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August 20, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
Not counting rumors that Anthony Weiner's marriage has hit a rocky patch, it may be the worst-kept secret in politics: Joe Biden wants to be president. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the vice president's inner circle is swabbing the decks, battening down the hatches and hoisting the mainsails for USS Bidenpalooza 2016. "Everyone involved in his world," a Democratic official told the Journal, "is engaged in taking all the steps that make sense to prepare for a run, if he does run. " Biden's people are apparently willing to go for it even if the allegedly inevitable nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton, decides to run. Why is this happening?
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WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - Vice President Joe Biden on Monday embarked on a mission to show U.S. support for Ukraine's embattled interim leaders as pro-Russia gunmen took over more government buildings in eastern Ukraine and the Kremlin's top diplomat blamed Washington for the mounting crisis. Biden was to meet Tuesday with acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, as well as civil society leaders in Kiev, the capital, before flying back to Washington.
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NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Vice President Joe Biden appeared at the grand opening of Washington, D.C.'s first Costco Thursday morning, meeting with co-founder Jim Sinegal and CEO Craig Jelinek and most importantly, searching for pies. Biden, who re-activated his Costco membership yesterday, declared “I'm looking for pies” as soon as he got a cart, perusing the bakery's offerings while shoppers gathered around him. Biden, who also gathered a number of children's books intended for a charity in Delaware, resisted attempts by employees to bring him into the tire department,  saying “Hey man, I don't need tires.
NATIONAL
April 15, 2014 | By Alana Semuels, This post has been updated throughout with new developments.
BOSTON -- A memorial for the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings ended Tuesday with a thunderous speech from Vice President Joe Biden, who closed an afternoon highlighting remarks from bombing survivors and dignitaries. “We will never yield, we will never cower, America will never ever, ever stand down,” Biden said. “We are Boston. We are America. We respond, we endure, we overcome, and we own the finish line! God bless you all, and may God protect our troops.” The afternoon will continue with  a flag-raising and a moment of silence at the marathon finish line at 2:49 p.m., the moment the bombs exploded.
OPINION
August 17, 2012
Re "Remark sets off campaign accusations," Aug. 15 Republicans are denouncing Vice President Joe Biden's statement to a largely black audience that the Republicans are going to "put y'all back in chains. " There were, however, white indentured servants in early America and debtor prisons where poor whites were sent by rich people in England for centuries before that. But please explain to me what the Republicans mean when they say they want to "take our country back"? The GOP wants nothing to do with George W. Bush, so his presidency is not what they are referring to. So whom did President Obama, the nation's first black president, take America from?
NEWS
January 18, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
Let's be clear: The real Vice President Joe Biden says he doesn't drink, definitely has never sported a pony tail, didn't hitchhike his way to the Democratic National Convention, and isn't serving a lifetime ban from Dave & Busters. Nor has he ever washed his Trans Am on the White House North Lawn wearing only a pair of jean shorts. And he certainly hasn't had to cool his heels in Mexico for a while during his four years as vice president, other than for official business. But there are times when the line between the glad-handing, lady-flirting, aviator-wearing, pec-complimenting, 40-year-in-federal-office-serving Biden and the bawdy caricature of him in the satire e-zine The Onion gets especially thin.
NEWS
March 10, 2013 | By David Lauter
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.
NEWS
January 20, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden took the first official step of the inaugural weekend, swearing the oath of office as he stood among friends, family and a circle of Democratic power players of his political history - and, perhaps, future. In a brief morning ceremony at the Naval Observatory, the vice president's official residence, Biden put a hand on his family Bible, held by his wife, and swore for the second time to uphold the duties of the vice president's office. “It's an honor, it's an honor,” Biden told Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor immediately after she administered the oath, the fourth female jurist to perform that duty for a president or vice president in the country's history.
NEWS
August 31, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
TAMPA, Fla. -- Paul Ryan is already preparing for debate night -- the oratory showdown with Vice President Joe Biden that just might be the one to watch. After his soaring Republican convention speech, Ryan has  been bragging a bit that as a congressman he is well-primed for the occasion. "I'm studying. I'm reading Joe Biden's speeches, reading Joe -- watching Joe Biden tape and just studying on all of the various issues," Ryan said during an interview from Tampa on CNN's "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer.
NEWS
March 30, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
It's not the Republican candidates Joe Biden is concerned about in November, though he is wary of their money. "I don't think we'll be beaten by those candidates," the vice president said of the Republican hopefuls at a Chicago fundraiser Thursday night. "I think we'll be beaten -- if we are -- by something happening in the Eurozone or something happening in the Gulf, which could be difficult for us, or this barrage of 'super PAC' money. But even with that I feel good. " The vice president, ending a two-day campaign swing that also included events in Iowa and Wisconsin, told Democratic donors that the GOP candidates had staked out positions beyond the mainstream, like wanting to reverse a Supreme Court ruling legalizing contraception.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Seth Meyers kicked off his run as host of "Late Night" on Monday night, and to generate a little buzz, he brought on his former "Saturday Night Live" and "Weekend Update" colleague Amy Poehler and Vice President Joe Biden. One of them announced a run for president in 2016. Poehler and Biden have a flirty history, ever since Biden guest-starred on "Parks and Recration" as the object of Leslie Knope's affections. During his "Late Night" appearance, Poehler referred to him as a "gorgeous charm monster.
