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    Man Your Social Media Battle Stations: Greater Greater Washington has sent out a call to arms this morning asking its readers to bombard Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown's office with requests to reconsider his upcoming council committee shuffle. (The Washington Area Bicyclist Association already sent out an email alert asking the same.) Brown is apparently displeased with Wells' lack of loyalty, and is now trying to put Wells in his place by taking away his beloved transportation committee. LL suspects talk of Wells "not ruling anything out" for future races may also be on Brown's mind. The shuffle has Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh taking over the transportation committee, Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser taking over Cheh's government operations committee, and Wells taking over Bowser's parks and rec committee. New Councilmember Vincent Orange will get a new small business development committee. As for the economic development committee, which has been missing a chairman since Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. stepped aside and is the excuse for this whole shuffling? Brown's keeping the committee to himself, reports GGwash.

    AFTER THE JUMP: Last Day of Work!; Contract Flip Flop; Mayor on the Radio...

    Council's Out For Summer: The last legislative session before the two-month summer break is today and boy is it going to be longgggg. Besides the hurt feelings over the committee shuffle, there will be plenty of chatting over Councilmember Phil Mendelson's proposal to make the District a licensed firearms dealer, which bad optics aside, doesn't seem like that big a deal since plenty of other jurisdictions already do it. Weirdness abounds in the nomination of DYRS acting director Neil Stanley. Councilmembers Jim Graham and Marion Barry don't think he should be the boss, but aren't going to ask the council to vote against him. And the council will vote on capping the salaries of Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

    No Contract For You!: Jeffrey Anderson at TWT has deets on a security firm that Mayor Vince Gray didn't like so much when he was council chairman but is kinda sorta lukewarm on now. "Last August, all 13 council members, including then-Chairman Gray, accused [US Security Associates] of 'putting the safety of our city and residents at risk,' and urged the city to 'not allow this company to continue benefiting from taxpayer-funded multimillion-dollar contracts.' Yet until late in the day on Monday, the Gray administration had urged council approval of the contract. Sources close to the negotiations said Frederick D. Cooke Jr., a friend of Mr. Gray’s who represents the firm — in addition to at least two Gray allies on the council under federal investigation — also lobbied the council."

    Mayor on the Radio: LL caught a snippet of Gray on WTOP this morning. Asked about the federal probes into Brown and Thomas, Gray said we live in a democracy where people are presumed innocent until proven guilty and he's not going to prejudge the outcomes of either investigation. As for his own investigation, Gray says he hasn't been contacted by the feds.

    In Other News:

    • Pepco thinks it should get more of your money.
    • Neighborhood friction over vacated Walter Reed land.
    • Former D.C. corrections officer pleads guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband.
    • Next up on the online gambling agenda: more delays, “listening tours.”
    • More on strip club owners and neighborhood residents sparring over zoning rules.
    • Jaffe to council: show us your tax filings.
    • AG Irv Nathan: Our mistakes are made in good faith.

    Gray sked: Ask the Mayor on WTOP at 10 a.m.

    Council sked: Legislative meetings, all day long.