NOTICE News Daily: April 3, 2023

On today’s NOTICE News Daily: Former President Donald Trump has been criminally indicted – the first time in American history a former president has been charged with a crime. We break it all down. Plus: what’s the big deal about this big meatball?

Discussion Questions

  1. What is historic about the fact that former President Donald Trump has been indicted?
  2. It might not necessarily be a crime that former President Trump allegedly paid money to cover up an affair, but what are reasons that it might be considered one?
  3. Why might security in New York City around the courthouse be increasing in preparation for Trump to get arraigned? Why might police presence and security be heightened nationwide in response to the indictment?
  4. Why might this upcoming trial be the most politically charged trial in American history?
  5. What sort of technology was used to create the mammoth meatball?
  6. Why are supporters in favor of cultivated meat rather than that taken from livestock?

Writing Prompts

  1. There are currently other investigations into former President Trump that could possibly lead to indictment, including ones for his role in January 6th, failing to turn over classified documents, and pressuring Georgia election officials. Could indictments in these cases be more or less meaningful than the present one over hush-money payments? Why might people feel differently about them? Should they?
  2. While the creation of the mammoth meatball represents significant strides in science, some might feel discomforted by the use of meat from a mammoth that’s been extinct for 4,000 years. How does this dilemma connect to the issues regarding cloning and the creation of life brought forth in the films Jurassic World and Jurassic Park? What are reasons people might find the use of mammoth meat disturbing? Should they?

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