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'It Got Me': Biden Tangles with a Rogue Cicada as He Heads to Tangle with Putin

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When Joe Biden was about to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to commence his first trip abroad as president, he was left powerless as an armada of cicadas pounced on him and his staff.

According to The New York Times, the flying insects invaded the plane’s engines, forcing it to remain grounded until five hours after the planned departure Wednesday.

Only until a new pilot and plane could be acquired did the president and a legion of journalists have the chance to escape the wrath of the cloud of Brood X cicadas roaming the region.

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This was expected, nonetheless. In recent weeks, billions of the 17-year cicadas have been flying across Maryland, D.C. and the surrounding area, mustering enough density to show up on weather radar.

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In the brief incursion with Biden, the lot of cicadas can be observed taking an interest in the president.

“Watch out for the cicadas. I just got one — it got me,” Biden said to reporters.

Biden plans to travel to the United Kingdom, Belgium and Switzerland during the trip. According to a White House statement, the European trip “will highlight America’s commitment to restoring our alliance, revitalizing the Transatlantic relationship, and working in close cooperation with our allies.”

The president was to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday and then the G-7 summit in Cornwall, United Kingdom. The G7 is expected to address challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, economic recovery and climate change.

At the height of significance, however, Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday.

The two leaders, at this point, are quite comfortable with one another.

When they first met in 2011, Biden told Putin, then Russia’s prime minister, “I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul,” according to The New Yorker.

The topical meeting is expected to garner little substantive agreement. However, the stakes remain high.

Biden campaigned on policies that did not look to reinvigorate Washington’s relations with the Kremlin. During the meeting, the president is expected to reproach Putin on a variety of issues that he says violate or threaten U.S. interests.

Washington views the Kremlin’s military support for pro-Russian fighters in Ukraine, along with the nation’s attempts to diminish the West’s international influence and undermine its regional and national security, as its core grievances against Moscow.

The expectation that the two sides can find mutual agreement on anything remains low. Neither side is expected to remain tolerant or open to the interests of the other.

Biden and Putin ought to, at the very least, ascertain on which common and strategic interests the two nations agree.

Biden will also meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss an array of bilateral issues, in addition to the president’s participation in the NATO Summit on Monday.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Tyranny: Concerned Parents Arrested After School Board Cuts Off Comments on Trans, CRT Policies

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Two Virginia parents protesting critical race theory and transgender policy proposals at their children’s schools were arrested Tuesday during a meeting of the Loudoun County School Board. The public comment session was held so parents could voice their concerns over the teaching of CRT as well as a new policy on “transgender and gender-expansive students.” Instead, the board ended the meeting midway and two parents were arrested. Two arrests made at the Loudoun County, Virginia school board meeting after it was declared an unlawful assembly and some parents here to protest against critical race theory and a transgender policy refused to leave right away #CriticalRaceTheory pic.twitter.com/dsZDrqJ0Gp — Gabriella Borter (@gabriellaborter) June 22, 2021 A total of 259 people had signed up to offer public comments, but the meeting was shut down after just 51 had spoken, according to Fox News. Ian Prior, a father of two students and a spokesman for the parent advocacy group Fight for Schools, slammed the board for refusing to allow parents to have a say in how their children are educated on controversial topics such as critical race theory and transgenderism. Prior told Fox News that it’s imperative for parents to “get a seat at the table” to help shape what their children learn in the classroom. Otherwise, schools become vehicles for the mass brainwashing of children with destructive left-wing propaganda. https://youtu.be/AntKpOTq0Fc The brouhaha at the Loudoun County School Board meeting came after former Republican state Sen. Dick Black slammed the board for suspending teacher Tanner Cross in May for stating at a school board meeting that he doesn’t believe “a biological boy can be a girl and vice-versa.” Two weeks ago, a judge ordered Cross’ school to reinstate him, saying his statements were constitutionally protected free speech under the First Amendment. After…

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Confirmed: Disguised Leftists Infiltrated Trump Crowd on Jan. 6, Said They Told FBI How to Infiltrate MAGA

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Recently released videos prove what conservatives have been saying for months now: Trump supporters were not the only ones at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Two leftists infiltrated the Jan. 6 mob that stormed the Capitol and later said they told the FBI how to “infiltrate Trump rallies.” The two men are Walter Masterson and Peter Scattini and a quick look skim through their respective Twitter feeds shows that they are, indeed, leftists. It’s been stoked by the media & by the president. It goes beyond institutional distrust & disgust. So many are painting these protestors as a monolith, when in reality it was an amalgam of families, business owners & anarchists who believed they were fighting for “their” America — Peter Scattini (@jpscattini) January 7, 2021 COVID Nurse at the MAGA Rally does not believe in wearing a mask. pic.twitter.com/1SvKyFpPCf — Walter Masterson (@waltermasterson) December 13, 2020 Multiple videos on Scattini’s YouTube channel show him and Masterson — disguised as reporters from One America News Network — asking questions to a number of Trump supporters outside the Capitol on Jan. 6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6uCSMnHO7w&t=1556s An additional video blog posted on Feb. 17 features Scattini explaining how FBI agents approached the two men after their Jan. 6 stunt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WajJZZfoLXg “They introduced themselves as two agents of the FBI and one officer of the NYPD and asked if they could come inside and, of course, we said yes,” Scattini said. “We talked to them for about an hour, we are not in any trouble, but that was super weird.” “Walter is giving them tips on how to infiltrate Trump rallies.” This lines up with a recent assertion made by Fox News personality Tucker Carlson that the FBI had agents on the inside during the Jan. 6 incursion. “Strangely, some of the key people who…

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