How Investigative Journalism Flourished in Hostile Russia

A new wave of news outlets has used conventional, and unconventional, methods to pierce the veil of Putin’s power.

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A City’s Mayor, Police Chief and Clerk Face Misconduct Charges

The officials of Armstrong, Iowa, and a former city clerk, face charges that include assault with a dangerous weapon, theft and falsifying public documents, the authorities said.

#armstrong-iowa, #assaults, #buum-greg-1951, #city-councils, #embezzlement, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #frauds-and-swindling, #iowa, #lang-tracie-1963, #merrill-craig-1977, #thackery-connie-1954

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How Getting Canceled on Social Media Can Derail a Book Deal

Morals clauses are despised by many authors and agents, but big publishers insist that they need a way out if a writer’s reputation takes a nosedive.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #ethics-personal, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #simonschuster-inc, #writing-and-writers

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Homeless and Exploited

Victor Rivera, the head of a network of shelters in New York, is accused of abusing a system meant to help the most vulnerable.

#bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #south-bronx-bronx-ny

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Houston Doctor Fired for Giving Away Doses of Covid Vaccine

Ten doses of the Covid-19 vaccine would expire within hours, so a Houston doctor gave it to people with medical conditions, including his wife. What followed was “the lowest moment in my life,” Dr. Hasan Gokal said.

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The Many Abuse Accusations Against a Housing Executive

Ten women accused Victor Rivera of sexual assault or harassment, but he maintained his position leading an operator of homeless shelters.

#bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #sexual-harassment

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Would the Founders Convict Trump and Bar Him From Office?

They believed as a matter of civic principle that ethical leadership is the glue that holds a constitutional republic together.

#constitution-us, #corruption-institutional, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #franklin-benjamin, #hamilton-alexander, #impeachment, #madison-james-1751-1836, #philadelphia-pa, #senate, #trump-donald-j

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First Up at Trump’s Impeachment: Can a Former President Stand Trial?

To avoid having to make a judgment about Donald J. Trump’s conduct in the Jan. 6 riot, Republicans have argued the proceeding is unconstitutional.

#constitution-us, #cooper-charles-j, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #impeachment, #paul-rand, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Georgia Officials Review Trump’s Phone Call to Raffensperger

The office of Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, has initiated a fact-finding inquiry into Donald Trump’s January phone call to Mr. Raffensperger pressuring him to “find” votes.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fulton-county-ga, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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After Abuse Allegations, $2 Billion Shelter Network Faces Scrutiny

Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a review of the groups that run New York’s homeless housing after The New York Times uncovered accusations of sexual and financial misconduct.

#bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #conflicts-of-interest, #de-blasio-bill, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

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District Attorney Charged in Sexual Assaults on Former Clients

Chad Salsman, the elected prosecutor of Bradford County, Pa., was accused of preying on female clients who were in vulnerable legal or personal situations while he was their defense lawyer.

#metoo-movement, #bradford-county-pa, #chad-salsman, #elections-district-attorneys, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #legal-profession, #pennsylvania, #sex-crimes, #shapiro-josh-1973, #women-and-girls

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‘Paramedic of the Year’ Is Arrested After Covid-19 Vaccine Theft, Sheriff Says

An emergency worker in Florida forged vaccine screening and consent forms for missing vaccines to cover up their theft, the authorities said.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #florida, #judd-grady, #moderna-inc, #polk-county-fla, #vaccination-and-immunization

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6 More Houston Police Officers Charged After Fatal 2019 Raid

The indictments brought the total number of officers charged after the January 2019 killing of a couple to 12. Two face murder counts.

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Watchdog to Examine Whether Justice Dept. Helped Trump Effort to Overturn Election

The inquiry was announced after revelations about a plot between Donald Trump and a top former department official to promote false claims of voter fraud by replacing the acting attorney general.

#clark-jeffrey-b-1967, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #frauds-and-swindling, #horowitz-michael-e, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rosen-jeffrey-adam-1958, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Sheldon Silver’s Appeal

Mr. Silver, who once dominated state politics as the speaker of the New York Assembly, was convicted of taking illicit payments from real estate developers.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #new-york-state, #silver-sheldon, #supreme-court-us

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Calls Intensify to Censure Giuliani for His Work as Trump’s Lawyer

Two dozen prominent lawyers, including judges and former federal prosecutors, signed a formal complaint seeking the suspension of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s law license.

#chung-christine, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #legal-profession, #new-york-city, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Biden’s 17 Executive Orders and Other Directives in Detail

The moves aim to strengthen protections for young immigrants, end construction of President Donald J. Trump’s border wall, end a travel ban and prioritize racial equity.

