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Sunday, August 30, 2015

After weeks of protests, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez released a 40-minute video showing the final moments of Joseph Hutcheson's life. Hutcheson, 48, died Aug. 1 in the main lobby of the Dallas County jail. He had run into the lobby begging for help and acting erratically. Sheriff's officials handcuffed him. The video also seems to confirm witness accounts that a sheriff's officer pressed his knee into Hutcheson's neck area, potentially cutting off his airway. "The video shows it," Hutcheson family attorney Scott Palmer said. "It's just a question of how much force and what force and what damage was caused by that." read more

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, speaking at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Saturday, compared legal immigrants to FedEx packages, arguing they should be tracked continuously by the government. Christie even promised to bring in FedEx founder Fred Smith to set up the system. "At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It's on the truck. It's at the station. It's on the airplane. Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them," Christie said.

An undercover NYPD officer fatally shot an innocent bystander -- and wounded a suspected armed robber -- during a gun-buy gone awry in Mount Vernon on Friday, police said. Felix Kumi, 61, of Mount Vernon, died of his wounds at 12:55 a.m. Saturday at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, police said. Kumi, who had been standing behind the suspected robber as the officer fired, was struck twice in his torso, police said. The father of two was on his way to pick up his car from a nearby repair shop when the shooting happened. NYPD Commissioner William Bratton issued a statement Saturday expressing his "profound sorrow and sympathy" for Kumi's family.

Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast: Here's a thought experiment for you. Imagine you could find a person who didn't know 1) who Jeb Bush was or 2) what pursuit he was involved in. You showed the person a video clip of a Bush press conference or speech, but with the sound turned down, and you asked the person, just based on the expression on Bush's face and the hang of his shoulders and whatnot, where is this man, and what is he doing? I think your person would say something like: "Well ... he looks like he's at a funeral. Attending the funeral of a friend's mother. Or maybe not even a friend. Maybe a co-worker, or employee. He didn't know the woman. But he's there, because he needs to be, and he's paying his respects. 'I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure she was a wonderful woman.' He's doing his duty, but he also looks like he'd really rather be somewhere else." read more

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The U.S. economy grew faster than initially thought in the second quarter on solid domestic demand, showing fairly strong momentum that could still allow the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates this year. Gross domestic product expanded at a 3.7 percent annual pace instead of the 2.3 percent rate reported last month, the Commerce Department said on Thursday in its second GDP estimate for the April-June period. The GDP report, which was released in the wake of a global stock market sell-off, should assure investors and cautious Fed officials that the United States is in good shape to weather the growing strains in the world economy.The employment picture was further brightened on Thursday by a separate report from the Labor Department showing initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 271,000 for the week ended Aug. 22. It was the 25th straight week that claims remained below the 300,000 threshold, read more


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