Jewish Group Calls Joe Biden Comment Offensive

The Anti-Defamation League is criticizing Vice President Joe Biden for using the word “Shylocks” in a speech in Delaware. The portrayal of the character Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is considered antisemitic by many, and so using the word to mean a shady lawyer is generally best avoided.

Biden used “Shylocks” in a speech given at a celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, which provides civil legal assistance to those who can’t afford it. Per Politico, Biden spoke about his son Beau’s experience while in Iraq.

“People would come up to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being — I mean, these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas,” Biden said.

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Joe Biden Will Be in Philadelphia on the 4th of July

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Philadelphia Friday for the annual “Celebration of Freedom,” part of the Welcome America celebration.

This year’s ceremony, which takes place in front of Independence Hall, will additionally commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education. He’ll appear with Mayor Michael Nutter and other local luminaries.

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Obama, Biden Take Executive Selfie

Last night, the @WhiteHouse Twitter account posted this smiley selfie of Joe Biden and Barack Obama. It was to kick off Biden’s Instagram account, but was also posted as a tweet.

Obviously, this elicited a number of reactions, such as:

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Joe Biden’s Cadillac On Craigslist for $15,000

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According to the guy selling this Cadillac STS on Delaware Craigslist for $15,000, the car was leased by now-Vice President Joe Biden from 2005 to 2008. Owner Jeff Finkle told Delaware Online that he first realized who the previous driver was when he discovered the names Beau, Hunter and Jill (aka Biden’s family) programmed into the Bluetooth.

Biden was not immediately available for comment. (Yeah, we called.)

MONDAY KICKSTARTER: A Play-by-Play of Michigan’s Whirlwind Marriage Equality Weekend

One of the first gay marriages took place in Muskegon Co.

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS IN MICHIGAN

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MORNING TEA: Bruce Jenner Quits the Kardashians, Joe Biden to Be First Guest on Seth Meyers’ Late Night and More

Every morning I round up the gossip-y headlines you may have missed overnight.

MOVIES

Alexander will play Tarzan in a new 3-D action movie.

Alexander Skarsgård will play Tarzan in a new 3-D action movie.

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A Railroad Baron’s Home Fit for Only One Man: Joe Biden

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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: Not Down With Pot Legalization

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]

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