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo. The head of the Tokyo Games said Tuesday they may still be cancelled.
  • President Biden will not be attending the Olympics.

Zoom in: The first lady's stops in Alaska and Hawaii are part of a continued effort by the Biden administration to encourage Americans to get vaccinated.

  • Biden will visit Alaska first on Wednesday, where she will greet military and veteran families before visiting the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.
  • The first lady will head to Honolulu after Tokyo, where she will visit a vaccination clinic at a local high school.
  • Both points are common refueling destinations for U.S. government aircraft.

Jill Biden will be in Japan for three days beginning Thursday. Her schedule includes dinner with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife at Akasaka Palace, and a meeting with Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace.

  • Biden will attend the opening ceremonies at the Olympic Stadium on Friday evening while "following strict protocols and precautions" set by the White House COVID team, the Japanese government and the Olympics, her office said.
  • On Saturday, she will dedicate a room in the chief of mission residence in Japan to the late founding president of the U.S.-Japan Council Irene Hirano Inouye, and her husband, the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.
  • Later, she'll host a U.S. vs. Mexico softball watch party with Foreign Service officers and their families at the U.S. Embassy.

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Jul 20, 2021 - Sports

Olympics set to open in sweltering heat

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The Tokyo Games are set to open amid high temperatures and humidity and a chance of typhoons, forcing organizers to deploy cooling stations around venues, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: While some outdoor events were moved to the cooler northern city of Sapporo, organizers are worried about heat-related illnesses occurring among athletes and staff who haven't become acclimated to Tokyo's muggy summers.

Jul 20, 2021 - Sports

Deaf-blind Paralympian quits Team USA after being told she can't bring assistant

Becca Meyers competes in the 200m Individual Medley finals during day 3 of the 2021 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Trials. Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Becca Meyers, a six-time Paralympic medalist who is blind and deaf, withdrew from Team USA this weekend after being told that she could not bring her mother and personal care assistant (PCA) to Tokyo to help her navigate the Games, per the Washington Post.

Driving the news: Meyers, who would have had a chance to medal in four events at the Tokyo Paralympics, per Yahoo!, said the decision to leave the team was "difficult," but she needed "to say something to effect change, because this can’t go on any longer."

Pelosi says it's her "plan" to appoint GOP Rep. Kinzinger to Jan. 6 committee

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that it is her "plan" to appoint Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) to the House select committee investigating the deadly Jan 6. Capitol riots.

Why it matters: Pelosi's statement to ABC's "This Week" comes after she rejected two of the five Republican appointments offered by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).