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Bud Selig’s winning legacy

WASHINGTON — The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. The Washington Senators were operated by Clark Griffith, who said: “Fans like home runs, and we have assembled a pitching staff to please our fans.” Today, however, Washington’s team is a model of best practices. The government? Less so.

False hope in Syria

U.S. officials are celebrating a modest victory in the war against the Islamic State in Syria — the apparently successful defense of the Kurdish town of Kobane, on the border with Turkey.

Ending Greece’s nightmare

Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza coalition, is about to become prime minister of Greece. He will be the first European leader elected on an explicit promise to challenge the austerity policies that have prevailed since 2010. And there will, of course, be many people warning him to abandon that promise, to behave “responsibly.”

The cost-cutting power of Medicare

The Department of Health and Human Services’ action Monday to set a timetable for moving Medicare away from fee-for-service payments is commendable and timely. Secretary Sylvia Burwell’s goals are nice and specific, too: Thirty percent of Medicare’s payments are to be value-based by the end of 2016, and 50 percent by the end of 2018.