Meet The Veep's New Aide

Armed with a new pacemaker-defibrillator, Cheney insists his heart is still in the job

It felt almost routine last Saturday when Vice President Dick Cheney entered George Washington University Hospital for treatment of an irregular heartbeat. This was, after all, the third time in seven months the Vice President had been hospitalized, however briefly, for his heart condition. There had been a moment of genuine alarm Friday when the news broke that Cheney was suffering irregular beats in his heart's bottom chambers, or ventricles. They can lead to an immediately life-threatening situation, unlike most of those that start in the top half of the heart. Inevitably, the cable pundits pondered once again whether Cheney was...

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