Charles Fain Lehman

‘Deaths of Despair’ Might Not Be About Despair After All

New report captures a century of 'deaths of despair'

Delving into more than 100 years of data, a report released Thursday casts new light on America's ongoing battle with "deaths of despair." The issue has risen to prominence since economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton's groundbreaking work revealed that American middle-aged mortality rates had been rising since the year 2000.

Trump Admin. Preps Proposal to Execute Mass Shooters Faster

Plan will form part of gun control bill after Congress returns

The Trump administration has prepared draft legislation to expedite capital cases against mass shooters, it announced Monday. Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, told reporters to expect the legislation as part of a larger gun control proposal from the White House, Fox News reports. The total legislative package is expected after Congress returns from its August recess on September 9th.

DOJ Busts 35 in Drug Conspiracy

Virginia crew allegedly had enough fentanyl to kill 14 million people

The Department of Justice indicted 35 drug traffickers who collectively participated in a conspiracy to sell tons of highly potent drugs in eastern Virginia.

Senate GOP Slams Dem Court-Packing Threat

Dems: 'perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be restructured'

Senate Republicans issued a sharp rebuke to several of their Democratic colleagues Thursday in a letter to the clerk of the Supreme Court, accusing them of threatening the independent judiciary.

Thousands Returned to Mexico Under Trump Immigration Policy

Records show 'Remain in Mexico' policy is cutting illegal immigration

Thousands of would-be illegal immigrants are being returned to await asylum hearings in Mexico as part of a program the Trump Administration has credited with curbing the recent wave of family migration at the southwestern border.

Mayor Pete Doesn’t Understand ‘Deaths of Despair’

The problem's bigger than mental health

There is, as Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg correctly noted, a surging wave of suicides, drug overdoses, and alcohol deaths. These have been collectively labeled "deaths of despair," first in academic literature and then in the popular press.

NC Dem Judges Soft on Sex Crimes

Court trying to 'make a broad policy statement,' dissenting Republican claims

The Democratic majority on North Carolina's Supreme Court ruled to let a child porn offender go free on a technicality and allowed serial sexual offenders to avoid GPS monitoring in two decisions released in August.