April 5th, 2013
07:42 AM ET

Friday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial of Jodi Arias, who's accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008.  The trial is scheduled to resume on Monday, April 8.

Today's programming highlights...

9:15 am ET - Easter prayer breakfast - President Obama and Vice President Biden speak to faith leaders at an Easter prayer breakfast in Washington.

12:45 pm ET - White House briefing - The North Korea crisis and government spending will likely dominate discussion at the White House briefing in Washington.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.


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March 12th, 2013
12:53 PM ET

Possible leak of politicians' info probed

Did sensitive information about Vice President Joe Biden and other high-profile politicians and celebrities get published to the Internet? And if so, how?

Federal investigators said Tuesday they're trying to find out.

A U.S. Secret Service spokesman said the agency was investigating how sensitive information that could be about Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama ended up on the Internet.

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January 27th, 2013
03:00 AM ET

Secret Service dog falls to its death from roof of New Orleans parking deck

A Secret Service dog fell to its death Saturday night while doing a sweep of a multi-story parking deck near a hotel where Vice President Joe Biden was speaking.

The Belgian Malanois fell from the roof of the six-story deck adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans where Biden was speaking at a fundraiser for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, reported CNN affiliate WWLTV.

Secret Service spokesman Max Milien told CNN the death was a "tragic accident."

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January 25th, 2013
07:42 AM ET

Friday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

11:00 am ET - Gun violence roundtable - The Obama administration takes its gun policy message on the road, as Vice President Biden and others lead a roundtable discussion on gun violence in Richmond, Virginia.


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January 21st, 2013
07:39 AM ET

Monday's live events

President Obama will be publicly sworn in for a second term in office today.  Watch CNN.com Live for all your inauguration coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

8:40 am ET - Obamas, Bidens go to church - President Obama, Vice President Biden and their families begin their day by attending a service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington.


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Obama announces 23 executive actions, asks Congress to pass gun laws
President Obama signs gun-violence-related executive actions following an announcement at the White House Wedensday.
January 16th, 2013
02:32 PM ET

Obama announces 23 executive actions, asks Congress to pass gun laws

  • President Barack Obama announces 23 executive actions on gun control, separately asks Congress to pass gun-control laws
  • Obama asks Congress to pass laws that would: require background checks on all gun sales; restore a ban on "military-style assault weapons"; ban gun magazines with capacities of more than 10 rounds; and toughen penalties on people who sell guns to those who can't have them
  • Below are the latest updates as they come to us. Also, you can read our full story, and check out details of Obama's plan.

[Updated at 2:32 p.m. ET] The National Rifle Association of America has issued a statement responding to Obama's announcement:

"Throughout its history, the National Rifle Association has led efforts to promote safety and responsible gun ownership. Keeping our children and society safe remains our top priority. The NRA will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools, fixing our broken mental health system, and prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law. We look forward to working with Congress on a bi-partisan basis to find real solutions to
protecting America's most valuable asset - our children.

"Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation. Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy."

[Updated at 12:43 p.m. ET] Senate Democratic leadership sources tell CNN that passing any new legislation will be extremely difficult because more than a dozen vulnerable Democrats from conservative states will probably resist much of what the president is pushing, according to CNN's Dana Bash.

These Democratic sources say the most likely legislation to pass will be strengthening background checks, since it is the least overt form of gun control and it also appeals to gun rights advocates' emphasis on keeping guns away from people with mental health and criminal problems.

[Updated at 12:42 p.m. ET] Reaction to Obama's announcement is starting to come in. From Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, whose state was the site of the December 14 school massacre that prompted Obama to examine gun control steps:

"In the hours after the worst of our fears were confirmed, in the midst of the grief and sorrow over the loss of 20 innocent children and six dedicated educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there was one question on the minds of people across Connecticut and around the nation: How do we make sure this never happens again? Today the president took the critical first step toward answering that question. The common sense measures he proposed today are something that we should all be able to agree on, and I want to commend him and the vice president for their work on this issue."

From Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner:

"House committees of jurisdiction will review these recommendations. And if the Senate passes a bill, we will also take a look at that."

[Updated at 12:22 p.m. ET] The announcement is over, and Obama is signing the 23 executive actions. These actions are in addition to laws that Obama wants Congress to pass. Here, according to the White House, are the 23 executive actions that he and his administration will do:

1. "Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system."

2. "Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system."

