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What’s going on today:
- China steps up its silo game. US scientists discover a massive field of nuclear silos in China, signaling a significant nuclear expansion in the country. About 250 nuclear silos are under construction in China, and if these were all loaded, Chinese ICBMs could have more than 875 warheads from the current 185.
- We’re back on top (unfortunately). The US once again surpassed India for highest number of daily COVID-19 cases, the first time since vaccines were made widely available. Because of the Delta variant and vaccination resistance, the US became the country with the highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases once again this week.
- Don’t try this at home. An influencer went viral for posting a video that looked like he died after jumping in front of a train. Then police arrested him and accused him of faking his own death for clout. Irfan Khan, 28, was arrested and slapped with charges including endangering his own life, being a public nuisance, and trespassing.
- Wish we were there. Lydia Jacoby’s upset win in Olympics swimming sent a hangar full of Alaskan high schoolers into hysteria. Fans cheering on Jacoby back home in Alaska were losing their minds as the 17-year-old’s stunning swim ended in gold medal glory.
- He also once had his son portray Jesus nailed to a cross. A Tennessee pastor has threatened to kick mask-wearing churchgoers from his congregation. Pastor Greg Locke is known for preaching to his Nashville congregation that COVID is fake and vaccines are a scam.
What a difference two years can make. Philippines’ first Olympic gold medalist was once accused of plotting to overthrow the president, but the man who accused her is now thanking her for winning. Hidilyn Diaz became the first gold medalist for the Philippines on Monday, but she was linked to a plot to oust her country’s president two years ago.
That’s all for now. See you tomorrow.