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Is The Voting Rights Act Still Necessary?

An effort is underway by at least two states to challenge key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discriminatory voting practices. As voters in Alabama and Mississippi go to the polls to vote in their states' primaries, host Michel Martin discusses the act with former U.S. Congressman Artur Davis.

Has Southern Hospitality Steered Pollsters The Wrong Way In Ala. & Miss.?

Mitt Romney is at or near the top in polls of Alabama and Mississippi Republicans. But some voters in those states may just be too polite to tell pollsters that they don't support the "establishment" candidate.
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Blaine Harden, Shin Dong-Hyuk: "Escape from Camp 14"

Shin Dong-Hyuk was born in a political prison camp in North Korea, where he was starved, tortured and forced to watch the execution of his mother and brother. Veteran journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of how Shin survived - and finally escaped.

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GOP Presidential Nomination Race

Morning after analysis of the Wisconsin, Maryland, and DC GOP presidential primaries. Guest host Tom Gjelten and his panel look at the remaining field and frontrunner Mitt Romney's ongoing efforts to shift into general election campaign mode.


Like Grits? You Just Might Be A Republican Candidate

Strange things do happen to folks, especially national political candidates, when they talk to Southerners. They start drawling and twanging. Sometimes they're mocking; sometimes they're just trying to be friendly.

Five Things To Watch For In Tuesday's Alabama, Mississippi GOP Primaries

Voters and analysts alike will be watching the two states closely Tuesday to learn whether voters in the Deep South choose to go with the most electable candidate, which many say is Romney, or the most conservative, a label Santorum and Gingrich say properly fits them.

In South, GOP Voters Balance Faith, Defeating Obama

At a forum Monday night in Birmingham, Ala., Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich vied for last-minute support ahead of Tuesday's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. Values, religion and the legitimacy of President Obama were on voters' minds.

Low-Profile SuperPAC Targets Powerful Incumbents

Unlike its much-trumpeted presidential superPAC counterparts, the Campaign for Primary Accountability has no million-dollar donors — at least not yet. Its goal is to oust entrenched members of Congress in primary races, regardless of their party.