Why the heck won’t David Gregory factcheck his guests? The host of Meet the Press declined a proposal from NYU’s Jay Rosen to factcheck the show. The Sunday shows tend to drone around the periphery of partisan talking points. On The Media has follow up with Chas Danner who, with another college student, is fact checking the Sunday shows for Gregory and other Sunday shows.
It’s the final installment of the PMT political podcast before Election Day on November 2.
Texas Public Radio’s Terry Gildea and PMT’s Michael Olson breakdown the latest developments in the Governor’s race and key U.S. House races in Texas.
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In a contentious hearing before Congress on Wednesday, a senior official from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ watchdog agency acknowledged for the first time that delays in care contributed to the deaths of patients at the department’s medical center in Phoenix. New York Times
Hospitals often say they acquire other hospitals and physician groups so they can coordinate care, in keeping with the goals of the Affordable Care Act. But the agency, the Federal Trade Commission, says that mergers tend to reduce competition, and that doctors and hospitals can usually achieve the benefits of coordinated care without a full merger. The comm
Cornyn, in line to rise in GOP ranks if Republicans win the Senate, has agreed to lead a new joint effort among the NRSC, Republican National Committee and House Republicans’ campaign arm. Dubbed the “Target State Victory Committee,” it will concentrate on turnout in battleground states and is expected to raise about $3 million, the source said. The Texas se
The ruling doesn’t guarantee there will be a new trial. The Nueces County District Attorney’s office has the option to try her on a lesser charge, dismiss the case or retry her on the capital murder charge. Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Gov. Rick Perry sent a letter to Mexican President Peña Nieto Wednesday defending his decision to call up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the state’s southern border to help with law enforcement. Corpus Christi Caller-Times
As early as next year, a Southwest Airlines plane headed for Austin or Dallas could be sitting on the tarmac at Midland International Airport, waiting behind a flight that’s about to take off for space. The Federal Aviation Administration has designated the West Texas airport just as the ninth spaceport in the U.S. — and as the first commercial airport to be
An Austin nonprofit filed suit Wednesday seeking to force the State Securities Board to release records related to an investigation that resulted in a fine and reprimand for state Sen. Ken Paxton earlier this year. Some of the documents, requested by the Texas Coalition on Lawyer Accountability in August, were withheld under state confidentiality requirement
The Texas Smart on Crime Coalition held its coming-out party at the Capitol on Wednesday with leaders of the disparate groups — including the ACLU of Texas and Texas Criminal Justice Coalition on the left and the Texas Association of Business and Texas Public Policy Foundation on the right — standing side by side and in agreement on a host of reform measures
About 50 Texas disability rights and advocacy groups are working together to mobilize disabled voters who could be profoundly affected by the results of the Nov. 4 election. The consortium has invited both Republican and Democratic candidates in the state’s top three elections to come to Austin next week to provide their views on possible reforms to health c
The Lower Colorado River Authority on Wednesday unanimously approved a new Water Management Plan, ending four years of heated debate and setting a new distribution policy for Austin’s most important water source. The plan, which still needs approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, gives greater flexibility for LCRA to protect water suppli
The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday tossed out a state law banning “improper photography” — photos or videos taken in a public place without consent and with the purpose of sexual gratification — as a violation of free-speech rights. In an 8-1 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said photos, much like paintings and films, are “inherently
In a letter that switched from flattering to confrontational and back, Gov. Rick Perry kept a cross-border spat brewing Wednesday when he addressed recent words from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Perry wrote that he considered “with interest and concern” the comments Peña Nieto made last week in which he referred to Texas’ increased law enforcement p