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(CNN Student News) -- November 30, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How do you determine the credibility of information you find online?

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WikiLeaks Release

What is WikiLeaks? What kinds of documents did WikiLeaks recently publish? According to the program, what is their rationale for this action? How has the U.S. government reacted to the publication of these documents? Why do you think that government officials have reacted this way?

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What is "diplomacy"? Why do you think that diplomacy is important to governments? Why do you think governments choose to keep some diplomatic information secret? Do you think that they should? Explain.

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According to the program, what might be the impact of these leaked documents on the relationships between the United States and other nations? What effect, if any, do you think these leaks will have on U.S. diplomacy?

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Federal Wage Freeze?

What is President Obama proposing regarding federal workers' paychecks? Why is he asking for this action? Who would have to approve it before it could happen?

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Do you think a pay freeze for federal employees is a good or bad idea? State your rationale.

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Back in Session

How will the U.S. Congress change in January? How do you think that might affect the way Congress addresses legislation between now and the end of the year?

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What proposals is Congress currently considering? Which proposals do you think that Congress might pass? What, if anything, would you want Congress to pass before the next session begins, and why?

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DREAM Act

Who is Joanna Kim? What is Kim's current residency status in the United States? According to the program, how might she become a permanent resident? Why do you think that Kim wants to be a permanent American resident?

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What is the DREAM Act? According to the report, what do supporters and critics say about the DREAM Act?

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What do you think might be the benefits and drawbacks of giving permanent residency to children who were brought into the U.S. illegally? What is your opinion on this issue?

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