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Good morning sweet readers! This roundup will be short and sweet as there’s plenty of sitting around and waiting calling LL’s name at the Wilson Building. News time:

The End is Near?: Is that the funeral dirge for a certain councilmember’s political career you hear? WUSA9’s Bruce Johnson dropped the R-and-P bomb last night at the 11 o’clock broadcast: Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., according to Johnson, is telling those close to him that he’s going to take a plea deal with the feds, see between two and three years of prison, and resign from his council seat. NBC4’s Tom Sherwood reports that there’s been serious talks about a plea deal, but nothing is set in stone yet. Sherwood also reports that Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown, says his office is ready to take over Ward 5 constituent needs should a vacancy arise. WTOP gets in on the action, citing a single source saying Thomas is negociating a plea deal that will see him resign. And the cautious Post only reports that Thomas  has so far failed to pay his next installment of $50,000 due from his summer settlement over the alleged misbegotten “youth baseball” funds. The payment was due yesterday. NB: Attorney General Irv Nathan sounds like one of the nihilists from The Big Lebowski. “We will not sit idly by if there is no payment,” says Nathan, “…regardless of his situation with either the U.S. attorney or the council.” Where’s the money! So far this morning, Thomas is a no show at the Wilson Building, according to the Twitter.

In Other News:

  • Public TV feed of Chairman Brown’s news conference cuts out when talk of ethics comes up. Examiner story on said topic makes the Drudge Report.
  • Taxi overhaul, recycling laws, juvenile justice are on council’s upcoming agendas “as they seek to rebound from a string of distractions last year.”
  • Brown wants to require all students to take SAT/ACT and apply to at least one college; press corps skeptical.
  • Former much-discussed Hardy Middle School principle, Patrick Pope, is resilient.

Gray sked: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Posse Scholarship Foundation Awards Reception, Tabaq Bistro.

Counsil sked: Breakfast, then legislative meeting.