Where should I go for the daily news?
April 10, 2008 6:09 PM   Subscribe

What is a good newsfeed for daily American news at a national level?

I read the BBC's newsfeed for general current events and international news. I read the Boston Globe's newsfeed for New England regional and American national news, but I'm not satisfied with it - it's good for local news, but there isn't enough national-scale content for my taste.

What is a good, relatively balanced/objective daily American news source that can be followed in a feedreader?

I'm looking for an American-focused equivalent of the BBC news site and its newsfeed- the day's headlines, some analysis, the source you'd check to quickly find out what was happening on a given day, but preferably leaning more towards serious issues and not so heavy on the wacky/offbeat/sensational (like whenever I visit cnn.com, it feels like no matter what huge crisis is going on, half of their Latest News headlines are things like "Chicago granny kickboxes mugger!").
posted by cadge to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
There's no real equivalent of BBC in the US. I'd say the closest thing would be NPR (feed here).
posted by workerant at 6:30 PM on April 10, 2008

the reuters news feeds are reasonable. i also follow some washington post feeds for national news.
posted by jimw at 6:43 PM on April 10, 2008

Response by poster: Sorry - clarification: I know that the US doesn't have an equivalent of the actual BBC. I just really like the BBC's news website (its format, breadth of coverage, and seriousness), and I'm hoping to find something like that but focused on American news. This could also include American newspapers with online presences like the New York Times.
posted by cadge at 6:46 PM on April 10, 2008

I check NPR and get the headlines delivered from the Washington Post and the New York Times. Between all three I feel reasonably informed
posted by mimo at 6:49 PM on April 10, 2008

Google News US Feed
posted by blue_beetle at 7:00 PM on April 10, 2008 [1 favorite]

I like to read slate.com's "what's in American newspapers' headlines" every day.

It's also one of the best sources of non-asinine political commentary I've ever seen.
posted by DoctorFedora at 7:58 PM on April 10, 2008

USA Today?
posted by Blandanomics at 9:27 PM on April 10, 2008


...is for the continents, not the nation, but may be handy.
posted by pompomtom at 9:28 PM on April 10, 2008

I second Slate's "Today's Papers" feature. It summarizes what's in the major American daily newspapers every morning. They have an rss feed.
posted by bluefly at 9:39 PM on April 10, 2008

How about the International Herald Tribune - US news for the global audience. Between that and the NYT, seems to cover me for US news.
posted by arcticseal at 2:26 AM on April 11, 2008

Response by poster: Sweet - thanks for these pointers, everyone! This is exactly the kind of info I was thinking about.
posted by cadge at 7:43 AM on April 11, 2008

I like the NYT + Slate newsfeeds; that's what I follow and feel relatively up to date after I read them.
posted by craven_morhead at 10:44 AM on April 11, 2008

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