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

The presidency should be no office for old men (or women)

Trump-Biden II remains a likely 2024 scenario. But if everyone 75 and older was barred from running for president, that wouldn't be an issue.

August 4, 2022

Is the U.S. economy about to slip on a banana?

When the White House said there is nothing “official” about the definition of a recession as a two-quarter drop in GDP, Republican mockery lit up the internet.

July 27, 2022

Real stuff matters, because real stuff happens

Human beings have a hierarchy of needs, at the top of which are eating and staying warm, with internet gambling and video streaming a lot lower on the list.

July 20, 2022

The Abe assassination reminds us that individuals make history

Plucking leaders violently from society divides time when life was unimaginable without these prominent figures and another where life is unimaginable with them.

July 13, 2022

Why the Buffalo supermarket slaughter should be a death penalty case

Civil rights groups contend that racism so badly taints U.S. capital punishment, it should not even be sought against a white supremacist mass murderer.

July 6, 2022

Overturning Roe isn’t what a partisan Republican would do

Whatever the Supreme Court majority may have taken into account as they finally put paid to the abortion law, it wasn’t the GOP's short-term political gain.

June 29, 2022

A gas puzzler: If Biden ran Big Oil, what would he do differently?

Policy cannot simultaneously maximize gas-price affordability, incentives for domestic production and environmental protection.

June 22, 2022

Democrats can’t have it both ways about the threat of GOP extremism

The Jan. 6 committee is raising alarms about extreme Republicans who support Trump's stolen-election fantasy, yet Democrats are quietly supporting just these sorts of candidates in the belief that they'll be easier to beat in the fall. That's a dangerous game.

June 15, 2022

The federal budget has 99 problems. This program ain’t one — anymore.

In recent years, it has often projected impending insolvency for these giant federal reserves.

June 8, 2022

One cheer for inflation — but only one

To acknowledge this particular, limited upside can help us understand our fiscal and economic predicaments — and how we muddle through them.

June 1, 2022