2:59 PM, Apr 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
"The Bidens contributed $7,190 to charity in 2012," the White House revealed today. A look at the Bidens joint filing reveals that $2,000 of that donation was in the form of "donated property" given to Goodwill in Wilmington, Delaware.
Here's the relevant form, from the Bidens' tax return:
As the form states, on June 25 of last year, the Bidens gave "Clothing, Boots, Kitchenware, Glassware" totaling $400 to Goodwill. Earlier, on May 16, the Bidens gave "Furniture and Exercise Equipment" valued at $1,100 to the Ministry of Caring. And on May 27 of last year, the Bidens gave "Bicycles, Toys, Glasses, Pottery, Kitchenware" valued at $500 to the same Goodwill.
As for the other donations, the Bidens gave cash contributions totaling $5,190, including $20 to the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation and $50 to the Ministry of Caring:
In 2012, the Bidens gave 1.87 percent of their $385,072 income to charity.
Oct 22, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 06 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
In the first presidential debate of 2012, we saw, up close and personal, what Harvey Mansfield called in last week’s issue the ennui of Barack Obama. Obama’s ennui is related to his dislike for the real challenges of governing. More fundamentally, his ennui reflects his declinism. What’s exciting about governing for the next four years if it’s just going to involve managing austerity at home and decline abroad?
10:57 AM, Aug 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden is looking ahead to the 2016 presidential election, according to a new ebook by Glenn Thrush.
May 28, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 35 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
This issue of The Weekly Standard features advice from Yuval Levin and Jay Cost for Mitt Romney in his presidential race. A Romney victory is devoutly to be desired. But a truly grand victory requires worthy opponents. Barack Obama is one. With all due respect to our affable vice president, Joe Biden is not.
The Chinese challenge to American power.Sep 5, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 47 • By GARY SCHMITT
There have been two major books published this summer on relations between the United States and China: Henry Kissinger’s On China and this one. And while Kissinger himself has had an immense impact on how those relations have unfolded over the past four decades, Aaron L. Friedberg’s volume will likely be far more important in laying out the path forward.
Obama and his vice president.10:16 AM, Feb 25, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
The health care summit is off to an already soporific start. How anybody will be able stay awake for the next six hours is beyond me. An early highlight: When they entered the room, both President Obama and Vice President Biden spent a few moments greeting the participants. Obama made his way to his seat efficiently. Biden, as you might imagine, did not. He kept chatting up his old friends in the Senate, and tried making some new ones from the House. But Obama grew impatient. "C'mon, Biden," he said from his seat.
7:00 AM, Feb 9, 2010 • By MICHAEL ANTON
Last week was a big one for nuclear news. First, the Obama administration submitted its proposed budget for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (that’s the agency that, among other things, maintains our warheads). Second, an unnamed administration official announced an “agreement in principle” with the Russians for the START follow-on treaty.
These two things are connected beyond the obvious point of contact. The former is meant to be a down payment on the latter. The administration has been put on notice that it faces substantial opposition in the Senate, not only to the ratification of this new treaty (whatever it ends up being called), but to its other arms control priorities as well. The price, say a coalition of 41 mostly (but not entirely) Republican senators, is a serious commitment to upgrade the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
Wednesday's address will hit on nuclear security, modernization.3:07 PM, Feb 8, 2010 • By JOHN NOONAN
Politico is reporting that Vice President Biden will be delivering a key address on the future of America's nuclear arsenal this Wednesday. Here's what to expect:
--It's likely that Biden will channel Secretary Gates' Oct 2008 speech to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In that address, the SECDEF spelled out precisely why America needed to modernize and maintain its nuclear arsenal. Gates did so in a most unusual forum, an institution dedicated to ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Obama faces a similar problem, in that he has to explain why he's pumping $11 billion into nuclear upgrades two months after receiving a Nobel Peace Prize for advocating nuclear disarmament.