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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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No White House trick or treating this Halloween

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One on Oct. 22. Photo: Leigh Vogel/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will not be at the White House on Halloween to hand out candy to trick or treaters this year, according to Michael LaRosa, the first lady's press secretary.

Driving the news: The Bidens will be in Rome for the G20 summit, which takes place Oct. 30-31.

"Build Back Better" goes global

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President Biden's "Build Back Better" mantra is about to take the global stage at the G20 summit in Rome.

The big picture: The global debate awaiting Biden in Rome has a lot in common with the debate he's leaving behind in Washington: whether and how to undertake a major economic restructuring with climate change and social equity at the forefront.

State Department orders evacuation of U.S. diplomats' families from Ukraine

From left, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Chargés d'Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv. Photo: Yevhen Liubimov/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Department will begin evacuating families and non-essential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory released Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten embassy's ability to assist Americans.