One of my greatest frustrations in monitoring national politics is the inability (or refusal) of our elected officials to solve the illegal immigration problem. President Donald Trump advocates an end to chain migration and the immigration lottery that’s been in effect since 1990 — and stronger border security to halt the flow of illegal immigration across our southern border. The other party prefers relaxed borders and to admit populations regardless of professional qualifications.
The following is a page from my new novel of the above title:It’s just before noon and the sun blisters the earth without mercy in a small wind-blown Oklahoma town. It’s the year of Our Lord 1865. I step into the street and walk toward Brewster. A tendril of sweat toils its way downward through the stubble of my cheek. The white heat of the day does not compare to the blood heat I feel inside; I’m about to kill my first man as Sheriff of Broken Wheel, Oklahoma.
This is my second (and absolutely last) column about local courtroom drama. I recently whined in this newspaper about the fact that I hadn’t been selected for jury duty in Prescott. I was bemoaning the fact that since I have never been selected to participate on a jury that I may never have an opportunity to participate in our system of jurisprudence. Luiz, my neighbor, and I actually attended one day of the trial for which I might have served as a juror.
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".