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As Americans go to the polls, China's beginning the secret, week-long process of choosing new leaders for the next ten years. We hear why this transition is so different from those that have gone before and what's at stake for China and the rest of the world. Also, long lines, voting irregularities and possible recounts in today's presidential election. On Reporter's Notebook, do voters have a right to know who spends money for and against ballot propositions? Anonymous contributions to America's political campaigns.

Banner image: Visitors to Tiananmen Square stand in front of a screen showing propaganda displays November 6, 2012, just days before the party's all-important congress opens, Photo by David Gray/Reuters

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Katie Cooper
Gideon Brower

Main Topic Politics in the Other Superpower 36 MIN, 37 SEC

While the world waits to see if there will be leadership change in Washington, in China it's guaranteed, but nothing is out in the open. The Communist Party is about to start meeting behind closed doors to endorse the tiny group who will run the number two superpower for the next ten years. The biggest turnover since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976 -- and only its fifth generation of leaders since the founding of the People's Republic in 1949 -- will have worldwide consequences, though nobody knows just what to expect. We hear about murder, corruption, public unrest and the uncertain future of the "economic miracle."

Guests:
Adam Minter, Bloomberg World View (@AdamMinter)
James Fallows, Atlantic (@JamesFallows)
Gordon Chang, Forbes (@GordonGChang)
Jonathan Pollack, Brookings Institution

Reporter's Notebook California, Ballot Measures and Dark Money 6 MIN, 37 SEC

California law says voters should know who's spending the money for and against ballot propositions, but federal law protects non-profits from revealing who their funders really are. When a nonprofit in Arizona spent $11 million last-minute on two California measures, the State Supreme Court ordered disclosure. The Arizona group complied, but not with the names of individual donors. It only revealed two other nonprofits. Americans for Responsible Leadership revealed that it got the money from the Center to Protect Patients' Rights — which originally received it from Americans for Job Security, a national conservative, pro-business organization. The money was spent against California Governor Jerry Brown's tax increase for public schools and for a measure that would limit fundraising by unions. Former federal litigator Ann Ravel, now Chair of the state's Fair Political Practices Commission, says it was the biggest disclosure of campaign money laundering in California history.

Guests:
Ann Ravel, California Fair Political Practices Commission (@fppc_chair)

Making News Long Lines, Voting Irregularities and Possible Recounts 7 MIN, 21 SEC

The early stories about today's election feature long lines, provisional ballots, election monitors with political agendas and the potential for automatic recounts. Wendy Weiser is trying to keep track of it all. She's Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School.

Guests:
Wendy Weiser, New York University Law School (@BrennanCenter)

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