🏈 🌊 Good morning from T-Town ... Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where I'm headed to the Crimson Tide seniors last home game (Western Carolina).
By coincidence, I'm on the players' floor of a hotel where the team stays the night before, with hallway monitors all night to make sure no one comes or goes. (Nothing untoward, as my Grandma Powers would say.)
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Political ads have become a flashpoint ahead of the 2020 election, in part because new technologies make it nearly impossible to apply a universal definition of them to all advertising channels, media trends expert Sara Fischer writes.
By the numbers: More pressure on people and companies to take a public position on politics and issues means that more political ads are being bought now than ever before.
Between the lines: Political ads have become a hot topic now that most campaigns are buying lots of ads online instead of on TV and radio. Campaign finance laws haven't been modernized to address how political advertising should be regulated online.
Enforcement is all over the map:
Vice President Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq today, the highest-level American trip since President Trump ordered a pullback of U.S. forces in Syria two months ago, AP's Zeke Miller reports from Erbil.
Pence was joined on the trip by his wife, Karen, and greeted U.S. troops ahead of Thanksgiving, serving turkey to hundreds of troops at two locations.
Our friends at Hamilton Place Strategies shared these two illuminating data slices from Wednesday's Democratic debate in Atlanta:
Number of times a candidate was named-checked by another:
Number of words spoken:
TV ratings steadily declined over the course of the public hearings, per Nielsen data reported by Neal Rothschild:
The most viral witness, from Axios PM.
Thursday's indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compounded the political chaos gripping Israel, which has been without a government for months, and raised the prospect of another election, AFP reports.
AP points out these parallels between Bibi and his friend President Trump:
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