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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MADERA, Calif. — Sabina Santiago, a mother of three, says a small prayer for protection each morning as she climbs into the driver’s seat of her Chevy pickup to take her two daughters to school. New York Times
A Rio Grande City teacher acquitted on charges of having an improper relationship with a student may remain in the classroom as he continues to appeal the revocation of his teacher certificate, the Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday. Texas Tribune
Man, Rick Perry is one lucky guy, isn't he? It's true that the "Texas Miracle" may not be quite the miracle Perry would like us to believe. As the chart below shows in a nutshell, the Texas unemployment rate has fared only slightly better than the average of all its surrounding states. Mother Jones
Retrenchment in the oil business "makes it more important," said King, a Republican who lives west of Fort Worth and sits on the House Energy Resources Committee. "If it's getting more difficult to hit that break-even point on an oil and gas well, you certainly don't want other impediments. And fracking bans are a significant impedim
When an out-of-state retailer doesn't add Texas sales and use taxes to your bill, it's not because no taxes are owed — and it's not because the retailer is doing something illegal. Texas consumers fail to pay almost $1.8 billion annually. Texas Tribune
Next year will mark the fifth legislative session in a row where Texas lawmakers have considered a statewide ban on smoking in public places. More than 100 Texas cities haven't waited for them, despite pushback from some businesses. Texas Tribune
Texas Tech University expelled Tim Cole after he was arrested in 1985 and charged with rape. Cole died in prison in 1999, but DNA evidence cleared the way for a posthumous pardon in 2009. Now there's a push for Tech to award Cole an honorary degree. Texas Tribune
Could low oil trigger a Texas recession? A push to award a degree to a symbol of injustice; As statewide smoking ban stalls, cities go it alone; Analysis: The tax that consumers are ignoring; At alma mater, Perry hints at 2016; Whitmire seeks inquiry Into HHSC/21CT contracts; Easing sanctions on Cuba could be boon for Texas. Texas Tribune
Rep. Ralph Hall is leaving office this year, but taxpayers will still be sending him checks. Hall, a 34-year congressional veteran, qualifies for an annual pension of about $139,000, pension experts say. The Rockwall Republican is eligible to draw it immediately after his term ends in early January. Dallas Morning News
The partnership is part of a flourishing industry that pairs plaintiffs’ lawyers with state attorneys general to sue companies, a collaboration that has set off a furious competition between trial lawyers and corporate lobbyists to influence these officials. Much as big industries have found natural allies in Republican attorneys general to combat federal re
Austin economist Brian Kelsey, concerned about the potential impact of falling oil prices on the state’s economy, is examining what could happen to the state’s revenue and jobs under a continued decline for the energy industry. If oil and gas industry earnings in Texas fall 20 percent, Kelsey estimates, the state could lose 212,000 jobs and $13.5 billion in
State officials, including Gov. Rick Perry, called Thursday for investigations into a no-bid contract that Texas health officials awarded to 21CT, an Austin data analytics company whose multimillion-dollar deal with the state’s massive health agency — canceled last Friday — has been the subject of an American-Statesman investigation. Austin American-Statesma