The Confirmation Hearing of Amy Coney Barrett

With the judge looking all but certain to rise to the Supreme Court, Democratic senators scrutinized her on contentious issues like abortion, elections and Obamacare.

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7 Key Findings About Trump’s Reinvented Swamp

The president built a system of favor-seeking at his hotels and resorts that is unrivaled in modern American politics.

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New 9/11 Trial Judge Steps Down, Citing Conflicts

The recusal of Col. Stephen Keane from hearing the case at Guantánamo Bay adds another roadblock to restarting pretrial hearings in the long-running case.

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Trump’s Taxes: 18 Revelations from a Trove of Records

Times reporters have obtained decades of tax information the president has hidden from public view. Here are some of the key findings.

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Democrats Fear Partisan Slant at Postal Service as Trump Allies Dominate Most of Board

The five Republicans on the seven-member board have taken a hands-on role in trying to defend the agency against accusations that it is trying to help the president win a second term by sabotaging voting by mail.

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How Trump Draws on Campaign Funds to Pay Legal Bills

As he has done with other aspects of the presidency, Donald J. Trump has redefined the practice in ways that have unsettled even some Republicans.

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I Study Corporate Welfare. Even I Was Shocked by This Cronyism.

A privately owned entity created by the Export-Import Bank allows its customers to also be its owners.

#boeing-company, #conflicts-of-interest, #export-import-bank-of-us, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Postal Service Has Paid Louis DeJoy’s Former Company $286 Million Since 2013

Documents obtained through a public records request showed the degree to which XPO Logistics, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former employer, is intertwined with the agency he now oversees.

#conflicts-of-interest, #dejoy-louis, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xpo-logistics-inc

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DeJoy Earned Millions From Company With Financial Ties to Postal Service

The postmaster general, under fire for his business ties and his cost-cutting measures, will testify before the House next week.

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Scientists Worry About Political Influence Over Coronavirus Vaccine Project

Operation Warp Speed has moved along at a rapid clip. But some people involved in the approval process fear pressure to deliver an October surprise for President Trump.

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Deutsche Bank Opens Review Into Personal Banker to Trump and Kushner

The bank will examine a 2013 transaction between the banker, Rosemary Vrablic, and a company part-owned by Jared Kushner.

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Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline Snag Biggest Coronavirus Vaccine Deal Yet

The arrangement brings the Trump administration’s investment in coronavirus vaccine projects to more than $8 billion. The head of the federal effort is a former GSK executive.

#conflicts-of-interest, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #glaxosmithkline-plc, #politics-and-government, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #sanofi-sa, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Trudeau Goes Before Parliament to Face Questions on Charity Scandal

The Canadian prime minister will testify before a Parliamentary committee. Will it raise more questions, or will he work his political magic and calm the frenzy?

#canada, #conflicts-of-interest, #trudeau-justin, #we-charity

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Big Tech Funds a Think Tank Pushing for Fewer Rules. For Big Tech.

Google, Amazon and Qualcomm finance a George Mason University institute teaching a hands-off approach to antitrust regulators and judges.

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Trump Denies Talking to Ambassador About Moving British Open to His Resort

Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson IV did not deny the episode, but in a Twitter post he wrote that he did not violate any regulations.

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Chief Vaccine Scientist Will Not Be Forced to Disclose Pharmaceutical Stocks

Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief adviser for the Trump administration’s coronavirus vaccine program, can remain a government contractor, thus shielding him from disclosure rules.

#conflicts-of-interest, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #health-and-human-services-department, #lower-drug-prices-now, #public-citizen, #slaoui-moncef-m, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Complaint Faults Museum Director for Hanging His In-Law’s El Greco

A whistle-blower accusation argues that conflict-of-interest rules to prevent self-dealing have been skirted at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

#art, #conflicts-of-interest, #detroit-institute-of-arts, #museums, #race-and-ethnicity, #whistle-blowers, #whistleblower-aid

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Biden Should Not Debate Trump Unless …

Here are two conditions the Democrat should set.

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To Gain Public’s Trust, Should Members of Congress Stop Trading Stock?

Federal investigations and public outcry over senators’ stock trades amid the coronavirus crisis have renewed interest in limiting what lawmakers can do with their savings.

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Amazon Set to Face Antitrust Charges in European Union

The European Commission plans to bring charges that Amazon abused its dominance in e-commerce.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #conflicts-of-interest, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #vestager-margrethe

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Boris Johnson Avoids Criminal Inquiry Into His Dealings as London’s Mayor

A police watchdog did find evidence, however, that Mr. Johnson and an American businesswoman may have had an “intimate relationship” and that the relationship helped her secure money and networking opportunities.

#arcuri-jennifer, #conflicts-of-interest, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government

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Trump’s Vaccine Chief Has Vast Ties to Drug Industry, Posing Possible Conflicts

Moncef Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive, is now overseeing the U.S. initiative to development coronavirus treatments and vaccines. His financial interests and corporate roles have come under scrutiny.

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Federal Watchdog to Examine Official’s Role in Tribal Fund Distribution

The inspector general is also investigating allegations that the Interior Department inappropriately leaked sensitive tribal data.

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‘I Could Solve Most of Your Problems’: Eric Schmidt’s Pentagon Offensive

The former Google C.E.O. has reinvented himself as the prime liaison between Silicon Valley and the military-industrial complex.

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Trump Considers Billionaire Investor for Intelligence Job

Stephen Feinberg, who backed the president’s campaign, is said to be in talks for a top post in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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Trump’s Company Seeks to Ease Financial Crunch as Coronavirus Takes Toll

As companies nationwide look for relief, the Trump Organization has talked with Deutsche Bank and a Florida county about delaying payments on some loans and other obligations.

#conflicts-of-interest, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florida, #golf, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #las-vegas-nev, #new-jersey, #shutdowns-institutional, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy

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