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(CNN Student News) -- October 12, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

In your opinion: What are some reasons why a lawmaker would choose to appear on a political news program? What impact, if any, might a lawmaker's appearance on this type of program have on supporters and opponents of the issues that he or she may discuss?

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Attack in Pakistan

What details are known about a 22-hour hostage standoff at a military base in Pakistan?

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Why do you think that the Taliban would want to attack a Pakistani military facility?

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Peace Prize Awarded

What is your opinion of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to President Barack Obama?

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What criteria would you use for selecting a Nobel Peace Prize recipient? Would you give more weight to a nominee's past accomplishments, or to his or her potential for future achievement? Explain your rationale.

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Space Station's Future

According to the program: How much has the international space station program cost the United States? What are some of the beneficial outcomes of the program?

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In your opinion, are the ISS program's benefits worth the costs? Why or why not?

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Can you think of an experiment that might benefit from being conducted in a weightless environment?

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