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The NY Post reports:

Friends say Caroline ­Biden is a “hot mess” with a history of booze and pill addiction — and she blames it all on the tremendous pressure she faces being the vice president’s niece…

Cops were called to Caroline’s luxury rental apartment in Tribeca Tuesday morning when the 26-year-old allegedly went on a ­violent rampage, screaming and pounding on the doors in a fight with her roommate over unpaid rent. Caroline was arrested for taking a swing at a ­female cop.

The Georgetown University grad resisted going into a holding cell at a precinct station house and was transported to Beth Israel Hospital in a rolling chair — bizarrely with a towel covering her head…

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Charles C.W. Cooke writes for National Review:

Doctor Biden has joined Twitter as @DrBiden. The account is “run by Dr. Jill Biden’s Office,” and it tells us absorbing things about Dr. Biden — things such as “Yesterday, Dr. Biden hosted an education roundtable” and “Yesterday, Dr. Biden honored the nation’s top teachers.” It retweets praise, too: “Thank you Dr. Biden for your work as an educator and as a voice for all educators in our nation,” reads one tribute. If a tweet is signed “Jill,” the doctoral bio informs us, this indicates that it is a “tweet from Dr. Biden.” “Jill,” if you’re wondering, is Dr. Biden’s nickname. Her formal name is “Dr.”

Wherever she goes and whatever she does, Dr. Biden is always referred to as “Dr. Biden.” “Is Joe Biden married to a physician?” wondered the Los Angeles Times in January. “You might have gotten that impression while watching television coverage of the inauguration.” Yes, you might have indeed.

Dr. Biden isn’t a physician, of course. She has a doctorate – in “educational leadership,” whatever the hell that is. This Ed.D gives her the right to call herself “Dr.” in much the same way as my Master’s degree gives me the right to put MA after my name. Perhaps my Twitter handle should be @MA(Oxon)Charles?

Or . . . perhaps not. It’s not @MA(Oxon)Charles because I’m keenly aware that my non-vocational education really isn’t that important to anybody other than me. (And, perhaps, my mother.) Dr. Biden has made a different judgment about the value of hers, and in doing so she has become another symptom of our Potemkin aristocracy, to which only those who have letters after their name may belong…

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Vice President Joe Biden regularly puts his foot in his mouth, and now a member of his staff has blown it, too.

The Washington Post reports that “the office of Vice President Biden has apologized to a University of Maryland student after a member of Biden’s staff confronted the college reporter and forced him to delete photos of an event.”

(The student reporter) accidentally sat in a section of the audience not meant for the media. He had identified himself as a member of the press upon entry and been directed to that area. Barr took a few pictures of Biden at the podium. After the event, a staffer for Biden confronted him and demanded to watch as he deleted the pictures from his camera.

“I gave her the benefit of the doubt that she was following proper procedures,” Barr told Patch. But Lucy Dalglish, dean of the University of Maryland’s journalism school, filed a formal complaint with the vice president’s office.

“It is our policy that all of our open press events are open press even if a reporter is not in the designated press area,” Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff told The Washington Post. “This was an unfortunate mistake by a staffer who does not regularly interact with the press. Once we learned about it, I immediately apologized to the Dean of the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, the reporter involved and to the newspaper. It will never happen again.”

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During the debate last night, while Paul Ryan talked about the ailing economy, persistent unemployment, and the nuclear threat in Iran, Biden could not keep himself composed.

What do you think? Did Biden have a crack up at the debate last night? You be the judge!


Joe Biden’s stance that some university faculty and administrators are overpaid has made him unpopular at university campuses lately. Now, adjunct faculty members are arguing that Jill Biden’s salary as a teacher at Northern Village Community College was much higher than average. From Inside Higher Ed:

Then, this week, a listserv popular with adjunct faculty members lit up with comments after the couple’s 2011 tax returns indicated that Jill Biden made $82,000 teaching at Northern Virginia Community College. The figure came as a shock because Biden has been identified regularly as an adjunct.

“I thought she was an adjunct. I would love to teach there,” said one member on the Adjunct L Listserv, a forum where part-time faculty discuss issues, commiserate and take part in occasional rants. “If her per course salary as a contingent faculty member is the same as mine, that means that she taught 25.4 classes last year,” said another.

Biden’s pay, however, reflects her promotion to associate professor, college officials said, which comes with a heavier teaching load than her old adjunct gig.

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Good ‘ole Joe Biden. You can always count on him to say what he shouldn’t. Remember when the revolution was underway in Egypt? In stepped Joe to praise Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian dictator.

“Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things. And he’s been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interest in the region, the Middle East peace efforts; the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with — with Israel. … I would not refer to him as a dictator.”

And who could forget his compliment of then-candidate Barack Obama’s precedent-setting personal hygiene in 2007? “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

How about when Biden warned his running mate during a stump speech on gun control in September 2008? “Barack Obama ain’t taking my shotguns, so don’t buy that malarkey. … I’ve got two, if he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem.”

If he hadn’t been running for VP, that comment might have been enough to get him arrested.

There is also his comment about the convenience store industry back in 2006. “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”

Our vice president shoots from the hip. And he shoots badly. But his rhetorical Beretta does occasionally manage to hit the mark. Lately, for example, he’s been taking aim at out of control college tuition costs. And he has actually said a couple of things that make sense.

He told a Pennsylvania crowd that bloated faculty salaries are to blame for making college unaffordable. Responding to a question about why costs were rising so fast, he said: “Salaries for college professors have escalated significantly. They should be good, but they have escalated significantly.” He went on to explain that there is “a lot of competition for the finest professors. They all want the Nobel laureates.”

There are two fundamental rules for Democratic politicians. No. 1: Never criticize a public employee. No. 2: There is no such thing as an educator who makes too much. Biden seems to forget both rules.

I’m curious: What does professor Jill Biden think about her husband’s remarks? It’s true that many tenured professors earn six-figure salaries for teaching only a couple times a week. Plus, they take the summers off and get paid sabbaticals. I can’t think of many other professions with that kind of work-to-compensation ratio.

What Biden may not know is that big-salaried university administrators are an even bigger problem. Research directors, student life coordinators, vice presidents of diversity — universities have been multiplying these kinds of high-paid positions for decades. They don’t increase what students learn; they just increase the tuition bill.

Recently, a student at Florida State asked Biden whether he believed student loan subsidies had led to higher tuition prices. “In a pure free-market, the college tuition would have to be lower because there would be fewer people going to school, they wouldn’t have as much coming in,” the vice president said. “But the end result is we would probably have — we go for the better part, half a generation, of going 16th in the world maybe down to 20th in the world.”

Maybe there should be a third cardinal rule for democratic politicians. No. 3: Never admit a government spending program has had a negative outcome.

Nevertheless, in this case, I’m grateful for the vice president’s candor. Much like the housing bubble before it, the current bubble in tuition prices is an unintended consequence of a government subsidy designed to help, but doomed to hurt, the American people.

Average graduating college debt is now at an unprecedented $28,000 per student and rising. It is clear that loose lending standards behind government-guaranteed loans have made students increasingly willing and able to pay whatever universities charge. Universities, of course, are happy to charge as much as students are willing to borrow.

No wonder tuition costs have been increasing at a rate far higher than inflation for more than three decades. Under Obama’s newly nationalized student lending program, which does nothing to tighten up those loose lending standards, things are on course to get even worse.

Reminds me of something else Biden said in the summer of 2009: “The truth is: We and everyone else misread the economy.”

This article originally appeared in the International Business Times, and is reprinted here with permission. Follow Nathan on Twitter @nathanharden.