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Has far-right fervor captured the establishment, and is the Tea Party the new GOP? And could Rick Perry—who plays up religion and plays down evolution—be the new face of the Republican Party? TIME Editor-at-Large Mark Halperin is here to discuss with radio talk show host Michael Smerconish.

 

Not-so-fun in the sun: President Obama is faced with sinking approval ratings and harsh criticism for vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard. What does he need to do stay in the game? Go on offense. Rick Perlstein authored Nixonland, a book on President Obama’s reading list. Perlstein writes “How Democrats Win: Defending the Social Safety Net” in TIME’s Swampland blog today. He’s here to map out the game plan with msnbc Political Analyst and Huffington Post reporter Alex Wagner.

 

Trouble with the base? Rep. Maxine Waters had some tough words for President Obama on Tuesday at a Congressional Black Caucus panel in Detroit. Did she go rogue or is she speaking for the black community, some of Obama’s staunchest supporters? Chris has some tough questions for her tonight on what the President needs to do. You won’t want to miss this one.

 

Plus: “The Next Greatest Generation.” TIME columnist Joe Klein writes this week’s cover story on military vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and how the unprecedented challenges they faced abroad has uniquely prepared them to contribute to civilian life. Klein’s here tonight with U.S. Army Captain (Ret.) Wes Moore, who’s featured in the story. 

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