This is Brad's afternoon edition. For the morning edition, click here.
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* One to three inches of snow are forecast for Thursday afternoon and evening. Which is more bad news for the guy in the Gremlin who is still spinning his tires trying to make it up the Dodge Street hill after last week's winter storm.
* The Obama's dog Bo was a huge hit when he interrupted Michelle Obama who was reading "Twas The Night Before Christmas." Because Bo may be even more popular than Michelle the White House is urging President Obama to leave Michelle at home and travel with Bo instead.
* According to the Wall Street Journal, President Obama was so frustrated by John Boehner that he threatened to blame congressional Republicans for the fiscal cliff mess in his state of the union speech. Which would have required a rewrite because in the original draft Obama blames every problem in the universe on the Bush Administration.
* House Speaker John Boehner has been weakened. I guess he's lost so much power that House Republicans are snarkily referring to him as “Vice President Boehner.”
* John Boehner now yields slightly less power than the Omaha parking manager.
* When asked when we might see a fiscal-cliff deal John Boehner said, “Only God knows.” Ten minutes later God issued a statement saying, “When it comes to the current Congress I have no clue.”
* United Airlines is now offering “turn down service” in its new flat-bed suites for first class passengers. For passengers in coach, United is sticking to its old policy of tossing two pillows and a busted futon into the cabin for everyone to wrestle over.
* Scientists have invented a ping pong-playing robot. I'm just glad that our best and brightest are tackling the big problems.
* New parking meters in Omaha are going to accept credit cards. The big problem is that with the price of parking in downtown Omaha you may exceed your card limit.
* According to a new study, exercise makes you more intelligent. So if you're doing any belated Christmas shopping for members of the current Congress or the Honey Boo Boo family, go with the treadmill.
* Lady Gaga's meat dress has gone on display at a museum in New York. Remember when we used to go to museums to see the Articles of Confederation?
* There is YouTube footage of a father who got stuck in his baby's crib after crawling inside to show the baby how to fall asleep. While stuck, Dad missed one appointment. I don't know what that appointment was but we can rule out a reunion of Rhodes Scholarship winners.
* There were five NBA games on Christmas Day. This is in keeping with the new NBA slogan “Humbug.”
* An NBA referee blocked Nets' player Kris Humphries' free throw attempt so some substitutes could get into the game. Normally the only time you see a ref block a shot is in the playoffs when a player from a small TV market is launching a shot against a team from a big TV market.
* The Charlotte Bobcats have lost 14 games in a row. Jim Delany is following the Bobcats to prepare himself emotionally for how Big Ten teams perform in bowl games.
* Will the last school to exit the Big East please turn out the lights?
* An audit of the Missouri athletic director of video operations revealed a charge of $7,605.50 to a Las Vegas strip club. You combine fan drinking with player marijuana busts and Vegas strip clubs, and “Hangover III” is going to be based on the Missouri athletic program.