Charles Lane

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 legal residence once they reach U.S. soil. Over time...

03/20/2014 - 2:06pm

    Tesla Motors, the California-based electric-car start-up, is anything but an epitome of American-style free-market entrepreneurship.

    Its Model S performed and sold better than many critics, this one included, expected. Ditto for its stock price, which is more than $...

03/13/2014 - 1:17am

    Historical analogizing is a risky business, but in the wake of Vladimir Putin's strike on Ukraine, it's also a growth industry.

    The mother of all analogies, of course, is the Hitler analogy. No less an authority than former secretary of state (and possible...

03/06/2014 - 1:56am

    Republicans and Democrats don't agree on much these days, but if there's any point on which they should still see eye to eye it might be the federal earned-income tax credit. This cash supplement to wages, delivered in the form of a tax refund, was created during the Ford administration and has been...

02/20/2014 - 3:12pm

    The left-right battle that erupted over last week's Congressional Budget Office report showing that Obamacare reduces work incentives was, on the surface, yet another argument about the health-care law's impact on the U.S. economy.

    On a deeper level, however,...

01/30/2014 - 10:00am

    The 2014 Olympic Winter Games haven't started, but they've already produced their first scandal.

    The host country's president, Vladimir Putin, runs a notoriously despotic regime whose victims include not only independent journalists and political opponents...

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