Charles Lane
Charles Lane
Editorial Writer

Charles Lane is a Post editorial writer, specializing in economic policy, federal fiscal issues and business, and a contributor to the PostPartisan blog. In 2009 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing. He is the author of two books: “The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of Reconstruction” (2008) and “Stay of Execution: Saving the Death Penalty from Itself” (2010). Lane joined The Post in 2000 as an editorial writer, did a stint as The Post’s Supreme Court reporter and then rejoined the editorial board in 2007. Previously, he was editor and a senior editor of The New Republic from 1993 to 1999 and a foreign correspondent for Newsweek from 1987 to 1993. Lane studied at the Yale Law School and Harvard College. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Latest by Charles Lane

Big Corn vs. Big Sugar could have a sweet outcome for taxpayers

Big Corn vs. Big Sugar could have a sweet outcome for taxpayers

Warring over subsidies and tax benefits may give K Street players exactly what they deserve.

Justice Kennedy and the end of America’s sexual-orientation caste system

Justice Kennedy and the end of America’s sexual-orientation caste system

The rights of individuals prevailed over the rights of states.

Betraying Middle America in trade fight

Betraying Middle America in trade fight

For labor leaders, it’s less about jobs and more about wielding power in the post-Obama Democratic Party.

Why Americans should vote less often

Why Americans should vote less often

Fewer elections could improve voter turnout and interest.