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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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Tech scrambles to derail inauguration threats

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Tech companies are sharing more information with law enforcement in a frantic effort to prevent violence around the inauguration, after the government was caught flat-footed by the Capitol siege.

Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

Dave Lawler, author of World
4 hours ago - World

Uganda's election: Museveni declared winner, Wine claims fraud

Wine rejected the official results of the election. Photo: Sumy Sadruni/AFP via Getty

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

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Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”