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Best of the Web Today
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James Taranto's Best of the Web Today column in the online Wall Street Journal is a particularly good one today, starting with the first item, about Yale and Cornell professors pledging their tax cuts to charity.

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Lying at the Wall Street Journal
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When I objected to Project Veritas's entrapment of NPR because the conservative provocateurs were lying about their own identities, the Wall Street Journal's James Taranto acknowledged, "the techniques in question do not meet the ethical standards of elite journalistic institutions, including of course The Wall Street Journal."

So it'll be interesting to see what the great Taranto makes of a column in today's Journal by Dennis Berman, an editor at the paper. The column recounts how Mr. Berman lied to a company, SharesPost, to set up an account in the name of his dead grandmother. He writes, "Relying on erroneous information that I, as a test, submitted under her name, SharesPost let Grandma into its realm, where only sophisticated individuals and institutions are supposed to swap shares, according to Securities and Exchange Commission rules." More: "On SharesPost's bulletin board for Groupon—which also allowed me passage with a few financial fibs—users gripe about how hard it is to find shares."

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Julia
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The Obama campaign's slideshow The Life of Julia is worth a look. James Taranto, David Harsanyi, and John Podhoretz all have good responses. There's a certain serf-like, dependence-encouraging, self-reliance-sapping element to the Julia slideshow that probably explains why it has struck such a nerve. Some of the criticisms of Mr. Romney are not even accurate — the Obama slideshow, for example, warns that Mr. Romney will double interest rates on student loans, but Mr. Romney has expressed support for extending the current low, subsidized rates. There's probably some truth in the idea that at some points in people's lives they benefit more from the government and at other points they may benefit less. But it's a long distance from "ask not what your county can do for you" to "look at all the free goodies the government is giving you."

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Press Applaud Obama
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The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto has a column seeking to explain why the press applauded President Obama in the debate when he said his pension isn't as big as Mitt Romney's: "affluent people with elitist pretensions often have a strong distaste for the wealthy, especially those, like Romney, who earned their riches by being successful in business. If you want to find bitterness against 'the 1%,' don't look at 'the 99%.' Instead, focus in on the 98th percentile." Mr. Taranto also has some shrewd analysis of Candy Crowley's performance as debate moderator, particularly in the Libya portion of the debate.

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If Obama Wins
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James Taranto offers a conservative case for optimism in the event of an Obama victory: "If Obama is re-elected, he will inherit this mess from himself. There will be no blaming George W. Bush for a two-term Obama presidency. History will hold Obama accountable for the results, and the electorate will hold his party accountable in 2014 and 2016."

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If Obama Wins
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James Taranto offers a conservative case for optimism in the event of an Obama victory: "If Obama is re-elected, he will inherit this mess from himself. There will be no blaming George W. Bush for a two-term Obama presidency. History will hold Obama accountable for the results, and the electorate will hold his party accountable in 2014 and 2016."

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Press Applaud Obama
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The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto has a column seeking to explain why the press applauded President Obama in the debate when he said his pension isn't as big as Mitt Romney's: "affluent people with elitist pretensions often have a strong distaste for the wealthy, especially those, like Romney, who earned their riches by being successful in business. If you want to find bitterness against 'the 1%,' don't look at 'the 99%.' Instead, focus in on the 98th percentile." Mr. Taranto also has some shrewd analysis of Candy Crowley's performance as debate moderator, particularly in the Libya portion of the debate.

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Julia
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The Obama campaign's slideshow The Life of Julia is worth a look. James Taranto, David Harsanyi, and John Podhoretz all have good responses. There's a certain serf-like, dependence-encouraging, self-reliance-sapping element to the Julia slideshow that probably explains why it has struck such a nerve. Some of the criticisms of Mr. Romney are not even accurate — the Obama slideshow, for example, warns that Mr. Romney will double interest rates on student loans, but Mr. Romney has expressed support for extending the current low, subsidized rates. There's probably some truth in the idea that at some points in people's lives they benefit more from the government and at other points they may benefit less. But it's a long distance from "ask not what your county can do for you" to "look at all the free goodies the government is giving you."

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Best of the Web Today
futureofcapitalism.com

James Taranto's Best of the Web Today column in the online Wall Street Journal is a particularly good one today, starting with the first item, about Yale and Cornell professors pledging their tax cuts to charity.

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Lying at the Wall Street Journal
futureofcapitalism.com

When I objected to Project Veritas's entrapment of NPR because the conservative provocateurs were lying about their own identities, the Wall Street Journal's James Taranto acknowledged, "the techniques in question do not meet the ethical standards of elite journalistic institutions, including of course The Wall Street Journal."

So it'll be interesting to see what the great Taranto makes of a column in today's Journal by Dennis Berman, an editor at the paper. The column recounts how Mr. Berman lied to a company, SharesPost, to set up an account in the name of his dead grandmother. He writes, "Relying on erroneous information that I, as a test, submitted under her name, SharesPost let Grandma into its realm, where only sophisticated individuals and institutions are supposed to swap shares, according to Securities and Exchange Commission rules." More: "On SharesPost's bulletin board for Groupon—which also allowed me passage with a few financial fibs—users gripe about how hard it is to find shares."

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