Claiborne Pell

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend a reception at Salve Regina University in Newport next month, according to the Associated Press.

The event at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy will recognize Nuala Pell, wife of the late Senator Claiborne Pell, for her work in philanthropy, education and public service.

With a wave of departures in the US Senate, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are positioned to expand their seniority -- a potent coin of the realm in Congress.

Aaron Blake reports at The Fix on the turnover:

Currently, 24 senators have called it quits between 2010 and today — just three less than the previous high of 27 retirements between 1992 and 1996.

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