CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

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January 24, 2013

Media Literacy Question of the Day

Do the media cover cheating by celebrities differently than they cover cheating by non-celebrities?

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Daily Discussion Questions

Why did U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appear before Congress yesterday? What did Clinton say at the hearing? How did some members of Congress respond to her testimony? What role might hearings like the one held yesterday play in the checks and balances between different branches of government? What action do you think Congress could take following hearings like these?

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What is the debt ceiling? What action did the U.S. House of Representatives take yesterday with regard to the debt ceiling? Why do you think that Congress established a debt ceiling and keeps voting to raise it? What might be the implications of repeatedly raising the debt ceiling?

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What questions have come up over Beyonce's performance at the presidential inauguration on Monday? According to the program, why might singers at an event pre-record their performances? What might be some reasons against using pre-recorded music? Why do you think some people are interested in whether Beyonce used pre-recorded music? What is your opinion of this controversy?

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What are some examples of cheating mentioned in today's program? What do the people featured say about cheating? What reasons does an ethics expert give for why people cheat? Do you agree with him? In your view, do athletes and students who cheat do it for the same reasons? Should society treat these two groups differently or in the same way? Explain.

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