Steve Benen on the select few who have Donald Trump’s ear. The billionaire behind Bannon and Trump: Sean Illing interviews Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. Breitbart is not independent, it’s the communications arm of the Mercers’ empire. How Hollywood remembers Steve Bannon: He says that, before he became a senior adviser to the President, he was a successful player in the film industry — but what did he actually do? Suspected Nazi enthusiast Sebastian Gorka’s degree probably fake. “A peddler of snake oil”: How Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka failed upwards from Hungary to the White House. Molly Ball on Grover Norquist, the happiest man in Washington.

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