Today's Takeaway | November 8, 2012

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

President Barack Obama stands with Sen. Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office, Dec. 7, 2011. (Pete Souza/flickr)

Advice for Obama as He Transitions to His Second Term | Long Lines Impede Democracy at the Polls | Changing of the Guard in China | The World Has Their Say about the 2012 Election | After The Election Comes the Fiscal Cliff | Four More Years and President Obama's Legacy

Advice for Obama as He Transitions to His Second Term

President Obama won reelection on Tuesday night, granting him another four years in the White House. As President Obama transitions to his second term, how should he choose his policy priorities and his new members of his cabinet? Sandy Berger, National Security Advisor to President Clinton, and Harrison Wellford, White House transition advisor to Presidents Carter, Clinton, and Obama (in 2008), have advice for President Obama as he transitions into the next four years.

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Changing of the Guard in China

Today 2,280 Chinese Communist Party delegates arrive in Beijing for the Party's 18th Congress, during which time President Hu Jiantao is expected to cede his position to his presumed successor, Xi Jinping. What should the Chinese people expect from their new president? How will the CCP leadership transition affect US-China relations? James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, explains.

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The World Has Their Say About the 2012 Election

In 2008, the election of Barack Obama was a historic moment not only in the United States, but around the world. A year after he was elected, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On term later, how does the world feel? Ros Atkins, the host of the BBC's World Have Your Say, has a unique sense of the world's opinions.

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Nor'easter Follows Sandy

It was another cold night for many in the northeast. Hundreds of thousands without power had to withstand the power of a nor'easter storm that brought snow to places still recovering from Sandy. New Jersey Public Radio reporter Scott Gurian reports from the affected area.

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After the Election Comes the Fiscal Cliff

With the presidential campaign season coming to an end, the media is desperately looking for something else to endlessly obsess over. Luckily, we'll have to look no further than the so-called “fiscal cliff,” that combination of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect after the New Year. Felix Salmon, finance blogger at Reuters, explains.

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Four More Years and President Obama's Legacy

As he enters his second term, what has President Obama learned from his first four years? What are his goals for the next four? And how does the President hope to shape his legacy? Jodi Kantor, correspondent for Takeaway partner The New York Times and author of "The Obamas," examines these questions, and discusses the political consequences and cultural ramifications of the president's reelection.