The Numbers Add Up on U.S. Attorneys Firing Scandal

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Let’s review the numbers on the U.S. Attorneys scandal.

26 – The number of U.S. Attorneys that the DOJ targeted for dismissal, according to yesterday’s reports. (That’s roughly one in every four USA nationwide.)

9 – The number of U.S. Attorneys we previously knew had been targeted, and were either fired or resigned under pressure.

8 – The number of USAs Alberto Gonzales claimed in testimony to Congress composed the whole of the scandal.

6 – The number of Senate Republicans who have called for Gonzo’s resignation.

And today you can add a new number to the list:

4 – The number of additional USAs the Washington Post reports this morning were also on the DOJ’s hit list, bringing the total number of USAs targeted for firing to 30, roughly one-third of the entire U.S. Attorney team across the country.

Oh, and might as well add these, too:

1 – The number of no-confidence votes Senate Democrats will offer against Gonzales as early as next week.

0 – The amount of shame/credibility/integrity/respectability Alberto Gonzales has left.

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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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