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Government workers protest the shutdown in Chicago. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday to provide backpay to federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown.

"I had an opportunity to talk to President Trump a moment ago and wanted to indicate to our colleagues that he will sign the bill that we've been discussing here to guarantee that government workers displaced as a result of the shut down will ultimately be compensated"
โ€” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Why it matters: This will provide some level of assurance to federal employees who are working during the shutdown that they will eventually be paid, but it doesn't erase the difficulties they may face paying off bills or loans. And on the 20th day of the shutdown, there is still no end in sight.

Go deeper: All the ways Americans are feeling the effects of the shutdown

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Olympics dashboard

Katie Ledecky in Tokyo. Photo: Ding Xu/Xinhua via Getty Images

๐Ÿ›‘: Simone Biles won't compete in individual vault or uneven bars

๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ: Katie Ledecky wins gold in women's 800m freestyle

๐ŸŠ: Caeleb Dressel breaks world record in men's 100m butterfly, 3rd gold

๐Ÿ—“: The Olympic events to watch today

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง: Britain wins gold in first-ever Olympic mixed 4x100m medley relay

๐ŸŽพ: Novak Djokovic defeated in Olympic semi-finals

๐Ÿ’ป: Japan tests teleporting games and "remote cheering"

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Simone Biles won't compete in individual vault or uneven bars Olympic finals

Photo: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

Simone Biles will not compete in theย individual vault or uneven bars finals at the Tokyo Olympics, USA Gymnastics announced Friday.

Why it matters: USA Gymnastics said Biles, who previously withdrew from the individual all-around and team finals to prioritize her mental health, will continue to be evaluated to determine if she'll compete in the balance beam or floor exercise events.

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American Katie Ledecky wins Olympic gold in women's 800m freestyle

USA's Katie Ledecky reacts after taking gold in the final of the women's 800m freestyle race. Photo: Odd Anderson/AFP via Getty Images

American superstar swimmer Katie Ledecky grabbed her second gold medal of this year's Olympic Games, winning the women's 800-meter freestyle race Saturday in Tokyo.

Driving the news: Ledecky, who holds the world record in the 800m freestyle, is considered one of the best women swimmers of all time. Saturday's final marks her third straight Olympic gold in the event.