Charles Lane

05/21/2015 - 3:42pm

    In Greek mythology, Sisyphus paid for his sins by being compelled to push a boulder up a steep hill, only to have it roll back down, over and over again.

    If the gods had really wanted to frustrate him, though, they would have assigned Sisyphus...

04/08/2015 - 11:22pm

    With President Barack Obama's strong support, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched a regulatory crackdown on payday lending, the short-term, high-cost loans that lower-income people use to cope with cash crunches - at the risk, critics...

04/02/2015 - 2:39pm

    The right to free speech means nothing if not the right to express ideas that other people might find offensive. Protecting the exercise of that right is essential to democratic government, as the world was reminded, horrifically, by the mass murder of...

03/26/2015 - 8:39pm

    Today's lesson in How Washington Really Works begins with a look at one of the red-white-and-blue Metro buses rolling around downtown.

    Ignore the commuters inside, at least the ones going to...

03/19/2015 - 3:03pm

    When is this country going to wake up - really wake up - to the catastrophe that prescription opioid painkillers have caused since they came into widespread use in the early 1990s?

    Before then,...

02/26/2015 - 5:05pm

    In his 1973 classic film, "Sleeper," Woody Allen plays a cryogenically preserved Greenwich Village health food entrepreneur who is brought back to life in the year 2173.

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