For PULLING news, I use Sharpreader - SharpReader is an RSS/Atom Aggregator for Windows, created by Luke Hutteman. It's free / donation ware and it doesn't come bloated with all the junk you'll find in other Aggregators.
For POSTING news - I use the w.bloggar - w.bloggar is an application that acts as an interface between the user and one or more blog(s)/new(s); in other words, it is a Post and Template editor, with several features and resources that the browser based blog editors do not offer.
The sharpreader also has a w.bloggar plug-in, which I find helpful.
Dispelling the Mystical belief of Web Standards and tableless CSS.
Nobody gets excited about the tools used to build a house, people get excited about how the house looks and performs