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

 
User: newstrust Topic: Congress
Category: Congressional Oversight :: administration
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Facebook ‘supreme court’ begins daunting task on content disputes 1.12.2020 Raw Story
Facebook’s “supreme court” tasked with deciding on allowing or removing sensitive and harmful content has begun operations, with a backlog of some 20,000 cases already piling up for the expert panel. The independent panel, formally known as the Facebook Oversight Board, is considering cases involving Nazi propaganda, hate speech, nudity, pandemic misinformation, and dangerous individuals […]
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GOP Gov. Brian Kemp tells Trump he won’t break the law to help him steal Georgia 30.11.2020 Raw Story
Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday responded to President Donald Trump’s latest attacks, in which the president demanded he conduct an impossible-to-perform election audit. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Kemp’s office responded to Trump on Monday and told him that the governor would not break the law to help him overturn the already-certified Georgia […]
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Biden Has New Progressive Education Rhetoric — But Policy Will Be the Test 29.11.2020 Truthout.com
Biden Has New Progressive Education Rhetoric — But Policy Will Be the Test
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Trump’s unsettling purge of defense agencies comes at a vulnerable time for US national security 19.11.2020 Raw Story
President Donald Trump’s recent firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and subsequent resignations from the department of four more top civilian officials – either in protest or under pressure – are raising alarms in Washington. All were replaced by people with questionable qualifications. One defense official described the situation to CNN as “scary” and “very […]
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Trump Campaign Keeps Looking for Judges to Rule in Its Favor Following Election 16.11.2020 Truthout.com
The aim is, at least in part, to get judges to block states from certifying their popular votes before key ...
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is back in hot water. He’s escaped before. 11.11.2020 Raw Story
When news broke last month that top aides to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had accused him of bribery and abuse of office, many in the Texas political scene were shocked but not surprised. In a mutiny without precedent, eight of Paxton’s most senior aides told law enforcement they believed Paxton broke the law by […]
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Conservative wonders if moderate Republicans want to let Dems govern — or if they’ll follow McConnell 5.11.2020 Raw Story
Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin wondered if moderate Republicans would be the deciding votes in the U.S. Senate to finally let governing move forward. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already indicated he won’t allow former Vice President Joe Biden to nominate whomever he wants to his cabinet. That means the only hope […]
Five ways that Trump could transform American democracy for the better (seriously) 4.11.2020 Raw Story
Donald Trump has more than fulfilled one campaign promise: Throughout his presidency, he has been the disruptive force he said he would be in 2016. For the most part, we focus on the ways that his chaotic presidency has undermined American democracy by running roughshod over the norms that made it work, more or less, […]
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A Christian Foster Home Had a Troubling Past. Trump Gave It Millions to House Immigrant Kids Anyway. 2.11.2020 Mother Jones
Last year, in the wake of a surge of asylum seekers fleeing violence in Central America, the United States government held a record 69,550 immigrant children in government facilities. The vast majority of them arrived at the border without parents or guardians, though some were taken from their families during the Trump administration’s brutal family […]
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Twitter, Facebook, Google leaders to face grilling from GOP senators making unfounded allegations of bias 28.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
The Senate Commerce Committee has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai to testify for a hearing Wednesday.
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REVEALED: Trump’s border wall is costing taxpayers billions more than initial contracts 28.10.2020 Raw Story
On the same day in May 2019, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a pair of contracts worth $788 million to replace 83 miles of fence along the southwest border. The projects were slated to be completed in January 2020, the Corps said then. Four months into this year, however, the government increased the value […]
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Puerto Rico Debt Vultures Give Big to Candidates to Influence Fiscal Board Picks 24.10.2020 Truthout.com
While Biden has received far more than Trump, McConnell significantly surpassed Pelosi in donations from debt ...
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This top Pentagon official is on the street after two secret — and illegal — investigations 23.10.2020 Raw Story
Warren S. Whitlock, the federal civilian officer assigned to get the U.S. Army moving on racial diversity issues, was fired after two secret,  unauthorized investigations. The firing was justified by the Army because of one erroneous keystroke on his Army computer. Whitlock never got a chance to defend himself before he was fired in January […]
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Throwback Thursday: Republicans Do 'Nothing But Investigations,' 2010 22.10.2020 Crooks Liars
Congrats to the Biden campaign for their brilliant clap back on Republicans calling for an "investigation" into their charter of an Amtrak train for a whistlestop tour: Biden campaign responds to GOP push to probe his Amtrak use: "Anyone can charter a train with Amtrak. Last time we checked, no one can charter the White House South Lawn for a political convention." https://t.co/ROqRgU5hAs — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 22, 2020 And don't forget Lindsey Graham's reaction to being outraised massively by Jamie Harrison: investigate ActBlue!!! Don't get me started about the Hunter Biden BS. That's been their last hope for over a year, see my tweet from twelve months ago: "But sham investigations are what we're good at!" whined the party of Solyndra Benghazi baby parts pizzagate birther tan suit Christmas card lists and the tarmac. ...
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Termination of this top Pentagon official reveals another disturbing pattern in the Trump administration 22.10.2020 Raw Story
Warren Whitlock enjoyed a remarkable career as a diversity officer at the federal Transportation Department, winning victories for poor communities of color that his superiors thought impossible. There’s even a documentary film about his success in getting municipal bus service for a Black neighborhood in Beavercreek, Ohio, that had been intentionally bypassed. In its waning […]
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Don’t let Trump and his minions get away with this — or it will happen all over again 19.10.2020 Raw Story
After Richard Nixon resigned from office in the wake of the Watergate scandal, the Congress set out to create numerous reforms designed to rein in future presidents. After all, Nixon had set forth a view of the presidency that was downright un-American: “If the president does it it’s not illegal,” essentially saying that no law can […]
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Trump’s future depends on this election: See the legal domino effect his family faces if he loses 17.10.2020 Raw Story
If President Donald Trump loses the upcoming presidential election, he could be faced with an avalanche of legal problems since he will no longer have the Presidential Privilege Against Prosecution. By losing the election, Trump would be considered a private citizen which would make him more vulnerable to a string of investigations—both individually and through […]
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Republicans to subpoena Twitter CEO over blocking article attacking Biden 15.10.2020 Raw Story
Senate Republicans said Thursday they will subpoena Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey over the decision to block a news report critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. “This is election interference and we’re 19 days out from an election,” Senator Ted Cruz said, a day after the social network blocked links to the article by […]
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GOP’s Susan Collins is fighting to survive in a political climate remade by Trump 14.10.2020 Raw Story
Originally published by The 19th RANGELEY, Maine — On a crisp, sunny day in late September, Susan Collins was on a campaign bus tour through Maine, the state she’s represented in the U.S. Senate since 1997. Collins, up for reelection in November, had started the day’s bus tour at a sawmill in nearby Dixfield — […]
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There are major holes in Trump lawyer’s latest scheme to smear the Bidens: Impeachment attorney 14.10.2020 Raw Story
The House Democrats’ impeachment attorney raised major questions about a New York Post report on Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine. The New York Post reported that Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at the energy firm Burisma in 2015, which the right-wing tabloid suggests is improperly linked to the […]
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