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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read his morning edition.
* The Atlanta pastor who was scheduled to deliver the closing prayer at Monday's inauguration is out, replaced by the Obama family church pastor in Washington. You know the first thing President Obama is expected to say to the pastor on Inauguration Day? “Nice to meet you.”
* The Obamas fondly refer to the pastor as “That guy we see on Christmas and every other Easter.”
* British researchers have developed a projectile vomiting robot. It was a top-priority project. I think I'm getting a feel for why the European financial crisis is so bad.
* This is interesting. A CNBC commentator just bungee jumped off a bridge to portray the recent trajectory of Apple stock.
* Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel has been having short sit-down meetings with members of Congress ahead of his hearings. They're brief, often awkward five-minute meetings. I remember when that was called speed dating.
* Nancy Pelosi is going to appear on the NBC show “30 Rock.” History will be made. This is the first time a political guest star on an entertainment program has had more plastic surgery than any of the actors.
* During an interview, Larry King criticized the guy who replaced him, Piers Morgan. In response, Morgan announced that he's going to stop drop kicking every guest who makes a statement he disagrees with.
* I think it was great that Lance Armstrong appeared on Oprah. Let's hope she gave him a free car. You know, since he's not allowed to ride his bike hardly anywhere anymore.
* On the OWN network, Oprah asked Armstrong about performance enhancing drugs. After confessing to Oprah, through force of habit, Armstrong told her that if she tells anyone else he'll ruin her career.
* Oprah has decided to air the Lance Armstrong interview over two nights to get huge ratings ... I mean, to allow the world to finally see the truth.
* According to a Gallup poll, the 112th U.S. Congress was about as popular with Americans as a proposed switch to Communism would be. The good news for Congress: It's still slightly ahead of totalitarianism.
* This is a new level of embarrassment for Congress. In approval polls, it's basically tied with Raul Castro.
* Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson proposed to girlfriend Jeanie Buss. It's about time – the couple began dating when the Lakers were in Minneapolis.
* The San Antonio Spurs' Stephen Jackson was injured after tripping over a courtside waitress at the Knicks arena. This is when you know you're facing a tough road crowd – an arena waitress sets a pick.
* According to message boards, Creighton will be invited to join the new Catholic schools league. If message boards were accurate, by now Barney Cotton would be coaching at Northeast Montana Teachers College.