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quote: On NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “Tiny, tiny man. The real reason he doesn’t want drink cups larger than 16 ounces is because he’s afraid he might drown in one.”
their: New York Times
their_title: At Al Smith Dinner, Colbert Doesn’t Spare Politicians
their_url: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/18/nyregion/at-al-smith-dinner-colbert-doesnt-spare-politicians.html?hpw&_r=0
their_copy: The $1,500-a-plate dinner, a regular stop for presidential candidates and world leaders, is both an elegant affair and a Friars Club-style roast. Guests in tail coats munch on caviar and petits fours as speakers crack one-liners about the politicians onstage. Mr. Colbert did not hold back.

On Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg: “Tiny, tiny man. The real reason he doesn’t want drink cups larger than 16 ounces is because he’s afraid he might drown in one.”

On Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: “I didn’t know you could tear yourself away from the excitement that is Albany on a Thursday evening.”

On Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker who lost the Democratic primary for mayor: “New York City is the only place in the world where the lesbian candidate is too conservative.”

On Raymond W. Kelly, the police commissioner: “Are you here alone, or did you bring the whole biker gang?” (At this mention of the recent beating of an S.U.V. driver by motorcyclists, the crowd audibly cringed. “I’m in trouble,” Mr. Colbert joked.)
theirCTA: Read the full story here.
our_copy: Colbert didn't pull any punches when it came to taking on New York's political class. The same goes for Pope Francis. He riffed on the pope's humble approach to the job.

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"If Pope Francis had attended on Thursday, 'His Humbleness would be out washing the feet of the coat-check guy or something,” Mr. Colbert said, adding, 'We get it, you’re modest,'" the Times reported.

Jordan Fabian is Fusion's politics editor, writing about campaigns, Congress, immigration, and more. When he's not working, you can find him at the ice rink or at home with his wife, Melissa.