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  1. I'll start with this viral ad which is REALLY well edited. Here's the story: MJ Hegar, an Air Force combat veteran who lives in Round Rock, Texas, is running for Congress. In a now-viral ad, she used the motif of doors to explain why she is running for office on behalf of the Democratic party. Hegar said that growing up as the daughter of a single mom in Texas, following her dream of being a pilot meant "opening, pushing, and, sometimes, kicking through every door." After years of training, Hegar became a pilot and eventually served three tours in Afghanistan with the Air Force before getting into a crash, which earned her a Purple Heart. Following the crash, she was injured and couldn't fly anymore. Hegar claims that she was "barred" from her next career choice because of her gender. She sued the Pentagon over not only the job she was barred from, but also the ban on women serving in ground combat jobs — and she won. But it wasn't easy. During the lawsuit, Hegar lobbied Congress, but she said people were hesitant to hear from her because she hadn't donated money. After her Congressman John Carter, a Tea Party Republican, refused to meet with her, Hegar decided to run for office. She's running against the guy who didn't meet with her.
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