Charles Lane

08/27/2015 - 8:36pm

    If you were a psychiatrist and a chronically depressed patient told you he wanted to die, what would you do?

    In Belgium, you might prescribe this vulnerable, desperate person a fatal dose of sodium thiopental.

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07/03/2015 - 2:46pm

    On one point the four dissenting justices in the gay marriage case are quite right: Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion shows how deeply the politics of identity have penetrated American culture and, now, jurisprudence.

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06/25/2015 - 11:12am

    President Barack Obama, elected and reelected with significant majorities of the popular vote, believes that the American people would benefit if he gets authority from Congress to negotiate international trade agreements and then submit them to both houses...

06/19/2015 - 10:38am

    The United States is notorious for having one of the lowest voter participation rates in the industrialized democratic world, and there is no shortage of proposals for increasing it. President Barack Obama recently floated the idea of compulsory voting....

06/10/2015 - 1:04am

    Politicians talk a lot, and the more a politician talks, the greater the risk he or she will say something regrettable. If you run your mouth for 11 hours at a stretch, as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is wont to do, the chance of putting your foot in it goes up...

05/21/2015 - 3:42pm

    In Greek mythology, Sisyphus paid for his sins by being compelled to push a boulder up a steep hill, only to have it roll back down, over and over again.

    If the gods had really wanted to...

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