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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Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday called Apple CEO Tim Cook’s coming out as gay a “personal decision.” “Those are his personal choices,” Cruz said on CNBC. “I’ll tell you, I love my iPhone.” Dallas Morning News
Former CIA director and Defense Secretary Robert Gates is backing Republican congressional candidate Will Hurd, Gates’ first endorsement this election cycle. “”Will [has served] our country on the front lines of the War on Terror, he knows the cost of freedom, and you can count on him to take care of our veterans here at home,” Gates said in a statement issu
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday endorsed the Democratic women running for Texas’ top two offices, gubernatorial aspirant Wendy Davis and lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte. Clinton, who is weighing a bid for the Democrats’ presidential nomination in 2016, applauded Davis for running a “tough, strong campaign” agai
If voters are overly excited about electing the first new Texas governor in 14 years and wholesale changes across state government, the turnout so far hasn’t shown it. Despite a governor’s race between Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis that has generated a combined $83 million in fundraising, and a massive voter outreach effort from the enginee
Cruz, who opposes gay marriage, switched to the larger issue when asked on CNBC on Thursday about a piece by Cook in Bloomberg Businessweek in which Cook came out. "Those are his personal choices. I’ll tell you, I love my iPhone," Cruz said. The Hill
“The American people don’t want Republicans to become appeasers and supporters of a watered down Obama agenda.” The problem for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other GOP leaders is that they will also face pressure to govern — which could involve cooperating with President Obama to keep the government operati
Planning to dress up as one of Texas’ gubernatorial candidates for Halloween? If so, election officials offer one piece of advice: Stay out of the voting booth. Or just put the political costume on after you vote. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Since former state Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, announced in February 2013 that he would be quitting politics to join Google Fiber in Austin, there have been four races for his abandoned North Austin seat: a special election, a runoff, party primaries and now Tuesday’s general election. Austin American-Statesman
In another setback for the state health agency charged with rooting out Medicaid fraud, an appeals court Thursday said $1.26 million was improperly withheld from a dental practice even after state regulators acknowledged that no fraud had taken place. Austin American-Statesman
But in the months since his party switch, Meyers has raised no campaign money, nor has he spent any of the $411 in his campaign account. He has been absent from the campaign trail, has no candidate website and declined invitations to address newspaper editorial boards. Austin American-Statesman
Long shot Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Thursday ramped up recent efforts to boost minority voter turnout, painting her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, as an enemy of minorities during a whirlwind tour of the predominantly Hispanic Rio Grande Valley. Austin American-Statesman
Though city races are nonpartisan, Democratic clubs and left-leaning Central Austin neighborhoods have dominated city politics, making it rare for Republicans to compete for City Council seats. But the new system of district representation, dubbed “10-1,” is changing that. Austin American-Statesman