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“With Joey, Jean Biden never had to supply the will: he knew what he wanted to do. She would always recall, when he was two, and playing on the kitchen floor, with a spoon, whanging and banging her pots and pans – noise to wake the dead! – she asked him, please, to stop. Joey looked up at her with his blue eyes flashing anger, and he said: ‘Look, Mom. You do your work, I’ll do mine. Okay?’” – Joe Biden was already cooler than you when he was two years old. (From What It Takes: The Way to the White House by Richard Ben Cramer)

“In a career of public service spanning nearly half a century, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., has left his mark on almost every part of our nation, fighting for a stronger middle class, a fairer judicial system, and a smarter foreign policy; providing unyielding support for our troops; combatting crime and violence against women; leading our quest to cure cancer; and safeguarding the landmark American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from corruption.

With his charm, candor, unabashed optimism, and deep and abiding patriotism, Joe Biden has garnered the respect and esteem of colleagues of both parties, and the friendship of people across the nation and around the world. While summoning the strength, faith, and grace to overcome great personal tragedy, the son of Scranton, Claymont, and Wilmington has become one of the most consequential Vice Presidents in American history, an accolade that nonetheless rests firmly behind his legacy as husband, father, and grandfather.

A grateful nation thanks Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. for his lifetime of service on behalf of the United States of America.”

– Citation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (With Distinction) awarded to Vice President Joe Biden, January 12, 2017.

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BREAKING: Obama And Mourners Farewell Beau Biden, A Man With "A Mighty Heart"
"Beau Biden was an original," the president told mourners. "He was a good man, a man of character, a man who loved deeply and was loved in return."
By David Mack

Mourners gathered in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday to farewell Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden, the late son of Vice President Joe Biden, who died May 30 from brain cancer at the age of 46.

The death of the Delaware Attorney General, Iraq War veteran, husband, and father of two had unleashed an outpouring of bipartisan grief in Washington, D.C., with top Democrats and Republicans alike expressing their sadness and condolences to the Biden family.

Among those in attendance for the funeral mass at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church included President Obama and his family, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and Former Attorney General Eric Holder. A number of Obama administration cabinet secretaries and top Congressional leaders also made the somber trip from the nation’s capital.

As the official motorcade passed through the city on the way to the church, onlookers held signs reading “God bless the Biden Family” and “God bless Beau and Joe.”

Dressed in black, the Biden family held each other close as Beau’s flag-draped casket was unloaded from the black hearse. Wearing his trademark dark aviator sunglasses, the vice president gripped the hand of his granddaughter before putting his hand to his heart as his oldest son’s coffin was carried into the church.

“God on high, hear my prayer. In my need you have always been there,” a man’s falsetto voice echoed throughout the church to the tune of the Les Misérables song “Bring Him Home,” as the Biden family proceeded to their seats. “Bring him peace. Bring him joy. He is lost. He is only a boy.”

President Obama eulogized Beau Biden as a man with a “mighty heart.”

“Beau Biden was an original,” the president told mourners. “He was a good man, a man of character, a man who loved deeply and was loved in return.”

His voice wavering as he fought back tears, Obama offered support to his grieving vice president, calling him his “brother.”

“The world noticed,” Obama assured the Biden family of Beau’s presence and dedication. “They noticed. They felt it.”

The two most powerful men in America then hugged, as Obama kissed Biden on the cheek.

Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army Chief of Staff, paid tribute to Biden’s military service, posthumously awarding him the Legion of Merit in addition to the Bronze Star he had been recognized with while alive.

“He was committed to his community, to his home state, and to his nation —frankly, a nation I thought Beau might one day lead,” Odierno said.

“Although Beau’s life was much too short, his legacy will live on in the thousands he touched, the thousands he influenced, and the many he loved.”

Coldplay’s Chris Martin had heard through friends that his band was a favorite of Beau’s and volunteered to sing at the service.

Strumming an acoustic guitar as the church organ hummed along, Martin sang his band’s 2005 song “Til Kingdom Come:” “For you, I’d wait ‘til kingdom come, until my days, my days are done. Say you’ll come and set me free. Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me.”

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 295 people aboard was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday by a surface-to-air missile, American officials have confirmed. The plane was traveling at about 30,000 feet, according to tracking information from a military spy satellite. The satellite was unable to detect where exactly the missile was fired.

Military and intelligence analysts are using mathematical formulas, high-speed computers and other sensors to try to pin down the missile’s point of origin. Other analysts will work with the Ukrainian authorities to recover and analyze pieces of the missile and the aircraft to help determine what kind of missile was fired, the officials said.

The plane — Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — crashed and burned in an eastern Ukraine wheat field near the Russian border, in an area roiled by fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces. There were no known survivors. Ukrainian officials immediately called the crash an act of terrorism.

The furiously unfolding investigation centered on Ukrainian separatists or Russian troops as the missile operators. The Ukrainian authorities said they had intercepted communications that indicated separatist involvement. But the reason for the attack — whether it was a deliberate strike or a tragic accident — was unknown.

“What we still don’t know is what were they thinking,” one official said.

“This is truly a grave situation,” said Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. of the United States, speaking in Detroit. “It’s important we get to the bottom of this sooner than later because of the possible repercussions that can flow beyond from this, beyond the tragic loss of life.”

Ukraine’s president, Petro O. Poroshenko, called for an immediate investigation and asked the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, to send experts to assist. “I would like to note that we are calling this not an incident, not a catastrophe, but a terrorist act,” Mr. Poroshenko said.

Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, said, “If it transpires that the plane was, indeed, shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must be brought to justice.”

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BREAKING: Beau Biden, Son Of Vice President Joe Biden, Dies Of Brain Cancer
Joseph "Beau" Biden III served as the Attorney General of Delaware from 2007 through 2014. He was 46-years-old.
By Jim Dalrymple II

Joseph “Beau” Biden III, the son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, died Saturday from brain cancer.

In a statement released by the Vice President’s office, the family said it was “saddened beyond words.”

Read the full statement here:

It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.

The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us—especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.

Beau’s life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo. A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware’s Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse.

More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.

In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.

Beau Biden is the oldest of Joe Biden’s three surviving children. He has served in the Delaware National Guard and was a JAG officer.

The Washington Post described Beau as the “rising star of a family dynasty.” When his father left the senate to assume the vice presidency, Beau was considered by some to be a contender to fill the seat.


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