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 little-noticed outcome of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population. New York Times […]
Big Brother critics see a big political payoff if they can keep riding Snowden’s coattails. They’ll get another opportunity Monday when Snowden is scheduled to address via videoconference the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Politico […]
The result: Tea party groups are launching rebel campaigns nearly unchallenged by the big money of corporate America. A new breed of conservative is marching up to Congress who doesn’t much care that the Republican Party is supposed to be the party of Big Business. Politico […]
States run by Republican governors and legislatures are slowly adopting the Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare, boosting Democratic hopes they can run on the issue in the midterm elections. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has launched a petition on her website urging Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) to agree to the expansion, which she argues would bring health insuranc […]
Abbott is now the standard-bearer in Texas for his party — a party that continues to battle on a national scale over its future and, particularly, its ability to take back the White House in 2016. Ignoring either party’s platforms, simple demographics dictate is a need to attract Hispanic voters in the future, especially in an important state like Texas. McA […]
By late summer, Travis County judge candidate Andy Brown had locked in a long line of key endorsements, including those from the popular Austin lawmakers Lloyd Doggett and Kirk Watson. But his opponent Sarah Eckhardt managed to overcome that — and Brown’s 3-to-2 fundraising advantage — in last week’s Democratic primary by striking a seemingly contradictory b […]
The dispute, over whether there was enough evidence to withhold public Medicaid payments from a dentist accused of fraud, was also being prosecuted by HHSC. In other words, the agency’s judge rejected the findings of an outside jurist, changing the verdict in favor of his bosses. Austin American-Statesman […]
When the city of Bastrop started looking for enough water to supply the growing city for the next 30 or 40 years, officials didn’t have to look far. The Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer, a vast expanse of fresh groundwater, sits right below the surface. The only problem is, they are not the only ones eyeing that aquifer. Austin American-Statesman […]
Nonetheless, the question of where to build a replacement arena is a matter of considerable speculation. City officials, developers and well-placed sources say an early front-runner might be the south-central shore of Lady Bird Lake. The land in question is currently occupied by the American-Statesman and the Texas Department of Transportation. Austin Americ […]
A $4 million study will look at two ideas that have been proposed to protect the Houston area from hurricane storm surges that could cause billions of dollars in damage and make a mess of the largest petrochemical complex in the country. Associated Press […]
Texas has upped its ante in the race to build the world's largest telescope, which astronomers hope will revolutionize human understanding of the universe. On Friday, the University of Texas board of regents unanimously voted to spend $50 million to participate in the Giant Magellan Telescope project, which will see deeper into the cosmos than anything […]
Mark you calendar: San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and Houston Sen. Dan Patrick are tossing around April 15 as the date for an immigration debate. Allen Blakemore, Patrick's top consultant, told reporters Friday that the two sides are likely to settle on the mid-April date for their already much-ballyhooed showdown. San Antonio Express-News […]