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In a new television ad that began airing Thursday in Ohio, the Senate Majority PAC targets vulnerable Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on his past support for Social Security privatization.

The ad titled "Cicadas" from the Democratic group notes that Portman once supported privatizing Social Security. The ad's narrator says that as cicadas return to Ohio every 17 years, the senator periodically “returns to Ohio and tries to rewrite his record in Washington.”

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The official focus of a press call organized Friday by the Hillary Clinton campaign may have been Donald Trump and his response to Brexit -- the United Kingdom’s shocking vote to leave the European Union -- but her previous rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) also got an indirect shout out, though not by name.

Reporters pressed the call’s hosts, campaign policy advisor Jake Sullivan and communications director Jennifer Palmieri, on whether the U.K.’s surprise vote fueled by working class discontent and anti-immigrant rhetoric had raised concerns within the campaign, which is facing similar forces embodied in Donald Trump. Their implicit response was this: we beat the angry populist in the primary, and we are prepared to do so again in the general.

“When Americans wake up this morning and saw the impact that voters in another continent took, the effect that that had on our markets and the potential it could have an impact on our economy, they’re going to have the need for steady leadership, and somebody who doesn’t just offer anger, but offers solutions,” Palmieri said. “That's our experience, and what we saw voters ultimately wanted in the Democratic primary, and we think solutions are what voters are going to be looking for in the general election, too.”

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LONDON (AP) — An intense leadership battle is expected to unfold within Britain's Conservative Party after its long-standing, passionate split over the country's role in Europe reached a pinnacle Friday with a vote to exit the bloc and the resignation of the prime minister.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continues to be concerned about Donald Trump's chances in November, given the GOP nominee's inability to stick to a script and his meager fundraising haul in May.

"It’s no secret that he’s struggling. As you and I are talking today, we just saw his latest financial report and there’s not much money in there. He’s earned the nomination, but in order to be elected president, he needs to pivot and start acting like — presidential," McConnell said in a Friday episode of GOP consultant Ben Mathis' podcast, KickAss Politics, according to audio highlighted by Buzzfeed News.

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