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 warned conservative activists Thursday not to buy rivals’ claims that they’re true conservatives. None, he said, would ever actually stand up and confess ahead of the 2016 race, “Actually, I’m a squishy moderate who stands for nothing.” Dallas Morning News
A week before submitting a performance report on its border operations to Texas lawmakers, the Department of Public Safety changed how it calculates the value of drug seizures, dramatically increasing the estimated value of the drugs seized during the effort. Austin American-Statesman
According to multiple sources, Van de Putte’s supporters at the Monday meeting urged her to hire veteran Democratic operative Christian Archer as her campaign manager, arguing that he is the person best equipped to lead a successful election effort in San Antonio. San Antonio Express-News
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun issuing bonds for immigrant families from Central America detained in Karnes County, a reversal of a much-maligned policy that was halted by a federal judge last week. San Antonio Express-News
The popular state purchasing program used for a $110 million no-bid contract now engulfed in scandal is likely to be revamped in the next few months, officials said this week. At least two different bills to add safeguards to the Cooperative Contracts program are in the works, lawmakers said, and those in charge of the program are not expected to oppose refo
The problem had threatened to delay the identification of gifted children, who are eligible to apply for one of the district's special gifted magnet programs. But Houston Independent School District administrators now say they can meet the timeline to notify parents about their children's applications by late March. Houston Chronicle
In this scornful atmosphere, a notable fact has faded into obscurity—namely, that two years ago, it wasn’t just wishful-thinking Democrats who were taking Battleground Texas seriously. The D.C.-based conservative group FreedomWorks responded to Battleground’s emergence with its own “Come and Take It” campaign. Texas Monthly
WASHINGTON Rabble-rousing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz gave an impassioned stump speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference today, presenting himself as the true Reagan Republican 2016 presidential contender. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
AUSTIN, TEXAS Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's first three appointees to the University of Texas System Board of Regents found their road to confirmation facing some tough obstacles Thursday from Senate Republicans. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Sen. Ted Cruz warned conservative activists Thursday not to buy claims from 2016 rivals that they’re true conservatives. None, he said, would ever actually stand up and confess: “Actually I’m a squishy moderate who stands for nothing.” Dallas Morning News
Dallas City Council member Dwaine Caraway will tell you that that Dallas’ newly enacted bag ordinance, which requires businesses charge customers a nickel for plastic and paper single-use bags, is a success. Dallas Morning News
WASHINGTON – Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, introduced a bill Thursday to authorize and encourage President Obama to award the Medal of Honor posthumously to former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle for acts of valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dallas Morning News