Charles Lane

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 various sympathetic postmortems for the Cuban...

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...

11/15/2016 - 4:00pm

    For those of us who viewed a potential Donald Trump presidency with alarm, the only thing more troubling than his victory Tuesday is the manner in which he won.

    If Trump had run a more-or-less conventional campaign, and if it had earned him a lead...

11/06/2016 - 10:00am

    With the 58th presidential election under the U.S. Constitution now less than a week away, it is clear that the 228-year-old document is not achieving one of its central purposes.

    James Madison intended it to curb "factious spirit" - what...

10/31/2016 - 1:00pm

    You'd think Proposition 62, a referendum to abolish California's death penalty and replace it with life without parole, including for the 749 current occupants of death row, would win easily on Nov. 8.

    Democrats dominate this state; their...

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