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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?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 10th-16th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Is bipartisan cooperation possible between President Obama and a Republican Congress?
2. Will Loretta Lynch face a difficult Senate confirmation fight?
3. Should Republicans give Rick Snyder a look for 2016?
4. How candid should Navy SEALs be about their combat operations?
5. Should Congress extend unemployment benefits?
6. Is law enforcement winning the fight against meth?
7. How can Mary Landrieu win the Louisiana Senate runoff?
8. Should the Oakland Raiders move to San Antonio?
9. Who ran the best campaign of the 2014 midterms?
10. Should President Obama shelve executive action on immigration?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 3rd-9th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What lessons should the Democratic Party take away from the 2014 midterms?
2. What lessons should the Republican Party take away from the 2014 midterms?
3. Is Obamacare working?
4. How much should the Federal Reserve care about income inequality?
5. Should Congressional ethics rules be relaxed?
6. Is reality TV coming to an end?
7. Should women be eligible for the military draft?
8. What impact will Virgin Galactic testing accidents have on the commercial space industry?
9. If Michelle Obama seeks a Senate seat in 2016, where might she run from?
10. Who ran the worst campaign of the 2014 midterms?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 27th-November 2nd, 2014

HOTtopics1. Do New York and New Jersey’s new quarantine rules violate the U.S. Constitution?
2. How can future school shootings be avoided?
3. Are the 2014 midterm elections a referendum on President Obama’s leadership?
4. Should the USDA tighten its regulations of biotech crops?
5. How can Jeff Bezos convince investors that Amazon is still a great buy?
6. Should the U.S. Postal Service deliver groceries?
7. Will gay rights be President Obama’s biggest legacy?
8. Does the GOP need a heavy dose of “conservative realism”?
9. Will the outsourcing issue sink David Perdue’s Senate hopes?
10. Should U.S. cities pass restrictions on feeding the homeless?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 20th-26th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What is the most important gubernatorial race in this year’s midterms?
2. How should Detroit handle unpaid water bills?
3. Does the U.S. really need an Ebola czar?
4. How will the Ebola scare affect the American airline industry?
5. Does the Democratic Party have a male problem?
6. Was Houston’s subpoena of pastors sermons a violation of the First Amendment?
7. Does the U.S. have an Islamophobia problem?
8. Will the era of “a la carte television” be good for consumers?
9. Did Democratic midterm candidates make a poor strategic choice in running away from President Obama?
10. Will Texas’s voter ID law become a template for other states?