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(CNN Student News) -- October 14, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How do groups and organizations who are for and against a pending bill use media to influence public opinion?

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Long Road Ahead

According to the segment: What was the focus of yesterday's Senate Finance Committee vote? What are the next steps in the health care debate?

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What factors do you think that Senate Finance Committee members took into account when voting on the Baucus health care reform bill?

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Why 40,000 U.S. Troops?

According to the report, what criteria did Gen. Stanley McChrystal use to determine how many additional U.S. troops are needed in Afghanistan?

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How does the geography of Afghanistan play a role in determining the number of troops needed there?

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The Kitchen Sink

What factors do you think might be important to the long-term survival of businesses like Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlour?

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What role might landmark restaurants like Jaxson's play in their local economies?

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