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Americans For Prosperity launches a new ad against President Obama, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) attacks the president on energy and the Senate ad war in Missouri is in full swing. 

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* Americans For Prosperity, a grouped backed by the Koch Brothers, launched the second phase of a $25 million buy against President Obama with a new 60-second TV ad that argues the president has not earned reelection. The current buy is the first instance in which the conservative group is running express advocacy ads.

* In his second solo campaign appearance, presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) attacked Obama's energy policy during a stop in Colorado. Obama “has done all that he can to make it harder for us to use our own energy," Ryan said. Ryan is also scheduled to attend a private event in Las Vegas this evening that reportedly includes billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. The event is not a fundraiser.

* The general election ad war in the Missouri Senate race is in full swing. The latest: Rep. Todd Akin (R) is up with his first negative ad, a spot which ties Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) to Obama's health care law and hitting her late taxes on a private plane she co-owned. McCaskill's newest ad hits Akin for comparing federal student loans to "the stage III cancer of socialism."

* A Democratic poll of the New Mexico Senate race conducted Aug. 5-7 for the League of Conservation Voters and other environmental groups shows Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) leading former Republican congresswoman Heather Wilson 50 percent to 41 percent.


* At a campaign stop in Iowa, Obama poked fun at Romney by mentioning Seamus the dog, the Irish Setter the presumptive GOP presidential nominee put on the roof of his car during family trips years ago. “You can’t drive a car with a windmill on it," Obama said. “I don’t know if he’s [Romney] actually tried that. I know he’s had other things on his car.”

* Ryan will speak at the mid-September Values Voter Summit, a gathering of social conservative activists in Washington, D.C.

* Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.) announced his resignation from the House effective at midnight on Wednesday. Cardoza had previously announced that he was not running for reelection. There will not be a special election to fill the remainder of his term in the 18th District.

* The target of Indiana Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Gregg's new TV ad is, well, political ads, which he says he thinks "are pretty silly."


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