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(CNN Student News) -- November 2, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What do you think might be the focus of news stories about the Afghan presidential election? How do you think that might differ from the focus of news stories on elections in the United States?

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Abdullah Withdraws

What reasons has Abdullah Abdullah given for dropping out of Afghanistan's presidential runoff election? How have election officials responded to Abdullah's statements?

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Why do you think that Abdullah says his dropping out of the race is in the best interest of Afghanistan? Do you agree with this sentiment? Why or why not?

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Off Year Elections

What insight, if any, do you think that the results of elections held around the U.S. tomorrow will offer about the political mood of the country?

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Middle East Peace

What is the status of Middle East peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians?

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Why do you think that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is working for a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians?

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In your opinion, what might be the potential benefits of a Middle East peace agreement for the governments involved, the U.S. and the international community?

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The U.S. Economy

According to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, what are President Obama's main economic goals for the nation? What have some critics said regarding the president's economic policies?

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In your opinion, what should be the United States' economic priorities? Explain.

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Forgotten Mayan City

Who were the Maya?

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What is the Popol Vuh? What does archeologist Richard Hansen say is the significance of a newly-discovered frieze depicting the Popol Vuh?

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In your opinion, what might be the importance, if any, of conserving Guatemala's Mayan artifacts?

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