Room for Debate asks: Are Germany and France drifting apart? (New York Times)

Brookings’ E.J. Dionne writes the U.S. has a deficit of reasonableness that keeps us from sensible solutions. “Why? Because an ideological bloc that sees every crisis as an opportunity to reduce the size of government holds enough power in Congress to stop us from doing what needs to be done.” (Washington Post)

The U.S. has an IED problem, writes Heritage’s James Carafano, “But, as Washington looks to cut homeland security along with the rest of the federal budget, it ought to think about where it gets the biggest no-bang for its buck. (Washington Examiner)

The rundown on today’s think tank events (Washington Post)

Brookings’ Charles Ebinger: “Today’s Democratic leadership has reached a nadir in rational energy policymaking. In the last several years, congressional party leaders have squandered opportunities for a nuclear waste management storage program and have shown opposition to shale gas production. This month, the party reached a new low: The Obama administration’s delay of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, in spite of its promise of an additional 750,000 barrels of oil per day and the thousands of new jobs it would create, was an inexcusable political decision unbecoming of a pragmatic leader.”(LA Times)

Entitlements, not tax cuts, widen the wealth gap. (National Review)