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(CNN Student News) -- October 27, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What kinds of messages might the Afghan government use in order to counter recruiting by the Taliban?

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Afghan Crashes

What information is known about two helicopter crashes in Afghanistan yesterday?

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Do you think that these crashes will influence decisions regarding U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan? Why or why not?

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According to the report, how do American civilians contribute to the overall U.S. mission in Afghanistan? In your opinion, should these goals be a priority for the U.S. government? Explain.

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Health Care Debate

What announcement did Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid make yesterday regarding the U.S. Senate's health care reform bill?

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What are some arguments for and against a government-run health care program (i.e., the "public option")?

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Do you think that states should be allowed to opt out of the public option plan if it is included in health care reform? Explain.

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Top Drill Sergeant

What is Command Sergeant Major Teresa King's current post in the U.S. Army? What is the significance of this position?

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What qualities does Cmd. Sgt. Major King demonstrate in the report?

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What is King's opinion of the military's stance on women serving in combat roles?

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Why do you think that some women may want to serve on the front lines? Do you think that they should be allowed to? Why or why not?

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