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Brad's morning edition
Come back to Omaha.com to read Brad's afternoon edition.
* On Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned to cut the flow of water at Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota to check for flood damage. The Corps of Engineers is treating this as a minor tweak with little significance ... OK, sandbagging on 14th Street in Omaha starts at noon. Don't be late!
* If this is typical of what usually happens when the Army Corps of Engineers tries to manage water, the presidents on Mount Rushmore will soon be up to their nostrils.
* Iowans have settled on a new Cy-Hawk Trophy. Well, that only took slightly longer than it did for Iowa to achieve statehood.
* At a May Day festival, thousands of people were dancing and singing - wait, my mistake. Those were Republicans celebrating Newt Gingrich's last day in the race.
* There's a new allegation that U.S. Secret Service agents picked up prostitutes and drank heavily in the V.I.P. section of an El Salvador strip club. I was watching a special on the Secret Service the other night - wait, that was the movie "Animal House."
* It appears there may be congressional hearings on the Secret Service prostitution scandal. I can picture the questioning already. "Now, Agent Brown, what exactly did this prostitute look like, and what's her telephone number, beginning with the area code?"
* In the NBA playoffs, the L.A. Clippers came back from being down 23 points with 7 minutes left to defeat Memphis. The big concern is that hearing this will make Gingrich stay in the Republican race.
* President Obama has a new campaign slogan: "Forward." That's the second-most-confusing slogan of the campaign, right after Rick Perry's, "Wait, What?"
* President Obama has been campaigning with New Hampshire female Senator Kelly Ayotte, who's been mentioned as a potential vice president. With all the strides women have made in the workplace, I'd hate to see that.
* President Obama is campaigning with former president Bill Clinton. They're not close friends; it's been labeled a relationship for political advantage. To Clinton, that's sometimes called "marriage."
* A former Clinton aide said, "Once Obama's out of office, I doubt they'll take family vacations together." Never missing an opportunity to take a swipe at Mitt Romney, Obama said, "Yes, but if we did take family vacations together, our dogs would ride inside the car."
* A new Obama ad about the killing of Osama bin Laden seems to question Mitt Romney's courage. Romney responded by claiming he has tremendous courage and points to the time in 1988 when he bit into the Beluga caviar that everyone else in his family thought might be spoiled.
* Romney is searching for a running mate to balance the ticket. Now how do you balance a Romney ticket - with a poor guy who vacations with his dog inside the car?
* There's a rumor that Rick Santorum may be named Romney's running mate, even though Santorum has not endorsed Romney. That's when you know a campaign has an uphill fight - your running mate isn't sure he's voting for you.
* Jeb Bush has been mentioned as a potential running mate. The reason he may turn down the vice presidency? To avoid hearing snickers when he arrives at Bush family gatherings.