An experiment is under way in Twin Falls to see if a community can, in this most noisy of times, create a new way to calmly talk, listen and find common ground. This community has been to hell and back. Its members could be excused for wanting to turn inward, or tune out. But when I visited Thursday, I found people optimistic and ready to engage, not retreat.
A kind of Rip Van Winkle effect helps explains Evan Osnos’ unique insight into American politics. The staff writer for the New Yorker, who speaks to the Idaho Humanities Council in Boise next week, was out of the U.S. for 10 years, reporting as a correspondent from Egypt, Iran and China. His book, “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China,” won the 2014 National Book Award. Osnos returned to report from Washington, D.C., in 2014.
Immigration is a tough issue for me. I want my country to be welcoming, compassionate and humane; I also want it to enforce its laws. We are a nation of laws, and observing and enforcing the law is at the heart of who we are. If the law is wrong or bad, we tell our children, it’s our obligation to change it, not ignore it. But in the case of immigration law, our nation’s practice has been a wink and a nod. When it benefits employers and agriculture and big business, we look the other way.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".