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John Bel Edwards' New Ad Attacking David Vitter Is NOT Subtle

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

You can be forgiven if, up until now, you've not been paying much attention to the race to replace outgoing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, which has now...

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Bobby Jindal To Fulfill Son's Dream Of Returning To Iowa, Also Is Running For President | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday joined the crowded field of candidates vying for the GOP's presidential nomination, and may even get the chan...

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2014 Campaign Ads: The Best, The Weirdest, The Worst | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

With another midterm election very nearly in the books, it's time to take stock of the cycle's campaign ads. The best of the best inspired us with ful...

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Fake Morgan Freeman Rides Again In Another Campaign Ad | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics

Everyone knows that if you want to really class up your #brand, you've just got to bring in Morgan Freeman and his much-beloved dulcet tones and have ...

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Anyone Who Fact Checks This Obamacare Attack Ad Hates Cancer Patients, Apparently | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

Big news from the war on fact checking today, folks. About a week ago, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) launched an attack ad against Rep. Gary Peters (...

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Matt Bevin Attacks McConnell On Obamacare, Aligns Himself With Senate Hostage Takers | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

In recent days, when life whipped the Senate minority leader with its cat-of-nine-tails, somewhere between three and four of those tails left marks th...

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Mitch McConnell Puns Like Your Dad In His Ads | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

The Huffington Post's reporters Jason Cherkis and Zach Carter on Thursday published a long and comprehensive exploration of Senate Minority Leader Mit...

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Mitch McConnell's Crack Campaign Team Notices That His Opponent's Last Name Rhymes With Stuff | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics

If you recall, we got a sneak peek a few months ago at the amazing people conducting the opposition research effort for Team Mitch McConnell Re-Elect ...

Romney Super PAC Runs Ads In Obama-Leaning States

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics

Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, launched new ad buys in Minnesota and New Mexico on Wednesday in Republicans' latest effort ...

Turn Down the Noise: Fast. Pray. Vote.

Troy Jackson | Posted 12.29.2012 | Religion
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The barrage of negative advertising, coupled with propaganda masquerading as news, is taking its toll. The political discourse has gone over the cliff here in Ohio, and the resulting noise makes it much harder to truly listen to God and to one another.

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Mitt's A Real Nowhere Man: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Sept. 21 | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics

At the Values Voter Summit this past weekend, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan lit into President Barack Obama for his propensity for making ...

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Florida State Senate Race Becomes Ground Zero In The War Over Robot Death Cars, Finally! | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics

Thanks to Alex Pareene, I have become aware of a major flashpoint that's driving the conversation and winning the morning in the hotly contested race ...

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We Are All Probably Going To Die, Because Obama, Says New Ad | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

The folks behind Secure America Now -- a neoconservatve 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization dedicated to giving you a bunch of irrational anxiety attacks...

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The DNC Is Sorry For Those Terrible Dressage Campaign Ads | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.19.2012 | Politics

Last week's ad from Obama for America -- the "Firms" spot that made use of Mitt Romney's warbling, pitch-averse rendition of "America the Beautiful" -...

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Karl Rove Would Like You To Believe That He Is Against Fearmongering Now | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics

Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS super PAC is out with a new ad today, decrying the Obama campaign for "going negative," which for our purposes basically me...

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Late Returns: Ted Cruz Still Cruising For Texas Senate Upset | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

Last night, Ted Cruz, who is vying for the Republican nomination in the Senate race to determine who will take over Kay Bailey Hutchison's seat, compl...

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George Allen Would Like His Primary Opponent To Stop Being So Mean To Him | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics

If the polls are any guide, then former Virginia Sen. George Allen is basically a lock to win the state's GOP Senate primary, after which he will imme...

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Late Returns: Expert Advice On What Polls You Should Ignore | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics

We have apparently entered the part of the 2012 mid season where the rapid accumulation of polling data is met by a burgeoning field of experts who th...

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'If You Vote For My Opponent, Everyone Will Die': A Historical Compendium Of Fearful Political Ads | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.03.2012 | Politics

This week, the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death inspired the Obama campaign to release an ad, titled "One Chance," in which former President Bil...

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Campaign Ad Delivers On Promise Of Urination | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics

Zeke Miller gifts the internet with this latest campaign ad treat, from Roland Sledge, a Republican running for Texas Railroad Commissioner, which is ...

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Fred Karger "Sexy Frisbee" Ad Pulled From YouTube Because Of 'Inappropriate' Content | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics

Fred Karger's longshot bid for the White House typically doesn't get much attention, primarily because he was deemed too unpopular in polls to compete...

Journalism Students Answer My Call to Uncover Political Ad Data

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
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Two intrepid journalism students from Kent State -- Megan Closser and Shanice Dunning -- took me up on my challenge to visit their local TV stations and uncover data behind the political ads they run.

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Gingrich, Paul Remind Everyone That They Are Still Running For President | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics

If for some reason you don't recall, over the weekend, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich seemed to be close to conceding the race for the 2012 GOP no...

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'Son Of Detroit' Romney Tools Around Michigan In Car Manufactured In Canada | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

Having seen Mitt Romney tool around the Greater Detroit area in two campaign ads in which he nostalgically recalls his childhood and his love of cars,...

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Romney Will Drive Around Detroit In The Same Car, Rhapsodizing, Forever | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

Dave Weigel notes that Mitt Romney's new ad had him back behind the wheel of his car, straight up sentimentalizing about Detroit and the economy and t...