RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a standard method for distributing content on the web. Headlines and links to new articles are updated in near real-time. There are many stand-alone news readers, and email clients such as Outlook and Gmail also have built in RSS readers. In addition, blogs and websites of all types can utilize specific segments using these RSS feeds.
In context of how they are used here, I wanted a single place to hold a number of reliable, middle of the road, news sources. The collection of links here should pretty well satisfy that requirement. There might be one or two that are somewhat left-leaning. But I really tried to keep it as unbiased as possible.