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Joe Biden's campaign will begin airing a TV ad in Michigan markets today about climate-related harm and risks to farmers.

Driving the news: The ad running in the Traverse City–Cadillac media market shows a family of fruit farmers discussing the topic.

  • "We’re really proud to be cherry farmers. If we are unable to do that based on the climate, it would really strip away what is so unique about this area," Mike King, a farmer featured in the ad, says.

Why it matters: It's Biden's first climate-themed general election ad and it's airing in a big swing state that President Trump narrowly won in 2016.

Where it stands: Per the campaign, the King family is trying to adapt as their cherry harvests have "been decimated by extreme weather in recent years."

What we don't know: The cost of the buy, though it's part of the campaign's $280 million TV and digital ad campaign targeting 15 states.

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Updated Jan 3, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Reports: Larry King hospitalized with coronavirus

Larry King, 2019. Photo: Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

TV great Larry King has been hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles, per multiple reports.

Details: The 87-year-old talk show host, who has Type 2 diabetes, has been treated at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center for over a week, CNN reports.

Nearly $500 million spent on ads for Georgia Senate races

The Georgia Senate runoff races are among the most expensive Senate races in history, according to advertising spend figures from Ad Impact.

The big picture: Collectively, nearly $500 million worth of ads targeting Georgia voters has been spent in two months.

Educators face fines, harassment over critical race theory

People talk before the start of a rally against critical race theory being taught in schools at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Va. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Elementary school teachers, administrators and college professors are facing fines, physical threats, and fear of firing because of an organized push from the right to remove classroom discussions of systemic racism.

Why it matters: Moves to ban critical race theory are raising free speech concerns amid an absence of consistent parameters about what teachings are in or out of bounds.