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Atlanta Prosecutor Appears to Move Closer to Trump Inquiry

The Fulton County district attorney is weighing an inquiry into possible election interference and is said to be considering hiring an outside counsel.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fulton-county-ga-district-attorneys-office, #fulton-county-ga, #georgia, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #willis-fani

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After 2 Impeachments, Giuliani Vows to Continue His Fervor for Trump

White House officials are universally angry with Rudolph W. Giuliani and blame him for both of President Trump’s impeachments. But he remains one of few people still willing to join Mr. Trump in the foxhole.

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Does Trump Face Legal Jeopardy for His Incendiary Speech Before the Riot?

The president’s actions just before his supporters’ deadly rampage at the Capitol has created new risks for him.

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Can Trump Be Charged for a Crime for Incendiary Speech Before Capitol Riot?

The president’s actions just before his supporters’ deadly rampage at the Capitol has created new risks for him.

#constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #immunity-from-prosecution, #impeachment, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Beyond Impeachment, a Push for Ethics Laws That Do Not Depend on Shame

Congressional Democrats and a slew of groups are preparing to push for the kinds of ethics and governance changes not seen since the post-Watergate era.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conflicts-of-interest, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #hatch-act-1939, #law-and-legislation, #office-of-government-ethics, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #watergate-affair

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Trump Pressured Georgia Official to ‘Find’ Enough Votes to Overturn Election

The president vaguely warned of a “criminal offense” as he pressured Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in a call, according to audio excerpts.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Who Should Get the Covid-19 Vaccine Next? A Debate

With limited doses available, and a pandemic claiming more lives every day, a complex moral calculus has begun. Five thinkers weigh the choices ahead.

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Behind Trump Clemency, a Case Study in Special Access

Philip Esformes was sentenced last year to 20 years for Medicare fraud. Then a well-connected organization supported by his family weighed in with the White House.

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Backlash Over Leniency at West Point After 73 Cadets Accused of Cheating

The revelations — and the academy’s handling of them — have prompted a debate about integrity, rehabilitation, and what it means to be a cadet.

#cheating, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-military-academy

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Armed Mexicans Were Smuggled In to Guard Border Wall, Whistle-Blowers Say

In a complaint unsealed on Friday, whistle-blowers working on President Trump’s wall said that contractors were illegally bringing in Mexican guards to protect construction sites.

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How Black People Learned Not to Trust

Concerns about vaccination are unfortunate, but they have historical roots.

#black-people, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #medicine-and-health, #sims-j-marion, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #sterilization-reproductive, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Australian Military Moves to Dismiss Soldiers After Killings in Afghanistan

A scathing report revealed that members of the special forces had waged a campaign to cover up unlawful killings of Afghan civilians.

#afghanistan, #australia, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #ethics-and-official-misconduct

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Happy Thanksgiving to All Those Who Told the Truth in This Election

Civil servants, elected officials and judges did their jobs and protected democracy.

#elections-senate, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #georgia, #maricopa-county-ariz, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #romney-mitt, #senate, #thanksgiving-day, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-military-academy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wray-christopher-a

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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Role in Opioid Crisis

The admission in federal court brought a formal end to a major investigation that resulted in a multibillion-dollar settlement between the drug maker and the government.

#bankruptcies, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #compensation-for-damages-law, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fines-penalties, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #practice-fusion-inc, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Need a Hypothesis? This A.I. Has One

Slowly, machine-learning systems are beginning to generate ideas, not just test them.

#artificial-intelligence, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #psychological-science-journal, #psychology-and-psychologists, #your-feed-science

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Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

They can’t detect all conflicts, but new computer programs serve as guard rails when scientists and publishers fail to self-police.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #conflicts-of-interest, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #research, #writing-and-writers, #your-feed-science

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108 Convictions Tied to Massachusetts Chemist’s Misconduct May Be Vacated

The Suffolk County district attorney said she was seeking to remove the “huge stain on the legal system” left by Annie Dookhan, who pleaded guilty in 2013 to tampering with evidence.

#boston-mass, #decisions-and-verdicts, #dookhan-annie, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #forensic-science, #massachusetts, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Albert R. Jonsen, 89, Dies; Brought Medical Ethics to the Bedside

A former Jesuit priest and leader in bioethics, he believed that an ethicist should be part of a patient’s medical team when hard decisions have to be made.

