Charles Fain Lehman

Listening Well

Review: ‘Dignity’ by Chris Arnade

Dignity is a book about giving voice to the voiceless, and it should be assessed by how well it achieves this goal. Where it succeeds it is moving, even heart-wrenching. But even the ways in which it fails tell us something about the problems of connecting America’s two halves.

Abortion Might Not Cut Crime Rates After All

Paper challenges controversial ‘Freakanomics’ thesis

While overall numbers of crimes rose and fell in line with abortion, this effect vanishes when adjusting for the size of the population. This conclusion challenges prevailing explanations, including the idea that abortion reduces the number of "unwanted" children who might otherwise commit crimes.

Booker Promises to Mostly End Immigration Detention

New plan would create ‘presumption of liberty’ for detained illegal immigrants

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) announced a sweeping immigration proposal Tuesday that would reduce immigration enforcement and increase the inflow of asylum-seekers.

Medicare For All Could Shutter Hospitals

If all Americans switched to Medicare, taking patients would become a losing financial proposition for hospitals

Amid an ever-more-left-leaning field, Democratic contender Rep. John Delaney (Md.) issued a dire warning Wednesday night about his opponents' plan to socialize medicine through Medicare for All.

Bernie Seeks to Bail Out Bankers, Lawyers, Doctors

Analysis: Sanders Debt Forgiveness Plan Would Benefit the Well-Off

Sanders's plan, which he first announced Monday, would void or otherwise repay the combined $1.6 trillion in student debt currently held by some 45 million Americans. Sanders said taming "Wall Street's greed" through transaction taxes is necessary to abolish student debt.

Prescription Limits May Increase Opioid Exposure

Paper assesses effectiveness of prescription length limits, monitoring systems

A paper released Monday found that a popular policy designed to combat opioid abuse may unintentionally expose more people to the highly addictive drugs. It looks at how two policies — initial prescription limits and must-access prescription drug monitoring programs — affect "opioid-naïve" individuals’ exposure to prescription painkillers.