Milestones Dec. 12, 2005

PLEADED GUILTY. RANDY (DUKE) CUNNINGHAM, 63, eight-term Congressman from California; to accepting $2.4 million in bribes, mostly from military contractors, that included a Rolls-Royce, an antique French commode and mortgage payments; in San Diego. The former Top Gun instructor and tough-on-crime Republican, who for months insisted he was innocent--and now faces up to 10 years in prison--stunned even jaded Beltway insiders with his brazenness. In a tearful confession, he said, "I learned in Vietnam that the true measure of a man is how he responds to adversity. I cannot undo what I have done, but I can atone."


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