Lessons for today

Michael R. Strain and Alan D. Viard (AEI): Six Long-Run Tax and Budget Realities. From The New York Times, Jim Dwyer on the Impossible Mayor of the Possible: Three terms, 750,000 trees, 450 miles of bike lanes, 5 million police stops, and one failed soda ban — how the billionaire mayor reshaped New York (and more on The Bloomberg Years). Karen Rester interviews Rudolph Herzog, author of A Short History of Nuclear Folly. How close were we to nuclear Armageddon? Harold Brown on the threats of the Cold War and their lessons for today. The Original Genius Bar: With money tight for scientific research, the Institute for Advanced Study offers big brains a priceless draw — freedom. Is Washington in a “post-policy era”? Ezra Klein wonders. Anatomy of an Al Qaeda “Conference Call”: Ken Silverstein on how dubious sources feed national-security reporter Eli Lake a fraudulent story for political purposes — once again. How a single spoon can save a young woman from being forced to marry against her will. Dave Zirin on why banning Russia from the Olympics is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea. Ross Douthat on libertarian populism and its critics. From Economic Principals, David Warsh on Jacob Frenkel, Lawrence Summers, and an airport store, compared to the founding of a mutual fund. Alice Gregory on Choire Sicha, the anti-blogger. David Weigel on 3 reasons Cracked is the only site that gets listicles right.