Charles Lane

01/15/2017 - 11:00am

    Anyone who reads the unconfirmed report on Russia's purported ties to President-elect Donald Trump has to agree with the media organizations that balked at publishing it - until BuzzFeed decided to let Americans "make up their own minds."

    The document's provenance seems to be a...

01/10/2017 - 2:00pm

    John Maynard Keynes wrote that gut feelings - or "animal spirits," as he called them - were often more important to investment decisions than a "mathematical expectation."

    President-elect Donald Trump, too, understands animal...

12/28/2016 - 3:00pm

    In this uncertain world, there are still a few unalterable facts of political life. For example, Republicans always do what Charles and David Koch, the billionaire bankrollers of right-wing politics nationwide, tell them.

    Then again, maybe not. As...

12/09/2016 - 5:00pm

    Say what you want about Fidel Castro, in Africa he was a liberator. His aid to the South African anti-apartheid struggle will forever be remembered as a grand stroke of moral leadership, in great contrast to American policy.

    That's the theme of...

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...

11/25/2016 - 6:00pm

    If they gave Pulitzer Prizes for pithiness, journalist Salena Zito's analytical couplet on the surprise winner of Campaign 2016 would get one. The press took Republican Donald Trump "literally, but not seriously," she wrote, whereas Trump's supporters took him "seriously, but not...

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