Charles Lane

03/26/2015 - 8:39pm

    Today's lesson in How Washington Really Works begins with a look at one of the red-white-and-blue Metro buses rolling around downtown.

    Ignore the commuters inside, at least the ones going to work on Capitol Hill or the White House, where,...

01/29/2015 - 11:59pm

    Of all the manifestations of crony capitalism in American history, none is more sickening than the concatenation of racial prejudice, business greed and big-government protection that segregated urban and suburban housing during the 20th century....

01/15/2015 - 4:49am

    Suddenly, satire is the great issue of our time.

    Last month, North Korea's Stalinist dictatorship launched a cyberattack, accompanied by threats of physical violence, against the makers and...

12/24/2014 - 4:00pm

    The U.S. embargo on Cuba - or what's left of it after President Obama's dramatic Cuba policy announcement - may be a futile gesture. But it is, or was, not an empty gesture.

    It put the...

12/18/2014 - 4:27am

    The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's sickening report about the torture of terrorism suspects by CIA officers and contractors, with its revelations about "rectal feeding" and prolonged sleep deprivation, should trouble the conscience...

12/11/2014 - 4:01pm

    Will plummeting oil prices succeed in reining in Vladimir Putin's aggressive foreign policy where Western diplomacy and economic sanctions have so far failed? Might the shock to Russia's oil- exporting economy be so great as to destabilize Putin...

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