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Civics, Government and Politics: Presidential Campaign Debates
TOPIC: The presidential candidates for the Democrats and the Republicans have had debates. Who are the leading candidates for each party and why? Which candidates had the strongest and weakest performances in each debate and why? What has been the criticism of the questions asked by CNBC moderators and why? How are the Republicans handling their concerns about the kinds of questions asked in these debates?
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SOCIAL ISSUES: Migrant Crisis
TOPIC: The migrant crisis continues in Eastern Europe, as Balkan leaders met with EU leaders to find a way to deal with the increasing numbers of refugees from the Middle East. Winter is looming, and the bad weather will take its toll on the immigrants. What did the leaders decide at their summit meeting? What are the richer countries of Northern Europe pledging to do? How do the UK policies differ from those of its continental peers?
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Civics, Government and Politics: Benghazi Hearings
TOPIC: Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been questioned for an extended length of time by the House Select Committee going over the details of the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. What information did these hearings reveal about the attack and the U.S. government’s response to it? What were the comments by California Rep. Kevin McCarthy about the hearings in regard to Clinton and what did they imply?
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ECONOMICS: Debt Limit Raised
TOPIC: The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to increase the debt limit and prevent default. What would be the impact on the U.S. economy if the U.S. federal government defaulted on repaying its loans? What political coalition of U.S. representatives came together to get this legislation passed through the House?
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EDUCATION: Veil Banning
TOPIC: Cairo University has banned female teachers from wearing the full face veil (niqab) while teaching in order to improve communication between teachers and students. Rather than the niqab, they may wear a veil that covers their hair but not their face. What happened when they tried to ban the niqab completely from the entire university? Why do they think this time it will be different? In what classes do students particularly need to see and hear their teachers?
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SCIENCE AND HEALTH RESEARCH TOPICS
HEALTH: Carcinogenic Meats
TOPIC: The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that processed meats, and possibly red meat, can cause cancer. What group under WHO did the research and what did it entail? How does meat cause cancer? What was the general message to consumers about these findings? What has been the public reaction to this and what change has been brought about by this new information?
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HEALTH: Global Warming and Health
TOPIC: The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Lung Association have both linked global warming to health risks. What are the specific concerns cited by each organization and how specifically are they saying global warming impacts human health? What is the history of each organization?
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