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DC Bar Owners Sue Trump Over 'Unfair Competition'

They want him to close his new hotel or divest

(Newser) - Is it fair for local bars and restaurants in Washington, DC, to have to compete with a restaurant owned by the president of the United States in a building he leases from the federal government? Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts, owners of the Cork Wine Bar, think not, and they'... More »

Mar-a-Lago Doubles Its Initiation Fee to $200K

Ethics experts call it 'unacceptable,' 'naked profiteering'

(Newser) - Want to join the ranks of those allowed into Donald Trump's "winter White House"? You'll have to double what you would've spent in 2016 for a Mar-a-Lago membership fee, which was increased Jan. 1 from $100,000 to $200,000, sources "close to the... More »

Leak Reveals Another Tillerson-Russia Tie

He headed Exxon's Russian subsidiary

(Newser) - Documents leaked to a German newspaper have revealed that Rex Tillerson has even stronger ties to Russia than first thought, the Guardian reports. The ExxonMobil CEO spent years as a director of Exxon Neftegas, Exxon's Russian subsidiary based in the Bahamas for tax purposes, according to corporate documents leaked... More »

Growing List of Nations Tied to Trump's 'Empire'

Meaning lots of potential for conflicts of interest, per 'NYT'

(Newser) - With more than 100 companies with business interests around the world , Donald Trump has attracted the attention of ethics experts, who contend his possible conflicts of interest are "unprecedented" for a modern-day US president. Now the New York Times offers a closer look at some of these global projects... More »

Trump Has Potential Conflicts of Interest in 18 Countries

He has at least 111 companies to distance himself from

(Newser) - Donald Trump has a web of international business interests with few rivals in American history, let alone presidential history, warn ethics experts getting ready to take on a Trump presidency. According to a Washington Post analysis, at least 111 Trump companies have business interests in 18 countries and territories, including... More »

Another 'Unprecedented' First for Trump & Co.

Donald's campaign has paid out $8.2M to his family businesses

(Newser) - The word "unprecedented" has been used many times in association with Donald Trump's presidential run, and now Politico has another to add to the list. The site found the GOP nominee's campaign has paid $8.2 million out to his own family's businesses, or about 7%... More »

Dems Facepalm Over AG's Meeting With Bill Clinton

Loretta Lynch is heading federal probe into Hillary Clinton's email woes

(Newser) - As the FBI and Justice Department probe the Hillary Clinton email saga , two people who probably shouldn't have met did just that Monday. Bill Clinton was waiting to depart Phoenix's airport when Attorney General Loretta Lynch landed for a community event—and so Clinton ambled across the tarmac... More »

Clinton Foundation: We're Keeping Foreign Donors

But the list has narrowed to 6 countries to try to avoid conflict of interest

(Newser) - Just days after officially joining the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton already has a thorn in her side: her family's own organization. In an effort to mitigate a possible conflict of interest with Clinton's candidacy, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation announced in a summary out today... More »

Icahn: eBay Brass Should Resign Out of 'Pure Decency'

Investor accuses board of improprieties

(Newser) - EBay's board is so rife with conflicts of interest that Carl Icahn penned a scathing open letter today, escalating his campaign to force the online auctioneer to spin off PayPal. Icahn bought a 2% stake in eBay last month, and had been preparing to fight for two board seats,... More »

Nuts Make You Live Longer*

*Says study funded by nut industry

(Newser) - If you like snacking on nuts, a team of Harvard researchers has some very good news: That might just make you less likely to die. Well, OK, so technically everyone is 100% likely to die, but in a study of 118,000 people, those who ate a serving of nuts... More »

Big Pharma Paid for Seat at FDA Advisory Table

Gave up to $25K per meeting on painkiller safety

(Newser) - Drug companies shelled out in a big way to get a seat at meetings between the FDA and an advisory panel, paying up to $25,000 per meeting, the Washington Post reports based on hundreds of emails. The panel, which was funded by the money, helped the FDA evaluate painkiller... More »

Rice Stands to Profit From Keystone XL

She's heavily invested in TransCanada, would make call as secretary of state

(Newser) - Just when you thought Susan Rice's rumored secretary of state candidacy couldn't get any more contentious, OnEarth has spotted documents indicating that the ambassador currently holds stock valued between $300,000 and $600,000 in TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline. Indeed, about a third of... More »

Judge Kicks Toronto Mayor Out of Office

Rob Ford vows to fight ruling 'tooth and nail'

(Newser) - An Ontario judge ordered Toronto Mayor Rob Ford removed from office today, over an alleged violation of conflict of interest rules. Judge Charles Hackland gave Ford 14 days to vacate the position, acknowledging that the shakeup "will necessitate administrative changes" for Toronto, the CBC reports, but Ford says he'... More »

73 in Congress Sponsored Bills, Reaped Rewards

Lawmakers sought legislation from which they benefited

(Newser) - From a PBS exec's husband who defended the station's funding to a congressman who sought tax breaks for racehorse owners before buying seven horses: A Washington Post investigation finds 73 members of Congress who have recently sponsored or co-sponsored bills that help industries to which they have personal... More »

Congress Riddled With Insider Trading

Study find 1-in-8 Congress trades pose potential conflict of interest

(Newser) - The Washington Post has pored over the 45,000 stock transactions made by members of Congress between 2007 and 2010, in a mammoth investigation into just how bad the government's insider trading problem is. The result—130 members of Congress or their families bought and sold up to $218... More »

WSJ Reporter Resigns Over Affair With Obama Nominee

Gina Chon shared information with Brett McGurk while he was security adviser in Iraq

(Newser) - A Wall Street Journal reporter has resigned after flirty emails were published online exposing an affair with an American official she was covering in Iraq. Gina Chon had a 2008 affair with Brett McGurk, who's currently President Obama's nominee for US ambassador to Iraq. Both McGurk and Chon... More »

Walters Sorry for Trying to Score Job for Assad Aide

She tried to help Syrian leader's media adviser find job, university place

(Newser) - Barbara Walters has apologized for trying to find a job and a spot at an Ivy League university for one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's aides. Emails obtained by the Telegraph reveal that the veteran ABC journalist struck up an ill-advised friendship with Assad media adviser Sheherazed Jaafari as... More »

Trayvon Martin Case Gets New Judge

Original one steps aside over conflict of interest

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's defense team got its wish : The judge assigned to the case has recused herself over a conflict of interest, reports AP . Judge Jessica Recksiedler's husband works with Mark NeJame, who is being paid by CNN to comment on the case. NeJame also turned down a request... More »

Zimmerman Wants New Trial Judge

Trayvon Martin shooter not happy with Judge Recksiedler

(Newser) - The neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing an unarmed black teenager in Florida asked a judge in the case to step down today after she revealed a potential conflict of interest. George Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, filed the request and said Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler revealed the potential... More »

Romney Won't Say Where His Money Is

Confidentiality agreement allows him to keep Bain holdings vague

(Newser) - What companies is Mitt Romney invested in? Your guess is as good as the Office of Government Ethic's. Romney's money is largely parked in 48 Bain Capital accounts, and because those accounts are all protected by confidentiality agreements, he's not required to disclose any of their underlying... More »

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