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August 14th, 2012
09:40 PM ET

Controversy over Biden's language

Roland Martin and Ana Navarro put Vice President Joe Biden's "chains" comment into context and debate the fallout.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Joe Biden
April 26th, 2012
11:40 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: Biden's foreign policy doublespeak

Keeping Them Honest, Anderson reports on contradictions behind Vice President Biden's criticism of Gov. Romney's foreign policy experience.


Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Joe Biden • Keeping Them Honest • Mitt Romney
July 6th, 2010
09:48 AM ET

Letters to the President #533: 'Biden time'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

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Reporter's Note: I have never before written so many letters to one person. Heck, I’ve never even kept a diary or journal for more than a couple of weeks. So, I’m just saying…well, I don’t know what I’m saying except here’s my latest letter to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Dear Mr. President,

Your Vice President, Joe Biden, has undeniably been something of a loose cannon since the day you took the oath; periodically going off-message like Robin Williams on a Late Show tear, flinging the odd profanity over the open mic like an unexpected firework, and generally making your press people twitchy.

Good. You need that. His lack of apparent calculation is refreshing against the backdrop of DC where it seems like every Tom, Dick, and Harry Reid weighs each public gesture and facial expression as if they are members of a Kabuki theater group. Which, I guess, they are.

In contrast, VP Biden’s visit to Iraq over the holiday weekend seemed to display interest in something more than just a photo op. Oh sure, there was plenty of gripping and grinning, but beyond that; he spoke firmly and passionately about the need for the Iraqis to form a successful government, and about the US commitment to withdraw combat troops while maintaining overall support for the efforts of Iraqis. (Although, I must say that has always been a little disingenuous. “Combat troops” is nothing but a tricky substitute for “some troops;” a slick way of getting around the earlier implication that you intended to get us out of that war altogether. The tens of thousand of troops who remain behind will still be in harm’s way, and will still have to fight if fighting comes around, and frankly to suggest that any American troop is not a “combat” person is an insult to all members of our military.)

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June 29th, 2010
09:43 AM ET

Vice president to assess oil spill efforts in Gulf area

CNN Wire Staff

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Vice President Joe Biden is expected to visit the Gulf area Tuesday to assess efforts to stop the massive oil spill.

Biden is expected to visit the command center in New Orleans and the Florida panhandle, the White House said.

Biden will also tour areas with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who has also been in the area recently.

His visit will be on the 71st day of the spill that President Barack Obama has called the nation's worst environmental disaster.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Joe Biden • T1
March 25th, 2010
12:34 PM ET

Netanyahu must lead toward peace

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Jeremy Ben-Ami
Special to CNN

Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's chief of staff, is renowned for advising that successful leaders never miss the chance to turn crisis into opportunity.

Only time will tell whether the ongoing drama in U.S.-Israel relations over the past few weeks amounts to a watershed opportunity in the Middle East peace process or simply one more twist in the elusive, and so far futile, quest to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution.

It's doubtful that Israel's announcement of East Jerusalem construction during Vice President Joseph Biden's visit to Israel two weeks ago was premeditated by the prime minister of Israel or that the immediate crisis was actively sought by Obama or his team.

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Filed under: Israel • Joe Biden • President Barack Obama
March 24th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

Dear President Obama #429: “This is not a big *** deal"

Reporter's Note: President Obama reads my letters every day. At least I think so. Or I like to think so. Either way, I write them…day after day to Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

President Obama has now officially signed the health care reform legislation, using more than twenty pens in the process.  Funny, it never takes me more than one to write a whole letter to the White House every single day.

Dear Mr. President,

That Joe Biden is funnier than a German jazz band. When he lobbed the f-bomb right at the podium during your big health care celebration event, I nearly spit out my Cheerios. And the look on your face was priceless! It was like I could hear the entire play-by-play going on in your head, “Ok, Joe…you did a good introduction. Now, step this way, let’s shake hands. You’re saying something to me, not sure what it is, but there are microphones right there…and…and what? WHAT? Oh no…you didn’t.”

