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Monday, January 10, 2011

We discuss the assassination attempt of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords with Jonathan Alter, Representative Carolyn McCarthy, James Fallows, and more. Plus: New York State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries gives us an update on his efforts to turn vacant market rate New York City housing into affordable housing. And we say happy tenth birthday to Wikipedia with Sue Gardner, the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation.

What The Giffords Shooting Means For Washington

Jonathan Alter talks about the Arizona shootings and what this means for Washington. Alter is a correspondent for Newsweek, a columnist for Bloomberg News and The Daily Beast, an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One (now in paperback).  He is joined by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4).

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Wikipedia Turns Ten

Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, talks about Wikipedia turning ten years old and what's ahead for the next decade.

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The Role of Rhetoric

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, looks at the uses and possible consequences of inflammatory political demagoguery.  Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY 17) joins the discussion.

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Halted Development Update

New York State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-57), who represents central Brooklyn, discusses efforts to meet the demand for affordable housing in New York City.

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Arizona's Ugly Political History

Rodolfo de la Garza, a Political Science Professor at Columbia University and a regular blogger on Its a Free Country, weighs in on the troubled political history of his home state of Arizona in light of Saturday's shootings.

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