On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

 
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Colorado homeowners have among the lowest tax rates in the U.S., but businesses say they’re paying the price 24.10.2020 Denver Post: Local
Overall, Colorado’s tax burden runs in the middle of the pack. The state's problem is more about the complexity of its tax system, and the unintended consequences that conflicting measures have generated.
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Editorial: Trump was less unhinged in the second debate, but Biden still scored 23.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

In Thursday's second and final presidential debate, President Trump said nothing to persuade those who haven't made up their minds that he deserves a second term.

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Opinion: Twitter and Facebook are illegally helping the Biden campaign? Sorry, no 20.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

If Twitter's and Facebook's responses to the N.Y. Post's Hunter Biden story qualify as illegal contributions, other companies break the law constantly.

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Federal judge dismisses O.C. doctor's indictment over coronavirus trial suspensions 15.10.2020 LA Times: Health

Questioning COVID-19 restrictions on courts, a judge dismissed a drug distribution case, saying he hoped the move would push jury trials to resume.

Editorial: Voter beware. Fake ballot boxes are just the start of this election's dirty tricks 13.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

In a year full of conspiracy theories and misinformation — much of it from the president — it's essential to be a savvy participant in our democracy.

Elliott Broidy, Former Top Trump Fundraiser, Will Plead Guilty to Violating Foreign Lobbying Law 9.10.2020 Mother Jones
Elliott Broidy, a former top Republican National Committee fundraiser, has agreed to plead guilty to violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a person familiar with the plea agreement said. Federal prosecutors in Washington, DC, on Thursday unsealed charges against Broidy, the owner of an investment fund and a defense intelligence company, for illegally lobbying the […]
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Trump Bails Out of Virtual Debate 8.10.2020 Mother Jones
Mere moments after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the next face-off between Donald Trump and Joe Biden would be held virtually rather than in person, the president on Thursday rejected the plan and called it a “waste” of his time. “I’m not gonna do a virtual debate,” Trump said during a phone-in appearance […]
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SF Tech Moguls Funded the Cameras. Cops Used Them to Spy on Protesters. 8.10.2020 Mother Jones
Smile. If you’re in downtown San Francisco’s business district, you’re in view of Motorola cameras so sharp they can pick out the color of your eyes, the marks on your face. San Francisco cops used the footage to identify and arrest one man whom camera operators could see so clearly they nicknamed him “Dimples.” Then […]
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Mike Pence’s Debate Strategy Is Simple: He Lies a Lot 7.10.2020 Mother Jones
Heading into the 2016 vice presidential debate, the Republican ticket found itself in a now-familiar position: trailing in the polls and awash in scandal. Donald Trump had struggled in his first debate, and Mike Pence, then governor of Indiana, was faced with the unenviable prospect of defending a presidential nominee with a record of bigoted […]
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Are We Rome Yet? 6.10.2020 Mother Jones
Are we Rome? It’s a question people in the United States have been asking for almost as long as there’s been a United States. It’s also the title of a 2007 book by Cullen Murphy, editor-­at-large of the Atlantic and—full disclosure—­my dad. The book struck a nerve at a time when the United States was […]
Why Won’t Democratic Mayors Crack Down on the Cops? 5.10.2020 Mother Jones
After the federales showed, on Portland’s 55th consecutive day of rage, Mayor Ted came through. Mayor Ted Wheeler, alma maters Stanford, Harvard, Columbia MBA; author of Government that Works: Innovation in State and Local Government; imminent tear gas victim: #Portland's mayor went downtown last night to address the demonstrators who have been protesting racial injustice […]
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29 Ways Trump and the GOP Are Making It Harder to Vote 5.10.2020 Mother Jones
President Trump’s loud refusals to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November election have sparked major fears about the continued survival of American democracy. But much more quietly, Trump and his GOP allies have already taken numerous steps to undermine fair elections in an attempt to stay in power. The […]
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As another migrant caravan heads toward the United States, skeptics ask: Why now? 3.10.2020 LA Times: Nation

There is no evidence of political meddling behind a caravan of two thousand migrants that left Honduras this week, although figures as prominent as Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador have expressed their doubts.

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House Speaker Michael Madigan says it’s not ‘ethically improper’ to find government jobs for people. Here’s what he’s failing to mention. 2.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The longtime Illinois house speaker defended his hiring recommendations, but they may come at a cost to taxpayers.
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Trump Claimed at the Debate “You’ll Get to See” His Tax Info. Don’t Hold Your Breath. 1.10.2020 Mother Jones
When Chris Wallace pressed Donald Trump last night on the New York Times report that Trump had paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017, the president gave a rambling response. But he eventually declared that he had paid “millions of dollars. And you’ll get to see it.” That raised the obvious question: […]
Wisconsin Republican Party doesn’t want any Bucks or Brewers players or mascots to be at early voting events at their stadiums 30.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party warned Milwaukee’s chief elections official that it would be illegal for any Milwaukee Bucks or Brewers players or mascots, including the Brewers' famous racing sausages, to participate in early voting events planned at their stadiums in the days leading up to the election.
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At the Debate, Biden and Trump Showed America Who They Really Are. That’s a Win for Biden. 30.9.2020 Mother Jones
Donald Trump was talking at Joe Biden, and Joe Biden was talking to America.  That’s what happened Tuesday night during the first presidential debate of 2020. Trump was focused on smearing his opponent, and Biden was trying to connect with voters. Throughout the evening, Trump kept his sneering look fixed upon Biden, as he heaped […]
I Watched Three Old White Guys Talk About Race Tonight and Now I Am Dead Inside 30.9.2020 Mother Jones
On Tuesday night, with the election just five weeks away, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in the first of three presidential debates. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, the moderator of the debate, lost control of the evening early on and only intermittently reclaimed his authority. But in the end, […]
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The Wealthy Are the Real Welfare Queens and Donald Trump Is Their King 29.9.2020 Mother Jones
When I was attending college in a small conservative town in Iowa, a “friend” asked me if my mom paid taxes. Taken aback by the question, I quickly muttered, “Yes…” and moved on. Only later that day did I realize the implication. At the time, my mother was a green card holder, and this person […]
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Why Donald Trump’s Tax Returns Matter 28.9.2020 Mother Jones
Shortly after the 2016 election,  I tweeted, “Today would be a good day for @realDonaldTrump to release his tax returns.” Then I repeated this tweet a few mornings in a row. Each day, it received a bunch of retweets, the vital currency of that social media realm, indicating this simple poke at merely one of […]
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