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Biden meets with Cabinet members to discuss job training, restoring middle class

WASHINGTON - Vice-President Joe Biden says proper job training can remove obstacles that have narrowed the middle class for the past 20 years. Biden met with Cabinet officials Thursday to talk about job training programs, part of an effort by President Barack Obama to take action on initiatives without going through Congress. "It's about a lot more than jobs," Biden said. "It's about opening it up and removing obstacles just for being able to grow the economy and middle class."

White House insists still pushing Asia trade pact

The White House on Friday rushed to make clear that it remained committed to sealing a vast Pan-Pacific trade pact, despite stiff resistance among its closest Democratic allies in Congress. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a centerpiece of Obama's "rebalancing" of foreign policy towards the emerging economies of Asia.

Biden to decide on White House run by mid-2015

US Vice President Joe Biden will make a decision by the middle of next year on whether he will launch a 2016 White House bid, he said in an interview broadcast on Friday. "There may be reasons I don't run, but there's no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run," Biden told CNN. He added that his decision would come "realistically, a year this summer." Biden said his decision would be driven by his assessment as to whether he is "the best qualified person," to run the country. "That doesn't mean I'm the only guy that can do it," he said.

VP Biden tells auto workers that unions are 'only guys keeping the barbarians at the gate'

WASHINGTON - Vice-President Joe Biden says a concerted war on labour threatens to drastically weaken the bargaining power of American unions. Biden spoke Wednesday to an annual conference of the United Automobile Workers. He says the Chamber of Commerce and right-to-work committees are leading parts of the American business to wage a concerted war on collective bargaining. He says unions, quote, "are the only guys keeping the barbarians at the gate."

Obama says the right skills and training, not always a college degree, make for a good career

WAUKESHA, Wis. - Stressing the need to train workers for jobs of the future, President Barack Obama kicked off a government-wide review of federal job-training programs Thursday and pledged to expand the ones that work best.

Biden to lead U.S. delegation to Sharon's memorial service

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday he will lead the U.S. delegation to the memorial service for the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Biden, in a statement, said he and his wife, Jill, were saddened to hear of Sharon's death.

Biden, Japan PM Abe discuss East China Sea dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday discussed tensions with China in the East China Sea and stressed the importance of security cooperation between the United States, Japan and South Korea. China's declaration in late November of an "air defense zone" around disputed islands claimed by both China and Japan in the East China Sea has triggered turmoil in the region. The issue dominated a trip to Japan, China and South Korea that Biden made early this month.

Abe, Biden reaffirm to strengthen cooperation over China air zone

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in a teleconference Thursday reaffirmed that the two countries will strengthen cooperation in addressing China's air defense identification zone, according to a Japanese official and the White House. Biden notified Abe that he told Chinese President Xi Jinping in a recent meeting in Beijing that China's establishment of the ADIZ is unacceptable, according to the official.

US boosts mental health funding, year after Newtown

US Vice President Joe Biden announced a $100 million boost in funding for mental health services on Tuesday as he met families of children killed in the Newtown school shooting, the White House said. "The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable," Biden said, adding that he and President Barack Obama had made access to mental health care a "priority."

US to up funding for mental health, year after school shooting

US Vice President Joe Biden will announce $100 million to improve access to mental health services when he meets Tuesday with families of children killed in the Newtown school shooting, an official said. Half the money will go to enable community health centers to offer behavioral health services to people suffering from mental illness or addiction, according to an administration official.
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