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“I was a hell of a success. My son was better than me. He was better than me in every way,” Biden said of his son Beau — who passed away in May at age 43 — as he held back tears. Biden was open about his struggle with grief over his son’s death and his ambivalence about running for president. Biden has traveled the U.S. for public appearances in recent weeks and is polling well against Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Joe Biden Will Make You Cry: “My Son Was Better Than Me”

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While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent … This is what I believe: I believe President Obama has led this nation from crisis to recovery, and we’re now on the cusp of resurgence. I’m proud to have played a part in that. This Party, our nation, will be making a tragic mistake if we walk away, or attempt to undo, the Obama legacy.
—  Vice President Joe Biden announces he won’t be a candidate in 2016.

This year Joe Biden’s 46 year old son Beau died of cancer.

Obama just announced that he’s asking Biden to head a task force to come up with more cures for cancer.

And some of the Republicans still couldn’t be bothered to join the standing ovation. Who needs a heart when you have partisanship?

The Borowitz Report: Biden to Decide on 2016 Bid by Early 2017

In an e-mail sent to potential donors, the former Senator Ted Kaufman, a longtime friend and confidant of the Vice-President, wrote that “Joe is still trying to sort things out,” but promised that his decision will come “no later than January, 2017.”

Read more from the Borowitz Report on newyorker.com.

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Biden backs transgender military service as US weighs policy

WASHINGTON >> Vice President Joe Biden is throwing his unequivocal support behind letting transgender people serve openly in the U.S. military, as the Obama administration considers whether and when to lift the longstanding ban.

Biden’s declaration at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner Saturday goes further than anything the Obama administration has said before, evoking memories of when Biden outpaced President Barack Obama in endorsing gay marriage. Although the White House says Obama supports a Pentagon review aimed at ending the transgender ban, neither Obama nor the military has said definitively that the policy will be changed.

“No longer is there any question transgender people are able to serve in the United States military,” Biden told a crowd of 3,000 gay rights activists at the group’s star-studded gala.

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