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Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on May 8, 2014

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

Rand Paul (left) and Rupert Murdoch at the Kentucky Derby.

Rand Paul (left) and Rupert Murdoch at the Kentucky Derby.

Other Than That, the Story Was Accurate
“An article on Monday about the political significance of Senator Rand Paul’s spending the day at the Kentucky Derby with his guest, Rupert Murdoch, described incorrectly the jacket Mr. Paul wore. It was herringbone, not houndstooth.”–New York Times, May 6

News You Can Use

  • “Police Say Don’t Sit on Downtown Spokane Sidewalks”–headline, Associated Press, May 7
  • “Nothing to See Here. Skip This Story and Others Like It. Move Along.”–headline,Bloomberg, May 6

Bottom Stories of the Day

  • “Traffic Signal Briefly Out in Provo”–headline, Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), May 5
  • “Administration Issues Dire Global Warming Report, Amid Regulatory Push”–headline,, May 6
  • “Huntsman Says He’s Open to Another Presidential Run”–headline,, May 6

Stock Argument
“The stock market . . . is flirting with an all-time high,” Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post observes:

The Dow has risen about 10 percent over the past year; the S&P 500, more than 16 percent; the Nasdaq, about 22 percent. During President Obama’s term in office, the Dow has more than doubled. If he were a socialist, as his harshest critics claim, he’d be a truly lousy one.

That’s nothing. The Caracas Stock Exchange is up more than 252% in the past year alone. Nicolas Maduro must be an even lousier socialist than Obama.

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