Charles Lane

10/16/2014 - 1:38pm

    It's hard to believe, in the wake of this week's Supreme Court refusal to review federal court rulings in favor of gay marriage, but some gay-marriage backers once took a dim view of federal constitutional lawsuits meant to advance the cause.


05/08/2014 - 8:54pm

    Though the U.S. prison population of 1.5 million in 2012 was far larger than that of any other country, both in absolute terms and as a percentage of population, the era of ever-increasing "mass incarceration" is ending.

    The number of state and federal...

04/13/2014 - 8:31pm

    At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, an inscription reads: "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met."

    It eloquently reflects the fact that few ordinary Americans - and...

04/07/2014 - 2:19am

    The Supreme Court is pondering Hobby Lobby's argument that Obamacare unlawfully burdens its corporate religious freedom by requiring it to offer employees health insurance coverage for certain forms of contraception.

    Hobby Lobby's case is that the Affordable...

04/03/2014 - 12:42am

    In the debate over economic inequality, most of the discussion is about new things the federal government should do to make the distribution of our society's resources more even: raise the minimum wage, say, or impose higher tax rates on the rich.

    But what about...

03/27/2014 - 2:59am

    Intelligence officers live by a time-honored credo: When in doubt, admit nothing, deny everything, make counter-accusations.

    It was in that spirit that Vladimir Putin, the quondam KGB man who rules Russia, addressed his nation and the world Tuesday on the annexation...

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