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When citizens of the Superpower go to the polls, the rest of the world takes notice, even if it's only a mid-term election. Will today's voting be seen as a referendum on the war in Iraq? Do other countries want to see change in American policies or more of the same? We go to the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Mexico. Plus, a look at new election glitches that are frustrating poll workers around the US, and Daniel Ortega appears close to victory in Nicaragua.  Has he changed since Ronald Reagan supported the Contra rebels?

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner
Andrea Brody

Main Topic Today's Elections, a Referendum on President Bush and Iraq? 35 MIN, 52 SEC

American culture has spread all over the globe.  Now trade, terrorism and global warming have made the planet smaller than ever. So the rest of the world is watching as the Superpower goes to the polls. Do today's elections look like a referendum on President Bush and the war in Iraq? Is there hope for continuity or change? Does the US retain the moral authority it gained in the immediate aftermath of September 11? We go to the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Mexico.

Guests:
Ismael Zayer, Editor-in-Chief of New Sabah
Louise Roug, Reporter for the Los Angeles Times
Uri Dromi, Miami Herald
Roger Harrison, Senior reporter for Arab News
Mary Dejevsky, The Independent
Robert Marquand, Beijing Bureau Chief for the Christian Science Monitor
Sergio Sarmiento, Political and economic commentator for TV Azteca

Making News Voters Face New Machines--and Glitches--in 2006 Election 5 MIN, 46 SEC

In hundreds of precincts around the country, programming errors and inexperience with new machines are frustrating poll workers and delaying the voting.  Correcting some problems may take all day.

Guests:
Michael Duffy, Assistant Managing Editor, Time magazine

Reporter's Notebook Daniel Ortega Likely to Return to Power in Nicaragua 7 MIN, 15 SEC

In the 1980's Manuel Ortega was a Sandinista, a Marxist revolutionary who led Nicaragua through a decade of civil war. The US, under Ronald Reagan, chose to side with the so-called "Contra" rebels, and 50,000 people died. Now Ortega seems to be staging a comeback. Although votes in Nicaragua's presidential election are still being counted, Ortega is claiming victory, as his closest rival claims there were voting irregularities.

Guests:
Joe Contreras, Latin American Regional Editor for Newsweek magazine

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