Tag: Ethics and Official Misconduct

New Election Ordered in North Carolina Race at Center of Fraud Inquiry

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina election authorities on Thursday ordered a new contest for Congress in the state’s Ninth District after the Republican candidate, confronted by days of evidence that his campaign underwrote an illegal get-out-the-vote effort, abandoned his defense and called for a new vote. The unanimous ruling by the North Carolina State […]

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North Carolina Republican at Center of Fraud Inquiry Calls for New Election

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina whose campaign is at the center of a fraud inquiry, on Thursday called for a new election. “I believe a new election should be called,” Mr. Harris told the North Carolina State Board of Elections on Thursday, the fourth day of a […]

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Vatican Hopes Meeting on Child Sex Abuse Will Be a Turning Point

VATICAN CITY — In the decades since the crisis of clerical sexual abuse of children first exploded, the Roman Catholic church has struggled to resolve a scourge that has eroded its credibility, driven away the faithful and stained its priests, bishops, cardinals and popes. On Monday, as the Vatican prepared for a meeting that will […]

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How Does New York City Solve a Problem Like Rubén Díaz?

Rubén Díaz Sr.’s decades-long history of insensitive comments toward the gay community has made him no stranger to controversy. Mr. Díaz, a Pentecostal minister and former state senator from the Bronx, has been receiving and ignoring calls for his resignation since at least 1994. So it was no surprise that Mr. Díaz held his ground […]

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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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Top Leader at Interior Dept. Pushes a Policy Favoring His Former Client

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — As a lobbyist and lawyer, David Bernhardt fought for years on behalf of a group of California farmers to weaken Endangered Species Act protections for a finger-size fish, the delta smelt, to gain access to irrigation water. As […]

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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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National Australia Bank Chiefs to Resign in Wake of Damaging Report

SYDNEY, Australia — The two top executives at one of Australia’s largest banks will depart after a damning report on misconduct in the country’s financial industry singled them out for their resistance to changing how they do business. National Australia Bank said on Thursday that Andrew Thorburn, its chief executive, and Ken Henry, its chairman, […]

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U.S. Opens Inquiry Into Handling of Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Abuse Case

The Justice Department said Wednesday that it had opened an investigation into a 2007 plea deal negotiated by a prosecutor who is now a member of President Trump’s cabinet that kept the financier Jeffrey E. Epstein from facing federal charges related to accusations that he molested dozens of underage girls. The inquiry came in response […]

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St. Louis Prosecutor Accuses Police of Obstructing Inquiry Into Killing of Officer

The top prosecutor in St. Louis has accused the city’s Police Department of obstructing the investigation into the killing of an officer whose death last week was originally described as an accident that happened while she was playing Russian roulette with a colleague. Officer Katlyn Alix was shot in the chest and killed last Thursday […]

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White House Memo: The Many Ways to Leave the White House

WASHINGTON — In an interview on Monday on “Good Morning America,” Cliff Sims, a former White House aide promoting a tell-all book about life inside the West Wing, wanted to make clear that he had left his job on his own terms. Anticipating pushback from the White House, he told George Stephanopoulos, the host, that […]

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Bribes Like ‘Monopoly Money’ Were Given to South Africa’s Leaders, Panel Hears

Cash bribes were called “monopoly money,” and handed out to high-ranking members of South Africa’s governing party on monthly retainers. When that payoff wasn’t enough, $22,000 was stuffed into a Louis Vuitton handbag and delivered to a close ally of the president at the time. That sent the recipient “over the moon,” according to Angelo […]

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Hospitals Are Asking Their Own Patients to Donate Money

Nonprofit hospitals across the United States are seeking donations from the people who rely on them most: their patients. Many hospitals conduct nightly wealth screenings — using software that culls public data such as property records, contributions to political campaigns and other charities — to gauge which patients are most likely to be the source […]

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Carlos Ghosn Is Denied Bail as Jail Stint Looks to Continue

TOKYO — For the second time in a week, a Japanese court has rejected a bail request by Carlos Ghosn, the former global auto chieftain who has spent more than two months in a Tokyo jail. A Japanese judge, after reviewing a request from Mr. Ghosn’s lawyers in which he offered to pay for private […]

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Scientist Who Edited Babies’ Genes Is Likely to Face Charges in China

HONG KONG — A Chinese scientist who claimed to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies “seriously violated” state regulations, according to the results of an initial government investigation reported on Monday by Chinese state media. The investigators’ findings indicate that the scientist, He Jiankui, and his collaborators are likely to face criminal charges. […]

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John Coughlin, Figure Skating Champion, Dies of Apparent Suicide After Suspension

John Coughlin, an American pairs figure skating champion, died at 33 in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, one day after he had been suspended from the sport. “My wonderful, strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today,” his sister, Angela Laune, wrote in a Facebook post on Friday night. The police […]

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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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Mitsubishi Accuses Carlos Ghosn of Taking a Secret $9 Million Payment

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Motors has joined Nissan in accusing Carlos Ghosn of financial wrongdoing, saying on Friday that he secretly received compensation of 7.8 million euros, or almost $9 million, from a joint venture of the two automakers. Osamu Masuko, Mitsubishi’s chief executive, told reporters in Tokyo that the automaker was considering suing Mr. Ghosn, […]

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French Government Calls for Carlos Ghosn to Be Replaced as Renault’s Leader

PARIS — For nearly three months, as its chairman and chief executive, Carlos Ghosn, remained jailed in Tokyo on allegations of financial misconduct, the French carmaker Renault stood by him. But with Mr. Ghosn now facing the prospect of being detained for an extended period after a Tokyo court on Tuesday rejected his bail request, […]

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Democrats Start Investigative Gears, but Slowly

WASHINGTON — Democrats, transitioning into the House majority, have quietly sent dozens of letters in recent weeks seeking documents and testimony from President Trump’s businesses, his campaign and his administration, setting the table for investigations that could reach the center of his presidency. Clear targets have emerged in the process, and some others appear to […]

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