Perhaps I’m being a tad cavalier, but for all the serious things going on in DC, I can’t get too worked up over matters like this. Should a vice president be spouting like Popeye on a three day drunk? No, probably not. But will it cause the oceans to run red, locusts to descend from the skies, and Duke to double dribble in the championship? Again…no, probably not.

I wish our language were a little cleaner. I’m not always proud of my word choices. For example, I once recall saying “spectral” when I really meant “ethereal.” And there were nuns nearby! Boy, was my face red. FULL POST

February 17th, 2010
11:20 AM ET

Stimulus: One Year Later

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Tami Luhby
CNN Money

Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the stimulus bill, and from here on out the pace of spending should pick up, according to administration officials.

The federal government expects to distribute $32 billion in Recovery Act funds per month, up from an average $27 billion a month over the past year, according to Vice President Joe Biden, who will release his annual stimulus progress report on Wednesday.

"...the year ahead will see a capitalizing on an inventory of work that is awarded and "ready to go"," according to the report.

The report comes on the one-year anniversary of the largest economic stimulus program in the nation's history. The controversial $787 billion program has elicited both praise and scorn from many sectors of the country.

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Filed under: Economy • Joe Biden • Stimulus
February 16th, 2010
03:56 PM ET

Can Obama rebuild bipartisan trust in Washington?

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Mark Halperin
Time.com

"I guess I shouldn't be surprised by my friend, Joe Biden."

So said Dick Cheney during the bizarre and riveting electronic duel between the former and current Vice Presidents on this past weekend's Sunday morning shows. A tart comment punctuated by the artificial nicety friend is a common device in the congressional culture where both men toiled for years, but from Cheney's lips on this occasion it seemed particularly hollow, buried within a scorching critique of his White House successors. Biden gave as good as he got, blasting the Bush Administration with energy and spirit.

But this was all to be expected. Despite the President's paramount campaign promise to end the bitter recriminations and partisan animus that have defined Washington politics for almost two decades, genuine feelings of friendship across the aisle rarely animate the contours of the debate in Barack Obama's Washington.

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Filed under: Dick Cheney • Joe Biden • President Barack Obama • Raw Politics
February 16th, 2010
01:56 PM ET

Fact Check: What's the track record of military commissions?

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Emma Lacey-Bordeaux
CNN

Vice President Joe Biden took to the airwaves on Sunday and discussed the issue of national security. On CBS's Face the Nation Biden compared the track records of military and civilian courts saying: "There have been three people tried and convicted by the last administration in military courts. Two are walking the street right now."

Fact Check: Are two people convicted in military courts now free?
–According to the Department of Defense, David Hicks was convicted of providing material support to terrorism in 2007. His case was the first tried in the military system after the passage of the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Hicks was sentenced to "not more than nine months," according to a DOD press release. CNN's Brian Todd found that Hicks is now free.

–Salim Hamdan was convicted in 2008 of providing material support to terrorism and sentenced to 66 months, according to the DOD. However the military judge in the case ordered a credit of 61 months and eight days. CNN's Brian Todd found that Hamdan is now in Yemen.

- Ali Hamza al-Bahul was sentenced in November of 2008 to life in prison according to the DOD. Bahlul was convicted of conspiracy, solicitation and providing material support to terrorism. CNN's Brian Todd found that Bahul is still incarcerated.

Bottom Line: Vice President Joe Biden is correct when he says two out of three tried in military commissions are now free.

-CNN's Diana Holden and Brian Todd contributed to this report.

November 18th, 2009
04:21 PM ET

Biden says errors on recovery.gov will be fixed

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Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

Vice President Joe Biden is downplaying news the government Web site Recovery.gov reported hundreds of millions of stimulus dollars spent on projects in congressional districts that in fact do not actually exist.

The districts don't exist, but the projects do, Biden said Tuesday night.

And the administration isn't to blame – the fault lies with the nation's educational system.

In an appearance on The Daily Show, Biden said the errors – first reported by ABC News – do not indicate unaccounted-for spending but are rather the result of 70 people who are the product of "bad civics classes."

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