R&D from Prepd: The Alt-Right

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Today’s R&D covers the alt-right, which drew attention last week when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blasted it for circulating rumors about her health.  The alt-right is deemed as an alternative wing of mainstream conservatism and it flourishes on online news sites such as Infowars, the Drudge Report, and Breitbart.  Critics deem it to be a source of white nationalism that is hostile to multiculturalism.  Others argue that it is finding an appeal among voters who believe the government is broken and that mainstream conservatism become part of the problem in Washington.

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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of August 29-September 4, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is Poland’s Law and Justice Party threatening democracy?
2. How can Canada best fight its opioid problem?
3. What role should Saudi Arabia play in the global war against terrorism?
4. Should Bolivia allows its miners to associate with private companies?
5. Will Colombian voters approve of their government’s peace agreement with the FARC?
6. Should Brazilian prosecutors charge Ryan Lochte?
7. How can Southern African leaders quell the anxieties of younger voters?
8. Will Turkey’s conflict with the Kurds prolong the Syrian Civil War?
9. Should Pakistan internationalize the Kashmir dispute?
10. Does Angela Merkel deserve a fourth term?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 29-September 4, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should U.S. states pass legislation allowing women to be topless in public?
2. Will a new Pentagon report create new momentum for closing Gitmo?
3. Should trucks and buses have separate speed limits?
4. Will Gary Johnson qualify for the presidential debates?
5. Should for-profit colleges be banned?
6. What modifications should Donald Trump make to his immigration plan?
7. How can U.S. states better combat the heroin epidemic?
8. Is the media showing too much bias to Hillary Clinton in this election cycle?
9. Have U.S.-EU free trade talks failed?
10. How much political power does the “Alt-Right” have?

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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