Tag: Ethics and Official Misconduct

Pentagon Says It Spent $184,000 in 2 Years at Trump’s Scotland Resort

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has spent at least $184,000 at the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland since 2017, as it sent several dozen crews from flights making a refueling stopover to the resort hotel, the Pentagon said in a letter sent to congressional investigators. The spending figure from the Defense Department came after the […]

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‘I Wasn’t Asked to Do Anything Illegal,’ Lewandowski Says in Hearing

WASHINGTON — Corey Lewandowski, one of President Trump’s most loyal political confidants, confirmed in congressional testimony on Tuesday that the president had once asked him to help curtail the scope of the Russia investigation, possibly obstructing justice. But under sharp questioning from Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee conducting an impeachment inquiry, Mr. Lewandowski refused […]

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Ben Carson Is Cleared of Misconduct Over Order of $31,000 Dining Set

Department of Housing and Urban Development investigators found no evidence that Secretary Ben Carson acted improperly when he tried to buy a $31,000 dining room set for his office in 2017, according to an inspector general’s report released on Thursday. The inspector general determined that Mr. Carson and senior department staff members did not follow […]

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He Who Must Not Be Tolerated

Voldemort? Of all the terrible details of the gross fraud that the former head of the M.I.T. Media Lab, Joichi Ito, and his minions perpetrated in trying to cover up donations by Jeffrey Epstein to the high-profile tech research lab, perhaps giving a pedophile a nickname of a character in a book aimed at children […]

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Three SEAL Team Leaders Fired for Breakdowns in Discipline

Naval Special Warfare Command fired the three senior leaders of SEAL Team Seven on Friday, saying their failure in leadership caused a breakdown of good order and discipline. The top SEAL commander, Rear Adm. Collin P. Green, relieved SEAL Team Seven’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Edward Mason; the executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Luke Im; and the […]

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Pence’s Stay at Trump Hotel in Ireland and Trump’s G7 Plans Draw Democrats’ Scrutiny

House Democrats, furious over President Trump’s continued promotion of his branded properties for government business, said on Friday that they would scrutinize whether two recent cases would violate the Constitution’s ban on presidents profiting from domestic or foreign governments. Two chairmen acting in tandem sent letters to the White House, the Secret Service and the […]

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Officials Ignored ‘Clear Evidence’ of Abuse by Ohio State Doctor

Medical regulators found evidence that an Ohio State University doctor had sexually abused students but inexplicably failed to punish him, a review panel said Friday. A working group, largely made up of state and local law enforcement officials, said that “for reasons that simply cannot be determined,” the State Medical Board of Ohio’s inquiry into […]

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The G7 Summit, Brought to You by the Trump Organization

The Doral golf resort near Miami has been struggling ever since its owner, Donald Trump, kicked off his bid for the presidency. In the span of two years, its net operating income fell by almost 70 percent. Maybe that’s why what passes for presidential diplomacy these days includes this pitch, made by Mr. Trump just […]

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Military Lawyer Denied Promotion While Defending Qaeda Suspect

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Lt. Alaric A. Piette was tough enough to serve nearly seven years as a Navy SEAL. He was smart enough to go on to Georgetown University’s law school, dedicated enough to rejoin the Navy as a lawyer and […]

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Their Mothers Chose Donor Sperm. The Doctors Used Their Own.

Growing up in Nacogdoches, Tex., Eve Wiley learned at age 16 that she had been conceived through artificial insemination with donor sperm. Her mother, Margo Williams, now 65, had sought help from Dr. Kim McMorries, telling him that her husband was infertile. She asked the doctor to locate a sperm donor. He told Mrs. Williams […]

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Trudeau Violated Ethics Law in SNC-Lavalin Case, Watchdog Finds

OTTAWA — Canada’s federal ethics commissioner said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated an ethics law when he and his staff pushed the former attorney general and justice minister to settle a corruption case against a major engineering company, SNC-Lavalin. In a long-awaited report, the commissioner, Mario Dion, said Mr. Trudeau had used […]

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When de Blasio’s Daughter Moved, His Security Detail Carried the Futon

It was not so long ago when Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke eloquently about New York being a “tale of two cities,” a place where the privileged had all the advantages, and the working class and poor had none. Mr. de Blasio aimed to change that, using his office to create and expand universal prekindergarten […]

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Should Patients Be Allowed to Choose — or Refuse — Doctors by Race or Gender?

I work for a public medical system, and we have an ethics seminar each month. The last one featured an article by a doctor in one of our hospitals. She discussed patients or their families who insist on having medical providers who are some combination of straight, white, male and/or American-born. Some seminar participants thought […]

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‘We Have a Problem’: Admiral Tells Navy SEALs to Restore Discipline

The leader of the Navy’s special forces, Rear Adm. Collin P. Green, has told his command in a strongly worded letter that “we have a problem” with breakdowns in discipline among Navy SEALs “that must be addressed immediately.” The letter, dated July 25 and obtained on Thursday by The New York Times, appeared to be […]

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Ex-Corporate Lawyer’s Idea: Rein In ‘Sociopaths’ in the Boardroom

Jamie Gamble spent most of his career as a partner at the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, which counts virtually every major company in the United States — including Facebook, General Motors, Google and JPMorgan Chase — among its clients. A longtime lawyer for the insurance giant American International Group, Mr. Gamble worked alongside […]

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Federal Inquiry of Trump Friend Focused on Foreign Lobbying

WASHINGTON — As Donald J. Trump was preparing to deliver an address on energy policy in May 2016, Paul Manafort, his campaign chairman, had a question about the speech’s contents for Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a top campaign fund-raiser and close friend of Mr. Trump. “Are you running this by our friends?” Mr. Manafort asked […]

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What We Learned From Mueller’s 7 Hours on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — After months of anticipation, Robert S. Mueller III, the former special counsel, delivered nearly seven hours of dry, sometimes halting testimony before Congress on Wednesday. Republicans and Democrats sparred over his conclusions, but in back-to-back hearings, Mr. Mueller mostly reiterated the findings of his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election […]

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Daniel Callahan, 88, Dies; Bioethics Pioneer Weighed ‘Human Finitude’

Daniel Callahan, a pioneering bioethicist who grappled with issues presented by medical advances like organ transplants, prenatal diagnoses and artificial respirators, died on July 16 at a hospital in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. He was 88. His son David said the cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A leading liberal Roman Catholic thinker who eventually left […]

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Jeffrey Epstein Pitched a New Narrative. These Sites Published It.

After Jeffrey Epstein got out of the Palm Beach County jail in 2009, having served 13 months of an 18-month sentence resulting from a plea deal that has been widely criticized, he began a media campaign to remake his public image. The effort led to the publication of articles describing him as a selfless and […]

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House Votes to Kill Trump Impeachment Resolution

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday killed an attempt to impeach President Trump for statements that the chamber condemned this week as racist, turning aside an accusation that he had brought “ridicule, disgrace and disrepute” to his office. But 95 Democrats signaled their support for impeachment, while 137 opposed it — a dramatic split signaling […]

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