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(CNN Student News) -- December 13, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What qualities do you think that news producers look for in selecting sound bites for a news program?

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Winter Weather

Why did Wisconsin's governor declare a state of emergency for part of his state? According to the program, what was the benefit of taking that action? What criteria do you think that a governor might use to determine whether a state of emergency exists?

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Why was a professional football game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings postponed and moved to another city? How do you think that this might affect Giants and Vikings fans?

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Political Crisis

Where is Cote d'Ivoire? By what other name is this nation known?

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Why have two different candidates been sworn in as president of Ivory Coast? What statement did incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo make in the program about this situation? How has the international community responded to the situation?

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Why do you think that the international representatives seen in the program are supporting Alassane Ouattara instead of Gbagbo? Why do you think that some members of the international community believe that the two candidates shouldn't share power?

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How do you think that Ivory Coast's contested election might affect the lives of its citizens? What do you think might happen if this situation isn't resolved shortly?

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Climate Conference

What agreement was reached at a climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico? How did supporters and critics respond to this agreement? What is your opinion of the agreement?

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According to the program, what will be the purpose of a new $100 billion fund? Why do you think that the conference focused on developing nations?

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