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Brad's afternoon edition
* In a surprising announcement, Illinois Republican Rep. Tim Johnson said he will not seek re-election. His goal: to become the first Illinois politician in the past decade to leave office not in handcuffs.
* On Thursday, President Obama hosted a showing of "To Kill A Mockingbird" to mark the 50th anniversary of the film's release. Coincidentally, the movie opened the same month the 2012 Republican presidential primary got under way.
* Now PETA is upset that Omaha officials used a glue trap to catch a rat. If they're upset that a rat was caught in the trap, you don't want to see what happens if the Easter bunny ends up there.
* So Douglas County can avoid using glue traps, UNL officials graciously offered to train one of their 29 bedbug-sniffing dogs to sniff rats.
* The acrimony in Washington has reached a new low. Republicans just announced that they disapprove of President Obama's handling of a situation, that it was unacceptable and deplorable. They were talking about the White House Easter Egg Roll.
* There are a number of Easter egg hunts in Omaha. Little kids will be running and pushing to get to the food. When kids do this, it's an egg hunt. When adults do this, it's the opening of Joe's Crab Shack.
* It's reported that Americans spent $1.5 billion trying to win the Mega Millions lottery. This is why we don't have time to plan for retirement: We're too busy waiting in line to buy lottery tickets.
* According to a new CNN poll, President Obama holds a double-digit lead over his Republican opponents. I'm starting to think CNN may be a tad biased - the press release announcing Obama's lead was decorated with smiley faces.
* Michelle Obama is going to appear on reunion episodes of "The Biggest Loser" and President Obama is going on the USA Network to introduce a new version of "To Kill A Mockingbird." The Obamas are on entertainment TV so often that they're basically like the Kardashians, only with a less impressive economic plan.
* Madonna has joined Twitter. And there's already a fake Madonna Twitter account. Well, it's Lady Gaga.
* Budget carrier Allegiant Air has begun charging $35 per carry-on bag. We need a new FAA rule: The moment you begin charging 35 bucks to carry a bag on a plane, you lose the right to call yourself a budget airline.
* During a basketball game in Tel Aviv, Israel, a cat somehow got loose on the court and was chased by the mascot in a dog costume. A whopping 99 percent of basketball fans say they'd rather watch this clip than the NIT finals.
* Florida basketball player Erving Walker was arrested for allegedly stealing a $3 taco after Gainesville police chased him in their cars. Gainesville police were unavailable for comment - they've just fired tear gas into the home of a guy who may have stole a Pez dispenser.
* In the new Weight Watchers ad, Charles Barkley wears a dress. I saw him in a dress and figured he was so obsessed with finally winning a title that he's making a comeback in the WNBA.