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Brad's morning edition. Check back this afternoon for more jokes from Brad.
* Scientists in California claim they have discovered a method of predicting earthquakes. That's amazing. Maybe in my lifetime experts in Nebraska will develop a method for predicting snow.
* There was another water main break on Dodge Street on Wednesday. This is interesting -- on St. Patrick's Day in Omaha, green water will flow from our burst water mains.
* Thursday night's Omaha mayoral debate is sponsored by KOIL radio. The winner will be the candidate who can correctly name all 47 KOIL formats over the past two decades.
* After the new pope was introduced, everyone kissed the ground he walked on -- wait, my mistake, that was the Omaha media when Taylor Swift entered the CenturyLink Center.
* Wednesday night's Taylor Swift concert at the CenturyLink Center featured so many pyrotechnics it felt like the Olympic Swim Trials.
* Another Carnival cruise ship is reporting power problems. I know because CNN preempted the announcement of the new pope for a 90-minute report from the shuffleboard deck.
* Bad news: On March 27, the federal government may completely shut down. Good news: On March 27, the federal government may completely shut down.
* Due to the sequester cuts, Republicans are calling on President Obama to stop his golf trips. It's on the list of White House priorities right after 'Leveling the Washington Monument.'
* Paul Ryan says he 'never really had a conversation' with President Obama until last week. Whereupon Joe Biden and John Boehner said: “You neither?”
* President Obama met with House Republican members as part of his 'charm offensive,' aka the 'How-Long-Do-I-Have-To-Meet-With-These-Schmucks' plan.
* Obama tapped a top Walmart philanthropist to lead the White House budget office. Between Dennis Rodman making important diplomatic missions and someone with strong ties to Walmart making financial ones, I can sleep well at night.
* About 100 love letters from LBJ to Lady Bird Johnson have gone on display. They are not worth a lot of money. Sure, there are many of them. Contrast that with if anyone ever found a love letter from Bill Clinton to Hillary, which would be worth billions.
* Capitol Hill is still buzzing about Sen. Rand Paul's 13-hour filibuster to delay a vote on CIA nominee John Brennan. Democrats say that President Obama would never talk nonstop for 13 hours. Mostly because that would require an 80-foot teleprompter.
* Sen. Rand Paul has been sporting a hemp shirt. If he runs for president in 2016 as some speculate, we will have gone from a presidential candidate who did not inhale to one who could be smoking his own shirt.
* The leader of North Korea issued a threat to South Korea. So apparently he's seen the 'Gangnam Style' video.