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Jonathan Who? - WSJ - WSJ

online.wsj.com — (Note: We'll be away tomorrow and next week, returning Monday, Nov. 24.) This is beginning to take on a man-bites-dog quality. More video has surfaced in which ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber acknowledges the dishonesty that underlies the law.

The Honest Man - WSJ - WSJ

online.wsj.com — "In less than a year Jonathan Gruber has gone from being cited [by Obama administration supporters] as an outstanding expert on health reform modeling to being downplayed as 'a private citizen' who misspoke," notes Breitbart.com's John Sexton. The evidence Sexton cites is striking.

ObamaCare Opportunity

online.wsj.com — Chances are you don't read a lot of liberal commentary; after all, that's our job. But if you did, you'd quickly get bored. For the past year or so, practically every other sentence has been "ObamaCare is working"-although since last week's election, one also hears the refrain "ObamaCare isn't going to be repealed."

ObamaCare Squatter’s Rights

online.wsj.com — We had a flight to catch Wednesday afternoon, and anyhow life is short, so we stopped watching President Obama's press conference while it was in progress. We hear that it eventually ended, but we remain skeptical. It certainly didn't seem as if it ever would.

Davis in ’84! - WSJ - WSJ

online.wsj.com — AUSTIN, Texas-"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four," Winston Smith wrote in his diary. "If that is granted, all else follows." Later a government functionary named O'Brien explains to Smith, the protagonist of Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four," the totalitarian theory of epistemology: "I tell you, Winston, that reality is not external.

Taranto's Revenge (The American Spectator, 12/12)

jamestaranto.com — None of which is to say the Taranto Principle no longer applies on the left. The day after the election, for instance, PRESSWATCH Taranto's Revenge This time, it was the conservative media's turn to fool ourselves.

‘There Was No Republican Wave’

online.wsj.com — (Note: We'll be traveling tomorrow, returning Friday.) "Given Obama's low approval ratings, Republicans could have been running away with this thing," the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne wrote last week. Well, there's no use crying over spilled milk. Anyway, according to CNN's Sally Kohn, Democrats had "already won" three weeks ago.

Nothin’ Matters and What if It Did

online.wsj.com — There's still time to vote, but with forecasters giving Republicans anywhere from a 75% to 113% chance of capturing a Senate majority, it isn't too early to explain the result. Or, if you're a liberal commentator, to explain it away. Many of these pieces are advance apologias for President Obama.

Block the Vote - WSJ - WSJ

online.wsj.com — "The environment has settled, and it's bad." We don't know who said that, except that he's a "senior Democratic Party operative" and he knows the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, who offers up the anonymous quote in a story he sums up as follows: "In conversations last week with more than a dozen Democratic strategists deeply involved in this campaign-a few who were willing to speak on the record-there was widespread pessimism about the party's chances Tuesday."

Desperately Seeking Swastikas

online.wsj.com — Best of the Tube Tonight We're scheduled to appear this evening on CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" as part of a political roundtable. The hourlong program starts at 7 p.m. ET, with a repeat showing at 4 a.m. ET. We're told we'll be making two appearances, first at the top of the show and then in the second half-hour.
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Nov 22, 2014

Bottom line seems to be that in England they have no guns, so people cling to vans instead. theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Nov 22, 2014

"It was Manson's work as an environmentalist that drew her daughter into him, according to Burton." abcnews.go.com/US/charles-man…

Nov 18, 2014

RT @PakFanPajamaMan: @jamestaranto Enjoy your time off, but, man, do I miss my daily fix of Best of the Web Today.

Nov 17, 2014

That one you repurpose as an ObamaCare jingle "get your adverse [selection] here" @JerylBier @ezraklein

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