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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 6:27 PM EST, Wed January 9, 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 10, 2013

Media Literacy Question of the Day

When covering a controversial issue, how can news media avoid taking sides in the debate?

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Daily Discussion Questions

What viewpoints are being sought by a U.S. government task force that's trying to reduce gun violence? What different perspectives do you think that Vice President Biden's task force will hear in these meetings? If you were invited to one of these meetings, what contributions would you make?

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What do you know about your state's government? What are some duties of a state legislature? How might these duties compare and contrast with those of the federal government? Why do you think that this multi-tiered system of government was created? What do you think might be the pros and cons of this system?

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What was significant about this year's Baseball Hall of Fame selection? According to the program, what might have influenced this outcome? What do you think that the eligible players -- those who have been accused and those who haven't been accused of wrongdoing -- might say about this? What criteria would you use for selecting an athlete to a hall of fame? Would your selection be influenced if the athlete had been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs? Explain.

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What new rule has the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed regarding hybrid and electric cars? What have government officials said about this proposal? How might car manufacturers, auto dealers, consumers and pedestrians react to these proposals? What is your opinion?

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