The House of Representatives soaked up most of the attention Wednesday, but 13 new senators also were sworn in at noon, a crop that includes familiar faces and numerous younger lawmakers.
In remarks before South African political and business leaders at the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg on Friday Morning, Joe Biden described the moment he first arrived in this country with a group of African American congressmen. It was the 1970s, and apartheid ruled.
It was the dog days of August when Rep. Joe Sestak announced his bid against incumbent Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, who had the backing of President Obama, Vice President Biden, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.), the state party organization and almost every key labor union. Many national party leaders believed the backing of such prominent figures would overcome doubts about the more than 28 years Specter spent as a Republican representing Pennsylvania in the Senate. But those party leaders at the so-called "grass tops" have not exactly nailed down support for Specter at the true grass-roots level.
| May 17, 2010; 7:20 AM ET |
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Beau Biden, the eldest son of Vice President Biden, suffered a stroke, the White House announced Tuesday.
Vice President Biden said Monday that he'd never have anything bad to say about Dan Quayle, his often-mocked predecessor, because Quayle was responsible for the pool at the vice presidential residence.
Vice President Biden traveled to Ohio Monday to raise money for an endangered freshman Democratic congressman who has yet to declare his support for health-care reform legislation.
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