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R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of December 5-11, 2016

l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). Prepd is building debate technology that helps extempers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Visit www.prepd.in to learn more.

Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of December 5-11, 2016.


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R&D from Prepd: The Result of Italy’s Constitutional Referendum

l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). Prepd is building debate technology that helps extempers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Visit www.prepd.in to learn more.

This R&D covers the result of Italy’s constitutional referendum.  A sizable majority of Italian voters, 59% in total, voted against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s package of constitutional reforms to weaken the Italian Senate and assist in more robust lawmaking powers by Italy’s central government.  Renzi announced that he would resign as an outcome of the referendum, potentially plunging Italy into renewed political chaos and weakening the Italian government’s efforts to stabilize the nation’s economy.


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R&D from Prepd: Trump’s Call to Taiwan

l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). Prepd is building debate technology that helps extempers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Visit www.prepd.in to learn more.

This R&D provides resources on President-elect Donald Trump’s recent phone call with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen.  China blasted Trump for making the call, warning that it could endanger existing Sino-American relationship.  However, analysts wonder if the call was a way for Trump to show strength to Chinese leaders, whom he appears headed on a collision course with regarding trade issues.


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R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of November 28-December 4, 2016

l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). Prepd is building debate technology that helps extempers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Visit www.prepd.in to learn more.

Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of November 28-December 4, 2016.


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R&D from Prepd: Trump’s Growing Cabinet

l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). Prepd is building debate technology that helps extempers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Visit www.prepd.in to learn more.

This R&D provides resources on Donald Trump establishing his presidential cabinet.  Trump has already named a attorney general, treasury secretary, commerce secretary, education secretary, health and human services secretary, and transportation secretary, among other positions.  Critics argue that the cabinet is too conservative, while some of Trump’s more conservative supporters wonder if the picks are too moderate.  All cabinet picks will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate after Trump takes office.


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R&D from Prepd: South Korean Politics

l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). Prepd is building debate technology that helps extempers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Visit www.prepd.in to learn more.

This R&D provides resources on the turmoil that is roiling South Korean politics.  President Park Geun-hye is under fire for allowing a close confidante to look at sensitive government materials and then allowing that confidante to funnel millions of dollars to a foundation.  Some of Park’s other aides also face criminal charges.  South Korea gives its president immunity, but there are growing calls for Park to step down and the United States worries that the political crisis could endanger the security of the Korean Peninsula.


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R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of November 14-20, 2016

l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). Prepd is building debate technology that helps exte
mpers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Visit www.prepd.in to learn more.

Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of November 14-20, 2016.


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R&D from Prepd: Italy’s Constitutional Referendum

l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). Prepd is building debate technology that helps extempers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Visit www.prepd.in to learn more.

This R&D provides resources on Italy’s constitutional referendum, which will take place on December 4.  Italian voters will be asked whether to make changes to Italy’s constitution that would make the nation more unicameral.  The Italian Senate would see a weakening of its powers in the hopes of making Italy a more governable country.  Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has staked his political future on the referendum, but polls show that the “no” side is gaining.  Analysts fear that if the referendum fails that it could lead to an eventual breakup of the eurozone.


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R&D from Prepd: The Trump Transition

l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). Prepd is building debate technology that helps extempers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Visit www.prepd.in to learn more.

This R&D provides resources on the Donald Trump’s ongoing transition into the Oval Office.  Trump, who won last week’s presidential election, is currently seeking four thousand appointees to serve his administration.  He has already made some of the initial moves of a usual transition by naming Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus to be his chief of staff.


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Q&A With Ian Panchevre, The Founder of Prepd

l_2If you’re a regular reader of Extemp Central, chances are you’re familiar with Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). The startup that has built popular apps for Extemp and Congress recently launched Generation 3, a brand new version of its debate technology. I caught up with Ian Panchevre, the founder of Prepd. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.
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