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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

More than 20 progressive groups are launching an $800,000 ad campaign against Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), highlighting his response to the January 6 Capitol riot, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: The 30-second spot attacks Johnson for voting against investigating the riot, and juxtaposes videos of the attack with a clip of Johnson saying “by and large it was a peaceful protest."

  • Johnson's Senate seat is up for reelection in 2022, but the Republican has not yet said whether he will run.

Flashback: The senator told Fox News in May the riot mostly "was a peaceful protest, except for there were a number of people, basically agitators that whipped the crowd and breached the Capitol. And you know, that's really the truth of what's happening here.”

The ad also criticizes Johnson for voting against the For the People Act, the Democrats' voting reform and anti-corruption bill.

  • “Access to the polls matters to all Americans, and yet you blocked voter protections that have the support of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents," the ad's narrator says.

Details: The NAACP, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Working Families Party, and labor union National Education Association, are among those behind the campaign.

What to watch: The ad will air on local news and sports shows, cable news shows, and on Fox News Sunday and Face the Nation in Washington, D.C., on July 25.

Go deeper: GOP lawmakers downplay Capitol riot at House hearing

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Updated Sep 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Smaller than expected "Justice for J6" rally met with large police presence

Police officers watch as demonstrators gather for the "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 2021. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

A few hundred demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday at the "Justice for J6" rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.

The latest: Four people were arrested at the rally, including one person with a gun, one with a knife and two with outstanding warrants, per the U.S. Capitol Police.

Everyone wants to be an influencer

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The number of people looking to become online influencers has exploded during the pandemic.

Why it matters: Almost anyone can find themselves in a position to become an influencer, and brands are throwing billions of dollars at online content creators.

At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails in Montana

Photo: Jacob Cordeiro/Twitter

An Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, resulting in at least three deaths and multiple injuries to passengers and crew on Saturday, per authorities and a company statement.

The big picture: 141 passengers and 16 crew members were estimated to be on the Empire Builder train, traveling from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, when eight of the 10 cars derailed about 4p.m., Amtrak said early Sunday.

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