Fifty years ago and America was on the brink of unforetold spasms of homegrown protest and violence, most of it fuelled by leftist anger at the Vietnam War and the establishment in general. The running battles with the police outside the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago were around the corner, the election of Richard Nixon later that year would further stoke tensions. Such was the political polarisation, it seemed the country could come asunder. It is easy to forget how crazy things got.
It may be redundant to say so - this is America after all - but the Trump-Russia brouhaha that continues to consume le tout Washington really is very â€˜first-worldâ€™ in nature. Itâ€™s meant to be a mark of a â€˜mature democracyâ€™ that even the slightest notion of corruption or malfeasance at the highest level of government must not be overlooked. The trigger to impeach is a very soft one. At what point does this quest to protect the countryâ€™s civic fabric end up just damaging it, however?
Donald Trump is rolling back the opening to Cuba that his predecessor, Barack Obama, began and we should ask a couple of questions. If the purpose is to speed change on the island, is this going to be helpful? Second, what are the motivations behind this semi-reversal? To please his base or to deliver a sly gift to Vladimir Putin and snub his own Republicans on Capitol Hill?
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".