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In US House race, former Navy commander targets former SEAL

Associated Press
Ben Finley
May 24, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Political battle lines are forming in Virginia where a woman who once led a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors wants to capture a Republican congressional seat held by a former Navy SEAL.

National Democrats are backing former Navy commander Elaine Luria in her quest to claim the 2nd District on Virginia’s coast — home to the world’s largest Navy base. Should she win the June primary, Luria’s biggest foe is expected to be 38-year-old incumbent Scott Taylor in November.

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Scientists hit the campaign trail

Chemical & Engineering News
Rick Mullin
May 24, 2018

The day after U.S. President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated in 2017, millions of people in Washington, D.C., and across the country gathered for the Women’s March to advocate for social change. Additional marches and protests followed, responding to the president’s statements and policy proposals on immigration, race, gun control, and other issues.

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Hey, Congress: Scientists Are Coming for Your Seats

Hey, Congress: Scientists Are Coming for Your Seats

Live Science
Michael Dhar
April 26, 2018

From commanding eight nuclear reactors to building a telecom infrastructure in Central America, the experiences of U.S. political candidates have gotten more interesting of late. A wave of political hopefuls with science-y backgrounds may soon bring fascinating experiences and vital knowledge to the country’s governing bodies.

Famed astrophysicist and science popularizer Neil deGrasse Tyson once lamented that most members of the U.S. Congress are lawyers, with few STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) representatives. “Where are the engineers? Where’s the rest of … life?” he asked in 2011 on the HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

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Female veterans fight for a new mission: Fixing Congress

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USA Today
Nicole Gaudiano
April 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – Amy McGrath’s latest campaign ad features a retired Marine Corps captain describing how the congressional candidate from Kentucky dropped a bomb on an enemy compound and “turned the tide for us” in the battle for the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah in 2003.

Mikie Sherrill, a House candidate from New Jersey, talks in her first campaign video about flying missions in Europe and the Middle East as a Sea King helicopter pilot in the Navy.

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