Watch­dog: Price wasted $341,000 on do­mes­tic, in­ter­na­tional flights

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Com­piled from news ser­vices

WASH­ING­TON— Tom Price, the for­mer sec­re­tary of health and hu­man ser­vices, wasted at least $341,000 by billing tax­pay­ers for his use of char­tered jets and mil­i­tary air­craft, fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors said Fri­day.

The Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices’ inspector gen­eral, Daniel Levin­son, doc­u­mented the $1.2 mil­lion Mr. Price spent on trips. He ex­am­ined 21 trips that used char­tered, mil­i­tary and com­mer­cial air­craft, plus planes equipped for use by the pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent. Twenty of 21 flights did not com­ply with fed­eral re­quire­ments.

Ross liq­ui­dates stocks

WASH­ING­TON— Com­merce Sec­re­tary Wil­bur Ross says he is sell­ing all his stock hold­ings af­ter re­ports raised ques­tions about the tim­ing of some of his stock trans­ac­tions. He re­ceived a sharp rep­ri­mand from the chief fed­eral ethics of­fi­cer.

But it’s not clear whether the sales by Mr. Ross will be enough to sat­isfy ethics crit­ics and end the episode. Be­fore join­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, Mr. Ross made bil­lions in­vest­ing in dis­tressed com­pa­nies.

Watch­dog groups and some con­gres­sional Democrats are al­ready call­ing for fur­ther gov­ern­ment probes into his stock trades.

Mov­ing be­yond Papa John

NEWYORK — Papa John’s has be­gun pulling founder John Sch­nat­ter’s im­age from its mar­ket­ing and pledged to as­sess its di­ver­sity prac­tices Fri­day.

Mr. Sch­nat­ter was off some ma­te­ri­als Fri­day. The chain said there are no plans to change names. Mr. Sch­nat­ter, the com­pany’s largest share­holder, re­mains on the board.

Mr. Sch­nat­ter said he would re­sign as chair­man and is­sued a state­ment of apol­ogy af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Poverty War ‘largely over’

WASH­ING­TON— The White House has de­clared the War on Poverty “largely over and a suc­cess,” ar­gu­ing there are few truly poor Amer­i­cans and that those who re­main on gov­ern­ment aid should be pushed to­ward pri­vate em­ploy­ment.

The White House Coun­cil of Eco­nomic Ad­vis­ers said Thurs­day al­most all Amer­i­cans have ac­cess to hous­ing and food, and that poverty has fallen by as much as 90 per­cent over the past five decades. Only 3 per­cent of Amer­i­cans are in poverty, the re­port said.

The re­port fol­lows U.N. Am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley say­ing last month that no more than 250,000 Amer­i­cans are in “ex­treme poverty,” con­demn­ing a United Na­tions re­port that said 18.5 mil­lion Amer­i­cans suf­fer from ex­treme poverty.

Co­hen’s Swiss con­tact

WASH­ING­TON— A re­port re­leased by Se­nate Democrats says Michael Co­hen was in fre­quent con­tact with top of­fi­cials of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal gi­ant Novartis as part of the lawyer’s $1.2 mil­lion con­sult­ing deal with the Swiss-based com­pany.

The re­port also says the com­pany ex­pected Mr. Co­hen to pro­vide ac­cess to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, though the re­port doesn’t show ev­i­dence he ap­proached Mr. Trump or oth­ers in the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Novartis is dis­put­ing re­ports it tried to play down its deal­ings with Mr. Co­hen.

The re­port hints of his ef­forts to per­suade clients that he had in­ti­mate knowl­edge of the poli­cies and per­son­nel that Trump’s White House would pro­mote.

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