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Joe Biden: From a rival to Obama's close confidant (Profile)

Jul 21 2013, 6:06am CDT | by IANS

Washington, July 21 (IANS) Coming to India Monday on a mission to deepen what President Barack Obama has called "a defining partnership of the 21st century", US Vice President Joe Biden has emerged as a key confidant of his one-time rival.

Washington, July 21 — Coming to India Monday on a mission to deepen what President Barack Obama has called "a defining partnership of the 21st century", US Vice President Joe Biden has emerged as a...

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Joe Biden: From a rival to Obama's close confidant (Profile)

Jul 21 2013, 6:06am CDT | by IANS

Washington, July 21 (IANS) Coming to India Monday on a mission to deepen what President Barack Obama has called "a defining partnership of the 21st century", US Vice President Joe Biden has emerged as a key confidant of his one-time rival.

Washington, July 21 — Coming to India Monday on a mission to deepen what President Barack Obama has called "a defining partnership of the 21st century", US Vice President Joe Biden has emerged as a key confidant of his one-time rival.

Since Obama offered him the vice presidency after Biden's unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, he has offered the president advice on all matters domestic and foreign like a true running mate.

For matters foreign, he is uniquely qualified having served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as chairman or ranking member since 1997. Playing a "pivotal role in shaping US foreign policy," Biden "has been at the forefront of issues and legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia," as the White House website puts it.

Now, as the 47th Vice President, "Biden continues to draw on his foreign policy experience, advising the President on a multitude of international issues," it says.

Shunning the vice president's traditional role in the shadows, Biden has been at the forefront, from helping "secure the Senate's approval of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia," to playing "a lead role in ending the war in Iraq responsibly".

In support of Obama administration's effort to rebalance its policy towards the Asia Pacific, he has travelled to China, Japan, and Mongolia and is now headed to India described by a senior administration official as "obviously a key player and increasingly so in the Asia Pacific region."

Born November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the first of four siblings, Biden graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School and served on the New Castle County Council. Then, at age 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the US Senate.

Just weeks after the election, tragedy struck the Biden family, when Biden's wife, Neilia, and their 1-year old daughter, Naomi, were killed and their two young sons critically injured in an auto accident.

Biden was sworn in to the US Senate at his sons' hospital bedside and began commuting to Washington every day by train, a practice he maintained throughout his career in the Senate.

In 1977, Biden married Jill Jacobs. Jill Biden, who holds a PhD in Education, has been an educator for over two decades and currently teaches at a Washington-area community college.

Back in 2006, somewhat gaffe-prone Biden created a storm in a teacup when he remarked during his senate re-election campaign that "You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent."

However, the quote was taken out of context. As the then Delaware senator explained he was talking about his support among Indian-Americans. "I've had a great relationship. In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India."

That relationship endures as Biden lands in New Delhi Monday to build bridges with a strategic partner.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

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Nationwide suspense in battle for Senate

Nov 4 2014 5:06pm CST | Source: WND

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Obama: 'This Is Probably The Worst' Situation For Senate Democrats Since Eisenhower

Nov 4 2014 3:39pm CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the political landscape for this midterm election tilts against Senate Democrats. He compares the states Democrats are defending to the 1958 Republican losses during the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower. "This is probably the worst possible group of states for Democrats since Dwight Eisenhower," Obama told WNPR radio in Connecticut Tuesday, according to CNN. "There are a lot of states that are being contested where they just te ...
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Senator Chuck Grassley Has A Thing For Dairy Queen And He Wants You To Know About It

Nov 3 2014 4:09pm CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, famously runs his own Twitter account, a rare feat for an 81-year-old, let alone an 81-year-old senator. As it happens, the self-proclaimed "Chief Twitterer of the Senate," occasionally has a few misfires, like the time he tweeted about hitting a deer ("Assume deer dead"). And on Monday, the senator tweeted about one of his favorite places in the whole world -- Dairy Queen -- and left the better part of hi ...
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Things Conservative Pundits Say About Young Voters

Nov 3 2014 11:50am CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Young voters are more likely to skip the midterm elections this year than the general population. That is typically bad news for Democrats: Research from Harvard University shows that even though they lean Democratic overall, a large share of young voters who are likely to turn up say they're interested in voting Republican. But if you track how conservative pundits speak about young voters, you can't help but get the feeling they're happy to think that fewer people ...
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Who ya gonna call to rally Dems? Joe Biden!

Nov 3 2014 11:33am CST | Source: WND

(CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR) WASHINGTON — Election Day is looming and your party lags in the polls. You’re likely to lose the Senate and lots of seats in the House as well. Party workers are tired and discouraged and thinking of curling up with Netflix and a half gallon of ice cream on Tuesday, instead of voting. Who’re you gonna call to rally the troops? Two words: Joe Biden. That’s right, the Vice President of the United States. With Democrats ...
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Biden Quickly Backpedals on Russian 'Invasion' of Ukraine

Nov 3 2014 11:05am CST | Source: Newsmax - Politics

Vice President Joe Biden quickly reversed course Monday, noting that Russia did not "invade" Ukraine as he started to assert during a television interview - a position that would have deviated from the White House line that portions the country were simply annexed, Business Inside ...
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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Challenging Senate Filibuster

Nov 3 2014 9:17am CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a public interest group and four members of Congress who challenged the Senate filibuster as unconstitutional. The justices let stand a lower court ruling that said Common Cause and the lawmakers did not have legal standing to pursue the case. The plaintiffs argued that Senate rules requiring at least 60 votes to bring legislation to a vote viola ...
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Illinois Governor's Race Pushes Democrats To Dig Deep

Oct 31 2014 8:13am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

CHICAGO (AP) — At first blush, Illinois would seem to be a lock for an incumbent Democratic governor: The population leans left. Democrats control most of state government, and this year's race is likely to turn on the Chicago area, one of the few places President Barack Obama can still bring large crowds to their feet. But Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is battling to survive against Bruce Rauner, a wealthy businessman Republicans are banking on to exploit the state's deep e ...
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Hillary Clinton Praises Possible Primary Rivals

Oct 31 2014 2:26am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — When it comes to potential Democratic primary rivals, Hillary Rodham Clinton is displaying a light touch. Heading into Tuesday's midterm elections, Clinton has crossed paths with two possible presidential competitors in the past week: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. By all accounts, the back-and-forth of a debate stage remains ...
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The Second Term Midterm Presidential Curse

Oct 30 2014 11:28am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

If President Obama loses the Senate on November 4, it will not be so much a mar on his presidential legacy as it will be a continuation of a recent two-term presidential tradition. Our last four full two-term presidents, Eisenhower to Bush II, have concluded their final two years in office without the support of either house of Congress. Seemingly, the populous becomes weary of any president regardless of party, if ...
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