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July 30, 2019

Billionaire Tom Steyer will not be on the debate stage with his fellow Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday or Wednesday night, but a pro-impeachment organization he bankrolls, Need to Impeach, will be spending somewhere in the mid-six-figures to air a new 32-second ad on CNN and MSNBC before and after the debates, Politico reported Tuesday morning. The commercial, called "What Mueller Said," is the first paid advertising featuring former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's high-profile testimony before two House committees last week.

"Mueller was panned last week for being short in his testimony before Congress, giving little ammo to Democrats who wanted to capitalize politically from his appearance," Politico reports, but this new ad by Mark Putnam condenses Mueller's six hours of terse answers into 32 seconds of dramatic testimony, at least from the Democratic point of view. That's no small feat: The hearings themselves were something of a critical and ratings disappointment.

The new ad features questions from House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), and House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and "it will be very much talked about in the next few days," Politico predicts. Watch below. Peter Weber

June 29, 2017

An ad released earlier this month by the National Rifle Association is making waves this week for its chilling call to fight liberals with "the clenched fist of truth."

The ad, narrated by conservative pundit Dana Loesch, starts by drawing a clear dichotomy between us versus them. "They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse 'the resistance,'" Loesch says.

All of this incites "them" to "protest" and to "scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia" and so on and so forth until "the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness," Loesch says. "And when that happens, they'll use it as an excuse for their outrage," Loesch declares, concluding the only way to "fight this violence of lies" is with "the clenched fist of truth."

Watch it below. Becca Stanek

May 18, 2016

On Wednesday, Priorities USA Action, the Super PAC set up to support President Obama and now backing Hillary Clinton, broadcasts its first attack ads against Donald Trump in four key states: Florida, Ohio, Nevada, and Virginia. One ad, "Respect," is directed at women, and the other, "Speak," features mostly women wearing Donald Trump T-shirts lip-synching to Donald Trump saying divisive things:

Priorities USA, which has already raised more money than in 2012, originally planned to begin its general election ads against Trump after the final primary, June 7, but "the decision was made recently to go up now because we learned from Washington Republicans that you can't wait to go after Trump," super PAC spokesman Justin Barasky tells The New York Times. "What they did was too little, too late, and we weren't going to make the same mistake." On Twitter, Trump had one quibble with "the pathetic hit ad," saying it "misrepresents the final line: 'You can tell them to go BLANK themselves' — was about China, NOT WOMEN!" And if you have some time to kill, there's a robust discussion of the new ad underneath Trump's tweet. Peter Weber

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