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Lincoln Davis fights back against suppression tactics that prevented him from voting in Tennessee
Keith checks in with Lincoln Davis, a former four-term congressman from Tennessee, to hear an insider’s perspective on voter suppression tactics in the state. When he attempted to vote in Tennessee’s primary on Tuesday, Davis was told he was not registered and was turned away from the polls. ” I may have lost the election after serving four terms in the U.S. House for Fentress County, but I didn’t lose my right to vote.”

Mark Potok discusses the causes for the growth of hate groups in America
Keith and Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, discuss a recent investigation conducted by the center that found that the number of hate groups in America has surged over the past decade. Potok says that virulent commentary from individual politicians and media figures is having an impact: ” they serve essentially as transmitters from the real fringe of the fringe. They help to bring conspiracy theories and demonizing propaganda right into the mainstream.”

Numbers game: Ryan Grim interprets Obama’s approval numbers, contextualizes unemployment data
Ryan Grim, Washington, D.C., bureau chief for The Huffington Post, weighs in on what the current approval ratings and pending unemployment numbers mean in terms of President Obama’s chances in November. “The only thing that really matters is that the media talks about it in a favorable way. People want to be told good news about the economy, and if they hear good news, then even if they’re unemployed, then they think, ‘OK, there’s a better chance that I’m going to be employed next week or the week after.'”

Bill Burton defends President Obama’s stance on super PAC funding for the 2012 campaign
Bill Burton, co-founder and senior strategist of Priorities USA Action, explains why President Obama uses super PAC contributions to fund his campaign in order to win reelection even though he supports campaign finance reform. Burton challenges the conventional wisdom on how super PAC spending has shaped the 2012 race so far: “People think that Santorum and Gingrich’s campaigns wouldn’t have survived up until this point without super PACs, but the truth is, Mitt Romney wouldn’t even still be in this race if it weren’t for his spuer PAC.”

Markos Moulitsas considers whether Rush Limbaugh can survive the onslaught of bad press
Keith and Markos Moulitsas, “Countdown” contributor and founder of the Daily Kos, assess Rush Limbaugh’s future in light of Republican reprimands following his “slut” commentary aimed at Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke. “Rush Limbaugh has gotten to where he has because he’s not afraid to yell out loud what Republicans really believe, and they really believe this.

Divine intervention: Lee Camp takes on GOP candidates’ direct messages from God
D.C. correspondent David Shuster and comedian Lee Camp debunk GOP candidates’ claims that God has called upon them to serve their country by running for office. Responding to Karen Santorum’s suggestion that her husband’s recent success is God’s will, Camp questions Santorum’s suitability for the presidency: ” This is a man who believes Satan is talking to him in his head.

Web Extra: Harry Shearer on ‘Murdoch-gate’ and his latest documentary
In this web extra, Harry Shearer sits down with David Shuster to discuss the latest on Murdoch-gate and his recent documentary on the devastating flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, “The Big Uneasy.”    Tune in Weeknights at 8:00/7:00c on Current TV

Web Extra: Eliot Spitzer on Murdoch-Gate and More
Eliot Spitzer, former governor and attorney general of New York, joins Keith to discuss the latest on Murdoch-Gate, the debt deal, ratings agencies, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, politicians on magazine covers and more.    Tune in Weeknights at 8:00/7:00c on Current TV

Dan Savage on What Next for Same-Sex Marriage
Dan Savage on What’s Next for Same-Sex Marriage.    Tune in Weeknights at 8:00/7:00c on Current TV

Web Extra: Van Jones vs. Fox News
Keith continues his talk with Van Jones, who — after over a year of malicious personal insinuations and accusations by Fox News — has decided to threaten the news organization with legal action.    Tune in Weeknights at 8:00/7:00c on Current TV


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