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(CNN Student News) -- November 17, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How do you think that a corporation might use different forms of media to try to expand globally? What challenges do you think that a company might face in doing this?

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Medal of Honor

Who is Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta? What honor did he recently receive, and why?

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What statement did Staff Sgt. Giunta make about his Medal of Honor? What ways can you think of to recognize U.S. military personnel who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan?

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Deficit Debate

What is a deficit? Why do you think that CNN's Ali Velshi says that the deficit is "one of the biggest problems of our time"?

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According to Velshi, what two actions might a government take in order to reduce its deficit? What do you think might happen if a government doesn't reduce its deficit?

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In your opinion, should Congress concentrate more on raising taxes, cutting spending, or both in order to try to control the deficit? Explain your rationale.

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Global Translation

What is Rakuten? Had you heard of Rakuten before today's show? When does Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani expect the company to become a global household name? Do you think that his vision is realistic? Why or why not?

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What is "English-ization"? What does Mikitani say in the report about the importance of English? What policy has he put in place at his company with regard to the English language? What challenges do you think that he might face in trying to implement this policy? How has Honda's CEO reacted to this policy? How does Mikitani respond to this criticism?

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According to the report: What factors are affecting the growth of Japanese companies? What does Mikitani say that Japanese companies must do in order to grow? Do you think that American companies need to take similar actions? Why or why not?

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