#bioethics, #california, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #jonsen-albert-r-1931-2020, #medical-ethics, #society-of-jesus, #university-of-san-francisco, #university-of-washington

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Federal Prosecutors Push Back on Barr Memo on Voter Fraud Claims

The prosecutors, assigned to monitor this month’s elections, said they had found no evidence to back any “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities.

#barr-william-p, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Justice Dept. Finds ‘Poor Judgment’ but No Misconduct in 2006 Jeffrey Epstein Inquiry

The results of an internal investigation into Miami prosecutors’ handling of child trafficking allegations against the disgraced financier prompted criticism that the department evaded responsibility.

#acosta-r-alexander, #barr-william-p, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #human-trafficking, #justice-department, #miami-fla, #office-of-professional-responsibility, #sex-crimes, #united-states-politics-and-government

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BBC Orders Inquiry Into Diana Interview After Claim Princess Was Misled

A quarter-century after the princess admitted infidelity in a landmark interview with Martin Bashir, the journalist is facing renewed accusations of behaving unethically to secure the scoop.

#bashir-martin, #british-broadcasting-corp, #diana-princess-of-wales, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #great-britain, #itv-tv-network, #news-and-news-media, #royal-families

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Vatican Report Places Blame for McCarrick’s Ascent on John Paul II

In elevating Theodore E. McCarrick to the position of cardinal, the former pope disregarded warnings and believed the prelate’s denials about sexual misconduct, an inquiry found.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #francis, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

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Vatican Report Concludes McCarrick’s Ascent Was Aided by Misleading Accounts

In elevating the disgraced prelate, Pope John Paul II believed his denials about sexual misconduct and relied on “inaccurate and incomplete” testimony from bishops, an investigation says.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #francis, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

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Kansas Democrat Who Admitted to Revenge Porn Wins State House Seat

Now, state party leaders are looking to replace the representative-elect, Aaron Coleman.

#coleman-aaron, #cyberharassment, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #kansas, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The War on Truth Reaches Its Climax

Trump is telling two big lies, and a third will come soon.

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Will the Hardest-Hit Communities Get the Coronavirus Vaccine?

A committee that advises the C.D.C.’s director is working on a plan to equitably distribute immunizations when they become available.

#advisory-committee-on-immunization-practices, #black-people, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Crispr Gene Editing Can Cause Unwanted Changes in Human Embryos, Study Finds

Instead of addressing genetic mutations, the Crispr machinery prompted cells to lose entire chromosomes.

#cell-journal, #chromosomes, #crispr-dna, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #genetic-engineering, #genetics-and-heredity, #mitalipov-shoukhrat, #nobel-prizes, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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What We Know and Don’t About Hunter Biden and a Laptop

President Trump’s allies have promoted claims of corruption aimed at the former vice president’s son in an effort to damage the Biden campaign.

#biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #burisma-holdings-ltd, #computers-and-the-internet, #delaware, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #laptop-computers, #new-york-post, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Promised Seniors Drug Discount Cards. They May Be Illegal.

A proposal announced by President Trump last month was to send older Americans $200 discount cards to offset prescription costs. It’s not going to happen before the election, and maybe not ever.

#azar-alex-m-ii, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #hatch-act-1939, #health-and-human-services-department, #medicare, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #verma-seema

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Elliott Broidy Pleads Guilty in Foreign Lobbying Case

A former fund-raiser for President Trump admitted to a role in a covert campaign to influence the administration on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #broidy-elliott, #china, #embezzlement, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #foreign-agents-registration-act, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #low-jho-1981, #malaysia, #najib-razak, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Goldman Sachs Is Said to Admit Mistakes in 1MDB Scandal

A foreign subsidiary of the Wall Street giant will plead guilty under an agreement with the Justice Department, according to a person familiar with the deal.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #embezzlement, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #justice-department, #low-jho-1981

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Yes, Books Were Bound in Human Skin. An Intrepid Librarian Finds the Proof.

“Dark Archives,” by Megan Rosenbloom, a librarian at U.C.L.A., traces the history of the controversial practice and considers what we should do with such books today.

#bookbinding, #books-and-literature, #dark-archives-a-librarians-investigation-into-the-science-and-history-of-books-bound-in-human-skin-book, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #libraries-and-librarians, #rosenbloom-megan-c, #skin

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Netherlands to Allow Doctors to Help End Lives of Terminally Ill Children

Hugo de Jonge, the Dutch health minister, said that “incurably ill” children ages 1 to 12 should be able to die with the help of a doctor.

#children-and-childhood, #de-jonge-hugo, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide, #netherlands, #politics-and-government

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