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  • Are Trump&CO promoting the denouement of business ethics?

    03/13/2017 5:02:29 AM PDT · by Bodega · 16 replies
    Quartz ^ | 1/13/2017 | Max de Haldevang, Heather Timmons
    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act supports America’s fight against international business bribes and corporate favors. Intended to promote American business and foreign-policy ideals around the world, and give US companies a tool to battle corruption abroad, it has also helped other countries crack down on bribery, and has extracted billions of dollars in fines. The FCPA makes it illegal for US companies and people working abroad to engage in corrupt acts such as bribing officials. It bans foreign firms and people from doing the same in the US. American companies must keep accurate, transparent records and not hide payments in...
  • Preet Bharara leaves a legacy of ethics enforcement in New York that future attorneys should match

    03/11/2017 5:02:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/11/2017 | Errol Louis
    A man of his word, Preet Bharara ran afoul of a President who is a shameless, inveterate fabulist. In November, shortly after the election, Bharara met with then President-elect Donald Trump and his senior adviser, Jeff Sessions, who is now Attorney General. After the sitdown, Bharara told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower that Trump and Sessions had given assurances he could remain U.S. attorney of the Southern District. Weeks later, to the surprise of absolutely no one, it turns out Trump's word, like the signage on his buildings, was made of cheap, bendable brass rather than valuable gold....
  • New bill would let companies force workers to get genetic tests, share results

    03/10/2017 10:00:17 AM PST · by tekrat · 45 replies
    ARS Technica ^ | 3/10/2017 | BETH MOLE
    It’s hard to imagine a more sensitive type of personal information than your own genetic blueprints. With varying degrees of accuracy, the four-base code can reveal bits of your family’s past, explain some of your current traits and health, and may provide a glimpse into your future with possible conditions and health problems you could face. And that information doesn’t just apply to you but potentially your blood relatives, too.Most people would likely want to keep the results of genetic tests highly guarded—if they want their genetic code deciphered at all. But, as STAT reports, a new bill that is...
  • Did a Big Law Attorney Act Unethically to Sabotage Trump's Travel 'Ban'?

    03/01/2017 12:14:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Hans A. von Spokovsky
    The White House seems poised to issue a revised executive order restricting visas from seven terrorist havens until sufficient vetting procedures are in place. Yet one related issue has not been fully explored: The way the arguments over the original order may have been sabotaged in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. On its way to upholding an injunction issued against the original executive order, the Ninth Circuit failed to even discuss the relevant federal immigration provision that authorized the president’s action. At oral argument, the government was represented by career lawyer August Flentje. As Paul Mirengoff at Powerline...
  • Ethics Board Fines Obama Campaign Manager $90K for Uber Lobbying

    02/16/2017 1:22:24 PM PST · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 16, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    The man who managed former President Barack Obama’s campaign has been slapped with a $90,000 fine for using Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s private email account to lobby the mayor on behalf of ride-sharing giant Uber without registering as a lobbyist. Newly-appointed Chicago Board of Ethics Chairman Attorney William Conlon said the fine assessed against David Plouffe is the largest ever by the Chicago Board of Ethics. It represents $1,000 for every one of the 90 days that Plouffe failed to registered as a lobbyist after his November 2015 email to Emanuel on the mayor’s personal account. “Registration of lobbyists is important....
  • Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab—Here Are the Facts

    01/27/2017 5:08:53 AM PST · by blackbetty59 · 48 replies
    National Geographic ^ | January 26, 2017 | Erin Blakemore
    In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a non-human organism, survive, and even grow inside a host animal, in this case, pigs. This biomedical advance has long been a dream and a quandary for scientists hoping to address a critical shortage of donor organs.
  • Justin Trudeau’s holiday on Aga Khan’s island comes under investigation

    01/16/2017 4:04:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    the guardian ^ | Monday 16 January 2017 13.14 EST
    Trudeau may have violated the federal ethics code during his holiday with the Aga Khan, the philanthropist and hereditary spiritual leader to the world’s Ismaili Muslims who Trudeau says is a family friend. It is the first time the ethics commissioner has opted to investigate the actions of a sitting prime minister. In a letter to opposition Conservative politician Blaine Calkins, who was among those who filed formal complaints, Dawson said she was looking into Trudeau’s stay at the island and his use of the Aga Khan’s private helicopter to get there. ... The Conflict of Interest Act and Trudeau’s...
  • Head of Ethics Office is Obama Donor, now concerned about Trump nominees.

