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(CNN Student News) -- June 2, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How might a journalist use analogies to explain difficult concepts? In your opinion, is using an analogy in a news report an effective method of conveying information? Why or why not?

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Libya Civil War

According to the report: What is the NATO-led coalition's goal for its mission in Libya? What announcement has NATO made about the duration of this mission? In your opinion, how might NATO know whether it has accomplished its goal or not?

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According to the program, how does one former Libyan official characterize that nation's government? In your opinion, what functions should an effective government be able to carry out? Do you think that Libya currently has an effective government? Why or why not?

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Debt Ceiling

What is the debt ceiling? How large is the U.S. national debt? When did the U.S. government reach the debt ceiling?

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According to the segment: What does U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner say might happen if the U.S. government does not raise the debt ceiling? How have some Republicans responded to Secretary Geithner's concerns? With which side do you agree, and why?

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How many times has the U.S. debt ceiling been raised in the past? Why do you think that CNN's Christine Romans says that the current debate over the debt ceiling is more political than in the past? In your opinion, will Democrats and Republicans be able to come to an agreement on this issue? Why or why not?

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Profits into Food

According to the segment: Why did Chef Jim Noble open the King's Kitchen restaurant? How does the restaurant help the local community?

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What does Noble say in the report about his for-profit and non-profit restaurants? In your opinion, how could Noble minimize competition between his restaurants?

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Can you think of other ways that traditionally for-profit ventures, like restaurants, could be established as non-profit charities? If you were to create such a charity, what cause would it support, and why?

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