Charles Lane

09/18/2014 - 4:25pm

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has launched the marketing "roadshow" for a $21 billion-plus initial public offering to take place this month. If all goes according to the company's plans, it could be the biggest IPO in Wall Street history.

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07/14/2014 - 3:05am

    Congress likes to put fancy titles on its legislative handiwork, but they should probably just call everything the Law of Unintended Consequences, especially immigration bills.

    The 1965 Cuban Adjustment Act gave all people fleeing that Communist island the right to...

06/19/2014 - 12:57am

    The conventional wisdom about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's political fortunes is that he still has a shot at the 2016 Republican presidential nomination - if he can just get past Bridgegate, the scandal over his aides' allegedly politically motivated partial closure of the George Washington Bridge...

06/09/2014 - 1:10am

    In the 1970s, Vietnam veteran-turned-novelist Tim O'Brien created Pvt. Cacciato, an impulsive soldier who, one fine day, gathered up rations, water, maps and a compass and, as O'Brien mordantly put it, "left the war," telling his buddies that he intended to walk all the way to Paris.

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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...

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