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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 5:13 PM EST, Mon December 17, 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) -- December 18, 2012

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How might the media facilitate the national conversations that arise after a national tragedy?

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Daily Discussion Questions

What are your thoughts on Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut? What outlets do you have to express these thoughts?

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What did President Obama say at a memorial service for the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting? What changes do you think the president was referring to when he said that America "will have to change"? How might the American people react to the president's call for changes? Do you think that we need to make our nation safer? Explain.

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How would you describe the feelings of the residents of Newtown seen in the video? What are some of the issues that concern them? What is "Newtown United"? Why do you think it's described as a "grassroots effort"? What other conversations and debates do you think people will have across the U.S. in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown? What, if anything, do you think could come out of these conversations?

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What is the purpose of the Patriot missile system? Why are the U.S. and Germany sending Patriot missiles to Turkey? What does it mean to be "ally" of another country? Why do countries form alliances?

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According to the program: What is the biggest source of revenue for the federal government? How does U.S. government spending compare to its income? What are some things the government spends money on? What approaches do Democratic and Republican lawmakers generally each take with regard to managing the nation's budget? Why do you think they have such different approaches to dealing with the national budget? What could happen if lawmakers and the president can't reach a deal on the national budget before January 1, 2013?

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