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The most significant bit of election news over the last week was the decision of Sen. Mark Pryor, the embattled Arkansas Democrat, to run an ad touting his vote for the health care law as a positive for the people of his increasingly Republican state.

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The Obama campaign will begin airing its first commercial Thursday, and the first words on screen are "Secretive oil billionaires attacking President Obama." The ad responds to charges leveled by Americans for Prosperity, a front group for the conservative Koch brothers.

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Newt Gingrich isn't giving up his fight for the presidency. The kamikaze candidate has released a new ad attacking Mitt Romney as someone from Massachusetts, the hippie gay rainbow brown people state, or something.

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Joe Klein points out that the newfound anonymity of attack ads, made possible by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which allows faceless money conglomerates to run ads on a candidate's behalf without the usual "I approved this message," makes for much "more effective and brutal" adverts.

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This commercial from the BBC, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, reminds us in this new year how special -- and fragile -- our planet is.This commercial from the BBC, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, reminds us in this new year how special—and fragile—our planet is.

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On Thursday former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told the crowd at the Iowa State Fair that "corporations are people, my friend." The Democratic National Committee took those words and turned them into advertising gold.

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Given the outsourcing, the massive bailout, the abandoned houses and the rest of the city's emotional baggage, it was sort of inevitable that Chrysler's "Imported from Detroit" ad, featuring Eminem and spanning roughly $12 million worth of airtime, would elicit cheers and jeers from Congress.

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