R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of November 17th-23rd, 2014

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Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of November 17th-23rd, 2014.

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R&D from Prepd: Ed Miliband

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This R&D provides resources on Ed Miliband, the leader of the British Labour Party.  There is unrest within Labour’s ranks concerning Milband’s leadership due to the party’s declining fortunes in the run up to next year’s general elections.

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R&D from Prepd: Elizabeth Warren

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This R&D covers Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.  Warren, who is serving her first term, is a favorite among progressives in the Democratic Party.  She will coordinate outreach with progressive interests for Senate Democrats as they enter the minority this January.  Some Democratic Party donors are reportedly urging Warren to seek the presidency, but she has thus far signaled that she has little interest in running for the White House in 2016.

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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of November 17th-23rd, 2014

HOTtopics1. Is the balance of power in the Pacific shifting?
2. Why have efforts to eradicate Afghanistan’s opium crop failed?
3. Will an investigation into Petrobras overshadow Dilma Rousseff’s second term?
4. Should the Labour Party oust Ed Miliband?
5. Is Russia undermining the Iranian nuclear talks?
6. Was China the biggest winner of APEC’s recent summit?
7. Can Afghanistan and Pakistan jointly fight terrorism?
8. Is the G20 an effective international institution?
9. Should the Ugandan government cease backing anti-gay legislation?
10. Will the China-U.S. climate accord force other developing nations to set emissions targets?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 17th-23rd, 2014

HOTtopics1. Can Elizabeth Warren’s presence in the Democratic Senate leadership help the party’s fortunes in 2016?
2. Will the U.S. meet the carbon targets required by its recent climate accord with China?
3. Do Democrats have a weak presidential bench?
4. Can approval of the Keystone XL pipeline save Mary Landrieu’s Senate seat?
5. Should Democrats ditch Nancy Pelosi?
6. Does King v. Burwell have the potential to destroy the Affordable Care Act?
7. Can a new Iraqi surge defeat ISIS?
8. Should the U.S. give lethal weapons to the Nigerian military to combat Boko Haram?
9. Can “sin taxes” solve state budgetary woes?
10. Should Joe Manchin switch parties?

R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of November 10th-16th, 2014

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R&D from Prepd: The War on Meth

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This R&D covers the nation’s war on methamphetamines.  Law enforcement is reporting that meth lab seizures are on the decline and stricter state laws on the purchase of ingredients that make meth have proven effective.  However, Mexican drug cartels are stepping into the void and could undermine recent gains.  According to the Associated Press, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized more than 11,000 meth labs last year.

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R&D from Prepd: Jordan

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This R&D covers Jordan, a Middle East ally of the United States and one of only two Middle Eastern nations to have a peace treaty with Israel.  While other Middle Eastern nations have been rocked by the Arab Spring and significant sectarian unrest, Jordan has remained a pillar of stability.  However, analysts wonder if the Syrian Civil War and the growth of the Islamic State will soon pose a threat to King Abdullah II’s government. Also, Jordan has been very critical of the Israeli government in light of recent disputes over religious sites in Jerusalem.

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