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President Obama’s re-election campaign is launching a new offensive against Mitt Romney, hammering the former Massachusetts governor for keeping his money in foreign bank accounts.

The campaign’s new ad, “Swiss Bank Account,” accuses Romney of shipping jobs overseas while he worked at Bain Capital and of outsourcing government jobs to India while he was governor.

“It’s just what you’d expect from a guy who had a Swiss bank account,” the ad concludes.

The ad will air on broadcast television in the crucial swing states of Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia.

Meanwhile, Obama’s campaign website has posted an infographic which shows all of the overseas locations of Romney’s money according to Mitt and Ann Romney’s 2010 tax returns.
“We don’t know if he’s using these accounts to avoid paying his fair share in taxes,” the website warns, “but we do know that in 2010, Romney’s tax rate was a startlingly low 13.9%…tell Mitt Romney: Bring your offshore accounts back to the USA.”

When Romney’s tax returns were released in January, they helped contribute to a huge slide in the polls that threatened to derail Romney’s campaign. Until Romney proves that he has a convincing response to criticism about his offshore accounts, don’t expect the Obama campaign to let the issue die.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)