Political ethics

FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo elephants drink water in the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Botswana's government says it has lifted its ban on elephant hunting, a decision that is likely to bring protests from wildlife protection groups. (AP Photo/Charmaine Noronha, File)
May 23, 2019 - 12:51 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups and warnings of a blow to lucrative tourism. The southern African nation is home to an estimated...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2019 file photo, House Speaker Glen Casada, R-Franklin, stands at the microphone during a House session in Nashville, Tenn. Casada announced Tuesday, May 21, 2019 he plans to resign from his leadership post following a vote of no confidence by his Republican caucus amid a scandal over explicit text messages. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)
May 22, 2019 - 7:54 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Looming questions remain after Tennessee's House Speaker Glen Casada promised to resign from his leadership position, an unprecedented move meant to contain political scandals inside the Republican-controlled Statehouse. Just when Casada will meet with legislative leaders to...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2019 file photo, House Speaker Glen Casada, R-Franklin, stands at the microphone during a House session in Nashville, Tenn. Casada announced Tuesday, May 21, 2019 he plans to resign from his leadership post following a vote of no confidence by his Republican caucus amid a scandal over explicit text messages. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)
May 21, 2019 - 5:50 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House speaker said Tuesday that he plans to resign from his leadership post following a vote of no confidence by his Republican caucus amid a scandal over explicit text messages. The move is unprecedented in Tennessee's modern political era. The last...
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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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