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'ED Show' playbook: Mon., May 21

President Obama fires back at criticism of his attacks on Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital record following an unexpected smackdown by Obama surrogate and Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Tonight, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Randy Johnson, a former American Pad and Paper worker (and victim of Romney's vulture capitalism), will tell Mayor Booker what's really “nauseating.”

In Massachusetts, Sen. Scott Brown is using a trivial issue to attack Elizabeth Warren's credibility. But instead of facing the issue, she's ignoring it.  Ed will talk with state Sen. Katherine Clark (D-MA) about that.

The Fighting Irish are fighting the contraception mandate. The NAACP says same-sex marriage is a civil right.  Donald Trump says Mitt Romney is making a mistake by taking the Rev. Wright off the table.  And Hawaii tells Arizona exactly where the president was born.

Ed will have reaction and analysis on these issues from our panel, including Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University,  Dr. Caroline Heldman, Professor of Politics at Occidental University, and Jimmy Williams, former Democratic Senate Staffer and MSNBC Contributor.

Scott Walker might be headed back to Capitol Hill to explain his "divide and conquer" bombshell.  We'll have the latest from Wisconsin.

And in the Big Finish, Rush Limbaugh's ratings take a dive across the country after his sexist, insulting comments about Sandra Fluke. Is he still too big to fail?  Michael Harrison, Publisher of Talkers Magazine, will talk about what it means for Limbaugh and the radio industry.

It's going to be yet another packed @EdShow at 8pET on @msnbctv.

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