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The ad highlights comments by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen and talk-show host Bill Maher suggesting Ann Romney never worked.

Mrs. Romney raised five sons but did not work outside the home.

The ad concludes by saying, “Happy Mother’s Day from Barack Obama’s team.”

Ms. Rosen is not connected to Mr. Obama’s campaign. Mr. Maher contributed $1 million to a super PAC supporting the president’s re-election.

DEFENSE

Leaders push U.S. to sign sea treaty

Top defense leaders argued Wednesday for the U.S. to ratify a long-debated treaty governing ocean rights in order to bolster the nation’s national security interests in the Asia-Pacific region and other key global waters.

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said approving the United Nations Law of the Sea treaty would strengthen America’s strategic position in Asia.

“The western Pacific is a mosaic of competing claims for territory and for resources,” Gen. Dempsey said during a forum hosted by the Atlantic Council and the Pew Charitable Trusts. “This is a critical region where, as a Pacific nation, our security and economic prosperity are inextricably linked. We have a vested interest in mitigating any conflict in the Asia-Pacific before it occurs.”

The U.S. is the only major nation that has refused to sign the treaty, which has been endorsed by 161 countries and the European Union.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta dismissed objections from treaty opponents who claim it would restrict military operations or limit intelligence collection in territorial waters.

The opponents, he said, “have put forward the myth that the Law of the Sea Convention would force us to surrender U.S. sovereignty. Nothing, nothing, could be further from the truth. Not since we acquired the lands of the American West and Alaska have we had such a great opportunity to expand U.S. sovereignty.”

Mr. Panetta added that signing onto the treaty would help enforce sea lanes, including the Strait of Hormuz, which Iran has threatened to block.

HOUSE

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