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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
Chance that an American would give up at least one week of life to avoid taking a pill every day:
Iowa urologists reported that only a minor portion of locker-room teasing arises from “the presence of excess foreskin”; most teasing targets small penises.
A pair of Russian film directors asked President Vladimir Putin to invest $18 million in a new restaurant chain intended to drive McDonald’s out of the Russian market. “Every project these days,” a Russian television personality said of the proposal, “must be smothered in patriotic sauce.”
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”