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...

07/31/2014 - 8:48pm

    President Obama's plan to transform the U.S. health-care market is once again in trouble. This time, two Republican-appointed judges on a federal appeals court have invalidated a key portion of the program.

    In other words, the U.S. constitutional system is...

07/14/2014 - 3:05am

    Congress likes to put fancy titles on its legislative handiwork, but they should probably just call everything the Law of Unintended Consequences, especially immigration bills.

    The 1965 Cuban Adjustment Act gave all people fleeing that Communist island the right to...

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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