Charles Lane

08/19/2014 - 12:38am

    According to much conventional wisdom, the flap over corporate "tax inversions" is just the latest evidence that the tax code needs a comprehensive overhaul like the one agreed to by congressional leaders and President Reagan in 1986.

    Whether you consider it greedy and unpatriotic for U.S. companies to...

06/02/2014 - 12:30am

    Any freedom, no matter how precious, is subject to abuse. Liberty minus the rule of law equals anarchy. Unless tempered by "a little practical wisdom," Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson famously warned in 1949, the Bill of Rights might become "a suicide pact."

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05/26/2014 - 5:07pm

    Today's subject is housing, and as part of my research I've been going through the U.S. Constitution, looking for the exact words that guarantee Americans access to a 30-year, fixed-rate home mortgage.

    I haven't found the provision yet, but it must be in...

05/18/2014 - 11:31pm

    The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in the United States. The Allies liberated Paris 70 years ago. And, of course, it's been 135 years since "Progress and Poverty," by the American journalist Henry George, was published in 1879.

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05/08/2014 - 8:54pm

    Though the U.S. prison population of 1.5 million in 2012 was far larger than that of any other country, both in absolute terms and as a percentage of population, the era of ever-increasing "mass incarceration" is ending.

    The number of state and federal...

04/13/2014 - 8:31pm

    At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, an inscription reads: "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met."

    It eloquently reflects the fact that few ordinary Americans - and...

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