Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses the NAACP in Detroit, Michigan, in July. Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images

The Michael Bloomberg-backed Beyond Carbon campaign has launched a 6-figure digital ad buy just ahead of the 2-day climate forum with 2020 Democratic hopefuls that MSNBC is co-hosting Thursday and Friday.

Where it stands: The campaign — running on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube — features commentary from former New York City mayor Bloomberg, Hip Hop Caucus CEO Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. and others.

  • "We're not waiting for the next administration. We're acting now to put America on the path to 100% clean energy," says Bloomberg, whose work promotes state and local emissions efforts, in one of the spots.

What they're doing: Bloomberg launched the $500 million Beyond Carbon effort earlier this year. It aims to wean the U.S. off coal and halt construction of new gas-fired power plants, among other priorities.

Yes, but: It's not the only deep-pocketed interest running new ads. The powerful American Petroleum Institute launched a few days ago a 7-figure buy with TV, digital spots, and more.

The big picture: The goal of the pro-natural gas campaign is to "provide balance to the energy debate as Congress returns and the presidential primary continues," the group said. The spots are here and here.

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The U.S. and Israel will announce tomorrow that they are expanding three agreements on scientific cooperation to include Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.

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