From Slate, can the CIA tapes investigation truly be an independent one? Dahlia Lithwick investigates. The introduction to Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad by Marnia Lazreg. An interview with Tara McKelvey, author of Monstering: Inside America's Policy of Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War. Tom Engelhardt on how Bush took us to the dark side. From HNN, an interview with Charlie Savage, author of The Return of the Imperial Presidency; and is Bush inventing another constitutional power? George McGovern on why Bush must go: Nixon was bad — these guys are worse. More on The Fall of the House of Bush by Craig Unger. Boy, was it time for an update: Here's TPM's Great List of Scandalized Administration Officials.

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