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November 1st, 2010
01:27 PM ET

Should law ban kids from purchasing violent video games?

Have video games gotten so violent that it's time for the law to step in?

The Supreme Court is expected to hear opening arguments in Schwarzenegger v. Electronic Merchant Association/Entertainment Software Association, a case involving a California law that banned the sale of violent video games to minors. An appeals court stuck the law down, and on Tueday the high court will address the case, which bring up issues of new technology, First Amendment censorship and minors.

Adam Sessler, editor-in-chief of G4 Games Content, and CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, weigh in on the case with John Roberts and Kiran Chetry this morning on American Morning.

What do you think? Should states be allowed to ban kids from buying violent video games?

Filed under: American Morning • Supreme Court
November 1st, 2010
12:18 PM ET

Gut check: Pols prey on seniors?

By Carol Costello and Ronni Berke

Perhaps it's surprising to everyone but seniors, but they are putting their money where their vote will be in a big way.

According to, retirees, many of them on a fixed income, have donated a cool $98 million to federal elections this cycle. That's a record. Some say the politics of fear –- fear of government-run healthcare, fear of losing Social Security and fear in general - has fueled the wave of donations.

Two retirees who have contributed robust amounts this election cycle are Marian Altman and Ellen Roberts, of Silver Spring, Maryland. Altman, a conservative Democrat, gave $1000 to Democratic candidates. “I think the older you get the more you realize how much you want to be involved in the government, you realize how much your vote is worth. When you're young you don't have any fear,” Altman says.

Many seniors, on the other hand, are fearful. Ellen Roberts, a conservative Republican, fears a government take-over or worse. “That is something to be afraid of,” Roberts says. “When you go and you go to the different czars that are in the White House, there are communists in there.”

What really scares many seniors is healthcare reform, and they've been bombarded with political ads that exploit that fear. There are almost 300,000 TV political ads that have an anti-healthcare theme this season. The price tag? More than $116 million. Well worth the money, analysts say, since retirees contributed more than any other group, mostly to Republican candidates.

Roberts says she donated more than $3000. CNN analyst and independent John Avlon finds the trend worrying. “The frustrating part is that politics of fear work. We've seen a long series of people using fear and hate to pump up hyper partisanship to take fundraising dollars from folks, especially older people, who are especially susceptible to the politics of fear.”

Tell us what you think. Sound off below.

Filed under: American Morning • Elections • Politics
November 1st, 2010
11:05 AM ET

Steele: Republicans in shadows need to 'shut up,' focus on tomorrow

One day 'til midterm elections.

How are the Republicans preparing in the final hours?

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele tells American Morning’s John Roberts that Republicans need to focus on winning elections tomorrow night–not on 2012, and whether Sarah Palin will run for President.

"Let’s stop the Washington-inside games. No one cares about that," Steele told Roberts. "Help us make phone calls. Help us dial in the districts around the country so we can turn out our vote. That’s what these folks should be doing right now, not focusing on Sarah Palin. Cause Sarah Palin doesn’t focus on Sarah Palin, she’s focused on winning elections and seats tomorrow night."

Filed under: American Morning • Democrats • GOP • Midterm elections • Politics • Tea Party
November 1st, 2010
11:04 AM ET

Rep. Van Hollen: Voters will prove pollsters, pundits wrong

Midterm elections just hours away.

A new Gallup polls shows a grim outlook for Democrats, with 55 percent of likely voters saying they’ll go Republican.

So, what's the Democrats last push for votes?

Today on American Morning, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D, Maryland, shares his reaction to the recent polls with Kiran Chetry.

Filed under: American Morning • Democrats • GOP • Midterm elections • Politics
November 1st, 2010
09:04 AM ET

Tea Party: 'There’s a tsunami coming toward Washington'

The Tea Party Express, which traveled across the country this election season, makes its final push through Northeast the day before midterms.

Will the movement that grew out of anger with expanding government make gains tomorrow?

This morning on American Morning, Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, gives her view on the recent polls, why she remains positive Tea Party candidates can win, and Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity.

Filed under: American Morning • GOP • Midterm elections • Politics • Tea Party
November 1st, 2010
06:44 AM ET

Scheuer on al Qaeda: 'They're more sophisticated than we thought they were'

This morning on American Morning, Michael Scheuer, Fmr. CIA counterterrorism analyst, weighs in on the Transportation Security Administration sending six inspectors to Yemen to help improve cargo security.

Scheuer, who headed CIA's Osama Bin Laden unit, talks about al Qaeda's growing force in Yemen and what the United States and its allies can do to increase security on passenger and cargo travel.

Scheuer says terrorism forces have geographically expanded since 9/11.

“In 9/11 we had the enemy coming at us out of Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Scheuer said today on American Morning. “Now we have that theater, have Yemen, have Somalia, have Iraq and have North Africa. So the geographical dispersion of the enemy has increased very significantly in the last ten years.”

Scheuer says billions more dollars will need to be spent on counter terrorism.

How do you think the U.S. is doing on its counter-terrorism efforts?

Filed under: Al Qaeda • American Morning • Terrorism
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