Charles Lane

09/03/2015 - 5:07pm

    Income inequality bedevils the United States, as does debt, of the public and private varieties. Under the circumstances, you'd think that the federal government's priorities would not include channeling billions of dollars in cheap credit for the benefit of highly paid lawyers who train more lawyers....

04/16/2015 - 5:43pm

    Indianapolis may go down in history as the Gettysburg of the culture wars, the place where forces flying the flags of modernism, diversity and individual rights outflanked the would-be upholders of traditional values, forced them into a tactical retreat -...

04/08/2015 - 11:22pm

    With President Barack Obama's strong support, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched a regulatory crackdown on payday lending, the short-term, high-cost loans that lower-income people use to cope with cash crunches - at the risk, critics...

04/02/2015 - 2:39pm

    The right to free speech means nothing if not the right to express ideas that other people might find offensive. Protecting the exercise of that right is essential to democratic government, as the world was reminded, horrifically, by the mass murder of...

03/26/2015 - 8:39pm

    Today's lesson in How Washington Really Works begins with a look at one of the red-white-and-blue Metro buses rolling around downtown.

    Ignore the commuters inside, at least the ones going to...

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,...

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