from The Great Debate:

Saving Defense dollars: From BRAC to ORAC

By Kay Bailey Hutchison and Michael O'Hanlon
October 14, 2013

While the government shutdown continues because of the Democrats’ and Republicans’ profound disagreement, the real issue facing the nation is something that both parties agree on, in principle: the need to reduce the size of the federal deficit.

from The Great Debate:

Sequestration as government malpractice

By Ellen Sigal
July 30, 2013

In regard to the Food and Drug Administration, the sequestration could ultimately cost lives.

from Stories I’d like to see:

The mysterious farm bill, sequestration’s virtues, and the death of airport newsstands

By Steven Brill
June 25, 2013

1.  Can someone please explain the farm bill fight?

I’m a news junkie. But I am completely clueless about one policy issue that is hugely important (it affects what we eat and how much we pay for it), involves hundreds of billions of dollars in government programs and subsidies, and was splashed all over the front pages last week as the latest example of congressional dysfunction.

from Anatole Kaletsky:

Obama’s best strategy: Do nothing

By Anatole Kaletsky
March 8, 2013

Ronald Reagan had a catchphrase when faced with a crisis, especially a synthetic “crisis” of the kind Washington loves to concoct. He would call in the officials and media advisers rushing manically around the West Wing and calmly tell them: “Don’t just do something - stand there.”  In this respect, as in several others, “No Drama Obama” seems to resemble the man he once admiringly described, despite their ideological animosity, as the last great “transformational” U.S. president.

from Breakingviews:

U.S. budget cuts more blip than bomb

February 28, 2013

By Daniel Indiviglio
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.