Charles Lane

07/31/2015 - 8:23pm

    In reality, there is no free lunch. In the alternate reality known as the American political debate, however, that's the only kind on the menu.

    Conservatives say tax cuts boost economic growth, which yields higher revenue. No need to worry...

03/19/2015 - 3:03pm

    When is this country going to wake up - really wake up - to the catastrophe that prescription opioid painkillers have caused since they came into widespread use in the early 1990s?

    Before then,...

02/26/2015 - 5:05pm

    In his 1973 classic film, "Sleeper," Woody Allen plays a cryogenically preserved Greenwich Village health food entrepreneur who is brought back to life in the year 2173.

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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...

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