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June 21, 2008 | Bob Drogin
As John McCain campaigns around the country, there's a topic that the self-described straight talker tries to dodge: choosing a running mate. Yet the issue is coming up almost everywhere he goes. On Wednesday, McCain headed a discussion on energy at Missouri State University in Springfield. At his side sat tall, square-jawed Gen. James L. Jones.
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June 13, 2008 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
The resignation of Barack Obama's "vetter in chief" Wednesday may introduce yet another layer to the already intensive process of identifying a vice presidential candidate -- vetting the vetters. James A. Johnson, a well-connected Washington political insider, was supposed to help Obama find a running mate whose past would not embarrass the ticket. His sudden resignation amid criticism of his own past financial dealings spotlights just how crucial that role has become.
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March 22, 2008 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
On the eve of Bob Dole's announcement of his vice presidential running mate in 1996, John McCain knew he was under serious consideration. But he was on an ill-timed trip to Hawaii -- without a cellphone. As he tells it, he spent most of the time worried about missing a call to his hotel room, which never came. He learned Dole had passed him over for Jack Kemp when he flipped on the television news.
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February 4, 2008 | DeeDee Correll, Times Staff Writer
No one can agree on what exactly happened the day a Colorado man spotted Dick Cheney strolling the streets of a ski resort town and decided to give the vice president a piece of his mind. Steve Howards, 55, says he walked up to Cheney and delivered his message -- "Your policies in Iraq are disgusting" -- then lightly touched the vice president's shoulder. The White House photographer says he saw Howards slap Cheney on the back.
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July 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Vice President Dick Cheney, who has a history of heart problems, had surgery to replace an implanted device that monitors his heartbeat. Doctors at George Washington University Hospital replaced his battery-powered defibrillator. If the device were to sense an abnormal rhythm, it would deliver an electronic shock to reset Cheney's heart to a normal beat. "The device was successfully replaced without complication," said Megan McGinn, Cheney's deputy press secretary.
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June 29, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Vice President Dick Cheney won't lose his home, office and entertainment expense account after all. The House on Thursday rejected an effort to eliminate the vice president's executive office budget, a move that Democrats tied to Cheney's assertion that his office didn't need to comply with national security disclosure rules required of executive branch agencies. Republicans denounced the proposal as political theater.
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June 23, 2007 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
The White House said Friday that, like Vice President Dick Cheney's office, President Bush's office is not allowing an independent federal watchdog to oversee its handling of classified national security information. An executive order that Bush issued in March 2003 -- amending an existing order -- requires all government agencies that are part of the executive branch to submit to oversight.
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June 22, 2007 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
For the last four years, Vice President Dick Cheney has made the controversial claim that his office is not fully part of the Bush administration in order to exempt it from a presidential order regulating federal agencies' handling of classified national security information, officials said Thursday.
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April 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Democratic presidential candidate Dennis J. Kucinich filed articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney, saying his action was driven by a desire to defend Americans' right "to have a government that is honest and peaceful." The Ohio congressman said Cheney manipulated and fabricated intelligence on weapons of mass destruction to justify the Iraq war. Kucinich said it was important to introduce the legislation "because the threat of war against Iran is very real."
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March 6, 2007 | James Gerstenzang and Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writers
Vice President Dick Cheney is being treated for a blood clot in his left leg, his office announced Monday -- a condition that, if left untreated, can be deadly if the clot breaks loose and reaches the heart, brain or lungs. The vice president, who has had four heart attacks and experienced other cardiovascular problems over the last three decades, is being treated with blood-thinning medication, said his deputy press secretary, Megan McGinn.
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