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 Texas, the nation’s leading cotton producer, growers welcome the arrival of more weapons to fight the invasion of the cotton-strangling weed Palmer amaranth, better known as pigweed. But the prospect of heavy-duty chemicals drifting from cotton fields has spawned fears in the state’s burgeoning wine industry, from the sprawling vineyards of the High Plain
Desperate migrants long have fallen victim to criminal gangs, but the recent splintering of drug cartels, especially along the border, has accentuated their vulnerability. As top-ranking capos have been captured, lower-level members of gangs turned to smuggling, kidnapping and extortion of migrants as an indispensable source of income. San Antonio Express-Ne
Things suddenly looked different on Friday. Rivas was planning to gather the paperwork she needs to prove she’s the mother of U.S. citizens and has been in the country for at least five years — becoming one of millions of immigrants who could qualify for a work permit under President Obama’s decision to defer deportations and give them legal status. Official
The water district, which provides raw water to 98 percent of Tarrant County, is also building part of the $2.3 billion Integrated Pipeline Project through Henderson County, which will bring water from East Texas reservoirs to Dallas-Fort Worth. Gooden said he testified before the grand jury in September. He said that he cannot talk about his testimony becau
As Texas prepares to execute its 11th inmate — in a year with the fewest executions in nearly two decades — legal and mental health groups across the state and the nation are scrambling to spare Scott Panetti from the death chamber. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
As Texas’ top health officials steer $110 million in no-bid contracts to an Austin tech company they say is revolutionizing Medicaid fraud investigations, the state’s top contract manager says those contracts are too loosely written and raise questions about what taxpayers are receiving in return. Austin American-Statesman
As part of Operation Strong Safety, the state’s latest effort to bolster the U.S. Border Patrol, hundreds of well-armed Texas game wardens, from as far away as the upper reaches of the Panhandle, have rotated through the Rio Grande Valley, many of them patrolling the restive waterway in gunboats. Austin American-Statesman
Since 2006, when advances in hydraulic fracturing — fracking — and horizontal drilling began unlocking a trove of sweet crude oil in the Bakken shale formation, North Dakota has shed its identity as an agricultural state in decline to become an oil powerhouse second only to Texas. New York Times
Little known outside the halls of Texas government, Daniel Hodge, 36, has spent his entire professional career working for Greg Abbott. In so doing, he has become one of state government's more powerful behind-the-scenes figures. That's only becoming more true: He's expected to serve a key role in the incoming governor's administration. T
Almost as if on cue given a sweep of Republican victories across the state this month, the University of Texas Press has released “Red State: An Insider’s Story of How the GOP Came to Dominate Texas Politics,” written by Wayne Thorburn, 70, who was executive director of the Republican Party of Texas when the state elected its first Republican governor in 104
Batheja on school district property tax breaks; Ura's look at San Antonio's political springboard; Satija's investigation into the health effects of drilling; Aguilar's look at the Texas effects of Obama's executive action; Malewitz visits a rebuilding West; M. Smith on the latest wrangling over history textbooks; Langford's rep
The airline may decide to leave Fort Worth, Texas, where it has been based since 1979, or opt to do nothing, Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker said after a speech today to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. It’s been rare in the U.S. industry for a carrier to shift base to another city. Bloomberg