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Footage Shows Biden Reach for 'Flashcards' as Soon as Meeting with Putin Gets Underway

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President Joe Biden looked down at flashcards briefly on Wednesday while sitting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva ahead of what was expected to be a five-hour meeting.

Biden arrived in Geneva on Wednesday afternoon where Putin had been waiting. The president had spent the days prior to the meeting attending the G-7 summit and meeting with allies.

Biden and Putin shook hands upon meeting and also each spoke to the media prior to their closed-door sitdown, ABC News reported.

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“I think it’s always better to meet face to face, try to determine where we have mutual interest, cooperate,” Biden said, CNN reported.

Putin, after greeting Biden, thanked him for “the initiative to meet.”

“I know you’ve been on a long journey and have a lot of work,” the Russian leader told Biden. “Still the U.S. and Russia and U.S. relations have a lot of issues accumulated that require the highest-level meeting, and I hope that our meeting will be productive.”

As the pair sat down before reporters and with top aides, a video showed Biden reaching over to a table where he had what appeared to be prepared notes for the short Q&A alongside the Russian leader.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken was sitting to Biden’s right.

Biden is known to carry notes with him and often appears to follow strict guidelines for what he says and whom he speaks to. The 78-year-old sometimes breaks these guidelines and comments about them out loud in a jocular manner.

Beyond carrying apparent flashcards to an informal media moment alongside the head of one of the country’s largest geopolitical foes, Biden’s media sitdown also created another notable controversy.

The president nodded when a reporter asked him if he trusts Putin, which sent Biden’s communications director into damage control mode.

PBS “NewsHour” correspondent Yamiche Alcindor tweeted about the Biden question and answer.

“Reporter to President Biden: Do you trust Putin? Do you trust each other?” Alcindor tweeted. “President Biden looked directly at the reporter and nodded affirmatively.”

The tweet quickly drew a response from Biden aide Kate Bedingfield.

“It was a chaotic scrum with reporters shouting over each other. @POTUS was very clearly not responding to any one question, but nodding in acknowledgment to the press generally,” Bedingfield claimed.

“He said just two days ago in his presser: ‘verify, then trust,’” she added.

Biden has previously called Putin a “killer” and has claimed that as vice president a decade ago he looked into Putin’s eyes and told him he was missing a “soul.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Family Escapes Through 2nd-Story Window During Armed Standoff After Suspect Barricades Door: Report

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On July 25, in Auburn, Alabama, a man reportedly put his family, his neighborhood, first responders and himself in a very dangerous position. Calls came into the Auburn Police District around 7:00 p.m. reporting a domestic violence incident in the Camden Ridge Subdivision. When police arrived, the man reportedly began firing at them with a handgun. Police fired back, and the man retreated into the home, where he also had his family trapped in a room. Thanks to the police and fire department coming together and working smarter instead of harder, the situation was resolved without injury to the family members trapped upstairs. It was firefighter Andrew Kiser, Chief of Police Cedric Anderson and Shift Supervisor Lt. Cody Hill who were responsible for carrying out the daring rescue that helped bring the threat to an end. While the shooter refused to exit the house, the men carried a ladder to the house and set it up to reach one of the second-story windows, where they learned the man’s family had been trapped. While Anderson held the ladder steady, Hill climbed the ladder and Kiser assisted the family as they climbed out of the window. With the family out of the way, Lee County SWAT was able to enter the house and capture the suspect. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South after he was found to have sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound. “Auburn PD Alerts: Heavy Police Activity in the Camden Ridge Subdivision, in the area of Wedgewood Ct.,” a public safety alert for the area read, according to WRBL-TV. “The scene is secure at this time, NO ONGOING THREAT.” Auburn Assistant Police Chief Clarence Stewart praised the efforts of all involved, highlighting how each group present played an important role in…

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After Receiving Call About Blazing Attic Fire, Police Rescue Man Trapped Inside Smoke-Filled Bedroom

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A family in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, woke up just before midnight on Sunday and sensed something was wrong. They called 911 at around 11:38 p.m., reporting a “possible fire at the residence,” according to The Journal NJ. Officers Ryan Anzalone, Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante and Colin Murray with the Marlboro Township Police Department were first on the scene and quickly assessed the situation. They found smoke pouring out of the attic, but were relieved to see the family appeared to have exited the home. After a short time, though, the family realized one of their members was not with them, and was likely still trapped inside on the second floor. Gonzalez and Anzalone charged in and found the man, as described, in a bedroom on the second floor. By the time they got there, the room was “completely filled with smoke,” but they managed to rescue the resident. The fire department had a difficult time accessing the home due to the long, narrow driveway and a large landscaping rock. “While enroute Chief 2-66 was advised of heavy smoke from the attic,” the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1 posted on Facebook. “At the time the mutual aid response plan was put in place and the box alarm was requested to bring in initial assistance.” “Upon the arrival of 2-66 Chief advised the house was located down a 180 foot narrow driveway. Once engine 2-75 arrived there was trouble accessing the house due to a large ornamental boulder and trees. Members of the engine and police moved the 400lb boulder so the engine could get to the house and attack the fire. “As the incident progressed, the second alarm mutual aid plan was requested for this deep seated, hard to access attic fire.” The two officers who…

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