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Beau Biden

Why the Bidens matter

Why the Bidens matter

The passing at only 46 of Beau Biden the elder son of Vice President Joe Biden and a former attorney general of Delaware, is particularly poignant. Forty-three years earlier, Beau had survived the car accident that took the life of his mother and infant sister and shattered his father's life.

Now, as vice president, a deeply bereaved Joe Biden was back in his home state over the weekend, along with his second wife, Jill, and surviving adult children Hunter and Ashley. On Thursday, at the state capitol here, they stood beside Beau's flag-draped casket, marking his service in Iraq...