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(Washington Post) — The incoming D.C. Council chairman, Kwame R. Brown, shook up the council’s committee system Wednesday, assigning an embattled council member to oversee economic development while restoring some of Marion Barry’s legislative clout.  Brown, who will take over from Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray on Jan. 2, made the moves after six weeks of squabbling among members over leadership assignments on the 13-member panel. In perhaps his most notable move, Brown decided that council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) will replace him as chairman of the influential Economic Development Committee.

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