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(CNN Student News) -- January 14, 2009

1. For what Cabinet position has Sen. Hillary Clinton been nominated? What issues did she address during her Senate confirmation hearing yesterday?

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2. What is the Troubled Asset Relief Program? Why did President-elect Barack Obama meet with Senate Democrats about the program yesterday? What concerns have lawmakers raised about the TARP?

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3. What was the federal budget deficit for the 2008 fiscal year? How does this compare to the budget deficit for the 2009 fiscal year to date? What prediction have experts made for the deficit by the end of the fiscal year?

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4. According to the report, which U.S. leaders have expressed admiration for President Abraham Lincoln? Why do you think that they chose Lincoln as the source of their inspiration?

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5. What are some of the images that come to your mind when you think of President Lincoln? Would you categorize him as an inspirational figure? Why or why not?

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6. What characteristics do you look for in a role model? In your opinion, do any current or former U.S. leaders possess these characteristics? Explain.

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7. According to the program: What proposal has the National Safety Council (NSC) made regarding cell phone use? What evidence has the organization offered to support the proposal?

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8. How has the cell phone industry reacted to the Safety Council's proposal? What arguments has the industry made in response to the NSC?

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9. Do you think that the Safety Council's proposal is a good idea? Why or why not?

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10. If you drive, do you ever use your cell phone while driving? If so, have you ever found it to be a distraction? How so? Besides cell phone use, can you think of other activities that can cause distractions when someone is behind the wheel?

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