November 2nd, 2010
09:40 AM ET

On the Radar: Voting, video games and Yemen

Go vote! - The most expensive midterm elections in history are happening as voters decide who will be their next representative, senator or governor. What happens at the polls today will likely be considered a referendum on both the Democratic-controlled Congress and President Obama's first two years in office. Losses by the governing party are common in midterm elections, but the shift Tuesday could be historically dramatic, observers say. CNN's political team is covering every corner of the country. "I forgot to vote" will be a hard excuse to pull off this year. But why do that? After all, your vote counts in a big way this year.

High Court on video games - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a challenge to a 2005 California law that bars the sale or rental of violent video games to minors.  The case has stirred passionate debate on both sides. Video game makers say banning the sale of violent video games to children is a violation of free speech. They also say a voluntary rating system already does enough to restrict young consumers from purchasing games rated "Mature." Parents, politicians and others contend that the law must protect children from depictions of extreme violence. If the state of California wins, retailers would face a $1,000 fine for violations, and the industry would be required to place an "18" label on games judged overly violent.

Yemen - Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born militant cleric, was charged in absentia with incitement to kill foreigners at a hearing in Sanaa, Yemen's capital. U.S. authorities have linked al-Awlaki to Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan and the man accused in a Christmas Day bomb attempt. Prosecutors in a court Tuesday accused al-Awlaki, a key figure in al Qaeda's branch in Yemen, of inciting the killing of foreigners living there. The next hearing in his trial is scheduled for Saturday.

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  1. WhiteKong78

    Good. Violent video games should be controlled more. Free speech has nothing to do with teaching a 13 year old kid how arterial bleeding is the most effective way to slit someone with a knife.

    November 2, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Internet Teenager Five Thousand

      What video games actually depict, and what you are afraid that they depict, are two very different things.

      Thank you, Mr. Middle America, for keeping my poor adolescent brain safe from the nightmarish electronical gamings.

      November 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Hunt

      Internet Teenager Five Thousand is right. You should play BabyTron. You kill babies in various ways: catch them on bayonets, throw them in blenders, dismemberment. It's a lot of fun.

      November 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Flint Ironstag

    Kiran's ass looks pretty happenin' in that dress. There's probably no way she checked it out in the mirror to make sure it would be prominently displayed while she was standing there. ...Keep up the good work, baby.

    November 2, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. csm1197

    I will be so glad when today is over with. The past 60-90 days all you hear on TV, Radio, and in the News Paper is one politician telling something bad about another and how much better one is over the other. We should not base our vote on what we have heard in the last few months. We should vote based on the candidates views and promises to make America the place it used to be. Americas position today did not occur overnight or in the last two years. Think about it.

    November 2, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Juan Reyes

    it's so sad the American people just don't remember any loger what a mess we got in in 10 year of power of previos party, come on America is time to keep in maine who is for the American people together we can change this the U.S OF America. lets make the differnce today.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Laurie

    Republicans = big business over middle class, thinks being an American means you are white, christian and rich, inserts religion into politics. This is not the American way!
    Invest in jobs for the middle class....let us all get back to what is important for this country.

    November 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WhiteKong78

    I'm a college student and not quite Mr.Middle America. If your parents are ok with buying you Assassin's Creed then it's a non issue. There are kids who are aware that make believe violence isn't normal behavior and then there are kids who shoot up schools because they separate fiction from reality. Unfortunately there are too many bad parents who are raising stupid children. Blame them for your perceived infringements on your civil liberties. I enjoy a nice game of Ghost Recon or Call of Duty, but my parents raised me right, so I know the finality of taking a life.

    November 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WhiteKong78

    *cant separate fiction from reality.

    November 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gay_mer

    I bet if the emotionally troubled gamers tried lifting weights and bought some Proactiv they'd know what a real woman feels like instead of simulated "release" with Hot Coffee. Oohh my controller is vibrating.

    November 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GoodNews316

    Our world is paralyzed by fear. Every day you turn on the news and see evidence of our impending doom. Pretty depressing stuff! Fortunately, there's good news! There is hope. See for yourself, visit: Story4.Us/2050.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wazup

    I know that this is off topic, but has anyone else noticed today that Yemen has had over 14 earthquakes with a magnitude anywhere from 4.7 to 5.3. It isn't mentioned anywhere on the news, could this be a product of HAARP?

    November 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |