Charles Lane

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 frustrate him, though, they would have assigned Sisyphus...

02/19/2015 - 9:25pm

    In hindsight, the tip-off that Brian Williams was making up that story about getting shot at over Iraq in 2003 was that he seemed to think it was something to brag about in the first place.

    War...

02/12/2015 - 4:53pm

    It's official: Over the past couple of decades, the United States spent vast amounts of time, energy and, above all, money - both private and public - to raise the national rate of homeownership, with exactly nothing to show for it.

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02/05/2015 - 7:24pm

    Under fire from Republicans and even House Democratic leaders, the White House withdrew this week its plan to end the tax-free status of the college savings accounts known as 529 plans. It's the first political debacle of 2015 for President Obama on the...

01/29/2015 - 11:59pm

    Of all the manifestations of crony capitalism in American history, none is more sickening than the concatenation of racial prejudice, business greed and big-government protection that segregated urban and suburban housing during the 20th century....

01/15/2015 - 4:49am

    Suddenly, satire is the great issue of our time.

    Last month, North Korea's Stalinist dictatorship launched a cyberattack, accompanied by threats of physical violence, against the makers and...

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