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Thursday, August 22, 2019

The words "felon," "offender," "convict," "addict" and "juvenile delinquent" would be part of the past in official San Francisco parlance under new "person first" language guidelines adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

Going forward, what was once called a convicted felon or an offender released from jail will be a "formerly incarcerated person," or a "justice-involved" person or simply a "returning resident." Parolees and people on criminal probation will be referred to as a "person on parole," or "person under supervision." A juvenile "delinquent" will become a "young person with justice system involvement," or a "young person impacted by the juvenile justice system." And drug addicts or substance abusers will become "a person with a history of substance use."

"We don't want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done," Supervisor Matt Haney said.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

As Democratic presidential candidates descended on the Iowa State Fair, a plane buzzed overhead, an ominous warning fluttering behind it on a banner: "Focus on Rural America." read more


Sunday, August 18, 2019

White House hopeful Joe Biden doubled down on his vow to cooperate with Republicans should he be elected president, saying he successfully worked across the aisle as vice president. "There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there," he said Saturday at a Massachusetts fundraiser. "I get in trouble for saying that with Democrats, but the truth of the matter is, every time we ever got in trouble with our administration, remember who got sent up to Capitol Hill to fix it? Me. Because they know I respect the other team."

Biden added that many conservatives are being "intimidated" to follow in lockstep with President Trump. "They're decent people. They ran because they care about things, but they're intimidated right now," he told the fundraiser's attendees.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Supreme Court's liberal minority forged winning alliances in unexpected rulings throughout the 2018-2019 term, suggesting the newly entrenched conservative majority is hardly a cohesive unit. Each of the conservative justices crossed over to form a 5-4 majority with the liberal bloc at least once. A total of 10 decisions featured a five-justice majority with four liberals and one conservative. By contrast, the conservative justices joined together to form a five-member majority in seven cases.

That data point should not be overstated. The court's personnel are more substantively conservative than they have been in decades, and the five Republican appointees delivered real victories for the right in the past term. But the complex questions posed in many Supreme Court cases, in tandem with the interesting and meaningful differences among the conservative justices, make the right-leaning majority neither predictable nor monolithic.


Wednesday, August 07, 2019

FX announced that the third season of its award-winning limited series franchise American Crime Story will center on the sex scandal that rocked the Bill Clinton presidency, will be released in September 2020. Monica Lewinsky is a producer on the limited series, titled Impeachment: American Crime Story. read more


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