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‘An inherent conflict of interest’: US officials under pressure over trading

In mid-December, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, brushed off calls for legislation to ban trading by members of Congress with a throwaway comment that has come back to haunt her. “We are a free-market economy,” she told reporters at the time. “They should be able…

Harvard University Professor Convicted of Making False Statements and Tax Offenses

Dr. Charles Lieber Found Guilty of Concealing His Affiliation with the Wuhan University of Technology and His Participation in China’s Thousand Talents Program The former Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department was convicted by a federal jury today in connection with lying to federal authorities about his…

‘Conflicted Congress’: Key findings from Insider’s five-month investigation into federal lawmakers’ personal finances

The nation is unabashedly polarized. Republicans and Democrats enjoy little goodwill and less commonality. But in Washington, DC, a bipartisan phenomenon is thriving. Numerous members of Congress, both liberal and conservative, are united in their demonstrated indifference toward a law designed to quash corruption and curb conflicts-of-interest. Insider’s new investigative…

Conflicts of Interest: A Thorny Issue for Physicians and Health Leaders

What constitutes conflict of interest (COI) for physicians? In general, COI exists in a situation where a person is — or appears to be — at risk of acting in a biased way because of personal interest. Physicians who engage in paid consulting and speaking arrangements, who conduct research studies…

Big questions remain in huge Medicaid procurement

A Franklin County judge earlier this month dismissed a lawsuit over the largest public procurement in Ohio history. But important questions remain about potential corruption and conflicts of interest among key players who had a say in how the contracts were awarded. It’s unclear whether those questions will be answered.

Ireland has conflict of interest in regulating tech, says Facebook whistleblower

Ireland is under “extreme pressures” from tech giants over how they are regulated, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has said, calling for national agencies to be stripped of their powers in favour of a centralised European body. Testifying to the European Parliament, the former Facebook manager who leaked thousands of documents…

Hochul Acts to Open Up a Government Long Defined by Back-Room Deals

Gov. Kathy Hochul, under pressure from government watchdog groups, on Thursday released details of a plan to recuse herself from all matters involving Delaware North, the casino and concessions company where her husband is a top executive. The move came as part of a broader initiative by Ms. Hochul that…