There are a lot of smart people doing smart work to guide us through the budget morass. But Rogers is the one I’ve been turning to first every day. He’s had over thirty years covering Congress—including twenty-four years at the Journal—and it shows. His reports are what happen when that kind of experience and deep sourcing meets Politico’s politically attuned, direct, and brawny style.

Joel Meares is a former CJR assistant editor.