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Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Esq.

Self Description

February 2006: "Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was first elected to the United States Senate in 1972 at the age of twenty-nine and is recognized as one of the nation’s most powerful and influential voices on foreign relations, terrorism, drug policy, and crime prevention....

Senator Biden grew up in New Castle County, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965, and from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1968. Prior to his election to the Senate, Biden practiced law in Wilmington, Delaware and served on the New Castle County Council from 1970 to 1972. Since 1991, Biden has been an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law, where he teaches a seminar on constitutional law.

Senator Biden lives in Wilmington, Delaware and commutes to Washington, DC when the Senate is in session.


Third-Party Descriptions

July 2016: 'Last month, the Obama administration accused Donald Trump of undercutting American legitimacy in the eyes of the world. Trump’s call to ban Muslims wasn’t just morally wrong, according to Vice President Joe Biden, it called “into question America’s status as the greatest democracy in the history of the world.” President Obama followed Biden by asserting that Trump’s rhetoric “doesn’t reflect our democratic ideals,” saying “it will make us less safe, fueling ISIL’s notion that the West hates Muslims.” His point was simple—wanton discrimination in policy and rhetoric undercuts American legitimacy and fuels political extremism. This lesson is not limited to Donald Trump, and it applies as well abroad as it does at home.'

July 2011: 'Senator Jon Kyl, Republican of Arizona, said that in budget negotiations the White House had pushed harder for “repeal of LIFO” than for any other tax proposal. Mr. Kyl was the Senate Republican delegate in talks led by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'

May 2010: "When Joe Biden aped the British politician Neil Kinnock to boost his own presidential chances in 1988, he clearly overidentified with Kinnock’s life: two scrappy, working-class Celtic kids with a talent for gab who rose without privilege in coal-mining territory. Sometimes Biden credited Kinnock and once he didn’t, speaking at a debate in the first person, which created a problem when facts from Kinnock’s life and Biden’s diverged."

December 2008: "a commission that has proposed revamping the legal process for launching military action, to require more consultation between a president and Congress....Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., a longtime senator, in the past has proposed revisiting the War Powers Act."

October 2008: "McCain's bill got caught in a tug-of-war with a broader bill written by another player in the presidential election, Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential candidate. Biden's solution leaned more toward law enforcement, giving more money to the Justice Department and state Internet Crimes Against Children task forces, which investigate child pornography."

October 2008: "Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, 65, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, had emergency surgery in 1988 for an aneurysm in an artery in his brain and elective surgery for a second one. His campaign released 49 pages of medical records to The New York Times late last week showing that he was healthy, but the documents did not indicate whether he had had a test in recent years to detect any new aneurysm."

July 2008: 'Government workers repeatedly snooped without authorization inside the electronic passport records of entertainers, athletes and other high-profile Americans..."This is unacceptable. The report makes it clear that the private information of over 100 million Americans is vulnerable to unauthorized access," said Sen Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.).'

June 2008: 'Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed the hope the North Koreans would "seize" the current opportunity to "improve relations with the United States -- as well as their neighbors -- by faithfully fulfilling their obligations." He added: "If they do their part, I am confident that we will do ours."'

February 2008: "The tacitly accepted distinction between reciting a hired hand’s slogans and usurping paragraphs from another individual led to the end of the 1988 presidential bid of Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware. Mr. Biden, then 44, appropriated the content of a speech from the British politician Neil Kinnock — including biographical details, like being the first in his family to attend college, that didn’t apply to Mr. Biden. More uncredited borrowings surfaced, including phrases from Robert F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. Soon, the news that Mr. Biden had committed plagiarism in law school led him to end his campaign."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Member of (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization Feb 19, 2006
Cooperation (past or present) National Association to Protect Children Organization Oct 28, 2008
Student/Trainee (past or present) Syracuse University (SU) Organization Feb 19, 2006
Member of (past or present) US Senate Organization Feb 19, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of Delaware Organization Feb 19, 2006
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Widener University School of Law Organization Feb 19, 2006
Supervisor of (past or present) Neil H. MacBride Esq. Person Aug 6, 2011
Opponent (past or present) Subordinate of (past or present) Pres. Barack Hussein Obama Esq. Person Jun 1, 2016
Opponent (past or present) Governor Willard Mitt Romney Esq., MBA Person Nov 7, 2012
Advised by (past or present) Melanie Sloan Esq. Person Dec 7, 2005
Advised by (past or present) Prof. Jake Sullivan Esq. Person Jun 1, 2016

