Breaking Brad: Why you wanna furlough the fish, D.C.? -
Published Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:40 am / Updated at 1:55 pm
Breaking Brad: Why you wanna furlough the fish, D.C.?

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* A section of Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs was closed Wednesday night after an 8- to 10-foot hole opened up. I'm guessing the hole was dug by beavers and moles who saw some Council Bluffs overpass artwork and tried to escape.

* Road crews worked all night to repair the huge hole, and the Interstate reopened ahead of schedule at 8 a.m. Thursday. Meanwhile, the 6-week Omaha project to repaint the lane markers on a three-block stretch of road has been delayed and will now take nine and a half months.

* A third Sam's Club will open in the Omaha area in 2014. At the current rate, by that time, there will only be two streets that are still open in town to try to get there.

* A Stromsburg, Neb., woman lost 100 pounds with the help of The World-Herald's Live Well team. Hey, get back to me when you've got some real progress to report.

* Mayor Jean Stothert's new puppy Lily is undergoing paper training. Not surprisingly, Lily is being trained to go on old World-Herald articles about former fire chief Mike McDonnell.

* Stothert will soon have Lily paper-trained. Don't knock it -- we've had mayors that didn't accomplish this much in their entire term.

* The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded. In a sad sign of the times, it went to some guy in Pittsburgh who composed a really good tweet.

* Samuel L. Jackson ripped President Obama. If there's ever a “Snakes On A Plane II,” members of the Obama administration plan to skip it. Along with the rest of the world.

* Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who's 80 and the second-oldest member of U.S. Senate, is running for re-election. He will be traveling the state in a bus with its left turn signal on the entire way.

* At an immigration rally on Tuesday, eight Democratic congressmen were arrested. Eight Democratic members of Congress were arrested in one day. Well, Obama did call for a return to normalcy in Washington.

* It says everything you need to know about the current Congress when the vote to end the shutdown is delayed until House members can make bail.

* During an interview about the government shutdown, Indiana Republican Rep. Todd Rokita told CNN's Carol Costello she's beautiful. Nice to see members of Congress haven't let the pending collapse of the world economy get in the way of flirting.

* President Obama held a “secret meeting” with a small group of conservative journalists. The meeting was so secret that Fox News waited a full 15 minutes to promote what it recorded on a hidden mini-cam: “Obama Tells All: The President's Secret Words. Don't miss the three-hour special.”

* The National Aquarium is closing after 128 years. You know the situation is bad in Washington when fish are furloughed.

* Lady Gaga took to Twitter to tell her followers to sign up for Obamacare. In appreciation of Gaga, the president is amending Obamacare to include full coverage for anyone injured falling off 9-inch platform heels.

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Brad comments in a funny way on topical events in the news and the wide world of sports.

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