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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 5:31 PM EST, Tue January 1, 2013
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) -- January 2, 2013

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How might watching television coverage of a public New Year's celebration be different than attending it in person? Which do you think would be better?

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Daily Discussion Questions

How was the beginning of 2013 celebrated around the world? Why do you think that many communities worldwide celebrate the New Year with fireworks? How did you celebrate the beginning of the New Year?

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When was the deadline to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff? What is the status of a deal on the fiscal cliff? What factors do you think have kept Congress and the president from reaching a deal before the fiscal cliff deadline?

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Who is the current U.S. secretary of state? What medical issues has she faced recently? How have doctors treated her current medical condition? When and why might it be important for the public to know about the health of government officials?

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Who has President Obama nominated for secretary of state? What do you know about the duties of the secretary of state? What experiences and qualifications might be important for a secretary of state? If you were a member of the U.S. Senate, what questions would you ask Sen. John Kerry during his confirmation hearing?

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According to the program, what are some new laws that went into effect on the first of the year? What is your opinion of these laws? What are some reasons why someone might propose a law? If you could propose a new law, what would it be?

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