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(CNN Student News) -- March 19, 2009

1. Explain the controversy surrounding bonus payments made by AIG. According to the program: What justification has the company used to explain these payments? Who has claimed responsibility for including language in the economic stimulus bill that led to the bonuses, and why does this person say that the language was included?

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2. According to the report: How did U.S. President Barack Obama respond to the AIG controversy yesterday? What action is President Obama taking with regard to federal oversight of financial institutions? What does he hope that this will accomplish? Do you think that the proposed measure will achieve its goals? Why or why not?

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3. In your opinion, what steps should the Obama administration, Congressional lawmakers and AIG take next with regard to the controversy involving AIG's employee bonuses? Explain your rationale.

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4. How does the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics define "unemployment"?

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5. What are the unemployment rates of the countries mentioned in the report?

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6. According to a CNN poll, where does the economy rank in terms of importance to Americans? What might this poll's results indicate about consumer confidence in the coming months?

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7. Which economic issue mentioned in the report would you rank as the most important? What concerns do you have, if any, about the state of the country's economy? Explain.

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8. According to the segment: What percentage of Americans have cut back on major purchases recently? What are some industries that have benefited from these recent cutbacks in personal spending?

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9. What reasons are given in the report for the strength of the gaming industry, despite the current U.S. recession?

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10. What kinds of entertainment does your family regularly enjoy? Has your family changed its entertainment purchases in light of the current economy? Explain.

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