• The Fine Print

    Was Vice President Dick Cheney pulling the strings in the President George W. Bush's White House?

    Bush has often been characterized as a puppet to Cheney, but a new book by Peter Baker, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House,” debunks that narrative.

    Baker told “The Fine Print” that the two were actually on “opposite sides” on a host of issues, a rift he said began well before Bush refused to pardon Cheney adviser Scooter Libby in the closing days of their second term.

    “What I'm surprised by was just how far apart President Bush and Vice President Cheney had drifted by the end of the administration,” Baker said. “They were on opposite ends by the end on so many things: Iran, North Korea, Syria, Lebanon, Russia, federal spending, the auto bailout, climate change, gun rights, [and] gay rights.”

    The two had such strong differences, Baker said, that Cheney offered to step down as vice president on three separate occasions.

    “He didn't think President Bush took him

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  • Power Players

    Ann Coulter is standing by her “love,” Ted Cruz.

    The conservative pundit told “Power Players” that Cruz has a “huge” future in the Republican Party after leading the effort that led to the 16-day government shutdown earlier this month.

    “I think he has a very bright future,” Coulter said of Cruz. “He was over in the House whipping the House Republicans. He was like a general in this.”

    Coulter, who has previously called the government shutdown “magnificent,” explained why she supported Cruz’s hard-line stance of refusing funding for the government unless the president’s health care law was repealed.

    “I think it was a good thing, because it branded Republicans as the anti-Obamacare party,” Coulter said. “Obamacare is less popular than the bubonic plague right now. That's a great branding,”

    Coulter has just published a new book “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3 – Especially a Republican,” in which she makes a case that Republican activist groups, including some that have the

    Read More »from Ann Coulter’s political crush on Ted Cruz
  • Top Line

    Sen. John McCain says his daughter Meghan can be a “giant pain in the ass.”

    But the 29-year-old daughter of the Arizona Republican is laughing off her father’s comment, which he makes in jest during an interview with Meghan in an upcoming episode of her new reality show, “Raising McCain.”

    “I feel like McCains are pains in the asses!” McCain told “Top Line.”

    McCain, who first rose to prominence by keeping a blog during her father’s 2008 presidential campaign, said that she and her father are both working through a shared frustration with the current state of the GOP.

    “We’re both frustrated with the idea that only the hyper-conservative wing of the party is going to represent the masses,” said McCain, who later added that “Republicans are giving young people no reason to join their party right now.”

    McCain said the emotional toll of her father’s frustration rivals the disappointment he experienced after losing the 2008 election.

    “I’ve never heard him this depressed other than

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