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Posted at 08:04 PM ET, 12/14/2011

DeEvening Links: Willing to settle

Thomas, with Cooke at his side. (Matt McClain - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
Harry Thomas Jr. visited the District’s federal courthouse this morning, and he’s probably hoping he won’t have to return anytime soon. The embattled D.C. Council member from Ward 5 appeared to settle a three-decade-old student loan. Del Wilber reports: “Thomas, wearing a black suit with a black-and-orange striped tie, said nothing during proceedings. He referred questions to his attorney, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., who would only say that he was ‘‘pleased with the agreement we reached with the government.’” Thomas (D) is also probably hoping Cooke won’t have an opportunity to recycle those words.

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