Justice department investigating fatal police shooting of Loreal Tsingine – Jamiles Lartey Saturday 30 July 2016 15.02 EDT


Tsingine, a Native American, was killed by officer Austin Shipley in late March as fatal shootings of Native Americans by police have increased in 2016

In body-camera footage, Loreal Tsingine is seen getting up and walking toward an officer with a small pair of scissors in her left hand, and another officer quickly approaches her from behind.

The Justice Department will investigate the police shooting of a Native American woman in Arizona, a spokesman said on Friday, a day after footage released by the Winslow police department raised concerns about racial bias in the fatal shooting.

The department’s civil rights division will review the local investigation into the March 27 shooting death of Loreal Tsingine, spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said.

Tsingine, 27, was shot and killed by the Winslow police officer Austin Shipley in late March after officers suspected her of shoplifting in a local store and confronted her. Silent body-camera footage, first obtained by the Arizona Daily Sun, shows a police officer trying to restrain Tsingine then shoving her to the ground and finally drawing a gun on her as she approaches him.

In the video, Tsingine gets up and walks toward Shipley with a small pair of medical scissors in her left hand, and another officer quickly approaches her from behind. Shipley draws his gun and directs it at Tsingine, and the footage is cut off before he fires the fatal shot.

The shooting was ruled justified by the Maricopa County attorney’s office last Friday.

Tsingine’s aunt, Floranda Dempsey, said her niece was 5ft tall and weighed 95lbs. “They should have been able to subdue her with their huge size and weight,” she said. “It wasn’t like she came at them first. I’m sure anyone would be mad if they were thrown around.” She added a question: “Where were the tasers, pepper sprays, batons?”

The family filed a $10.5m wrongful death lawsuit against the city at the beginning of the month, claiming that “the city of Winslow was negligent in hiring, training, retaining, controlling and supervising” the officer who killed Tsingine.

Shipley’s training records show two of his fellow officers had serious concerns that he was too quick to go for his service weapon, that he ignored directives from superiors, and that he was liable to falsify reports and not control his emotions.

A day before Shipley’s training ended, nearly three years ago, a police corporal recommended that the Winslow police department not retain him.

“They were warned he was likely to hurt someone back in 2013 or so, by another commanding officer,” Floranda said. “It’s unbelievable as to why he was still allowed to wear a badge.”

Floranda said watching the video shocked her and made her angry, and that all she saw was “a bully who got angry for getting his ego squashed” by a small Native American woman.

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Mark Cuban insults Trump before backing ‘true leader’ Hillary Clinton – Lauren Gambino in Pittsburgh Saturday 30 July 2016 23.38 EDT


Billionaire entrepreneur ends speculation at Pittsburgh rally, opening speech by saying hello to Trump in Russian

Mark Cuban gives the thumbs-up before the start of a campaign rally with Hillary Clinton and democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The battle of the brash billionaires is on.

Entrepreneur Mark Cuban used Donald Trump’s braggadocio to make the case for electing Hillary Clinton during a rally in his native Pittsburgh on Saturday.

“Leadership is not yelling, and screaming and intimidating,” said Cuban, the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and a panelist on ABC’s Shark Tank. “People like that in Pittsburg are called a jagoff,” he added, using pejorative Pittsburgh slang. “Is there any bigger jagoff in the world than Donald Trump?”

The endorsement ends the speculation over who the self-described independent would endorse. Last month, Cuban threatened to vote for Trump if Clinton chose as a running mate the tough-on-Wall Street Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren. And in May, he put himself forward as a vice-presidential candidate, telling ESPN Radio’s Capital Games podcast he’d consider a spot on either ticket.

But on Saturday, there was no wavering.

“I’m ready to vote for a true leader, I’m ready to vote for the American dream,” Cuban said. “I’m ready to tell the world that I am here to endorse Hillary Clinton.”

Cuban opened his remarks by saying hello to Trump in Russian, mocking the real estate developer’s praise of Vladimir Putin. He shared his success story with the rambunctious crowd, detailing some of his early business failures and offered the audience some advice. “What you don’t do – you don’t ask daddy for a small loan of a million dollars,” said Cuban, deriding Trump for taking, as he described it, a “small loan” from his father, a real estate developer in New York City’s outer boroughs.

Cuban visited Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters and has been talking with her campaign chairman, John Podesta, according to a campaign aide. On Thursday, Cuban called Podesta before Clinton took the stage in Philadelphia to accept the Democratic party’s nomination to say he was coming on board.

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Gig economy workers: Independent contractors or indentured servants? – JULIE GUTMAN DICKINSON, CAPITAL & MAIN SATURDAY, JUL 30, 2016 04:30 PM PDT


We need to stop worker misclassification and the abuse of so-called “independent contractors”

Gig economy workers: Independent contractors or indentured servants?

