Quick links to a few items I found interesting.
VA scandal: Political Calculations has some interesting evidence on the role of budget decisions in the recent problems encountered by the Veterans Health Administration. See the Washington Post for a summary of some of the problems and the Wall Street Journal for the latest disturbing revelation.
Piketty, Piketty: I’ve explained ,  why the economic theory underlying Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is deeply flawed, with Per Krusell and Tony Smith ,  making essentially the same point. Useful third-party summaries on this issue include Free Exchange and Alex Tabarrok. Brad DeLong , , continues to vigorously criticize Krusell and Smith without even mentioning or addressing the actual issue raised in their analysis. See also Rick Stryker ,  for elucidation.
Labor force particpation: The always-indispensable Bill McBride makes some insightful observations about trends in labor force participation rates, noting for example that “a researcher looking at this trend in the year 2000 might have predicted the 40 to 44 year old men participation rate would about the level as today.”