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(CNN Student News) -- February 10, 2009

1. What was the focus of President Barack Obama's first prime-time press conference yesterday? If you could ask President Obama one question at a press conference, what would it be?

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2. According to CNN's Jessica Yellin, why was interior designer Erica Allen recently laid off from her job? What are some ways that Allen has curtailed her spending since losing her job?

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3. What are some examples from the report that demonstrate how cutbacks in personal spending might hurt some businesses?

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4. If your personal economic situation worsened, what changes, if any, would you make in your personal spending habits? How do you think that your actions might affect businesses that you currently patronize?

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5. What announcement did baseball player Alex Rodriguez make yesterday? What is your opinion on the issue of steroid use in athletics?

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6. What is the goal of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act? What are some of the provisions in this legislation regarding lead content?

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7. According to the report, what impact might the new federal lead limits have on some thrift stores?

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8. In your opinion, what steps, if any, should the federal government take to balance concerns about lead safety with the concerns of thrift store owners? Explain your rationale.

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9. What unique accomplishment does amateur musician Danny Johnson claim? What abilities does he demonstrate in the report?

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10. Do you know of anyone with a similar superlative achievement? Why do you think that some people strive to obtain world records?

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