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On the eve of James Comey’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a Trump-affiliated political action committee spent dark money to strike at the former FBI director with an attack ad. As Stephen Colbert observed, this barrage was yet another violation of American political norms by the Trump crew.

The attack ad, aired on the Late Show, is also a prime example of advertising that could only persuade a moron (which may just mean it is aimed squarely at Trump voters). In response, Colbert devises a clever parody that shows just how stupid the Comey ad is.

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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