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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read his morning edition.
* Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital are buying Heinz for about $23.3 billion. The success of the deal is dependent on Americans continuing to down burgers and fries. This sounds like the biggest sure thing for Buffett yet.
* Taylor Swift's ex, Conor Kennedy, was arrested outside the White House for protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline. While it may seem insignificant, if every Taylor Swift ex got behind the movement, that would be more than enough to affect change.
* I'd like to clear up some confusion. This was a first time occurrence. The Million Man March has nothing to do with Taylor Swift exes.
* A 13-year-old named Ethan Sattler last month became the youngest White House correspondent ever. To put it in perspective, he wasn't yet born the last time something went right in Congress.
* John McCain told him, “I've got oatmeal in my pantry older than you.”
* A 13-year-old White House correspondent. It's pretty embarrassing. Someone did some research and learned he was born the same day Congress began debating the debt ceiling.
* Many news outlets are reporting that liberal Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez may have seen a 21-year-old prostitute. CNN, on the other hand, praised Menendez for his “efforts at extending work opportunities to young people.”
* In Youngstown, Ohio, in December, two car thieves were so startled after finding a 300-pound pot-bellied pig in the back seat, that they crashed the car they just stole. So if you want to prevent auto theft, forget applying the emergency brake and parking in a well-lit area and just go with a pig in the backseat.
* There was a 300-pound pig in the vehicle. So apparently this is the Youngstown Party Van.
* There is talk about raising the minimum wage. Finally, some good news for the Kansas City Royals heading into spring training.
* The Caltech baseball team just broke a 228-game losing streak. Ironically, if Caltech played in the Big Ten, they would be a co-favorite to take the league crown.
* To help pay their bills from the Bernie Madoff scandal, the New York Mets reportedly proposed to build a Vegas-style hotel-casino. I think there are better odds of Major League Baseball approving “Deer Antler Spray Night.”
* Rupp Arena, home to Kentucky's men's basketball team, raised ticket prices. Sure, this is your chance to see the NBA stars of tomorrow. And since it's Kentucky, when I say “tomorrow,” I mean that literally.