CNBC: Sen. Warren presses Defense Secretary about ex-Google CEO Schmidt’s potential conflicts when he advised Pentagon on AI

CNBC: Sen. Warren presses Defense Secretary about ex-Google CEO Schmidt’s potential conflicts when he advised Pentagon on AI. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday pressed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about his agency’s enforcement of conflict-of-interest rules for federal advisory boards, zeroing in on former Google CEO Eric Schmidt after CNBC reported on his past involvement on influential panels in an industry where he was an investor.”

Reuters: Congress approves tougher financial disclosure rules for U.S. judges

Reuters: UPDATE 3-Congress approves tougher financial disclosure rules for U.S. judges. “Legislation that would subject U.S. Supreme Court justices and federal judges to tougher disclosure requirements for their financial holdings and stock trades passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday in a rare show of bipartisanship. The bill, approved on a voice vote after winning Senate passage in February, would make it easier for the public to see if a member of the federal judiciary has a financial conflict of interest warranting recusal from hearing a case.”

Associated Press: Company backed by Conn. first lady to exit COVID testing

Associated Press: Company backed by Conn. first lady to exit COVID testing. “A health care company whose investors include a venture capital firm run by Connecticut’s first lady will exit the COVID-19 testing business after questions were raised about contracts it received to run state testing sites. The CT Mirror reported Friday that Sema4, the company backed by Annie Lamont’s venture capital firm, has told public health officials and investors that it will leave COVID testing in mid-January and return to its core business, genomic testing.”

Business Insider: Search the assets, investments, outside employment, and debts of congressional lawmakers using Insider’s exclusive databases

Business Insider: Search the assets, investments, outside employment, and debts of congressional lawmakers using Insider’s exclusive databases. “Insider has compiled and analyzed hundreds of US House and Senate financial disclosures to create a searchable, sortable, and near-complete accounting of members of Congress’ personal finances. The databases — one for the Senate and one for the House — include members of Congress’ individual assets, stock transactions, debts, and other outside income. They are the most complete and detailed public accounting of the individual finances of federal lawmakers.”

Free Law Project: Free Law Project Creates the First Online Database of Federal Judicial Financial Disclosures

Free Law Project: Free Law Project Creates the First Online Database of Federal Judicial Financial Disclosures. “At Free Law Project, our mission is to make legal information free and open to all, and especially to journalists, researchers, and academics. That is why we are excited to announce the creation of a new, first-of-its-kind database of federal judicial financial records.”

BuzzFeed News: NYT Columnist David Brooks Resigns From Nonprofit After More Evidence Of Conflicts Emerges

BuzzFeed News: NYT Columnist David Brooks Resigns From Nonprofit After More Evidence Of Conflicts Emerges. “BuzzFeed News first revealed Brooks never disclosed to Times readers that he takes a full-time salary for his work on Weave, or that its funders include Facebook, the father of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and other wealthy individuals and corporations. Brooks recently wrote a blog post for Facebook’s corporate website in praise of Facebook Groups, a product that has often been a fount of misinformation and hate speech.”

New York Times: Trump’s Vaccine Chief Has Vast Ties to Drug Industry, Posing Possible Conflicts

New York Times: Trump’s Vaccine Chief Has Vast Ties to Drug Industry, Posing Possible Conflicts. “The chief scientist brought on to lead the Trump administration’s vaccine efforts has spent the last several days trying to disentangle pieces of his stock portfolio and his intricate ties to big pharmaceutical interests, as critics point to the potential for significant conflicts of interest.”

New York Times: Trump (the Company) Asks Trump (the Administration) for Rent Relief

The New York Times: Trump (the Company) Asks Trump (the Administration) for Rent Relief. “President Trump’s signature hotel in the nation’s capital wants a break on its rent. The landlord determining the fate of the request is Mr. Trump’s own administration. Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House, had been a favored gathering place for lobbyists, foreign dignitaries and others hoping to score points with the president. But like most hotels, it is now nearly empty and looking to cut costs because of the coronavirus pandemic.”

ProPublica: Dollars for Profs

ProPublica: Dollars for Profs. “Professors’ outside income can influence their research topics and findings, policy views and legislative testimony. But these conflicts of interest have largely stayed hidden — until now. This unique database allows you to search records from multiple state universities and the National Institutes of Health for outside income and conflicts of interest of professors, researchers and staff.”

Vox: Too many studies have hidden conflicts of interest. A new tool makes it easier to see them.

Vox: Too many studies have hidden conflicts of interest. A new tool makes it easier to see them.. “PubMed — a powerful taxpayer-funded search engine for medical study abstracts that doctors, patients, and the media rely on — just started displaying conflict of interest data up front. New information about funding sources and potential conflicts will now appear right below study abstracts, which means readers don’t have even to open a journal article to be made aware of any possible industry influence over studies.”

Nieman Lab: This handy little tool draws from Bloomberg data to add financial context on top of any news article

Nieman Lab: This handy little tool draws from Bloomberg data to add financial context on top of any news article. “A new tool built for Bloomberg by the New York-based mobile and web development agency Postlight cuts the fact-finding process for those interested in the financial context around companies and people that appear in the news to a single step. Called Bloomberg Lens, the tool will find companies and people names in any news article — not just Bloomberg’s — and overlay key facts like such as stock prices or a person’s previous company affiliations.” Currently available for Chrome and iOS, with Android coming soon.