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Subprime auto loans are on the rise — with the same easy loans and quick defaults that marked America's mortgage market before the financial crisis, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: While no one suggests this will lead to another economic collapse – primarily because auto subprime remains much smaller than mortgage subprime – the financial risks are being spread out in a similar manner. Moreover, it shows consumers and bankers haven't learned from past mistakes.

Timeline:

  • 2009: $2.5 billion new subprime auto bonds were sold.
  • 2013: U.S. car sales began to soar.
  • 2016, $26 billion new subprime auto bonds were sold — more than the pre-crisis average.

How it happened: The partnership between Fiat Chrysler and Santander Bank has made them kings of the subprime auto market and has gotten Santander into some legal trouble. Bloomberg went through court documents and filings to find that Santander vetted incomes of borrowers fewer than once for every 10 loans, which were then packaged into $1 billion bonds. It's also easy for dealers to find ways to approve low-income borrowers for auto loans that are too much for them. On top of that, Wall Street rewards these risky activities.

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"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves to be removed after fires

A firefighter looks up at a giant sequoia tree after fire burned through the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, on Sept. 23. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

"Upwards of" 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.

Why it matters: The damage to these trees, considered "national treasures," and work to remove them means a nearby key highway must remain closed to visitors as they have "the potential to strike people, cars, other structures, or create barriers to emergency response services," per a statement from the national parks.

Obama stumps for McAuliffe, urges Virginians not "to go back to the chaos"

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Former President Barack Obama framed a Nov. 2 gubernatorial race as a bellwether for the Democratic Party and the country, telling a crowd at a campaign event for Terry McAuliffe on Saturday that "I believe you, right here in Virginia, are going to show the rest of the country and the world that we're not going to indulge in our worst instincts."

Why it matters: With just over a week to go before Election Day in the Commonwealth, McAuliffe is bringing out the big guns. The 44th president appeared on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University to urge supporters to get to the polls.