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January 20, 2013 | By Paul West
Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in for a second term early this morning in a low-key ceremony at his official residence in Washington. Since inauguration day fell on a Sunday, Biden and President Obama chose to follow tradition and be sworn in privately today. They will reenact their oaths at Monday's public inaugural ceremony at the Capitol. Biden chose to be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and agreed to an early morning ceremony to allow Sotomayor to attend a book signing for her new memoir this afternoon in New York.
January 18, 2013 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - Vice President Nicolas Maduro assured fellow Venezuelans that the government was prepared to hold a presidential election within 30 days if ailing President Hugo Chavez is forced to resign, and that a Chavista candidate backed by "revolutionary force" would win overwhelmingly. Maduro, who is leading the government while Chavez recuperates from cancer surgery in Cuba, made his remarks in an interview with a Spanish news service, the transcript of which was released Friday by the Venezuelan government press office.
January 11, 2013 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - As perishable foodstuffs rotted on cargo ships that had waited three weeks to unload at Venezuela's largest port, unsettled consumers this week found shelves at Caracas' main downtown market devoid of rice, cooking oil, sugar and other items. Widespread scarcities and chaos at the nation's main ports, including Puerto Cabello, are just some of the problems Vice President Nicolas Maduro will face as he takes the reins of power in the absence of President Hugo Chavez.
January 10, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Requiring all gun buyers to pass a federal background check could be a key part of a White House plan to combat mass shootings, Vice President Joe Biden indicated as he prepared to present recommendations to the president on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Biden said he had found a "surprising recurrence of suggestions" for "universal background checks" in meetings with interest groups. Background checks are not required in private sales by unlicensed dealers, including transactions at gun shows.
January 10, 2013 | By Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has kiddingly called Nicolas Maduro "the bus driver" in reference to his former role as a union leader and mocked his voracious consumption of submarine sandwiches. But the cancer-stricken Chavez, flush from his resounding reelection victory last year, clearly thought highly of Maduro, naming him vice president in October. Now, with Chavez recovering from surgery in Cuba, Maduro in effect must be taken seriously as the president's anointed successor.
December 19, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama committed himself to placing gun control at the top of his second-term agenda, redoubling his intention to tackle the problem of gun violence in spite of daunting political obstacles that have frustrated similar efforts for years. Appearing before reporters in the White House briefing room Wednesday, Obama sought to erase any doubts that he is prepared to stake his prestige on combating what he called an "epidemic of gun violence. " Although he spoke in the aftermath of the massacre last Friday at a Connecticut elementary school, he placed the issue in a broader context, specifically mentioning people killed since then in the "lesser-known tragedies that visit small towns and big cities all across America every day. " As a first step, Obama gave Vice President Joe Biden the task of coming up with specific proposals before the end of next month.
November 27, 2012 | From Los Angeles Times staff reports
Phillip L. Williams, a retired senior executive for Times Mirror Co. who served on its board of directors from 1985 until his retirement in 1993, died Nov. 18 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica after suffering a heart attack, his family said. The longtime Pacific Palisades resident was 90. Williams joined the parent company of The Times as a vice president in 1969 and held a variety of executive positions, among them senior vice president for newspapers and television, group vice president, vice president for finance, and vice president for corporate programs.
November 10, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers concluded preliminary talks Saturday with former coach Phil Jackson, a feeling-out process that would continue, The Times has learned. Team Vice President Jim Buss and Jackson met Saturday morning to explore the prospects of Jackson returning to the team. The Lakers are unwavering that there's still a 95% certainty he will be their next coach. It's known that Jackson has already contacted assistant coaches who have worked with him previously about joining the Lakers' staff.
November 8, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Vice President Joe Biden, "America's Happy Warrior," as President Obama called him on election night, just got reelected to the second highest office in the land. What does he do to top that? He's guest starring on "Parks and Recreation. " Of course! Biden will play himself in next Thursday's episode, titled "Leslie vs. April," in which Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) finally meets the object of her longstanding celebrity lust. The scenes with Biden, which were filmed back in July, were shot in the Vice President's Ceremonial Office, also known as the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
October 12, 2012 | By Paul West
Washington Bureau DANVILLE, Ky. - Whether Thursday's debate between Joe Biden and Paul D. Ryan moved the needle in the presidential contest may have been the only major question left hanging at the end. The vice presidential showdown was everything the first presidential debate was not: wide-ranging and lively, with very different sorts of passion from each side. It was, in short, 90 nonstop minutes of political theater of a kind that rarely materializes in these high-profile, and often stiff and predictable, televised encounters.
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