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  • Want better healthcare? Have doctors make house calls.

     Want better healthcare? Have doctors make house calls.
    I make house calls. Remember those? When a doctor came to your door with a black bag? You might think of this as a quaint vestige of prewar life, or a luxury for the exceptionally wealthy with their concierge doctors. But home care medicine, as it's now...
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  • VA scandal fits an established Obama narrative: skilled politician, lousy manager

    VA scandal fits an established Obama narrative: skilled politician, lousy manager
    We don't normally expect our presidents to pay close attention to how long veterans are being asked to wait for care in the vast medical system run by the Department of Veterans Affairs. But we do expect presidents to appoint Cabinet officers and...
  • Vladimir Putin, master player

    Vladimir Putin, master player
    Let us now praise Vladimir Putin. Yes, Russia's president is a cold-hearted autocrat. And yes, he rules through a network of nasty oligarchs bent on squeezing profit from their country's oil riches. If he covets a piece of territory, he's liable to...
  • VA chief Eric Shinseki is facing a tough battle, but he's seen others

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki knows adversity. As a soldier in Vietnam, he was seriously wounded twice, the second time during a second tour of duty when he stepped on a land mine and lost half of his right foot. That should have...
  • Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac won't reduce loan limits, regulator says

    Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac won't reduce loan limits, regulator says
    The regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said Tuesday he would not force the mortgage finance giants to reduce the limits on loans they guarantee, because of concern about the slowing housing market. Mel Watt, who took over as director of the...
  • Egyptian writer Bassem Sabry's opinions live on after his death

    The unexpected death in Egypt this week of pro-democracy activist and writer Bassem Sabry has led his friends and followers to honor him by promoting the principles and views he had expressed since the nation’s 2011 uprising. The 31-year-old...
  • Obama argues against use of force to solve global conflicts

    Obama argues against use of force to solve global conflicts
    On the final stop of his weeklong Asian tour, President Obama on Monday answered the question that has dogged him all along the way: Has he gone too far in reducing America's historical role in global security? The president, who rode into office on a...
  • Sectarian strife rises as Iraq election approaches

    Iraq’s worst surge in sectarian violence since 2008, fueled by protracted political disputes, makes the first parliamentary election since the U.S.-led occupation anything but promising.      Over the last year, Islamic militants have targeted...
  • Putin conducts 'Russia Marches On'

     Putin conducts 'Russia Marches On'
    Last week, before Vladimir Putin annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea to Russia, I asked a leading Putinologist, Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution, what the Russian president was likely to do. "He's on the offensive," she said. "In his view, he'...