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'Ed Show' Playbook: Monday, July 16

Did you hear the one about “retroactive retirement”?
President Obama speaks in Roanoke, VA (7/13/12)
President Obama speaks in Roanoke, VA (7/13/12)

Did you hear the one about “retroactive retirement”? It seems like the more Mitt Romney and his surrogates try to explain his Bain record, the more confusing it all gets. Rick Tyler, Republican strategist and former Communications Director for Newt Gingrich, and Richard Wolffe, msnbc Political Analyst, join Ed to sort out the weekend’s developments.

You’ve seen the ad (click here for a refresher)—the Obama team is officially playing offense, highlighting the outsourcing that occurred at Bain during Romney’s tenure with the tagline “Mitt Romney is not the solution. He’s the problem.” Chuck Rocha, Executive Director of the American Worker Latino Project, joins Ed to talk about the ad, the message and what it means for the rest of the campaign.

The right-wing is desperate to change the subject from Romney’s recent Bain pain—Fox News joined in by selectively editing a speech President Obama gave in Roanoke, VA to make it seem as if he insulted small business owners by saying “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made it happen.” Of course, the conservatives went wild. We’ll show you their deceptive edit AND the clip in context. Van Jones, President and Co-Founder of the Rebuild the Dream, will join Ed to straighten out their lie.

Catherine Crier, Attorney and best-selling author of “Patriot Acts: What Americans Must do to Save the Republic”, Jon Bramnick, NJ Assembly GOP Leader, and Keith Boykin, CNBC Contributor and Democratic Strategist join us in the big panel tonight to talk about reactions to Obama’s latest ad.

Sheldon Adelson armed the YG (Young Guns) Action fund, the super PAC backed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, with a $5 million donation. Tom Perriello, Former Democratic Congressman, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, joins Ed to talk about this latest donation from the notorious GOP backer.