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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/08/2012

Names & Faces: Dick Cheney; Papa John’s; Willa Ford

Walking it back: Dick Cheney, who is stepping away from his recent not-so-nice comments on Sarah Palin’s role in the 2008 presidential campaign. Speaking to “Good Morning America,” last week the former veep said that the decision to have her join the Republican ticket was, “a mistake.” These comments were widely regarded as critical of the former Alaska governor. But during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity that aired Monday and was also reported on in the National Review, Cheney tried to clear things up a little. He’s not against the woman, you see, he just didn’t like the process by which she was picked. “I was asked if I thought the McCain process in ’08 had been well done or was it a mistake and I said I thought it was a mistake,” Cheney told Hannity. “That’s not … meant so much as a criticism of Gov. Palin as it is that I just thought it was not — the process didn’t meet the standards I would like to see our candidate pursue when they pick a — a running mate.” But on a personal level, he’s totally cool with her, okay?

Papa John’s will need more dough: Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter, who supports Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, is not a big fan of Obama or his healthcare law. And last week, during a conference call with shareholders, he announced that if the law was not repealed, pizza lovers would pay a price. A higher price, that is. For pizza. “If Obamacare is in fact not repealed, we will find tactics to shallow out any Obamacare costs and core strategies to pass that cost onto consumers in order to protect our shareholders best interests,” Schnatter explained during the conversation, which was excerpted by Politico on Monday. So, how much we talking about here? According to the CEO’s statements: “Our best estimate is that the Obamacare will cost 11 to 14 cents per pizza.”

Divorcing: Willa Ford and Mike Modano, her husband of five years, People reports. The actress, 31, and former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant (she made it to the fifth episode of season three, but was eliminated) wed Modano, 42, a hockey player for the Dallas Stars, in 2007.

— Aaron Leitko, from staff and wire reports.

The Reliable Source is on vacation until Aug. 27. Names and Faces is the column that runs in its place in the Style section.

By Aaron Leitko  |  05:00 AM ET, 08/08/2012

 
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