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Dick Cheney is the most influential and powerful man ever to hold the
office of vice president. This series examines Cheney’s largely hidden
and little-understood role in crafting policies for the War on Terror,
the economy and the environment.

Part 1
‘A Different Understanding With the President’
A master of bureaucracy and detail, Cheney exerts most of his
influence out of public view.

Part 2
The Unseen Path to Cruelty
Convinced that the “war on terror” required “robust interrogations” of
captured suspects, Dick Cheney pressed the Bush administration to
carve out exceptions to the Geneva Conventions.

Sidebar: Cheney on Presidential Power

Part 3
A Strong Push From Backstage
Working behind the scenes, Dick Cheney has made himself the dominant
voice on tax and spending policy, outmaneuvering rivals for the
president’s ear.

Sidebar: Expanding Authority for No. 2 Spot

Sidebar: Taking on the Supreme Court Case

Part 4
Leaving No Tracks
Dick Cheney steered some of the Bush administration’s most important
environmental decisions — easing air pollution controls, opening
public parks to snowmobiles and diverting river water from threatened

Sidebar: Maintaining Connections

Key Players
Cast of Characters
Read about the important people in and out of government who have had
an impact on Vice President Dick Cheney’s career.

Narrated Photo Gallery
Cheney’s Life & Career
Starting as a junior aide on Capitol Hill, Dick Cheney built an
unmatched Washington resume as White House chief of staff, House
minority whip and secretary of defense.

Narrated Photo Gallery
Cheney’s Personality
Dick Cheney’s colleagues, friends, and acquaintances shared stories
with Post reporter Bart Gellman.

About Barton Gellman

Barton Gellman is a special projects reporter on the national staff of
The Washington Post, following tours as diplomatic correspondent,
Jerusalem bureau chief, Pentagon correspondent and D.C. Superior Court
reporter. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2002
and has been a jury-nominated finalist (for individual and team
entries) three times. His work has also been honored by the Overseas
Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi) and
American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Gellman graduated summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School at
Princeton University and earned a masters degree in politics at
University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. He is author of
Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power, a study
of the post-World War II “containment” doctrine and its architect,
George F. Kennan.

Contact Gellman
The Washington Post
New York Bureau
251 West 57th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (212) 445-4999
gellmanb [at] washpost [dot] com

How She Wrote Front Page Stories in ‘NYT’ and ‘Wash Post’ On Same Day
By Joe Strupp  /  June 26, 2007

NEW YORK It is quite a big deal for any reporter to get Page One
stories in both The New York Times and The Washington Post during
their careers.

But how many have done so on the same day? Jo Becker has.

Although Becker has only been at the Times for less than a month, she
may well have accomplished a feat few in the paper’s history ever
will. On Monday, she had a front page byline in both the Times and the

No, the Times has not taken to running Post stories on it pages, and
this was not some moonlighting effort on Becker’s part. It was simply
a case of coincidental timing. Still, a few eyebrows among Becker’s
colleagues, old and new, had to be raised when Monday’s stories hit
web and print.

“It was kind of crazy,” said Becker, a 17-year reporter who spent
seven years at the Post before moving to the Times late last month.
“They just happened to run on the same day.”

The Times’ story, the paper’s hard-hitting report on Rupert Murdoch,
featured Becker co-bylined with three other writers. At the Post,
meanwhile, Becker was positioned on the front page with co-writer
Barton Gellman in the second story of a four-part series on Vice
President Richard Cheney.

The coincidence dates back to last year when Becker was one of several
scribes assigned to work on the Cheney series at the Post. As that
reporting was ending in recent weeks, Becker was offered a job with
the Times, where her husband, Serge Kovaleski, a former Post staffer,
now works.

“When the Times offer came, I finished what I was working on and when
I came here, I kind of plunged into [Murdoch reporting],” she said,
noting that the Murdoch story was in the works for about three weeks.
“It is just a strange circumstance.”

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