Charles Lane

11/20/2014 - 2:31pm

    No consequence of the Berlin Wall's crumbling on Nov. 9, 1989, is more astonishing than that hideous structure's conversion from a source of German shame to a source of German pride. Formerly obsessed with the sad fact the Wall ever went up, Germans spent the 25th anniversary of its fall trumpeting...

11/13/2014 - 3:45pm

    Of all the instruments government might employ to fight income inequality and reward work, the federal minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour, is one of the bluntest.

    Congress sets it based on...

11/06/2014 - 5:54pm

    It's a warm late-October evening at a strip mall in this Denver suburb, and Sen. Mark Udall has his sleeves rolled up as he exhorts a roomful of Democratic volunteers.

    "Are you ready to...

10/30/2014 - 2:04pm

    LoDo Wellness Center, which calls itself the largest marijuana dispensary in the trendy Lower Downtown ("LoDo") area, is a mellow place, decorated with Oriental rugs, sofas and statues of Buddha.

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10/23/2014 - 2:28pm

    The story is told of three professors - a chemist, a physicist and an economist - who find themselves shipwrecked with a large supply of canned food but no way to open the cans. The chemist proposes a solvent made from native plant oils. The physicist...

10/16/2014 - 1:38pm

    It's hard to believe, in the wake of this week's Supreme Court refusal to review federal court rulings in favor of gay marriage, but some gay-marriage backers once took a dim view of federal constitutional lawsuits meant to advance the cause....

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