3. "Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system."

4. "Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks."


Obama to announce gun plans tomorrow
January 15th, 2013
01:15 PM ET

Obama to announce gun plans tomorrow

It didn't take long for U.S. President Barack Obama to decide how he wants to try to reduce gun violence.

Obama (pictured) and Vice President Joe Biden will announce Obama's plan for reducing gun violence on Wednesday, the White House said Tuesday afternoon. Biden had given recommendations to Obama after leading a task force on the issue last week.

Obama's proposal will be comprehensive, and will include legislative options for banning assault weapons as well as steps to address high-capacity magazines and federal background checks, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Obama and Biden will be joined by children from around the country who wrote letters to the president, Carney said.

What proposals do you want to see to reduce gun violence? Share them at CNN iReport, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.

Obama: Gun lobby 'ginning up' fear

January 11th, 2013
12:11 PM ET

Gun rights group leader: Meeting with Biden wasn't all bad

The National Rifle Association might have been disappointed in yesterday’s meeting with Vice President Joe Biden’s gun control panel, but another gun rights group saw signs of common ground.

Richard Feldman, president of the Independent Firearm Owners Association, told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien on Friday that gun lobbyists and the administration have serious differences. Both sides appear to support increasing penalties for people who buy guns for people who can't legally buy them, and for increasing funding so that authorities can enforce existing laws.

"If you ask the question and focus on guns, you really miss the problem. If we ask the question, 'In whose hands are the guns,' then we find we're in a lot of agreement," Feldman, a former NRA lobbyist, said.


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Wal-Mart will meet with Holder, not Biden
January 10th, 2013
11:16 AM ET

Wal-Mart will meet with Holder, not Biden

Wal-Mart's envoy to the White House's gun violence task force will meet with Attorney General Eric Holder, not the group's leader Vice President Joe Biden, an administration official said Thursday.

Biden is scheduled to meet with gun owners and gun rights groups Thursday, including the National Rifle Association. Later in the day he'll sit down with representatives of the entertainment and video game industries.

After initially declining an invitation to attend at meeting with the gun panel, Wal-Mart announced Wednesday that it would participate in a meeting with the group, which was assembled after the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

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January 9th, 2013
11:26 AM ET

Wal-Mart now sold on gun-control summit

Retail giant Wal-Mart has had an apparent change of heart about attending a gun-control summit called by Vice President Joe Biden.

The company tells CNN's Christine Romans it plans to send representatives to the Thursday meeting at the White House. It had previously said its experts on gun control were unavailable to meet due to a scheduling conflict.

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Obama's re-election is made official
Vice President Joe Biden read the results during a joint legislative session on Friday afternoon in Washington.
January 4th, 2013
03:08 PM ET

Obama's re-election is made official

Remember that presidential election we had two months ago? The electoral college has followed through.

Lawmakers on Friday counted the electoral college's votes on Friday, and the results were as expected: 332 votes for Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden; and 206 votes for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Biden, in his role as the Senate's president, read the results of the electoral college's votes - actually taken in December, more than a month after Election Day - in a joint legislative session in the U.S. House.

While Obama awaits his January 21 inauguration, he'll be making new picks for his cabinet. High-profile vacancies are expected to include secretary of state, secretary of defense and treasury secretary.

Big cabinet decisions loom as Obama vacations

Obama’s cabinet: Who’s in, who’s out?

Obama, GOP lay out hard lines for tough talks ahead

December 19th, 2012
12:06 PM ET

Obama announces gun policy initiative

[Updated 12:06 pm ET] With the shock and horror from Newtown giving way to anger and calls for action, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday his first concrete steps in addressing the raging debate about gun policy.

Obama said that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an interagency process to develop policy in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school massacre.

Obama said he wants proposals on his desk quickly.

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May 10th, 2012
07:51 AM ET

Thursday's live events

The race to the presidency now turns toward the general election in November.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

9:30 am ET - Biden talks education - Vice President Biden will speak on efforts to keep education affordable at a White House event.  He may also discuss President Obama's announcement that he backs same-sex marriage.


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January 28th, 2012
06:16 PM ET

Biden calls Iraqi leaders as bloodshed worsens

As recent bloodshed raises fears of renewed sectarian violence in Iraq, U.S. Vice President Biden has been calling Iraqi leaders in an apparent attempt to soothe political tensions, the White House said Saturday.

