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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at her victory party in the Bronx Tuesday night. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images

Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shock victory over 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) was the latest sign of the historic momentum behind women candidates in this midterm election cycle.

Be smart: Cook Political's David Wasserman: "If House Democrats are ultimately successful in November, 2018 might be remembered as the 'Year of the Angry College-Educated Female' — a reversal of the 1994 GOP revolution's 'Year of the Angry White Male.'"

  • A record number of women are running for House, a record number of women are running for Senate and a record number of women are running for governor.
  • This isn't just a Democratic phenomenon. Rutgers' Center for American Women and Politics: "Republican women have ... surpassed their record high for filed U.S. Senate candidates [18 Rs, 24 Ds]; 17 women filed as Republican Senate candidates in 2010."
  • And they're winning: In a N.Y. Times tally last month, roughly half of the women in House primaries had won. (Most of the winners were Democrats in safe Republican districts, clouding the outlook for November.)
  • The backdrop: the historic #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment by powerful males.
  • In January, women marched in protest around the globe for the second year in a row.

Go deeper: Women surging in Democratic politics for 2018, 2020.

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Caitlin Owens, author of Vitals
4 hours ago - Health

Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden has picked former FDA chief David Kessler to lead Operation Warp Speed, a day after unveiling a nearly $2 trillion pandemic relief plan that includes $400 billion for directly combatting the virus.

Why it matters: Biden's transition team said Kessler has been advising the president-elect since the beginning of the pandemic, and hopes his involvement will help accelerate vaccination, the New York Times reports. Operation Warp Speed's current director, Moncef Slaoui, will stay on as a consultant.

The case of the missing relief money

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A chunk of stimulus payments is missing in action, thanks to a mix up that put as many as 13 million checks into invalid bank accounts.

Why it matters: The IRS (by law) was supposed to get all payments out by Friday. Now the onus could shift to Americans to claim the money on their tax refund — further delaying relief to struggling, lower-income Americans.

The post-Trump GOP, gutted

McConnell (L), McCarthy (R) and Trump. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Republicans will emerge from the Trump era gutted financially, institutionally and structurally.

The big picture: The losses are stark and substantial.