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Bad news if you’re looking for a new ride: High car prices are probably here to stay. Things were supposed to get better, but worldwide parts shortages and pandemic-related plant shutdowns have slowed down the auto industry’s recovery. Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart. 

By AJ Willingham

the weekend that was Over 50 million people in the US Northeast are under extreme weather warnings Sunday from Tropical Storm Henri. (Sign up for the CNN Weather Alerts newsletter here.) A conservative radio host who had questioned the necessity of Covid-19 vaccines died Saturday at age 61. An Afghan woman delivered a baby girl Saturday aboard a US military evacuation flight, the Air Force said. Witnesses at R. Kelly’s criminal trial described his strict, controlling orders as “Rob’s rules.” The “We Love NYC” concert in Central Park was cut short due to lightning. These were some of the best moments. the week ahead

Vice President Kamala Harris is visiting Singapore and Vietnam this week, becoming the highest-ranking Biden administration official to visit Asia so far. What was supposed to be a relatively straightforward foreign policy trip has taken on new meaning with the crisis unfolding in Afghanistan, and she’ll face pressure to convince the US’ South Asian allies that the US is committed and capable of successful long-term relations. 



G7 leaders will hold a virtual meeting on Monday to discuss how to coordinate an approach to the situation in Afghanistan, including ways to support humanitarian assistance and refugees. The meeting was called after President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke last week about the crisis. 



The Tokyo Paralympic Games begin Tuesday and will run through August 4. The games will feature more than 500 events across 21 sports, but will go on without spectators as Japan continues to battle Covid-19 outbreaks. You can view a full schedule of events here

Kathy Hochul will be sworn in as New York’s new governor on Tuesday following the resignation of Andrew Cuomo. She will be the first woman to serve as the state’s chief executive. Cuomo is facing widespread scrutiny following a report from his state’s attorney general that found he had sexually harassed 11 women. 



India’s High Court will hear petitions seeking the legal recognition of same-sex marriages on Friday. Same-sex marriages are currently not recognized in India, and neither are same-sex civil unions or domestic partnerships. Consensual gay sex was decriminalized in India in 2018



Activists and advocates will gather for a march in Washington, DC, on Saturday to demand Congress pass voting rights legislation. The march coincides with the 58th anniversary of the historic March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

what’s happening in sports


California honors a legend on Tuesday

August 24 marks Kobe Bryant day in California in honor of the NBA legend who was killed along with eight others in a helicopter crash in January 2020. The date was chosen as a reference to the two numbers Bryant wore during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers: 8 and 24. 


The MLS All-Star Game is on WednesdayThe best of Major League Soccer will take on the Liga MX All-Stars at 9:30 p.m. ET in Los Angeles. For those out of the soccer loop, these are the two best domestic leagues in North America. But who is the best of the best? We’ll see.


what’s happening in entertainment


‘Jeopardy!’ is still on the host hunt

Mike Richards stepped down from the host role after a single taping as offensive comments from his past began to surface. The iconic game show is reverting to guest hosts for the time being, but Richards is reportedly staying on as the show’s executive producer, a position he’s held since 2020. 


photos of the week

Credit: Vatican Media/Reuters

Pope Francis plays table football, aka foosball, during his weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday, August 18. The table was gifted to him by Sport Toscana Calcio Balilla, a table football association based in Altopascio, Italy.

Take a look at 30 amazing, moving, thought-provoking images from the week that was, curated by CNN Photos. 


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Let’s hear it for the legendsEvery once in a while you’ll stumble across a recording or performance that’s so cool it feels like holding a crown jewel in your hand. Then again, it’s hard to beat the cool of Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams (aka THE Lando Calrissian) singing “You’ve Got What It Takes.” (Click here to enjoy the groove.)

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