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  1. OTHER VIEWS: Can Congress really fix the VA scandal?

    Wednesday, Jul 30 2014 11:02 PM

    House and Senate conferees have agreed on a $17 billion bill to address the scandal over poor health-care service at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The legislation is now on a fast track to pass Congress before its August recess, showing that Republican and Democratic lawmakers can still agree on their concern for those who served their country in uniform -- and their fear of facing those same veterans in town halls and, eventually, at the polls.

    The problems at the VA centered on the long waits, sometimes months, that some veterans faced just to see a doctor at one of the department's nearly 1,000 hospitals and clinics. On top of that, some senior VA officials allegedly knew about the excessive backlogs and covered them up by...

  2. ESTHER CEPEDA: Giving teachers their voice

    Teachers feel powerless. This is the fundamental problem with education reform in America: The people who are most important in a child's classroom feel they are effectively without a voice. When new teachers are concerned about their...

  3. DANA MILBANK: The result of putting ideology above lives

    On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed -- a victim, in part, of the decision by the state's governor and legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. Six days later, 48-year-old Portia Gibbs, a local...

  4. OTHER VIEWS: Voters should pass Prop. 44's rainy day fund

    Leave it to the governor and state legislators to take a good idea and screw it up. That's what happened with the plan for a rainy day fund on the November ballot. Proposition 44 would impose desperately needed fiscal discipline on...

  5. MICHAEL GERSON: The party of reform?

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to prominence in the 1990s as an expert in political renovation, transforming the Labour Party from a creaky, socialist relic to a modern, center-left, governing institution. Before Blair,...

  6. OTHER VIEWS: Keeping the Cold War off the battlefield

    International outrage over the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane over Ukraine on July 17 does not appear to have affected either the actions of pro-Russia forces in that country or the material support Russia is offering the rebels....

  7. OTHER VIEWS: Obama's promising My Brother's Keeper initiative

    These are the depressing facts about boys and young men of color: They are more likely to drop out of school, more likely to be in prison, more likely to be unemployed and more likely to die at an earlier age. That minority men are at...

  8. ESTHER CEPEDA: Our lesson plan: sticking to healthy meals

    Remember last year's hysteria over school lunches? Administrators, cafeteria workers, students and parents across the country freaked out when -- gasp! -- school lunches were made healthier. News reports throughout the 2012-13 school year...

  9. MAX EHRENFREUND: How do we feel about executions?

    Public support for the death penalty in the United States has declined, but it remains strong, with at least 60 percent of respondents in surveys saying that they favor capital punishment. Whether the public would support the kind of...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: Rediscovering roots with anti-poverty ideas

    It's rare for a prominent politician to publicly rethink his position on one of his signature issues. Paul Ryan has just done so -- and deserves credit for it. The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee Thursday released a...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: ACA will have another date with Supreme Court

    Is this the beginning of the end of Obamacare? Tuesday’s ruling by a U.S. appellate court panel in the District of Columbia creates the possibility that the Affordable Care Act will unravel.   The appellate panel found — “reluctantly,”...

  12. OTHER VIEWS: Staggering tunnel vision in Mideast war

    The distinguishing feature of the latest war between Israel and Hamas is "offensive tunnels," as the Israeli army calls them. As of early Wednesday, 28 had been uncovered in Gaza, and nearly half extend into Israel, according to Israeli...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: Recreational marijuana laws hit tax bumps

    The states of Colorado and Washington ushered in what is likely to be a continuing trend when in November 2012 voters approved ballot measures legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Both states started implementing the laws this...

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