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(CNN Student News) -- November 3, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How would you create an Internet media campaign for a political candidate?

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CIT Bankruptcy

What is Chapter 11 bankruptcy?

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What do you think might be the benefits and drawbacks for the CIT Group of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy?

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Election Battle

According to the report, how might independent candidates impact some of the elections held today around the United States?

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What advantages, if any, do you think that candidates from established political parties (e.g., Democratic and Republican) might have in an election? What disadvantages might these candidates face?

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Why do you think that some voters might choose to cast their ballots for independent candidates? Explain.

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USS New York

What is the origin of the steel that was used in the bow of the USS New York? What do you think might be the implications of that fact for sailors who serve on the naval vessel and for people who lost loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attacks?

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Can you think of other ways that the United States might honor the individuals whose lives were lost on 9/11?

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Where was the Wall?

What was the Berlin Wall? According to the program, what did the wall symbolize?

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Why do you think that East Germany felt the need to build the Berlin Wall? Why do you think that some people risked their lives to try to cross the wall?

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Can you envision a scenario in which a structure similar to the Berlin Wall would be built? If so, describe the scenario and why it would lead to this type of barrier.

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