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Good morning sweet readers! Question: Why do they even bother having kickoffs at Mile High Stadium? News time:

Harry Thomas Jr. Not-So Vindicated: Former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.‘s political career came to an inglorious end Friday (unless, of course, he tries to run for another term after prison) when he plead guilty in federal court to stealing public money and being a tax cheat. (Remember when he said he’d be vindicated from this whole mess? Yeah, not so much.) The Post looks at the damage done by HTJ to legacy of his parents, former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Sr. and Romaine Thomas. TWT talks to a conflicted former HTJ constituent. Columnist Robert McCartney praises Tim Day, the Republican GOP candidate who first raised questions about HTJ’s extracurriculars. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton tries to spin HTJ fiasco into argument for home rule. (Good luck with that one!) Jonetta Rose Barras says that HTJ is a pimp, and not in the good way. The Post editorial board wonders where Mayor Vince Gray‘s outrage is. (Probably bottled up deep inside.)

AFTER THE JUMP: Courtland Appears; The Race is On; Kwame v. Plotkin…

Where Have You Been, Courtland? One of LL’s favorite Washington Post columnists (for real), Courtland Milloy, finally, finally!, writes about HTJ. Milloy contrasts the violence in Ward 5 that took place during HTJ’s tenure with the disgraced former councilmember’s use of city funds to buy luxury goods for himself. “‘There are ongoing feuds in this neighborhood that lead to gunplay,’ Thomas said in 2007 after seven people, including three children, were wounded during a shootout at a housing complex. ‘We’re trying to get to the bottom of what the issues are.’ A while later, he took $7,000 of children’s money, bought some suits and went on vacation in Las Vegas.” Milloy says that D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded Brown‘s use of a quote from Socrates is “too clever by half” and the whole council should resign.

The Race is On: Here’s a partial list of the potential challengers to replace HTJ. Man, this race is going to be crrrraazy. At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange is hosting a meeting of “Ward 5 leadership” tonight to try and hash out … something. Meanwhile, WAMU notes that VO and Kwame disagree when the special election should be held.

Plotkin V. Kwame: Is Kwame Brown feeling tense these days? He not only has to lead a fractured council that’s reeling from HTJ’s resignation and guilty plea, but is also a facing a federal probe of his own from the same prosecutor who put HTJ away. So maybe it’s not surprising that Brown got into a “screaming” match with WTOP’s Mark Plotkin Thursday night. “Brown then confronted Plotkin at the Fox studio, Plotkin says, and stood within an inch of his face and began screaming. Plotkin says he screamed back. A few of Brown’s aides intervened, Plotkin says. ‘It was very intense,'” says Plotkin.

The Gray Agenda, Where is It: The Post apparently ran out of opinion writers to take the mayor to task for having a rudderless administration. So they went out and hired LL’s boss to write a Sunday Outlook piece arguing that even if Sulaimon Brown had never existed, the Gray administration would still be in trouble because it never had a real agenda to begin with. LL has heard that argument somewhere before, too.

In Other News:

  • Colby King continues to notice that there’s a lot of campaign bundling in D.C. elections.

Gray sked: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: The Hamilton Restaurant Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony; Cabinet meeting at 3 p.m.

Council sked: Finance & Revenue: Age-in-Place and Equitable Senior Citizen Real Property Act at 11:15 a.m.