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Should toys be kept out of a Happy Meal?

This week's Question of the Week concerns a new law in San Francisco, taking effect on Dec. 1 that bans restaurant toy giveaways unless the meals meet certain healthy standards for calories, sodium, and fat. Supporters say the move will offer better nutrition standards for children, while opponents say the law interferes with the market and that items like the Happy Meal are part of an enjoyable, family experience. What do you think? Should toys be kept out of a Happy Meal?

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Should Congress pass the Right to Repair Act?

This week's Question of the Week, a suggestion from INSIDER reader Glenn Barkley, concerns the Right to Repair Act, a bill that would require auto manufacturers to sell to non-dealer repair shops the complete repair information and diagnostic tools, currently only provided to dealer service centers. Supporters say the auto companies currently refuse to give the information to independent repair shops, and consumers are forced to have repairs done at the more expensive dealer service centers. Opponents say the proposal would force auto manufacturers to disclose trade secrets and other proprietary information to their competition. What do you think? Should Congress pass the Right to Repair Act? Yes or no?

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Will you drive this type of robotic car in your lifetime?

This week's Question of the Week addresses another technical development from Google. In early October, the search giant announced that it has been testing robotic cars on U.S. city streets. The vehicles, equipped with a complex array of sensors and cameras that allowed them to steer around cars and obstacles, operated autonomously as they navigated their way down roads and highways. A driver was also able to take over control at all times as a safety precaution. What do you think? Will you drive this type of robotic car in your lifetime?

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Should there be a large-scale freeze on foreclosures?

This week's Question of the Week addresses home foreclosures. Several major home lenders, including JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America, have suspended foreclosures in parts or all of the country because of sloppy paperwork and improper oversight of the many loans that went bad. Some say, absent a functioning foreclosure system, mortgage lending - and the economy itself - will continue to be sluggish. Others have suggested that foreclosures devastate families, and no homeowner should have private property taken from him or her wrongfully; some also support a national moratorium on foreclosures. What do you think? Should there be a large-scale freeze on foreclosures?

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Do you plan to buy the Google TV device?

This week's Question of the Week addresses Google TV. Engineers are putting the finishing touches on Google TV, a software platform that aims to bring the complete Internet experience to television sets. Expected in stores later this month, the Google TV device has a remote-control keyboard/pointing device that navigates users to both channels and Internet sites. What do you think? Do you plan to buy the Google TV device?

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Do you have faith in the news media to provide fair, reliable information?

This week's Question of the Week concerns a recent Gallup poll that revealed that a majority of Americans (57%) say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Sixty-three percent of respondents perceived bias. What do you think? Do you have faith in the news media to provide fair, reliable information?

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Should Internet communication services be redesigned so that law enforcement can carry out legally authorized intercepts?

This week's Question of the Week focuses on the redesign of some Internet communication services. Law enforcement officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites, and “peer to peer” messaging software like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. Law enforcement officials contend that imposing a mandate is reasonable and necessary to prevent the erosion of their investigative powers. Skeptics, including privacy and technology advocates, say that requiring interception capabilities would create holes that would inevitably be exploited by hackers. What do you think? Should Internet communication services be redesigned so that law enforcement can carry out legally authorized intercepts?

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