Welcome to the latest edition of Ask a Genius, our regular series of interviews with brilliant people. Today we're featuring José Quiñonez, founder and CEO of the Mission Asset Fund and the recipient of a 2016 MacArthur "Genius" award for his work helping low-income people gain access to credit. MAF has helped more than 7,000 people build credit scores and access zero-interest loans.
For anyone looking to sign up for health insurance through the federal marketplace, time is running out to pick a 2018 plan. The deadline is Friday, though some state-run exchanges are open longer. You might be wondering, though: What happens if you don't sign up? The answer depends on your situation, but most outcomes aren't ideal. You're better off logging onto HealthCare.gov and at least researching your options.
The amount of government help Nathan Auldridge is getting to pay for health insurance will more than double in 2018. The Salem, Virgina resident doesn't like that he will cost the government $457 a month in premium tax credits. He doesn't feel guilty about it either. Auldridge makes between $9 and $12 an hour as an in-home support provider for people with disabilities. He's paid through an agency funded in part by Virginia Medicaid.
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".