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Buying a House? A Hard Look at Home Inspections

Jason Earle | Posted 06.16.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

Kate Sheppard

Keystone Analysts' Ties To TransCanada Still Drawing Fire

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An environmental group is again hammering the contractor that created last Friday's environmental impact analysis for the proposed Keyst...

Holding Psychiatry to a Much Higher Ethical Standard

Allen Frances | Posted 03.24.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Psychiatry is a noble and essential calling that should not be judged by the faltering incompetence of the American Psychiatric Association. We need to rectify the mistakes of the past if we are to establish the much needed higher standards for the future.

Divorce Corp.: Documentary Paints Horrific Picture of Intimidation, Collusion, and Excessive Billing in Family Courts

Paul Raeburn | Posted 03.12.2014 | Divorce
Paul Raeburn

The film reminds us that divorce is expensive and can lead to years-long fights over alimony, child support, and custody; that's not surprising. Many of us have been through that process or watched family members go through it. What is shocking in this film is the depiction of lawlessness in the family courts.

Under Amazon's CIA Cloud: The Washington Post

Norman Solomon | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

News media should illuminate conflicts of interest, not embody them. But the owner of the Washington Post is now doing big business with the Central Intelligence Agency, while readers of the newspaper's CIA coverage are left in the dark.

Once Again! Should a Nonprofit CEO Be a Voting Member of the Board of Directors?

Eugene Fram | Posted 02.07.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

BoardSource, a professional governance organization, reports that this question is one of the most frequently asked. Google reports five million citat...

Conflict of Interest Confound the Negative Views of Hawaii GMO bills

Hector Valenzuela | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Hector Valenzuela

Over the past year in Hawaii, County Council bills were drafted in response to community concerns about the planting of GM crops. In response, the agrochemical industry brought a number of 'hired guns' from out-of-state to paint a rosier picture of the GMO industry.

No Conflict: Transparency and Morals

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

considerable evidence suggests that mandatory disclosure can backfire, harming rather than helping the consumer. Consumers don't act on such information, and advisors -- feeling morally licensed by their righteous act -- actually become more biased in dispensing advice.

Kate Sheppard

'No Reason' To Believe Keystone XL Environmental Report In State Department Documents

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.25.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -– State Department documents released to an environmental group are raising new questions about the hiring of a government contractor to...

Kate Sheppard

Keystone XL Decision Likely Delayed Until 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics

A decision on the fate of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will likely be delayed until after the release of an inspector general investigation into ...

Lessons I Learned From My Parents: Part IV

Mark Baer | Posted 10.26.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The next lesson I learned was that the concept of the 'evil stepmother' developed for good reason. Unfortunately, there is an inherent conflict of interest between a new spouse and children from a prior marriage or relationship.

Maintaining the Integrity of Corporate Internal Investigations

Michael D. Celock | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business
Michael D. Celock

If anything the investigation has opened the Board and his firm to potential embarrassment and ridicule. Quite frankly, he never should have accepted the assignment and placing himself and the firm in a no-win situation.

Weiner's Wife Enjoyed Plum Arrangement While At State

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

Huma Abedin, longtime friend of the Clintons and wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, enjoyed an arrangement to work as an adviser in the State Departm...

Did Time Magazine Offer Favorable Coverage to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center?

Paul Raeburn | Posted 06.05.2013 | Media
Paul Raeburn

Did Time promise M.D. Anderson favorable coverage in return for buying the ad? Both Time and M.D. Anderson told me that did not happen. But there are reasons to be suspicious.

You Follow Advice Despite Conflicts of Interest

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Art Markman, Ph.D.

An adviser's job is to help you get what you want. Yet, when your advisers have a reason to recommend something that is better for them than it is for you, there is still a desire to help them out at your own expense.

The Chemical Industry's Political Machinations

Michael Green | Posted 05.18.2013 | Green
Michael Green

Based on an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, the Newshour showed how the chemical industry manipulates science, bullies independent researchers, and undermines regulations that would protect children and families from harmful chemicals.

In the Shadow of John Dalli's Case, a New Scandal?

Gilles Pargneaux | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Gilles Pargneaux

This unprecedented case must lead to the question: Why? What are the motives of the European Commission and who stands to benefit from these protracted procedures and refusals?

DSM-5 Field Trials Discredit the American Psychiatric Association

Allen Frances | Posted 12.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The DSM-5 field trial fiasco and its attempted cover-up is more proof (if any were needed) that APA has lost its competence and credibility as custodian for DSM.

Romney's Other Credibility Problem: Glenn Hubbard

Charles Ferguson | Posted 12.27.2012 | Business
Charles Ferguson

There is a scandal in Mitt Romney's campaign -- namely Glenn Hubbard, Romney's chief economic advisor, who was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under George W. Bush, and is now Dean of Columbia Business School. First, Hubbard has an abysmal track record in economic policy, including the very issues that Romney has made the pillar of his presidential campaign. Second, like Romney, Hubbard refuses to disclose critical information about his income, conflicts of interest, and paid advocacy activities. Third, both in public statements and in my personal experience, Hubbard has been evasive, misleading, and even dishonest when discussing both policy issues and his own conflicts of interest. And last but not least, those conflicts of interest are huge: Hubbard has long advocated policies that Wall Street loves, often without disclosing that he is, in fact, highly paid by Wall Street.

For Every Yin, the Media Has a Yang

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 11.28.2012 | Media
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

Is it really a good thing for journalism to expect reporters to be empty vessels simply reiterating information from others? This defeats the very purpose of media as fourth estate, as a watchdog of the powers that be.