January 26, 2010 |
In another blow to the Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, announced Monday that he would not seek to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by his father. Adding to the party's woes, Democratic Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas said he would retire, putting his seat up for grabs in an election year that looks increasingly favorable for the GOP. Biden, Delaware's attorney general, had been considered an obvious choice to fill the seat for that state. His announcement came as Democrats reel from last week's special-election loss in Massachusetts for the seat that had been held for decades by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
October 4, 2008 |
A day after the vice presidential debate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware took a break from the campaign Friday to bid farewell to a son leaving for military duty in Iraq. Delaware Atty. Gen. Beau Biden, 39, is a captain in the Army National Guard's 261st Signal Brigade, which leaves Sunday for a yearlong tour. The Democrats' vice presidential nominee, known for being talkative, said at the deployment ceremony that his son gave him sage advice: "Keep it short, Dad. We're in formation."
August 28, 2008 |
When Joe Biden's brother and son wanted to buy a hedge fund company two years ago, they turned for financing to a law firm that had lobbied the Delaware senator's office on an important piece of business in Congress -- and in fact had recently benefited from his vote. The firm promised James and Hunter Biden that it would invest $2 million, and quickly delivered half of it. That arrangement eventually fell through, and the firm's money was returned. But the investment highlighted the close ties between the Biden family and SimmonsCooper, an Illinois law firm that specializes in representing asbestos victims -- a multimillion-dollar line of business that was under threat in Congress.
July 5, 2009 |
Vice President Joe Biden marked the Fourth of July with his son and other American troops in Iraq, a day after warning Iraqi leaders that U.S. assistance will be jeopardized if the country reverts to ethnic and sectarian violence. Biden began Independence Day by greeting more than 200 U.S. soldiers from 59 countries who were becoming American citizens at a naturalization ceremony in a marble domed hall at one of Saddam Hussein's palaces at Camp Victory, the U.S. military headquarters on the outskirts of Baghdad.
February 11, 2013 |
An apparent domestic dispute overflowed into a deadly shooting in the lobby of a Wilmington, Del., courthouse that left three people dead and two injured, officials said. The attack came at about 8 a.m., when a gunman entered the New Castle County courthouse and opened fire on two women. Officers returned fire, Delaware State Police Sgt. Paul Shavack told reporters at an afternoon news conference. The two women were killed as was the gunman, Shavack said. Two police officers were taken to the hospital with injuries that were described as non-life-threatening.
November 2, 2010 |
After a campaign that became a political spectacle, Chris Coons has defeated "tea party" favorite Christine O'Donnell, retaining for Democrats the Delaware Senate seat once held for more than 36 years by Vice President Joe Biden. Christine O'Donnell's 15 minutes of political fame actually lasted roughly 50 days. It was seven weeks ago that she shocked the political world by defeating nine-term Rep. Michael N. Castle, also the state's former governor, in the Republican primary. That race was influenced, like several others this year, by outside groups such as the Tea Party Express and a late endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.