There is no Starbucks in Luling, Texas. But there is a café, with two rocking chairs on the pavement outside. It’s run by a friendly woman who knows someone who has been to London. Tea? She is more than delighted: she recently bought some Scottish tea, which she thinks must be a delicacy, but the demand for hot tea in rural Texas is limited. I am her first customer. In many respects rural America is a delight. The people tend to be like their cars: slow and well upholstered.
In American politics, life comes at you fast. An election is won and office is achieved. Opponents run for the hills. But for how long? French presidents last seven years. British prime ministers can go on and on. But in the land of the free nothing lasts. America is a nation of strivers, and sitting presidents are not exempted from that general rule.
It was one of Donald Trump's big campaign promises, but as he approaches 100 days in office, the building of a border wall with Mexico looks no closer to happening. Mr Trump said Mexico itself would pay - it's said it won't. And Democrats have threatened to block the president's money bill later this week if $1.5bn (ÂŁ1.2bn) for the wall isn't removed, which could lead to a government shutdown. Mr Trump's indicated he could back down by Friday's deadline, but he insists the project will go ahead.
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".