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

Is U.S. ‘presidentialist’ democracy failing?

Is U.S. ‘presidentialist’ democracy failing?

A 1990 essay lays out a flawed democratic scenario eerily similar to the campaign now underway.

Rand Paul, the former ‘most interesting man in politics’, bows out

Rand Paul, the former ‘most interesting man in politics’, bows out

Rand Paul’s libertarian message never really caught on.

The forgotten Confederate general who deserves a monument

The forgotten Confederate general who deserves a monument

James Longstreet fought for the worst of causes, but after the Civil War redeemed himself by supporting the best of them.

Actually, the ‘billionaire class’ might be more progressive than Sanders says

Actually, the ‘billionaire class’ might be more progressive than Sanders says

Bernie Sanders talks about the ego of billionaires, but neglects to mention their activism.