The Washington Post

Charles Lane

Opinion writer


VW’s ‘clean diesel’ sales pitch shows how vulnerable we remain to elaborate frauds.

  • Oct 7, 2015

Republicans want to repeal it, Democrats want to hollow it out

  • Sep 30, 2015

High school uniforms would sidestep the complicated legal and social issues raised by dress codes.

  • Sep 24, 2015

The Trump phenomenon has brought out the best in him, but no one is listening.

  • Sep 17, 2015

Trump and Sanders chase after seniors shamelessly.

  • Sep 16, 2015

When crime rates plummet, space opens up for a more nuanced discussion of crime-control policy.

  • Sep 3, 2015

The federal Grad PLUS program allows professional school students unlimited access to loans.

  • Aug 26, 2015

The worrisome trends in Europe should give pause about where euthanasia might lead in this country.

  • Aug 19, 2015

The current political malaise represents an unstable new normal and both parties are struggling.

  • Aug 12, 2015

The feverish anticipation of tonight’s GOP debate is really only politics as usual, American style.

  • Aug 5, 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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