Vice Pres. Joe Biden

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Former Vice President Joe Biden made an appearance at the LBJ Presidential Library on UT Austin’s campus Tuesday night. Among other things, he talked about his long tenure in the U.S. Senate and how politics have changed since his time there.

“Today it’s gotten mean and visceral,” Biden said. “And it’s always about your judgment. If you disagree with me you are in the pocket of big business, or you are in the pocket of this, or you are unethical.”

Good morning.

Though he and the vice president have already taken their oaths of office, President Obama is due this noon to stand outside the Capitol for his ceremonial swearing in and then to deliver his second inaugural address.

Vice President Joe Biden is getting ready to make recommendations on how to reduce gun violence in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

But he says his task force is facing an unexpected obstacle: slim or outdated research on weapons.

Public health research dried up more than a decade ago after Congress restricted the use of some federal money to pay for those studies.

A Researcher Under Fire

"We are sending a rep to hear what they have to say," National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam says of the organization's decision to accept an invitation from the task force Vice President Biden is leading — the group that's studying gun laws and related issues in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Con