Does Vice President Dick Cheney Have Too Much Power?

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Five days after last weekend's shooting accident in Texas, President Bush said Vice President Cheney's handling of it was "just fine" with him. But during the interim, it appeared there was growing tension between their staffs. Today, Cheney spoke out about it again during a speech in Wyoming. Outside the White House, even Republicans are asking if Cheney's unprecedented power and independence is damaging to the President. Has Cheney become a sort of "co-president" whose penchant for secrecy makes him unaccountable to the public? If the President wants it that way, does it really matter? We get perspective from journalists, scholars, and Cheney's friends and former colleagues, including former Senator Alan Simpson.
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Vice President Dick Cheney

Cheney's Fox News interview about shooting accident

Cheney's Fox News interview about shooting accident

Hutchinson on blacks and immigration, part 1

Hutchinson on blacks and immigration, part 2

Hutchinson on blacks and immigration, part 3

Ignacio de la Fuente, Oakland mayoral candidate

Ron Dellums, Oakland mayoral candidate

Racial Tensions Inside and Outside of LA County Jails, recent WWLA on



Warren Olney