New Orleans Idea Summit

The last day of The Daily Beast's ideas forum in New Orleans features talks from political thinkers like James Carville and business leaders from India and China.

"The coffee will start brewing itself with the Midterm Rumble, which brings together the likes of James Carville, Harold Ford, Jr., Leslie Gelb, and Leslie Sanchez to discuss the 2010 midterms with Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos as moderator. After that, we take a trip east to India, for 'The View From India's Innovation Czar,' brought to us by the Adviser to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information, Infrastructure and Innovations, who's being interviewed by James Hoge Jr., of the Council on Foreign Relations. From there, we take a step back, for 'The Advancing Giants: India & China'—a panel of experts on the economic relationship between India, China, and the rest of the world."
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