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: “How Bush Rules” and “How Would a Patriot Act?” Perspectives on Presidential Power from Inside and Outside the Beltway
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“How Bush Rules” and “How Would a Patriot Act?” Perspectives on Presidential Power from Inside and Outside the Beltway

A Conversation with Sidney Blumenthal and Glenn Greenwald


12:30 - 2:00 PM EDT

More than any other modern president, George W. Bush has sought to consolidate and expand the power of the presidency itself. In recent books, two authors examine this phenomenon from two different perspectives. In How Bush Rules, Sidney Blumenthal, renowned journalist and former adviser to President Clinton, argues that President Bush’s expansive views of executive power make him the most radical president in American history. In How Would a Patriot Act?, Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional lawyer and self-described independent, explains how he came to believe that “the concentrated and unlimited power now claimed by President Bush constitutes a true crisis for the United States.” Join these two distinguished writers in a discussion with Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Mark Agrast.

Featured Panelists:
Sidney Blumenthal, former Assistant and Senior Adviser to President Clinton, author of How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime
Glenn Greenwald, constitutional lawyer and author of How Would a Patriot Act? and the political blog “Unclaimed Territory”

Moderated by:
Mark Agrast, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress