Charles Lane

12/03/2016 - 2:00pm

    Democrats from President Barack Obama on down are blaming their 2016 debacle in part on too much "identity politics" - messaging aimed not at voters broadly, but at Latinos, women, African-Americans and the LGBT community as groups.

    The one group Democrats did not target were their old...

06/26/2016 - 1:00pm

    By an overwhelming 3-to-1 margin, Swiss voters have rejected a proposal that would have guaranteed all residents a monthly income, whether they worked or not. Yet supporters of the concept elsewhere are not taking the Swiss "no" for an answer.

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06/14/2016 - 12:00am

    Though often fiercely partisan, Americans have no great love for political parties as such. Ever since James Madison wrote his mistrust of "factions" into the Constitution, parties and their "bosses" have been repeatedly attacked as privileged...

06/06/2016 - 12:00pm

    Capital punishment in the United States is on the wane. Fewer people, 49, were sentenced to death in 2015 than in any year since the Supreme Court reauthorized the ultimate sanction in 1976; only 28 were executed, the fewest in 20 years.

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05/29/2016 - 11:00am

    As if we didn't have enough to worry about already, here comes a new issue: The Great Cheese Glut of 2016. The Wall Street Journal reports that as of March 31, 1.19 billion pounds had accumulated in commercial cold-storage freezers across the United States, the...

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...

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