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(CNN Student News) -- April 15, 2009

1. What statements did President Barack Obama make yesterday about the U.S. economy?

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2. According to the program: What measures has President Obama's administration taken in an attempt to solve the nation's economic crisis? What criticisms have been raised about President Obama's actions? Have you seen any evidence that the nation's economy is improving? If so, explain.

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3. What are the "six-party talks"? Which nation is threatening to withdraw from the talks?

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4. According to the program: What led to North Korea's decision to walk away from the six-party talks? What other actions has North Korea taken regarding its nuclear program? How have the other participants in the six-party talks responded to North Korea's actions?

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5. Do you think that the remaining members of the six-party talks will continue negotiations without North Korea? If so, what actions, if any, do you think that these countries might take regarding North Korea's nuclear program? If not, can you envision any scenarios in which North Korea rejoins the negotiations?

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6. Who are the "Red Shirts"? What was their motive for recent protests against government forces in Thailand?

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7. According to the report: What is the current status of the protests? What statement did the former Thai prime minister make regarding the protests?

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8. In your opinion, what steps should each side of the conflict in Thailand take next? Explain your rationale.

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9. According to the report: What are some ways that the U.S. government spends federal tax revenues? What percentage of the federal budget is used to pay interest on the nation's debt? Why are some economic experts worried about federal interest costs?

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10. If you had control of the federal budget, what would be your top three spending items? Explain your rationale.

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