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Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 07/11/2012

DeMorning Links: Beyond a shadow of a doubt


Jeanne Clarke Harris leaves the federal courthouse after pleading guilty Tuesday. (Jabin Botsford - For The Washington Post)

So that “shadow campaign” that campaign workers for Vincent C. Gray described? It was real, according to federal prosecutors and Jeanne Clarke Harris, the PR consultant who admitted in court Tuesday to taking $653,800 of Jeffrey E. Thompson’s accounting firm money and paying for various campaign expenses ranging from yard signs to canvassers to a P.A. system. All eyes now are on Gray, who has a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday but has declined to address recent criminal prosecutions related to his campaign. A Post editorial Wednesday says Gray’s silence has been “inexcusable”: “His previous claim that he knew nothing of a parallel campaign operation is insufficient in light of the damning details uncovered by federal prosecutors.” More from AP, Examiner, WaTimes, Loose Lips, WUSA-TV, WRC-TV and DCist.

In other news:

Busy last day before recess at the D.C. Council ... (Post)

... The taxi overhaul passed, and Uber got its way, too (Slate, DCist, Examiner, WBJ, D.C. Wire, TechCrunch)

... Natwar Gandhi was confirmed for another five-year term as CFO (WBJ)

... Council members proposed Pepco bury more power lines underground (Post, Examiner)

... Immigration enforcement was curtailed (HuffPo)

... New animated Verizon Center signs were approved on emergency (WaTimes)

... LivingSocial tax break won final approval (Capital Business)

... But other tech incentives were delayed (WBJ)

... And in case you’re wondering, yes, the council can reconvene during recess if need be (DCist)

Heavy evening rains flooded streets and basements in Bloomingdale (Crime Scene, Left for LeDroit, WJLA-TV)

New D.C. United investors can “provide the cash infusion needed to bankroll a medium-size stadium and mixed-use development, preferably at Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington” (Post)

Kirk Odom, D.C. man who spent 20 years in prison on rape charges, is exonerated (Post)

Post-power-outage food stamp reimbursements can cover non-perishable items, too (WaTimes)

On the philosophical and cultural clash behind Uber’s entree into the D.C. market (GGW)

An underground high speed rail terminal for Union Station? (WBJ)

Math and science homework — too easy! (City Desk)

Harry Jaffe handicaps the mayoral field (Examiner)

Courtland Milloy on Harris’s mental state (Post column)

Former Gray campaign communications director is “furious disgusted” at shadow campaign revelations (@MoElleithee)

“[T]hese days, Chocolate City residents are as tired of Gray — and the rest of D.C.’s political leaders — as they were of Fenty and his jerk reputation.” (American Spectator)

Gay rights icon, former astronomer honored by Asteroid Frankkameny (AP)

Residents rally in support of school librarians (WJLA-TV)

Probable cause found in alleged anti-gay stabbing (Blade)

Hey, not every piece of D.C.-related Senate legislation is saddled with noxious amendments! (Legal Times)

Police vehicle seizure process is unconstitutional, judge rules (TheNewspaper)

Why not have utility regulators actually regulate during crises? (Post letter)

Move the Corcoran Gallery to the old Hechts warehouse? (Arts Desk)

Don Peebles wheedles way back into spotlight by criticizing President Obama (HuffPo)

At least one D.C. government employee is quite knowledgable about the Playboy Mansion (City Desk)

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