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What's in Ed's Head: 6/22/11

06/22/11 07:37PM

These are the stories the staff of The Ed Show are keeping an eye on ...President Obama will give his plan for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan tonight.  Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews join Ed on the program and we'll get all 3 of their reactions to the speech at 10 PM on msnbc. The Wisconsin GOP is jeopardizing unemployment benefits for 10,000 Wisconsinites because, they contend, benefits make people lazy.Sarah Palin quit her bus tour early.Sen. McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. read more


06/22/11 04:23PM

Tonight's Afghanistan speech will blow a lot of other stories off the newscape. A few of them caught my eye as deserving more attention than they'll likely get. Here they are:James Risen was one of the most important reporters in the struggle to reveal the excesses and abuses of power undertaken by the Bush Administration in the name of Keeping Us Safe. Sadly, a whistleblower case has given us an affidavit in which he says that the Obama Administration, too, continues to intimidate truth-tellers and reporters. read more

The Wednesday Outlook

06/22/11 02:31PM

It's amazing how quickly hawks turn to doves. Pretty much the entire GOP presidential field wants to draw down in Afghanistan. Today, at least, we got a glimpse of why this is.Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell explained that the Republican position on the use of US military power depends in some degree...on which party the president belongs to. The technical term for this is Putting Country Second (At Best).A couple of interesting polls out today, too, both about the economy. read more

Morning EDition: June 22, 2011

06/22/11 11:11AM

Of course, what the president has to say tonight about Afghanistan will drive much of our program. But we'll be getting other stuff in, too. Anything in particular you think we should be hitting tonight? Let us know in the comments.TODAYThe President addresses the nation about Afghanistan at 8pm eastern. read more

Saving lives

Saving lives

06/21/11 09:32PM

The National Association of Free Clinics needs your help.Last year Ed personally attended 5 of the 7 free clinics that were largely funded by msnbc viewers and now he's at it again.  On August 29th Ed will be at the free health care clinic in New Orleans.Executive Director of NAFC, Nicole Lamoureux, is on the program tonight to discuss the importance of free clinics and the lives she's seen saved by them.You can get more information about the NAFC and how to donate here:  read more

Ed's Guest List, Tuesday 6/21

06/21/11 08:54PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).Rep. Peter Welch, (D-VT).Robert Greenwald, Documentary filmmaker and the Director of the Brave New Foundation.Nicole Lamoureux, Executive Director of The National Association of Free Clinics.Sally Kohn, Founder and Chief Education Officer of read more