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Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 06/08/2012

DeMorning Links: The full Kwame


D.C. City Council Chairman Kwame Brown, center, says goodbye while leaving his office in Washington, June 6, 2012. (Jacquelyn Martin - Associated Press)

Kwame R. Brown will appear in consecutive plea hearings Friday in the District’s federal and superior courts to close this particular chapter of city government infamy. The dual-courthouse move is a rare maneuver, perhaps now to be known as “pulling a Kwame” or “the full Kwame.” In any case, his former colleagues are moving on, jockeying behind the scenes to determine who will replace him. At-large veteran Phil Mendelson (D) is, as expected, the favorite at the moment, but Vincent B. Orange (D) isn’t giving up easy.

In other news:

A new charge for Brown, implicating his 2008 campaign finances (Post, WaTimes, Examiner, WRC-TV, WUSA-TV, Legal Times)

In praise of Brown, who “led some important discussions about school reform” (D.C. Schools Insider)

”The fact is, you city pols are not CEOs, music moguls or ballers. You don’t get to live like them. There is nothing sexy about the D.C. Council, so stop trying to make it like that.” (Post column)

“It is time to retire Marion Barry as the poster child for all that’s wrong with D.C. government.” (PostPartisan)

”He just wanted to get his shine on while he helped D.C. get theirs, too.” (The Root DC)

“[T]he last time we checked, the rights of citizens were not linked to the morality of their elected officials. And a good thing, too. If they were, a lot of American cities and states would be under the thumb of federal control boards.” (Post editorial)

Yes, David Simon called into the Kojo Nnamdi Show to offer some lightly informed commentary on the Brown case (WAMU-FM, Sun)

He later wrote a lightly informed blog post (DavidSimon.com)

Boy, Harry Jaffe has a lot of questions! (Examiner)

Che Brown best watch out (Loose Lips)

Mary Cheh: “I want to reassure everyone that the work of the Council will continue uninterrupted.” (Council)

The transit of corruption (Post cartoon)

Gay activists mostly sad to lose Brown (Blade)

Remember when Eric Holder swore in Kwame Brown? Yeah. (WRC-TV)

Poll: “D.C. political scandal: Legit concerns or a witch hunt?” (WJLA-TV)

”What is wrong with this picture is that it seems Blacks are being targeted,” says new taxi commissioner about recent federal investigations (Afro)

All eyes on Vince Gray (Examiner)

Hizzoner: “David Catania makes comments at times that are ridiculous.” (Blade)

Trinity president: “The detritus of multiple corruption cases at City Hall fills the entire city with the odor of dysfunction, despair, and utter disgrace.” (HuffPo)

Kwame Brown’s yacht club doesn’t take kindly to photographers (Examiner)

New Georgetown University campus plan aims to “centralize student social life on campus” (Georgetowner, GGW, Vox Populi, Patch, City Desk)

Ken Salazar will weigh in on Eisenhower Memorial (WTOP)

Universities pledge to help develop city economic strategy (WBJ)

Why D.C.’s historic preservation review process is broken (GGW)

Why did Jim Graham once hold a secondhand business license? (Loose Lips)

Deborah Simmons likes Vincent Orange’s tax-breaks-for-teachers bill (WaTimes)

Jefferson at Market Place (nee Kelsey Gardens) finally breaks ground (DCmud)

D.C. graduation rates rise dramatically (Examiner)

How the D.C. government will help “green” your home (UrbanTurf)

Johns Hopkins looks to expand clinic network in D.C. (WBJ)

Ron Moten’s book: Coming soon! (@RonaldMoten)

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