Every morning I round up the gossip-y headlines you may have missed overnight.
Alexander Skarsgård will play Tarzan in a new 3-D action movie.
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Dear Vice President Biden,
Is it OK if we call you Joe? God love ya, we feel like we know you with the Pennsylvania connection and all. Really sorry we missed you at 30th Street yesterday. We know how you feel about trains, though, so we thought this humongous estate in Bryn Mawr might pique your interest. It was built for the president of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1896. We think it’s perfect for you.
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Joe Biden has decided to betray every principle the Onion version of him stands for:
Just weeks after President Barack Obama told the New Yorker that the drug is no more dangerous than alcohol, Biden said the Administration supports smarter enforcement, but not outright legalization. “I think the idea of focusing significant resources on interdicting or convicting people for smoking marijuana is a waste of our resources,” Biden told TIME in an interview aboard an Amtrak train on the way to an event in Philadelphia. “That’s different than [legalization]. Our policy for our Administration is still not legalization, and that is [and] continues to be our policy.”
If enforcing the law is a bad idea, why have the law? [TIME]
Joe Biden is visiting Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station today, and Delaware’s favorite son showed up to sit in Amtrak’s new locomotive.
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Fightin’ Joe Biden’s Internet-bestowed nickname may be wearing off on his family members, most recently the vice president’s niece, Caroline Biden.
Seems Caroline had a bit of trouble with her roommate this morning, with the fight escalating (devolving?) into a situation that required police presence. And then, well, all hell broke loose:
Caroline Biden was allegedly arguing with a roommate in her Tribeca apartment Tuesday morning, and when police responded, she resisted arrest and tried to take a swing at the officer, according to police.
Police will also charge the young lady Biden with harassment and obstructing governmental administration. She is expected to be arraigned today.
Somewhere, meanwhile, Joe Biden is shedding a manly, Delawarian tear of joy. Kids, after all, grow up so fast. [NBC]
Beau Biden, Delaware AG, has a mass in his brain according to doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is being held for observation tonight to determine if it’s cancerous. For more on Biden, who took a detour last week through Jefferson University hospital after first experiencing symptoms, see our piece from yesterday. Biden suffered a mild stroke in 2010; his father, VP Joe Biden suffered a serious aneurysm in 1988. [NBC News]
Last Wednesday, Delaware A.G. Beau Biden, VP fils, was driving with his family to Indiana for a family vacation when he became disoriented and felt that something “wasn’t right” with his arm. (He suffered a mild stroke in 2010.) The next day he visited his doctor at Jefferson University hospital in Philly before spending the weekend taking it easy at home in Wilmington.
Since then, however, he’s flown to some undisclosed location in Houston, where he’s undergoing medical tests to determine exactly what went wrong. Next family vacation, I’ve got a feeling Beau’s taking Amtrak.
Gotta love Joe Biden, who doesn’t see any reason why a funeral for a long-serving U.S. Senator shouldn’t be full of yuks. So at Frank Lautenberg’s service today, Biden reportedly got all the best lines, including:
* “And by the way, Danielle, I knew Strom Thurmond so well, literally, I was asked to do his eulogy. I did his eulogy. This is a lot easier.”
* When Lautenberg asked him whether he should run again: “I said, of course you should run again. I think even Christie will vote for ya.”
* “My wife says I’m the most obnoxious grandfather in the world. No. Wrong. Frank was the most obnoxious.”
Honestly, has there ever been a man better suited to the vice-presidency? Can we keep him there when Obama retires?
Vice-President Joe Biden recently received a set of letters from a classroom of third-graders from North Philadelphia. The topic was gun violence. Today, the White House released audio of Biden reading excerpts from the letters. Here is a sampling:
“Camilla says, ‘I want to discuss with you why you want to stop gun violence. I think it’s because you want less people passing away.’”
“Ishmael says, ‘I heard you take care of gun violence. Maybe no guns at all, but the police can get safety guns. That will change the world.”
“Jacob: ‘You can go out on the stage and just say, I want to stop using guns.’”
What a clash of styles it will be next Monday in Philadelphia. On campus: Joe Biden, VP of 44, keynote speaker. Kimmel Center: Laura Bush, First Lady of 43, addressing graduates of the School of Nursing. He, off-the-cuff. She, a former librarian. He, sure to offend at least someone. She, guaranteed to say nothing remotely controversial or unexpected. It’s Penn graduation baby! Full schedule here. Baby!