Biden telephoned Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama Nujaifi on Saturday and, a day earlier, spoke with Dr. Ayad Allawi, a leader of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya political bloc.

"The two Iraqi leaders described deliberations under way among all Iraqi political factions and parties in the run-up to a proposed national conference led by President Jalal Talabani," the White House statement said. "The vice president discussed with both leaders the importance of resolving outstanding issues through the political process. The vice president and Iraqi leaders agreed to stay in close touch as events unfold."

In the latest in a series of attacks this year, a suicide car bomber killed at least 31 people and injured 60 more in a Shiite funeral procession in Baghdad on Friday, two police officials said. The bombing occurred as mourners were heading toward a hospital in Baghdad's Zafarniya district to recover the bodies of relatives shot the night before, officials said.

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Jill Biden to visit largest refugee camp in effort to feed Horn of Africa's hungry
The United Nations says almost half the Somali children arriving at Dadaab refugee complex are malnourished. Many die en route.
August 8th, 2011
09:05 AM ET

Jill Biden to visit largest refugee camp in effort to feed Horn of Africa's hungry

Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's wife, is in Kenya with former Republican Sen. Bill Frist and other dignitaries to emphasize the U.S. government's commitment to tackling the famine that has left more than 12 million East Africans in need of food.

During her trip, Biden will visit the Dadaab refugee complex, a camp that receives more than 1,000 Somalis a day and is home to more than 400,000 displaced people. The camp is designed to accommodate about 90,000 refugees.

The region is facing its worst drought in six decades, and the United Nations has declared a state of famine in five regions of Somalia with warnings that the situation is deteriorating and could easily spread. Though food insecurity is also affecting Kenya, Djibouti, Uganda and Ethiopia, the greatest concerns emanate from war-torn Somalia, which has known no central government since 1991.

The United Nations is working to round up $2.5 billion to address the situation, which the organization says could be ongoing for six months or more.

Biden's trip to Dadaab aims to draw attention to the plight of the Horn of Africa and highlight the Feed the Future program, a U.S. government effort aimed at "helping countries transform their own agricultural sectors to grow enough food sustainably to feed their people." She also will visit Nairobi's Kenya Agricultural Research Institute and meet with President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Agriculture Minister Sally Kosgei.


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July 10th, 2011
06:49 PM ET

Latest debt talks start

Congressional leaders are in talks Sunday evening with President Barack Obama at the White House, hoping to craft a comprehensive deficit reduction deal that appeared to stall earlier in the weekend.

The key players - including House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada - met in a White House conference room Sunday evening.

When asked before the start of Sunday's talks if a deal could be reached within 10 days, Obama told reporters, "We need to."

Monday's live video events
June 13th, 2011
07:53 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Seven people who have declared or are considering a run for president next year will gather at a New Hampshire college tonight to debate the issue.  CNN.com Live will be there for all the action.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Casey Anthony trial - Testimony continues in the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her young daughter.


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Monday's live video events
April 4th, 2011
07:31 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the conflict in Libya and the nuclear crisis in Japan.

Today's programming highlights...

11:45 am ET - Biden speaks out on school violence - Vice President Joe Biden discusses violence against women at schools and college campuses during a visit to the University of New Hampshire.  He may also bring up President Obama's re-election announcement.


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Thursday's live video events
March 17th, 2011
07:43 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

It's St. Patrick's Day, and everyone is feeling a little Irish today.  CNN.com Live is there as we cover the Irish prime minister's trip to Washington.  We're also your home for the latest news from Japan.

Today's programming highlights...

Ongoing coverage - Japan earthquake/tsunami aftermath

8:30 am ET - Irish PM meets with Biden - He's only been in office a few days, but Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny is already being treated like a VIP.  He begins his day at Vice President Biden's Naval Observatory home for a breakfast in his honor.


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Amid Egyptian crisis, Obama meets with security team
January 29th, 2011
03:49 PM ET

Amid Egyptian crisis, Obama meets with security team

As violence in the streets continued in Egypt, U.S. President Barack Obama convened a meeting of his national security team on Saturday, the White House said in a statement.

During the meeting, which lasted just more than an hour, Obama was updated on the situation in North Africa. He restated the U.S. focus on opposing violence, upholding universal rights, calling for restraint and supporting Egyptian efforts of political reform.

Among the meeting's participants were Vice President Joe Biden; National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism; White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and senior advisor David Plouffe.

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