• Creator of “Veep” on how the real and the pretend come together in the hit HBO comedy

    Power Players

    As the hit comedy show "Veep" draws to the end of its second season this weekend, the show's creator talks about the show's success and says he's tried to strike a balance between truth and fiction.

    Executive producer Armando Iannucci tells ABC's Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila that he's gone to great lengths to "get the facts right" and make the show true to life, while also keeping it accessible to audiences outside the Beltway.

    "We have researchers who are based in D.C. who will tell us as we write, ‘Well, we wouldn't say this, we refer to it as that,"" Iannucci tells Power Players. "On the other hand, I didn't want people coming to it thinking they have to have a degree in politics to understand it. I just wanted it to feel real. Then we make it all up.”

    While the story lines are made up, Iannucci says the tension portrayed between the president and vice president is steeped in reality.

    Speaking of the relationship between President Obama and Vice

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  • Bottom Line

    The fall out from top secret information leaked earlier this month about the National Security Agency’s phone and internet monitoring programs continues to dog Congress and the Obama administration. Questions about these surveillance operations and their effectiveness seemed to follow the president overseas this week as he was in Europe for the G8 conference. Lots of you had questions about the programs themselves, as well as the fate of the man who claims to be behind the leaks, Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor whose whereabouts are currently unknown.

    Kelsey O'Neil wanted to know: “Do the majority of people believe his act of leaking docs was a public service by exposing citizens to reality?”

    Kate Newell wrote in on Facebook: “Why does he need to be punished? At least someone told the truth. Sometimes information is uncomfortable to hear-- suck it up. You know what's more uncomfortable? Having my right to privacy taken away. He's a hero in my book!”

    Kelly asked:

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  • The White House that never was: A behind-the-scenes tour of the would-be Romney administration

    Top Line

    Though Mitt Romney’s candidacy never turned into a presidency, there was a temporary Romney White House complete with a fully operational staff who were building the blueprints for the early days of a Romney administration months before the election that decided his defeat.

    In this special edition of Top Line, the chair of the Romney transition efforts, Gov. Mike Leavitt, R-Utah, takes us on a tour of the White House that never was—where he says the Romney transition team built “a federal government in miniature.”

    “If you had walked down these halls in the day before the election, you would see the State Department, the Treasury Department, the Department of Defense,” Leavitt says, standing inside what was the former transition headquarters in Washington, D.C. The space was provided for the Romney campaign by the federal government under the guidelines of legislation passed in 2010 to allow for smooth presidential transitions.

    Leavitt says his team was already working on

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