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(CNN Student News) -- April 28, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What kinds of topics do you think might be better suited to be explored by a news documentary rather than a news story?

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Defense Department Shift

Who is the current U.S. secretary of defense? When is he scheduled to leave this position? Who does President Barack Obama plan to nominate as his replacement?

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What do you think might be the skills and experience required of both the U.S. defense secretary and the CIA director? Why do you think that President Obama plans to nominate his current CIA director as his next defense secretary? What do you think might be the similarities and differences between these positions?

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Birth Certificate

According to the program, why did President Obama publicly release his birth certificate yesterday?

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What two requirements must be fulfilled in order to be the U.S. president? In your opinion, what does the term "natural born citizen" mean? Why do you think that this requirement was included in the U.S. Constitution?

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How do you think that the American public might react to the release of President Obama's birth certificate? Explain.

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Gas Prices, Oil Profits

What is the current trend in gas prices? According to the program, how are gas prices linked to oil company profits?

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What is a subsidy? What do supporters and critics each say in the segment about oil industry subsidies?

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Why do you think that some energy companies receive oil subsidies? Do you think that the U.S. government should provide subsidies to oil companies? Why or why not?

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What other industries, if any, do you think might benefit from receiving subsidies? What do you think might be the pros and cons of subsidizing certain industries?

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Don't Fail Me

What is the focus of CNN's "Don't Fail Me" documentary? Why do you think that the documentary focuses on this topic?

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If you were producing a documentary about education, what would be your focus? Who would be the audience for your feature? Explain your rationale.

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