R&D from Prepd: The Return of Avigdor Lieberman

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This R&D provides resources on the return of Avigdor Lieberman to the Israeli government.  Lieberman will serve as defense minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet.  The move is controversial, as Lieberman has a mixed history in supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and leads the secular nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu Party, which draws support from Russian-speaking Israelis.  He has also made polarizing statements in the past concerning the need for loyalty oaths and the treatment of Palestinian refugees.

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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 30-June 5, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is it time for the federal government to strict access to U.S. national parks?
2. Should life-without-parole sentences for juvenile offenders be abolished?
3. Is Donald Trump’s willingness to debate Bernie Sanders a political stroke of genius or an act he will later regret?
4. Should more municipalities mandate that large vendors and hotels separate organic waste for recycling?
5. Why are a large number of “Millennials” still living with their parents?
6. What steps can be taken to enhance the ability of Americans to purchase affordable housing?
7. Is Chicago poised to have a “bloody summer”?
8. Will the Libertarian Party win a record number of votes in this year’s presidential election?
9. Should Bernie Sanders have attacked Hillary Clinton on the e-mail issue earlier?
10. Will the Zika virus hurt the summer tourism season?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 30-June 5, 2016

HOTtopics1. Who should be the next Secretary General of the United Nations?
2. Will South Africa’s expropriation bill produce significant economic damage?
3. What impact will the return of Avigdor Lieberman to Israel’s government mean for the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
4. Is Mercosur floundering?
5. How should Tsai Ing-wen handle Sino-Taiwanese relations?
6. Is the targeting of the leaders of terrorist groups counterproductive?
7. How can moderate European politicians regain ground lost to extreme left and right-wing factions?
8. Will allowing the naira to float against the dollar bolster Nigeria’s economy?
9. How can the international community defeat ISIS on social media platforms?
10. What impact will Cuba’s decision to allow “micro” private businesses have on the nation’s economy?

R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of May 23-29, 2016

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Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of May 23-29, 2016.

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R&D from Prepd: El Salvador’s Crime Problem

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This R&D provides resources on El Salvador’s crime problem.  The Central American nation had an average of 120 homicides per 100,000 population last year, making it the murder capital of the Americas.  The country is struggling to control criminals and gangs, as the problem has sent refugees to the United States and other parts of Latin America.

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2016 NSDA Nationals: Qualification Board Update (5/24)

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The new edition of the 2016 National Speech and Debate Association Qualification Board has been posted.  The board has qualifiers from the Arizona, Georgia Northern Mountains (partial USX only), Florida Panther, and New England districts.  Thanks to all of those who sent us qualifiers last week.

You can access the qualification board by clicking on “Quals 16” on the right hand menu on the main page, or by clicking “Quals 16″ on the top menu if you have clicked on a content post.  You can also place your cursor over the Quals 16 label and this will allow you to click on sub-menus for the International and United States Extemp qualifiers.

If you know the qualifiers from your NSDA District from previous weeks or after this week’s district tournaments conclude, please e-mail the following information to logan.scisco@topper.wku.edu:

  • The name of the NSDA District and the state that is located in
  • The names of those who will be ATTENDING nationals in IX and USX. Please do not send us the names of those who technically qualified, but opted to go in another event. We only want the names of those who will be going in the categories to avoid confusion.  If something has changed – as some districts hold debate qualifiers separately from individual events – please let us know that as well!
  • The schools those competitors attend.
  • IF your district has an automatic qualifier from last year’s NSDA Tournament (a competitor that reached finals or semi-finals in IX and USX) and that person will be going back to NSDA in that event, please let us know.

R&D from Prepd: President Obama’s New Overtime Regulations

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This R&D provides resources on President Barack Obama’s new overtime rules.  The Obama administration announced last week issued regulations that require employers to pay overtime to employees that make up to $46,476 per year.  The administration says that it will add billions to the economy, but critics warn that it will be another impediment towards the hiring of new employees in some sectors.

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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 23-29, 2016

HOTtopics1. How can El Salvador more effectively combat its gang problem?
2. Will the G7 meeting provide a political boost for Shinzo Abe?
3. Should Portugal and Spain be fined for missing their fiscal targets?
4. Does Burundi need to have good relations with Rwanda?
5. Will Mexico legalize gay marriage?
6. What steps do global health authorities need to take to combat antibiotic resistance?
7. Should Vietnam become a formal ally of the United States?
8. Can Brazil’s new governing party fix the nation’s economic recession?
9. Would the British economy benefit by existing outside of the European Union?
10. Will the EgyptAir Flight 804 crash destroy the Egyptian tourism industry?