Most congressional perks are of a more modern vintage, but one—the franking privilege—has been around since 1789. The ability to send official communications free of postage is highly valued by members, who spend an average of $28,000 per year on franked mail, according to freshman Rep. Jacky Rosen of Nevada. As far as Rosen is concerned, that’s way too much.
Kristi Noem is ready to play tough with her own leaders. Noem is threatening to force a vote on the House floor on a bill to institute an online sales tax if Speaker Paul Ryan does not allow the legislation to be added to the omnibus spending bill expected to be voted on next week. “My biggest hurdle right now is getting our leadership team to agree to put it in the omnibus,” Noem said. “They’re not leaving me very many options.
Congress’s attempt to quickly put experimental drugs into the hands of terminally ill patients—which experienced a major setback Tuesday night—could leave patients saddled with the full cost of the treatment and cause them to lose their hospice care. The “right to try” initiative would circumvent Food and Drug Administration authority and allow companies to give terminally ill patients access to investigational drugs after the first phase of trials.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".