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What links John Ensign, Mark Sanford, Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn, and a number of other senior Republican leaders on Capitol Hill? It’s a highly secretive religious organization that promotes a radically different view of Christianity, a sort of cult of power. Listen to Harper’s contributing editor Jeff Sharlet discuss The Family–the organization that runs the notorious C Street residence and the subject of his article from 2003 in Harper’s as well as his recent book–last night on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show:
On Friday evening, Jeff returned to the Rachel Maddow Show to provide more update on the Family and its relationship to the C Street house that provides the backdrop to much of the unfolding Ensign and Sanford scandals:
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Years it would take Jim Bakker to earn enough to pay his federal fine at his current job cleaning prison toilets:
Zoologists speculated that cannibalism among hippos might have led to an anthrax outbreak in Uganda that has killed at least 220 of the beasts. “I knew hippos were nasty,” said one anthrax expert, “but I didn’t know they went around eating each other.”
A white man in St. Louis was charged with punching a black man at a gas station after telling him to “go back to Ferguson.” “I’m going to let the authorities handle this,” said the victim, a former Major League baseball player, “but I’ve had enough of St. Louis.”
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