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Joe Biden, as he himself put it Tuesday, is as likely to run for president in 2016 is he is not to. But one thing seems clear of late: He's not averse to the attention that a possible third bid for the White House brings on him. In a pair of national television appearances in a 12-hour span, the vice president alternately joked about making a "major announcement" about his plans and made a serious case as to why he deserves to move into...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Making his debut as host of "Late Night" on Monday, Seth Meyers struck a decidedly low-key note in a broadcast that emphasized finely tuned punch lines over star power and razzle-dazzle. Meyers opened the NBC show by paying tribute to one of his predecessor's best-known recurring bits, "Thank You Notes. " Seated at his desk, Meyers wrote a letter to Jimmy Fallon, now host of "The Tonight Show," promising to treat "Late Night" "with respect and dignity and to only use it to do completely original comedy pieces … starting now," he said.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Look who's helping Seth Meyers make his debut on "Late Night" -- the runner-up to the commander-in-chief, Joe Biden. Biden announced that he would appear with the new host of the NBC talk show via Twitter: "Must-see TV. " The vice president, who has had his share of bloopers over the course of his career, adds a lively political touch to the debut, which will also feature Meyers' former "Saturday Night Live" castmate Amy Poehler. Perhaps Poehler will appear in Hillary Clinton guise.
OPINION
February 11, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
Of course it's too early to talk about 2016. Now that we've gotten that out of the way.... The most interesting dynamic so far is that the Democrats are behaving like Republicans - and vice versa. Since 1940, with the arguable exception of Barry Goldwater, Republicans have nominated the guy next in line. Thomas Dewey almost beat Wendell Willkie for the nomination in 1940, so in 1944 - and 1948 - it was his turn. Dwight Eisenhower, whom both parties wanted as their nominee, was a special case, given that whole invading-Europe-and-defeating-Hitler thing.
WORLD
December 4, 2013 | By Barbara Demick and Paul Richter
BEIJING - After months of planning a trip to boost U.S. trade with Asia, Vice President Joe Biden instead is leading an urgent diplomatic mission to calm tensions between China and its neighbors and prevent a potential conflict. After arriving here Wednesday, Biden closeted himself with President Xi Jinping for 5 1/2 hours in what U.S. officials described as an effort to reassure anxious allies in the region and prevent escalation of the dispute over China's recent declaration of an air defense identification zone over islands Japan administers.
NEWS
September 29, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Joe Biden accused Republicans Saturday of hypocrisy over the budget, mocking “how they bleed over the national debt” despite a role in driving it up. Campaigning in a heavily Republican county in southwest Florida, the vice president specifically criticized Republican counterpart Paul Ryan for rejecting bipartisan proposals that would reduce the deficit, a possible preview of his strategy for their upcoming debate. DEBATE QUIZ: Who said it?  In his speech accepting the Republican nomination for vice president, Ryan had criticized President Obama for discarding the recommendations of his own deficit reduction panel, known as Simpson-Bowles.
NEWS
May 22, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
It's come to this: Joe Biden compared Mitt Romney to a horse. The vice president, campaigning in New Hampshire on Tuesday, argued that Romney has it wrong when he tells voters that things "have gotten much worse" and that Obama administration policies are to blame. Biden was armed with a chart that showed monthly job losses that grew in the final months of the George W. Bush administration began to diminish after President Obama took office, and eventually turned into job growth.
NATIONAL
November 22, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
PANAMA CANAL ZONE - During a recent tour of the historic locks here, Vice President Joe Biden helped an operator flip the switches to open the gates and then stepped out onto a balcony to watch a gargantuan vessel pass through. A hundred yards across the waterway, a crowd of Americans recognized the silver-haired man in shirt sleeves, the sun glinting off his aviator glasses, and began waving and shouting his name. "We love you, Joe!" yelled one man in a blue football jersey.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- - Even if his campaign staff may have considered replacing Joe Biden with Hillary Rodham Clinton on the ticket in 2012, President Obama would have “laughed [the idea] out of the room,” a White House spokesman said Friday. Speculation about Obama dumping his sitting vice president for his then-secretary of State was rampant during the 2012 election, and the president's reelection campaign repeatedly denied the rumors. A new book from “Game Change” authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, however, reports that senior officials researched the possibility in the early stages of the campaign, before deciding against it. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissed the report, saying that campaigns routinely test a number of possibilities in focus groups and polls, ranging from what the president's top priorities should be to what he should eat for breakfast.
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