Kwame R. Brown, who 54 hours ago was chairman of the D.C. Council, pleaded guilty today to a pair of charges in a pair of court hearings in a pair of courthouses. He said in between his pleas: “I love this city. Working for the residents has been an honor. I have worked every day on behalf of the people and have done it wholeheartedly. But six years ago, I made some very serious mistakes and judgments. And I have taken full and sole responsibility for those mistakes.” Watch Brown deliver his remarks. Read a timeline of the investigation against him. And read more from WRC-TV, Legal Times and AP.
In other news:
FBI to city officials: Pontificate on public corruption at your own risk (DCist)
“Brown is a flawed man, but we cannot pin this all on him alone. DC voters bear responsibility for ignoring the red flags about Brown early on.” (GGW)
Jim Vance: “There’s no need for anybody to be ashamed. ... D.C. is not the only city in this country with a few roaches scurrying around.” (WRC-TV)
“Why do so many elected officials seem to think they should be able to live like celebrities?” Answer follows. (Baltimore Sun)
Colby King: A government can be at once corrupt and functioning fabulously (PostPartisan)