This originally appeared in The Point. To subscribe, click here. Josh Lafazan promised to bring his youthful energy to the Nassau County Legislature. But the 24-year-old Lafazan, by far the youngest county lawmaker on Long Island (by 10 years, if you’re keeping score), is gearing up to bring more millennial enthusiasm to Mineola than even he advertised. Lafazan is recruiting a team of summer interns — anywhere from 50 to 70.
Which beats the heck out of nuclear bombs ensue. How to digest the news that President Donald Trump has agreed to sit down with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un for talks about that country’s nuclear program? Relief is one defensible reaction. As long as these two are working on the logistics of meeting instead of hurling broadsides like “maniac” and “frightened dog” and “bad dude” and “mentally deranged,” they’re less likely to push their respective buttons and unleash fire and fury.
Corporate pushback against the National Rifle Association has been a fascinating spectacle. Since when does big business battle a group as entrenched in our politics as the NRA on an issue as intractable as guns? Actually, the fascination is not with the uniqueness of this development. It’s the way it fits into an evolving narrative of corporate America. Our politics are noisy. They’ve been like that before. But business has joined the fray in a bigger way than ever.
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".