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Afternoon Fix: Colbert stuns congressional subcommittee; NRCC goes after four incumbent Democrats

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* Stephen Colbert testified in front of a House subcommittee this morning. He rarely broke character and began with this zinger: "I don't want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, sliced by a Guatemalan . . . and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian."

* The National Republican Congressional Committee is targeting new ads at four House Democrats - Reps. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), Chris Carney (D-Pa.), Steve Kagen (D-Wis.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) --- and open seats in Massachusetts' 10th district and Washington's 3rd.

* A new Marist poll shows predictions of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's (D) demise were a little premature. Like a Siena poll Thursday, the Marist poll shows Cuomo leading the state's governor's race by around 20 points.

* Facing $1.2 million in new ads from the National Republican Senatorial Committee and a tightening race, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) announced today that he has won the National Rifle Association's endorsement.

* Republican Dino Rossi is up with an ad in the Washington Senate race, hitting Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) for voting for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) bailout and then accepting money from Wall Street.


* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) becomes the latest to shy away refuse to speculate on whether she would vote for Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) for Speaker. Is President Obama's emphasis on Boehner paying dividends?

* What's the fallout from Colbert's performance? Does it reflect well on congressional Democrats 40 days before an election to invite a comedian to testify?

* Former President Bill Clinton attends a rally in Maine on Sunday with Democratic governor candidate Libby Mitchell and Reps. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).

* The contenders for Colorado's open governor's seat debate Saturday. Can Republican Dan Maes somehow assert himself as a viable alternative to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D)?

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Democratic opponent Rodney Glassman debate on Sunday.


Thank God they don't play this song at the Pizza Hut or the Taco Bell.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 24, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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