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‘Women are being sexually harassed at all levels every day’: Officials reveal TSA ‘leadership abyss’

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The culture atop the Transportation Security Administration’s intelligence office has allegedly deteriorated to the point where it was described as a “leadership abyss” by a former offical.

According to the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), court records show ongoing concerns about leadership struggles within the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, as well as a reputation for mishandling classified information.

A House oversight committee is slated to examine allegations of misconduct within the agency on Wednesday. The hearing will include testimony from Mark Livingston, a former deputy assistant administrator for the intelligence office who CIR said was “reassigned after raising concerns about discrimination against women and inappropriate behavior.”

Livingston filed a federal lawsuit saying that he reported one manager for forcing female employees wearing skirts, among others, to do pushups in the office to “haze” them. He also said that others who raised similar concerns were targeted for retaliation.

“The culture of any organization is shaped by the worst behavior of its senior leaders. I keep seeing these examples – there seems to be no bottom to this failed leadership abyss,” he said. “The environment at TSA among senior leaders is like Lord of the Flies – either attack or be attacked. Even with changes in leadership, I haven’t seen a change.”

He also said he reported what he described as a lack of security protocols for handling classified information, which spurred other agencies to limit TSA’s access to records of that nature.

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“Intel is happening in spite of leadership, not because of it,” Livingston said. “TSA needs intel professionals running the intelligence office, not program managers or specialists.”

A former advisor to Livingston, Raechell Bailey, told CIR that “people issues” are more prevalent within the agency than intelligence issues. Her own departure from TSA, she said, came about because of a lack of support after a supervisor spread a false rumor claiming that her newborn daughter resembled her supervisor. Bailey was on maternity leave at the time.

“We’re saying women are being sexually harassed at all levels — directors to analysts — every day,” she said. “Every other branch of government has a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. TSA does not enforce that policy.”

Livingston went even further, saying that while TSA asks the public to report suspicious behavior, employees who do so are not safe.

“I am concerned that employees fear their supervisors more than they fear a potential terrorist threat,” he said.

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‘Black students don’t tip’: Texas restaurant says forcing African-American kids to pay gratuity is not racist

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A restaurant in Cypress, Texas has come under fire after an employee allegedly said that black students "don't tip."

Brittany Blakney told KPRC that she and her friends went to Locatelli’s restaurant to celebrate graduating from Prairie View A&M University.

Blakney said that she was surprised to find out that the server had already added a 15% gratuity to her check.

“He said, 'Black students from Prairie View don’t tip,'” she recalled.

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Supreme Court rejects Virginia GOP’s last-ditch attempt to block fair legislative elections

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On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down their decision in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, shutting down the Virginia GOP's last ditch effort to rig the upcoming state legislative election taking place this November.

In 5-4 decision, the justices held that the House of Delegates has no standing to appeal the decision made by the lower court. The vote broke along unusual lines, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writing for a majority with Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch, and Justice Samuel Alito writing a dissent joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaugh.

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Gun-loving Parkland teen loses admission to Harvard over racist texts

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A pro-gun Parkland school shooting survivor has lost his admission to Harvard University over recently revealed racist remarks.

Kyle Kashuv broke with many of his classmates on gun safety laws after a February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and he was accepted to attend the Ivy League university after working as a conservative activist.

However, the 18-year-old Kashuv announced Monday, that admission was rescinded after texts and other derogatory comments he made nearly two years ago were reported.

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