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January 12, 2016

Obama Urges ‘Better Politics’ to Tackle Challenges


UNITED STATES - JANUARY 12 - President Barack Obama speaks during his final State of the Union to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Behind him Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Paul Ryan listen. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

“Democracy does require basic bonds of trust between its citizens,” Obama told Congress and a nationwide audience. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama used his last State of the Union address to prod both Congress and the American people, saying America’s political system needs an overhaul if the country is to successfully tackle a list of “challenges.”

In an unique address to a joint session of Congress, Obama laid out a mostly optimistic vision for a United States, one he said should be followed long after he leaves office to provide “prosperity and security for generations to come.”

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December 3, 2015

Biden Reunites with Senate Worker, Calls for a Raise


Biden spoke at the Capitol Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Biden spoke at the Capitol Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., was back in the Capitol Thursday and reunited with a Senate food worker. In a social media post, he said the workers deserve a raise.

Sontia Bailey, who works in coffee and snack shop on the first floor of the Senate, posted a picture of her and the vice president on her Instagram account, saying Biden said asked her if she missed him.

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By Bridget Bowman Posted at 6:31 p.m.
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September 23, 2015

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As Pope Speaks to Congress, Watch Boehner, Biden


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Pope Francis and Obama share a moment Wednesday at the White House (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pomp, circumstance, a pope and politics will collide Thursday morning.

When Pope Francis speaks to the Congress in the House chamber, the faces of the two Catholics seated immediately behind him will tell the tale of his appeal.

(WATCH LIVE NOW : Pope Francis’ Address to Congress)

While their politics are very different, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Speaker John A. Boehner are both known for wearing their hearts on their sleeves, and each will be tested by what the pope says. Full story

June 2, 2015

Obama to Deliver Eulogy at Beau Biden Burial Mass


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(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy Saturday at Beau Biden’s burial Mass in Wilmington, Del., Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s office announced. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 1:03 p.m.
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March 9, 2015

Joe Biden Plays a Home Game at Firefighters Conference


Biden speaks during the International Association of Fire Fighters Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Decades ago, a young Democrat running for Senate said that in Delaware, there are really three political parties: “Democrats, Republicans and firefighters.”

And Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been a favorite of career and volunteer firefighters alike ever since, so when he was scheduled to speak Monday to an audience of unionized firefighters from across the nation gathered in Washington, he was playing as close to a home game as he could get outside of Delaware (or Scranton, Pa.). Full story

October 7, 2014

Biden Botches Minimum Wage Stats (Updated)


(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:33 p.m. | Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s trip to Los Angeles to talk up a minimum wage increase was marred by a misstatement about the impact of said wage hike.

Biden appeared to confuse his talking points; the White House claims increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would give 28 million people a raise. Biden said it would lift 28 million people “out of poverty.” Big difference.

“If we raise the minimum wage nationally to $10.10, that takes 28 million people out of poverty: 28 million people out of poverty,” Biden repeated.

The Congressional Budget Office earlier this year predicted a $10.10 minimum wage would lift about 900,000 people out of poverty. Full story

May 15, 2014

Biden Refinances Mortgage, Saves a Bundle


Biden is saving thousands after refinancing his mortgage. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Biden is saving thousands after refinancing his mortgage. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. refinanced his home and two home equity lines of credit in 2013, securing super-low mortgage rates that will save him thousands of dollars a year.

Biden was generally been among the poorer senators, but his family finances appear to have improved of late, judging by a review of his financial disclosure forms.

In 2013, he paid off a mortgage on his Delaware home with a 4.625 percent interest rate with a new, 30-year mortgage with a super-low 3.375 percent rate from TD Bank, which has a Canadian parent company.

The mortgage is somewhere between $500,000 and $1 million, and includes a rental property. Saving 1.25 percent on $500,000 would amount to more than $6,000 in savings a year, although after-tax savings would be less because of the mortgage interest deduction.

He also paid off two home equity lines of credit each worth more than $100,000 and took out a new home equity line of credit worth more than $250,000.

The old home equity lines featured interest rates of 4.49 percent and a prime interest rate, respectively.

The new home equity line features a super-low 2.75 percent interest rate and a 20-year term, also from TD Bank. That should save Biden thousands more each year.

Biden, 71, would be more than 100 years old when the 30-year mortgage is paid off, if it isn’t paid off early.

Obama, meanwhile, continues to pay above-market interest rates on his mortgage on his Chicago home — 5.625 percent. We noted a few years back that while Obama had urged a massive refinancing program to bolster the economy, he hadn’t yet taken advantage of low interest rates to refinance himself.

 

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 50 Richest Members of Congress: The Wealth Keeps Growing

 

 

By Steven Dennis Posted at 5:54 p.m.
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