Keating Five

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We All Have Some Guilty Associations

Gail Collins has been palling around with terrorists, too

(Newser) - So William Ayers once threw a house party for Barack Obama, and now Obama’s responsible for all Ayers’ misdeeds? By that standard, writes Gail Collins—who might have attended a college party with Ayers' wife, Bernardine Dohrn—"I believe I may now be held partly responsible for all... More »

Why Are We Talking About Keating, Ayers?

Mac has forgotten the lessons of the scandal that made him a better man

(Newser) - Barack Obama's camp resurrected the Keating Five as a “eye for an eye” campaign issue this week, after the McCain team revived Obama's sometime relationship with Bill Ayers, the former '60s-era radical. But the Obama folks missed what makes the 20-year-old scandal actually relevant, writes Walter Shapiro on Salon.... More »

Race's Sharper Attacks Run Economic Risk

Knife-fight tactics are out of place in crisis, strategists say

(Newser) - Barack Obama and John McCain continue to sharpen their verbal barrage on each other ahead of tonight's debate, with Sarah Palin even going so far yesterday as to denounce Obama as "not one of us." But in economic upheaval, both candidates risk sounding off-message or even irrelevant, writes... More »

Candidates Stock Up on Tough Talk

As promised, rhetoric takes turn for the worse ahead of debate No. 2

(Newser) - The presidential race got uglier today, with both campaigns delivering on promises to crank up the pressure. John McCain worked to slow Barack Obama's momentum and Obama fought to hang on to his lead, Reuters reports. McCain asked a New Mexico audience, "Who is the real Barack Obama?" "... More »

Remember Keating 5? Obama Would Like to Remind You

Video shows Mac's ties to scandal 'similar' to current financial crisis

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s campaign is releasing a video attack on John McCain’s role in the “Keating Five” scandal in the savings-and-loan crisis of the late ’80s and early ’90s, Politico reports. The video will appear online today amid what the Obama camp calls “guilt-by-association” tactics... More »

McCain Dodges Keating Bullet, For Now

Newsweek 's Alter sees 'free ride' for candidate involved in 'last great financial scandal'

(Newser) - John McCain is getting a free ride amid the current US financial storm, Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann last night, citing the Republican’s involvement in the Keating Five savings-and-loan debacle of the late 1980s. “McCain thinks he's getting a hard time, he's really getting... More »

Saint John Still Tainted by Senate Murk

Ethics crusader is still no stranger to lobbying culture

(Newser) - With John McCain the presumptive Republican nominee, Democrats are rushing to expose chinks in the Arizona senator's saintly armor, Michael Scherer reports in Time. Though McCain talks tough about special interests, he has often appeared to have done their bidding. He once, for example, wrote a letter on behalf of... More »

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