Tag: Conflicts of Interest

Giant Military Contract Has a Hitch: A Little-Known Entrepreneur

Deap Ubhi is a restless guy. At 26, he quit his job in private equity in Northern California, where he had grown up and gone to college, and then moved to India to found Burrp!, a local search site similar to Yelp. He sold the company in 2009 and along with other alums became what […]

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Pentagon Opens Internal Inquiry of Acting Defense Chief’s Ties to Boeing

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s inspector general said on Wednesday that it was investigating complaints that the acting defense secretary, Patrick M. Shanahan, had been promoting his former employer, the Boeing Company, and disparaging its military contractor competitors. The investigation will examine complaints filed last week by a watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics […]

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Genoa Bridge Collapse Throws Harsh Light on Benettons’ Highway Billions

GENOA, Italy — Long before the Morandi Bridge collapsed in Genoa, Italy, last year, killing 43 people, an economics professor named Marco Ponti took aim at the private company that managed the structure, raising two fundamental concerns. One was money. Mr. Ponti argued that Autostrade per l’Italia, or Highways for […]

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Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify Next Week, Setting Stage for a High-Stakes Hearing

WASHINGTON — Michael D. Cohen has agreed to testify in public next Wednesday before Congress about his work as President Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime fixer, but lawmakers said they would limit the scope of their questioning in deference to the special counsel. The hearing next week before the House […]

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Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation Into Trump’s War on the Inquiries Around Him

WASHINGTON — President Trump has called the Russia investigation a hoax, a witch hunt and fake news. But since he has been in office, Mr. Trump has tried to end the inquiry into his campaign’s possible coordination with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, opening himself up to questions about […]

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House Opens Inquiry into Proposed U.S. Nuclear Venture in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — House Democrats said on Tuesday they would begin a full-scale inquiry into White House involvement in a proposed venture to bring nuclear power facilities to Saudi Arabia, citing whistle-blower claims that administration officials disregarded warnings that potential conflicts of interest that could put American security at risk. In […]

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Trump Chooses David Bernhardt, a Former Oil Lobbyist, to Head the Interior Dept.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday announced he would nominate David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist and current deputy chief of the Interior Department, to succeed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who resigned amid allegations of […]

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Family Ties at the Supreme Court

Let Ginni be Ginni. That was my first thought upon seeing the headline in The Times this past weekend: “Trump Meets With Hard-Right Group Led by Ginni Thomas.” Ginni Thomas — or Virginia Lamp, as I knew her years ago when she was a smart lawyer-lobbyist working for the United […]

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The Wilbur Ross Debacle

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. First, Roger Stone — the longtime adviser to President Trump — was indicted this morning on seven counts, including witness tampering and obstruction. Legal analysts and journalists are still sorting through the […]

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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 […]

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Curbs Executives’ Ties to Industry After Conflict-of-Interest Scandals

This article was reported and written in collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit journalism organization. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world’s leading research institutions, announced on Friday that it would bar its top executives from serving on corporate boards of drug and health care companies that, in some […]

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The New Health Care: Congratulations on the Promotion. But Did Science Get a Demotion?

A number of recent news articles have brought renewed attention to financial conflicts of interest in medical science. Physicians and medical administrators had financial links to companies that went undeclared to medical journals even when they were writing on topics in which they clearly had monetary interests. Most agree such […]

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N.I.H. to Scrutinize Private Donations to Scientific Research Projects

ImageCreditEric Risberg/Associated Press Six months after halting a study of moderate drinking that was underwritten by donations from the alcohol industry, the National Institutes of Health outlined a series of steps to prevent similar conflicts of interest and to safeguard the integrity of its research as well as its reputation. […]

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What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry

This article was reported and written in collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit journalism organization. One is dean of Yale’s medical school. Another is the director of a cancer center in Texas. A third is the next president of the most prominent society of cancer doctors. These leading medical figures are […]

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Can Democrats Drain Trump’s Gilded Swamp?

Democrats are now preparing to assume control of the House. This offers many possibilities for oversight and investigation. For one, the House Ways and Means Committee has the right to inspect the president’s tax returns, and Democrats are sure to swiftly call on the Treasury to hand over President Trump’s […]

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We’re Suing the Florida Governor. He Should Not Oversee His Own Election.

On Sunday, the Republican secretary of state of Arizona, Michele Reagan, did a stunning thing. She explained to America why it was taking so long to count the ballots in Arizona’s unresolved Senate race. Her explanation was thorough, sober, informative and nonpartisan. Most important, it helped foster confidence in the […]

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Mueller Inquiry Faces New Uncertainty With Skeptic Atop Justice Dept.

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, a top Justice Department official traveled across downtown Washington as he does every other week to the office of Robert S. Mueller III to check on the progress of the special counsel’s investigation. The visit was the first since President Trump installed a loyalist atop the […]

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Medicine’s Financial Contamination

The fall from grace last week of Dr. José Baselga, the former chief scientific officer of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, illuminated a longstanding problem of modern medicine: Potentially corrupting payments by drug and medical device makers to influential people at research hospitals are far more common than either side […]

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Top Cancer Researcher Fails to Disclose Corporate Financial Ties in Major Research Journals

Board of Directors ■ Aura Biosciences* (cancer startup) ■ Bristol-Myers Squibb ■ Foghorn Therapeutics (cancer startup) ■ Grail* (cancer testing startup) ■ Infinity Pharmaceuticals* (cancer startup) ■ Varian Medical Systems (radiation equipment) Scientific or Clinical Advisory Board ■ ApoGen Biotechnologies (cancer startup) ■ Aura Biosciences (cancer startup) ■ Grail (cancer […]

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Trump’s Emoluments Trap

The Foreign Emoluments Clause — specifically, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution — declares that “no Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or […]

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Ivanka Trump Shuts Down Namesake Fashion Brand

Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s eldest daughter and a top White House adviser, is shutting down her namesake fashion brand more than a year after stepping away from the company. A spokesman for Ms. Trump’s brand confirmed on Tuesday that the process of winding down the company would begin immediately, that the brand’s licensing deals would […]

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