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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As a Texas state senator, Dan Patrick has conducted himself in a manner consistent with the shock jock he once was. Patrick—who is now the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor—has railed against everything from separation of church and state to Mexican coyotes who supposedly speak Urdu. He's even advised his followers that God is speaking to them
Gov. Rick Perry and other Texas officials are pointing fingers at the Obama administration for botching the Ebola response. But the state did not fully use its own power to restrict travel, quarantine health care workers and limit possible spread of the deadly virus. Texas Tribune
What more could Texas have done about Ebola?; Little help for those who can't make the rent; First bullet train meeting focuses on station locations; Former Dewhurst aide pleads guilty to embezzlement. Texas Tribune
Nelson Bunker Hunt, the wildcatter who surpassed the legacy of his father, H.L. Hunt, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at a Dallas assisted living center. He was 88. Hunt outdid his father in creating and losing fortunes through titanic plays in oil, silver, soybeans, sugar beets, cattle and thoroughbred horses, his passion. Dallas Morning News
Texas could see the biggest drop of any state next year when it comes to federal funding for emergency public health threats, according to an analysis by Bloomberg News. The Lone Star State was where Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola and the first to die from the disease. Health officials acknowledge
An outspoken leader of the American Patriots, a group of armed citizens patrolling the U.S.-Texas border near Brownsville for the past several weeks, was arrested Monday on a federal weapons charge. Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Kevin Lyndel Massey, 48, on a felon in possession of a firearm charge in Brownsville.
State lawmakers want the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to act as a hub for expanding the statewide veterans’ health care system across the region. The plan would leverage federal and state funds to combat Veterans Health Administration wait times that are among the worst in the nation. McAllen Monitor
Texas lawmakers put in place a major source of water project funding during the last session. Now that the lawmakers have made way to finance water, they may look at new ways to regulate it. Corpus Christi Caller-Times
UT Southwestern Medical Center will staff one of two designated biocontainment centers in Texas, providing specially trained workers and equipment to treat Ebola and other infectious diseases, Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Analysts are still trying to assess the damage from Presbyterian’s errors in sending Duncan back into the community and improperly protecting its staff. What’s clear is that the public fallout has been pronounced. “If I had an accident at the intersection in front of Presbyterian, I would ask to be taken to Denton,” said Andrew Reyes, a Coppell resident who
Rep. Lamar Smith has been named Capitol Hill's most effective lawmaker by political scientists as part of the Legislative Effectiveness Project. The project of researchers from the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University put Smith, R-San Antonio, at No. 1 out of 449 House members who served in the 112th Congress between 2011 and 2013. San Anton