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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: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 15-21, 2016

HOTtopics1. Would Hillary Clinton’s infrastructure plan improve the U.S. economy?
2. Does the U.S. need to break up the country’s four major airlines?
3. Can ticket splitting help Republicans save their Senate majority?
4. Was the U.S. foreign policy establishment responsible for the rise of ISIS?
5. Do American universities need more ideological diversity?
6. Would it be in Donald Trump’s best interest to release his tax returns?
7. Should more U.S. states pass “right to die” legislation?
8. Did Bill Bratton significantly improve the NYPD?
9. How could states enact a voter ID requirement that would pass constitutional muster?
10. Could the Libertarians win electoral votes in 2016?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 8-14, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will Massachusetts new employment legislation greatly assist in the narrowing of the gender pay gap?
2. Is President Obama playing too much of a role in the 2016 presidential election?
3. Are U.S. cities doing enough to combat air pollution?
4. What reforms should the U.S. make to corporate governance regulations?
5. Should American schools adopt four day school weeks?
6. What should Verizon do with Yahoo?
7. Will the 2016 presidential election produce a significant political realignment?
8. Have free trade policies been a net negative for the U.S. economy?
9. Does the new U.S. jobs report brighten the nation’s economic outlook?
10. Have events of the past week sunk Donald Trump’s presidential aspirations?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 1-7, 2016

HOTtopics1. Has President Obama failed to monitor and build the infrastructure of the Democratic Party during his tenure in office?
2. Is cheap oil maintaining U.S. economic growth?
3. Should more U.S. schools move to a 1:1 model?
4. Can Bill Clinton help Hillary Clinton win back lower class white voters?
5. How will Roger Ailes departure from Fox News affect the channel’s future?
6. Should the Commission on Presidential Debates lower the threshold of support that third party candidates need to acquire to participate?
7. If the Republicans keep the House in 2016, will Paul Ryan win another term as Speaker of the House?
8. Should the EPA issue new regulations on the natural gas industry?
9. Would a Donald Trump presidency significantly alter American foreign policy toward Russia?
10. Will Pennsylvania be the state that decides the 2016 presidential election?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 25-31, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is the Republican Party becoming more unified behind its presidential nominee than their Democratic counterparts?
2. How can African nations better protect property rights?
3. Is de facto segregation the primary cause of police-minority tensions?
4. Have recent Wikileaks revelations greatly harmed Democrats electoral hopes?
5. Should communities embrace Pokemon Go?
6. How should American cable companies adapt to customers “cutting the cord”?
7. Would the adoption of national education standards increase student achievement?
8. Was Tim Kaine a good vice presidential choice?
9. Should the U.S. remove nuclear weapons from Turkey?
10. Did Ted Cruz destroy his future presidential prospects at the Republican National Convention?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 18-24, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is North Carolina’s voter ID law unconstitutional?
2. How can Christian conservatives regain their political voice?
3. Should Democrats eliminte superdelegates from the 2020 election cycle?
4. How can the U.S. end the heroin epidemic?
5. Should federal anti-trust officials pay special attention to Google?
6. How can local police forces recruit more African-American applicants?
7. Should the next U.S. president re-evaluate America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia?
8. In the next ten years will the U.S. have fewer troops in Afghanistan?
9. Should the U.S. extradite Fethullah Gulen?
10. Will the Pence pick enhance Donald Trump’s relationship with socially conservative voters?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 11-17, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will the U.S. economy experience a recession by the end of 2016?
2. What is to blame for the recent police shootings of African-American suspects?
3. Does Hillary Clinton need a progressive or moderate vice-president?
4. Can the U.S. afford to give free college education to all Americans?
5. What regulations should be imposed on stem cell clinics?
6. Are federal, state, and local authorities doing enough to prevent forest fires?
7. What changes does the State Department need to make with regards to the handling of classified information?
8. Will the Dallas shootings do significant damage to Black Lives Matter?
9. What implications would a Paul Ryan primary loss have on the 2016 midterm elections?
10. Would Newt Gingrich be a good vice-presidential pick for Donald Trump?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 4-10, 2016

HOTtopics1. How valuable is the South China Sea to American national interests?
2. Should the U.S. work more closely with Russia in resolving the Syrian Civil War?
3. How much money should Congress spend on combating Zika?
4. Will California’s gun control package become a model for other states?
5. What should the U.S. do for the “victims” of free trade?
6. How significant was the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on abortion rights?
7. Are drone strikes becoming a problem for America’s image abroad?
8. Can Democrats count on significant numbers of Hispanic votes in 2016?
9. Has Bill Clinton compromised the integrity of the government’s investigation into Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation?
10. How can Donald Trump broaden the appeal of his populist message to the African-American community?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 27-July 3, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is it time to privatize elements of Social Security?
2. Should those on the federal “no fly” list be allowed to purchase firearms?
3. If you were advising U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, what advice would you give him to retain his Senate seat in 2016?
4. Should prisoners be eligible for Pell Grants?
5. Can the Libertarian Party win more than 5% of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election?
6. Will Marco Rubio win re-election to the Senate?
7. Has President Obama weakened America’s border protections?
8. Will the Brexit cause the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates the same for the rest of 2016?
9. How can states encourage more people to go into the teaching profession?
10. Should Hillary Clinton make Elizabeth Warren her vice presidential nominee?

2016 NSDA Nationals: USX Final Round Analysis

SLC NationsThe 2016 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) United States Extemp final round has concluded. Here is Extemp Central’s brief summary and analysis of this year’s final round. Awards are scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. EST this evening and they will be streamed at this link.

Note:  252 extempers competed in U.S. Extemp at this year’s national tournament.
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