Down goes Michael Brown


Michael A. Brown, the son of late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, previously pleaded guilty to a federal campaign violation in 1997. (Michael Temchine/For The Washington Post)

He may be gone from the D.C. Council, but federal prosecutors had not forgotten. Former city lawmaker Michael A. Brown told his closest supporters Thursday night that he intends to plead guilty to a serious federal crime after accepting a payment offered by undercover federal agents. Brown described being approached by businessmen hoping to become certified as a small, local, minority-owned enterprise, entitling them to preference in city contract awards. To his friends, Brown described the transaction as a “loan arrangement” but federal prosecutors more likely see it as a bribe, or at the very least, an illegal gratuity. Expect more to be revealed later today, when prosecutors are expected to file charging papers in the District’s federal court. More from WRC-TVWUSA-TV and the Examiner.

In other news:

City contractor says he paid Marion Barry’s personal expenses (PostAP)

All hail Ginnie Cooper (Post editorial)

Her legacy will be the libraries she built (Library Journal)

The Frager’s aftermath (PostHill RagWaTimesWUSA-TVWJLA-TVWTTG-TVDCistWBJCity Desk)

How you can help (WAMU-FMThe Hill Is Home)

A Frager descendant watched and cried (Post)

Hearing on immigrant driver’s license proposals reveals sharp divides (ExaminerWTOPWAMU-FMWJLA-TVLoose LipsWaTimes)

Shocking home invasion and attempted sexual assault in Forest Hills (PostWRC-TVWUSA-TV)

D.C. to bus drivers: Call in sick at your peril (Post)

Inside our city’s rampant “food insecurity” (WRC-TV)

Due to trademark issue, Thrive Health Plan is now Trusted Health Plan (WBJ)

D.C. Water boss explains why the 14th Street sinkhole was such a pain to fix (George S. Hawkins)

Council panel OKs transgender birth certificate measure (WRC-TVDCist)

And bill liberalizing marriage officiant requirements (WRC-TV)

Read the Trump Old Post Office deal (Capital Business)

Where the mayoral candidates have kicked things off (Loose Lips)

New OCFO cash reports show 21 percent revenue boost over last year (DCFPI)

Marijuana dispensaries want their federal tax breaks (WAMU-FM)

Aiming at Capitol Power Plant, Gray introduces bill banning coal burning (DC.gov)

Another killing near Tyler House, one of two yesterday overnight (Post)

Robber sticks up two men dining alfresco in Logan Circle (Post)

Elementary school crimes up; middle and high school crimes down (Examiner)

“[T]he extent of abuse at D.C. Chartered Health Plan and the clear lack of oversight and accountability should outrage any observer” (Post letter)

Time for council to get serious about public financing of election campaigns (Post letter)

D.C. Court of Appeals chief says he’s aiming to speed things up on Indiana Avenue (Legal Times)

Pepper spray is not a “dangerous weapon” subject to tough restrictions, appeals court says (Legal Times)

Public is urged to weigh in on sentence for H Street shop owner’s killer (Examiner)

DCPS and charter team up to teach Chinese (GGW)

The case for letting developers opt out of street parking (GGW)

A good server is hard to find (Young & Hungry)

Faregates of the future! (Post)

The Park Police would like to remind you that the gun march is canceled (WRC-TV)

Marion Barry comes off quite well in this Rob Ford comparison (@willsommer)

Dooring happens (Housing Complex)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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