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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 »

Sandusky Gets New Judge

And this time, it's not one connected to his charity

(Newser) - District Judge Leslie Dutchot is off the Jerry Sandusky case, after a public outcry over her ties to Sandusky’s charity for troubled kids, the New York Daily News reports. She’ll be replaced by an out-of-county judge who "has no known connections with the Pennsylvania State University, the... More »

Cantor Has Up to $15K Bet on Government Default

It's just a teeny tiny conflict of interest, Jonathan Easley argues

(Newser) - As Eric Cantor last week negotiated an increase in the federal debt ceiling, he had between $1,000 and $15,000 invested in a fund that aggressively shorts US bonds, according to his latest financial disclosure statement. If Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling and the US defaults, the... More »

Board: Ex-Buffett Lieutenant Broke Law, Duped Boss

Berkshire board issues scathing report on Sokol dealings

(Newser) - Warren Buffett's former heir apparent David Sokol misled his boss and violated insider-trading rules when he bought shares in Lubrizol and then recommended Berkshire Hathaway buy it , Berkshire's board has concluded. A scathing report from the board portrays Buffett as a victim of Sokol's deception and says... More »

In Buffett Heir Apparent's Past: More Shadiness

Critics come out of the woodwork for ousted Berkshire exec

(Newser) - David Sokol’s sudden resignation —and the scandal that accompanied it—shocked the business world last week, but this isn’t the first time Warren Buffett’s ex-heir apparent's ethics have been questioned. Just last year, a judge rebuked Sokol for accounting irregularities at MidAmerican Energy, the company he... More »

On NBC News, Not a Peep About GE Tax Story

But reps say that has nothing to do with the fact that GE is parent company

(Newser) - The GE tax avoidance story was kind of a big one—so why wasn't it covered on NBC News when it broke on Friday ... or on Saturday or Sunday or Monday? Critics were quick to point out that GE is NBC's parent company, but representatives insist that had nothing to... More »

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