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(CNN Student News) -- December 16, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What elements would you include in a public service announcement to promote responsible use of energy?

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Detainee Transfer

Where do U.S. officials plan to transfer some suspected terrorists currently being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba?

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According to the program, what have been some of the positive and negative reactions to this proposal? What is your opinion of the proposal?

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Cash for Caulkers

What plan has President Barack Obama proposed to increase energy efficiency in American homes? What does he believe are the potential benefits of this plan?

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What concerns have some people raised about the "cash for caulkers" proposal?

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In your opinion, what impact, if any, might this plan potentially have on the U.S. economy? Explain.

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Secure, Hold and Build

According to the segment: What are some of the challenges faced by residents of Afghanistan's Khanshin district? How have these Afghans reacted to coalition troops who returned to the region?

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What actions, if any, do you think that U.S. troops should take with regard to Afghan citizens in Khanshin in order to ensure that the Taliban won't return to the region? Explain.

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Bank Failures

What reasons are given in the program for why some small banks failed during the U.S. financial crisis?

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According to the former bank official featured in the report: What percent of his bank's capital was tied up in real estate? Why did his company take this action?

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Why do you think that an officer of a failed bank would agree to be interviewed by a news reporter? If you were interviewing a bank officer about the financial crisis, what questions would you want to ask him or her, and why?

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