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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 5:35 PM EDT, Tue September 18, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Use these questions to help students understand today's featured news stories
  • Today's Daily Discussion includes the Media Literacy Question of the Day

(CNN Student News) -- September 19, 2012

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How might local media coverage of a presidential campaign be different from national coverage?

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Daily Discussion Questions

What is foreign policy? Why might foreign policy be important to a government and its citizens? What are some foreign policy issues facing America right now? How might a candidate's positions on foreign policy factor into an election?

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According to the report, how do President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney differ on issues regarding Afghanistan? What is your opinion of their positions on these issues? What do you think should be done regarding the war in Afghanistan?

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In American politics, what is a swing state? According to the segment: Why are swing states important in U.S. presidential elections? What are some swing states in this year's race for the White House? Why might presidential campaigns schedule events in both swing states and non-swing states?

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What were the results of a new study on obesity in the U.S.? What do you think makes this issue newsworthy? Do you think action should be taken in response to this report? If so, what? If not, why not?

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How and why are scientists controlling Madagascar hissing cockroaches? How might integrating computers with other organisms be useful for humans? What might be some of the ethical concerns regarding this kind of research? What is your opinion of it?

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