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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read his morning edition.
* On Wednesday, Chuck Hagel was sworn in as new secretary of defense. He was such a contentious nominee that as he was sworn in Republicans were off to the side heckling.
* Did you watch the Hagel hearings? It was sort of the political version of any Mr. Bill episode.
* Michelle Obama is receiving criticism for announcing an award at the Oscars. Critics say she loves publicity. If she really loved publicity, she'd present country music awards; that way she could be on TV every other week.
* Tuesday was a typical day. The sun rose in the east, set in the west, and the No. 1 team in men's college basketball was upset.
* An odd but true story: Dennis Rodman is visiting North Korea as an unofficial sports ambassador. This is potentially a bigger threat to world peace than any nuclear testing.
* Harry Reid predicted that Congress will pass immigration reform. I’d like to hear that from someone with a better record of prognostication than a member of the current Congress. Say, one of Dionne Warwick’s psychic friends.
* In elections in Italy, there was late support for the “anti-austerity party.” Or, as we call them in the U.S. -- Democrats.
* The Atari company recently filed for bankruptcy. Not to worry, the Atari ship will be righted now that Pong has finally gone on sale in Cuba.
* “American Idol” may hold an upcoming “Beyonce Night.” What’s “Beyonce Night”? I guess everyone lip-syncs, and then the power goes out.
* Honey Boo Boo’s mom is rumored to have been in the mix for “Dancing with the Stars” but was deemed too lowbrow. How do you feel after being told you’re too lowbrow, and then see that the cast includes Andy Dick?
* Nebraska spring football practice begins Saturday. After the weather of the past few weeks, I think we’re all just glad to see the word “spring.”
* Milwaukee Brewers pitcher John Axford correctly picked 14 of 15 Academy Award categories. The scary thing for the Brewers is they’re counting on a pitcher who takes the time to learn the names of the best set designers.
* The Olympic dreams of young wrestlers have been dashed. Worse, the Olympic dreams of young synchronized swimmers are alive.
* A man named Mark Roberts who has successfully streaked 518 sporting events is retiring, possibly due to tightened security at Super Bowls and the World Series. It’s just not the same when you’re reduced to streaking bowling tourneys and arm-wrestling events.