Former Vice President Joe Biden officially launched his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, bringing to a halt months of speculation. Although he is widely known for his tight-knit relationship with President Obama during Mr. Obama's eight years in the White House, Biden served in Congress for nearly 35 years and ran two unsuccessful campaigns for president. His long career in public life has also been shaped by two family tragedies. Here's everything you need to know about the 76-year-old lawmaker from Delaware and latest 2020 Democratic contender:Biography:Biden was born in Scranton, a city in northeastern Pennsylvania, in late 1942, when the U.S. was fighting the Axis powers in World War II. In the 1950s, his family moved to Delaware, where he attended a private Catholic academy and eventually, the University of Delaware for his bachelor's degree in political science and history. After earning his law degree from Syracuse University in 1968, Biden worked for … [Read more...] about Who is Joe Biden, the latest Democrat in the 2020 presidential race?
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UK Politics 25 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-48027580 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsBrexit UK elections to the European Parliament are fast approaching.The polls are only four weeks away and … [Read more...] about A guide to the UK’s European elections
0 Have your say A century ago, the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 allowed Madge Easton Anderson – a Scot who had studied at Glasgow University – to become the first woman to practise as a professional lawyer in the UK. Much has changed since then: today, women make up more than 50 per cent of solicitors under the age of 40 in Scotland and the President of the Supreme Court is a woman: Lady Brenda Hale. As Lady Hale has pointed out, however, there is a long way to go. The upper echelons of law – and certainly the judiciary – are still predominantly male. What are the consequences of this gender gap? In her book, Invisible Women, Caroline Criado-Perez has pointed out that a dearth of women in tech has produced a world designed by men for men. Could it be that under-representation at the top of law has resulted in a similar systemic bias?To mark 100 years of women in law, three academics – Sharon Cowan, … [Read more...] about Insight: Feminists rebalance the scales of justice
Editor's Note: Last Saturday, Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings died at the age of 97. Back in December 2004, Mike Wallace spoke with Senator Hollings on the eve of his retirement from the U.S. Senate. Below is a transcript of that story, entitled "A Feisty Farewell." He's long been known as the tartest tongue of the Senate. But feisty Fritz Hollings, Democrat, South Carolina, is giving up his seat. He didn't lose it, he wasn't defeated by a younger Republican, but after 38 years he just decided enough's enough. "The Senate has changed, and not for the better," he says. "I'm sick of raising money to get re-elected so I'm going home to Charleston." And that's where we sat down with him to let him fire a few final barbs about what's wrong with Congress. Insights from an insider who knows better than anyone the unhappy differences between then and now, especially when it comes to money. Senator Fritz Hollings: Whoo. When I got up, there was hardly a breakfast or an evening reception. Now, … [Read more...] about From the 60 Minutes archives: Senator Fritz Hollings
VERY NEARLY a quarter of a century has passed since a sort of joint manifesto was published by some of America's most prominent Roman Catholics and evangelical Christians. The document entitled "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" emphasised how much the two groups had in common, both spiritually and in their ideas about public policy, and it pledged that they would work together for a further narrowing of differences. After all, it declared, "all who accept [Jesus] Christ as Lord and Saviour are brothers and sisters in Christ." While accepting and indeed elaborating the two sides' theological bugbears, it proclaimed a common interest in causes such as opposing abortion, curbing pornography and encouraging "parental choice" in education. At the time, the proclamation was seen both as a rallying-cry for the future and an acknowledgement of how far the two sides had already inched towards bridging a chasm which had once seemed vast. Memories were fresh of an era when most … [Read more...] about The Trump era has exposed divisions among Catholics and evangelicals