R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of September 26-October 2, 2016

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Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of September 26-October 2, 2016.

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R&D from Prepd: Fallout from the First Presidential Debate

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This R&D provides resources on the fallout from the first presidential debate.  Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump clashed on Monday evening.  Observers argued that Clinton won the debate by being on the offensive more against Trump, although some argued that the debate was really a draw.  Polls are still being assembled to illustrate if either candidate will pull away after the debate, but there are some indications that Clinton may have stopped some of her slide in the polls in the lead up to Monday night.

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R&D from Prepd: The Filipino War on Drugs

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This R&D provides resources on the Philippines war on drugs.  President Rodrigo Duterte won a landslide victory in the Philippines presidential election back in May and has used his mandate to engage in a violent war against crime.  Duterte’s harsh tactics have attracted significant international criticism, especially because there is evidence that Filipino police conducting extrajudicial killings of drug traffickers.  The war on drugs could reduce the Philippines credit rating and has already caused investment to flee, but Duterte insists that his policy is the best way for the nation to fight the influence of drug lords.

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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 26-October 2, 2016

HOTtopics1. Have race relations grown worse during the Obama presidency?
2. Is the U.S. headed for another government shutdown before the end of the year?
3. Should native Hawaiians enjoy the same status as Native Americans?
4. Will self-driving cars become the norm by 2020?
5. Is another credit bubble growing in the U.S. economy?
6. Does the U.S. need to significantly change its foreign policy toward North Korea?
7. How would the next president’s Supreme Court picks be impacted if the Republican Party manages to keep control of the Senate?
8. Is the Charlotte violence a boon to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign?
9. Should the Republican National Committee do more to support Kelly Ayotte?
10. Will the first presidential debate decide the 2016 election?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of September 26-October 2, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will Myanmar flourish without American sanctions?
2. Has Vladimir Putin made Russia stronger or weaker?
3. Is nuclear instability rising in the world?
4. Has Joseph Kabila undermined the Congo’s democracy?
5. Are drone strikes the best way to fight al-Qaeda?
6. Should France demolish the “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais?
7. Is the Philippines using the right approach in its war on drugs?
8. Should Israel receive observer status within the African Union?
9. How can Jeremy Corbyn re-unify the British Labour Party?
10. Should world leaders encourage more dialogue between Christian and Muslim groups?

R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of September 19-25, 2016

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Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of September 19-25, 2016.

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R&D from Prepd: Russia’s Parliamentary Elections

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This R&D provides resources on Russia’s parliamentary elections.  The recent elections saw President Vladimir Putin’s party, United Russia, increase its number of seats, thereby controlling nearly three-quarters of the Russian Duma.  This will allow United Russia to change the constitution if they wish to do so.  Critics argued that the elections were not fairly conducted and that the campaign was “dull.”  Voter turnout seemed to justify the latter statement as less than 50% of Russians cast ballots.

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R&D from Prepd: Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

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This R&D provides resources on the controversy surrounding the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline project.  The project aims to carry more than 400,000 barrels of crude oil through North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa, but Native American groups are protesting its construction, arguing that the pipeline borders tribal lands and that they wish for the construction of renewable energy resources.  The protests have been joined by other liberal groups and celebrities.

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