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Jill Biden congratulates U.S. women 3x3 basketball team after the first round 3x3 basketball match. Photo: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

First lady Jill Biden attended three Olympic events on Saturday and hosted a watch party at the U.S. Embassy for the Team USA-Mexico softball game.

Driving the news: On her first day as a spectator at the Games, Biden attended a women's 3x3 basketball game, cheered on American swimmers during preliminary heats and caught the second half of the U.S. women's soccer game against New Zealand.

  • "I’m really excited for this game, aren’t you? As you can see I’m all decked out,” Biden said at the watch party before the softball game, adding she felt like a kid on the first day of school, per a pool reporter.
  • Biden was seated one row behind French President Emmanuel Macron during the women's 3x3 basketball game at the sport's Olympic debut, where the Americans pulled out an upset victory.
  • On her first solo international trip, a masked Biden donned the official Team USA uniform, per People.
A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

What she's saying: At the U.S. Embassy watch party, Biden spoke to embassy staff, thanking them for moving around the world to follow their family members' careers.

  • "When I look at all of you, I feel so much hope. Through turmoil and uncertainty you’ve never let go of your passion for this work,” she said.
"We’re going to show the world what the United States can achieve when we are guided by heart and hope and diplomacy. Or as my husband has said, we lead by the power of our example, not the example of our power."

Go deeper: Jill Biden to Team USA: "What an honor it is to watch you soar"

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Biden calls GOP governors "cavalier" for resisting vaccine requirements

President Biden speaks about coronavirus protections in schools during a visit to Brookland Middle School in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday accused some Republican governors of being "cavalier" with children's health for resisting calls for implementing widespread coronavirus vaccine requirements.

Driving the news: Several Republican governors and the Republican National Committee on Thursday vowed to take the Biden administration to court over the president's plan to mandate COVID-19 vaccination or testing for more than 80 million private-sector employees.

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Engineer Sandra Cuéllar is one of many Colombians who've gone missing or been killed for their environmental activism. Photo: Luis Robayo/AFP via Getty Images

Latin America and the Caribbean is the deadliest region for environmental defenders, a violent record that has global repercussions.

Why it matters: The region has several of the most biodiverse areas of the planet, but they are constantly threatened by logging, mining or aquifer overexploitation.

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Senate offices closing ahead of "Justice for J6" demonstration

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Multiple congressional offices will be closed Friday amid security precautions ahead of Saturday's rally in support of jailed Jan. 6 rioters, aides who have been instructed to work remotely tell Axios.

Why it matters: As the U.S. Capitol faces its first large-scale security test since the deadly attack, House and Senate offices are taking precautionary measures to protect staff as well as lawmakers.