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October 4, 2008 | Michael Finnegan
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."
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August 28, 2008 | Chuck Neubauer and Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writers
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.
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