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

HOTtopics1. Will the U.S. Senate ratify the TPP?
2. Should daily fantasy sports games for money be prohibited?
3. Is Los Angeles prepared for the next big earthquake?
4. Should illegal immigrant students be allowed to pay in-state tuition rates?
5. Is the American debate on gun control shifting?
6. Will the Pentagon’s new plan to fight ISIS succeed?
7. Should the Federal Reserve look into a negative interest rate policy?
8. Is American influence in the Middle East waning?
9. Should “gun free zones” be abolished?
10. Is the Republican Party too dysfunctional to win the White House?

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

HOTtopics1. Will President Obama veto the National Defense Authorization Act?
2. How can more physicians be encouraged to adopt e-health records?
3. Should the U.S. make a manned Mars mission a priority?
4. How many Supreme Court justices will the next President appoint?
5. Should the Affordable Care Act be extended to cover illegal immigrants?
6. Has the Benghazi special committee been useful?
7. Is Jason Chaffetz the Speaker of the House that Republicans need?
8. Would holding gun manufacturers liable for shootings violate the Second Amendment?
9. How should the U.S. respond to increased Russian intervention in Syria?
10. Should the U.S. adopt a nationalist economic policy?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 28-October 4, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is containment the best way for the U.S. to defeat ISIS?
2. Should colleges stop accepting the ACT and SAT for admission?
3. Can states constitutionally provide lethal injection drugs to other states?
4. Who is the “values” candidate in this year’s Republican field?
5. Should schools ban tag?
6. Who should be the next Speaker of the House?
7. Is the “Carly boom” sustainable?
8. Have Ben Carson’s comments about Muslims disqualified him from the presidency?
9. Was Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. a success?
10. Is John Boehner’s resignation a bad sign for those favoring moderation within the Republican Party?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 21-27, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should Eric Fanning become the new Secretary of the Army?
2. How can the U.S. increase the number of minority educators?
3. Should the U.S. welcome the new Japanese security bills?
4. Are zero tolerance policies to blame for the arrest of Ahmed Mohammed?
5. What changes should President Obama make to his Middle East foreign policy?
6. Should the GOP create a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding?
7. How can Bernie Sanders break into Hillary Clinton’s Southern firewall?
8. Which candidate in the GOP presidential race is the antithesis of Donald Trump?
9. Is the U.S. still a meritocracy?
10. Did the Fed make a wise decision in electing not to raise interest rates?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 14-20, 2015

HOTtopics1. How can Scott Walker rejuvenate his presidential candidacy?
2. What steps can the U.S. take to lower its suicide rate?
3. Should women be used in combat operations?
4. What role should the U.S. play in the European migrant crisis?
5. Are the U.S. and China natural rivals?
6. How can the Federal Reserve raise interest rates without “spooking” markets?
7. Should Los Angeles expand charter schools?
8. How will Rick Perry’s withdrawal affect the 2016 Republican presidential primary?
9. Should more states approve “right-to-die” legislation?
10. In an ideal world, what should be the first presidential primary state?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 7-13, 2015

HOTtopics1. Are car-free days a solution to metropolitan pollution?
2. What does a simplified tax code look like?
3. Is Bernie Sanders making a strategic error in deciding not to directly attack Hillary Clinton?
4. Should more states use the SAT or ACT as their statewide achievement test?
5. When religious liberty conflicts with the U.S. Constitution, which side should prevail?
6. Is Saudi Arabia America’s closest ally in the Middle East?
7. What regulations should be imposed on civilian drone use?
8. Should the U.S. recalcuate how unemployment is measured?
9. How can the next Democratic presidential nominee keep the Obama coalition together?
10. Which three Republican presidential candidates should immediately drop out of the race?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 31-September 6, 2015

HOTtopics1. Are the structural foundations of the U.S. economy strong?
2. Is the White House winning the Iran debate?
3. If Donald Trump were to win the Republican presidential nomination, who should he select as his vice-president?
4. What role should schools play in curbing childhood obesity?
5. If you were Joe Biden, would you seek the presidency?
6. Should the Federal Reserve adopt a rule-based monetary policy?
7. Do the FTC’s cybersecurity guidelines go too far?
8. Should Jeb Bush be alarmed about his declining poll numbers?
9. Does the U.S. need to overhaul security along the Canadian border?
10. Have Americans lost confidence in their public institutions?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 24-30, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should U.S. movie theaters adopt TSA-style security?
2. Do 2016 presidential candidates need police agendas?
3. Is Scott Walker’s alternative to the ACA feasible?
4. Will Congress pass the Iranian nuclear accord?
5. Should the U.S. encourage a war on the Korean peninsula?
6. Has New Orleans fully recovered from Hurricane Katrina?
7. Should Rand Paul end his presidential campaign?
8. Is America’s immigration policy broken?
9. Should user photographs be placed on EBT cards?
10. Is Ben Carson a better GOP presidential candidate than Donald Trump?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 17-23, 2015

HOTtopics1. Does the Republican Party need a more clearly defined foreign policy agenda?
2. Are drones an environmental hazard?
3. What does the future of Social Security look like?
4. Should more school districts adopt the NEA’s “ten minute” homework rule?
5. If self-driving cars become a reality, should their adoption become mandatory?
6. Should Al Gore seek the presidency?
7. Will the Colorado mine disaster do significant damage to the EPA’s reputation?
8. Does the Democratic National Committee need to hold more presidential primary debates?
9. What role, if any, should the U.S. play in the Afghan peace process?
10. How will China’s currency depreciation affect U.S. monetary policy?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 10-16, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should large corporations offer one year of paid parental leave?
2. Will the SEC’s ruling to require publicly traded companies to disclose pay gaps between CEOs and their workers lead to fairer CEO pay?
3. What role will national security issues play in the 2016 presidential election?
4. Is Hillary Clinton’s college debt restructuring proposal too expensive?
5. Should all U.S. states offer a back-to-school sales tax holiday?
6. How can the cable industry prevent more Americans from “cutting the cord”?
7. Should Howard Schultz seek the Democratic presidential nomination?
8. Did James Holmes deserve the death penalty?
9. Does the “Black Lives Matter” movement have the potential to fracture the Democratic Party?
10. Did the August 6 GOP presidential debate mark the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s front-runner status?