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(CNN Student News) -- August 31, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

Has the news media helped to define the way in which you view other countries? If so, how? If not, why not?

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Japan Elections

What role, if any, do you think that the economy played in Japan's recent parliamentary election?

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Why do you think that CNN correspondent Kyung Lah describes the election as a "political earthquake"?

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How do you think that Japan might change as a result of this election, if at all?

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Replacing Kennedy

Why do you think that Sen. Edward Kennedy wrote a letter to the state of Massachusetts regarding how the state selects Senate replacements?

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What is your opinion of the current method by which Massachusetts fills Senate vacancies? In your opinion, what method should the state use to fill Sen. Kennedy's seat? Explain your rationale.

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Do you think that there should be a nationwide law that determines how vacant U.S. Senate seats are filled? Why or why not?

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Discovery Liftoff

What is your impression of NASA's space shuttle program?

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How do you feel about the shuttle program coming to an end?

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California Wildfires

Do you think that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to declare a state of emergency will have a significant impact on firefighting efforts in the state? Why or why not?

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Is the area that you live in prone to any natural disasters? If so, what precautions have you or your family taken to prepare for such an event?

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