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

Declining fiscal freedom

Declining fiscal freedom

“Dead Men Ruling” by C. Eugene Steuerle makes a case for long-term balance between spending, revenue.

Obstructed by the Constitution

Obstructed by the Constitution

The Framers wanted for it to be hard for legislators to transform the country.

A ‘national scandal’

A ‘national scandal’

The Wilberforce Act is in chaos, and children are the victims.

Cut out the middleman

Cut out the middleman

‘Hobby Lobby’ and ‘Harris’ offer the same lesson to government.