    01/16/2017 2:27:53 AM PST · by gattaca · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 15, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter M. Shaub donated to President Obama before his appointment and defended Hillary Clinton’s decision to not disclose paid speeches to the Clinton Foundation while she was secretary of state. Shaub, the head of the little-known ethics office, has been on the attack against President-elect Donald J. Trump for months. Shaub has called Trump’s plan to sign over control of his business to his sons “meaningless,” and engaged in tweet storms from the official ethics Twitter account encouraging Trump to divest. A timeline compiled by the PAC America Rising of Shaub’s service at...
  • Weekly Update: New Border Terror Threat?

    01/14/2017 11:22:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 14, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    California-DC Corruption Connection Trump Makes Good Moves On Ethics Issue Shootout at U.S. Consulate Part of Terrorist Attack Plan for Inauguration California-DC Corruption Connection I’ve often observed that, when it comes to public policy, the Obama Justice Department has been a locus of evil. And therefore it was concerning to see that the man who ran that Obama agency for years, the disgraced Eric Holder, has gotten himself a new, government-related gig. On January 4 liberal California legislative leaders announced that they are using tax dollars to hire former Attorney General Eric Holder and his law firm to assist...
  • Judicial Watch Statement Trump’s (on his handing total control to sons)

    01/11/2017 1:42:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 11, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton today made the following statement regarding the announcement by President-Elect Donald J. Trump that he had officially handed “complete and total” control of his business empire to his sons, Don Jr and Eric, in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest once he enters the White House: While there is no off-the-shelf ethics plan for a matter as complex and unprecedented as this, Mr. Trump seems to be on the right track. As we said in our recent New York Times op-ed , it would be unfair to insist that Mr. Trump...
  • WaPo: Donald Trump's 'first attempt to ignore the law'

    01/10/2017 8:04:00 AM PST · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 10, 2017 | Aaron Blake
    President-elect Donald Trump intends to name his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior adviser to his White House - a move that would put to the test a 1967 anti-nepotism law and provide a Trump White House already rife with ethical questions a bona fide legal showdown. In fact, this amounts to Trump's "first attempt to ignore the law," according to Washington University government ethics expert Kathleen Clark. And she says it has huge implications not just for Kushner, but for the rest of his presidency.
  • Warren: No confirmation hearings until ethics concerns addressed

    01/08/2017 4:08:15 AM PST · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 7, 2017 | Nikita Vladimirov
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday called for the Senate to not hold confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks until after the completion of an ethics screening. "Cabinet officials must put our country's interests before their own. No [confirmation] hearings should be held until we’re certain that’s the case," the Massachusetts Democrat tweeted. [Snip] "This is ridiculous," Warren tweeted, "[Trump's nominees] can’t drag their feet on ethics paperwork while their Senate friends try to run out the clock."
  • Ethics Office Warns Confirmations For Trump Nominees Are Moving Too Fast

    01/07/2017 12:47:23 PM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    NPR ^ | January 7, 2017 | Jessica Taylor
    The Office of Government Ethics is raising alarm over the pace of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's nominees, saying Saturday that they have yet to receive required financial disclosures for some picks set to come before Congress next week. In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released Saturday, OGE Director Walter Shaub wrote that "the announced hearing schedule for several nominees who have not completed the ethics review process is of great concern to me" and that the current schedule "has created undue pressure on OGE's staff and agency ethics officials...
  • A UC-Berkeley Professor Couldn’t Evict Her Tenant Because of California’s Insane Rent Laws

    01/04/2017 2:09:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/03/2017 | Robby Soave
    Mother Jones writes, "It's not easy to evict someone in California… Generally that's a good thing." But many people who read the article in which this claim appears may reach a different conclusion.Elizabeth Abel, an English professor at the University of California-Berkeley, rented her two-bedroom home to David Peritz, who teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. Abel didn't bother to ask for references or do much research on her prospective tenant, according to Mother Jones: the fact that he was an academic was essentially good enough for her.Her trust was misplaced. Peritz failed to pay rent on time, and it...
  • House GOP capitulation to Trump ethics tweet is a really big deal

