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Trump Fills Top Job at Government Ethics Office With a Temporary Appointment

“It is a great honor to serve,” Mr. Apol said. “For over 30 years I have taken ethics seriously, and I am going to continue to do so.” By not nominating a permanent replacement for Mr. Shaub, the White House avoids public questions from lawmakers about how the agency should best monitor ethics questions at the White House, including about Mr. Trump’s continued financial ties to businesses now run by his sons. Mr. Apol can remain as acting director for 210 days, and then another 210 days if Mr. Trump…

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Ivanka Trump Received at Least $12.6 Million Since 2016, Disclosure Shows

In total, Ms. Trump will receive $1.5 million in fixed payments from the same three real estate entities. She stands to earn additional income from her stake in the hotel in Washington. The disclosures provided less specific figures for Ms. Trump’s earnings from her fashion brand, which were reported in ranges. From the beginning of last year to May 31 of this year, she or her trust earned at least $6 million from sales of her clothes, shoes and other accessories. Ms. Trump rolled her brand into the trust, which…

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Ivanka Trump Received at Least $12.6 Million Since 2016, Disclosure Shows

In total, Ms. Trump will receive $1.5 million in fixed payments from the same three real estate entities. She stands to earn additional income from her stake in the hotel in Washington. The disclosures provided less specific figures for Ms. Trump’s earnings from her fashion brand, which were reported in ranges. From the beginning of last year to May 31 of this year, she or her trust earned at least $6 million from sales of her clothes, shoes and other accessories. Ms. Trump rolled her brand into the trust, which…

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Walter Shaub’s Ethics Recommendations for the Government

• Require the federal government’s 4,000 or so political appointees to prepare formal ethics agreements with their agencies that detail in writing what they cannot do without a conflict of interest, such as taking an action that might benefit a former employer or a company to which they have financial ties. Continue reading the main story • Require that these employees sign statements that they have taken the necessary steps to comply with the ethics agreements, and then publicly post those statements, along with the original ethics agreements, on a…

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Government Ethics Chief Urges Major Changes on His Way Out

A White House official dismissed the criticism, saying on Sunday that Mr. Shaub was simply promoting himself and had failed to do his job properly. Continue reading the main story “Mr. Schaub’s penchant for raising concerns on matters well outside his scope with the media before ever raising them with the White House — which happens to be his actual day job — is rather telling,” Lindsay E. Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said in a statement that misspelled Mr. Shaub’s name. “The truth is, Mr. Schaub is not interested…

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Silver’s Reprieve a Reminder That Albany’s ‘Watergate Moment’ Didn’t Stick

No major ethics laws were passed during the legislative session that concluded in June, barring one that strips pensions from lawmakers who are convicted of a felony. And even that proposal’s fate is uncertain: Voters must still approve it in the fall. Continue reading the main story It was much the same in 2016, when a bill to limit outside income — which played a central role in Mr. Silver’s case — was never taken up by a reluctant, Republican-led Senate that also balked at closing the so-called L.L.C. loophole,…

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Silver May Start ‘Parade of Horribles’ Out of McDonnell Case, Critics Say

While cautioning that Mr. Silver, a Democrat, may yet be convicted at a retrial, several legal experts said his case had set a precedent that could affect those of other politicians found guilty of corruption — and could also have a chilling effect on new public integrity investigations. Continue reading the main story “Prosecutors were concerned from the start that the McDonnell decision would allow a lot of reprehensible behavior to go unpunished, and that seems to be precisely what happened here,” said Peter R. Zeidenberg, a former public corruption…

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U.K. Court Weighs Last-Ditch Plea by Parents of Terminally Ill Baby

Justice Nicholas Francis of the High Court — who in April ruled that the hospital could take the baby off life support, and whose ruling has been repeatedly upheld — appeared frustrated at having to revisit the case. Continue reading the main story He expressed dismay that the two sides could not agree on the size of Charlie’s head — a crucial question, since, medical experts said, brain circumference can indicate damage to the brain. “It is absurd that the science of this case is being infected by the inability…

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