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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
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”