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Brad's morning edition. Check back this afternoon for more jokes from Brad.
* Omaha is burnishing its reputation as a big-event town. In addition to the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the College World Series, the city just landed the Iditarod.
* Omaha had heavy snow overnight, strong winds, blowing and drifting. Other than that, it's actually pretty nice outside.
* Thursday morning I re-enacted a scene from “Titanic” when I hit an iceberg on Leavenworth Street during my morning commute.
* Road crews are working to remove the glacier from the Interstate 80 72nd Street exit. Please be patient.
* Actually, my street was cleared early Thursday morning. You know there's a mayoral election a few months away when the streets are cleared immediately and the snow plow has streamers and an 8-foot-long “Re-elect Jim Suttle” banner.
* Detroit is experiencing blizzard conditions. Just to be cautious, Ndamukong Suh has slowed his car to 105 mph.
* Many Omaha businesses planned business as usual Thursday. Nebraska Furniture Mart planned to open at its usual time of 10 a.m. I think the Mart would only close if an asteroid landed directly on it, and even then it'd probably just open at noon.
* On a cable news channel I saw that some guy compared President Obama to Harry Truman. I think the major difference is Obama has a sign on his desk reading “The Buck Stops There” with an arrow pointing toward Congress.
* Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the best Christmas gift Congress could give the American people is a fiscal-cliff deal. Actually, the best gift Congress could give is a new car and a promise to resign. But we'll take the deal.
* Sen. Tom Coburn criticized Homeland Security for staging a zombie apocalypse preparedness drill. We are completely unprepared for the fiscal cliff on Dec. 31, but should there be a zombie invasion Jan. 1, we've got that covered.
* After the report that fiscal-cliff talks may be progressing, CNBC commentators were seen running down the street with their hands over their ears screaming, “We don't want to hear it!”
* A U.S. Marine Corps captain just made history by making the first same-sex marriage proposal in the White House. If anyone got down on one knee inside the White House this week, I assumed it'd be John Boehner asking for entitlement cuts.
* Former Florida Gov Charlie Crist said he switched to the Democratic Party because Republicans have become less tolerant and less welcoming. Republicans said they wouldn't have time to comment until they're done planning Crist's “Don't let the door hit you in the butt” themed farewell party.
* ESPN just aired its holiday special “A Tim Tebow Christmas: A Two-Hour Special With America's Favorite Third-Strong Quarterback.”