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Good morning sweet readers! LL’s bean is already fluent in a language he made up. Genius. News time:

One Big Harry Problem: What do we do!?! That was the theme of yesterday’s closed door session as the council tried to figure out what it should do in the wake of federal agents spending Friday all up in Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.‘s business. After about an hour, Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown emerged to face the TV cameras and announced, drum roll please, that he plans on sharing with Thomas some of the council’s concerns. (Good luck getting Thomas on the phone.) A divided council’s plan, it appears, is to ask Thomas to take a voluntary leave of absence (with pay, naturally). “Only Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) voiced objections to the suggestion that Thomas step down until the investigation is resolved.” The Post says Thomas’ colleagues expect Thomas will ignore their suggestion to take a hike, and Bruce Johnson says Thomas will be at today’s legislative meeting, where the council may or may not pass an ethics bill. Awkward!

AFTER THE JUMP: Redskins Fever; Speak Up; Thomas the Swing Coach…

Redskins Fever: Mayor Vince Gray has a fever, a football fever. Hizzoner visited suburban Virginia yesterday to talk about how great the Redskins are and how much he wants to bring them home on Redskins Nation. Says Gray: “I’m telling you, almost everywhere I go, people say, ‘Bring them back, bring them back.’ And I say, ‘Well, we are working on it.’” Gray, who attended the Redskins’ meltdown on Sunday against the Jets, did not offer any critique of any Redskin players. Last year, you’ll recall, he referred to one Rex Grossman as, and LL quotes: “the baloney in a sandwich.”

Why Won’t You Say Anything?: The Post editorial board dings the mayor and the nine councilmembers who have not publicly called on Thomas to resign. “Their silence is sadly eloquent.”

In Other News:

  • Cheap Seats’ author Dave McKenna once turned down free swing lessons from Harry Thomas Jr. No, not the dance kind of swing.
  • District wins special ed appeal.
  • Boss of the Downtown BID has had quite a salary increase over past few years. Union doesn’t like him.
  • In praise of professional cops.
  • Jaffe compares Thomas to Barry, gets some facts wrong.
  • Ward 6 Councilmartyr Tommy Wells‘ book club went off without any major drama.

Gray sked: 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Father Raymond Kemp’s “The Church & the Poor” Theology Class at Georgetown; 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: D.C. Public Charter School Board Performance Management Framework Announcement; 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington D.C. Tax Policy Committee/Legislative and Regulatory Issues Committee Joint Meeting; 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Georgetown University Hospital/MedStar Health Reception Honoring Georgetown Community Leadership; 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: H Street/Benning Road NE Streetcar Line Community Update Meeting at Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Council sked: Legislative meeting at 11 a.m. ish.