The Morning Line

How the Keating Five are faring

Federal officials now admit that the S&L disaster could cost $500 billion over the next 30 years. Still, insiders expect the Senate ethics committee, using * shamefully correct everybody-does-it logic, to go easy on the Keating Five -- the Senators who collected nearly $1.4 million in campaign donations from Charles Keating, of the bankrupt Lincoln Savings and Loan. Voters are likely to be harsher.

ALAN CRANSTON (up for re-election in 1992). The California Democrat is considered not only a lame duck but a dead duck. An aide concedes, "He won by only 3% last time. He's never been a good bet...

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