Political ethics

FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo, then-Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog urged the agency on Thursday, May 16, 2019, to look into recovering $124,000 in premium travel charges by former agency head Scott Pruitt and his bodyguards, rejecting Pruitt’s claims that security concerns warranted the first and business class travel at government expense. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
May 16, 2019 - 2:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog urged the agency on Thursday to look into recovering $124,000 in premium travel charges for former EPA head Scott Pruitt and his bodyguards. The EPA's inspector general rejected Pruitt's claims that security concerns...
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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2019 file photo, Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, clenches his fist after scoring a point against Gael Monfils, of Franc,e in the men's singles final of the ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka says there has been a “worrying decline in moral standards” in tennis as “politics have overshadowed the action on the courts.” In a letter published Friday, May 3 in The Times of London, Wawrinka discusses the case of Justin Gimelstob, the ex-player, coach and TV commentator who resigned this week from the ATP board of directors after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault for attacking a former friend. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
May 03, 2019 - 11:08 am
Tennis is in turmoil as the French Open approaches. As three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka put it: "Politics have overshadowed the action on the courts." In a letter published Friday in The Times of London, Wawrinka decried his sport's "worrying decline in moral standards" and outlined several...
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As she approached the North Carolina legislative office in Raleigh, N.C., Allison Carey, 23, a third grade teacher at Powell Elementary School in Raleigh, hoists her sign up high, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. North Carolina teachers took to the streets Wednesday for the second year in a row with hopes that a more politically balanced legislature will be more willing to meet their demands. (AP Photo/Amanda Morris)
May 01, 2019 - 5:41 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's public school teachers and their supporters showed up in force Wednesday to demand an overhaul of the state's education priorities, bring thousands to a march and rally in the state's capital. Chanting "Whose schools? Our schools! Whose voice? Our voice," they...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2019 file photo, David Bernhardt, a former oil and gas lobbyist, speaks before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at his confirmation hearing to head the Interior Department, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate has confirmed Bernhardt as the Interior secretary. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 15, 2019 - 5:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department's internal investigators have begun probing allegations of conflicts of interest involving Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, they confirmed Monday, just four days after the Senate confirmed the former corporate lobbyist to lead the agency. Deputy Interior...
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., left, joined by Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens during a House Oversight and Reform Committee meeting, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. House Democrats are rounding the first 100 days of their new majority taking stock of their accomplishments, noting the stumbles and marking their place as a frontline of resistance to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 12, 2019 - 12:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly elected Rep. Sharice Davids is most proud of setting up a congressional office in part of her Kansas district she said hadn't seen one for years. For Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath, her biggest victory was passing the gun background checks legislation she advocated for after her...
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FILE - In this June 27, 2018, file photo, Arizona state Rep. David Stringer, R-Prescott, speaks at a community forum in Phoenix. Stringer resigned Wednesday, March 27, 2019, amid an ethics investigation of 1983 sex charges and his comments on race and immigration. The Prescott Republican lawmaker stepped down as he faced a 5 p.m. deadline to hand over documents demanded by the House Ethics Committee. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
March 27, 2019 - 8:31 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Rep. David Stringer resigned Wednesday amid an ethics investigation of 1983 sex charges and his comments on race and immigration. The Prescott Republican lawmaker stepped down as he faced a 5 p.m. deadline to hand over documents demanded by the House Ethics Committee. Earlier...
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FILE - This May 16, 2018 file photo shows ranking Member Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., questioning Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Capitol Hill in Washington. Udall says he will not seek re-election in 2020 in a move that opens up a securely Democratic seat to competition. Udall announced the end of a 20-year career on Capitol Hill on Monday, March 25, 2019, in a statement. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
March 27, 2019 - 11:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats unveiled legislation Wednesday aimed at making it easier for people to vote and curbing the influence of big money in politics, a measure destined to go nowhere in the Republican-run Senate but likely to be used by Democrats to make populist appeals in next year's...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. Federal ethics officials are balking at a $50-a-night condo deal by former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. The federal Office of Government Ethics said in a finding posted Tuesday that it would not approve one of Pruitt’s last financial disclosure reports after his resignation amid ethics scandals last July. Pruitt rented a condo from the wife of a lobbyist for a bargain rate of $50 a night. Pruitt insisted it was a proper business arrangement. Critics called it an improper gift linked to a lobbyist who did business before the EPA. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
March 26, 2019 - 8:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is refusing to certify one of the final financial disclosure reports of ex-Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, citing the cut-rate $50-a-night deal Pruitt had for a luxury Washington condo. The ethics body said in a finding...
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In this Monday, March 18, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks at a campaign meet-and-greet in Clawson, Mich. Gillibrand is preparing to speak Sunday at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
March 24, 2019 - 5:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand is calling President Donald Trump a "coward" who "punches down" and says that he is "tearing apart the moral fabric of our country." Gillibrand is set to say even more about Trump on Sunday as she stands in front of one of his...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2019, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and his wife, Jane Sanders, greet supporters as they leave after his 2020 presidential campaign stop at Navy Pier in Chicago. Bernie Sanders’ revolution is Jane Sanders’ career. And her political and business activities have at times been his headache. His closest adviser, she is perhaps the most influential woman in the 2020 campaign who isn’t a candidate. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
March 17, 2019 - 1:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Before Bernie Sanders took the stage to formally launch his 2020 presidential campaign this month, the candidate's most influential adviser took the mic. To cheers, Jane Sanders introduced herself to the Brooklyn crowd as "Bernie's wife," then conceded that wasn't the most...
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