Biden receives the lifetime achievement award from the National Minority Quality Forum's Summit on Health disparities, in D.C. last night. Photo: Alex Edelman/Getty Images

The "personal space" uproar has left Joe Biden undeterred: He plans to announce his White House run toward the end of April (likely after Easter, which falls April 21), friends say.

The big picture: "Joe knows the field will try to crush him once he announces and he is totally prepared for it," one associate said. The former vice president is planning a couple of big speeches after his announcement, to build a substantive bulwark aimed at defusing claims he's a man out of time.

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