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Conflict of Interest

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 ...

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 ...

Industry-Funded Research: Conflict or Confluence?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2015 | 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 07.15.2015 | 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 06.18.2015 | 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 clim...

Obama: Stop Wall Street Brokers From Putting Their Interests Above Clients Saving for Retirement

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

We're not suggesting that everyone who gives retirement investment advice is taking advantage of their clients, since many advisers do act in their client's best interest. But, because the law does not require them to do so, far too many do not. That's why the President's recent action is so important.

Anna Almendrala

How The Food Industry Shapes Health Research | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Most scientists agree that added sugar -- especially in liquid form, like soda -- contributes to metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity. But you...

My Ironic Defense of Brian Williams

Cenk Uygur | Posted 04.11.2015 | Media
Cenk Uygur

People think that Brian Williams is the problem because he exaggerated a war story about Iraq? Are you kidding me? The whole war was based on a monstrous lie that almost the entire media enabled and perpetuated. That's the real problem.

The Crisis of Confidence in Medical Research

Allen Frances | Posted 03.14.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

It's been many years since I have trusted anything I read in a medical or psychiatric journal. There is an enterprise wide positive bias; findings never seem to replicate; benefits are hyped; harms are hidden.

A Witness to Corruption: The Merchants of Speed Or The Modern-Day ADHD Medicine Show

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

The timing and blatant nature of the pecuniary partnership between America's leading academic child psychiatrist and a Fortune 500 mega-corporation left me feeling sad, angry and alone. Where were other doctors, patients, the public and the press? Why weren't they speaking out about this obvious conflict of interest?

Buying a House? A Hard Look at Home Inspections

Jason Earle | Posted 08.13.2014 | HuffPost Home
Jason Earle

You've found the home of your dreams. Your offer has been accepted. Now it's time to hire a home inspector. Where do you find one? Naturally, the firs...

Crisis on the Internet: Is Everybody the Bad Guy?

Eric Mink | Posted 07.09.2014 | Media
Eric Mink

Next week, the FCC plans to propose new rules that its chairman claims will preserve the Internet as a free, fair and open communications medium for all. It seems far more likely that the rules will radically distort the medium by tilting Internet functioning even further in favor of the giant technology players.

Dumb District Attorneys

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 05.26.2014 | New York
Bennett L. Gershman

A rape trial is presently taking place in New York that ordinarily would attract little media attention except for one important fact: The defendant, Alexandru Hossu, is a close personal acquaintance of Adam Levy, the Putnam County district attorney, and Levy's conduct in connection with Hossu's case has been strange.

The Dilemma of Parallel Investigations

Michael D. Celock | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Michael D. Celock

These two investigations exist on parallel, yet vastly different planes. While both are seeking information on the same issues, the outcomes both desire are different.

Kate Sheppard

Another Firm That Evaluated Keystone Pipeline Had Ties To TransCanada | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The contractor that evaluated greenhouse gas emissions for the State Department's Keystone XL report is the latest company to come under...

The Trouble with the Trib

James Moore | Posted 04.20.2014 | Media
James Moore

The Texas Tribune has been hailed as a new journalism model to save the craft from collapse after the success of the Internet. But can a news outlet take huge donations from lobbyists and corporations and not be influenced?