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Brad's morning edition
* Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed a deal naming China's Shaanxi Province our sister state. This means there's a better chance of the leader of China visiting Nebraska before the election than President Obama.
The Iowa State Fair kicks off Thursday. New menu items include a double bacon corn dog. This sounds like something our air force would drop on enemy territory during war.
* This is interesting: Despite the fair's advertising campaign, it's easier to land a rover on Mars than to get an Omahan to drive to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
* President Obama is now referring to Mitt Romney as “Romney Hood,” and Romney is referring to Obama as “Obamaloney.” If these guys spent half as much time developing credible job creation plans as they do thinking up stupid nicknames for their opponent, we'd be in better shape.
* On Monday, President Obama will be in Council Bluffs. I'm guessing he's hoping for a photo op beside that giant sculpture along the viaduct going into town to show there's one disaster bigger than his jobs plan.
* The liberal group Moveon.org took out a 30-second ad mocking the Romney's Olympic dressage horse Rafalca. I feel a need to emphasize this is a true story and not from the Onion.
* This is when you know the campaign has turned bitter – the candidates' pets are fair game.
* An American team won women's beach volleyball gold. After they scored a crucial point, the unbiased NBC commentator and analyst lifted Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh on their shoulders and paraded ‘em around the arena.
* After releasing a shot in an Olympic basketball game, Carmelo Anthony suffered a blindside shot to the groin. Or, as that's called in politics, “a super PAC ad.”
* In Olympic equestrian, Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter won a silver medal. Because of who she is, she had a lot of advantages. For starters, she was riding Secretariat.
* A U.S. judo competitor who tested positive for marijuana claims he got it from consuming a baked good that contained marijuana that he was unaware of. And the gold medal for alibis goes to ...
* The big outrage at the Olympics was a badminton scandal. You know, after Penn State, Ohio State and USC, that doesn't seem so bad.
* True item: The Iron Sheik spoke to NBC about the Olympic wrestling field. Then NBC introduced its new dressage analyst – the Lone Ranger.