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* Harry Reid seems to be trying to downplay expectations that Congress will solve the fiscal cliff. At this point that's a little like downplaying expectations that Lindsay Lohan will win an Emmy for her portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor.
* That's like downplaying expectations the Washington Wizards will win the NBA title.
* Oklahoma is refusing to implement Obamacare. I wouldn't say Oklahoma doesn't offer the best medical care, but the governor rejected Obamacare due to the lack of a bloodletting and leech provision.
* CNN has named former NBC honcho Jeff Zucker as its new leader. You combine CNN's current ratings with its being led by the man who guided NBC from first place to fourth, and it's fair to say that one year from now CNN will be a cable public access station.
* The TSA is now detaining people with “big hair” for extra security screening. Oh, great, this may mean Nebraska loses the Big Ten Championship game because Kenny Bell is stuck at the airport.
* Fearless Felix Baumgartner, the guy who sky-dived from the edge of the stratosphere, announced he is getting married. If it doesn't work and he goes through divorce, he'll know what it's like to free-fall 24 miles without a parachute.
* After her latest arrest, another celebrity told Lindsay Lohan she gets in trouble with the law too much. And that other celebrity is Pacman Jones.
* Lindsay Lohan was arrested for fighting in a New York nightclub at 4 in the morning. I say if fighting in nightclubs at 4 a.m. keeps her from acting in any new movies it's a step in the right direction.
* The NCAA cleared an incoming Kentucky basketball freshman to play. This was after the NCAA realized that by the time it completed its investigation the kid would be entering his third NBA season.
* The oldest team in the NBA, the New York Knicks, was the league's last undefeated team. The only real concern of the Knicks? Hoping there's not an AARP magazine cover jinx.
* After a game, opponents Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton took out their iPhones on the field and exchanged numbers. There was a 2.0 magnitude earthquake back east that day. Seismologists believe it was caused by members of the 1934 New York Giants spinning.
* A California man on trial for murder pleaded guilty just so he could hurry up and get back to his cell to watch an NFL game. Imagine if the telecast was interrupted? You think you get frustrated when the cable goes out.