Aug 17, 2018

Female veterans turn their focus to Capitol Hill

Screenshot of Amy McGrath's campaign video, "Told Me"

Alongside the record-breaking wave of women running for office this year is a unique class of candidates, the Associated Press reports: veteran women.

The big picture: Only 19% of the 535 members of Congress are veterans, and only four members are both women and veterans. Rep. Martha McSally told the AP that the small group reminds her "of a fighter squadron, with so few women."

  • The women running for office can speak to national security and veterans issues, and have proven to flourish "in institutions dominated by men."
  • Not being "tough enough" or "strong enough" are some of the traditional criticisms of women running for office from voters, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University Debbie Walsh told the AP. But female veterans "kind of automatically get that kind of respect as leaders; it's well-earned," she added.
"I flew 89 combat missions as a U.S. Marine. My 90th mission is running for Congress to take on politicians who put party over country."
— Amy McGrath, Kentucky candidate and first female Marine to fly an F/A-18 in combat

The details: Most of the female veterans running for office are Democrats, the AP reports, and several are mothers, looking for new ways to serve their country.

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This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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Scoop: Census Bureau is paying Chinese state media to reach Americans

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The 2020 Census Paid Media Campaign, which sends U.S. taxpayer dollars to community media outlets to run ads about the upcoming census, is including a Chinese state-run broadcaster as one of its media vendors.

Why it matters: After China's yearslong campaign to co-opt independent Chinese-language media in the U.S., Washington is now paying Beijing-linked media outlets in order to reach Chinese Americans.

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