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Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) released a new ad on Tuesday, highlighting her moderate credentials and record of working across the aisle.

The ad, titled “Same Team,” is a clear attempt to push back against months of attack ads that have painted her as a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama’s agenda.

“One of the things I love about North Carolina is that unless you’re talking basketball, you don’t have to pick a team. That’s how I get results for folks here at home,” Hagan says in the 30-second spot. “Republican or Democrat, if an idea works for middle-class families, I am all for it.”

“I approve this message because I was so proud when the nonpartisan National Journal ranked me the most moderate senator,” she adds. “Not too far left, not too far right, just like North Carolina.”

In addition to stressing Hagan’s moderation, the ad is likely setting the table for the vulnerable incumbent’s attempt to paint her Republican opponent, Thom Tillis, as a right-wing extremist. North Carolina’s ultraconservative state House, of which Tillis serves as Speaker, is deeply unpopular; Tillis’ poll numbers actually dip when it’s in session. Hagan has more than $8 million in cash on hand, so expect many more ads highlighting this difference over the next three months.

The race is currently one of the closest in the nation; Hagan leads by 3 percent, according to The Huffington Post’s poll average.

Screenshot: Kay Hagan/YouTube

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Just over year before her untimely death on Friday, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared as a guest lecturer for the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR with National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg. The crowd that signed up to see "Notorious RBG" live was so large that the event had to be moved to a major sports arena – and they weren't disappointed by the wide-ranging, hour-long interview.

Witty, charming, brilliant, principled, Ginsburg represented the very best of American liberalism and modern feminism. Listen to her and you'll feel even more deeply what former President Bill Clinton says in his poignant introduction: "Only one of us in this room appointed her…but all of us hope that she will stay on that court forever."