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(CNN Student News) -- April 4, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How do you think that journalists might prepare for an interview?

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Ivory Coast Violence

What was the outcome of November's presidential election in Ivory Coast? Whose claim to the nation's presidency did the international community recognize? How did Ivory Coast's former president react to this?

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What is the current status of the situation in Ivory Coast? How did one aid group compare the situation there to other crises around the world?

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What types of government functions, if any, do you think might be disrupted by Ivory Coast's current political situation? In your opinion, what impact might this situation have on the country's residents?

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Protests in Afghanistan

According to the report, what action taken by a Florida church sparked deadly protests in Afghanistan? How did U.S. officials react to both the church's action and the protests? What is your opinion of this incident?

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In your opinion, what impact, if any, might this incident have on NATO troops fighting against the Taliban in Afghanistan?

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Do you think that the American religious community should respond to the burning of the Quran? Why or why not? How do you think that people from different religious groups could learn more about other religions? What do you think might be the potential pros and cons of trying to develop relationships between different religious groups? Do you think that trying to develop these relationships is a good idea? Why or why not?

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Budget Battle

What is the current U.S. unemployment rate? How does this rate compare to last month's rate? In your opinion, what might this mean for the U.S. economy?

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According to House Speaker John Boehner, what is the status of budget negotiations in the U.S. Congress? What might happen if Congress can't agree to a budget before Friday?

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According to the segment: How much do negotiators want to cut from the federal budget? How have President Barack Obama, Tea Party activists and Democrats reacted to these potential budget cuts? What is your opinion?

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What types of federal functions do you think might be disrupted by a government shutdown? How do you think that your community might be affected by a federal government shutdown, if at all?

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Proposed Labor Bill

According to the program: What are the details of a proposed "training wage" in Maine? What have supporters and critics said with regard to this proposal? What is your opinion of this proposal?

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Getting Down to the Basic$

What advice does author Jean Chatzky give to young people with regard to saving and investing money? What percent of a person's income does Chatzky say should be saved? What does she say may be the benefits of doing this? In your opinion, what might be the challenges of setting a savings goal?

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What does Chatzky say might be the benefits of investing? What are some areas that Chatzky mentions as possible investment options? What do you think might be the potential risks and rewards for each of these areas? In your opinion, what questions should you ask about these investments before putting money into them? Where do you think that you might find more information about these types of investment opportunities?

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