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Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on February 3, 2014

The following is an excerpt from’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.

Out on a Limb
“Obama: Pope Francis Doesn’t Need ‘Advice from Me About Staying Humble’ “–headline,, Jan. 31

Another 15 Years, and It’ll Be Up to 200% 
“Solar Provides 0.2% of Electric Supply–Up From 0.02% Before Obama”–headline,, Jan. 29

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining 
“Icy Weather Didn’t Spare Law Schools, Even in the South”–headline, National Law Journal, Jan. 29

They’re Changing the Name to ‘Bagbook 
“Facebook’s Toying With a Radical New Idea: Letting You Be Anonymous”–headline, Puffington Host, Jan. 30

Bottom Story of the Day 
“Seahawks Kicker Hauschka Goes Unrecognized on New York Streets”–headline, The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 31

‘Largely . . . Absolutely True’ 
Speaking at an American Enterprise Institute event, “former President Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett acknowledged that the ‘keep your health care plan’ pledge didn’t turn out to be as accurate as the administration planned.” From the transcript:

I can tell you that that that statement that that that about the way the law was work was something that was perhaps not examined closely enough at the time, but it was never, ever something that was viewed as not being true but something that should be said anyway. It was viewed as something that largely described the underlying structure of this bill and that is absolutely true.

The fact that more people ended up being caught in this in this, uh, change, uh, I think it’s–I’m not, I’m not particularly a media trained person so I tend to be pretty blunt about it–it’s, it’s crappy. It’s not right! You know, these are people that thought they would be able to keep their plans because the president said so and I think the president made this point himself. That’s, that is, that is just the reality of the situation and I think it’s unfortunate that at that ensnared more people than they thought.

But this change is a very positive thing, and it will help many, many millions of people.

Just to be clear, that’s Jon Lovett, not Jon Lovitz.

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