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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 26-February 1, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is Rubio the Republican Obama?
2. How should the U.S. deal with citizens who go and fight for the Islamic State?
3. Should more U.S. cities prohibit alcohol advertising on city property?
4. Which parts of the State of the Union should the GOP support?
5. Will the ECB’s bond buying program force the Federal Reserve to delay its plans to raise interest rates?
6. Should the U.S. remove Cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list?
7. What changes should be made to the federal disability insurance program?
8. Should welfare recipients be drug tested?
9. Is Oklahoma’s lethal injection system unconstitutional?
10. Would Sarah Palin’s entry into the 2016 presidential race reduce the chances of a Republican winning the White House?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 12th-18th, 2015

HOTtopics1. Why did the attempted putsch against John Boehner fail?
2. Should David Petraeus be prosecuted?
3. What impact would Mitt Romney have on the Republican presidential primary if he decides to run for a third time?
4. Is the U.S. economy approaching full employment?
5. Do the 2015 gubernatorial elections matter?
6. Should President Obama veto Keystone?
7. Are the Washington Redskins entitled to trademark protection?
8. Should Congress approve President Obama’s community college plan?
9. What military role should the U.S. have in Afghanistan after 2016?
10. Will Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat be a tossup in the 2016 election cycle?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 5th-11th, 2015

HOTtopics1. Are young Americans facing a retirement crisis?
2. How should LGBT individuals be treated under affirmative action laws?
3. What will be President Obama’s first veto of 2015?
4. One year later: Has marijuana legislation lived up to the hype in Colorado?
5. What rights should pets have?
6. Should the U.S. extend the commitment of its remaining armed forces in Afghanistan?
7. What should be Jerry Brown’s top priorities as he enters his fourth term as governor of California?
8. How can the New York Times reverse its financial fortunes?
9. Was 2014 an awful year for President Obama?
10. Should Mike Huckabee run for president?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 29th, 2014-January 4th, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should House Republicans move to expel Michael Grimm?
2. Are racial tensions rising in the United States?
3. What should be the top three priorities of the incoming Republican Congress?
4. Did the Supreme Court rule appropriately in Heien v. North Carolina?
5. Why does President Obama have a poor approval rating among military personnel?
6. Should the Federal Reserve raise interest rates before April?
7. How can the U.S. increase the number of start up firms?
8. Should the U.S. give Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba?
9. How can Bill de Blasio repair his relationship with the NYPD?
10. Can the Republicans win the presidency if there is a strong economy by 2016?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 22nd-28th, 2014

HOTtopics1. How should the Department of Education rate colleges and universities?
2. What should be the Democrats economic message in 2016?
3. Is Illinois America’s Greece?
4. Will state lawsuits against Colorado end its marijuana legalization experiment?
5. Is “high value targeting” an ineffective way to fight terrorist groups?
6. Should the U.S. continue to provide defense equipment to Taiwan?
7. In light of falling oil prices, is the Keystone pipeline still needed?
8. Should a history of mental illness bar citizens from owning a firearm?
9. Did Sony Pictures make the right decision to pull “The Interview”?
10. Will normalizing relations with Cuba improve the United States’ standing with other Latin American nations?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 15th-21st, 2014

HOTtopics1. How will low gas prices affect the U.S. economy?
2. Will Jeb Bush seek the presidency?
3. Should the U.S. provide lethal military aid to Ukraine?
4. Does the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on interrogation techniques strengthen American foreign policy?
5. Should New York City eliminate its horse-carriage industry?
6. Are marijuana laws racially discriminatory?
7. Should President Obama take executive action to lift the embargo on Cuba?
8. Is the new budget bill a defeat for conservatives?
9. Are protests against police brutality making an impact?
10. Should the U.S. government investigate high airline ticket prices?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 8th-14th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Does Rahm Emanuel deserve a second term?
2. Did the Democrats throw Mary Landrieu under the bus?
3. Should the TSA be exempt from federal racial profiling rules?
4. Is it constitutional to execute mentally ill convicts?
5. Should New York City abandon “broken windows” policing?
6. Is America’s middle class crumbling?
7. Should the University of Virginia take legal action against Rolling Stone?
8. Has the Fed’s quantitative easing policy been successful?
9. Will Ashton Carter be an effective defense secretary?
10. Does it matter that the Democrats no longer have a Southern senator?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 1st-7th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Are the benefits of American GDP growth affecting Main Street as well as they are affecting Wall Street?
2. How will the FDA’s calorie count mandate affect the restaurant industry?
3. Why is America’s crime rate falling?
4. How can the U.S. repair its relationship with Brazil?
5. Did President Obama err in his decision to prioritize healthcare reform during his first term?
6. Is Harvard’s affirmative action policy unconstitutional?
7. Who should be America’s next defense secretary?
8. Should the college football playoff be expanded to eight teams?
9. Are U.S. airstrikes against ISIS working?
10. How will the events in Ferguson shape President Obama’s legacy?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 24th-30th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What steps do schools need to take to ensure that students are college and career ready?
2. How should Congressional Republicans respond to President Obama’s executive action on immigration?
3. Are campus sexual assault investigations going too far or not far enough?
4. How should NASA respond to the ESA’s comet mission?
5. Does Detroit’s bankruptcy deal put the city back on the road to recovery?
6. Should the U.S. continue to embrace free trade policies?
7. What is the most significant foreign policy problem facing the United States?
8. Has the media been irresponsible in its coverage of Ferguson?
9. Would comprehensive immigration reform negatively affect the U.S. economy?
10. Who is the most electable candidate that Republicans could nominate for the presidency in 2016?

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?