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Caroline Biden, the daughter of Joe Biden's brother, James Biden Sr, has been arrested after an apparently unfriendly run-in with police at her Manhattan apartment, the New York Daily News reports.

The encounter seems to have stemmed from a fight between Biden, 26, and her unnamed roommate in Tribeca. According to Metro New York, the argument involved a dispute over rent payments. But the details are scarce. So is the story of what happened when police arrived to break it up—and ended up in their own altercation with the vice president's niece: 

Sources said police responded at 9:15 a.m. to the Desbrosses St. building where Biden lives. She “got physical” with officers who questioned her and took her into custody. 

Metro New York reports Caroline Biden "took a swing" at the cop who interfered in the argument and was subsequently charged with obstructing government administration, harassment, and resisting arrest. Biden, a Georgetown graduate, has been in the news for police encounters before: she was detained at an Amtrak station in 2009 for a "misunderstanding over a train fare," which seems as baffling a cause for "misunderstanding" now as it did four years ago. But she wasn't charged then.

As for today's incident, we should naturally all take it as yet another excuse to continue debating the merits and pitfalls of a Biden run in 2016.

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