R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of August 22-28, 2016

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Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of August 22-28, 2016.

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R&D from Prepd: Fixed Bail Amounts

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This R&D provides resources on the legal controversy surrounding fixed bail amounts.  The U.S. Department of Justice recently filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, arguing that fixed bail amounts unfairly discriminate against the poor.  This is the first time that the Justice Department has submitted a legal opinion about fixed bail schedules.

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R&D from Prepd: French Burkini Bans

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This R&D provides resources on French areas banning women from wearing a burkini, which is a burqa version of a swimsuit.  Although some fashion companies are attempting to offer Islamic-friendly swimwear, some French communities have banned the dress, arguing that it is a religious symbol that violates the country’s secular norms.  Opponents of the bans say that they are unnecessarily discriminatory.

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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 22-28, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will Donald Trump’s campaign team shakeup work?
2. Is the American middle class experiencing a comeback?
3. What is behind the growing numbers of women in prison?
4. Will the U.S. economy grow more in 2017 than it has this year?
5. Has President Obama mishandled his response to the Louisiana flooding?
6. How can urban areas recruit more teachers?
7. Are fixed bail amounts unconstitutional?
8. Will the Iran ransom payment but more Americans at risk?
9. Does the U.S. need another constitutional convention?
10. Is it too late for Donald Trump to make an appeal to African-American voters?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of August 22-28, 2016

HOTtopics1. Were Zambia’s elections free and fair?
2. Did Brazil stage a successful Summer Olympics?
3. Should the Philippines leave the UN?
4. How should Japan respond to China’s declaration of “red lines” in the South China Sea?
5. What effect will the appointment of Urjit Patel at governor of the Reserve Bank of India have on the Indian economy?
6. How should Nigeria handle a growing food crisis in its northeast regions?
7. Should French communities repeal bans of burkinis?
8. How can Israel better deter Palestinian rocket attacks?
9. Has Russia become the new Iran?
10. How might a closer Turkish-Russian relationship affect the Syrian Civil War?

R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of August 15-21, 2016

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Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of August 15-21, 2016.

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R&D from Prepd: Italy’s Economy

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This R&D provides resources on the Italian economy.  One of the ailing economies of the European Union (EU), Italy’s banking system has received a poor review by EU stress tests due to the fact that they hold  €360 billion in underperforming loans.  Since Italy’s government has worked to guarantee the debts of its banks, this could impair its fiscal position and it is causing significant headaches for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who hopes that economic problems do not imperil a looming referendum on constitutional changes.

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R&D from Prepd: The U.S. Airline Industry

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This R&D provides resources on the U.S. airline industry.  Critics of the industry called upon the federal government to impose new regulations last week after a Delta computer glitch led to the cancellation of more than one thousand flights.  Wait times, fee increases, and delays have become common in recent years in the U.S. airline industry that has four major carriers and passenger rights groups and consumer advocates argue that breaking up these airlines could create better customer service and more efficiency.

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