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Good morning sweet readers! Lesson learned: putting a bowl of unattended candy on the front porch is good way to wind up without any leftover candy. News time:

Sweet Vindication: Yes, it’s November and we’re still talking about Sulaimon Brown. Fox5 nabbed Mayor Vince Gray at a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday to ask him about the House Oversight Committee’s report that essentially cleared him of any wrongdoing save for overseeing an administration that put Brown in a $110,000-a-year auditing job. “It makes us feel vindicated. It has been a long ordeal and we’ve been pretty consistent in what we have said all along the way,” said Gray, who apparently won’t be sending Brown a Christmas card this year. “There is just no credibility to this man. He said a lot of things, alleged a lot of things, and there has just been nothing to corroborate it.” Well, except those text messages and money orders. The Post notes that Gray’s vindication came just a few hours before Rep. Darrell Issa introduced a bill that would make it federal law that D.C. government political appointees undergo a criminal background check prior to being hired, a provision D.C.’s local pols have already thought of.

AFTER THE JUMP: Audit Thyself; Catania Big Foot; Crime News…

Audit Thyself: D.C. Watch’s Dorothy Brizill notes that Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown‘s pick to be the D.C. Auditor doesn’t meet the qualifications of his selection committee. . Those qualifications “call for someone who is a CIA (certified internal auditor) or a CGAP (certified government auditing professional) and who has “a minimum of five years of experience in governmental accounting and/or auditing.” However, [Yolanda] Branche has worked for only three years at the DC Auditor’s office as a senior analyst, not as an accountant or auditor, and she is neither CIA nor CGAP certified.

Catania Bigfoots On Jobs: Councilmember David Catania is trying to muscle in on what should be Gray’s territory by proposing two jobs-related bills. “The proposals, which come as attempts by Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) to combat unemployment have been slow to take hold, are designed to entice local employers to quickly hire more District residents,” reports the Post.

Crime News: T’was a violent Halloween night, with six shootings around town, including one in Georgetown (gasp!). Speaking of crime, the Post appears to have only interviewed four residents about their thoughts about All Hands on Deck. Some like it, some don’t. The end.

In Other News:

  • District seizes home of the guy at the top of their delinquent taxpayer list.
  • Wilson High too crowded, says Jaffe.
  • Let’s reform contracting, says the Post.

Gray sked: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Saint Elizabeths Redevelopment Initiative Advisory Board Meeting; 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Latino Leaders Luncheon Series Honoring Julie Stav

Council sked: Legislative meeting at 10 a.m.