    01/04/2017 7:25:51 AM PST · by detective · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 4, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    President-elect Trump has won another victory before even taking office. This time, it wasn’t Ford, Carrier, or some other corporation forced to capitulate in the wake of a tweet, it was the majority of the House of Representatives.  Put simply, Trump has demonstrated the he is in charge, and the House majority caucus had better get used to following his lead. There has been some well-justified concern over the willingness of the GOP establishment [Congressional branch] to work with the Trump administration.  After all, he has been attacking them a denizens of the swamp that needs to be drained. And...
  • Trump Takes Aim At House Republicans, And They Run For Cover

    01/03/2017 8:13:56 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 36 replies
    The Trump effect has landed forcefully on Capitol Hill. Less than two hours after President-elect Donald Trump criticized House Republicans — in a tweet, of course — for trying to gut an ethics investigative unit on the first day of business in the new Congress, those plans lay in shambles in the Republican conference’s meeting room. The immediate outcome was to keep intact the independent Office of Congressional Ethics There was a broader outcome, too: The unruly Republican caucus that has wreaked havoc in the House for the entirety of Ryan’s tenure fell in line. And there were signs, judging...
  • Leadership: How Trump Saved House Republicans From Themselves on Ethics Blunder

    01/03/2017 1:26:13 PM PST · by detective · 42 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 03, 2017 | Guy Benson
    We've been following this story since it broke last night, the trajectory of which has been quite remarkable to track. House Republicans foolishly opened the new year with a surprise move to weaken an internal ethics watchdog office, drawing immediate and widespread criticism from virtually all quarters -- from Elizabeth Warren to Judicial Watch. These condemnations were unfair, some supporters of the move argued, because the Office of Congressional Ethics was due to for significant and needed reforms. Members from both sides had become frustrated with the body's opacity, alleged foot-dragging, and selective leaks; some also contended that accused parties (often under investigation...
  • Trump Wins Again: House GOP Reverses On Ethics Office Overhaul

    01/03/2017 10:01:25 AM PST · by hotsteppa · 66 replies
    President-elect Trump is on a roll today. Following House Republican's vote to strip the Ethics Office of independence, Trump lashed out with a tweet suggesting Congress' time be better spent on other things... and just minutes ago, following an emergency meeting, Republicans have confirmed the amendment has been pulled. As a reminder, House Republicans abruptly voted on Monday night to eliminate the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics, the chamber’s nonpartisan ethics board which investigates lawmakers' alleged misconduct, largely stripping it of its power, leading to pushback from Democrats and government watchdog groups. House Republicans, meeting as a group...
  • Fake News About the Office of Congressional Ethics

    01/03/2017 8:56:01 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/3/17 | Joel B. Pollak
    The mainstream media are abuzz with claims that House Republicans have voted to “gut” or “eviscerate” the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), or to strip it of its independence. Perpetual House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed Republicans had “eliminated” the oversight body, and linked the move to President-elect Donald Trump, claiming that the House Republicans’ move represents a violation of Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington. The story qualifies as “fake news,” and the fact that it is being repeated by so many outlets does not make the it any less fake. First of all, the...
  • There Are Still Groups That Can Probe Alleged Crimes by Members of Congress

    01/03/2017 8:18:14 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | January 3, 2017 10:12 AM | by JIM GERAGHTY
    Yes, the House is weakening the powers of an independent entity that was authorized to investigate allegations of wrongdoing... But keep some perspective: the Office of Congressional Ethics had two powers: the first was to issue those public reports — giving the accused member of Congress bad publicity. The second was to refer their findings to the House Ethics Committee, which could implement a more serious punishment, like fines and formal reprimands by the full House. Under the old system, the referrals went to the House Ethics Committee, consisting of five Democrats and five Republicans. Under the new system, the...
  • House GOP Votes To Strip Independence From Congressional Ethics Office

    01/03/2017 5:19:16 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 31 replies
    NPR ^ | January 2, 2017 | Susan Davis
    The House Republican Conference voted Monday night to approve a change to House rules to weaken the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics and place it under the jurisdiction of the House Ethics Committee — a panel controlled by party leaders. It will be part of a broader House Rules package voted on by the full body on Tuesday, after the 115th Congress officially convenes and the House elects a speaker. It's a move that is already causing a backlash among Democrats, who say it's hypocritical given that President-elect Donald Trump was elected vowing to "drain the swamp" in...
  • With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office

