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(CNN Student News) -- March 18, 2009

1. According to the program: What statistic was announced yesterday about the U.S. housing market? What were some analysts' expectations for this economic indicator?

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2. According to the report: What are some potential causes of this trend? What, if anything, might this figure indicate about the health of the U.S. economy?

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3. What other economic statistics do you think might be useful as indicators of the overall health of the U.S economy? Explain.

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4. How much money has AIG received in federal bailout funds? According to the program, how much money has the insurance giant paid in bonuses to some of its employees?

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5. What statement has U.S. President Barack Obama made about these bonus payments? What proposals have lawmakers suggested in an attempt to address the issue? What has been AIG's response to this controversy?

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6. Do you think that any restrictions should be placed on federal bailout funds given to struggling companies? If so, what restrictions should be put in place and why? If not, why not?

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7. What are some of the goals of NASA's current mission to the international space station?

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8. When is NASA scheduled to retire the space shuttle program? What program is scheduled to succeed the shuttle program? What will be the destination for that space program?

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9. According to the report: What investments has the U.S. already made in the new space program? How much funding will the program need during the next three years?

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10. In your opinion, what are the potential benefits, if any, of space exploration? Do you think that the benefits of the space program are worth the expense? Explain.

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