‘ED Show’ playbook: Friday, Feb. 22

Updated

With one week to go, the austerity bomb keeps ticking as Republicans and the right wing media keep ignoring the facts.

Tonight on “The Ed Show” at 8 and 11pET on msnbc, Ed Schultz welcomes David Cay Johnston, columnist for Reuters, Pulitzer Prize winner AND author of “The Fine Print”, “Perfectly Legal” and “Free Lunch,” Karen Finney, msnbc Political Analyst and Former DNC Communications Director, and Steve Benen, Contributing Writer and Blogger with the Washington Monthly.

Then, NASCAR steps up to the plate for the families of Sandy Hook victims. Ed will ask driver Michael Waltrip about the new 26 car he’s driving at Daytona this weekend and team owner Brandon Davis about the message he’s sending.

The FBI takes down the “Scooter Store” scam. Ed will have the details on how much Medicare fraud is costing us and how the government is fighting back.

Ted Cruz is channeling Joe McCarthy again. And Rand Paul says the president’s being dishonest about the sequester. The BIG Panel takes on the latest right-wing conspiracies. We’ll hear from John Nichols, Washington Correspondent of The Nation, Michelle Goldberg, Senior contributing writer at The Daily Beast and author of “Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism,” and Angela Rye, Political Strategist.

It was an emotional day in court for Olympic star Oscar Pistorius. We’ll have the latest on today’s controversial bail hearing in the “Blade Runner” case.

And Ed’s picking his favorites for Sunday night’s Academy Awards. See how his picks stack up to the experts, including David Edelstein, Chief Film Critic for New York magazine.

It’s going to be another essential @edshow tonight at 8p/11pET on @msnbctv.

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‘ED Show’ playbook: Friday, Feb. 22

Updated