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'Ed Show' Playbook: Tuesday, July 17th

Romney, his taxes and his time at Bain.
Community meeting on Sunday, July 8th  in Freeport, IL
Community meeting on Sunday, July 8th in Freeport, IL

Romney, his taxes and his time at Bain. His campaign continues to play defense, despite a new poll showing that 61% of independents believe that he should release his tax returns from the past 12 years. In the meantime they’re trying to distract the public by distorting what President Obama said about small businesses on Sunday (click here for a refresher from last night’s Ed Show). Oh, and there's also Romney surrogate John Sununu saying "I wish this president would learn to be an American." Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher of The Nation and Michael Steele, Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee and msnbc Analyst join Ed.

Workers at Bain-controlled Sestana in Freeport, IL are calling on Mitt Romney to save the 170 jobs that are at risk of being outsourced to China. See some of their testimonials here. Shelly Griswold, Director of Community Development for the city of Freeport, IL and Dot Turner, Worker at the Sensata Plant in Freeport, IL for 43 years, will join Ed to talk about what this could mean for the future of their community.

Senate Democrats are proposing a bill called the “Bring Jobs Home Act” that would end the tax break for moving jobs overseas and give businesses a 20 percent tax credit for bringing them back to America. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), sponsor of the bill, joins us to talk about what it would do for the country— and why Republicans won’t support it.

Mitt Romney told a group of wealthy Republicans at a Mississippi fundraiser that they’re doing “relatively well” compared to the waiters and waitresses serving them at the event. But if the wealthy, or “job creators” are doing well, then—where are the jobs? And why does his tax plan include a tax increase for people making less than $40,000? Ari Melber, Correspondent for The Nation, Alex Wagner, msnbc Host, Michael Medved, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host join Ed in the big panel tonight to discuss.

Finally, Howard Fineman, NBC News Political Analyst and Editorial Director of the Huffington Post Media Group, will join Ed to talk about Mitt Romney and Republican backlash.

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

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