(This page is a work in progress. Once I decided to reveal my “sources,” I began to realize how random my net reading is. I began this list with the regulars. They were few. Then I asked friends with different or opposing viewpoints to add to it. Once in a while, I’ll prune it back. I’ll be monitoring stories at these sites to see if I’m learning anything from them. I am not looking for articles I agree with. I want insight—especially insight into thinking that is different from mine. I want this list to be useful, or at least interesting, to you . . . and to me. The list begins roughly with general content, then goes through news arranged roughly by left/right bias, then religious sites, then opinion sites also roughly arranged by left/right bias. There is no attempt to impose a false equivalence. Some of these may be pure bullshit, but it’s bullshit that a sizeable population believes in. As time goes by, I hope to have better descriptions of these sites.)
Media Bias/Fact Check. Has links to news sources arranged by slant, from left to right.
Politifact. Fact checking.
Aeon. Longer essays on ideas and culture.
American Scholar. Journal of literature, science, and culture.
Arts & Letters Daily. I could almost stop here. This site gives you scads of sources plus thumbnails of many interesting articles as they appear. Even the science articles are good.
Baffler. Magazine of cultural, political, and business analysis.
Barron’s. Financial analysis and commentary.
Crain’s Chicago. Chicago business and financial news.
Faculty Focus. I can’t vouch for this as the best, but it has interesting articles that I can use as an educator. They send these to me by email; unlike most of my email, these folks usually send me something worthwhile. I may not always agree, but it gets me thinking.
Goodreads. User-written reviews of books.
Nature News & Comment. I started reading this quite a while and it is good, if you want to keep up on science. I could never read the actual Nature articles, in most cases, but these are good for an interested lay person.
New Yorker. Thoughtful articles on all sorts of things, plus stories, plus cartoons.
PeopleForBikes. Membership organization to promote bike riding.
Science. Science news published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
SciTech Daily. I started reading this one as the science counterpart to Arts & Letters Daily. It definitely gives you the science news, but it’s just the facts, ma’am.
Smithsonian. Magazine of history, science, arts, culture, and travel.
The New York Review. The intellectuals Readers Digest. See what’s being published and learn enough so you don’t have to read the books. Or maybe you’ll find a book you want to read. I’ve done both.
The Scientist. News about the life sciences.
Economist. News, politic, business, economics, science and technology with a classical liberal viewpoint.
Al Jazeera. News and analysis from the Middle East.
Daily Beast. News.
Haaretz. Israeli newspaper with a broadly liberal outlook.
New York Times. All the news that’s fit to (virtually) print.
NPR. National Public Radio.
Washington Post. News. Owned by Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com.
Chicago Tribune. News.
DNAinfo Chicago. Chicago neighborhood news.
Fox News. News and politics.
Wall Street Journal. News, politics, economy, business, tech, markets, and business.
Christian Post. News for Christians around the world.
Christianity Today. Trends shaping the church and culture.
Forward. Jewish American news.
LifeSiteNews. News about pro-life issues.
National Catholic Register. Catholic newspaper.
Sojourners. Christian organizations seeking racial and social justice, peace, and environmental stewardship.
Tablet Magazine. They call it a “new read on Jewish life.” I suppose that’s true. It’s definitely not the Jewish Chronicle that I grew up with. And the great thing is that it’s both deep and shallow (by which I mean you can get recipes here with your Talmud).
Daily Kos. Discussion forum for progressive blogs.
Guardian. World news, sports, business, opinion, liberal voice.
Mic. News and opinion.
Mother Jones. Investigative left-wing journalism.
Nation. Journal of progressive political and cultural news, opinion, and analysis.
New Republic. Liberal magazine of commentary on politics and the arts.
Politico. Political news.
Salon. Political, business, technology, and culture journalism from a liberal perspective.
Slate. Current affairs, politics, and culture magazine.
The Atlantic. Public affair and cultural reporting from a generally left-of-center perspective.
The Hill. Political news.
The Week. Commentary and analysis of current events, arts, etc.
Truthout. Lefty politics. Sometimes over the top, but sometimes something you need to hear. (By the way, I’m looking for a righty equivalent. Let me know.)
Vox. Explaining the news from a liberal or progressive perspective.
Commentary. Judaism, politics, social, and cultural issues.
Conservative Tribune. Conservative news and commentary.
Drudge Report. Conservative news aggregation and blogging site.
Federalist Papers Project. Pushing back at the erosion of our liberties to restore constitutionally limited small government.
National Review. Conservative magazine founded by William F. Buckley, Jr.
RealClearPolitics. Political news and polling data aggregator with a conservative slant.
Reason. Libertarian magazine on free minds and free markets.
RedState. Discussion forum and group blog for conservative activists.
Weekly Standard. Conservative Magazine.