    01/02/2017 8:33:01 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 64 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 01/02/2017 | Eric Lipton
    WASHINGTON — House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail. The move to effectively kill the Office of Congressional Ethics was not made public until late Monday, when Representative Robert W. Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that the House Republican Conference had approved the change. There was no advance notice or debate on the measure. The surprising vote came on the eve of the...
  • Ethics ratings plummet for journalists

    12/20/2016 7:19:41 PM PST · by kevcol · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 20, 2016 | Mairead McArdle
    A record high portion of people see reporters as low or very low ethical standards, after a year in which the winning president-elect made trashing the media's honesty a centerpiece of his campaign. A new Gallup poll said 41 percent of people polled said the media have low ethical standards. That's 10 points higher than the prior high of 31 percent of those who held the same view of the press in 2008 and 2009. Trust in college teachers has also slipped.
  • Weekly Update: What Should Trump Do?

    12/17/2016 11:54:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 16, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    How Trump Can Avoid the Ethical Tar Pit Somali “Community” Given Special Access to Secured Areas of Airports JW Reveals Shocking Details About Mexican Heroin Cartels How Trump Can Avoid the Ethical Tar Pit A tsunami of change is washing over Washington D.C. as a new administration, from a different party, enters the process of transition. For us at Judicial Watch, however, it’s business as usual. As corrupt as the Obama administration has been, we are under no illusion that a new broom sweeps entirely clean. Even before he takes the oath of office, President-elect Trump is under pressure over...
  • Hillary Did Not Disclose ‘Expensive Gifts’ in Violation of Ethics in Government Act

    10/28/2016 3:01:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    NLPC ^ | October 28, 2016 | Peter Flaherty
    In a 2011 memo published by Wikileaks, Clinton underling Doug Band described how he secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in free travel and gifts for Bill Clinton and his family. While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton did not disclose any gifts or free travel, as required. The gifts were first reported by Alana Goodman in the Daily Mail: ‘In support of the President’s for-profit activity, we also have solicited and obtained, as appropriate, in-kind services for the President and his family – for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like,’ wrote Band in the Nov. 16, 2011 memo...
  • Clinton sought Pentagon, State Department contracts for Chelsea's friend

    10/20/2016 9:03:28 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 11 replies
    Fox News / The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 6, 2016 | Bill Gertz
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to arrange Pentagon and State Department consulting contracts for her daughter’s friend, prompting concerns of federal ethics rules violations. Clinton in 2009 arranged meetings between Jacqueline Newmyer Deal, a friend of Chelsea Clinton and head of the defense consulting group Long Term Strategy Group, with Pentagon officials that involved contracting discussions, according to emails from Clinton’s private server made public recently by the State Department. Clinton also tried to help Deal win a contract for consulting work with the State Department’s director of policy planning, according to the emails. Deal is a close...
  • TRUMP PLEDGES TO DRAIN THE SWAMP AND IMPOSE CONGRESSIONAL TERM LIMITS

    10/19/2016 3:04:20 AM PDT · by free_life · 92 replies
    The Donald ^ | Oct 18, 2016 | The Donald
    There is another major announcement I am going to make today as part of our pledge to drain the swamp in Washington. If I am elected President, I will push for a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress. Decades of failure in Washington, and decades of special interest dealing, must come to an end. We have to break the cycle of corruption, and we have to give new voices a chance to go into government service. The time for Congressional term limits has arrived. ...
  • Donald J. Trump's Five Point Plan For Ethics Reform

    10/17/2016 9:56:26 PM PDT · by abigkahuna · 19 replies
    Donald J. Trump ^ | 10-17-2016 | Donald Trump
    First: I am going to re-institute a 5-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government for 5 years after they leave government service. I am going to ask Congress to pass this ban into law so that it cannot be lifted by executive order. Second: I am going to ask Congress to institute its own 5-year ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and their staffs. Third: I am going to expand the definition of lobbyist so we close all the loopholes that former government officials use by labeling themselves consultants and advisors when we all know...
  • DONALD J. TRUMP’S FIVE-POINT PLAN FOR ETHICS REFORM

    10/17/2016 8:02:54 PM PDT · by wille777 · 12 replies
    “It’s Time To Drain The Swamp In Washington, D.C. That’s Why I’m Proposing A Package Of Ethics Reforms To Make Our Government Honest Once Again."
  • Donald Trump calls for government ethics reforms (no wonder they fear him)

