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Brad's morning edition. Check back this afternoon for more jokes from Brad.
* The River City Rodeo starts Thursday in Omaha. There is a distinct Omaha flavor. Instead of barrel jumping, they're gonna use orange traffic cones.
* An eastbound lane of F Street from 38th to 37th Streets is restricted for three to four days. In the wake of World-Herald reportage on the Bo Pelini audiotape, I need to emphasize that "F Street" is the actual name of the street. It's not short for a profane word.
* There is no Husker football game this weekend. You know you're too into the team if you plan to do n red overalls and a rubber corncob head and sit in front of an unplugged TV reminiscing about the '71 Oklahoma game.
* The N.Y. Yankees failed to make the MLB playoffs and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in. This is sort of like Daniel Day-Lewis being snubbed by the motion picture academy and Pauly Shore getting the nod.
* Cher will perform at Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena on May 30. It's part of Pinnacle Bank Arena's "Your Move, CenturyLink Center Omaha" series.
* A little trivia -- it took longer to build Cher than it did the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
* Johnny Rodgers is seeking a pardon for a 1971 robbery conviction. Perfect timing. Husker Nation had gone almost 48 hours without a polarizing controversy.
* The U.S. Senate voted 100-0 to avert a government shutdown on Wednesday. Then, the U.S. Senate voted 99-1 to not hear any more of "Green Eggs and Ham."
* On the Senate floor, Sen. Ted Cruz talked nonstop for over 21 hours. Or, as President Bill Clinton used to call a 21-hour speech: "The State of the Union address."
* In those 21 hours, Sen. Cruz's topics ranged from Obamacare, to "Star Wars," to "Green Eggs and Ham." It felt like an audition for "The View."
* Cruz blamed Washington's inability to listen to constituents on D.C.'s cherry blossoms. That makes as much sense as anything anyone in the current Congress has said.
* Cruz was accused by some of enjoying orchestrating stunts. He denied that today as he arrived in the Senate pedaling a unicycle while juggling lemons.
* An open mic at the U.N. General Assembly caught President Obama saying he has quit smoking because he's afraid of his wife. A note to bad guys in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin and all of our disappointing allies: You are not his wife.
* First Lady Michelle Obama has a new campaign to encourage Americans to drink more water. The way things work in Washington, we'll learn this was pushed by the urinal lobby.
* Rush Limbaugh has written a children's book. I believe it's called "You Kids, Get Off My Lawn!"