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Brad's morning edition. Check back this afternoon for more jokes from Brad.
* The big thing on New Year's Eve was ugly sweater parties. It's confusing for some. All around the country dogs are looking at humans in ugly sweaters and thinking, “Were those intended for us?”
* On New Year's Eve, police in riot gear had to break out the water cannons. But enough about the Kathy Griffin-Anderson Cooper New Year's Eve special.
* It's reported that police made 21 arrests for public intoxication along the Rose Parade route. When the announcers are describing the pageantry, they skip this part. “Now beside the 40-foot rose chipmunk you will see a drunk man upchucking ...”
* A couple was legally married on a float during the Rose Parade. The bride and groom promised to love and cherish one another 'til death do them part or until a Big Ten team next wins the Rose Bowl.
* Congress was in session on New Year's Eve. Which cost the nation's bartenders more than $80 million.
* Terms of the fiscal-cliff deal that Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell hammered out are emerging.The major sticking point that was resolved in the 11th hour calls for McConnell to assume Biden's duties walking first dog Bo.
* In the middle of fiscal cliff negotiations, John Boehner reportedly directed an F bomb at Sen. Harry Reid. I think it says a lot that during a week when Rex Ryan, Bo Pelini and Mike Gundy are coaching on national television, the biggest profanity comes from a member of Congress.
* Members of the House of Representatives debated late into the night on Tuesday. Well, it really wasn't a debate – it was sort of like a soccer riot, only less cerebral.
* President Obama is giving Joe Biden credit for brokering the fiscal-cliff compromise. This is being heralded as the greatest accomplishment by a sitting vice president since Dan Quayle rescued Socks the cat from a tree.
* It also rivals the time Walter Mondale did a really nice job of trimming the Rose Garden hedges.
* President Obama signed the fiscal cliff-bill from Hawaii with an autopen, a mechanical device that duplicates his signature. The Republicans new strategy is to pilfer this autopen before Obama returns from vacation to sign every one of their proposals.
* In a New Year's speech that was rational and not at all bombastic, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for economic overhaul. It's a sad day when members of the U.S. Congress could learn a thing or two from the leader of North Korea.
* On Tuesday, while waiting for the House of Representatives to pass the fiscal-cliff plan I felt like I do waiting for Charlie Brown to kick a field goal.
* The Senate fiscal cliff vote was 89-8. Normally when you see numbers like that this time of year, it's the score of a Big Ten team playing in a bowl game.
* I wouldn't say President Obama got most of what he wanted in the fiscal-cliff negotiations, but last time there was a deal this one-sided, the Red Sox were selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees for 100 grand.
* Nebraska men's basketball team won the opening tip in the game with Ohio State on Wednesday night. Let's hope that doesn't end up being the highlight of the Huskers' Big Ten season.
* Tim Tebow and his girlfriend have broken up. I hope she didn't decide to date Greg McElroy instead.
* Tuesday was Tom Osborne's last day at Nebraska, and Bobby Petrino was just hired to coach at Western Kentucky. That sums up the state of college athletics: Tom Osborne is out, Bobby Petrino is in.
* Northern Illinois lost big to Florida State in the Discover Orange Bowl. It's called that because Northern Illinois discovered it doesn't belong in the Orange Bowl.