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Conflict of Interest

Trump's Economic Plan Would Protect His Wall Street Adviser's Ugly Activity

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Back on July 18, Donald Trump’s campaign announced that it was backing a major Wall Street overhaul. Reinstating the Glass-Steagall A...

Will SCOTUS Apply Its Ruling On Political Corruption To Itself?

Jamie Court | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Jamie Court

In light of the ruling in McDonnell v. United States, eroding conflict of interest laws and claiming violations of specific standards are necessary for proving abuse of public trust, shouldn't the Supreme Court set specific standards for itself?

Is CNN In Trump's Pocket Now?

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

The June 23 Erin Burnett show on CNN (6pm, CDT) welcomed Corey Lewandowski as a new CNN "political analyst", the same Corey Lewandowski that was fired a couple of days earlier as Donald J. Trump's campaign manager.

"The Most Corrupt Politician in DC?"

Pete Tucker | Posted 06.17.2016 | DC
Pete Tucker

In other states officials go to jail for serious conflicts of interest. In D.C. Jack Evans is cruising unopposed to reelection.

Some Go to Jail - Not Jack Evans

Pete Tucker | Posted 06.06.2016 | DC
Pete Tucker

In New York, two top legislators will soon be reporting to prison. Virginia's former governor is trying to avoid two years behind bars. Meanwhile in D...

FAQs for Hearing Aids

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 05.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Janice S. Lintz

It is really hard to tell what you cannot hear. The people around you may have noticed that you are responding incorrectly to questions and increasing the volume on the television or phone. A hearing test is non-invasive and painless.

Hard-Working Americans Who Play By The Rules Deserve Retirement Security

Cory Booker | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Cory Booker

It's long past time for consumer protections to catch up to modern realities. For something as important as a family's retirement savings, there's no reason the retirement services industry shouldn't be held to a standard like that of other professions handling such serious matters.

Who Paid You to Say That, Doc?

Jeff Peterson | Posted 03.10.2016 | Science
Jeff Peterson

Guest post by Armando Alvarez. Armando is a 2nd year MD/MPH student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is passionate about child...

Suggestions for Executives When Your Employer is Under Government Investigation

Brad Reid | Posted 02.10.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

Civil law and criminal law overlap so that a given situation may involve both the possibility of an administrative agency civil action involving a fin...

Pesticides, Monsanto, Biased Scientists or the News Media. Which One Scares You Most?

David Ropeik | Posted 02.10.2016 | Green
David Ropeik

There is a lot to worry about in all of this. Glyphosate may be harmful to human or environmental health, although it has replaced pesticides that were known to be far more toxic to farm workers and the environment, a fact which none of the stories mention.

Chief Justice Roberts Made 'Human Error' In Overlooking Conflict Of Interest

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics

Earlier this year, a Supreme Court justice took action in a case where he had an unintended conflict of interest. Actually, that happened twice this y...

Coke Would Like The World To Buy The Idea That Soda Is Healthy

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- A nonprofit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke has no influence on its work. But emails obtained b...

Auditor Conflict of Interest

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Joseph B. Kadane

The partner in charge of an audit of a client company has two functions; (1) as boss of the auditors who will check the company's records to ensure the accuracy of its accounting statements, (2) to manage the relationship between the auditing firm and its client, the management and audit committee of the board of directors.

These Democrats Are Doing Wall Street's Bidding

Micah Hauptman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Micah Hauptman

Most Democrats appear to see through the industry's cynical ploy and fully understand that it is spending these vast sums out of pure self-interest, not out of genuine concern for low- and moderate-income families. However, some Democrats want to stop the rulemaking.

Will House Dems Quietly Derail the DOL Rule They Publicly Defended?

Barbara Roper | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

Earlier this week, House Democrats mounted a strong stand against legislation from Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) aimed at killing the Department of Labor's conflict of interest rule by subjecting it to indefinite delays.

A Matter of Trust: Slowing Wall Street's Revolving Door

Craig Holman | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Craig Holman

The financial crisis came primarily from a revolving-door dance between two groups: Wall Street itself, and the government regulators overseeing Wall Street. Over the last decade, these two groups have increasingly become the same people.

We Must Not Allow Scare Tactics to Derail the Conflict-of-Interest Rule

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

In objecting to our op-ed on the importance of ensuring that financial advisors place their clients' best interest ahead of their personal profits, Dirk Kempthorne, the President and CEO of the American Council for Life Insurers, offers a misleading argument, built on a large, incorrectly cited number.

Litan Plays Victim Unconvincingly

Barbara Roper | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

Litan seeks to paint himself as the victim, but the real victim here is objective scholarship. Not to mention the millions of working families and retirees who would be left without meaningful protections when they turn to financial professionals for retirement investment advice.

President Trump Won't Have To Tell CEO Trump 'You're Fired'

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.11.2015 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON -- When or if President Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017, he might not settle for just being the guy in the Oval O...

Industry-Funded Research: Conflict or Confluence?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The great public health imbroglio disclosed over recent weeks, in which widely, highly-regarded scientists were found to be running on Coca-Cola fundi...

Slowing the Wall Street-Washington Revolving Door

Craig Holman | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Craig Holman

Our nation has finally climbed out of a devastating financial crisis. Unless we establish effective safeguards against regulatory capture, we could very well plunge over the brink once again.

Changing the Behavior of the 99 Percent

Barbara Roper | Posted 06.18.2016 | Business
Barbara Roper

DOL thinks it isn't enough to give lip service to a best interest standard. You also have to change the common industry practices that work against that goal. And that, of course, is why industry finds the DOL rule so threatening.

Don't Make This Mistake With Your Retirement Assets

Teresa Ghilarducci | Posted 05.25.2015 | Money
Teresa Ghilarducci

The scary thing about conflicted advice is that it's legal, friendly and presents itself as free. Follow three simple rules -- find a fiduciary, pay a fee and avoid rolling over funds to an IRA. Don't make one of the costliest investments mistakes: using a conflicted advisor.

Climate Academic Probed by Congress Falsely Charges Colleagues With Conflict of Interest

Jonathan G. Koomey, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
Jonathan G. Koomey, Ph.D.

Professor Roger J. Pielke, Jr. recently compared many widely-published energy and climate experts with Dr. Wei-Hock Soon, the subject of recent media attention for failing to follow conflict of interest (COI) rules at some scientific journals. There is no comparison whatsoever, and we ask Dr. Pielke to retract his accusations and apologize.

'Green News Report' -- February 24, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: VETOED: Obama nixes Keystone XL pipeline bill; EXPOSED: prominent climat...