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Brad's morning edition. Check back this afternoon for more jokes from Brad.
* After the big snowstorm on Wednesday night, some roads Omaha are closed. People are driving erratically. The interstate is backed up. So it sounds like things are back to normal.
* While it looks like Omaha will have a white Christmas, Des Moines is assured of having a white Labor Day.
* A quick announcement: The “Pro Global Warming” rally is scheduled for noon on Saturday the Gene Leahy Mall.
* For the first time, there is a practical use for holiday fruitcakes. They can be dropped on your driveway to break up ice.
* The Weather Channel dubbed the Midwest blizzard Winter Storm Draco. OK, now the Omaha snow emergency parking plan is only the second-most confusing thing about the storm.
* Draco is Latin for dragon. The goal of naming storms: To make it easier for Americans to understand how dangerous they are. Only the Weather Channel would name a storm to make it easier for Americans to understand and use Latin.
* The Weather Channel dubbed the Midwest blizzard Winter Storm Draco, with Draco being Latin for dragon. If I know the Weather Channel, they're putting out feelers to see if it's possible to do the entire forecast in Latin.
* Draco. I don't know. This is the Weather Channel's first attempt at naming a winter storm and it sounds like something you'd use to unclog a sink.
* A California homeowner has a Christmas display featuring more than 340,000 lights. Astronauts on the International Space Station asked him to dim the lights so they can get some sleep.
* The U.S. Senate just held a Secret Santa gift exchange. It was kind of a sweet, convivial event bringing senators together in holiday cheer. This is not to be confused with the House of Representatives' “Holiday Kegger and Limbo Contest.”
* Fiscal-cliff talks have broken down. There's an icy pall over the White House. It's almost like the Clintons are back.
* Republicans in the House postponed a crucial vote when internal polling made it clear they did not have enough votes. Mitt Romney said, “You can do that?”
* For what seems like the umpteenth time under John Boehner, Republicans in Congress have delayed a vote because it didn't look good. GOP now stands for Grand Old Procrastinators.
* After postponing a vote on the fiscal-cliff, there is talk that members of Congress may fly home for the holidays without a deal in place. If that happens let's all agree: Nobody picks 'em up at the airport.
* Travel agencies are offering doomsday tour packages. I'd like to clear something up. Technically, going to Orlando to watch Nebraska face a Georgia team that fell just short of the BCS title game is not a doomsday trip.
* Taylor Martinez may have provided Georgia with bulletin board material when he said of Georgia: “They're like any other Big Ten defense.” The big concern is that by the time the Capital One Bowl begins, Taylor will have said, “Uga IX is no Bucky Badger.”