It had been a while since I stayed up to watch a voice vote in the United States Senate, but last week's events in Washington D.C. were high drama for political junkies. Repealing the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) had been a central plank of the Republican Party's 2016 election campaign and the focus of its legislative efforts for years.
One accusation that routinely makes me want to yell at my computer screen is when opinion writers are accused by readers of being biased. In my snarkier moments, when that accusation is levelled at those who opine in the News, I want to screenshot where it says "Letters and Opinions" at the top of the page, underline the latter word, and post it. Bias is inseparable from the concept of opinion. Commentators are not here to report the news. That would be the job of reporters.
Borrowing money just got more expensive. Last week the Bank of Canada raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.25 per cent and the big banks quickly followed suit boosting their own prime and mortgage rates. Those who are locked in with their current rates (most homeowners) are safe for the time being and won't feel the hit until renewal time. And even then, we need to bear in mind that in many cases, this latest rate increase just returns rates to where they were when many negotiated.
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".