Pulitzer Prize winner analyzes Bush presidency

09/13/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Earlier this year, Boston Globe national legal affairs reporter Charlie Savage was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Savage won for his reports on President Bush’s signing statements and other White House efforts to expand executive power.

His new book is called Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy.

In the first of a two-part interview, WMNF spoke with Charlie Savage today. We asked him to describe the fight back in 2005, primarily between Arizona Sen. John McCain and Vice President Dick Cheney, regarding the ban on torture.

What was startling about that debate was how McCain and two other GOP senators -- Lindsey Graham and John Warner -- fought the White House. It was one of the few times that the Republican-led Congress fought back against the Bush administration on some of its actions.

Please tune in Monday for the second part of this interview.

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