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Election Day in the U.S.; Solar Eclipse

Aired November 5, 2013 - 04:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: It`s the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November. In the U.S. that means it`s election day. Governors` races, the New York mayoral election, different state referenda -- that`s when people vote on issues rather than individual offices. Some of today`s elections are getting national attention. We`re going to start in New Jersey where voters are casting their ballot for governor. According to the most recent polls, current governor, Chris Christie is expected to be reelected. There is a governor`s race in Virginia, too. The state doesn`t allow governors to serve consecutive terms, so the new governor will either be Republican Ken Cuccinelli on the left or Democrat Terry McAuliffe. There is an interesting referendum on the ballot in Colorado -- 11 counties are voting on whether to secede, break off from the state. It would take more than this one vote. The people behind the idea don`t expect it to happen. They say they are trying to send the message to their state representatives.

While there are elections happening around the U.S. today, some people are already focused on a different election that`s three years away.


SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER, (D) NEW YORK: Run, Hillary, run! If you run, you`ll win and we`ll all win

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: An enthusiastic, high profile endorsement from Senator Chuck Schumer at the Iowa Democratic Party`s annual Jefferson Jackson dinner, he pressed Hillary Clinton to run in 2016.

SCHUMER: It`s time for a woman to be president.


SCHUMER: And so, tonight, here in Iowa, and I won`t get this opportunity again.


SCHUMER: I`m urging Hillary Clinton to run for president!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He is not alone. A group of 16 Democratic women in the Senate feel the same way. All of them signed the letter encouraging her to run. According to a Democratic source who said Kay Hagan talked about this still to be released letter at a fundraising event last week. The most recent CNN/ORC poll of likely Democratic presidential contenders shows Clinton with the huge lead: 65 percent of Democrats polled chose her, with Vice President Biden a very distant second.

The Republican field is a little more crowded: Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz among the favorites of Republican voters.

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE ( R ), NEW JERSEY: John how are you, bud?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But it`s the New Jersey governor just one day out from his likely reelection, getting all the buzz, especially since him campaign seems to be as much about 2016 as the Garden State.

CHRISTIE: I can walk and chew gum at the same time, Christine. I can do this job and also deal with my future, and that`s exactly what I will do.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Just the facts: Edward Snowden, an American, was an employee of private company that worked with the U.S. National Security Agency. Earlier this year, Snowden leaked top secret information about NSA programs to the media. The information detailed how the NSA collected information, like phone records of U.S citizens and world leaders. The U.S. government charged Snowden with espionage and theft of government property. Snowden fled to Russia where he lives today.


AZUZ: The information that Edward Snowden leaked led to an intense focus on the NSA and its activities. It`s caused tension between the U.S. and other countries, and it`s brought a lot of criticism for the U.S. intelligence agency. In a new letter, Snowden describes the NSA as one of the worst offenders of mass surveillance without oversight. Snowden says the classified documents he leaked prove that. Snowden also accused government of running a witch hunt to silence people like him who tell the public about these surveillance programs. He argues that his actions are bringing change and could lead to political reforms.

U.S. officials disagree. They say, Snowden`s leak has harmed the U.S. national security and allowed terrorist organizations to change how they communicate. These officials say Snowden should come back to the U.S., own up to what he`s done and face justice.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s time for "The Shoutout." About how long does it take for light from the Sun to reach Earth? If you think you know it, then shout it out! Is it five seconds, eight minutes, 52 minutes or 12 days. You`ve got three seconds, go!

It`s takes roughly eight minutes and 19 seconds for light to travel from the Sun to Earth. That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout."


AZUZ: When there`s something in the way, like the Moon, it appears as if there isn`t any light making its way from the Sun to Earth. That happened on Sunday. A solar eclipse. It was visible from parts of North America, South America, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Most people saw a partial eclipse. But if you were in certain spots, you could see the whole thing and see that it was actually a hybrid eclipse. It started off as annular. That`s when you can see a thin ring of sunlight around the Earth shadow like you do right here. And then it transitioned into a total eclipse. Most hybrids go back to annular before the eclipse ends. This one was rare, because it stayed total through the end of its eclipse pass. That hasn`t happened since 1854 and scientists say it won`t happen again until the year 2172.

A football team`s offensive line has five players. The NFL`s Miami Dolphins are missing two of theirs. Jonathan Martin started every game he`s played in for the Dolphins, he left the team last week. Richie incognito has been with the Dolphins for four seasons. He was suspended by the team this week. Both of those decisions involved accusations of player misconduct.

We`re learning new details about alleged player misconduct within the Miami Dolphins locker room, that may have played a role in the abrupt departure of offensive tackle Jonathan Martin last week. "The Miami Herald" reports, citing an unnamed source that veteran players are allegedly pressuring younger players to pay for their high-priced outings. One unnamed rookie is nearly broke because he can`t say no to the older players, the source told "The Herald." This weekend, players tweeted about a lavish-looking dinner. Another player joked about the dinner tab totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars, later adding the bill was split.

Martin allegedly left the Dolphins after an incident with a group of players standing up and leaving when he tried to join them for lunch. The NFL is conducting an investigation, and the team released a statement, saying in part, "We`ve taken these allegations very seriously and plan to review with the matter further."


LZ GRANDERSON, CNN COMMENTATOR: If he was bullied, it certainly, wouldn`t be, you know, (inaudible). I mean, that is part of the NFL culture, especially for young players, particularly rookies, and is the epitome of machismo and strength and posturing among men.


AZUZ: This comes on the hills of an ESPN report over the weekend that offensive lineman Richie Incognito pressured Martin into paying $15,000, for a trip to Las Vegas that Martin wasn`t even on. Incognito fought back on Twitter writing, "ESPN, shame on you for attaching my name to false speculation. I won`t be holding my breath for an apology." Late Sunday, the Dolphins indefinitely suspended Incognito pending the outcome of an investigation.

JOE PHILBIN, MIAMI DOLPHINS HEAD COACH: I could say without question that we emphasize the culture of team, first, accountability and respect for one another.

Any behavior that deviates from that is inconsistent with the values of our organization.

AZUZ: Some of his team mates hope Martin returns soon.


AZUZ: All right, we want to get your take on this. Do you think this is all part of the game in the NFL or is it out of bounce? If you`re already on Facebook, you can talk to us at And if you are 13 or older, share your thoughts in our blog at CNN STUDENT

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AZUZ: Yesterday was an all-tiger`s "Roll Call". Today, we are sticking with the cat theme, although the first mascot will look familiar, because "It`s the Tigers." This time from Tenafly High School in Tenafly, New Jersey. Over in Mattawan, Michigan, we`ve got the wild cats and my friends from Mattawan High School. And while bare cats aren`t technically cats, we`re stretching the scheme, so we can include the Kearney High Bearcats from Kearney, Nebraska.

We`ve covered dancing before, we`ve covered robots. But dancing robots, that maybe a first.

I don`t know exactly how he is doing this, I just know it`s awesome, looks like -- it`s lost its little hat. But a gain to dance partner: swing your partner round and round or just squat and flap your arms. However, you want to get down, . This looks like a pair of break dancing machines. The dance party could go on forever. Humans eventually get tired, but robot dancers -- they are machines. And once you get them going, you really shouldn`t metal -- they have to stay and dancing, shape, though, too much time away and they could get rusty. It`s time for us to bust a move, but we`ll gear up for more CNN STUDENT NEWS tomorrow and we`ll see you then.