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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read his morning edition.
* Taylor Swift turned 23 on Thursday. She had a party with 700 guests. They decided to limit it to ex-boyfriends.
* The meteor shower on Thursday and Friday nights includes many young stars. The last time this many young stars were seen, they were gathering their belongings from the Kansas City Royals clubhouse to move to Tampa.
* I wouldn't say CNBC is painting a bleak portrait of the fiscal cliff, but the network studio was just moved to an underground bunker where reporters will discuss the topic surrounded by canned goods and ammo.
* Republicans made a mystery counteroffer to the fiscal cliff offer President Obama presented on Monday. You know it's a strange world when details of the North Korean satellite launch are splashed across our front pages but the Republicans' offer is top secret.
* Obama wants Americans to call Republicans in Congress about the fiscal cliff. Obama himself mostly refuses to talk to Republicans in Congress. This is like bickering parents using their children as go-betweens. “Well, you go tell your dad ...”
* Obama is asking Americans to call Republican members of Congress. With all the acrimony in Washington, many found themselves asking, “What shall we call Republicans, Mr. President?”
* President Obama now says he's willing to compromise “a little bit” on the fiscal cliff. If the Republicans agree to a trillion dollars in tax increases, he'll reduce spending by sending out the White House Christmas cards via bulk mail.
* Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said politicians need to stop discussing the fiscal cliff in public, then went on to discuss the fiscal cliff in public. It's OK. He made the remarks where no one would hear him – on CNN.
* The Mars rover Curiosity found evidence of organic compounds on the Red Planet. What it found is “crude, tasteless and organic.” That sounds like any aisle of any Whole Foods.
* A monkey in a stylish coat was seen racing through an IKEA in Toronto. Dozens of people watched the monkey run amok. It's just nice to see that Canadians found something to fill the void left by the NHL lockout.
* According to an article on SI.com, the Maryland athletic department is in dire straits, fundraising has been lukewarm, the teams have been disappointing and graduation rates are lackluster. But if adding them brings in an additional dollar in conference TV revenue, that makes it all worthwhile!
* The Lakers saw the movie “Lincoln” as a team. Considering how the Lakers are playing this season, it's too bad there's not a movie called “Mondale.”
* Alex Rodriguez just underwent hip surgery. Doctors advised him to take it easy and not exert himself. They told him, “Just pretend it's the playoffs.”