Charles Lane

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 corruption and nationalism they were originally meant...

02/20/2016 - 1:00pm

    Someday the Senate will consider a president's nominee for the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the late Antonin Scalia.

    Meanwhile, interested parties should prepare by reading a gripping new book about...

02/14/2016 - 2:00pm

    Perplexed by today's turbulent American political scene? Not to worry: A distinguished political scientist wrote an essay 26 years ago that anticipated our predicament with eerie explanatory power. The only downside is that its author specialized in the causes of...

02/06/2016 - 11:00am

    American presidential politics will not be having a libertarian moment after all. Sixteen months after Time magazine branded Republican Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky) "The Most Interesting Man in Politics," Paul has suspended his campaign for the White House - due...

01/24/2016 - 11:00am

    Thirty-six years ago, a local gadfly's column in a free Vermont weekly argued passionately for "democratic control" of television, so as to rid the industry of corporate advertisers who believe that "people should be treated as morons and bombarded...

01/18/2016 - 3:00pm

    President Obama billed his final State of the Union address as a departure from the norm - a broad look at the future, not the usual legislative to-do list. In a subtle but significant way, however, it resembled his previous addresses: Yet again, Obama argued that...

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