Charles Lane

Opinion writer


The SAT’s aspiration of making academic merit as objective and quantifiable as possible is admirable.

  • Jul 29, 2015

Sanctuary cities show, once again, that there is no free lunch in public policy.

  • Jul 22, 2015

The presidents share “retrenchment” tendencies, but only time will tell if Obama’s deal has staying power.

  • Jul 16, 2015

It’s a myth that Germany’s conditions would impose brutal sacrifices on the Greek people.

  • Jul 10, 2015

Greece has been dominating the news, but Puerto Rico deserves attention in the U.S.

  • Jul 8, 2015

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

  • Jul 1, 2015

The rights of individuals prevailed over the rights of states.

  • Jun 26, 2015

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

  • Jun 17, 2015

Fewer elections could improve voter turnout and interest.

  • Jun 10, 2015

The Kentucky senator seems to be making a habit of hyperbolic grandstanding.

  • Jun 3, 2015
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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.
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