Charles Lane

11/20/2014 - 2:31pm

    No consequence of the Berlin Wall's crumbling on Nov. 9, 1989, is more astonishing than that hideous structure's conversion from a source of German shame to a source of German pride. Formerly obsessed with the sad fact the Wall ever went up, Germans spent the 25th anniversary of its fall trumpeting...

06/19/2014 - 12:57am

    The conventional wisdom about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's political fortunes is that he still has a shot at the 2016 Republican presidential nomination - if he can just get past Bridgegate, the scandal over his aides' allegedly politically motivated partial closure of the George Washington Bridge...

06/09/2014 - 1:10am

    In the 1970s, Vietnam veteran-turned-novelist Tim O'Brien created Pvt. Cacciato, an impulsive soldier who, one fine day, gathered up rations, water, maps and a compass and, as O'Brien mordantly put it, "left the war," telling his buddies that he intended to walk all the way to Paris.

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06/02/2014 - 12:30am

    Any freedom, no matter how precious, is subject to abuse. Liberty minus the rule of law equals anarchy. Unless tempered by "a little practical wisdom," Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson famously warned in 1949, the Bill of Rights might become "a suicide pact."

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05/26/2014 - 5:07pm

    Today's subject is housing, and as part of my research I've been going through the U.S. Constitution, looking for the exact words that guarantee Americans access to a 30-year, fixed-rate home mortgage.

    I haven't found the provision yet, but it must be in...

05/18/2014 - 11:31pm

    The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in the United States. The Allies liberated Paris 70 years ago. And, of course, it's been 135 years since "Progress and Poverty," by the American journalist Henry George, was published in 1879.

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