Latest Political ethics News

The Latest: Officer in chokehold death case is 'gratified'

Jul. 16, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the decision not to bring civil rights charges in the death of Eric Garner (all times local): 2:15 p.m. A lawyer says New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo (pan-tuh-LAY'-oh) is "gratified" that the Justice Department carefully reviewed his case rather than what he calls the...

Official: Fixation with gay activities dents US moral core

Jul. 16, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Secretary of State and Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Merrill says the country is losing its moral core because of its preoccupation with "homosexual activities" and wife swap TV shows. Merrill is running for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Doug Jones....

GAO: EPA skirted procedures in overhaul of science boards

Jul. 15, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency skirted some of its usual procedures and ethics rules when it overhauled key agency advisory boards, slashing the numbers of academic scientists on the panels and appointing more industry figures, the Government Accountability Office said Monday. Senate...

Biden cancer nonprofit suspends operations indefinitely

Jul. 15, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nonprofit foundation set up by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that relied on health care world partnerships to speed a cure for cancer has suspended its operations, it announced Monday. The Biden Cancer Initiative's sudden move to cease its activities comes two years after...

Burgum, Senate leaders trim ethics panel finalists to 12

Jul. 12, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and Senate leaders have chosen a dozen finalists for a voter-approved ethics commission. Nearly 70 people applied to serve on the five-member panel to oversee the conduct of legislators, statewide officials, candidates and lobbyists. Burgum,...

Warren pitches executive orders on race and gender pay gap

Jul. 5, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

Democratic 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren says that if elected president she would sign executive orders aimed at addressing the wage and employment leadership gap for women of color, punishing companies and contractors with historically poor records on diversity and equality by denying them contracts with the...

Trump asks Americans to 'stay true to our cause'

Jul. 4, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated the story of America as "the greatest political journey in human history" in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy but cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to...

Trump vows July 4 'show of a lifetime' as protesters gather

Jul. 3, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A reality TV host at heart, President Donald Trump is promising the "show of a lifetime" for the hundreds of thousands of revelers who flock to the National Mall every year on the Fourth of July. The tanks are in place for the display of military muscle and protesters are ready to make...

Ethics panel reviews GOP lawmaker's tweet at ex-Trump lawyer

Jun. 28, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee is investigating whether a Florida congressman tried to intimidate Michael Cohen before the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump testified to Congress about Trump. Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is a two-term lawmaker who has been one of Trump's most...

Wealthy donation to state raises concerns about transparency

Jun. 27, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — So excited about a pledge of $100 million for public education from Barbara and Ray Dalio, founder of the world's largest hedge fund, Connecticut state officials agreed to add $100 million in taxpayer money, along with some concessions that have raised concerns over transparency. At...