April 24, 2013 |
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Bagpipes wailed, law enforcement badges were striped in black, and a squadron of state police helicopters flew by as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and hundreds of officers from around the country paid their respects Wednesday to Sean Collier, one of their own. At an outdoor memorial service for the 27-year-old campus police officer, Vice President Joe Biden called the brothers accused of killing Collier and detonating the...
April 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has called officials in Boston to offer “whatever assistance is necessary” to investigate and respond to the deadly bomb blasts Monday and plans to speak publicly on the incident this evening, a senior White House official said. Shortly after hearing of the bombs just minutes after they went off, Obama called the Boston mayor and Massachusetts governor to express his concern for the injured to “make clear that his administration is ready to provide needed support,” the official said.
March 21, 2013 |
Vice President Joe Biden, seeking to reinvigorate slowing momentum for gun control legislation, urged Congress on Thursday to be courageous in supporting new laws and insisted that the political risks of supporting such laws were overblown. Biden appeared at New York City Hall with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, an ardent advocate for tougher gun laws, as well as families who lost loved ones in the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. “It's time for the political establishment to show the courage your daughter showed,” Biden said, addressing the family of Lauren Rousseau, a permanent substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who was killed trying to protect her students.
March 12, 2013 |
First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck were among a high-powered roster of public figures whose personal and financial information was posted on the Internet. The data, which include purported home addresses, Social Security numbers, phone numbers and credit reports, appeared on a website that seemed to originate in Russia. The Secret Service and the FBI said Tuesday that they were opening investigations, and President Obama confirmed the apparent breach.
March 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Put some 650 political reporters, high-ranking government officials and their friends in a hotel ballroom for dinner, and, if nothing else, you get a good indicator of the conventional wisdom in the capital. Some years, one of the joke-telling speakers at the Gridiron Club's annual dinner wows the crowd with wit or poise, boosting his or her standing. Barack Obama did that as a senator. This time, though, the big winner appears to have been a man who wasn't there -- Vice President Joe Biden.
March 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama is “not bluffing” when he vows that he will not allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday in a speech that put a heavy emphasis on winning consensus on that view from the rest of the world. Speaking to supporters of Israel, Biden reiterated that “all options, including military force” are on the table as the U.S. works to prevent Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons. “We are not looking for war,” Biden told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at a policy conference.
February 11, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA - Vice President Joe Biden told regional law enforcement officials here Monday that new laws are necessary to curb gun violence and he pledged to take the message to small town America. “If we can save the life of one single person, one child, without any impact on an individual's constitutional right, then why in God's name should we not do that?” Biden said at a round-table discussion. “We're going to be judged very harshly if we don't.” Among those attending was Christine Dunning, police chief in Wilmington, Del., Biden's hometown.
January 25, 2013 |
RICHMOND, Va. - With Congress set to launch a debate over stricter gun control measures next week, Vice President Joe Biden took the administration's sales pitch on the road Friday, citing "an obligation to act" to reduce gun violence. Biden, who has led the White House response to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, said the nation was shaken by the massacre of 20 first-graders and called the episode "a window into the vulnerability people feel about their safety and the safety of their children.
January 25, 2013 |
RICHMOND, Va. -- Vice President Joe Biden took the White House's efforts to enact sweeping new gun proposals to the heart of Virginia on Friday, vowing to continue traveling the country to press the administration's case for immediate action in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. “We cannot remain silent as a country,” Biden said after a round table discussion with officials from Virginia Tech University that centered on improvements in the background check system after a deadly shooting massacre there, as well as addressing the role of mental health in gun violence.
January 22, 2013 |
Is Joe Biden married to a physician? You might have gotten that impression while watching television coverage of the inauguration. “Dr.” Jill Biden's doctorate is in education, yet word obviously has been sent out from the White House that she should be accorded the honorific that appears on her White House biography . The vice president's wife thus joins the select group of non-medicos who are routinely referred to as “Dr.” in...