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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Bruce Alger, a provocative Republican congressman from Texas whose staunch conservative views prefigured the tea party movement decades later, and whose angry confrontation with Lyndon B. Johnson may have affected the outcome of the 1960 presidential election, died April 13 at an assisted living facility in Palm Bay, Fla. He was 96. Washington Post
Followers of the legislative scene have noted that House and Senate switched roles so that the Senate has become the more polarizing place, but it isn’t as extreme as expected. Wichita Falls Times Record News
Bush did not say how much had been raised, but senior Republicans said they think his super PAC, Right to Rise, is on track to collect $100 million by the end of May. Those who heard Bush speak said it signals that he and his team are confident that they've amassed a sizable political fortune that will help bankroll his fledgling presidential aspiration
Four years ago, Texas legislators passed a law to help root out bullying and cyberbullying in schools. But educators and experts on the law said schools find themselves in a tough spot when trying to police student cruelty that unfolds online and beyond their walls. Dallas Morning News
For 51/2 hours, the Faith and Freedom crowd responded with applause and cheers as speakers warned of assaults against religion and those who practice it, whether refusing to cater a same-sex wedding in Indiana or to provide birth control through workplace insurance. Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee received standing ovations before they even began
The clock is starting to run out on contentious immigration legislation offered this year by tea party Republicans in the Legislature. With five weeks left in lawmakers’ session, hard-line measures — including bills on college tuition for those in the U.S. illegally and on “sanctuary city” policies — are languishing in the Senate and lacking traction in the
The commission will ask XTO Energy and EnerVest Operating at “show cause” hearings in June why their permits should not be canceled and their wells shut-in following a study by Southern Methodist University researchers this week stating they were the likely cause of the seismic activity. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The machines aren’t there, though, and the issue of whether they someday can be there is tied up in the courts for now. But a measure to help horse and dog racetracks, by using some tax money to grow their purses, is before the Texas Legislature. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
From atop the U.S. 180 bridge, which crosses the lake, the only water visible is in the small creek channel. Parts of the old highway bridge that were once submerged by the lake are now visible and the lake bottom is covered with water-sucking salt cedars and weeds such as bastard cabbage — courtesy of the ongoing drought. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Gov. Greg Abbott's appearance Monday will be much more benign, however, than the courthouse drama has surrounded the indictment of his predecessor, Rick Perry. Abbott has simply been called as a prospect for jury duty. San Antonio Express-News
As right-wing activist Steve Stockman launched an ultimately successful long-shot campaign to return to Congress in 2012, the unconventional Houston politician filed paperwork in Harris County to do business under the name Life Without Limits. It turned out that a pastor in Las Vegas already ran a charity by the same name, and a political operative with ties
So critical is the housing problem, officials said, that a two-time child molester freed from prison on Friday had to be temporarily placed in an already-full Houston halfway house after nearly 100 nursing homes refused to take the man, who is confined to a wheelchair and is developmentally disabled. State officials said he would not return home because seve