7:04 AM, Jul 17, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Vice President Biden and his entourage visited Brazil in mid-June to attend the USA versus Ghana World Cup game, a trip that also included meetings with both the president and vice president of Brazil. Although the vice president spent only one night in Brazil before moving on to Colombia, the entire delegation, presumably including the advance team plus all communications, logistics, security, and operations personnel, required four different hotels for the Brazil leg of the trip. The total cost for the hotel space alone was estimated at $2,245,343.30:
The main hotel reserved for the vice president's delegation, the Royal Tulip, is located next to the Palacio Alvorada, the residence of Brazilian president. The documents released by the State Department do not state the total "room nights" needed for lodging although such documents often do. The justification for the hotel contracts explained that the World Cup had pushed up area hotel rates anywhere from 75 to 365 percent. The $2.2 million hotel price tag for the one-night Brazil stop for the vice president far exceeds other trips such as the $585,000 cost for a 2013 Paris stop.
Although the notification posted by the State Department is entitled "Hotel for U.S VIP 2014 Brazil World Cup," the vice president's trip to Brazil was widely reported to be an attempt to repair damage caused by National Security Agency (NSA) spying practices involving the Brazilian president and her top aides.
8:36 AM, Jul 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Hillary Clinton's tour promoting her book Hard Choices may be having an effect—though perhaps not the one the 66-year-old former secretary of state might have wanted. A new poll of the potential 2016 presidential field from Quinnipiac, conducted at the end of June, found support for Clinton among Democratic primary voters at 58 percent.
8:46 AM, Jul 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The vice president of the United States is counseling teenage girls -- at least, one teenager he saw yesterday -- that they can't date until they're 30. "Chestnut St. Nearing 9th, VPOTUS hugs a girl who is wearing a rain poncho and appears to be in her early teens. Tells her, 'No dates ‘til you’re 30,'" reports the pool reporter.
10:31 AM, Jun 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In what some are interpreting as a veiled shot at Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden says that the fact he isn't rich shouldn't be held against him:
I make a lot of money as vice president, Biden said in the Washington, D.C. speech this morning. But, he said, he was the poorest member of Congress when he was a U.S. senator.
12:56 PM, Jun 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking yesterday in Guatemala City, Guatemala, addressed the recent influx of immigrants on America's Southern border. He said a "vast majority" of these immigrants "will be going home."
8:22 AM, Jun 19, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Vice President Joe Biden was in Brazil Monday for a meeting with Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and to attend the USA's World Cup game versus Ghana.
And Address 'Misperceptions About U.S. Immigration Policy.'7:06 AM, Jun 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Biden departs today for Latin America, where he'll visit Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. In Brazil, he'll head to the World Cup to watch a soccer game. In Guatemala, he'll address "misperceptions about U.S. immigration policy," according to a White House official.
1:29 PM, Jun 12, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
As the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate, President Obama's Iraq policy is coming under increasing scrutiny.
10:42 AM, Jun 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
As Iraq falls apart, it's worth remembering Vice President Joe Biden hailing that country as one of President Obama's "great achievements" in a 2010 interview with then CNN host Larry King:
8:34 AM, Jun 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Not even the vice president supported the trade of the Taliban 5 for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. According to a new report, Vice President Joe Biden remained "neutral on the prisoner swap."
Visit VP Biden.1:10 PM, May 27, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
The expletives were flying during a ceremony for wounded warriors at the vice president's residence on Memorial Day.
Jill Biden made between $15,001-50,000 for hers.3:59 PM, May 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden is not making too much money off his book Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics. Last year, in fact, he made less than $201 in royalties from his book publisher, according to just-released disclosure forms.
Here's the disclosure form, which has been "reviewed and certified by ethics officials," according to the White House:
Biden's book was published in 2007 by Random House.
11:12 AM, May 4, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
At last night's White House Correspondent's Dinner, President Barack Obama made a joke at the expense of his second in command, Vice President Joe Biden:
"It is strange to think that I have just two and a half years left in this office. Everywhere I look, there are reminders that I only hold this job temporarily," said Obama to laughs.
10:03 AM, Apr 22, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Vice President Biden addressed Ukrainian legislators Tuesday in a committee room of the Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, where he began his remarks by thanking the legislators for "making me feel relevant again." Biden is in Ukraine to show support for the Ukrainian government as that country faces continued pressure and threats from Russia. Biden's "relevant" comments were a reference to his time as a legislator in the United States:
Not as deft as Carney’s skillet flipping abilities.
7:18 AM, Apr 22, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
A few months ago when Obamacare was in free fall, many were left scratching their heads when the Democrats were touting stay-at-home motherhood as one of the perks of Obamacare.