    10/17/2016 6:41:19 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 9 replies
    CNN Politics.com ^ | October 17, 2016 | Jeremy Diamond
    Donald Trump took his outrage over what he deems a "rigged system" a step further and called for a series of ethics reforms aimed at tackling corruption in Washington, including tighter restrictions on members of Congress and White House officials taking on jobs as lobbyists. The proposals came after Trump began his speech here by accusing officials at the FBI and State Department of engaging in a "criminal conspiracy," seizing on FBI documents released Monday that revealed that at least two officials at those departments allegedly bargained over reconsidering the classification of an email on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's private...
  • Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore suspended for rest of term

    09/30/2016 9:27:57 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    AL.com ^ | 09/30/2016 | Kent Faulk
    Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended from the bench for telling probate judges to defy federal orders regarding gay marriage. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) issued the order Friday suspending Moore from the bench for the remainder of his term. "For these violations, Chief Justice Moore is hereby suspended from office without pay for the remainder of his term. This suspension is effective immediately," the order stated. The court found him guilty of all six charges of violation of canon of judicial ethics. Moore's term is to end in 2019. Gov. Robert Bentley will...
  • In ‘Dumbest’ Move, Well-Known Lib Prof Broke Ethics Rules in Apparent Shot at Trump

    08/19/2016 11:03:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    LawNewz ^ | August 19, 2016 | Chris White
    A series of tweets by well-known Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe caused a bit of firestorm online amongst legal ethics experts. It started on Tuesday when Prof. Tribe sent out this Tweet: (TWEET-AT-LINK) What followed was a rather lengthy back and forth on Twitter, with some encouraging Tribe to reveal the notes and others accusing him of breaking various legal ethical rules governing the attorney client relationship. Attorney Michael Krauss penned a strong rebuke of Tribe’s conduct in article in Forbes, calling it “extremely disappointing.” Krauss concluded that not only would the notes be confidential, but the mere fact that...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Ethics Problems Are Worse Than She Understands

    08/19/2016 3:49:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | August 19, 2016 | Jonathan Chait
    “Give a man a reputation as an early riser,” said Mark Twain, “and he can sleep ‘til noon.” Hillary Clinton finds herself in the opposite situation: She has a reputation for venality — the merits of which we can set aside momentarily — that forces her to a higher ethical standard. Her inadequate response to the conflicts of interest inherent in the Clinton Foundation show that she is not meeting that standard, and has not fully grasped the severity of her reputational problem. The purpose of the Clinton Foundation is to leverage Clinton fame into charitable donations. That purpose has...
  • State Department: Hillary’s ethics pledge did not apply to her top aides

    08/11/2016 6:54:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/11/16 | John Sexton
    A State Department spokesperson clarified Thursday that Hillary Clinton’s 2009 ethics pledge—to avoid conflicts of interest with the Clinton Foundation—did not extend to Clinton’s top aides at the Department. Spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau was asked about recently revealed emails that showed top members of Hillary Clinton’s staff doing favors for Clinton Foundation associates. “I’m not going to speak to specific emails, but I think you guys know State Department officials are regularly in touch with a wide variety of outside individuals and organizations including businesses, nonprofits, NGOs, think tanks,” Trudeau replied. “You don’t feel like there was impropriety in the relationship
  • Vermont doctors push back against assisted-suicide requirement

    07/22/2016 2:51:26 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Megynkelly.org ^ | July 21, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Vermont doctors and health care professionals are pushing back against an interpretation of state law that they say requires them to help kill patients who wish to die. Members of two medical groups, the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and Christian Medical & Dental Associations, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against officials in two state medical agencies responsible for the interpretation. The lawsuit says these agencies have interpreted a 2013 physician-assisted suicide law, Act 39, in a way that would require health care professionals to counsel terminally ill patients about the option to commit suicide. Additionally, under such an interpretation...
  • Total Vanity-Has anyone ever been on a City Ethics Commission?

