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Brad's morning edition. Check back this afternoon for more jokes from Brad.
* A website called Livability.com has ranked Lincoln's downtown one of the 10 best in the country. Downtown Omaha may have also made the list, if only the two survey takers' cars weren't towed.
* According to two people who have led OPS, what is needed in a new superintendent is someone who's a believer and a uniter. Although at this point in the selection process, the district will take anyone with a pulse and their own transportation.
* A Washington Post poll revealed that if we go over the fiscal cliff, 53 percent will blame Republicans and 27 percent will blame President Obama. Oh, and there was one respondent who'd blame George W. Bush, so apparently Obama himself was polled.
* On Wednesday, House members left for a weekend break. OK, I'm starting to get some clarity on why the current Congress never accomplishes much. Members think the weekend starts on Wednesday.
* House members left on Wednesday for their weekend break. Sure, our congressional members need a break from not accomplishing anything.
* President Obama just met with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and the Rev. Al Sharpton at the White House. If these two moderates can't help achieve compromise on the fiscal cliff, nobody can.
* The Democrats may be getting feedback on the fiscal cliff from Maddow and Sharpton. I have a better idea - let's have Maddow and Sharpton meet with their Republican counterparts, Ted Nugent and Hank Williams Jr., and we'll look for an agreement around the year 2089.
* John Boehner's fiscal-cliff counterproposal is being criticized by Democrats, Republicans and the media. He got the hat trick!
* An expert says that all it will take to avoid going over the fiscal cliff is for the U.S. Congress to exercise a shred of common sense. OK, we're doomed.
* If only Congress just had to exercise a 10th of a shred of common sense, we'd have a chance.
* President Obama plans to shuffle his cabinet in his new term. It appears Obama may be planning lots of recreation because there's now a Secretary of Golf.
* The U.S. is searching for a new treasury secretary to replace Timothy Geithner. It's a very important position – the Secretary of the Treasury makes all the financial decisions for the Obama administration that Warren Buffett doesn't have time to get to.
* Taylor Swift is the new romance columnist for Seventeen magazine. With her record of breakups, is Taylor the best choice to give romance advice? Did Larry King turn them down?
* Shawn Johnson said that going on “Dancing with the Stars” changed her life. This is the only country where winning an Olympic gold medal is used as a stepping stone to face Jaleel White in a dance-off.
* Colorado fired football coach Jon Embree after going 1-11. I wouldn't say you can look for sweeping changes at CU, but the chancellor was seen interviewing new buffaloes to run around the field.