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Feb. 3: The Hagel hearing, the new GOP, Stiglitz on inequality

On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the demagoguery and bullying on display at the confirmation hearing for former Sen.

On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the demagoguery and bullying on display at the confirmation hearing for former Sen. Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska and President Obama's nominee for secretary of defense. Then we'll examine whether there's been a genuine shift within the Republican establishment since the presidential election on issues like immigration reform, and what that portends for Washington's ability to function in President Obama's second term. And finally, we'll examine the state of the economic recovery -- an issue that has been oddly and frustratingly absent from our national political discourse. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz will be here to talk about how inequality not only corrodes political institutions, but also restrains economic growth as well.

Joining Chris at 8 AM ET on msnbc will be:

Joseph Stiglitz, author of “The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future” and winner of the Nobel Prize in economics.

Julianne Malveaux (@drjlastword), president emeritus of Bennett College for Women, contributing writer at Essence magazine.

Michelle Goldberg (@michelleinbklyn), author of "The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World."

Kiron Skinner (, research fellow at the Hoover Institution and director of Carnegie Mellon University's Center for International Relations and Politics. She was a foreign policy adviser to both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich's presidential campaigns, and was a member of the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Policy Board during the George W. Bush administration where she served as an adviser on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Michael Hastings (@mmhastings), BuzzFeed Correspondent, Rolling Stone Contributing Editor, and author of the newly released digital book, "Panic: 2012 -The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Obama's Final Campaign."

Barbara Slavin (@barbaraslavin1), a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center, where she has worked with former Senator Hagel for the past two years. She's also Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor dot com, a new website devoted to news from and about the Middle East.

Ali Gharib (@ali_gharib), a Senior Editor for The Daily Beast's Middle East blog, Open Zion.

Michael Brendan Dougherty (@michaelbd), national correspondent for The American Conservative.

Dylan Glenn, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and now Managing Director of Guggenheim Partners, a financial services firm.

Joe Weisenthal (@thestalwart), deputy editor at

Edward Conard, author of "Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You've Been Told About the Economy is Wrong," and a former partner at Bain Capital.