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(CNN Student News) -- January 27, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What do you think are the benefits and drawbacks of using a metaphor to explain a difficult concept in a news story? What concepts can you think of that might benefit from using such an explanation? How would you explain those concepts?

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Spending Freeze

What are some examples of "discretionary spending," as it relates to the U.S. government? Why is President Obama proposing a freeze on discretionary spending? How have critics responded to this proposal?

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What do you think might be the impact, if any, of the proposed spending freeze on your daily life?

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Snowman Economics

What is the goal of an economic conference taking place in Davos, Switzerland?

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What is this meeting's theme? How does CNN correspondent Richard Quest demonstrate this theme with regard to the global economy? What is your opinion of Quest's demonstration?

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Truck Texting Ban

What consequences might some truck and bus drivers face if they are caught texting while driving? How have some drivers responded to the ban?

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Do you think that this new rule will have a significant impact on road safety? Why or why not?

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Burqa Ban?

What is a burqa? What law have some officials proposed in France regarding the wearing of burqas? According to the segment, what might be the implications of this law on women who wear them?

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Why do you think that some people in France would want to ban the wearing of burqas? What do the women featured in the report say regarding their burqas? What do they say that they might do if the proposed ban is put in place?

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What is your opinion of the proposed burqa ban? How do you think that women who wear burqas should respond if a ban is passed? Explain.

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