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

The logic behind our alliances

The logic behind our alliances

There have always been isolationists who question the value of our international partnerships.

Donald Trump, working-class hero

Donald Trump, working-class hero

Among shuttered mines and mills,Trump exploits dreams of restoration.

In the U.S., who has the monopoly on force?

In the U.S., who has the monopoly on force?

The Constitution allows for the legitimate use of violence by both the federal government and the states. And then there are all those individual gun owners.