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Afternoon Fix: White House: Obama is "a committed Christian"; Donnelly touts anti-Pelosi stance

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-- The White House released a statement reiterating that President Obama is a "committed Christian" and noting that he "doesn't wear [his faith] on his sleeve."

-- Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is up with a new TV ad in which he touts the fact that he "voted against (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi's energy tax on Hoosier families."

-- The Club for Growth made its first round of post-primary endorsements today, backing Republican House nominees Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina's 5th district, Tim Griffin in Arkansas' 2nd, Stephen Fincher in Tennessee's 8th and Todd Young in Indiana's 9th.

-- Meanwhile, a new Talk Business poll shows Griffin leading his Democratic rival, state Sen. Joyce Elliott, 52 percent to 35 percent among likely voters.

-- Iowa state Sen. Brad Zaun (R) said that he had used "poor judgment" in a 2001 incident in which he was told by police to stay away from his former girlfriend after he reportedly harassed her.


-- If it's Friday, it's The Fix's Friday Line. Stay tuned for our rankings of the 15 Senate seats most likely to flip this fall.

-- How do national Republicans handle businessman Rick Scott in the closing days of Florida's gubernatorial primary, and how do national Democrats handle billionaire real estate developer Jeff Greene in the Senate primary?

-- Today is the filing deadline for independents and third-party candidates in Tennessee.

-- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) sits down with "Today's" Meredith Viera tomorrow morning for his first post-trial interview.


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With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Felicia Sonmez  | August 19, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
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