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* Some members of Congress just released their own budget blueprint. With Congress' typical timing, the budget calls for raising money by selling Tim Tebow Broncos jerseys.
* On Tuesday, voters in Illinois go to the polls. Following tradition, Jimmy Carter flew in to observe the election to watch for wrongdoing.
* Monday night, season 14 of "Dancing with the Stars" got under way. It's hard to believe this is season 14. We've now seen three actual stars.
* In the most remote section of the Chaco forest in Paraguay, a reclusive tribe that's completely isolated from the modern world has been found. The tribe was discovered when members turned in their NCAA brackets to a national contest.
* Tuesday is the first official day of spring, and the weather is expected to be cooler. Actually, the temperature between Bob Kerrey and the Nebraska secretary of state is minus 5 degrees.
* A 6-year-old Virginia girl has qualified for the national spelling bee after winning her local competition by correctly spelling "vaquero." When I was 6, I was stunned when a man on TV dressed as a giant bird informed me that cat is not spelled with a "k."
* Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle has named an acting police chief. In the past, that has meant that he's acting like he's going to stay more than 18 months.
* The acting police chief has been on the job for 24 hours. That means he's already earned something like $30,000 toward his pension.
* Tuesday is the Illinois primary. Because the eyes of the world are on the state, people in Illinois are only being allowed to vote a maximum of three times.
* The Illinois primary was already marred when a confused Iowa caucus voter wandered into a polling place in Moline and tried to cast a vote.
* President Obama said, "People will blame me for high gas prices." Of course, that goes with the job. We're Americans - we blame the president when our team gets a bad seed at the NCAA tournament.
* A photo has emerged of a shirtless Rick Santorum sunbathing in Puerto Rico. Actually, what better way to prove you're presidential in the Barack Obama era than to be photographed vacationing?
* Sarah Palin has endorsed Florida Rep. Allen West for vice president. What criteria goes into thinking someone will be a good vice president? "He's great at putting and his long irons are superb."
* Rod Blagojevich has reported to a prison in Colorado. He was going to be sent to prison to Illinois, but all the prisons there are bursting at the seams with thousands of other former Illinois governors.
* Library workers in Toronto are on strike. They're walking a picket line whispering, "What do we want? More money."
* George Clooney was arrested during a Sudan protest in Washington, D.C. If you're keeping tabs on the war on crime, we haven't solved a nationwide string of bank robberies but we've got George Clooney.
* In the French Alps, a 20-ton boulder crushed a car, but the driver escaped unhurt and continued his vacation. Interestingly, he had a chance to come to Omaha but refused because of the street conditions.
* Because of concerns about climate, the entire population of the Pacific nation of Kiribati is relocating to Fiji. I don't think anything like this has happened since the entire population of Mexico relocated to California in the early 1990s.
* Kiribati will still exist, there just won't be any people living there. They got the idea from Canada.
* A Tacoma, Wash., man was charged with bigamy after his two wives connected on Facebook. Just his luck - the only two Facebook friends to ever actually meet.
* I saw the online article "Seven signs he's going to propose." I think the article was rather predictable. Take sign No. 3: He gets down on one knee in a public place clutching a ring box.
* In California, a woman gave birth to a baby weighing over 14 pounds. The parents have been advised by California officials not to place the bassinet over a fault line.
* There's YouTube video of a man making a basketball shot from a helicopter 192 feet off the ground. I tell you, the CBI is going all out with these rule changes to get somebody to watch.
* NCAA Tournament fans are still left with one big question: What in the heck is truTV?
* Four Big Ten teams qualified for the Sweet 16. Doc Sadler immediately said, "See? See? That's what I'm talking about."
* The Nebraska basketball coaching search is now in day 11. Iowa State has had football coaches that didn't last that long.