2018 midterm elections

Trump group, Senate candidates among biggest spenders on Google

Donald Trump speaks from a podium, in front of a crowd and large American flag
Trump's Make America Great Again Committee dominated Google ad spending. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The top political spenders on Google's ad platforms since the end of May include President Trump's political committee as well as individual candidates in competitive races, according to data the company released for the first time on Wednesday.

The big picture: New ad transparency initiatives on the part of major web platforms allow the public to see, to varying degrees, how online advertisers are trying to influence their votes.

Cuomo walks back claim that America "was never that great"

Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a speech Wednesday that America "was never that great," the New York Times reports — a remark aimed at President Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.

Why it matters: Cuomo had been on some lists of possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Marcus Molinaro, the Republican candidate for governor, packaged the clip and said Cuomo "owes the nation an apology." Press secretary Dani Lever clarified his jab in a statement, saying that while the country has always been great, the slogan ignores "the pain so many endured."