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(CNN Student News) -- January 4, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

If you were producing a news report on the health of the U.S. economy, what elements would you include, and why?

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Terror Attempt/National Security

Why has the U.S. government closed its embassy in Yemen? According to the report, what are some types of military aid that the U.S. provides to Yemen? Why do you think that the U.S. provides this aid?

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What details are known about a recent attempted attack on Northwest flight 253? What do you think might be the implications of this attempted plot?

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According to the segment: How has the U.S. responded to previous attacks by al Qaeda? What was the result of those responses?

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What action, if any, do you think that President Obama should take in response to the Northwest flight bomb plot?

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Iran

What Iranian program has created tension between Iran and the international community? Explain.

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According to the program, why is Iran planning to hold a large-scale military exercise next month? How do you think that the international community should respond to Iran's announcement?

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Health Care Bill

What are some of the differences between the health care reform bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate?

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Do you think that members of the House and Senate will be able to craft a final health care bill that will pass both chambers of Congress? Why or why not?

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Jobs in 2010

What is the status of the U.S. economy?

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According to the segment: How many people are currently unemployed in America? When might businesses begin to hire new employees?

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According to the government economist featured in the report, how do some Americans view a recession differently from economists? What do you think might be the reason for these differing viewpoints?

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