April 15, 2003 |
The Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act, previously called the RAVE Act, cleared Congress last week, setting the stage for rave promoters to be prosecuted if there is drug use at rave sites. The act, sponsored by Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), tweaks a 17-year-old federal drug law, originally crafted to prosecute owners of crack houses, by expanding its definition of a site devoted to drug enterprise to include onetime events and outdoor gatherings.
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September 25, 1987
What a laugh! Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass), the hero of Chappaquiddick, accuses Bork of being morally unfit to sit on the Supreme Court! Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), plagiarist and cheat extraordinaire , casts aspersions on Bork's intellectual integrity! And Bork is accused of being outside the mainstream of American opinion by the National Organization for Women, a group so far to the left as to be virtually ignored by the American public; by homosexuals (does anybody seriously believe they represent the American mainstream?
October 4, 2008 |
It's official: Thursday's debate between Sen. Joe Biden and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was must-see TV. Just shy of 70 million people tuned in, 34% more than last week's showdown between White House hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama. The figures from Nielsen Media Research don't include PBS, which estimated that it had 3.5 million viewers. It was by far the most-watched vice presidential debate since Nielsen began tracking viewership in 1960.
September 4, 2008 |
Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing -- the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party -- are trying to appease the gender gap with a first-ever female vice president. We owe this to women -- and to many men too -- who have picketed, gone on hunger strikes or confronted violence at the polls so women can vote. We owe it to Shirley Chisholm, who first took the "white-male-only" sign off the White House, and to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who hung in there through ridicule and misogyny to win 18 million votes.
January 8, 2009 |
Douglas Frantz, a former managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, has been chosen to be chief investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as it reorganizes under its new chairman, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.). Frantz was the managing editor of The Times from 2005 to 2007 and has also been an investigative reporter for The Times, the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. He was the Istanbul, Turkey, bureau chief for the New York Times and a reporter there for the Los Angeles Times.
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."
October 7, 2008 |
The John McCain campaign has sounded echoes of Ronald Reagan's 1984 campaign gaffe of adopting Bruce Springsteen's antiwar song "Born in the U.S.A." by using the Martina McBride country hit "Independence Day" to bring his GOP running mate Sarah Palin on stage at a rally following her debate Thursday with Sen. Joe Biden. The title and most of the chorus sound cheery, patriotic and upbeat -- perfect for a rally: Let freedom ring/ Let the white dove sing/ Let the whole world know that today is the day of a reckoning.
February 10, 2007
Re "Joe Biden's just a barrel of gaffes," Current, Feb. 4 Jonathan Chait tells us that Delaware Sen. Joe Biden has no chance of becoming our president. He utters too many gaffes to warrant serious consideration. Chait also says he has "tons of respect" for Biden and that he'd do a terrific job as president. So Biden is verbose. On occasion that gets him into a little trouble, but it also suggests an openness more likely to be absent in limited, circumspect expressions. Chait should have at least mentioned the real problem here: the average voter's use of faulty criteria to judge candidates.
November 29, 2011 |
Former Vice President Dick Cheney dropped in for a visit to the weekly Senate GOP luncheon, recalling a time when the then-veep was a regular fixture at the Tuesday noon-hour event. In those days, Cheney's presence was seen by critics as an example of the President George W. Bush administration's influence over the legislative branch, even though Cheney usually sat quietly at the lunch. The weekly policy gatherings are a mainstay in the Capitol, a chance for senators to sound off, privately and within their own party, on issues of the day. It is also a chance for leaders to assess mood and set strategy.
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October 17, 2008 |
President Bush signed the Rail Safety Improvement Act on Thursday, requiring that passenger and certain freight trains have high-tech emergency braking systems by 2015. He also signed a companion measure providing more than $12 billion for Amtrak, which recently reported a record ridership of 28.7 million in fiscal year 2008. The bill was toughened in the wake of the Sept. 12 Metrolink-Union Pacific freight train crash that killed 25 people and injured 135 in Chatsworth.