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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The Texas Ethics Commission is suggesting in a draft opinion that Attorney General Ken Paxton could use out-of-state donors to finance his defense in a felony securities fraud case. Dallas Morning News
The city of San Antonio recently extended its prohibition on smoking to Main Plaza and Travis Park — two public spaces downtown that often garner crowds. And in October, a state law took effect that prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and the possession of the devices by minors. But you can still legally use e-cigarettes in the places where smoking
Robert Lewis Dear told authorities “no more baby parts” after being arrested in the shootings at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, according to a law enforcement official. The remark was part of a rambling statement that investigators were parsing to understand the reasoning behind an assault that left three dead. Associated Press
Targeting faith-based voters in the GOP presidential primaries, Texas Republican Ted Cruz, the son of a Baptist preacher, has been keeping it personal and gaining ground in Iowa and across the South. San Antonio Express-News
Mexican businessman Francisco Colorado Cessa will go to trial today in Austin for the second time, again fighting charges that he helped the notorious Zetas drug gang launder tens of millions of dollars through a U.S. quarter horse ranch. San Antonio Express-News
For at least the fifth time since Texas passed a slew of new gun laws this year, Attorney General Ken Paxton is being asked to clarify where the rights of firearms owners ends and local control begins. Houston Chronicle
A novel claim that a fleet of commercial boats on the Texas coast has exclusive rights to thousands of acres of seabed — and the lucrative oysters found there — has spawned a flurry of high-stakes lawsuits and has state officials saying the move undermines their efforts to protect wildlife. Associated Press
There, Terrance Jones and his wife, Jennifer Allen, both 48, were sheltering from the pounding rain under an awning. The couple were happy to see the deputies and a homeless outreach worker with them. The team had arrived not to make an arrest, but, after repeated efforts and entreaties, to help Jones and Allen into a temporary shelter and on the road to tre
Texas officials are escalating their opposition to Syrian refugees with a new order aimed specifically at resettlement groups that have indicated they will accept people fleeing the war-torn country: change your mind or risk getting sued by the state. Houston Chronicle
Baena and others at the event hope to help awaken the so-called sleeping giant, a wave of new Americans who could play an important role in the political process. Their profile looks similar to Houston's - largely Latino, significantly Asian, with others from Africa and all over the world. Houston Chronicle
Some three years later, Shishakly is still there, having traded his comfortable townhome near the Galleria and his small Houston air-conditioning company for an apartment in southern Turkey and a humanitarian effort at times so dangerous that he once got kidnapped. Houston Chronicle