Charles Lane

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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08/28/2014 - 3:32pm

    As the tumultuous situation in Ferguson, Mo., entered its second week, President Obama stood before the nation and offered a mild, balanced plea.

    There is "no excuse" for excessive use...

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...

08/10/2014 - 7:30pm

    Not since Abraham Lincoln pondered his Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 has a president considered ordering a more sweeping adjustment to membership in the American community than the mass relief for illegal immigrants that President Barack Obama is said to be contemplating.

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07/31/2014 - 8:48pm

    President Obama's plan to transform the U.S. health-care market is once again in trouble. This time, two Republican-appointed judges on a federal appeals court have invalidated a key portion of the program.

    In other words, the U.S. constitutional system is...

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...

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