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Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that it distributed over $1.5 billion in rental assistance across the country in June before the national moratorium on evictions expires July 31.

Why it matters: The number of households assisted in June grew by almost 85% over the previous month and nearly tripled since April. But, in some states and cities, funds still aren't flowing fast enough to renters and landlords who don't have the infrastructure in place.

The big picture: The Treasury Department attributes the 85% growth in rental assistance to local communities who've established a system for handling the money to distribute it quickly.

  •  In June, 290,000 households were served, up from 160,000 served in May and approximately 100,000 in April.

What's next: The Treasury Department will participate in the White House's second virtual convening on eviction prevention with over 2,000 local officials, landlord and tenant advocates, legal experts and more. Speakers at the summit will answer questions and raise awareness about emergency rental assistance.

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Jeff Bezos' flight into space generated more interest from the public than Richard Branson's, and both billionaires overshadowed their respective space companies.

Why it matters: Data shows an outsized public interest in the personalities at the center of the space trips, compared to the companies behind them — which could reinforce public suspicion that the ventures were partly vanity plays.

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Chase Kalisz of Team United States celebrates after winning the Men's 400m Individual Medley Final on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Swimmer Chase Kalisz became on Sunday the first Team USA Olympian to win gold at the Tokyo Games.

The big picture: The Rio 2016 silver medalist's winning time in the men's 400 meters Individual Medley Final was 4 minutes 9.42 seconds. His teammate Jay Litherland took silver .86 seconds later.

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