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  1. Chromium Surfer

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    Hi SDN,

    I was wondering if people could post some good recommendations of newspapers and journals that they regularly peruse? I consider myself to be an avid reader but the scope of my reading is usually limited to fiction, historical fiction, and biographies. I want to continue to refine my comphrension skills and genuinely enjoy anything that is a good read! I have heard that the New York Times is good, but I have also heard that it has a liberal bias. Does anyone know of journals or newspapers that are more moderate but still well written that address a variety of topics. Any other suggestions are also welcome and appreciated!
     
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    WSJ is good but (obviously) focuses on alot of money, econ, and lifestyle stuff.

    IMHO Forbes is excellent all around.
     
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    The university I attended had free NYT, so I read that.
    I liked reading the The Economist during one summer when a housemate had a subscription. It was alright.
    I was subscribed to The New Yorker for the past year, and it can be hit or miss. It was $1/issue for 12 issues, though, so it was worth it for me.
    I recently subscribed to the NY Review of Books, so I'll see how that goes.
    I think these all have a liberal bias, though.

    EDIT: tl;dr

    NY Times
    The Economist
    NY Review of Books, and/or The New Yorker
     
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    Thanks for your opinions! Forbes and the NY review of books sound especially interesting!
     
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    NY Times
    The Economist
    Time


     
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    Thanks Goro!! Are Time and The Economist moderate, or do they have a heavy political slant? I've been starting to read NY Times more but I want to read news from both sides of the spectrum.
     
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    The Economist is neutral, while the Times and Time mag have a moderate liberal slant.
     
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    The Federalist or National Review if you want conservative publications
     
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    Wall Street Journal (and the UK version Financial Times) is awesome and i recommend it. But it's obviously not for everyone, but that's where i get my news. The Economist is just a weekly magazine version of WSJ/FT.

    New York Times is okay for some commentary and essays. But if you really need news, go for BBC.
     
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    I have a lot to check out now, thank you everyone!
     
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    Along with NY times and Time I really love Aljazeera English. Good source for pretty neutral international issues.
     
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    Just chiming in to endorse the recommendation of the Wall Street Journal. Tuesday has a good personal health section and it also covers health insurance, advances in pharmaceuticals, etc in a good way. The editorial page, op-ed page, book reviews and columnists are good. It isn't all finance and economics.

    Also love The New Yorker and The Economist.
     
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    The Economist
    Mother Jones
    The Atlantic
    Vox
    Slate
    New Yorker
    Der Spiegel
     
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    I'm a big fan of The Atlantic. This article as one of many examples from the other day I thought was a very good read.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-surge-fallacy/399344/?utm_source=SFFB

    If the question was raised to "refine reading comprehension skills" for the MCAT reading persuasive pieces and ones with bias are really what you want to go for. Identifying arguments, themes, tones and particular phrasings is what it's all about.
     
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    The Economist, New Yorker, and for medical journal, NEJM is a nice read (but understand its idiosyncrasies).
     
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    :shrug: While presenting sound facts, the arguments of The Economist seem libertarian, given its consistently strong views on oppressive governments, human rights, economic efficiency, free markets etc. Nonetheless, I'll still recommend Economist over many others (including the New York Times) for its excellent reports.
     
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    Politico is good as well.
     
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    Good to see you back, colleague! Still on vacation?

     
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    Thanks for your input Grapes! That's more of a secondary motive for me. Even after I take the MCAT I still plan on reading journals and newspapers. My primary motive is to cultivate my love of reading and to become more informed about things other than novels and sports! Haha
     
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    In addition to what's been mentioned above, I recommend the "perspectives" articles in NEJM.
     
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    Great (medical) minds think alike :doctor:;)
     
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    Love the economist, new Yorker and atlantic, but the economist the most!
     
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    infowars.com! You really need to know about all the shape shifting lizard people who are part of the secret government plan to take over texas.
     
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    I like NYT and New Yorker, also Vox and 538. Forbes, Economist, Time, WSJ are good too.

    On Android there is the google newsstand app which lets you pick your favorite topics and sources and it regularly updates with new articles. I'm sure apple and maybe windows have a similar program.
     
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    I know the feeling...you need a vacation from the vacation!

     

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