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(CNN Student News) -- January 27, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

A speech can be read, heard or watched. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of each of these methods of delivery for a news audience?

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State of the Union

What statements did President Barack Obama make in Tuesday's State of the Union address? What are some of the proposals that he presented in this speech? What was the official Republican response to President Obama? Which statements from both speeches do you agree or disagree with, and why?

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Do you think that the president will be able to accomplish the goals set forth in the State of the Union? Why or why not?

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Did you watch the State of the Union address? If so, what was your overall impression of the speech?

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Searching for Jobs

What is meant by the term "economic indicator"? What economic indicators are mentioned in the program? What other ways do you think that economists might measure the health of the U.S. economy?

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What does it mean to be "underemployed"? What does Earl Newkirk say in the segment about his experience in trying to find full-time employment?

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According to the report, how many people are unemployed and underemployed in the United States? Why do you think that economists tend to focus more on unemployment statistics instead of both figures?

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What do you think should be done to make the public more aware of the underemployment situation in America?

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Davos 2011

What is the purpose of the Davos conference? Who attends this conference?

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What criticisms have been raised about past Davos conferences? How have organizers of this year's event responded to this criticism?

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Why do you think that countries and businesses might want to address some economic issues in a global forum rather than on a national level?

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Pedestrian Texting Ban?

According to the program: What has a New York state lawmaker proposed regarding pedestrians? What are some reasons for and against this proposal? What is your opinion?

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What do you think might be the impact of this bill if it were passed? Do you think that people who currently text and walk would be likely to stop doing so if the bill becomes a law? Why or why not?

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What possible defense do you think that people who violate this law might offer in court? How do you think that a judge might respond to such a defense?

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