Articles and Resources

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Date Resource Read it at:
Jul 12, 2016 The Near Certainty of Anti-Police Violence: By ignoring illegitimate policing, America has also failed to address the danger this illegitimacy poses to those who must do the policing.

QUOTE: 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson murdered five police officers in Dallas. This abhorrent act of political extremism cannot be divorced from American history—recent or old. In black communities, the police departments have only enjoyed a kind of quasi-legitimacy. That is because wanton discrimination is definitional to the black experience, and very often it is law enforcement which implements that discrimination with violence. A community consistently subjected to violent discrimination under the law will lose respect for it, and act beyond it.

Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly)
Jul 12, 2011 Rush to Defend Tax Rule on Inventory and Profits

QUOTE: the LIFO proposal — supported by the president’s deficit-reduction commission — would simplify the tax code and establish a standard method of calculating the cost of items that a company first glance the LIFO proposal looked like “an easy source of revenue.” But, he said, “it taxes illusory income, phantom profits that result from inflation.”

New York Times
Dec 24, 2010 Democrats Seek Changes to Senate Procedures

QUOTE: Frustrated by routine filibusters and other procedural blockades, Senate Democrats are urging their leadership to negotiate with Republicans to change the rules that govern how the Senate does business. The Democrats would leave intact the ability of the minority party to filibuster legislation and nominations, meaning that in most cases it would still take 60 votes to get anything done. But they want to require senators to be on the floor if they intend to try to debate a bill to death and would make other changes to streamline the Senate’s operations...

New York Times
Jun 26, 2010 Gen. McChrystal allies, Rolling Stone disagree over article's ground rules

QUOTE: McChrystal had been relieved of his command, his 34-year military career in tatters...officials close to McChrystal began trying to salvage his reputation by asserting that the author, Michael Hastings, quoted the general and his staff in conversations that he was allowed to witness but not report.

Washington Post
May 22, 2010 Lies as Wishes

QUOTE: “I think that lies are like wishes,” said Bella DePaulo, a psychology professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. “So when you wish you were a certain kind of person that you know you’re not, and maybe you’re not willing to do what it would take to become that person or can’t go back, then it becomes very tempting to lie.”

New York Times
Oct 24, 2009 With ban over, who should cover the fallen at Dover?: Few in media choosing to capture events, but military posts pictures

QUOTE: "Taking pictures of the returning casualties to Dover is a measure of the human cost of war," said Ralph Begleiter, a journalism professor at the University of Delaware... "Do you want the government ultimately to have control over what we see or not see? Or do you want independent observers, an independent press or media, relaying those images?"

Washington Post
Oct 02, 2009 Soldiers' Data Still Being Downloaded Overseas, Firm Says: Sensitive Information Found by Using 'Peer to Peer' File-Sharing Software

QUOTE: The personal data of tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers -- including those in the Special Forces -- continue to be downloaded by unauthorized computer users in countries such as China and Pakistan, despite Army assurances that it would try to fix the problem...

Washington Post
Jul 15, 2009 Amtrak accused of hindering stimulus oversight

QUOTE: Amtrak managers have improperly interfered with oversight of the railroad's $1.3 billion in economic stimulus funding, according to an independent report by a former federal prosecutor.

Jun 22, 2009 Mayors complain about stimulus spending

QUOTE: City and county officials say a disproportionate amount of the economic stimulus money is going to rural areas, leaving urban areas shortchanged.

