Morning Digest: Hoyas in Congress, bribery in the D.C. Council

     Today is another rainy day with a muggy high of 82.

To masticate today:

  • Hoya becomes longest-serving congressman: Last Friday, Representative John Dingell (D-MI) (COL ’49 LAW ’52) set the record for the longest time spent as an American congressman. Dingell, who graduated from Georgetown with a degree in chemistry, has spent 57 years and 177 days as a member of Congress. In those 21,000 days, Dingell served alongside 2,445 colleagues. Dingell visits Georgetown often and spoke on campus in February, 2011.

What to look out for:

  • D.C. corruption: Former City Councilmember Michael A. Brown pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of bribery. Undercover federal agents, posing as small business owners, got Brown to accept $55,000. Brown’s plea agreement will likely have him serve a 37-month prison sentence.
  • Summertime crackdown: D.C. police have identified four areas of the city with persistent, violent crimes and plan to step up their response and presence there. The police response is tailored specifically to catch recurring criminals in these areas.

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