Father-daughter combo Dick and Liz Cheney hosted a seminar together at The Atlantic's Washington Ideas Forum today. As you might expect, Liz wasn't exactly grilling the former vice president, who she recently co-authored a book with, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir. "What are the most important lessons you learned from me in writing this book," she asked, as recorded by The Atlantic's James Fallows with a chuckle. In reply, the former vice president said she taught him to leave out sensitive materials in his memoir "when in doubt." (Not clear if that rule was for personal or national security reasons.) Elsewhere in the interview, Cheney said he was not "secretly running things" while in office and equated the Bush administration's harsh interrogation tactics with President Obama's terror policies. For more on that, check out the story by The Atlantic's new political writer Molly Ball.
Other highlights from today's Ideas Forum, were Vice President Joe Biden's interview with NBC's David Gregory where he bemoaned the GOP's fractured state, saying "I truly believe if just Eric Cantor, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and John Boehner were allowed to settle the deal in the room we would have had a deal" referring to the president's jobs bill. "My view is that their party is not the Republican Party that we all know. ... In my view, we need a strong Republican Party. We need a Republican Party that's united."