Los Angeles Times
Jun 19, 2009 Compensation Nation: It's time to formally compensate the victims of overzealous counterterrorism policies.

QUOTE: What are we doing to compensate the people harmed by our overbroad security policies? Shouldn't a national accounting do more than just burnish our nation's standing—and make up to those actually harmed by overzealous counterterrorism policies?

Jun 14, 2009 Some projects raise question: Where's the stimulus?

QUOTE: As President Obama moves to accelerate the flow of federal funds intended to rev up the economy and energy efficiency, public officials are voicing concerns about the merit of some plans.

Los Angeles Times
Dec 12, 2008 Obama to Hear Panel on Changes to War Powers Act

QUOTE: Mr. Obama met Thursday with the leaders of a commission that has proposed revamping the legal process for launching military action, to require more consultation between a president and Congress. The proposal would scrap the problematic War Powers Act of 1973, a measure passed in the hangover from Vietnam to give Congress more say in committing troops to the battlefield but largely honored in the breach ever since...

New York Times
Nov 05, 2008 Google Wins the Presidential Election (So Does Obama)

QUOTE: if Lessig has Obama's ear, you might see more policies leaning towards "fair use" of other people's copyrighted works. That also dovetails with Google's agenda, which needs net neutrality and could use less content protection so it can take over the world by providing other people's content and its own advertising over other people's pipes.

PC Magazine
Nov 03, 2008 Racists for Obama: Plenty of white bigots will vote for Barack Obama on Tuesday. There are some things they fear more than black people.

QUOTE: Though our biases may be the result of some hard-wiring, we can choose not to express them, or not to let them get the best of us. Maybe that’s why when people do cling to their prejudices, they have a hard time defending them. The cause may have a scientific explanation, but the justifications we give to racism are largely irrational.

Oct 19, 2008 Many Holes in Disclosure of Nominees’ Health

QUOTE: Fifteen days before the election, serious gaps remain in the public’s knowledge about the health of the presidential and vice-presidential nominees. The limited information provided by the candidates is a striking departure from recent campaigns, in which many candidates and their doctors were more forthcoming.

New York Times
Oct 16, 2008 ISPs are pressed to become child porn cops: New law, new monitoring technology raise concerns about privacy

QUOTE: New technologies and changes in U.S. law are adding to pressures to turn Internet service providers into cops examining all Internet traffic for child pornography....Privacy advocates are raising objections to such tools, saying that monitoring all traffic would be an unconstitutional invasion....But such monitoring just became easier with a law approved unanimously by the Congress and signed on Monday by President Bush.

Jul 04, 2008 Celebrity Passport Records Popular: State Dept. Audit Finds Snooping Was Frequent

QUOTE: Government workers repeatedly snooped without authorization inside the electronic passport records of entertainers, athletes and other high-profile Americans, a State Department audit has found. One celebrity's records were breached 356 times by more than six dozen people.

Washington Post
Jun 27, 2008 U.S. to Delist North Korea As Sponsor Of Terrorism

QUOTE: President Bush moved Thursday to drop North Korea from a list of countries that sponsor terrorism and to lift some trading sanctions, after the isolated totalitarian state turned over a long-delayed report that includes details of plutonium production in its nuclear program.

Washington Post
Feb 23, 2008 The Nation: Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Speech

QUOTE: When professional writers borrow words without attribution, they’re frequently censured, sometimes fiercely. It’s natural, however, that when politicians do something similar — and particularly when the words are spoken — they are forgiven.

New York Times
Feb 18, 2008 Desiring a Fair Vote, Doubting It Will Be: Pakistanis Expect Rigging by Government

QUOTE: The [Pakistani word] is "dhandali" -- rigging -- a wide-ranging practice that includes blatant acts such as stuffing ballot boxes and hiring thugs to intimidate voters at polling stations, as well as more subtle techniques such as extorting loyalty from public employees and using official vehicles and funds to promote pro-government candidates.

Washington Post

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