Charles Lane

09/25/2014 - 12:15pm

    The latest meeting of the People Who Influence Everything from Auto Loans to 401(k) Plans - a.k.a. the Federal Reserve Board's Open Market Committee - has just concluded. The Fed confirmed Wednesday that, as expected, it will stop buying bonds with freshly printed money in October but did not say when...

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...

03/20/2014 - 2:06pm

    Tesla Motors, the California-based electric-car start-up, is anything but an epitome of American-style free-market entrepreneurship.

    Its Model S performed and sold better than many critics, this one included, expected. Ditto for its stock price, which is more than $...

03/13/2014 - 1:17am

    Historical analogizing is a risky business, but in the wake of Vladimir Putin's strike on Ukraine, it's also a growth industry.

    The mother of all analogies, of course, is the Hitler analogy. No less an authority than former secretary of state (and possible...

03/06/2014 - 1:56am

    Republicans and Democrats don't agree on much these days, but if there's any point on which they should still see eye to eye it might be the federal earned-income tax credit. This cash supplement to wages, delivered in the form of a tax refund, was created during the Ford administration and has been...

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