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Photo: CLAUS BJOERN LARSEN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images

Designers in Denmark this week finished constructing the world's tallest sandcastle, standing approximately 69 feet tall, the Guardian reports.

State of play: The castle — for which designers used close to 5,000 pounds of sand — is more than 9 feet taller than the structure built in Germany in 2019, which previously held the title.

  • The sandcastle was created by Wilfred Stijger, who received help from 30 of the world's greatest-known sand sculptors. Stijger said the castle represented "the power the coronavirus has had over the world since the beginning of the pandemic," the Guardian writes.
  • The top of the castle has a replica of the coronavirus wearing a crown.

Details: The sandcastle is made up of 10% clay and a layer of glue to ensure that it can remain upright throughout fall and winter weather conditions.

What to watch: It is expected to remain standing until next February or March, per the Guardian.

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Trump's Republican critics rake in cash

Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger during the first Jan. 6 hearing. Photo: Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images

Republican critics of Donald Trump have raked in campaign cash this year as their votes to impeach the former president and investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack have put them in the crosshairs of Trump and his allies.

Why it matters: The 2022 midterms won't just determine which party controls Congress. They're also shaping up to be a test of Trump's continued hold on the GOP. The few remaining Republican dissenters in Washington need to put up big fundraising numbers if they hope to stave off a purge.

The Republicans' mixed mandate message

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Republicans have expressed selective rage amid the rise of the Delta variant: They rail against the return of indoor masking but are far less vocal about vaccine requirements.

Why it matters: Masking may help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, but the real solution to the pandemic is getting more Americans vaccinated. Increased support for that — including the use of heavier-handed methods like mandates — will only increase its chance of succeeding.

Mitch’s Sinema secret

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is urging his fellow Republicans to buck up Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — a Democrat, sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Republicans view Sinema and her moderate Democratic colleague Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia as their last line of defense against sweeping progressive laws — ranging from a $3.5 trillion social welfare bill to potentially irreversible structural changes like eliminating the filibuster and adding new states to the union.