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Marcus Bachmann’s Christian psychiatric clinics sanctioned for failure to keep patient records

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Marcus Bachmann — husband of former Minnesota congresswoman Rep. Michelle Bachmann — received a state correction order on Tuesday regarding his Christian counseling center and its failure to keep proper patient records.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that inspectors from the Minnesota Department of Human Services examined 10 sets of patient records from Bachmann and Associates’ two Counseling Care clinics and found that none of them contained proper documentation of patients’ developmental condition, nor did they indicate that patients had been informed of all treatment alternatives as required by law.

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Counseling Care received similar sanctions in 2005 and 2009 for failure to follow state guidelines for client assessment and diagnosis. During Michelle Bachmann’s unsuccessful run for president, Bachmann and Associates, Inc. came under scrutiny for administering “reparative therapy,” which purports to change patients’ sexual orientation from gay or lesbian to heterosexual.

The therapy is wildly ineffective and often results in psychiatric and emotional harm to patients who are trying to alter an immutable aspect of their psyche through prayer and traumatic treatments like shocking the patient’s genitals with electricity when they are exposed to erotic images.

Conversion or “reparative” therapy for minors has been outlawed as a form of child abuse in some states.

Bachmann’s clinics were given 30 days to submit records demonstrating that they are in compliance with state healthcare regulations and diagnostic practices.

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Trump’s tax cuts and tariffs have been even more disastrous than skeptics predicted: Paul Krugman

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In a column celebrating the first anniversary of Donald Trump declaring himself "Tariff Man," New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman attempted to explain the president's love of tariffs and noted that the negative economic impact in the past year has surpassed even the worst expectations.

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Trump’s undermining of efforts to fight Putin detailed in ex-CIA agent’s disturbing new column

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A recently retired CIA agent reveals that President Donald Trump was a "wild card" that prevented a full-scale effort to combat Russian aggression against the U.S. and its allies.

Marc Polymeropoulos, who retired from the agency in June, said in column posted at Just Security that the CIA issued an informal "call to arms" in the wake of Kremlin interference in the 2016 election, but those efforts were hampered by Trump's relationship with Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

"The Call to Arms required a whole-of-agency effort to counter the Kremlin," Polymeropoulos wrote. "It involved moving resources and personnel inside CIA. Most importantly, it required a change in mindset, similar to what occurred within the Intelligence Community after 9/11, that an 'all-hands-on-deck' approach was required."

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Trump’s ‘illegal payments’ under scrutiny as House conducts second probe running parallel to impeachment

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According to a report from Politico, some House Democrats are disappointed that Donald Trump's violations of the emoluments clause does not appear to have a future as part of the articles of impeachment against the president, so they are continuing on with their own ongoing investigation with the hope it may be added at a later time.

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