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Team USA's players celebrate their victory in their women's gold medal volleyball match against Brazil during the Olympic Games at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP via Getty Images

πŸ₯‡: U.S. clinches top Olympic gold spot after women's indoor volleyball team win

πŸ€: U.S. women's basketball scores 7th straight Olympic gold medal

πŸš΄β€β™€οΈ: American Jennifer Valente wins final women's cycling gold of Tokyo Games

πŸ€ΈπŸΏβ€β™€οΈ: Biden lauds Biles for mental health "courage," praises Team USA in virtual meeting β€” Poll: Americans care about Olympians' mental health

🐎: Germany's modern pentathlon coach disqualified from Games for punching horse

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Data: International Olympic Committee; Chart: Connor Rothschild/Axios

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Sep 8, 2021 - Sports

IOC suspends North Korea from Beijing Olympics

Members of the North Korean delegation look on from the stands ahead of the figure skating gala event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo: Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

The International Olympic Committee announced Wednesday that it has suspended North Korea from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after the country chose not to participate in this year's Tokyo Games due to the pandemic.

Why it matters: Although the decision will have "little immediate impact," it could prove consequential in shaping other political boycotts of future Olympic games, the Wall Street Journal noted.

Stock buybacks boom as corporate cash piles grow

The Delta variant is keeping more companies cautious about how to invest the mountains of cash they have at their disposal. That hesitancy has led, in part, to corporate spending on stock buybacks outpacing capital expenditures this year.Β 

Why it matters: Companies hoarded cash and raised prices over the past year β€” leaving them with a lot of money and decisions about what to do with it.

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Health policies at stake in Democrats' infrastructure bet

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Democrats are at a pivotal moment in their quest to expand health care coverage, slash the cost of prescription drugs and create a social structure that prioritizes people's health.

Driving the news: Democrats have a clear list of health care priorities they'll be fighting for this week. Among them is a measure to expand Medicare to cover dental, vision and hearing benefits.