circling the wagons as I referred to it.
I got a lot of great suggestions both on- and off-line. Samuel Brainsample in the comments section mentioned some public broadcasting sources, especially NPR's RSS feeds. Personally, I have a hard time with news crawls -- I tend to read them instead of whatever I'm supposed to be working on -- but as a general suggestion, it's a good one.
He also recommends (with various caveats), Talking Points Memo, Brian Lehrer, Glenn Greenwald, Bill Moyers, and On the Media, among others (check out the comment section for "Circling the Wagons").
A friend of mine also suggested Al Jazeera. Like the European sites, I check for European perspectives, its a good primary source for news about the Middle East. And it's coverage of the American presidential election is offering a very interesting perspective as well.
The biggest problem I have is simply one of time. Thanks to the Internet, I could tap into all the primary and secondary information sources throughout the world -- and not get anything else done in the day. Like everyone else, I have to filter the information influx in some fashion.
My goal, though, is to do so in such a way that I don't exclude stories and ideas I don't agree with.
After all, when you circle the wagons to defend your ideology, you don't go anywhere. It's only when the wagon train stretches out, open on all sides that it can move forward. And that's the direction I'd like to keep going.
Any other sources I should consider? Let's keep the conversation going!