Tag: Conflicts of Interest

Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify Next Week, Setting Stage for a High-Stakes Hearing

WASHINGTON — Michael D. Cohen has agreed to testify in public next Wednesday before Congress about his work as President Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime fixer, but lawmakers said they would limit the scope of their questioning in deference to the special counsel. The hearing next week before the House Oversight and Reform Committee will […]

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Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation Into Trump’s War on the Inquiries Around Him

WASHINGTON — President Trump has called the Russia investigation a hoax, a witch hunt and fake news. But since he has been in office, Mr. Trump has tried to end the inquiry into his campaign’s possible coordination with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, opening himself up to questions about whether these efforts constitute attempts […]

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House Opens Inquiry into Proposed U.S. Nuclear Venture in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — House Democrats said on Tuesday they would begin a full-scale inquiry into White House involvement in a proposed venture to bring nuclear power facilities to Saudi Arabia, citing whistle-blower claims that administration officials disregarded warnings that potential conflicts of interest that could put American security at risk. In a 24-page report from the […]

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As McKinsey Sells Advice, Its Hedge Fund May Have a Stake in the Outcome

The sins of Valeant Pharmaceuticals are well known. Instead of spending to develop new drugs, Valeant bought out other drugmakers, then increased prices of lifesaving medicines by as much as 5,785 percent. Patients had no choice but to pay. Valeant’s chief executive, J. Michael Pearson, was hauled into a 2016 Senate hearing and verbally thrashed […]

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House Judiciary Committee Hires Trump Legal Critics for Investigations

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee said on Tuesday that they have retained two elite white collar litigators and prominent legal critics of President Trump to help begin inquiries into some of the most sensitive allegations involving the president, including ethics violations, corruption and possible obstruction of justice. The committee’s chairman, Representative Jerrold […]

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Ethics Inquiry Opened Over Justin Trudeau’s Actions in Bribery Case

Canada’s parliamentary ethics commissioner said on Monday that he would look into allegations that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured his former attorney general to call off a criminal case against a major engineering company based in Montreal. The announcement, made in a letter to two members of Parliament, followed several days of allegations that […]

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Trump Chooses David Bernhardt, a Former Oil Lobbyist, to Head the Interior Dept.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday announced he would nominate David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist and current deputy chief of the Interior Department, to succeed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who resigned amid allegations of ethical missteps. In a message […]

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Family Ties at the Supreme Court

Let Ginni be Ginni. That was my first thought upon seeing the headline in The Times this past weekend: “Trump Meets With Hard-Right Group Led by Ginni Thomas.” Ginni Thomas — or Virginia Lamp, as I knew her years ago when she was a smart lawyer-lobbyist working for the United States Chamber of Commerce against […]

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The Wilbur Ross Debacle

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. First, Roger Stone — the longtime adviser to President Trump — was indicted this morning on seven counts, including witness tampering and obstruction. Legal analysts and journalists are still sorting through the charges. But as Quinta Jurecic […]

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Mnuchin Flew to L.A. on Private Jet of Billionaire Michael Milken

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin flew from Washington to Los Angeles this month on the private aircraft of Michael R. Milken, the billionaire “junk bond” king who pleaded guilty to securities fraud in 1990 and served two years in prison. The flight, which was confirmed by the Treasury Department on Friday, was the latest […]

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Study Links Drug Maker Gifts for Doctors to More Overdose Deaths

WASHINGTON — A new study offers some of the strongest evidence yet of the connection between the marketing of opioids to doctors and the nation’s addiction epidemic. It found that counties where opioid manufacturers offered a large number of gifts and payments to doctors had more overdose deaths involving the drugs than counties where direct-to-physician […]

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Curbs Executives’ Ties to Industry After Conflict-of-Interest Scandals

This article was reported and written in collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit journalism organization. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world’s leading research institutions, announced on Friday that it would bar its top executives from serving on corporate boards of drug and health care companies that, in some cases, had paid them hundreds […]

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The People vs. Donald J. Trump

The presidential oath of office contains 35 words and one core promise: to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Since virtually the moment Donald J. Trump took that oath two years ago, he has been violating it. He has repeatedly put his own interests above those of the country. He has […]

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Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Season of Turmoil

This article was reported and written in collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit journalism organization. Hundreds of doctors packed an auditorium at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Oct. 1, deeply angered by revelations that the hospital’s top medical officer and other leaders had cultivated lucrative relationships with for-profit companies. One by one, they stood up […]

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The New Health Care: Congratulations on the Promotion. But Did Science Get a Demotion?

A number of recent news articles have brought renewed attention to financial conflicts of interest in medical science. Physicians and medical administrators had financial links to companies that went undeclared to medical journals even when they were writing on topics in which they clearly had monetary interests. Most agree such lapses damage the medical and […]

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What We Learned in 2018: Health and Medicine

It’s not easy to say that any particular development in health or medicine was the most important in a given year. But if we had to choose some highlights, we’d opt for these unforgettable events and findings. We learned many doctors do not disclose financial ties when they publish research. ImageFrom left, Douglas A. Warner […]

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Top Cancer Doctor Resigns as Editor of Medical Journal

This article was reported and written in collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit journalism organization. Dr. José Baselga, the former chief medical officer of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, resigned under pressure on Wednesday as one of the editors-in-chief of Cancer Discovery, a prominent scientific journal, after he failed to accurately disclose his conflicts of interest […]

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James Inhofe Under Fire Over Purchase of Raytheon Stock

WASHINGTON — Senator James M. Inhofe, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, came under fire on Thursday for purchasing tens of thousands of dollars of stock in a leading defense contractor just a week after he successfully lobbied the Trump administration to increase military spending. A spokeswoman for Mr. Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, […]

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Trump’s NOAA Nominee Won’t Get Senate Vote This Year

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Senate will not vote this year to confirm a new head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, lawmakers said this week. That leaves the agency responsible for understanding and predicting changes in the earth’s climate without […]

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