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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read his morning edition.
* It's reported that Nebraska's Mike Johanns was among the Republican senators that President Obama took to dinner Wednesday night. There are no more details available, probably because immediately after Johanns began talking, everyone nodded off.
* Sen. Rand Paul talked for approx. 13 hours straight without saying anything of substance. I'd like to clear up some confusion. This was not a tribute to Jon Gruden's impact on "Monday Night Football."
* Paul's filibuster lasted 13 hours. At the four-hour mark, Congress went on recess.
* A proposed Montana law allows motorists to legally eat roadkill they hit with their cars. All of a sudden, that Colorado marijuana law doesn't seem so stupid.
* You've heard of "Meals On Wheels"? In Montana, there's a new service called “Meals Under Wheels.”
* The contestant that won Miss Congeniality at the Miss Coastal Vancouver pageant pleaded guilty to rioting after the Stanley Cup finals. A pretty good indication hockey fans can be wild: a woman in a Miss Congeniality sash is helping overturn a police car.
* The Omaha Lancers elected new captains. Omaha is such a hockey town that this is like the mayoral election, only with more interest.
* New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman reportedly broke his ankle practicing skydiving. This is when you know a team has to cut back because it's spent too much on player salaries -- the guy who skydives onto the mound on opening day is the GM.
* A 7-foot-long missing Milwaukee Brewers' sausage costume, worth $3,000, has been returned. No truth to the rumor it was pilfered by Kansas City Royals' executives desperate for improved base-running.
* Gus Johnson may call World Cup soccer games for Fox. That's appropriate for a guy who screams “GOAAAAAAAAL!” when East Stroudsburg University basketball scores two points to climb within 25 of Tennessee Tech.