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Today: Wednesday 5 November 2008

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Barack Obama has been elected as the 44th president of the United States. North America editor Justin Webb and Frank Luntz, a leading American pollster, discuss the impact on the US.

How has the Scottish Parliament been working since devolution 10 years ago? The independent commission on Scottish devolution will hold an evidence session in London to attempt to answer that question. Chair of the commission Sir Kenneth Calman and Scottish political editor Brian Taylor discuss whether the system needs to be reformed.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

What now for the United States? Leon Panetta, White House chief of staff to President Clinton, says he is very hopeful because Barack Obama "is a man of good will" and has "mobilised the voice of the people".

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

As US election night began with Pennsylvania and Ohio going to Barack Obama, it was already becoming clear that the presidency would be Mr Obama's. North America editor Justin Webb looks at the key events of election night.

Celebrations are continuing in the streets of cities in the United States, as Barack Obama is elected the US's first black president. John Pienaar reports from Washington and Terry Nelson, a consultant and Republican strategist, evaluates how John McCain's campaign unfolded and what the Democrat victory means for the Republican party.

Today's papers.

Forensic scientists working on the case of a schoolgirl raped and shot dead 62 years ago think they have made a possible breakthrough in the hunt for her killer. Dr Colin Dark, of the Forensic Science Service, discusses one of the oldest cases subjected to DNA techniques.

Thought for the day with John Bell, of the Iona Community.

Analysts have called it an "historic night for America" as Barack Obama is elected as the new president. Robert H Tuttle, US Ambassador to London, discusses how Barack Obama's presidency will change the United States.

Barack Obama has been elected the first black president of the United States. In his victory speech, Mr Obama said: "It's been a long time coming, but tonight...change has come to America." Political consultant Bob Shrum says he believes Barack Obama is someone who comes along "once in a generation".

A huge development, including flats, a hotel and a car park, is to be built across the river from Hampton Court Palace in Surrey. Tom Feilden reports on the conservationists who say it will destroy the magical landscape of one of the most important historical sites to have survived in Europe.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

What does the election in the United States mean historically? Historians Niall Ferguson, of Harvard University, and Simon Schama, of Columbia University, discuss how the US has come to elect its first ever black president and how it represents a fundamental shift in the national mood.

What are the lessons for the Republican party from its defeat in the election? Republican Governor Christine Todd Whitman examines the significance of Obama's victory and says she hopes it will mean a return to former principles of the Republican party.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Who owns a country's antiquities? James Cuno, director of the Art Institute in Chicago, says that museums displaying antiquities are a force for good and we get too "hung up" on whether something should stay in the country it came from. He argues his viewpoint with Professor Lord Renfrew, formerly of Cambridge University.

How will Barack Obama live up to the high expectation placed upon him? Sir Christopher Meyer, former British Ambassador to the United States, discusses if the "global euphoria" could turn to anxiety if everything does not go according to plan.



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