Where we stand on Basel III. Douglas Elliott, Brookings. (Read alongside his primer on the Basel talks.) "Overall, the news is good..." The banks seem to agree. Elliott is more generous than I would be, but let's see the capital ratios.
Too many laws, too many prisoners. The Economist. An eye-opening look at America's harsh, dysfunctional, and potentially tyrannical system of criminal justice. The essay by Alex Kozinski referenced in the article -- "You're (Probably) a Federal Criminal" -- is worth seeking out in this excellent Cato volume.