Jul 9, 2019

Joe Biden's $15 million income bump

Joe Biden attends the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual International Convention on June 28. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Joe Biden's annual personal financial disclosure, released on Tuesday, shows that he is the richest top 2020 Democratic candidate, the Washington Post reports.

By the numbers: Biden reported more than $15 million in earnings over the past 2 years, with just over $4.5 million in 2018 and $11 million for 2017. He brought in $396,456 in gross income for 2016. His speaking fees and book payments totaled $3.2 million in 2018 and $10 million in 2017, per the Post. Biden also released his tax returns on Tuesday.

Read Biden's full financial disclosure:

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Hunter Biden's Ukraine job raises conflict of interest questions

Hunter Biden and Joe Biden in 2016. Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for World Food Program USA

If Joe Biden wins the Democratic presidential nomination, it's clear that the business dealings of his son, Hunter Biden, will get a lot more scrutiny — especially his former position with Ukraine's biggest private gas company. The Washington Post had a good look this week at why.

Why it matters, per the Post: "Just as [President] Trump has faced repeated questions about whether his family has sought to benefit financially from his presidency, a similar focus is being given to Hunter Biden’s dealings."

Go deeperArrowJul 27, 2019

Democrats prepare for debate brawl with Joe Biden

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

They don't want to talk about it, but the struggling Kirsten Gillibrand campaign appears to have spent a lot of time Googling Joe Biden as of late. The New York senator has publicly —and cryptically — alluded to unnamed Democratic candidates who "do not believe necessarily that it's a good idea that women work outside the home." The remark, which she's declined to clarify, has generated fervid speculation. 

The intrigue: Meanwhile, an account on the site newspapers.com that appears to be linked to her campaign has been gathering news articles about the former vice president's stance on the child tax credit in the '80s. (The newspaper.com account and related Twitter account appear to have been taken down after we approached the Gillibrand campaign for comment.)

Go deeperArrowJul 28, 2019

Debate night: Harris and Biden go head-to-head

Biden and Harris meet on-stage on July 31, 2019. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden greeted Sen. Kamala Harris on the debate stage Wednesday with a request: "Go easy on me, kid."

For the record: 5 senior campaign officials told Axios' Alexi McCammond that Biden was "ready to throw down" on Wednesday, after Harris' took control at the first Democratic debates in Miami. Harris and Biden went head-to-head tonight on these issues:

Go deeperArrowUpdated Aug 1, 2019