Charles Lane

08/22/2016 - 5:00pm

    As his campaign for president gathered steam, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, went on CNBC and challenged the business news network's audience.

    "You can't just continue growth for the sake of growth in a world in which we are struggling with...

06/14/2016 - 12:00am

    Though often fiercely partisan, Americans have no great love for political parties as such. Ever since James Madison wrote his mistrust of "factions" into the Constitution, parties and their "bosses" have been repeatedly attacked as privileged...

06/06/2016 - 12:00pm

    Capital punishment in the United States is on the wane. Fewer people, 49, were sentenced to death in 2015 than in any year since the Supreme Court reauthorized the ultimate sanction in 1976; only 28 were executed, the fewest in 20 years.

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05/29/2016 - 11:00am

    As if we didn't have enough to worry about already, here comes a new issue: The Great Cheese Glut of 2016. The Wall Street Journal reports that as of March 31, 1.19 billion pounds had accumulated in commercial cold-storage freezers across the United States, the...

05/22/2016 - 2:00pm

    If anyone reading this column still believes in the "Olympic ideal," please give me a call: I've got a stadium in Rio de Janeiro I'd like to sell you.

    Discredited long ago by the very...

05/16/2016 - 3:00pm

    Touring early America, Alexis de Tocqueville marveled at the people's propensity to form associations for every purpose under the sun: "religious, moral, grave, futile, very general and very particular, immense and very small . . . to give fêtes, to...

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