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News, Feature Bonfire of the Profanities

Bonfire of the Profanities

A middle-aged man trudges ponderously up Geary Boulevard, wearing large prescription glasses, disposable tinted eyeshades, baggy jeans, and a wrinkled gray T-shirt beneath an oversize canvas jacket. He's carrying a plastic bag stuffed with pieces of paper he plans to…
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News, Feature Before She Was Speaker

Before She Was Speaker

The most enduring image from America's last banking crisis 20 years ago depicts five U.S. senators meeting with a stubborn top banking regulator, ordering that he stop leaning on their friend, Charles Keating, then the chairman of Lincoln Savings and…
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News, Feature An Endowed Chair

An Endowed Chair

When Charles Keating's Lincoln Savings and Loan Association collapsed in 1989, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain's political career nearly went with it. McCain, the country learned, was one of five senators who had met with federal regulators at Keating's behest.…
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