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Then there was one Sun, 12/12/10 7:07 AM (permalink)
I've spent most of my adult life reading one or more of the major US news mags. An early favorite was Newsweek. I got used to it in a junior high civics class, and it remained my favorite through college. I later preferred Time, and my subscription followed me through my Marine Corps years.  Even when deployed, Time was fresh because it was mailed from various worldwide printing plants according to my location. US News was barely on my radar, but in the last few years it didn't get as bad as quickly as the other two.
Now US News is gone and the other 2 are fading fast as they search for a new direction.
I've been aware of, and sometimes read a library or waiting room copy of "The Economist"  for many years. It has generally been hard to read and boring, and in my opinion left to the better educated than me. I've changed my mind.
It has become, I think, the best remaining English language news magazine. For an American, it can be like getting the news of your college kids via other parents, but sometimes it can be useful to see our county's problems from a London perspective. It can be hard to read cover to cover, but I spend a few hours with it each week.
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    Re:Then there was one Sun, 12/12/10 7:14 AM (permalink)
    I'd recommend the International Herald Tribune, or BBC International.  BBC is my first choice to check headlines daily.

      Re:Then there was one Sun, 12/12/10 7:49 AM (permalink)
      For those of you that enjoy checking up on news in other states, cities and etc. I have attached a web site that I use very frequently.j  As a matter of fact, I use it almost dailey to get a local response to something I have a interest.
      Just this morning, I checked the Pittsburgh paper to see what their response was to the UT VOLS defeating #3 Pittsburgh in basketball last evening.
      Enjoy if you have the urge.
      Paul E. Smith
      Knoxville, TN

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        Re:Then there was one Sun, 12/12/10 8:09 AM (permalink)
        Good site, Sundancer7. I just bookmarked it!

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          Re:Then there was one Sun, 12/12/10 9:16 AM (permalink)

          Now US News is gone and the other 2 are fading fast as they search for a new direction.

 correctly state the above but don't say why. But I guess your thread is that they're going away...not why. It's the 800 lb gorilla in the room.
          MSNBC is in the tank. CNN is floundering. ABC CBS NBC are too big to fail but ratings (for news) are down. New direction indeed...but they'll go down with the ship before they ever aspire to a "new direction".

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            Re:Then there was one Sun, 12/12/10 9:39 PM (permalink)
            Great site, Sundancer. It will save time when I used to google for local newspapers.

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              Re:Then there was one Sun, 12/12/10 10:52 PM (permalink)
              The Internet is killing magazines and newspapers. I am still addicted to my hometown Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper but I also read it electronically. They deliver daily every 5:30 AM an electronic facsimile of the print edition. I read it when on the road in our RV even though they have a more current up-to-date web site. This morning after our 17" snowfall the paper failed to show up. To maintain my daily ritual I just downloaded the eEdition as they call it to my iPad and read it that. I read the NY Times, USA Today, BBC News, Washington Post and NPR daily as well on my iPad. They all have apps that are more magazine like than web site like that are more pleasant to read since they are visually formatted. The Economist magazine now delivers their whole magazine to the iPad as well in an easy to navigate format. I get their abbreviated version of six articles every Thursday. I might subscribe to the Economist that way rather than the printed magazine to get every article. You can get just about any print edition magazine that is a facsimile of the print on the iPad now including the Economist if you want it that way.

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                Re:Then there was one Tue, 12/14/10 6:21 AM (permalink)
                I read a lot of newspapers online for free. I haven't bought a newspaper in years. I do buy online books for my Kindle, I really like it.

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                  Re:Then there was one Fri, 12/24/10 10:50 AM (permalink)
                  The current issue has a story on barbecue.

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                    Re:Then there was one Fri, 12/24/10 10:58 AM (permalink)
                    Paul, thanks for that link.  Here's a site that is really useful also.  Besides the newspaper links, it also includes tons of links for mags, other publications, and information sources. 

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                      Re:Then there was one Tue, 12/28/10 9:03 AM (permalink)
                      I've been a big fan of The Economist for about 4-5 years now.  It's the only news magazine I read anymore because I consider the others just fluff dumbed down pop news mags.

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                        Re:Then there was one Sat, 02/19/11 8:12 AM (permalink)
                        TIME this week had a cover story about the "singularity", the time man and computers merge, speculated to be around 2045. In talking about it, I mentioned that the other singularity is the theory that normal physics laws change under gravity in a black hole. My brother in law mentioned that there is a third singularity. He says that when you talk about this stuff, the condition of finding yourself alone in a room will occur.

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                          Re:Then there was one Sun, 07/24/11 2:03 PM (permalink)
                          TIME has recently become a lot better. The focus on trends rather that up to the second "news" has , IMO, made it worth reading again. I again subscribe, at a very low "come back" price.
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