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December 1, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

Why are celebrities often able to help to raise awareness about diseases and disorders? Do you think the public is more or less likely to pay attention to awareness campaigns featuring celebrities? Explain.

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U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

What announcement is President Barack Obama expected to make tonight? With whom has he spoken in advance of this announcement?

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How do you think some in Congress might react to the president's Afghanistan strategy? Why?

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Health Care Debate

What are some challenges facing the passage of the Senate's health care reform bill?

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According to the report: What was the Democrats' deadline for wrapping up work on the health care bill? Why do some Republicans suggest putting the health care debate aside until next year?

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What are some of the issues facing Congress before the end of the year? How would you prioritize these issues? Do you think the health care debate should be a priority or wait until next year? Explain.

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World AIDS Day

What is the purpose of World AIDS Day?

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What is AIDS? What is the difference between AIDS and HIV?

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According to the U.N. report cited in the story: How many people are currently living with HIV worldwide? What is one reason why there are fewer deaths among those with AIDS?

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In your opinion, what methods might be most effective at raising awareness among teens about HIV/AIDS?

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World Cup Teams

What is the World Cup? How many teams play in the World Cup?

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Why does Ireland's soccer team want a rematch against France? Do you think that the Irish team deserves a rematch? Why or why not?

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New Zealand Blastoff

What were the circumstances surrounding a recent rocket launch in New Zealand?

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What challenges do you think might face countries and private enterprises as they begin to launch rockets into space?

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