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(CNN Student News) -- January 28, 2009

1. With whom did President Barack Obama meet on Capitol Hill yesterday? What was the purpose of this meeting?

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2. How have some Republicans reacted to President Obama's economic proposal? Do you think that these two sides will be able to come together to develop a stimulus plan? State your rationale.

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3. According to the program: What are some of the potential benefits of the proposed stimulus package? What concerns have been raised about this legislation?

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4. According to the segment: What have some economists said about President Obama's stimulus proposal? What other action do these economists believe that the government needs to take to aid the struggling economy?

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5. In your opinion, what might be the short-term and long-term impact of a stimulus package on the U.S. economy? Explain.

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6. Based on the information in the program: What are some ways that the proposed stimulus funds might be spent? What restrictions has Congress placed on the proposed funds?

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7. What does the term "pork" mean with regard to legislation? Of the spending items mentioned in the program, which, if any, would you consider pork? Do you think that the pork spending items should be removed from the bill? Why or why not?

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8. According to the report, how has the percentage of teenage workers changed over the last decade? Does this statistic surprise you?

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9. What concerns have some experts raised about the potential implications for teens who don't have a job? Do you agree with these assertions? Why or why not?

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10. In your opinion, what are some of the benefits and drawbacks of having a job while attending school? Explain.

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