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Help Wanted: Must Like Scalia, Bush

Posted May 14, 2007 9:20 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Who is your favorite Supreme Court justice? Your favorite president? Have you ever cheated on your wife?

These were among the questions that candidates had to answer—correctly at that—to get a civil service job in the Justice Department, the New York Times reports.

Monica Goodling, now 33, was a relatively inexperienced Justice Department lawyer when she began using politics to evaluate candidates, the paper reports. She refused jobs to those deemed to be Democrats and maintained lists that rated the loyalty of U.S. attorneys.

Goodling, who is under investigation for her hiring practices, also helped prepare the list of U.S. attorneys to be fired.

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