Political ethics

February 06, 2019 - 12:22 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A U.S. Senate ethics committee has closed its inquiry into Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez over gifts he received from a friend that led to federal corruption charges. The committee notified Menendez last week in a letter obtained by several news organizations, including...
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FILE - In this June 14, 2018, file photo, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, of San Diego, addresses members of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. On Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, the California Legislature is opening an independent office to handle investigations of alleged workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment or discrimination. "Our goals are clear: we need to protect victims and witnesses, hold perpetrators accountable, and restore employee and public confidence," said Atkins. But she added: "I realize we cannot be satisfied with our progress, because this step alone will not change the culture of this building." (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 02, 2019 - 8:20 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the first week of 2019, an investigation by Oregon's labor agency deemed the state Capitol to be a hostile workplace because of an unchecked pattern of sexual harassment among lawmakers. A few days later, two Washington state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct...
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Andrew Wheeler arrives to testify at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 16, 2019 - 3:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday called climate change "a huge issue" but not the "greatest crisis," drawing fire from Democrats at his confirmation hearing over the regulatory rollbacks he's made in six months as the agency...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, acting Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks after signing an order withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands at EPA headquarters in Washington. Wheeler’s past lobbying work is expected to draw scrutiny at his nomination hearing for the permanent post. A Senate committee on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, will consider Wheeler as President Donald Trump’s nominee for EPA administrator.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
January 16, 2019 - 10:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler (all times local): 10:32 a.m. A top Senate Democrat is describing President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency as "just as extreme" as his predecessor. Acting EPA chief Andrew...
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January 08, 2019 - 4:01 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York unveiled new measures Tuesday intended to address chronic corruption problems in a state where 30 lawmakers have left office facing criminal or ethical allegations since 2000. A proposed state constitutional amendment suggested by Sen. Liz Krueger, a...
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In this Jan. 3, 2019, photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., gestures before a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, during the opening session of the 116th Congress. House Democrats are unveiling a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that takes aim at what they call “the culture of corruption in Washington” and reduces the role of money in politics. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 04, 2019 - 6:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are unveiling a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that targets what they call a "culture of corruption in Washington" and aims to reduce the role of money in politics. The bill is one of the first to be considered as Democrats take control of the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington. Newly-departed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he's been truthful with investigators looking into numerous ethics complaints against him and has no knowledge of a report that he lied. Zinke's comments came after The Washington Post reported Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, that the Justice Department's public integrity section was examining whether he lied to investigators from Interior's office of inspector general. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
January 03, 2019 - 10:07 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Newly departed U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told The Associated Press on Thursday that he's been truthful with investigators looking into numerous ethics complaints against him and rejected as inaccurate a report that he's under investigation for lying. Zinke's comments...
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Government class students Alejandra Corral, left, and Braxton Moral work on calculating the estimated cost of living expenses as part of a talk about students who graduate high school making on average more money than non-graduates, at Ulysses High School in Ulysses, Kan., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Sandra J. Milburn/The Hutchinson News via AP)
December 28, 2018 - 2:05 pm
ULYSSES, Kan. (AP) — A 16-year-old Kansas boy will soon earn his high school diploma — and a few days later he'll travel to Harvard to collect his bachelor's degree. Ulysses High School senior Braxton Moral will attend both commencement ceremonies in May, becoming the only student to successfully...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, then-Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., attends a gathering at the East Room of the White House in Washington. Esty. forced to abandon her re-election campaign amid criticism over her handling of an alleged incident of sexual harassment could have done more to protect her staff but didn’t violate congressional rules, according to the House Ethics Committee.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
December 20, 2018 - 9:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic congresswoman forced to abandon her re-election campaign amid criticism over her handling of an alleged incident of sexual harassment could have done more to protect her staff but didn't violate congressional rules, according to an ethics report released Thursday. Rep...
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In this Nov. 21, 2018 photo, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, framed by a photograph of lower Manhattan, addresses law enforcement officials at the Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York. Whitaker has been advised by ethics officials that he does not need to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel’s Russia probe. That’s according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 20, 2018 - 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker chose not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation even though a top Justice Department ethics official advised him to step aside out of an "abundance of caution," a senior official said Thursday. Whitaker's past criticism of the...
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