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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Getting a retail job isn't what it once was, putting unskilled workers at a severe disadvantage.

The big picture: The skills required to apply for entry-level retail work have gone up since 2010, according to a Burning Glass Technologies analysis for the AP.

Examples:

  • The analysis "found a greater emphasis on customer service and communications skills for cashier, stock clerk and sales floor support jobs," the AP's Anne D'Innocenzio reports.
  • "And for many other entry-level jobs, employers want even more skills, like the ability to use customer relations software like Salesforce."
  • "Even forklift operators are being asked to be proficient in inventory management software."
  • Cashiers: "Employers asked for five skills in 2016, up from three in 2010."
  • The alternatives: Cleaning and other service jobs that are more physically demanding and present less opportunity for upward growth.

Why it matters: With corporate executives increasingly saying the era of broad-based wages is over — and millions of jobs on the verge of obsolescence— this is a real worry for workers who need to get their start.

“The bottom may be coming out of the career ladder."
Burning Glass CEO Matt Sigelman.

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Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

Updated 8 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus deaths reach 4,000 per day as hospitals remain in crisis mode — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.

John Weaver, Lincoln Project co-founder, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages

John Weaver aboard John McCain's campaign plane in February 2000. Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

John Weaver, a veteran Republican operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement to Axios on Friday that he sent “inappropriate,” sexually charged messages to multiple men.

  • “To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” Weaver said.
  • “The truth is that I'm gay,” he added. “And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”