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'ED Show' playbook: Tue., Aug. 21

A defiant Rep.

A defiant Rep. Todd Akin dismisses pleas from top Republicans to abandon his besieged Senate campaign, saying party leaders are overreacting to his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."

Tonight, Michelle Goldberg, senior contributing writer at The Daily Beast and Newsweek, helps guest host Ezra Klein break down today’s developments in the Akin scandal and the Republican war on women.

Todd Akin's refusal to drop his bid for Claire McCaskill's Senate seat could be a spoiler for the Republican Party.  Howard Fineman, NBC News Political Analyst and Editorial Director of the Huffington Post Media Group, will weigh in on that.

What would happen if the world's population jumped at the same time? 

We've found a fascinating doomsday scenario. 

The 2012 campaign has focused a lot on the future of Medicare, but the GOP's plans for Medicaid are far more drastic. We'll get down to specifics with msnbc Contributor Jared Bernstein.

Your trash is a treasure trove of information for economists. We'll look at how garbage could help explain economic trends. 

And in the Big Finish, the Romney campaign is outraising and outspending the Obama campaign this election season, but will the money advantage matter? Ezra will ask Eugene Robinson, msnbc Analyst and Associate Editor and Pulitzer Prize winning Columnist for The Washington Post.

It's going to another blockbuster @EdShow at 8pET on @msnbctv.

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