Charles Lane

Washington, D.C.

Editorial writer and columnist specializing in economic and fiscal policy

Education: Harvard College, BA in social studies; Yale Law School, MSL

Charles Lane is a Post editorial writer specializing in economic and fiscal policy, and a weekly columnist. 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. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a frequent panelist on Fox News's "Special Report" and "Fox News Sunday."
Latest from Charles Lane

Powell’s next term could include the biggest test for central banking since Volcker

Here’s something Congress could do for the Fed Reserve chair: Avoid making his job harder than it already is.

November 23, 2021

Does the modern world still stand for suicide prevention? Unfortunately, the answer is maybe not.

Last spring, on March 17, Canada passed a law establishing an expert panel to study the extension of euthanasia to people who seek it solely to relieve what they say is intolerable suffering due to mental illnesses.

November 16, 2021

We can fix Facebook, but it’s going to cost us

If users had to pay for the platform, they would have a tangible reason to modulate their own engagement.

November 9, 2021

Democrats have insulted, cajoled and begged Manchin. Now they should listen to him.

They've tried cajoling him and flattering him and leaning on him to support the Build Back Better social and climate spending plan.

November 2, 2021

On taxes, the Democrats’ plan looks a lot like the Trump plan

Biden the candidate promised to overturn his predecessor's tax cuts, but as president he's on the verge of perpetuating most of them.

October 26, 2021

In honor of a complicated patriot, make Fort Powell a reality

The country has an opportunity to consider tangible memorials to the former secretary of state that would, by their very existence, reject negative assessments of his career — and strike a blow against reductionist historical judgment generally.

October 19, 2021

Joe Biden isn’t a socialist, but his nominee to regulate banks has pretty radical ideas about the Fed

Saule Omarova proposes having the Federal Reserve replace private commercial banking as a way to "democratize money."

October 13, 2021

Don’t worry, judges aren’t all unethical. But some aren’t very smart.

Why were they holding or, in a few cases, trading individual stocks in the first place?

October 5, 2021

Elon Musk is right. Congress has no business micromanaging the automotive future.

The best solution would be to scrap targeted subsidies and enact a carbon tax.

September 28, 2021

Canada’s non-tyranny of the non-majority

Canada returned the Liberal Party to power with just 32.3 percent of the vote — almost two percentage points less than the Conservative Party received.

September 21, 2021