October 13, 2019

With her two wins on Sunday, Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history.

Biles took home two gold medals — one for the balance beam and the other for her floor exercise — and now has 25 World Championship medals. Earlier in the competition, she won gold in the team competition, all-around and vault; she came in fifth on the uneven bars. The 22-year-old's Sunday wins put her ahead of Vitaly Scherbo, who earned the previous record of 23 world medals during the 1990s.

Biles' floor performance was so outstanding, with a triple-twisting double back, she earned a score of 15.133, one point higher than the second-place finisher, U.S. gymnast Sunisa Lee. Catherine Garcia

May 28, 2019

Pandas are already hard to come across, with fewer than 2,000 in the wild, and researchers in China were stunned when an infrared camera captured the rarest one of all.

The Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan installed the camera in December in order to keep tabs on wildlife. The reserve released a photo over the weekend that was taken in April, showing an albino giant panda walking through the forest. Never before has an albino panda been captured on camera, and scientists are taking a close look at the image. They can't tell if the panda is male or female, but it does look to be about one or two years old and "physically strong, with a steady gait."

Albinism causes partial or complete loss of pigmentation in the skin, eyes, and hair, and researchers say it appears the recessive gene that causes albinism can be found in the bears near Wolong, The Guardian reports. Now, they want to study the bear and any offspring it may have, and will install more infrared cameras in hopes of seeing it again. "If we can capture the next generation, the research value will be even greater," researchers said. Catherine Garcia

September 7, 2017

President Trump's surprise acceptance Wednesday of an offer from the top congressional Democrats, Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), to tie $7.8 billion in aid for Hurricane Harvey victims to a three-month increase in the debt ceiling and similar-length government-funding package may have averted some messy fights in September, but it has also roiled Washington. Jonathan Swan at Axios dubbed it the day "Trump played Democratic Party president," while Republicans "seethed privately" about having to vote on the debt ceiling so soon and giving Democrats so much leverage, Politico reports.

"A three-month debt ceiling? Why not do a daily debt ceiling?" Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) told Politico, mocking Trump. "He's the best deal-maker ever. Don't you know? I mean, he's got a book out!" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he didn't like the deal but would support it, saying of his relationship with Trump: "It's fine. ... Everything's fine." A GOP source on Capitol Hill told Politico that the White House apologized to GOP leaders for Trump going rogue, and a House Republican allied with House Speaker Paul Ryan complained, "Trump has got to start caring more about his colleagues over here."

Lou Dobbs, a solid Trump supporter at Fox Business, disagreed. On Wednesday's Lou Dobbs Tonight, he celebrated the metaphorical "death of a RINO," Ryan, criticizing the House speaker's "obsequious deference to corporate lobbyists and unbridled hostility toward President Trump." Trump "not only took RINO Ryan to the woodshed," Dobbs said, he eliminated the need for any Republican to ever pretend Ryan is "a real Republican in any way" or that "any RINO has a political future after Mr. Trump simply booted the hapless fool of a speaker out of the way of those trying to get the nation's business done." He went on to congratulate Schumer and Pelosi for having "calmed themselves" and toned down their rhetoric about Trump, allowing them to work with the president to "expose" Ryan as a do-nothing flop.

If that's the general takeaway from the Trump-friendly media — Sean Hannity spent Wednesday night talking about Hillary Clinton and DACA — these strange times we live in just got a little weirder. Peter Weber

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