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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 23-29, 2018

HOTtopics1. If Trump could secure a peace deal with North Korea, would it solidify his chances of re-election in 2020?
2. Can Rudy Giuliani put an end to the Mueller probe’s interest in Trump?
3. What long-term changes need to be made to American immigration policy?
4. Is the DNC’s RICO produce lasting changes for future American elections?
5. Will the recent increase in gas prices erode the economic benefits provided by Trump’s tax cut?
6. Is Mitt Romney’s Senate primary in Utah a mere formality?
7. Should elementary students be allowed to have “best friends”?
8. Is it in America’s best interest to continue to be part of the Iranian nuclear deal?
9. Should major tech firms be regulated like national banks?
10. How should the U.S. engage Cuba now that Miguel Diaz-Canel has taken power?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 16-22, 2018

HOTtopics1. Should the President of the United States be required to get congressional approval before conducting air strikes on a foreign nation?
2. Will internal opposition to California’s “sanctuary status” eventually cause the Golden State to reverse its position on the issue?
3. Should more American retail and restaurant businesses go cashless?
4. Does Congress need to pass legislation to protect Robert Mueller from being fired by Trump?
5. Should Paul Ryan resign as Speaker of the House before the midterm elections?
6. Are teacher strikes counterproductive?
7. Is Eric Garcetti a long shot for the Democratic presidential nomination?
8. Will the Supreme Court overturn Quill Corp. v. North Dakota in South Dakota v. Wayfair?
9. Should the U.S. have a federal paid leave program?
10. How can America’s states overcome their revenue crisis?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 9-15, 2018

HOTtopics1. Is Terry McAuliffe a presidential contender or pretender?
2. How can the Republican Party best counter a “blue wave” in this year’s midterms?
3. Is America in the midst of a “soft” civil war?
4. Are Trump’s attacks on Amazon misguided?
5. If you were Mark Zuckerberg, how would you fix Facebook’s mess?
6. Are Republicans at risk of losing a Senate seat in Tennessee?
7. Will the U.S. invade Syria after Assad’s attack on Douma?
8. Is Scott Pruitt the wrong person to lead the EPA?
9. Are American universities failing to effectively confront intellectual and fiscal crises?
10. Should Congress continue funding to fight Ebola in Africa?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 2-8, 2018

HOTtopics1. Will the recent wave of teacher strikes cause states to invest more in their education systems?
2. Does the creation of a more hawkish national security team bolster Trump’s ability to bring about a solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis?
3. Should the Senate confirm Ronny Jackson as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs?
4. Will the Supreme Court take any significant action against partisan gerrymandering during its current term?
5. Should the Trump administration withdraw U.S. forces from Syria?
6. Would weaker regulations on the health insurance industry make health insurance more affordable?
7. Should the VA be privatized?
8. Is Hillary Clinton an asset or hindrance to Democratic efforts to regain control of Congress?
9. Should Amazon pay more for its use of the U.S. Postal Service?
10. Is Florida’s Senate race a bellwether for the 2018 elections?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 26-April 1, 2018

HOTtopics1. Is Trump violating the emoluments clause?
2. What adjustments does the U.S. need to make to its defense doctrine concerning cyberwarfare?
3. How can the media regain its credibility with the American people?
4. Are “red flag” laws constitutional?
5. Is John Bolton the National Security Advisor that Trump needs?
6. Should Trump fear a trade war with China?
7. Did the recent spending bill deserve a Trump veto?
8. Should Democrats be bullish about their prospects for 2018’s gubernatorial elections?
9. Will the #deleteFacebook movement do significant damage to Facebook’s future fiscal prospects?
10. Has the American housing market rebounded from the 2008 crash?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 19-25, 2018

HOTtopics1. Will a rollback of Dodd-Frank provisions on community banks set America up for another financial crisis?
2. Are U.S. forces still needed in Iraq?
3. How should America’s public schools grapple with student activism?
4. Are new U.S. sanctions on Russia simply symbolic?
5. What steps should states take to reduce their prison populations?
6. Will the Supreme Court deal a blow to pro-choice forces in National Institute of Family and Life Advocaes v. Becerra?
7. How can urban areas better fight the problem of homelessness?
8. Should the Senate confirm Gina Haspel?
9. Does Rex Tillerson’s departure from the State Department signal a shift to a more militant foreign policy from the Trump administration?
10. Was Andrew McCabe’s firing justified?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 12-18, 2018

HOTtopics1. Should the U.S. abolish presidential term limits?
2. What lessons can the GOP learn from Pennsylvania’s special election?
3. Should ICE be abolished?
4. How can the U.S. best combat China’s growing influence in Africa?
5. Are states doing enough to prevent housing discrimination?
6. Will the Justice Department’s lawsuit against California succeed?
7. Is Texas turning blue?
8. Should the U.S. adopt a national standard for dayling savings time?
9. Will “gun politics” play a big role in the 2018 midterm elections?
10. Should American voters care about the Donald Trump-Stormy Daniels affair?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 5-11, 2018

HOTtopics1. Will Trump’s tariff plan hurt U.S. workers?
2. Should the U.S. engage in direct talks with North Korea over its nuclear program?
3. Will Hope Hicks departure do significant damage to the Trump White House?
4. Are government subsidies in healthcare and education driving inflation?
5. Will the West Virginia teacher walkout provide lessons to teachers in other states over pay and pension disputes?
6. If Israel engages in a war with Hezbollah, how should the U.S. respond?
7. Are social media outlets unfairly targeting conservatives?
8. Should public schools return to more zero tolerance policies to better prevent mass shootings?
9. Is the federal government responsible for the opiod crisis?
10. Will Roger Wicker win Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 26-March 4, 2018

HOTtopics1. In the wake of new revelations, should the NCAA abandon its amateur model?
2. Should California make water restrictions permanent?
3. Would immigration reform benefit America’s agricultural sector?
4. Should more states return to paper ballots to prevent election tampering?
5. How can colleges recruit more male students?
6. Would American schools be safer if teachers were armed?
7. How will the Supreme Court rule in Janus v. AFSCME?
8. Does America’s religious right need another Billy Graham?
9. Did significant secruity failures cause the Parkland shooting?
10. To what degree does the Second Amendment protect gun ownership in the United States?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 19-25, 2018

HOTtopics1. Will the recent wave of school shootings in America produce new gun control legislation by the end of 2018?
2. Is the FBI in need of a significant organizational shakeup?
3. Have American sports become too politicized?
4. Who will win California’s Democratic gubernatorial primary?
5. How will Puerto Rico’s ongoing problems affect the 2018 midterms?
6. Should the U.S. extradite Fethullah Gulen?
7. How can discriminatory lending practices by banks be curtailed?
8. Should vaping be banned in public spaces?
9. Has the U.S. lost its credibility to mediate the Israeli-Palestinian dispute?
10. Should Eric Holder consider a presidential run?