Hey! Wanna Work in the White House?

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Politico reports that the White House is holding a job fair:

The White House – which has been having trouble filling positions as it bleeds staffers – is now trying to find recruits at a conservative job fair on the Hill….The fair is being hosted by the Conservative Partnership Institute, an organization founded by former Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint last year.

A former Obama administration official said it would have been unheard of in the previous administration….The Trump White House, however, has had difficulty bringing new people in as staffers have resigned amid ongoing chaos and a crackdown on security clearances — or, more recently, been fired as part of a purge of people accused of leaking information to reporters.

Sure, this is kind of funny. But then again, it’s not, really. It’s tempting to think that I’d just as soon not have Trump’s policies carried out capably, but I guess I do. Incompetence is just too capricious. No matter who’s in the White House, we all have an interest in having it fully and properly staffed with competent people. The fact that Trump can’t do this just adds another dimension of foreboding to an already troubled administration.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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