WASHINGTON | Women changing makeup of military, and perhaps its politics

WASHINGTON  | Women changing makeup of military, and perhaps its politics

WASHINGTON — It had been months since retired Lt. Cmdr.

Michele Fitzpatrick paid attention to news coverage. She was turned off by President Donald Trump’s tweetstorms and attacks on critics such as the late Republican Sen. John McCain, a war hero. But as the November midterm elections approached, she fired up her laptop.

A member of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 1980, the first to include women, Fitzpatrick began researching candidates and poring over issues.

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