Joe Biden

New governors, new chance to grab the limelight

New governors, new chance to grab the limelight

For governors with national ambitions, this is pad — and promote — your record time. Republicans Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is trying to ditch his state’s income tax while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is working to shift people off his state’s Medicaid rolls and onto private insurance. They are among the Republicans trying to claim […]

Biden to speak at conference on gun violence

Biden to speak at conference on gun violence

Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to speak Thursday at a gun violence conference a few miles from the scene of last year’s Newtown school shooting massacre. The conference, in Danbury, is to push President Barack Obama’s gun control proposals. It was organized by members of the state’s congressional delegation including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, […]

Biden: Shotguns work just fine for home protection

Biden: Shotguns work just fine for home protection

  Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Americans don’t need semi-automatic weapons to protect their homes because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders. “Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun,” the vice president encouraged those worried about defending themselves. He was speaking in an online video as part of a […]

Biden heads to Virginia to push gun-control

Biden heads to Virginia to push gun-control

Vice President Joe Biden is taking the White House’s campaign for gun control on the road to Virginia. Biden plans a roundtable discussion Friday in Richmond with experts who worked on gun safety following the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. President Barack Obama wants Congress to require background checks for all gun sales and ban […]

Obama promises tough, liberal stance on fiscal issues

Obama promises tough, liberal stance on fiscal issues

President Barack Obama devoted one word — “deficit” — to the issue that brought Washington to the brink of fiscal crises time and again during his first term. But it was the paragraph that followed in his inaugural address that foreshadowed what’s to come — more hard bargaining and more last-minute deals driven by Obama’s […]

Smaller crowds but same excitement for Obama’s second time around

Smaller crowds but same excitement for Obama’s second time around

Schoolteacher Patricia Cooper gazed out at the many hundreds of thousands of people lining the National Mall, moments after Barack Obama had been sworn in for the second time as president. “The media kept saying there were going to be so many fewer people,” said Cooper, 51, from Upper Marlboro, Md. “But look out there!” […]

With second swearing in, Obama kicks off another term

With second swearing in, Obama kicks off another term

His second term already under way, President Barack Obama aims to set an optimistic tone when he takes the oath again to lead a divided nation seeking solutions to economic woes at home and conflict overseas. Hundreds of thousands are expected to gather on the National Mall to witness Obama’s swearing in and inaugural address […]

Obama may bypass Congress, use executive action to impose gun control

Obama may bypass Congress, use executive action to impose gun control

Facing powerful opposition to sweeping gun regulations, President Barack Obama is weighing 19 steps that could be taken through executive action alone, congressional officials said. Those steps could include ordering stricter action against people who lie on gun sale background checks, striking limits on federal research into gun use, ordering tougher penalties against gun trafficking, […]