April 2, 2014

Charles H. Keating Jr., the infamous financier behind the biggest savings and loan disaster of the 1980s, died Tuesday. He was 90.

Keating ran the Phoenix-based American Continental Corp., in addition its subsidiary Lincoln Savings & Loan. Many of the depositors at Lincoln Savings & Loan, especially older savers and naive investors, were persuaded to cash in their federally insured deposits for $256 million worth of uninsured American Continental junk bonds. Keating was convicted in 1993 of swindling those customers and raiding the thrift. The failure of Lincoln Savings & Loan cost the government $3.4 billion.

It also tainted the political careers of the Keating Five — Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), John Glenn (D-Ohio), Alan Cranston (D-Calif.), Donald Riegle (D-Mich.), and Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.) — all significant recipients of Keating's campaign largesse who lobbied to get federal regulators off his back as Lincoln and American Continental teetered toward insolvency.

Keating's convictions were later overturned, and he pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud in Phoenix. He served four-and-a-half years in prison. While Keating is best known for the savings and loan disaster, he garnered attention in other ways earlier in life; he was a college swimming champion at the University of Cincinnati and an anti-pornography activist. Read more at The New York Times. --Catherine Garcia

2:59 p.m. ET

Donald Trump really, really, really hates wind power. How much? Well, Trump has been ranting online about wind farms for even longer than he's been ranting about Hillary Clinton:

Appearing on Herman Cain's morning talk show on WSB on Tuesday, Trump found himself blasting windmills once again, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Our energy companies are a disaster right now," Trump explained to Cain, adding, "Wind is very, very expensive, and it only works when it's windy."

"Right," confirmed Cain.

That was hardly the last of it:

Trump: In all fairness, wind is fine. Sometimes you go — I don't know if you've ever been to Palm Springs, California — it looks like a junkyard. They have all these different —

Cain: I have.

Trump: They have all these different companies and each one is made by a different group from, all from China and from Germany, by the way — not from here. And you look at all these windmills. Half of them are broken. They're rusting and rotting. You know, you're driving into Palm Springs, California, and it looks like a poor man's version of Disneyland. It's the worst thing you've ever seen.

And it kills all the birds. I don't know if you know that … Thousands of birds are lying on the ground. And the eagle. You know, certain parts of California — they've killed so many eagles. You know, they put you in jail if you kill an eagle. And yet these windmills [kill] them by the hundreds. [The Herman Cain Show via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

You heard the man. Make birds great again — anything short of that would be downright quixotic. Jeva Lange

2:57 p.m. ET
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When talking about his various endorsements in a Tuesday morning interview with local news station WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida, Donald Trump claimed that he'd been "largely" endorsed by the military — "at least conceptually." "We've had tremendous veteran endorsements because the veterans have been treated so unfairly," Trump said.

The claim is questionable on multiple levels — namely, what is a "conceptual" endorsement? It would seem only Trump knows the answer to that.

Then there's the fact that the law explicitly prevents federal agencies from making political endorsements. The Department of Defense has a "set of guidelines that tightly restricts any active duty military or civilian personnel from publicly choosing political sides," NBC News reported, which all but rules out active military members endorsing Trump. Those laws also mean Trump couldn't possibly have that endorsement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that he often boasts about having.

As for retired members, Trump hasn't exactly won them over in droves, either. NBC News reported Trump has gotten an endorsement from about 88 retired military figures; for comparison's sake, Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was endorsed by more than 500 retired military members. Becca Stanek

12:55 p.m. ET

With just a month to go until the premiere date for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, we're finally getting our first official glimpse at modern life in Stars Hollow. On Tuesday, Netflix offered up a two-and-a-half minute glimpse into all that awaits our favorite mother-daughter pair in the four-part mini-series, which will be released Nov. 25.

While Lorelai and Rory are still noshing on obscene amounts of junk food, not much else seems to have stayed the same for the Gilmore girls. Lorelai's notoriously stuffy mother Emily is wearing a T-shirt, bookworm Rory is floating around jobless, and Luke and Lorelai are — finally! — in a relationship.

Details about what's up with the rest of the crew — including Sookie, Dean, Jess, Logan, Miss Patty, Lane, and Kirk — are scarce, but the trailer confirmed they all will definitely be making appearances.

Watch the trailer below — and be prepared to start your Thanksgiving countdown now. Becca Stanek

12:50 p.m. ET
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Nearly 70 percent of American voters think that Hillary Clinton will win the presidency in November, with only 57 percent of Donald Trump's own supporters thinking he'll be moving into the White House next year, a new CNN/ORC poll has found. But there is a catch: If Clinton wins, 61 percent of voters don't think Trump will accept the results or concede after they're certified. Trump's own supporters have a little more confidence in him, with 56 percent saying he'll accept the outcome, whereas 75 percent of Clinton backers think he will not.

Sixty-six percent of voters have at least some confidence that the ballots will be accurately cast and counted, which is actually up from 58 percent in 2008 and slightly below 2004's 72 percent.

The poll sampled 1,017 adults by landline and cell phone from Oct. 20-23. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percent. Monday's poll also showed Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 5 points. Jeva Lange

12:23 p.m. ET

Reddit is usually a hotbed for hoaxes, but a keen prediction in a 1993 yearbook that was shared on the website appears to be the real deal. According to the original post, a man named Michael Lee used his senior quote at Mission Viejo High School in California to predict the Chicago Cubs would be the 2016 World Champions. "You heard it here first," he bragged.


The Cubs have not won a World Series in 108 years; they will have to beat the Cleveland Indians four times in order to claim the trophy. Still, they have a solid 63 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

To dispel concerns about photoshopping, the same yearbook photo was posted by a Twitter user:

And then on Reddit, four more photos were posted to prove the image's authenticity, Sports Illustrated reports.

It's official, then. If the Cubs lose, you know who to blame. Jeva Lange

12:02 p.m. ET

The latest round of emails from the Clinton camp published by WikiLeaks indicates President Obama might not have found out about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state at "the same time everybody else" did. Shortly after Obama told CBS in March 2015 that he learned about the server "through news reports," Clinton's former chief of staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, sent this email to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta:

Mills' urging to "clean this up" suggests that Obama not only knew about Clinton's personal email address, but he knowingly communicated with her via her non-government account as well. The Washington Examiner reported FBI agents "revealed in notes from their closed investigative file that Obama communicated with Clinton on her private server using a pseudonym."

Politico noted White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest later clarified Obama's claim he was unaware of Clinton's email setup, explaining the president was simply "not aware of the details of how that email address and that server had been set up." "The president, as I think many people expected, did over the course of his first several years in office exchange emails with his secretary of state," Earnest said at a daily briefing. Becca Stanek

10:55 a.m. ET

If this 2008 clip of Donald Trump gushing over Hillary Clinton's huge potential is any indication, not even he knew he'd someday be trying to convince American voters she'd be a "disaster" for the country. During an interview with NY1 eight years ago, Trump said Clinton was "going to go down" in history "at a minimum as a great senator," but he had an inkling "her history [was] far from being over." "I think she is a great wife to a president and I think Bill Clinton was a great president. You know, you look at the country then, the economy was doing great," Trump said, going on to call the then-New York senator "a great woman."

Perhaps even more surprising was Trump's sadness at how Clinton was "roughed up" in the 2008 election. "I'm not knocking the other side — you know, you want to win a battle so if it gets a little bit nasty, it is politics, and politics is a tough game. But I thought she was perhaps unnecessarily roughed up," Trump said.

Which begs the question: What would 2008 Trump have to say about someone calling Clinton a "nasty woman"? Catch a glimpse of the Trump that was, below. Becca Stanek

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