‘ED Show’ playbook: Thursday, Dec. 27

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., speaks at a news conference in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., speaks at a news conference in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Senator Reid says we are going over the cliff. The market drops. And then House Republicans announce they will return to Washington.

Tonight, Michael Eric Dyson, msnbc Political Analyst, Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, and author of “Can You Hear Me Now?,” is filling in for Ed. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and Richard Wolffe, Executive Editor for msnbc.com and msnbc Political Analyst, will sort out the late breaking news.

The city of Los Angeles buys back thousands of guns—but gun sales across the country are up, following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Michael will talk with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D).

Then, would you want your child’s teacher to be armed in the classroom? Ruth Conniff, Political Editor of The Progressive Magazine, responds to one congressman who thinks that’s the answer to mass shootings.

And if we go over the fiscal cliff, the wealthiest Americans will continue to do just fine. It’s the unemployed who will take the biggest hit. Rev. Frederick Haynes, Sr. Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church, will tell us what falling off the cliff means for the less fortunate among us.

With an approval rating in the 70s, is there anything Michelle Obama can’t do? Barbara Walters asks the first lady if she’d consider running for political office.

And in The Big Finish, Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University, joins Michael to discuss Django Unchained. They’ll share their thoughts on the movie that director Spike Lee is calling “disrespectful.”

It’s going to another blockbuster @edshow at 8pET on @msnbctv.

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'ED Show' playbook: Thursday, Dec. 27