    07/14/2016 7:53:41 AM PDT · by cyclotic · 19 replies
    Personal | July 14, 2016 | Cyclotic
    I live in a small city (12,000 or so population) The Mayor has asked me to consider an appointment to the city Ethics Commission. He says they need people of good character and apparently he thinks I fit the bill. I've never done or considered anything like that. Outside of "Run, Run fast and far" does anyone have any advice or experience on such a commission?
  • Ethics complaint filed against Dems for House sit-in

    07/01/2016 9:38:16 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    WND ^ | Jul 1, 2016 | Bob Unruh
    A constitutional rights foundation has field an ethics complaint against members of the Democratic Party who staged a sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House recently in protest or the Republican-led House’s unwillingness to consider gun-control legislation. The ethics complaint came from the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust shortly after a couple dozen Democrat members of Congress took over the House floor and literally sat down for a day. It complains the Democrats were using the opportunity to send fundraising emails from the floor, and they were using official House images. The Hill reported House ethics rules bar...
  • Democrats groan after Bill Clinton meets Loretta Lynch

    06/30/2016 8:05:35 AM PDT · by orchestra · 109 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/30/2016 | Louis Nelson
    Attorney General Loretta Lynch described her Monday meeting with Bill Clinton aboard a private plane as “primarily social,” but even Democrats are struggling to stomach the optics of the attorney general’s meeting with the former president while his wife is under federal investigation. Lynch said she and Clinton talked only of grandchildren, golf, and their respective travels, but the fact that the two spoke privately at all was enough to rekindle concerns about a possible conflict of interest. Republicans have long called into question the ability of a Democratic-led Department of Justice to conduct an independent investigation into Hillary Clinton’s...
  • Charlie Rangel Found Guilty on 11 of 13 Ethics Violations

    06/27/2016 5:10:57 AM PDT · by blueyon · 68 replies
    PJmedia ^ | 6/25/16 | Tom Knighton J
    Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel has found himself in a bit of a pickle. After years of allegedly thumbing his nose at pesky things like rules, his supposed misdeeds may be coming back to bite him on the proverbial hind quarter. A House ethics committee subpanel today found Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel guilty of 11 of the 13 charges of ethics violations against him. The panel, composed of four Democrats and four Republicans, emerged after private deliberation to announce their findings.
  • Clinton Campaign Manager Blames Trump For Profiting Off Countries With Human Rights Issues

    06/26/2016 8:17:49 AM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 37 replies
    Newsninja2012 ^ | 6-26-16 | Wayne Dupree
    Fox News Chris Wallace interviewed Hillary Clinton's baby campaign manager Robby Mook during his Sunday morning talk show. Wallace asked Mook about Clinton's low numbers in the trustworthy department and what did Mook do? Well, first of all, Trump’s speech earlier this week was just riddled with outright lies, inaccuracies,” Mook said. “It’s been fact-checked probably more than any other speech. Wallace quickly interrupted Mook to say he pointed that out to Trump supporter Newt Gingrich earlier on Fox News Sunday. I find it very ironic that Donald Trump bought his Turnberry golf course, you know, from an Arab country...
  • What Makes a Politican?

    06/14/2016 10:22:40 AM PDT · by DH · 6 replies
    Self | 6/14/2016 | DH
    WHAT MAKES A POLITICIAN By DH, 2016 Has anyone really stopped and analyzed why it seems like the higher in office an elected official gets the more power-hungry and corrupt they become? There are several reasons for this personality disorder and it all starts with their first victory in any level of the election process. 1. They want to make changes to the current administration, laws, rules, or the dictates thereof. 2. They are egotistical zealots and simply crave public adoration. 3. They know that public office means a path to wealth, riches and special favors from those they give...
  • U.S. appeals sweeping ethics ruling by Texas judge

    06/01/2016 6:05:54 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | May 31, 2016 | Lyle Denniston
    Strongly disputing a federal judge’s power to issue a sweeping order to punish the government over ethical issues in the hard-fought case over federal immigration policy, the Obama administration began moving swiftly on Tuesday to block that order. It asked the judge to put the issue on hold, and promised an immediate appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The department argued on Tuesday that the part of his order forcing the government to hand over personal information about youths who had benefited from one of the changes in policy would affect about 50,000 individuals, and...
  • Calling Out Jonathan Rauch

