Civics, Government and Politics: Republican Convention
TOPIC: The Republican Party has formally nominated Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate to challenge President Barak Obama in November’s presidential election. What are the key positions that define the Republican platform? What are the positions that the Ron Paul supporters have brought to the convention and want heard? What Republican politicians have enhanced their presence in the party with impressive speeches at this year’s convention? How was Romney’s speech received?
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Democratic Party has convened in
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Hurricane Isaac has moved from
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TOPIC: As the NASA rover Curiosity explores Mars, it documents, collects and somewhat alters the landscape. What have been the tasks the rover has completed and why? What are some of the most interesting images it has sent back?
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LITERATURE: No Easy Day
TOPIC: Under the pseudonym of Mark Owen, Matt Bissonette of the United States Navel Special Warfare Group (DEVGRU) who participated in the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden, has written a book on that mission called No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden. Why is the book being evaluated by the Defense Department for national security? How did Al Qaeda get his personal information that it released, calling on militants to seek revenge for the killing of Bin Laden?
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TOPIC: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to join him on the ticket as his candidate for Vice President. What are his political beliefs and how are they similar and different from Romney’s? What are the most and least controversial aspects of his proposed national budget? What political strengths does he add to the campaign? How was his speech received?
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The voter identification law in
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Civics, Government and Politics: Nonaligned Nations Conference
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U.S-born Taliban John Walker Lindh is suing the
John Walker Lindh AND prayer
ECONOMICS: Apple vs. Samsung
A jury has ruled that mobile devices made by Samsung Electronics Co.
have violated Apple Inc.’s design and utility patents. What
specifically are covered in the patents held by Apple and how did
Samsung violate them? What are the implications of this verdict to
other competitors in the industry? What was the verdict on
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Student demonstrations continue in
TOPIC: Of the more than 200 women’s colleges in 1960, the Women’s College Coalition show only 47 are members today as more and more women’s colleges are becoming coed. What are the reasons for this change? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a singe-sex education?
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One of the most interesting
Woodrow Wilson AND William Howard Taft AND (Teddy OR Theodore) AND
SOCIAL ISSUES: Gypsy Non-Lobe
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TOPIC: The Augusta National Golf Club has changed its policy to admit women members. Who are the first two women admitted and why? What was the reason for the clubs original policy and what led to the change?
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The ice cover in the
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HEALTH: Cholera Outbreak
TOPIC: President Obama’s health care reform law and Paul Ryan’s budget proposal both involve changes to Medicare. What specifically are those changes and what is the purpose of each? When was Medicare first passed into law and what was its sustainability based on at the time?
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TOPIC: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new pill called Stribild that can be taken once daily to treat HIV infection. What four medicines are combined in this pill and how do they work in the body to treat AIDS? What was the result of the clinical trials on this drug?
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TOPIC: Sir Bernard Lovell was the longtime head of the Jordell Bank Observatory, a steerable radio telescope. How does a radio telescope work? What were the Jordell Bank Observatory’s contributions to astronomy?
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TOPIC: Champion road-racing cyclist Lance Armstrong has decided to end his battle with the United States Anti-Doping Agency. What were the charges against him brought by the USADA and what are the best arguments for and against their charges? What are the reasons and the consequences for his decision? How should fans think about his victories in the Tour de France in light of his decision?
Lance Armstrong AND (USADA OR United States Anti-Doping Agency OR
The Paralympics have begun in
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TOPIC: Eduardo Najero of the Dallas Mavericks is the first Mexican head coach in the NBA. What is his prior coaching experience? What is his coaching style?
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TOPIC: Don Nelson, National Basketball Association coach with the most wins in the history of the league, is retiring. What teams did he coach and what were their records? What was his coaching technique?
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ARTS AND LITERATURE RESEARCH TOPICS
FILM AND TELEVISION: Tony Scott
TOPIC: Tony Scott was a popular and critically acclaimed film director. What are some of his most famous and acclaimed films? How has his directing style been described?
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FILM AND TELEVISION: Michael Clarke Duncan
TOPIC: Michael Clarke Duncan, nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Green Mile, has died. What was his role in that movie? How did the difference between his appearance and demeanor in that role help increase his popularity as an actor within the industry? What other roles did he have?
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FILM AND TELEVISION: Cinema Paradiso
The Venice Film Festival has opened. What new films are scheduled to
open there? Which seem most interesting? Where does
FINE ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE: Robert Hughes
Robert Hughes was an Australian-born art critic
FINE ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE: Ori Gersht
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LITERATURE: Farewell to the Dandy
TOPIC: The long-running British comic book The Dandy, begun in 1937, will shut down because of low sales. Two of its long running characters are Desperate Dan and Bannanaman. When will its final issue be on sale? Who was its target audience? What other comics from the 1930s still exist today?
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PERFORMING ARTS: Buenos Aires Festival
The 10th annual festival in
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PERFORMING ARTS: David Henry Hwang
TOPIC: David Henry Hwang has been awarded the Steinberg award for his career as a playwright. What are some of his most critically acclaimed plays and what were the qualities that impressed the critics? What kind of playwright does this award seek to recognize and why?
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PERFORMING ARTS: Hal David
TOPIC: Lyricist Hal David, best known for the songs he wrote with Burt Bacharach that were performed by Dionne Warwick, has died? What were some of those songs? What hits did he have before and after his work with Bacharach? What honors did he earn?
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PEOPLE RESEARCH TOPICS
PEOPLE: Neil Armstrong
TOPIC: Astronaut Neil Armstrong is most famous as the first man to walk on the moon. When did he do this, what were some of the key conditions that NASA had to secure for his safety and how did they achieve that? What are some other key high points in his career?
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PEOPLE: Rachel Corrie
TOPIC: Rachel Corrie’s parents have lost their civil suit that tried to place blame for their daughter’s death on the Israeli army when the judge ruled her death to be an accident. How did Rachel Corrie die? Why did her parents think the army was to blame?
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PEOPLE: Dom Mintoff
Dom Mintoff was a former prime minister of
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PEOPLE: Sun-Myung Moon
Rev. Sun-Myung Moon, best known for the mass weddings he presided
over, was the founder of the
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PEOPLE: Marvin Hamlisch
TOPIC: As an American composer and conductor, Marvin Hamlisch distinguished himself as a rare winner of the Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards. What are some of his most celebrated songs and who sang them? What are some popular films and plays scored by him? What role did he play in revitalizing the popularity of the music of Scott Joplin?
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PEOPLE: Steve Van Buren
TOPIC: Hall of Fame halfback for the Philadelphia Eagles Steve Van Buren was an early star of the NFL. In what years did he play and how was the professional football season and game different now? What championship games did he play in and what were his key contributions to each of them?
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TOPIC: Phyllis Diller was a popular comedienne and actress through the second half of the 20th century. What were some recurring themes of her comedy? What were some of the highlights of her career?
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