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First lady Jill Biden at a June event in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

First lady Jill Biden will attend this week's 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Orlando, Florida, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.

Of note: The event has been running since 1925, but it was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

The big picture: Biden, the only first lady ever to hold a full-time teaching job, will "meet with the spellers and their families" just before the Bee's primetime finals on Thursday, the White House said.

  • "Dr. Biden previously attended the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals when it was held in Washington, DC.," the White House noted.

What to watch: The live telecast of the final round will air on ESPN2 on July 8.

Go deeper: Pay to play invades National Spelling Bee

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President Biden and Vice President Harris discuss notes from a meeting in March about COVID-19. Official White House Photo: Adam Schultz

President Biden and Vice President Harris have their own "Pete Souzas," and they're also working to create a visual archive of the new administration.

Why it matters: Photographers Adam Schultz, Lawrence Jackson and their colleagues have a number of social media sites that give a look at the president and vice president when the news media isn't present.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves to be removed after fires

A firefighter looks up at a giant sequoia tree after fire burned through the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, on Sept. 23. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

"Upwards of" 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.

Why it matters: The damage to these trees, considered "national treasures," and work to remove them means a nearby key highway must remain closed to visitors as they have "the potential to strike people, cars, other structures, or create barriers to emergency response services," per a statement from the national parks.