This is Brad's afternoon edition.
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* Omaha road crews are finally tending to some of the outlying side roads by applying salt to streets around the edge of own. This essentially makes Omaha one giant margarita.
* A Husker pep rally was just held in Orlando. There was tons of cheering, and that was just by people who were thrilled to have escaped the Nebraska weather.
* Anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist claims that President Obama will deliberately lead us over the fiscal cliff. To which a chorus of Americans responded, “Grover? Your name is really Grover?”
* The Obamas have been on vacation in Hawaii. In a sign of the new austerity, they're staying in a vacation house that only rents for half a billion dollars per month.
* First dog Bo interrupted Michelle Obama's reading of “'Twas The Night Before Christmas.” Where was Bo when Chris Christie was beginning hour two of his speech at the GOP Convention?
* The Obamas invited some close friends for Christmas dinner in Hawaii. In the spirit of the season, President Obama only charged them $3,000 per plate.
* John Kerry has been nominated for U.S. Secretary of State. Which means jockeying has begun for Kerry's Massachusetts Senate seat. Democrats want to retain it, Republicans want to win it, and Rod Blagojevich said, “Hey, let's hold an auction!”
* A Brigham Young University student has started a business called Rent A Puppy. “Here's your new Christmas puppy, kids. You can love him until 2 p.m.”
* The great character actor Charles Durning has died at age 89. At the eulogy, the minister said, “We are gathered to pay tribute to ... well, I don't know his name, but he was terrific in 'Tootsie,' and I know his face ...”
* The Houston Rockets and James Harden played on Christmas Day. Call me old-fashioned, but something is wrong when Santa has only the second-most impressive beard on Christmas.
* Each of the Christmas Day NBA games featured a holiday theme. For example, when Harden was going in for a layup, an elf popped out of his beard.
* Before the Outback Bowl, Michigan coach Brady Hoke suspended several players, including the team's top punter. Oh, no. Everybody knows that when a Big Ten team plays in a bowl, the punter is the most important man on the field.
* The Texas high school state football championship games were just played. Sure, what else do athletes in Texas have to do during finals week?