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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Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor with a love of the Dallas Cowboys, returns to Dallas on Thursday to scoop up some much-needed campaign cash. He’ll be at the home of developer and restaurateur Ray Washburne. In January, Washburne stepped down as national finance chairman for the Republican Party to sign on as finance chairman for the Christie presiden
In his first three days as a declared presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz missed more than a dozen votes in the Senate. They won’t be the last. Courting donors, jetting off to New Hampshire and Iowa — it’s a time-consuming business, not entirely compatible with the hearings, meetings, debates and roll calls that fill a typical week for a senator. Dallas Mo
The governor directed Specia to more rigorously assess family members and friends who take in abused children and to enforce rules requiring workers to conduct face-to-face visits with children in so-called safety placements — temporary arrangements while the agency conducts investigations. Austin American-Statesman
A multimillion-dollar deal to privatize a public psychiatric hospital was killed Wednesday after a state audit revealed contracting irregularities by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, forcing its top leader to explain to lawmakers his third contracting fiasco in four months. Austin American-Statesman
Rancher Pete Bonds likes what he’s seen of the rain in 2015. He is optimistic that the above-average rainfall for North Texas could turn things around for the drought-stricken region. “It’s a hell of a lot better than it was,” said Bonds, owner of Bonds Ranch in Saginaw. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The former chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission says the state regulator of campaign finance and lobby laws is essentially a toothless watchdog and should halt all enforcement actions following a decision by a judge to toss a high-profile case against a powerful conservative powerbroker. San Antonio Express-News
The economic analysis, released Wednesday, finds that the pain is especially acute for companies pulling high-quality ultralight oil out of the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas. The study marks a departure from previous analyses that have predicted exports would lift the price for domestic West Texas Intermediate oil, which on Wednesday closed at a $7.27-per-barrel
The Texas General Land Office is charging ahead with plans to hire a firm or group to run the Alamo, succeeding the Daughters of the Republic of Texas this summer, despite a lawsuit over ownership of archives at the historic complex. San Antonio Express-News
Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Wednesday that she will officially endorse former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in his likely 2016 presidential bid. “Yes, I am,” the former senator said when asked whether she would endorse Bush. “I met with him, and I think he is exactly what we need right now that will take us in the right direction.” Houston Chronicle
Three weeks after a 4-year-old Houston boy shot himself in a home that had been vetted by the state of Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday ordered Child Protective Services to improve the screening of caregivers who temporarily take in kids whose parents are being investigated for child abuse or neglect. Houston Chronicle
Faced with a dwindling supply of death-dealing pentobarbital, the Texas prison system again has turned to an unidentified compounding pharmacy for enough of the short-acting barbiturate to carry out four executions scheduled for April. Houston Chronicle
The Texas Republican missed eight more votes on Tuesday, including a high-profile show vote rejecting President Obama's 2016 budget. The budget debate, and a series of procedural votes, stretched into Wednesday, but Cruz was still in New York, attending a "Young Professionals for Cruz" gathering. Political operatives say that's just the w