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Good morning sweet readers! Those Cowboys sure are gracious to allow the Eagles to restore their season and make the NFC East interesting. Also, how about their decision to lose the game early, so people wouldn't have to wait up late to watch the end of the game? News time:

No Knowledge of Excel: The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform struck out in its investigation into how Sulaimon Brown wound up with a $110,000-a-year job as a city auditor. The committee found no smoking gun that Brown was promised a job from the Gray administration in return for attacking former Mayor Adrian Fenty on the campaign trail, according to a report obtained by the Post that's due to be released to the rest of us today. But the committee didn't say that Brown's allegations were untrue, and said it appeared that he was paid by Gray campaign aide Howard Brooks. It's doesn't look like the committee took its investigation too seriously, as it didn't use its subpoena power to compel Brooks to testify, nor did it speak with the mayor. Gray confidante Lorraine Green did speak with the committee and said that the white envelopes Brown has been saying she gave him full of cash were actually filled with "campaign information." The report does not have nice things to say about Brown, saying he has a "poor grasp of the facts." And Brown's former boss tells how Brown—who remember, was an auditor making $110,000-a-year—"had no knowledge of Excel." Amazing.

AFTER THE JUMP: Wilmot the Parker; Colby's Ethics Fan; Not a Movie Fan...

Wilmot The Unlicensed Parker?: Beloved group home leader David Wilmot is the subject of another piece by TWT's Jeffery Anderson, who finds that one of the city's most connected lobbyists may also have his fingers in the city's lucrative parking business. Anderson finds that Wilmot's AutoPark Inc. doesn't currently have a business license, and is improperly labeled as a certified business entity.

Colby's Plan: Is Post columnist Colby King contractually mandated to mention that he's a former Senate aide who helped write the Home Rule charter? Here are King's suggestions for cleaning up the D.C. Council: "abolish “constituent service funds”; prohibit those corporations and lobbyists engaged in business with the city from contributing to political campaigns; reduce the salaries of council members; increase the penalties for failure to report or substantiate campaign contributions and expenditures; require council members to publicly disclose all items received whose value exceeds $20; and substantially increase the number of staff auditors and investigators with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics." King wants to cut council salaries in half, to about $60,000 a year. "Having served on the staff of the Senate Committee on the District of Columbia when the Home Rule bill was drafted and passed in 1973, I know that a fat-cat council is not what the Home Rule charter envisioned."

Not a Movie Fan: Jonetta Rose Barras does not like Gray's plan to tax movie popcorn to pay for a movie theater east of the river. "The mayor's desperation is glaring. ... "He has decided the most immediate need of residents where unemployment is more than 20 percent is a movie theater. That must be the keep-them-entertained-and-distracted plan."

In Other News:

  • Should Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans apologize for saying a naughty word?
  • Teachers with good evaluations can still get the boot.
  • A brief history of Shaw.

Gray sked: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Joseph H. Cole Playground Ribbon Cutting; 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade Public Service Announcement Taping.

Council sked: Nada

  • drez

    ...said that the white envelopes Brown has been saying she gave him full of cash were actually filled with "campaign information."
    Talking Points!

  • not sinclair skinner

    poot is always hanging out there, hawking his book. its like his corner.

  • John

    You forgot a point Colburn King also said the city council should be a full time position not part-time. Agreed, maybe the council will take the job serious then.

  • Truth hurts

    So Greene realized her fingerprints are on "the white envelopes" she passed to Brown. She can't admit they contained cash, and she knows Brown spent the cash. So......she tells investigators the hand delivered envelopes contained "campaign materials". Which of course begs the question of why Gray's campaign chair would pass campaign materials in white envelopes to Gray's opponent.
    Like most lies, this one likely has an element of truth to it -- the so called campaign materials probably were the "talking points". And maybe cash as well. Looks really bad.