‘ED Show’ playbook: Monday, Jan. 14

Updated
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his final news conference of his first term at the East Room of the White House January 14, 2013 in Washington, DC.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his final news conference of his first term at the East Room of the White House January 14, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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The GOP is holding the economy hostage over the debt ceiling, but President Obama says he’s not going to pay the ransom.

Tonight on “The Ed Show” at 8pET on msnbc, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA.) responds to the president’s tough talk.

And will the Republicans actually listen? Ed will ask E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and author (“Our Divided Political Heart”), and Ruth Conniff, Political Editor of The Progressive Magazine.

One month to the day after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school, President Obama says he has Vice President Joe Biden’s recommendations for common sense gun safety. But one Republican threatens impeachment if the president signs an executive order on guns.

Will spineless politicians kill reform? Ed will ask Dan Gross,  President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

D.C. insiders like to say that the president doesn’t socialize with Congress and that keeps things from getting done. Ed will set the record straight.

And in the Big Finish, former Secretary of State Colin Powell calls out Republicans on race. Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University, joins us to discuss the Republican response.

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

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‘ED Show’ playbook: Monday, Jan. 14

Updated