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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 07/13/2012

DeMorning Links: Scandal central

Gray on Thursday strongly rejected some D.C. Council members’ calls for his resignation. (Daniel C. Britt - The Washington Post)
Thousands of words on the Vincent Gray campaign scandal in today’s Post for your edification and enjoyment: Start with Nikita Stewart’s report, which reminds us that, setting aside the “shadow campaign” for a moment, the official Gray campaign was a mess, too. Treasurer Betty Brown speaks for the first time to say, no, she did not keep $100,000 in “polling/mailing list” payment but instead sent the money to poll workers. I check in on Jeffrey Thompson, the reclusive businessman said to have bankrolled the shadow campaign who is only getting more reclusive. Tim Craig takes stock of Gray’s political situation, as he personally implored his colleagues to let the investigation proceed before calling for his resignation. And Annys Shin and Ian Shapira fan out into city neighborhoods, finding a surprising narrative: Where Gray did well in the 2010 primary, people want him out. Where he didn’t do so well, folks are more willing to give him a chance. For now.

In other news:

D.C. cop suspended after allegedly threatening Michelle Obama (Post)

The Gray camp’s spin on his Jan. 10 meeting with Jeanne Clarke Harris: First time he heard of a shadow campaign (WUSA-TV)

Convicted Gray aide Howard Brooks was “envelope man” (WaTimes)

Convicted Gray aide Thomas Gore attended a December meeting with Gray about his constituent service fund (Loose Lips)

Look on the bright side: If there’s a special election, there will be flexibility in scheduling it (2chambers)

More scandal coverage (WaTimes, Examiner, WRC-TV, WJLA-TV, WTTG-TV, WUSA-TV)

If Gray doesn’t quit, Jonetta Rose Barras would like Congress to remove him (Examiner)

The laments of an anonymous Gray campaign operative (DCist)

Adrian Malik Fenty, please come back to the District. The city needs you.” (The Root DC)

“Candidates can’t know everything at all times, which makes it paramount that they surround themselves with workers whose knowledge of the law, ethics and values closely match their own.” (The Root DC)

Did Vincent Orange have a shadow campaign, too? (Loose Lips)

The aspiring firearm owner’s guide to D.C. gun registration (WaTimes)

Next week, House subcommittee will take up D.C. building heights (D.C. Wire)

On education issues, a warning shot across Phil Mendelson’s bow (Post editorial)

School officials tout progress on truancy (WaTimes)

“You gave me HIV. You gave me AIDS,” he wrote on a wall. And then he killed his girlfriend, authorities say (Post)

Arrest made in Trinidad dog-killing (Post, WaTimes)

Proposed changes to liquor-license protests raise hackles (WaTimes, Blade)

Leadership battle atop DYRS officers’ union (WaTimes)

Franklin School occupiers’ trial did not go well (Crime Scene)

DDOT picks a streetcar operator (Examiner)

The case for putting a LGBT community center in the Reeves Center (Blade)

Inclusionary zoning may actually show results soon (GGW)

Five killings, but four quick arrests (Homicide Watch)

Historic preservation board member explains why she voted against solar panels (Where We Live)

Cops picked up a hot iPhone in a Manny & Olga’s (DCist)

In Voice of Russia, mayor resigns you! (City Desk)

A D.C. comic gets good mileage out of gentrification (Arts Desk)

On today’s Politics Hour: Attorney General Irvin Nathan (WAMU-FM)

You think a derecho is bad? Try an electromagnetic pulse attack. (Post op-ed)

When Jack Johnson gets out of jail in, oh, seven years, he won’t be practicing law in the District of Columbia (Legal Times)

Denny’s lives in Ward 7 (@Liz7D05)

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