While you weren’t looking, we put together a handy guide to the confusing debate over sequestration.
The short version is that partisan whining about how the sequester came into existence is a huge distraction from the more important, though badly misrepresented, fight over how to replace it. And both threads point away from the basic question of what the sequester is, how it works, and why it ought to be avoided.
Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight, and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at email@example.com.