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Brad's afternoon edition
* On Friday, Mitt Romney is going to visit Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs. This is when you know Iowa is considered a pivotal swing state - the Romneys may be weekending at Bayliss Park.
* The Romneys plan to stop at a Council Bluffs diner for lunch so they appear to be regular people. Let's just hope they don't blow it again by ordering pheasant under glass.
* There's a new trend - students having to pass a breathalyzer before entering the prom. At proms, now students will be taking breathalyzer tests, getting photographed and patted down for weapons. We might as well fingerprint 'em, too, so prom is exactly like going to jail.
* The CMT Music Awards were held Wednesday night. This is considered one of the 10 most important country music awards show in the month of June.
* President Obama and Mitt Romney appeared on the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday. Does this mean that Toby Keith gets to broker peace in the Middle East?
* The Summer Olympics are only a few weeks away, and we just had a new world record in the high jump. It was set by President Obama leaping from his chair when he heard Bill Clinton call for extending the Bush tax cuts.
* Michelle Obama is going to sponsor a Navy attack submarine. This campaign is getting even uglier than I thought.
* This will be the first military vehicle sponsored by the wife of a president who didn't serve in the military, either.
* This just in: President Obama is offering to fly Donald Trump to all Romney campaign events on Air Force One.
* Vice President Joe Biden's daughter Ashley just married a doctor. Now the president's health care plan doesn't even have the support of members of the administration's immediate family.
* Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump have been campaigning as a group, and the other day they walked into a restaurant/bar together. It's also the best setup to a joke ever: "OK, Romney, Gingrich and Trump walk into a bar ..."
* A 6-year-old girl was the youngest contestant ever in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. When I was that age, I was just learning that my toy firetruck can't be flushed down the toilet.
* A man in Uganda fathered 158 children. That's actually smart - fathering 158 children increases the odds that one will appreciate you when they hit their teens.
* A customer claims that a Walmart mechanic wrote satanic messages on her car during an oil change. The good news is, between the satanic messages he scribbled, "Next oil change at 55,000 miles."
* Jose Canseco is talking about running for governor of Massachusetts. The would-be campaign has already been tainted after Canseco accused all the other candidates of being on steroids.
* Basketball player Walter Pitchford is transferring to NU from Florida. I don't know much about this Pitchford kid, other than he apparently comes from a town that doesn't get the Weather Channel.