HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of July 6-12, 2015

HOTtopics1. How can the Philippines prevent future ferry disasters?
2. Is the BJP’s derecognition of madrasas in Maharashtra an affront to religious freedom?
3. What needs to be done to reinvigorate the EU’s foreign policy?
4. Is the Syrian civil war helping or hindering Hezbollah?
5. Should the Dominican Republic deport unregistered Haitian immigrants?
6. Is Japan doing enough to counter the influence of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Southeast Asia?
7. Did the Pakistani government respond effectively to the Karachi heat wave?
8. Is the lack of a defense minister undermining Afghan security?
9. Could ISIS bring about the collapse of Tunisia’s government?
10. What steps does Vladimir Putin need to take to re-engage the West?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 6-12, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should more states ban fireworks?
2. Is the U.S. becoming a global leader on climate change?
3. Should states replace the gas tax with a mileage tax?
4. What role should gay rights play in U.S. foreign policy?
5. Does Jim Webb have any chance of winning the Democratic presidential nomination?
6. What should North Carolina do about a recent wave of shark attacks?
7. Should the U.S. rethink its Afghan troop withdrawal plan?
8. Will “China bashing” be a significant part of the 2016 presidential election?
9. Is polygamy constitutional?
10. Should GOP moderates fear Donald Trump?

2014-2015 Extemp Central National Points Race: Final Standings Are Posted!

pointsraceheader-01The 2014-2015 Extemp Central National Points Race standings have been updated to reflect the results of the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament. To access the standings, you can click on the National Points Race tab on the right of the main page or click here.

A spreadsheet that includes all of the competitors in this year’s National Points Race can be found near the bottom of the National Points Race page.

Extemp Central thanks everyone for following this year’s competition and we cannot wait for next year’s race to begin at Wake Forest!

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 29-July 5, 2015

HOTtopics1. How will the Obergefell case impact the Republican presidential primaries?
2. Is Bernie Sanders becoming a significant threat to Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations?
3. With no rate increase in June, is the Federal Reserve poised to raise rates in September?
4. Do recent decisions indicate that the Supreme Court now leans to the left?
5. Will the revised U.S. hostage policy put more Americans at risk?
6. Should the U.S. care about the Greek debt crisis?
7. Are transgender rights the next civil rights battleground?
8. Will Space X’s failures deter private investment in the space industry?
9. Should orthodox Christians in America follow the “Benedict option”?
10. How will the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage affect future First Amendment cases where religious and civil rights clash?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of June 29-July 5, 2015

HOTtopics1. Will the Danish People’s Party benefit by being left out of Denmark’s new government?
2. Is South Africa’s ANC becoming autocratic?
3. What reforms are needed to fix the European Union’s economic malaise?
4. Does mass deforestation constitute a threat to Indonesia’s economy?
5. Is the international financial system defenseless against the next global economic crisis?
6. Why is piracy becoming a significant concern in Southeast Asia?
7. Is a UN resolution that honors Srebrenica victims counterproductive to resolving ethnic tensions in Bosnia?
8. Is a better nuclear deal with Iran possible?
9. How should the British government respond to the Tunisia hotel massacre?
10. Should Greece hold a referedum on the Troika’s bailout terms?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of June 22-28, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should the Nieto back off of reform efforts following the results of the Mexican midterm elections?
2. Is Pope Francis strengthening global efforts to do more about climate change?
3. What steps does Cristina Fernandez need to take to fix Argentina’s economic problems?
4. Is the UN losing credibility?
5. Should global investors be bullish about Iraq’s oil market?
6. Is the targeting of the leadership of terrorist groups counterproductive?
7. How can China diffuse political tensions in Hong Kong?
8. Is David Cameron’s austerity program necessary?
9. Can Amama Mbabazi defeat Yoweri Museveni?
10. Is migrant policy or the possibility of a “Grexit” a bigger threat to the future of the European Union?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 22-28, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should the Charleston church shooting be considered an act of terrorism?
2. Is Donald Trump a serious presidential candidate?
3. Will a crackdown on dissident Republicans strengthen John Boehner’s power in the House?
4. Should South Carolina remove the Confederate flag from its state grounds?
5. What should Republicans do if the Supreme Court rules against the ACA in King v. Burwell?
6. Was the Iowa Republican Party misguided in ending the Iowa Straw Poll?
7. Does President Obama risk becoming a lame duck if he continues to push for more free trade deals?
8. Should Uber drivers be considered employees instead of independent contractors?
9. What kind of gun control does America need?
10. How should American schools handle truancy?

Site News: Off-Season Schedule

buzzWith the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament in the books, Extemp Central will head into its off-season posting schedule until August.  During this time, questions will still be uploaded on Mondays (for any extemp camps that may want to use them or for competitors that want to do some off-season prep) and quizzes will still be posted on Wednesdays.  However, premium topic briefs and R&Ds will not return until August 4 and 5, respectively.  Extemp Central will make a post when the SpeechGeek Market makes 2015-2016 seasons subscriptions available.

We will also finalize our posting of state tournament results in the coming weeks, as well as do a year-end wrap-up pieces to chronicle all of the big stories on the national circuit.  Additionally, a National Points Race write up and standings sheet that encompasses all of this year’s ranked competitors will be released near the end of the week.

Finally, Extemp Central has secured interviews with some of the season’s top competitors.  Interviews with NSDA International and United States Extemp Champions Brian Anderson and Brian Yu, NCFL Grand National Champion Yijia Liang, and MBA Extemp Round Robin and Extemp TOC winner Josh Wartel will be posted in August.  Extemp Central also hopes to do another “season preview” piece by gathering information about some of the competitors to watch next season.