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Monday, November 08, 2010

The midterm election results will change the balance of power in Washington -- but there’s uncertainty in Albany, where a few state senate races are still too close to call. New York Magazine's Chris Smith and The Nation's Melissa Harris-Perry take a look at the national picture and the situation in New York. Plus: Senator-Elect Richard Blumenthal; U.S./India economic relations; the midterm elections in history; Olbermann's suspension; and the rise and fall of the modern hipster.

New York and National Balance of Power

Chris Smith, contributing editor for New York Magazine, and Melissa Harris-Perry, politics professor at Princeton University, MSNBC contributor, and columnist for The Nation, talk about the balance of power in New York and around the country, after the midterms.

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Senator-Elect Blumenthal

Connecticut Senator-elect Richard Blumenthal discusses his win over Linda McMahon and his agenda as he heads to Washington D.C.

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U.S. and Indian Economies

Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, explains "quantitative easing" and is joined by Mira Kamdar, author of Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World  (Scribner, 2008), to discuss the economic significance of President Obama's trip to India.

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The Midterms in History

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of Jimmy Carter: The American Presidents Series: The 39th President, 1977-81 and Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security - From World War II to the War on Terrorism, offers a historical perspective on the midterm elections.

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Olbermann's Ouster

Joel Meares, assistant editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, talks about MSNBC’s suspension of Keith Olbermann for political contributions, and expectations of journalistic objectivity.

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Hipster History

Mark Greif, co-founding editor of the literary journal n+1 and frequent contributor to The American Prospect, discusses the rise and fall of the contemporary hipster. Greif also participated in a writers' debate on the topic, published in What Was The Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation (n+1 Foundation, 2010).

It's so easy to malign the hipster, but we want you to take the high road. Do you consider yourself a hipster? What's good about the hipster? Post below!

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