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A Viewer's Guide to Dick Cheney

NBC's Chuck Todd will be the latest reporter to try to get Cheney to say anything but the obvious.
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney speaks about the situation in Syria and Iraq regarding the terrorist group ISIS, at The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI), September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney speaks about the situation in Syria and Iraq regarding the terrorist group ISIS, at The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI), September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Dick Cheney is making a rare appearance Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee's CIA torture report.  It's an unnecessary one, really. The former vice president slipped into media chairs to trash the investigation's findings even before the first public reports emerged on its shocking details. So here are five things you need to know as you watch:

Cheney wasn't a mealy-mouthed politician during his years as a top administration official. He's further embraced that reputation since leaving the VP post. "I get to say exactly what I think," he told Charlie Rose in June. His reaction to the Democrat-led Senate panel report has been no exception. The New York Times captured his "crock" comment. In a Fox interview that aired Wednesday, he asserted it was "full of crap," adding: "It's a terrible piece of work."