Will this investigation ever end?


The federal corruption probe centered on businessman Jeffrey Thompson is rolling along. Will it ever touch Vincent Gray? (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

The federal investigation into D.C. political corruption has quietly rolled right along, with Michael Brown’s 39-month prison sentence and Kelvin Robinson’s guilty plea to “shadow campaigning” dropping in recent weeks. But will the probe ever touch Mayor Vincent C. Gray, never mind that he’ll be leaving office in January regardless? Post columnist Robert McCartney puts Hizzoner back in the spotlight by explaining why, in his view, his defenders are wrong to say he was treated unfairly by U.S. Attorney Ron Machen ahead of April’s primary. And a Post editorial calls on Machen to lay his cards on the table sooner rather than later: “D.C. residents deserve to know if their mayor — and Mr. Gray, lame duck though he may be, is in office for seven more months — was involved in wrongdoing. If Mr. Gray is, as he says, faultless, he is entitled to have his name cleared or be given a forum to make his case.”

In other news:

Newest streetcar opening estimate: “by the end of the calendar year” (WRC-TVWTOPWAMU-FM)

Health clubs keep blasting “gym tax,” but Phil Mendelson isn’t budging (DofDWAMU-FMDCistLoose LipsWashingtonian)

Jim Vance is very much against the gym tax (WRC-TV)

Meanwhile, American Cancer Society speaks up for higher tobacco taxes (Post letter)

Education takes center stage in developing mayoral race (Politico)

Tuesday’s campaign finance reports will be a significant yardstick (WaTimes)

Colby King: “Voter alienation, not David Catania,” is Muriel Bowser’s biggest challenge (Post column)

Eleanor Holmes Norton: Maybe a public-private partnership can keep the Homeland Security consolidation moving forward (Post op-ed)

Meet Eugene Jones, acting fire chief: “My style is it is better that people see the employees and the good work that they do because I’ve had my 15 minutes of fame, I’ve been a chief in another department” (WRC-TV)

Plugged-in pastor C. Matthew Hudson reverses course on at-large D.C. Council run (DofD)

How developer Jim Abdo is trying to remake Little Washington (Digger)

D.C.’s “tax expenditures” add up to $3 billion in foregone revenue (WBJ)

Capital Pride edges further into the corporate mainstream (Post)

Wilson students counter-protest Westboro Baptist this morning (Post)

During parade, Vince Gray reportedly tried to put Pride beads on a Westboro protester (@JustinCSnow)

“If the D.C. Council does not approve the deal for a new D.C. United soccer stadium, the deal will die. D.C. United will leave. And Buzzard Point will languish for another decade.” (WBJ)

Virginia Avenue Tunnel study is coming any day now (Dr. Gridlock)

Acting DDOT chief on moveDC’s price tag: “We’re not going to adjust the vision based on today’s budget battles” (Housing Complex)

Behold the libertarian pushback (Cato)

Requiem for the paper farecard: “It’s a brilliantly made machine. For 1968.” (Post)

Silver Line restrooms will be easier to find — but you’ll still need a station manager to let you in (Post)

D.C. public school students “who are black, male, in foster care, homeless, or who have mental health needs” are more likely to be suspended or expelled (DCist)

How to develop residential property in Georgetown without too much hassle (UrbanTurf)

Stan Voudrie and Warren Williams will develop Scripture Cathedral site in Shaw (District Source)

How Dutch cyclists and drivers manage to get along (Post)

Capitol Heights man is shot to death early Friday on Buena Vista Terrace SE (Post)

One dead after car plunges into Anacostia near Sousa Bridge (WRC-TVPost)

Man is shot and wounded in Saturday daytime shooting near Woodson HS (Post)

Arrests made in multiple shooting early Sunday in NoMa (Post)

Homeless man killed in Ivy City had studied at Colgate University, earned master’s degree (WJLA-TV)

Wilson pool employee accused of rape has been fired but not charged (WRC-TV)

Superior Court employee is seriously injured by dump truck outside courthouse (WUSA-TV)

Ice cream truck driver is accused of robberies (Post)

Toddler is found wandering alone near Barry Farm (D.C. Crime Stories)

Help identify these persons of interest in Wednesday murder (Homicide Watch)

An optimistic voice on the Corcoran breakup (Post op-ed)

Mary’s Center courts a more affluent clientele with happy hour (WBJ)

A new entrance for Navy Yard Metro station? (JDLand)

Inside D.C.’s historic speakeasies (Smithsonian)

Watch Arne Duncan school the Goodman League (YouTube)

From the Prince’s lips: “If this happens this’ll be the next Le Diplomate in DC…” (PoPville)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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