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(CNN Student News) -- March 3, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

In your opinion, how might freedom of speech and freedom of the press be connected?

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Crisis in Libya

Describe the current situation in Libya. Why do you think that the international community might be concerned with the political situation there?

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What have some U.S. officials proposed in order to try to push Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi out of power? How has Defense Secretary Robert Gates responded to this proposal? What do you think might be the pros and cons of establishing a no-fly zone over Libya? In your opinion, should the U.S. prevent Libya from flying over its own airspace? Why or why not?

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Free Speech Decision

What reason do Westboro Baptist Church members give for protesting at American military funerals? What argument did a slain soldier's father use in court against the church's protests?

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What ruling did the U.S. Supreme Court make yesterday with regard to these protests? What two constitutional rights were at the heart of this case?

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What statement did Chief Justice John Roberts write in his opinion? What additional statements did Chief Justice Roberts make? What is your opinion of this Supreme Court ruling? Explain.

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Why do you think that the freedom of speech was included in the U.S. Constitution? In your opinion, what is the role of this freedom in today's America?

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Rodney King Case

Who is Rodney King? What incident was he involved in twenty years ago today? Why did the Rodney King case lead to riots in Los Angeles?

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How is King's life described in the report? What does King say about his life since his police beating, and about who he is today? According to King, how have some people reacted to his role in history? Do you think that newsmakers like King should be provided with security from threats against them? Why or why not?

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Why do you think that King's beating became a national story?

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