This article originally appeared on Capital & Main.

What if millions of American workers were being denied health insurance, job security and the most basic legal protections, from overtime pay to workers compensation to the right to join a union? What if tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer revenues — money desperately needed to address everything from crumbling roads to education to health care — were never making it to local, state and federal treasuries? What if thousands of companies were violating the law with impunity?

That is exactly what is happening in the United States today, thanks to a rampant practice known as worker misclassification — illegally labeling workers as independent contractors when in fact they are employees under the law. In some cases it’s occurring in plain sight, in others it’s more hidden — but regardless of the circumstances, it is taking an enormous toll on the country.

According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), workers misclassified as independent contractors can be found in nearly every industry, and the phenomenon has grown considerably with the rise of the gig economy. Uber, the ride-hailing company, has become the poster child for worker misclassification, with numerous lawsuits alleging that Uber wrongly classifies its drivers as independent contractors. But Uber is hardly alone — examples of worker misclassification can be found in scores of new sectors, from housecleaners to technical workers.

Workers misclassified as independent contractors are also legion in established sectors of the economy, notably residential construction, in-home caregiving and the port trucking industry. Conditions for these workers have been compared to indentured servitude, and for good reason. Misclassification enables employers to get away with widespread wage theft and a range of other illegal practices.

In a 2015 report, EPI described the advantages to employers of misclassifying workers. “Employers who misclassify avoid paying payroll taxes and workers’ compensation insurance, are not responsible for providing health insurance and are able to bypass requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act.” If this weren’t enough, the report continues, “misclassified workers are ineligible for unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, minimum wage and overtime, and are forced to pay the full FICA tax and purchase their own health insurance.”

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Norman Lear on His Docuseries, America Divided: ‘We Wanted It to Be Cinematic’ – By Whitney Friedlander July 30, 2016 8:50 p.m.


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Norman Lear has created multiple television shows that have taken on racial and societal injustices, but he will soon be in front of the camera as one of the correspondents of the EPIX documentary series, America Divided. Each episode of the series, which Lear executive produces along with Common and Shonda Rhimes, will feature a celebrity reporting on mass incarceration, drugs, and other issues. Lear’s episode deals with the gentrification and housing crisis of New York, with the TV icon going undercover, using a hidden camera to expose racial discrimination. During the show’s Television Critics Association panel Saturday, Lear said he discovered he’s “a really great reporter” while filming it.

He also told journalists he thought we’d be past such issues when he was creating and developing series like All in the FamilyThe Jeffersons, and Maude back in the ’70s and ’80s. “It amazes me that we haven’t moved faster,” he said. “Adjacent to that problem is the LGBTQ issue, which just moved so quickly over the last 30 years and is in a place now where we wish the racial situation existed. Racial harmony wants to be moving as far-forward in the next decade or two as the LGBTQ movement did.”

Other names who anchor episodes of the series, premiering September 30, include Rosario Dawson, who will look at the Flint water crisis, and Jesse Williams, who will explore the problems in America’s schools. “We knew way before [Jesse] made that BET speech that he’s a real activist in Black Lives Matter,” said executive producer Solly Granastein. “He made that speech at a time when the country was really focused on these issues and I hope this series has the same impact.”

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The Future of U.S.-Saudi Relations – By F. Gregory Gause III July/August 2016 Issue


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The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia has come under unprecedented strains in recent years. U.S. President Barack Obama has openly questioned Riyadh’s value as an ally, accusing it of provoking sectarian conflict in the region. According to The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, when Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, asked Obama whether he saw the Saudis as friends, the president responded, “It’s complicated.” Many Americans continue to believe that the Saudi government was involved in the September 11, 2001, attacks, although the 9/11 Com­mission found no evidence of institutional or senior-level Saudi support. The Senate has even passed a bill that would allow Americans to sue the Saudi government in U.S. courts for its alleged support of terrorism.

The Saudis have been equally intemperate in their recent comments. The kingdom’s officials have threatened to sell off hundreds of billions of dollars of U.S. assets if Congress passes the bill, even though such a move would hurt Saudi Arabia much more than it would the United States. And they have made little effort to hide their contempt for Obama, whom they see as too willing to jettison old friends in order to cozy up to enemies. Prince Turki al-Faisal—the most outspoken senior member of the ruling family and a former head of Saudi foreign intelligence and former ambassador to the United States—has accused Obama of “throw[ing Saudi Arabia] a curve ball” because he has “pivoted to Iran.” The prince went on to say that the Saudis would “continue to hold the American people as [an] ally”—but implied that they no longer view the American president as one.

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