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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 06/18/2012

DeMorning Links: Harry Thomas says goodbye

Former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas addresses a crowd of supporters Friday evening. (Mike DeBonis - The Washington Post)
Former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. said farewell to about 200 friends and political supporters Friday night in the basement of a Ward 5 church. There wasn’t much talk of his crimes or his 38-month prison term — set to begin Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala. — but plenty of discourse on forgiveness, atonement and humility. “God has already humbled me,” Thomas said. “There’s nothing they can do to humble me.” But, as Alan Blinder writes in Examiner, even a minimum security prison camp like the one Thomas is headed for is extremely humbling. As another convicted politico puts it, “Going in, stripping naked, getting the full cavity search. ... It’s just a huge shock to the system, especially for someone who was making the laws.”

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