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(CNN Student News) -- May 12, 2009

1. Why did President Barack Obama meet with leaders of the health care industry yesterday? According to the video: Why do these medical leaders want to work with the president on health care reform? What concerns have been raised about the president's plan?

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2. In the report, President Obama says that, "We are on an unsustainable course that threatens the stability of families, businesses and the government itself." What does he mean by the term "unsustainable course"? Do you agree or disagree with the president when he says that rising health care costs threaten the stability of families, businesses and the government? State your rationale.

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3. Who is Roxana Saberi? Where was she being held captive? On what charges had she been sentenced? How has the White House responded to her release?

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4. What nation did Pope Benedict XVI visit yesterday? What issues did he address while he was there?

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5. What is Yad Vashem? Why do you think that the pope visited this site? What was the Holocaust? In your opinion, what, if anything, can be done to make sure that "humanity will never again witness a crime of such magnitude"?

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6. Where is Yaojin? What natural disaster struck near this village one year ago?

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7. Who is David Darg? What did he and a small team of volunteers do to help this village recover from the disaster? Why did they decide to focus only on the village of Yaojin?

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8. What milestone occurred in Yaojin eleven months after the earthquake? How do the villagers feel about their new homes?

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9. What is unique about New Orleans' 2009 college graduates? What are some of the challenges these graduates faced during their freshman year?

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10. Have you or anyone you know ever faced obstacles on the way to getting a diploma? What were some of these obstacles? How did you, or those you know, overcome them? What lessons can all students learn from those in New Orleans who graduated in 2009?

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