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  • Today's Daily Discussion includes the Media Literacy Question of the Day
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(CNN Student News) -- April 7, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What news stories have you seen or read that are aimed at consumers? What do you think is the role of news media in the marketplace?

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Crisis in Japan

According to the video: Why are the workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant able to claim a victory? What did they use to seal a radioactive leak?

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In spite of the victory, why are Japanese government officials not optimistic about the situation at the plant?

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Budget Battle

Describe the deadline that is approaching for Congress and the U.S. government's budget. What could happen if this deadline is not met?

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What views did the two congressional leaders express in the video? Why do you think that the federal budget is such a contentious issue? What do you think that Congress should do about the looming deadline?

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Cost to Drive

According to the video: What are some of the costs of driving a car in the U.S.? Which of these costs increased over last year? Which costs decreased since last year?

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What kinds of things do you think that people should consider when shopping for a car? What steps do you think that you could take to reduce some of the initial and long-term costs of driving that car?

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Commercial Space

Who is Elon Musk? What kind of vehicle has his company developed? Why do you think that his company and others are investing money in the development of commercial spacecraft?

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What do you think might be the risks and benefits of being an entrepreneur in space exploration?

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