Tag: Corruption (Institutional)

Who Do Jared and Ivanka Think They Are?

Many high achievers, particularly women and people of color, suffer from impostor syndrome, the fear that they don’t belong in the rarefied realm to which they’ve ascended and that they will soon be found out. Even Michelle Obama, who is, according to a Gallup poll conducted last year, the most admired woman in America, has […]

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How to Challenge Albany’s Corrupt Culture

Good government has never found a home in Albany because so many of the people who’ve run New York’s state government have liked things just the way they’ve always been. Now some of them are uncomfortable because a proposal before the Legislature would make it easier for independent candidates to challenge this old guard and […]

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He Played a President on Ukrainian TV. Now He Wants the Real Thing.

KIEV, Ukraine — Before he decided to run for the presidency of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky played a president in a television series called “Servant of the People,” about a schoolteacher whose speech about corruption goes viral on YouTube and propels him to office. If opinion polls in Ukraine are even close to accurate, Mr. Zelensky, […]

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In Slovakia, Unlikely Presidential Candidate Signals a Backlash Against Populism

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — During the final debate before Saturday’s presidential election in Slovakia, the men were arguing, but the only woman onstage, Zuzana Caputova, looked on calmly. Stefan Harabin, the former justice minister and a champion of ethnic nationalism, accused Muslim migrants of “killing and raping European women in Germany and France” and claimed his […]

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Slovak Businessman Charged With Ordering Murder of Journalist Jan Kuciak

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — A few months before his murder, Jan Kuciak received a disturbing phone call from one of Slovakia’s most prominent businessmen. Mr. Kuciak had written more than a dozen articles about the businessman, Marian Kocner, outlining a pattern of corrupt dealings made possible by his connections with the police and prosecutors. Mr. Kocner, […]

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The College Bribery Scandal and the Uberization of Graft

“There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy,” said Andrew Lelling, the United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts, announcing charges in a sprawling scheme in which dozens of rich parents are accused of bribing their kids’ way into prestigious American colleges. “And I’ll add there will not be a separate […]

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Feature: The Tragedy of Baltimore

On April 27, 2015, Shantay Guy was driving her 13-year-old son home across Baltimore from a doctor’s appointment when something — a rock, a brick, she wasn’t sure what — hit her car. Her phone was turned off, so she had not realized that protests and violence had broken out in the city that afternoon, […]

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The Massage Parlor Owner and Mar-a-Lago

Even if you’re an avid follower of the news, it’s hard to keep track of Donald Trump’s scandals. The president’s singular governing innovation has been to engage in grift so baroque, so galactically expansive, that trying to comprehend it all at once tests the limit of the human mind. Revelations that would have been shocking […]

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Only One Roadblock on the Road to Reform: Mitch McConnell

With the conspicuous perversion of the political system on daily display, congressional Democrats are eager to brand themselves the party of reform. They took another step in this direction on Friday, when the House voted 234-to-193 — along straight party lines — to pass the For the People Act, a sweeping package of proposals aimed […]

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Venezuela Blackout, in 2nd Day, Threatens Food Supplies and Patient Lives

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela ground to a halt Friday as a national power blackout entered its second day, stalling public transportation, decimating already scarce food supplies, crippling the vital oil industry and threatening the lives of thousands of chronic patients. A failure at the Guri hydropower plant, which provides the bulk of Venezuela’s electricity, has […]

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House to Vote on Democrats’ Legislative Centerpiece

WASHINGTON — The House will vote on Friday on the centerpiece of the Democrats’ legislative agenda, a sweeping anticorruption and voting rights bill that now features a raft of amendments — including implicit rebukes of President Trump. At nearly 700 pages, the bill — called the For the People Act, or H.R. 1 — is […]

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Justin Trudeau Cites ‘Erosion of Trust’ Over Case That Became Political Crisis

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada said on Thursday that a dispute with his former justice minister that has ballooned into a political crisis came from a breakdown in trust and communication. “I was not aware of that erosion of trust, and as prime minister and head of cabinet, I should have been,” […]

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Justin Trudeau Cites ���Erosion of Trust��� Over Case That Became Political Crisis

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada said on Thursday that a dispute with his former justice minister that has ballooned into a political crisis came from a breakdown in trust and communication. “I was not aware of that erosion of trust, and as prime minister and head of cabinet, I should have been,” […]

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Canadian Politics Aren’t Cute. They’re Corrupt.

CALGARY, Alberta — There is a particularly quaint element to Canada — our smallness, our politeness, our insularity — that makes many people, including many Canadians, assume the best about our country and ourselves. As if these qualities make us inherently purer than other, more populous countries. It’s true that Canadians are a trusting, generous […]

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The Trump Musical: ‘Anything Goes’

Goodness knows I’m loath to write anything these days that would feed Donald Trump’s ego. But this time it’s unavoidable. There is a new global political era emerging that, while not entirely attributable to Trump, his party and his administration, they’ve surely played a huge role in fostering. A variety of analysts have now given […]

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Trump’s TV Trial

In 1983, the married sociologists Gladys Engel Lang and Kurt Lang published “The Battle for Public Opinion,” a book that sought to explain how Americans, in less than two years, went from overwhelmingly re-electing Richard Nixon to largely supporting his impeachment. The Watergate scandal, after all, wasn’t a complete surprise. There was evidence of a […]

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Editorial Observer: Oversight Season Is Heating Up in Washington

If you thought the past two years of inquiries into possible misbehavior by Trumpworld were brutal, brace yourself. Phase 2 is about to heat up. On Monday, the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee announced a wide-ranging inquiry into “the alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption and other abuses of power by President Trump, his associates and […]

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How Justin Trudeau Was Ensnared by Scandal: A Corruption Case and ‘Veiled Threats’

Four years ago, Justin Trudeau rose to Canada’s highest office as the second-youngest prime minister in the country’s history, promising “sunny ways” and a new era of honest government, equal representation and liberalism. Now, Mr. Trudeau is entangled in a scandal involving allegations that his office pressured his justice minister to settle a criminal case […]

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Trudeau Promised a Fresh Approach to Politics. Now He’s Embroiled in Scandal.

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada promised a fresh approach to politics, one that was based on openness, decency and liberalism. Now he is embroiled in a scandal involving accusations of back-room deal-making and bullying tactics, all to support a Canadian company accused of bribing the Libyan government when it was run by […]

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Will Netanyahu Be Indicted? The Pressure’s on This Man to Decide

When Avichai Mandelblit was being considered for the post of Israeli attorney general, the selection committee had a question: If there was enough evidence, would he prosecute the man who was then his boss, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Mr. Mandelblit did not hesitate, according to a person involved in the vetting process. Yes, he said. […]

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