On the sequester, the Republicans want to give the White House the chance to use a scalpel rather than a meat cleaver. And the White House is saying, basically, no thanks. Meanwhile, Republicans badly want to means-test Medicare -- but they never seem to talk about the White House's proposal to means-test Medicare. Sarah Kliff and Ezra Klein discuss:

Further reading:

- Republicans want to make the sequester better. Why won't the White House let them? (This is the piece Ezra previews in WonkTalk).