Let Me Start: Cheney to the rescue

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File Photo: Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Gerald R. Ford Foundation's annual Journalism Awards on June 1, 2009 in Washington, DC.
File Photo: Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Gerald R. Ford Foundation's annual Journalism Awards on June 1, 2009 in Washington, DC.
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney – no fan of the Obama administration – defended the NSA’s newly-disclosed surveillance program and called its leaker a traitor. In an interview on “Fox News Sunday”, Cheney called the leak “one of the worst occasions in my memory of somebody with access to classified information doing enormous damage to the national security interests of the United States,” and suggested the NSA contract worker who leaked details about the program could be a Chinese spy.

New polling suggests the various controversies facing the administration may be taking a toll on President Obama’s approval ratings, especially on issues like trust and honesty.

Now that Iran has elected a relative moderate as its next president, the United States seems eager for talks about its nuclear programs.

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has entered a marriage of convenience with his fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Rand Paul. McConnell backed the establishment GOP candidate against Paul in 2010 and the two don’t always see eye to eye. But with the unpopular McConnell facing re-election next year, he’ll need all the help he can get.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is defending himself against attacks by the NRA.

Rep. Ed Markey has a double-digit lead in the latest polling heading into next week’s special election for Senate in Massachusetts.

Finally, despite what former First Lady Barbara Bush says, former president George H.W. Bush wants his son Jeb to run for president.

Let Me Start: Cheney to the rescue

Updated