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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 23-29, 2016

HOTtopics1. What lessons should California learn from its water crisis?
2. Is President Obama’s new overtime rule bad for workers?
3. Who is the most vulnerable senator of the 2016 election cycle?
4. Is college debt weighing down the U.S. economy?
5. Do American urban areas need more green spaces?
6. Is voter apathy the cause for America’s current political polarization?
7. What will the Obama administration’s legacy be when it comes to issues that affect the African-American community?
8. Do “excessive profits” exist?
9. Would the end of lethal injection mean the end of the death penalty in America?
10. What should Bernie Sanders demand at the Democratic convention?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 16-22, 2016

HOTtopics1. What should American conservatism look like?
2. Will President Obama’s argument for trasgender bathroom rights lead to an expansion of private school enrollment?
3. Should federal regulators pay more attention to the activities of Google and Amazon?
4. Will John McCain lose his Senate seat?
5. How will Pfizer’s decision to stop selling drugs for lethal injections impact death penalty practices in the United States?
6. Will personality or policy determine the otucome of the 2016 presidential election?
7. Are long airport screening wait times a national crisis?
8. Can Hillary Clinton afford to lose a significant percentage of blue collar workers in the general election?
9. Has “political correctness” dulled American culture?
10. Should illegal immigrants have access to benefits under the ACA?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 9-15, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should the U.S. consider abandoning its allies in Western Europe for a closer relationship with Russia?
2. What supports should states provide to single mothers?
3. Who should Donald Trump choose as his running mate?
4. When, if ever, should juveniles ever be tried as adults in the criminal justice system?
5. Would a “soda tax” reduce America’s growing obesity rate?
6. What role should President Obama play in the 2016 presidential election?
7. How high should the minimum wage be?
8. Should more universities follow Harvard’s policy on single-gender social clubs?
9. Will the FBI recommend an indictment of Hillary Clinton?
10. How would a Trump presidency alter American foreign policy?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of May 2-8, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will large scale protests provide a boon to Donald Trump’s presidential hopes?
2. Should U.S. students take a year off before attending college?
3. Is the U.S. military prepared to fight the wars of the future?
4. Did Ted Cruz pick his vice-presidential nominee too early?
5. How will United Healthcare’s decision to drop out of health insurance exchanges affect the future of the Affordable Care Act?
6. Will the Democratic Party have a “contested convention” this summer?
7. How should the U.S. handle Puerto Rico’s debt crisis?
8. Should the Federal Reserve be concerned about sluggish first quarter GDP growth?
9. What is the biggest challenge facing the U.S. public education system?
10. Should women’s rights constitute a key part of American foreign policy?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 25-May 1, 2016

HOTtopics1. What is one policy position that Donald Trump needs to become more specific about if he wants to win the presidency?
2. How important is a constitutional right to privacy?
3. Should the FBI disclose the security holes in the San Bernardino iPhone to Apple?
4. What fixes should be made to Social Security?
5. Can North Carolina afford to keep its “bathroom bill” on the books?
6. Has Paul Ryan been an ineffective Speaker?
7. Would placing American ground troops in Syria be a mistake?
8. If you were John Kasich, how would you attempt to secure the Republican presidential nomination at the Cleveland convention?
9. Would agreeing to and ratifying the TTIP help the U.S. economy?
10. Does Harriet Tubman deserve to be on the $20 bill?

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

HOTtopics1. Are African American leaders serving the interests of their constituents in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary?
2. Should technology companies be barred from using unbreakable encryption in their products?
3. How will more racially diverse public schools affect American education policy?
4. Does the U.S. need to use “hard power” to defend human rights?
5. Is it constitutional for a state to make a religious tax its official book?
6. If the GOP loses the presidential election will they confirm Merrick Garland?
7. Will the Supreme Court deadlock when ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive order on immigration?
8. Who should buy Yahoo!?
9. Should the U.S. reduce its participation in NATO?
10. Can the GOP afford not to make Donald Trump the nominee if he wins a plurality of delegates by the time of the Cleveland convention?

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

HOTtopics1. Will Bill Clinton’s clash with Black Lives Matter activists hurt Hillary Clinton?
2. Does the Supreme Court need to become more diverse?
3. Is Mississippi’s religious liberty bill constitutional?
4. Should the GOP establishment cast its lot with Ted Cruz?
5. How can the U.S. tax code become more simplified?
6. Should the Baker Hughes-Halliburton merger be allowed?
7. Does the U.S. need more regulations to combat corporate inversions?
8. Was the Boston Globe’s fake front page about Donald Trump appropriate?
9. Does Bernie Sanders have a mathematical chance of winning the Democratic presidential nomination?
10. Should the U.S. back the new UN resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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

HOTtopics1. Should the use of torture be a vital component in the war against terrorism?
2. How should Chicago combat its rising violent crime rate?
3. What would a “rebuilt” Republican Party look like?
4. Does America need to be “great” again?
5. Would a $15 minimum wage hike devastate the Californian economy?
6. Should the U.S. encourage or discourage a “Brexit”?
7. Is the U.S. bearing too much of the cost of European defense?
8. Should Democrats scrap “superdelegates” in future election cycles?
9. What should be America’s foreign policy with Turkey?
10. Will Donald Trump’s abortion comments cost him the GOP presidential nomination?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 28-April 3, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should Microsoft buy Yahoo!?
2. How can Donald Trump successfully court female voters in a general election?
3. Should voters be able to directly vote on minimum wage increases?
4. How will the Supreme Court rule in Zubik v. Burwell?
5. Can the Fed wait until September to raise interest rates again?
6. When it comes to foreign policy, does President Obama have a strong human rights record?
7. Could the Obama administration defuse Donald Trump’s popularity by taking stronger action on immigration policy?
8. Is the U.S. military prepared for a war with North Korea?
9. Should “texting while walking” be banned?
10. Is Bernie Sanders refusal to drop out of the Democratic primary hurting Hillary Clinton?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 21-27, 2016

HOTtopics1. Should nonprofit hospital be taxed?
2. Can John Kasich win a brokered convention?
3. Is deflation still a threat to the U.S. economy?
4. Should the U.S. lament the ailing state of its coal industry?
5. Is Merrick Garland the best appointment that President Obama could have made to the Supreme Court?
6. Should the U.S. take offensive action to protect Christians from the Islamic State?
7. Is the government unfairly targeting Valeant?
8. Should the U.S. consider adopting European-style “hate speech” laws?
9. What was the biggest mistake of the Rubio campaign?
10. Should the tech industry side with Apple?