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Take 30 minutes to watch President Barack Obama surprise Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction, a moment every American should see, and every American should treasure. When you think of ‘public service,’ few names may come to mind, but Biden should, because few people embody the spirit of public service like Joe and his family. Almost 50 years of his life have been dedicated to the people of this country and when history looks back at the most influential and genuine people, Joe will grace the top of the list. Despite his career politician status, he never put family on the backburner, showing us all how to live. And even as his time as Vice President comes to a close, Joe continues to look to the bright future of America. In the coming years, there will undoubtedly be more from our beloved Joe Biden, and as a Philadelphian, I could not be more excited at the prospect of Joe returning to the region for work. Thank you Mr. Vice President for your tireless work and endless sacrifice for this country. No one deserves this medal more than you.

Skip to 13:50 to see the moment Joe Biden is surprised with the Medal of Freedom.

Once more, the National Mall has swelled with demonstrators.

Just a week after President Trump’s inauguration at the Capitol and six days after the Women’s March on Washington, abortion-rights opponents were raising their voices in the nation’s capital. The annual rally they call the March for Life attracted demonstrators from across the country Friday.

The demonstration, which has been held each year since the nationwide legalization of abortion in 1973, is celebrating a seminal moment in its decades-long run: a speech from a sitting vice president.

“Life is winning in America!” Mike Pence told the audience. It was a phrase he repeated often during his brief speech, emphasizing the electoral victories of anti-abortion candidates. That includes President Trump, in particular, who asked his vice president to attend the rally, according to Pence.

At Anti-Abortion Rally, Pence Tells Protesters: ‘Life Is Winning In America!’

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A letter from Joe Biden to his staff:

To My Wonderful Staff,
I would like to take a moment and make something clear to everyone. I do not expect, nor do I want, any of you to miss or sacrifice important family obligations for work. Family obligations include, but are not limited to, family birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, any religious ceremonies, such as first communions and bar mitzvahs, graduations, and times of need, such as an illness or a loss in the family. This is very important to me. In fact, I will go so far as to say that if I find out that you are working with me while missing important family responsibilities, it will disappoint me greatly. This has been an unwritten rule since my days in the Senate.
Thank you all for the hard work.
Sincerely, Joe


Vice President Joe Biden

On Jan. 20, Joe Biden officially hands over the vice president’s office, a capstone on a career that has spanned decades in electoral politics.

Among other things, his tenure in the White House has seen him strike a clear friendship with President Obama, who picked the then-Delaware senator as running mate after securing the 2008 Democratic nomination.

Here’s a look back at the past eight years of Vice President Biden. (Colin Campbell/Yahoo News)

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