    05/19/2016 9:10:49 AM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 5 replies
    Ethics Forum ^ | May 15, 2016 | Alice C Linsley
    Alice C. Linsley Gay activist Jonathan Charles Rauch describes himself as "an unrepentantly atheistic Jewish homosexual" which is to say that he has completely rejected the traditional wisdom of his ancestors. Jonathan Rauch is so lacking in critical thinking skills as to be dangerous. Rauch’s “Case for Gay Marriage” is full of fallacious arguments, as I have demonstrated to my Ethics students. J. Rauch’s First Premise: Marriage is necessary to providing reliable caregivers. This assumption is not true. It is, in fact, verifiable false since we are able to observe that reliable caregivers exist who are not married to the...
  • Pat Boone Accuses 'SNL' of Anti-Christian Bias After 'God's Not Dead 2' Parody

    04/18/2016 4:04:57 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 43 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 18 April 2016 | Paul Bond
    “This skit was outright sacrilege. They know if they did this to Muslims they’d have to be put into the witness protection program,” the singer-actor said. Pat Boone is calling out NBC and Saturday Night Live for allegedly being anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, cowardly, “diabolical” and even demonic for a skit over the weekend that parodied God’s Not Dead 2, the actor-singer’s latest movie. In God’s Not Dead 2, Melissa Joan Hart plays a public school teacher who is persecuted for answering a student’s question about Jesus. In the SNL skit, a trailer for a movie called God is a Boob Man...
  • Whose Morality?

    04/07/2016 7:13:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- In a recent interview for the BBC2 series Inside Obama's White House," President Obama sounded somewhat wistful as he spoke to an interviewer about how he has tried to use his voice "to move things toward a more ethical and moral outcome." The question of morals and ethics has been debated since the dawn of humanity. It won't be settled by the shifting winds of politics, because not everyone can agree on what is moral and what is not. Dictionary.com defines morality: "Conformity to the rules of right conduct." Ah, but here's the rub. That definition...
  • Clinton Foundation Corruption News (Weekly Update)

    03/26/2016 11:51:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 25, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Reveals More Benghazi, Clinton Foundation Corruption Cover-up on American POWs in Cuba?Clinton Email Scandal PanelJudicial Watch Reveals More Benghazi, Clinton Foundation Corruption This has been an important week in our continuing investigation of Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state. We are uncovering critical links between her official duties and the private interests of her family’s foundation. The 276 pages of internal State Department documents we released this week reveal that within two days of the deadly terrorist attack on Benghazi, Mohamed Yusuf al-Magariaf, the president of Libya’s National Congress, asked to participate in a Clinton Global...
  • Park Service chief reprimanded after admittedly ignoring ethics rules

    02/25/2016 4:40:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>The chief of the National Park Service knew his book project would be squelched by agency ethics officers, so he went ahead and wrote it anyway without bothering to ask for permission, investigators said Thursday in a report detailing a striking level of negligence.</p>
  • Like the Blind Leading the Blind: Donald Trump and Evangelicals

    Like the Blind Leading the Blind: Donald Trump and Evangelicals This morning, like most mornings now, I found myself reading an article on Donald Trump’s candidacy. Everyday I ask myself the question, “How can so many American Evangelicals support such an openly narcissistic, power driven man?” Sarah Palin endorsed him, Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, endorsed him,[1] and not too long ago, a poll was released that showed that Evangelical Christians as a whole are gravitating to Trump.[2] But, this article I read today gave me a much needed answer as to why Americans and specifically republican...
  • The dark past of anonymous sperm donation

    01/25/2016 9:26:45 AM PST · by wagglebee · 42 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 1/25/16 | Michael Cook
    The use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) is so common nowadays that it’s easy to forget how quickly social attitudes have changed. The Atlantic recently published a feature about the early days of artificial reproductive technology under the headline “The First Artificial Insemination Was an Ethical Nightmare: The 19th-century procedure involved lies, a secrecy pledge, and sperm from a surprise donor”.The implication is that that contemporary ART is far more ethical than it was in the bad old days.Let’s look first at the origins of ART. The first pregnancy after artificial insemination apparently took place in England in 1790. The...
  • Evangelical leader blasts Falwell for hosting Trump

    01/18/2016 11:48:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 234 replies
    Politico | January 18, 2016 | Blake Hounshell
    One of the United States' most influential evangelical leaders blasted Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. on Monday for hosting Donald Trump to give a campaign speech. Russell Moore, who heads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, let fly a series of tweets after Falwell gave a glowing introduction to Trump, calling him "one of the greatest visionaries of our time" and saying Trump "lives a life of helping others ... as Jesus taught in the New Testament." Moore appeared incredulous at Falwell's language, which was more effusive than he had...