Washington — It was Trump: Whip or wet noodle, in my last column. Today’s take is Trump’s White House: Freak show or new reality. What amazing choices. You couldn’t make them up for a movie script. But they are real, they are hilarious. They are sad and scary in a world seething with danger right up to a war. Why it is so looks pretty clear to me. President Donald Trump got backside kicked by the Senate when he pushed repeal of Obamacare by Congress.
WASHINGTON — Who is the ringmaster in the still-most powerful capital in the world? Why, that’s easy: President Donald Trump holds the whip — as I write. Of course, in a day or week we may be looking at the same ringmaster in the same circus holding a wet noodle, not a whip. And that is the nub of the story. Which is which in the short run depends on Obamacare. Trump swore up and down during his near two-year campaign that if elected he would abolish it on his first day in office.
WASHINGTON — That President Donald Trump has his troubles is news as fresh as a thousand-year-old egg. From day one on the job, he has not missed an opportunity to get himself entangled in silly disputations, contradictions or denials of what he had said on camera only days or hours earlier. Many American commentators interpret these bizarre occurrences as signs of disorderly thought processes, as denials of reality or variances with the truth on the president’s part.
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".